February 20, 2014

Traces of Laurel: Carl Hanser

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — I need to apologize for an oversight on my part concerning the title of the Charles W. Kellogg booklet from which I’ve been quoting over the past few weeks.  I’ve been working progressively through the photocopy I had and have not looked back at the title page since writing the first column.  When I did look at it again I discovered that Kellogg had actually titled the booklet “Glimpses at London and Her People” (rather than “Glimpses of” etc.).  It makes no difference to the content of the sketches he wrote, but I’m embarrassed to have written it wrong so many times.  In hindsight I suppose I should have looked at the title page each time I wrote a column in which I took information from the booklet. 

I promise to be more careful in the future.  More than anything, I want my work to be credible.

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Kellogg’s profile of Carl Hanser is virtually all the information I have on this man. I do not find him in any census of Laurel County.  The one census that probably did mention him by name – the 1890, most of which was destroyed – is not available to us. 

I also don’t find a listing of his grave in the Laurel County cemetery books, though a few other people with that last name are found in old cemetery, census and marriage records.  No doubt there is a connection, but I have no way of proving it at this point.

Mr. Hanser definitely needs more research. I include him here because he was the only subject that Kellogg mentions who was part of the immigrant community established in the county in the early 1880s.  Adolph Kunz is also profiled but Kunz had been established in America long before coming to London.

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