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January 30, 2014

Traces of Laurel: C.N. Scoville

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Before I write about C.N. Scoville, here’s a brief update on W.R. Ramsey from last week’s column, thanks to my friend and co-worker at the historical society, Renee Beets.

W.R. Ramsey (son of the elder W.R. Ramsey) was married ca. 1903 to Edwina Adams of Danville, Ky.  They lived in London for a time but later moved to Colorado and then to California, eventually moving to Seattle, Washington, where W.R. died ca. 1938.

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Farmer, merchant and political figure C.N. Scoville was born in Laurel County in 1852, the son of Hector H. Scoville who served as Captain in Co. A of the 24th Kentucky Infantry (a unit organized in Laurel County) during the Civil War.

Writing about C.N. Scoville in 1895, Charles Kellogg said:  “Mr. C. N. Scoville . . . secured his education in Laurel Seminary, of which institute he is a graduate, having attended that institution when it was in its palmy days.”  (I don’t know what “palmy” means but I’m guessing it’s similar to “hey day.”)

Kellogg continues:  “In 1869 he concluded to go west, and located in Johnson County, Kansas, where he went into the general merchandise business, where he remained for a few years, when, tiring of that part of the country he concluded to return to Kentucky, and again located in Laurel County.”

In 1882 C.N. Scoville was elected sheriff of Laurel County and then re-elected two years later.  Russell Dyche in “Laurel County History” wrote that Scoville also ran a grocery and confectionery at this time. 

“After resting on his laurels for some time,” writes Kellogg, “Mr. Scoville, at the solicitation of friends, became a candidate for County Clerk, to which office he was elected by a large majority for a term of four years.  At the election in 1894 he was again elected for another term of four years, this time by a unanimous vote, the Democratic party not caring to put up a man in opposition to him.”

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