Pioneer Deer Slayer
The sight of a deer sent to Mr. John B. ATKINSON by Capt. T.L. LEE, of Memphis, last week, has induced Uncle Oscar STEVENS to break silence as to some of his early deer hunting in Hopkins county when present old institutions were young and the forest and cane brake had not given over to farming operations nor yielded up their hidden treasures to the pioneer miners, whose operations have since turned into gold the secrets of those days. Before Earlington was or ever a pick had laid bare the treasure of black diamonds hidden here, the home of a pioneer, Mr. Crutchfield YOUNG, stood on the site now occupied by the residence of Mr. John B. ATKINSON, president of the pioneer coal company in Hopkins county, the St. Bernard. A dense cane brake grew where now are cultivated the many native trees of the modern Arboretum, the first collection of like character in Kentucky. Uncle Oscar was a successful hunter in those days and his gun brought down many a fine buck.
Once he came, in company with another early settler now many years dead, Uncle Jack WOOLFOLK, to the home of Mr. YOUNG. In the early morning they got their guns ready for the hunt. Mrs. YOUNG called to them not to stay long or they would be late for breakfast. They only went as far as the valley now occupied by the Arboretum. Here Uncle Oscar killed two fine deer and they returned to the house in time for breakfast, having been gone only about an hour. And now rests the thriving and chief mining town of Kentucky--Earlington--on the site of Uncle Oscar's former solitary deer stalks. (Source: Earlington Bee, Thur., Jan. 12, 1899)