Tuesday, June 17, 2087

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: June 17, 1861 - Pete-Louis Rodgers Browning

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia:
The original "Louisville Slugger," with a career.343 batting average and three batting championships, was Pete-Louis Rodgers Browning, who was born on June 17, 1861, in Louisville. Playing primarily for the Louisville Colonels of the major league American Association, he led the league in hitting in both 1882, his rookie year, with a.382 average, and 1885, with.362. After he first used custom-made bats from Louisville woodworker John Hillerich, demand for these bats quickly spread and launched the Hillerich & Bradsby Company . The bats became known as Louisville Sluggers.

Originally an infielder, Browning converted to outfield and although he was a fast runner (103 steals in 1887), he played weak defense. After his worst season, 1889, he left the Colonels for the Cleveland Infants of the New Players League, where he won a third batting title with a.387 average in 1890. The league folded after a year and Browning finished his career splitting seasons with five other teams. He retired in 1894 with 299 doubles, 89 triples, 47 home runs, and 956 runs scored, and ranked tenth in all-time batting averages.

Browning died in Louisville on September 10, 1905, and was buried in the city's Cave Hill Cemetery.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Kleber, J. (2001). The encyclopedia of Louisville. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.
F459.L85 E54 2001, Young Library – Reference

Hill, B. (2000). Crack of the bat : The Louisville Slugger story. Champaign, Ill.: Sports Pub. 
GV869 .H45 2000, Special Collections Research Center

Scheinin, R. (1994). Field of screams : The dark underside of America's national pastime. New York: Norton.
GV863.A1 S32 1994, Young Library – 4th Floor

Monday, December 31, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 31, 1909 - Robert Elliott ("Jonah") Jones

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Robert Elliott ("Jonah") Jones, jazz trumpeter, was born in Louisville on December 31, 1909. He began his professional career playing on a Mississippi riverboat and performed with the bands of such greats as Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, and Earl Hines before he began working as a soloist in 1955. At that time, he achieved international success with his recordings of show tunes and jazz standards, which featured him on muted trumpet as the leader of his own quartet. He also appeared frequently on national television. Jones is considered one of the great jazz swing trumpeters and his improvised solos have been cited as models, along with his extensive work with mutes.

LEE BASH, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Notable African American Kentuckians Database 

Bach, Jean, Matthew. Seig, Susan. Peehl, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt. Hinton, Jones, Jonah, Castle Hill Productions, and Image Entertainment. A Great Day in Harlem. Special Ed. 2nd Bonus Disc with New Featurettes.. ed. Chatsworth, CA: Distributed by MMV Image Entertainment, 2005.
AV-D6133, Young Media Library

Armstrong, Lil Hardin, Chu. Berry, Sid Catlett, Jonah Jones, and Peetie. Wheatstraw. Peetie Wheatstraw the Devil's Son-in -law : Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 7, 4 April 1940 to 25 November 1941. Vienna, Austria: Document Records, 1994.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 30, 1931 - Skeeter Davis

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
The duo known as the Davis Sisters started singing together while attending Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County . Betty Jack Davis, daughter of Tipp Davis, was born in Corbin, Kentucky, on March 3, 1932. Skeeter Davis was the stage name of Mary Frances Penick, the daughter of W.L. and Sarah Penick, born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, on December 30, 1931. As the Davis Sisters, the two appeared on radio in Cincinnati and Lexington and had a radio-television show in Detroit. They popularized the pedal-steel guitar and had hits on both the country and pop music charts. Betty Jack was killed in an automobile accident on August 2, 1953, which seriously injured Skeeter. Skeeter resumed her career, joining the " Grand Ole Opry" in 1959. In 1973 she was suspended temporarily for criticizing Nashville police on the air.

CHARLES F. FABER, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Davis, Skeeter. Bus Fare to Kentucky : The Autobiography of Skeeter Davis. Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Pub. Group, 1993. Print.
ML420.D34 A3 1993, Special Collections Research Center

One Kiss Can Lead to Another Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found. Burbank, CA: Rhino, 2005.
BCD68, Fine Arts-Media Center

Classic Country Early 60's. Richmond, VA: Time-Life Music, 1999.
CD7330, Fine Arts-Media Center

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 27, 1860 - Nathan Stubblefield

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Nathan Beverly Stubblefield, inventor, was born to William Jefferson and Victoria Frances (Bowman) Stubblefield on December 27, 1860, in Murray, Kentucky. He attended the public schools of Calloway County beginning in the fall of 1866, but he did poorly and dropped out by age fifteen. Stubblefield educated himself in science by reading books and periodicals. By 1887 he had made various improvements in the relatively new invention of the telephone. He patented these improvements, as well as a lamp lighter, an electric battery, and a mobile radio transmitter-receiver. In a demonstration of the radio transmitter-receiver in Murray on January 1, 1902, before a crowd of about 1,000, Stubblefield transmitted his son's voice from the family home to a shed and then to a receiver approximately one mile distant. A description of the demonstration by a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch aroused national interest in the invention. Stubblefield was asked to demonstrate his discovery to a group of congressmen and public officials in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 1902.

Stubblefield refused large sums of money for the invention and instead attempted to develop it through the Wireless Telephone Company of America, incorporated on May 22, 1902, in which he held stock. The company failed, and only one Stubblefield wireless telephone system was sold. Though he was the first to transmit and receive radio airwaves, many argue that Stubblefield did not invent radio because his system had a range of only eight miles.

At age twenty-one, Stubblefield married Ada May Buchanan; they had ten children, six of whom lived past adolescence: Victoria, Patty, Nathan, Helen, Oliver, and Bernard. When their youngest child left home, he and his wife separated. Stubblefield died on March 28, 1928, and was buried near Murray.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Buchanan, Tracey D. To Be Greater than Marconi : The Nathan B. Stubblefield Story. 2013. Print. Kentucky Hero Ser.
Special Collections Research Center

[Stubblefield, Nathan B.]. [NATHAN B. STUBBLEFIELD PAPERS]. Print.
M-476, Special Collections Research Center - Microfilm Collection

Lochte, Robert H. Kentucky Farmer Invents Wireless Telephone! : But Was It Radio? : Facts and Folklore about Nathan Stubblefield. Murray, Ky.: All About Wireless, 2001. Print.
TK6545.S83 L63 2001, Special Collections Research Center

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: October 9, 1848 – Frank Duveneck

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
One of the most influential artists of the American Realist movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Frank Duveneck was born in Covington, Kentucky, on October 9, 1848, to Francis and Catherine Decker. His father, a cobbler, died of cholera in 1849, and his mother married Squire Joseph Duveneck, a grocer and justice of the peace whose name the artist adopted. The artist was descended from the German settlers who came to the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky area from Westphalia.

Duveneck's early training came at the Institute of Catholic Art in Covington, which produced religious artwork for Roman Catholic churches in North America. Duveneck worked with the Benedictine brothers who ran the institute from the age of fourteen until his twenty-first birthday, when his stepfather agreed to finance his study at the Royal Academy in Munich. During 1870, his first year in Munich, Duveneck won every prize given by the academy. When his paintings were exhibited in Boston in 1875, they were praised in critical essays by Henry James in The Galaxy and The Nation in 1875, and Duveneck was called the "greatest genius of the American brush" by John Singer Sargent. In 1877 Duveneck returned to Europe to teach, first in Polling, Bavaria, and later in Italy, having at times as many as one hundred students enrolled in his classes.

Duveneck was strongly influenced by the Dutch artists Franz Hals and Rembrandt as well as the contemporary French Realists Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet. Alex von Saldern, director of the Kunstmuseum Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf, described Duveneck as "the bridge between European and American Realism." Duveneck's influence as a teacher is his most important contribution to American art. His students were to be found in almost every art school and academy in American in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and his influence on Realism as a style of painting was significant. He achieved the distinction of being one of the first Americans to teach large numbers of American painters in Europe. A painter's painter, he had an appeal to human interest that extended beyond the boundaries of the studio.

Frank Duveneck married Elizabeth Otis Lyman Boott in Paris, France, on March 25, 1886; they had one son, Frank Boott. Elizabeth is thought to have been the model for female figures in Henry James's novels, according to James's biographer Leon Edel. Following his wife's death, Duveneck returned to Covington, Kentucky, where he opened a studio on Greenup Street. He began teaching at the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1900 and became the director in 1904, a position he held until his death. He was one of the founders of the Cincinnati Art Club, where he gave painting demonstrations. In 1915 Duveneck won a gold medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. He was awarded an honorable mention in sculpture in the Paris Salon of 1895, and as a printmaker, he ranked with James McNeil Abbott Whistler.

Following Duveneck's death in January 3, 1919, in Cincinnati, his works were acquired by most major museums in the Unites States and Europe. The largest collections of his paintings, sculptures, and prints are at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Frank Duveneck Memorial Gallery in Covington, Kentucky. Duveneck was buried in the Mother of God Cemetery in Kenton County.

WILLIAM R. BOOTH, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Neuhaus, Robert. Unsuspected Genius : The Art and Life of Frank Duveneck. San Francisco: Bedford, 1987. Print.
ND 237 .D85 N4 1987, Fine Arts Library – Oversize

Quick, Michael., and Cincinnati Art Museum. An American Painter Abroad : Frank Duveneck's European Years. Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati Art Museum, 1987. Print.
ND237.D85 A4 1987, Fine Arts Library

Duveneck, Josephine Whitney. Frank Duveneck: Painter-teacher. San Francisco: John Howell-, 1970. Print.
ND 237 .D85 D86, Fine Arts Library

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: October 6, 1869 – Enid Yandell

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Enid Yandell, sculptor, was born on October 6, 1869, to Louisville physician Lunsford Yandell, Jr., and Nashville native Louise (Elliston) Yandell. She studied at the Cincinnati Academy of Art and in Paris with Frederick MacMonnies and Auguste Rodin. Yandell's first major commission, designing the caryatids for the Women's Building of the 1893 Columbian Exposition at Chicago, earned a gold medal. Yandell is best known for her public statuary, including the Hogan Fountain (1905) and the Daniel Boone statue in Louisville's Cherokee Park, the twelve-foot statue of John Thomas (1907) for Nashville's Centennial Park, and a kneeling figure of Narraganset chieftain Ninigret (1913) in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The Boone statue in Louisville, originally produced in plaster for the Filson Club to exhibit at the 1893 exposition in Chicago, was cast in bronze in 1906. In the 1960s a copy of the Boone figure was cast for Eastern Kentucky University's campus.

 Although most of Yandell's statuary is found in public and private collections along the East Coast, a few of her smaller works are in Kentucky. Plaster busts of John B. Castleman and the " Hunchback of Notre Dame" belong to the Louisville Free Public Library; a bust of James Rucker is on exhibit at Georgetown College; the Filson Club owns her bust of Reuben T. Durrett; and a bust of William Goebel , which Yandell modeled for his cemetery monument, is part of the Kentucky Historical Society collection. Following her death on June 13, 1934, Louisville's J.B. Speed Art Museum received plaster casts for about twenty of Yandell's figurines, bas reliefs, and busts.

Yandell was a member of the National Sculpture Society and the French Academy, and she exhibited her work in at least twenty-seven major shows in the United States and France. She was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery ,Louisville.

NANCY D. BAIRD, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Yandell, Enid., and Laura Hayes. Three Girls in a Flat. Chicago: Press of Knight, Leonard &, 1892. Print.
PS3364.Y3 T470 1892, Special Collections Research Center

O'Malley, Mimi. More than Petticoats. Remarkable Kentucky Women. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot, 2012. Print. More than Petticoats Ser.
CT3262.K46 O43 2012, Special Collections Research Center - Room 019

Friday, October 5, 2018

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: October 5, 1851 – Thomas Pollock Anshutz

The Ironworker's Noontime.
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From the Kentucky Encyclopedia –
Thomas Pollock Anshutz, painter and teacher, was born October 5, 1851, in Newport, Kentucky, to Jacob and Jane Abigail (Pollock) Anshutz. In 1868 his family moved to Wheeling, West Virginia. Anshutz studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York City (1872-75); under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts until 1881; and in Paris at the Academie Julien. He succeeded Eakins as teacher of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1896 and became head of the faculty there in 1909. Among Anshutz's pupils were John Sloan, John Marin, and Charles Demuth. His landscape On the Ohio is based on boyhood memories and impressions of Kentucky. Anshutz was a member of the Philadelphia Water Color Club and National Academy of Design. In September 1892 Anshutz married Effie Schriver Russell of Wheeling, West Virginia. He died at his home in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, on June 16, 1912.
Selected Source from UK Libraries:

Griffin, Randall C., Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Thomas Pollock Anshutz. Homer, Eakins, and Anshutz : The Search for American Identity in the Gilded Age. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State U, 2004. Print.
ND210 .G75 2004, Fine Arts Library

Other Sources:

Thomas Anshutz at American Art Gallery

Thomas Pollock Anshutz at Museum Syndicate