History Project

Trimble County plans
100-year celebration event

Extension office is gathering
materials to display in May

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (December 2012) – The last decade has seen many changes in Trimble County. Because of this, the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Office wants to document the past 100 years in a special way.

Mike Pyles

"We’re interested in how the county has changed in the last 100 years."
– Trimble County Cooperative Extension Agent Mike Pyles

“We’re in the very early planning stages,” said Mike Pyles, county agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Extension Council has given its approval for some type of project to be attempted to mark this milestone.
“A committee was formed earlier in the spring,” said Pyles. “We’re interested in how the county has changed in the last 100 years.” A large portion of the project will focus on agriculture.
As an example of these changes he cited the fact that “primarily, agriculture was animal-driven 100 years ago, with the use of horses on the farm. This has completely changed. It is mostly mechanized now.”
Because the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating 100 years in Kentucky, he said, “We thought it was a good idea and we would try to expand on it by focusing on the last 100 years in Trimble County.”
The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service combines the talents of two of the state’s top colleges. The University of Kentucky partners with Kentucky State University in many ways in an effort to make a difference in the lives of citizens of the Commonwealth through research-based education. Through a variety of outreach programs, the university is brought to citizens in their local communities.
The committee is currently searching for old photos that depict the last decade of life within the county. They encourage individuals with black and white or color photos to bring them by the office located at 43 High Country Lane in Bedford. The photos will be scanned while they wait and individuals are required to fill out a form to identify the photo. The photos will then be entered into a database and can be returned immediately to the owner.
A video presentation of the photos will be made in May 2013, said Pyles. The video will be shown at the Extension Office and other tentative ideas for the day include displays, food from the Trimble County Cattlemen and a display by a local antique tractor club. Visitors will be able to “come in and visit at their leisure.”
The committee has chosen to focus on seven areas of the county: Cooperative Extension, Education, Agricultural Changes, Government-Civic Groups, Churches, Transportation and Historical Landmarks. Mark Witt is also trying to record an oral history of elderly residents at local nursing homes, said Pyles.
Trimble County lies along the Ohio River, 40 miles upstream from Louisville and 75 miles downstream from Cincinnati. Its northern bank lies opposite Madison, Ind.
It heritage goes back even farther than 100 years. The county dates to 1836, when it was established from parts of Henry, Oldham and Gallatin counties. Trimble County was named for Kentucky lawyer and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Trimble, a descendant of an old Irish family.
If enough pictures and information is obtained, a disc or some type of small book might be for sale in the future, with proceeds benefiting community projects.
“We’re just in the initial planning stages,” Pyles said. “We don’t know what kind of response we’ll get.”

• For more information, contact the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Office at (502) 255-7188.

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