|Stories of Kentucky Feuds
|These stories of Kentucky Feuds are from the book written by Harold Wilson Coates
"Stories of Kentucky Feuds"- published by Holmes-Darst Coal Corporation 1923
I am attempting to make them as sort of an E-Book. Because the author who wrote these stories are based on actual court records I feel they will be of interest to some of you who have families connected to the people in these stories.
|SOME FIFTEEN YEARS ago Mr. Harold W. Coates, Editor of a newspaper in Cincinnati, decided to write true and accurate descriptions of the various Kentucky Feuds. As a writer he felt that all men were interested in these situations, for they were filled with historical interest, with vivid action, and sometimes more than local importance.
Mr. Coates started out by getting the newspaper files back in the 1880's and 1890's, and from a study of these files he found that there were thirteen major private wars in Kentucky, which he termed "feuds" and of these he found he could get complete records of twelve of them.
Mr. Coates went to the Court records of that day, and read the testimony as well as that angle shown by the published items in the newspapers of the same time and period; and from these, and from one or two other sources unknown to us, he wrote these stories of Kentucky Feuds as being accurate, true, and authentic accounts in every way.
We bought these articles from him and published them, I believe, about 1930, in a series of booklets, sending out one a month to our maling list, and the fame of these articles spread far and wide. Universities, libraries, and individuals requested copies.
They were copyrighted, and we are now gathering these twelve stories together and publishing them in one book, in response to many and continued requests for sets of these stories; feeling, furthermore, it well worth while to preserve in permanent form these authentic records of a now vanished phase of American life. Mr. Coates has now gone to his Last Reward, but we believe these stories to be, as he said they were, true and accurate descriptions, and we present them to our friends as such.
CALVIN HOLMES, President Holmes-Darst Coal Corporation Knoxville, Tennessee.