Winter of 1939. Brrrr, it was cold.
Rockport, Kentucky.
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Stat by jrd on 1/14/06.
Photographers unknown.




Greetings all and a continuous wish for health and prosperity to you and yours. Hope this stat finds your day going well and that tomorrow will be even better. Have some "Inside" time as the weather outside is not that great. It is even trying to snow with a snowflake or two being spotted. Now, this gives me some "Keyboard" time. Will get the old fingers moving and in tune with the old brain and try to type out something that makes sense. Just hope that it will be worth reading and that there will be a few that will stay tuned until the end. Hope to give each reader a chance to go back in time to a more tranquil and peaceful time, namely the late thirties. I have not researched any of this material and all of it is just what I recall being told. Will get a few names and dates incorrect and feel free to come on back at me to inform me of such. I will probably leave out some pertinent parts and maybe even a name of two. Have tolerance with me here and correct me if you so desire.

Please remember that pictures that were taken back in the thirties, for the most part, were not the best of quality. Also, be advised that any picture that I will use will have to be scanned and converted to a digital image, thus some quality will be lost in this process.

It does not look like much, does it? The picture, above, is an old photograph, taken almost seventy years ago. It was copied and then the copy was copied and then I changed it to a digital image. Let me see if I can make some sense of it. The black "Glob" in the middle is the old Rockport Ferry. You can even see some water below the ferry. On the left is the "Left Bank" of the Green River at Rockport and where US Hwy. 62 enters the ferry. You can pick out a man tying off the ferry so that the cars can be offloaded. Well, where is the River? In the background and on the right is the river. It is frozen over. Ice is continually being broken, for a path, so that the ferry can still run. Picture appears to have been taken from the Railroad Bridge. Ah, now the situation may look a little better. More pictures to follow with an explanation at I see it.

Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty.
But everything else starts to
wear out, fall out, or spread out.

Would you look at this? Notice the two black lines in the center of the picture. That is tire marks from automobile tires that have left the ferry and heading into Rockport and maybe on to Beaver Dam and Louisville. Notice the I C Railroad Bridge on the left. The photographer is probably on the Muhlenberg County side of the river, either on the bank or on the river ice with the camera pointed toward Rockport. Look to the left and toward the front of the ferry. It looks like a black Ford and maybe a 1937 model. Yes, of all colors, it appears to be black. Picture taken in 1939. To the right and upriver is the Green River that is frozen over and I am thinking to a depth of some seventeen inches or more.

More pictures to follow. I am thinking that all of the pictures in this stat were taken in 1939. Again, trying to take a picture, even now days, of a subject with a white background is a difficult manner. The "White" tends to fool the camera lens and the results, for an amateur photographer, are not the best of quality. My hat is off the person/persons that took these pictures.......



Again, this picture would be difficult to make out unless you had some prior experience. Now, with your experience, I am sure that you see a ferry just to the right of center. The object just upriver from the ferry may be a "Spare" ferry. I am just guessing, but it was not unheard of for the "Ferry Operator" to have a spare. The machinery, in those days, was not very reliable and required lots of maintenance. I am thinking that it is in the process of offloading his cargo to the Muhlenberg County side of the Green River. Again, notice the black lines in the snow where traffic, and maybe with the help of the ferryman, have a path through the snow. Now, how would you like to drive a 1936 Ford up that hill. Picture was probably taken from the railroad bridge and view is looking at the "Old Ferry Road" on the Muhlenberg side of the river.


Coming if for a landing! With the old ferry loaded, it appears to be coming in for a landing and for offloading. I would not venture to try to name the two men on the front of the ferry. Try if you like! The person on the right could possibly be a woman and maybe the driver of one of the automobiles. There seems to be a third man behind the man on the left. He may be the ferry operator. At one time Chester Williams owned and operated the ferry. My grandfather worked on the ferry during the winter of 1939 and one of the men may be him. One may be Chester Williams. Others also worked for the ferry. I just can't put a name with either.


It appears that Green River is completely frozen over at this point and the ferry does not have a path to operate. The "Trail" seems to be open on the Rockport side for automobile traffic. Where is the ferry. I would venture to say that the ferry is on the Muhlenberg County side and maybe has paused for a "Picture Taking" session. Suspect that a path still exists for the ferry operation. It may just be hid due to the position of the camera operator. Would you care to try an place a name on the person standing on the river ice. I have no idea.


This picture is from the George Boyd collection and it is a picture of his mother and of the ferry operator, William Oscar Hendricks. Gladys Everly Boyd and William appear to be on the Ohio County side of the river with the person taking the picture looking toward the Muhlenberg County side. The ferry is in the background to the right and looks like it is tied up on the Muhlenberg County side.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.


Another picture from the Boyd collection and he has identified this person as Don Carl Everly. Don appears to be a teenager and he has ridden his bike out on the ice. Notice that "Kick Stand" on his bicycle. It is connected to the rear axle and in the operational position or parallel to the ice in this case. If he wanted to park his bike, he would just give the "Kick Stand" a push with his foot and the bike could be supported in the upright position. You don't see those on our modern bikes. The bike riders of today would just dismount and turn the bicycle loose allowing to fall to the ground. I wish that they would bring back kick stands.

Thanks for looking.

See you.......