My Old Home

35 Rock Hill Lane, Elizabethtown, KY   On Middle Creek Near the Border Between Hardin & LaRue County
submitted by Ruth Lindsey – ATHS member #2217

My Grandfather, Tilden Young LaRue was born and grew up on a l00 acre farm purchased by James William LaRue, his father, from Henry Ash.  The farm was located on the banks of Middle Creek in the Locust Grove Area of Hardin Co., Kentucky.  James LaRue died in 1892 of pneumonia and is buried at Middle Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Tilden was 15 years of age and was the oldest male at home so became the person responsible for running the farm.

In 1908 Tilden had the opportunity to purchase a 60 acre farm adjoining his Mother’s farm.  Using lumber cut on the land he built a house to be a home for his new bride, Annie Sarah Ryan.  Tilden and Annie were married January, 1910. The house was built of rough lumber, the cracks striped to ward off the wind. The house measured 36x16 being 2 rooms l6 ft. square with a 4x12ft closet between the rooms.  The front room had 2 long front windows and a door (the front door) and the back room had one window and 2 doors – one on each side of the room. The front room had a fireplace for heat.  Foundation was large rocks, and the back step was a big rock.

Shown above alongside the little house are Anna Mae LaRue (who married James Walker) and her big sister Ruth
LaRue (who married Robert Lindsey).

Tilden and Annie lived in the little house for 11 years and while living there had 4 children; Gladys (born 1910), Roy (1911), Stanley (1913) and Mildred (1916).

In 1919 Lydia Ash LaRue, Tilden’s Mother, died and he was able to purchase that farm in an estate settlement and the family moved there.  Tilden continued to work the land of both farms.

In 1921 the twins, Paul and Pauline, were born to complete the family.

The little house built of rough timber, from which the family had moved, was not needed as living space and so it was used as storage for wheat, hay, corn or whatever.

The picture above is Roy LaRue with daughters Anna Mae and Ruth alongside their small home.

My parents, Roy LaRue born November 11, 1911 and Mary Ella Perceful born February 19, 1913 were married August 17, 1932.   My Grandmothers Mary Susan Perceful and Annie LaRue, Roy LaRue’s mother, decided the little house was needed for them as a home.  So the hay, wheat, corn or whatever was moved from the house, some of the floor joist had to be repaired and then linoleum laid.  Everything was scrubbed clean and they moved in sometime in the year 0f 1934.

In 1940 My Dad was able to purchase the 60 acre farm and it became our home for real. Brick siding, a roll siding, was put on the house. In 1945, a sawmill was set up and logs from the woods provided lumber for a barn to replace the log stalls that had been used.  More out-buildings were built year by year, a tool shed, a corn crib and a second barn.

In 1948 my Dad added 2 rooms and a front porch on the front of the house and covered all with white asbestos shingles.  Under-pinning was installed all around the house. Then in 1953 a bedroom and a glassed-in back porch with concrete floor was added to the back side of the house.  This allowed my Mother to have the washer out of her kitchen.  This really was an improvement for her.  The ultimate improvement came in 1962 when the closet was removed in the middle of the house to make a bathroom.  The huge chimney and fireplace was replaced with a small chimney for the stove and kitchen cabinets were installed in the kitchen.  Water in the house, what a joy -- and more important a hot water heater meant hot water whenever needed.

My Dad’s health was failing in the 80’s and it was too hard for my Mother to fire the wood stove so they purchased an oil heater.  In December 1991 Daddy died and we worried so much about mother trying to control that oil heater that we bought a gas stove with complete thermostat control.  How the little house had changed thru the years.

My Mother died October 7, 2006.  My sister Jo Ellen Thomas and her husband Richard Thomas had purchased the farm and build a beautiful brick home next door to the home place.  They have remodeled the old house some, decorated it with family memories.  It now serves as a vacation home for all family members from out of state who plan to visit Elizabethtown and spend time at the farm.

The little house from 1908 has been transformed many times, been enjoyed by so many of us – and will always be a home of many memories to all the family members.

Roy and Mary Ella LaRue had three daughters, Ruth 1933, Anna Mae 1940 and Jo Ellen 1953.  There are seven grandchildren, Steve Lindsey 1958, Jeff Lindsey 1959, Joann Duff 1960, Teresa Stephens 1962, Neil Lindsey 1964, Mark Walker 1961, Lea Anne O’Brien 1965, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.  The farm and the house provide a vacation place for the large family to enjoy.  Jo Ellen and Ricky Thomas encourage us all to enjoy the farm, the house and all the memories therein.

< align=left>In the summer of 2012 Kristen Duff and Morgan Hubley were married on the farm in a beautiful outside wedding, and we all enjoyed so much the get together of the entire family.

The wedding of Kristen Duff and Morgan Hubley will be addressed in the following article that was also submitted by Ruth Lindsey. The old house has many stories to tell now and will have many more in the future.