Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 18, 2010

Old photo captured Jackson family

GREENUP — The identities of 14 smiling men in an old photo found tucked behind a Masonic version of The Lord’s Prayer have been confirmed, following dozens of telephone calls and messages from members of the Jackson family of Greenup County, as well as their friends and co-workers.

The photograph was discovered by Clell Lucas, pastor of Princess Chapel Church, who makes a point of looking for pictures and documents in frames behind other photos and papers after making several interesting discoveries through years of collecting interesting items from places ranging from rummage sales old tool sheds and barns. Lucas said he, along with fellow members of Cannonsburg’s ROMEO Club, found the individuals portrayed in the group shot to look extremely familiar, although none were able to put names with the faces. The hidden photo came from a frame he found at a recent church rummage sale at The Potter’s House.

“This was taken at a Jackson family reunion. A lot of them are gone now,” said Mary Smallwood, who knew the names of everyone in the photo.

Smallwood said Tom Jackson operated a garage near the current Greenup Water Treatment Plant for many years before moving the garage business closer to his home in Greenup.

Uncle Yousey “Pill” Jackson, whose first-name spelling was a source of confusion even for those who knew him well, earned his nickname as a young boy after he got into a batch of laxative pills, according to Jackson family friends and family.

Practically everyone who saw the picture that ran in Monday’s edition of The Independent said the rest of the men looked familiar, although they had no doubt in their minds the man holding the coffee cup was Charlie Nelson of Greenup. Nelson said he hadn’t yet seen the photo, but was expecting copies from friends and family Monday afternoon.

Mark Crawford of Greenup County said he immediately recognized his old buddy and co-worker Luther Hunt, who he worked with at the refinery for more than 25 years. Crawford said he and Hunt bowled in a mixed league together, and expressed his pleasure at unexpectedly seeing his old friends photo in the newspaper.

Bruce Carter confirmed the identity of Arthur Jackson “looking right at you in the center,” and noted Jackson’s brother Tom, as well as Tom’s son, James, also appeared in the image.

“Art taught me how to play guitar,” Carter noted.

Nannie Hunnicutt said she made multiple copies of the photo, which she snapped with a Minolta camera mounted on a tripod, partially because she was amazed to have snapped a photo with everyone’s eyes open and smiles on all their faces.

Hunnicutt said the reunion was the result of a spontaneous gathering when “Uncle Phillip, Billy and Pill all lived in Florida and all came up,” in 1985 or 1986. The family got together, snapped a few photos and enjoyed the visit, which prompted the Jackson family to start a regular series of family reunions, Hunnicutt said.

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