The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

August 28, 2013

Pigs visit school house

NEWBY — Pigs visit school house

To start this story, I thought I would write a little on what I found on mimeograph or ditto machines, the beginning of what we call copy machines and whatever the new digital things are called.

In 1870 ,Thomas Edison patented what he called the electric pen, the original copier. Then in 1887, A.B. Dick of Chicago perfected it with his mimeograph machine. With his invention, one person with a typewriter and this machine became their own printing factory.

A stencil that you had typed was put on the drum of the machine. and ink was forced through the stencil to make the copy. It was a pretty messy process.

Now, in about 1945/46 the folks who ran Newby School decided they were in need of one these machines. The first step was, of course, to find the funds for it.

Ruth Turner was teacher and principle at the time, and she came up with the idea of gathering walnuts from the many trees in the area and finding a market for them. They soon found a man in Mt. Vernon who would buy them by the sack full.

She would choose a few of the boys in class to go out and gather the walnuts. Orville Newby and Bill Prewitt were always part of any group because they new every holler and tree in the area.

It was great fun in the beginning to hunt walnuts, then play awhile, then hunt some more. But as with all boys, this soon became boring with no new adventure added to it.

One particular day, Orville and Bill were sent out on there own. They hunted for a while and came up on the fence line of Clyde Long's property, where he had an old sow and her pigs. They decided it would be great fun to bag the pigs and bring them into the school.

They climbed the fence and chased them round and round. They knew if you caught them by a hind leg they usually wouldn’t squeal, but Bill’s put up a good fight. He finally wrestled it into his sack, losing his glasses in the battle.

When both boys had their pigs in a sack and they had climbed back over the fence, Bill realized he had to go over the fence again to find his glasses.

After searching in the mud a while he found them and they headed back to school, adding their sacks to the bagged walnuts in a corner of the classroom.

It wasn’t long before one or two of the girls in the class room noticed the sacks were moving and started to scream.

Mrs. Turner knew the boys had done who knows what and told them to open the sacks, which they gladly did.

Out came the pigs which made the girls scream all the more and climb to the top of their desks, which made the pigs squeal all the louder as terror and laughter filled the room.

Mrs. Turner ordered the boys to return the pigs and gave them mischievous students a good tongue lashing.

But you should know that the school earned that new mimeograph machine from the walnut sales!

I can hear Mrs. Turner now saying,”Whew, I’m glad this school year is over”.

Contact me at or 859-625-0355


Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
  • 04.18 Food .jpg It’s egg party time

    I love this time of the year because eggs really do go down in price during the Easter season. I have some new recipes on how to fix eggs besides the coloring part.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 04.18 Steaks.jpg Where’s the beef?

    Today, the American consumer has more money to spend on the widest variety of foods than at any other time in our history.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4.15 Eggstravaganza 1.jpg Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond

    Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?

    Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick-Ham.jpg We old folks have unique experiences

    A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hope’s Wings volunteers need your help today

    Help a local resident “get out of jail,” and in turn help men, women and children break the cycle of domestic violence in Madison and surrounding counties.

    April 11, 2014

  • 4-11 FosterParentYear.jpg Bereans named Foster Parents of Year, Outstanding Adoptive Parent

    Stephanie and Doug Gillum of Berea will be honored as Foster Parents of the Year tonight during an appreciation reception at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-11 PuppetryFILE.jpg Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea

    The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Animal group seeks volunteers to assist with spay/neuter clinic

    The Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life is reaching out to the community for help with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
    The clinic, which operates at the HS/ALL adoption center at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats since it opened in July 2012, according to volunteer Lynn Grove.

    April 3, 2014

  • State funding to help keep domestic violence shelter open

    Money for Madison County domestic violence intervention in the recently passed $20 billion state budget will be used to keep the Hope’s Wings shelter open.
    The budget bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

    April 2, 2014

  • 3-29 PetsofWeek1.jpg Pets of the Week

    This week's cat is Jett, a neutered and front declawed 5-year-old male.

    This week's dog is Ace, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix.

    March 29, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should the Richmond City Commission stop rezoning property to allow construction of apartments?

     View Results