|Father and son -- Dan Ledford and Dan Ward Ledford|
Meet some native Kentuckians – Dan Ledford and his son Dan Ward Ledford (standing) who live near each other in the Paint Lick community. Dan Ledford is ninty-two and has lived in his home for about fifty years.
This post is about ninety-two year old Dan. He represents a lifetime of living in rural settings. He and his mother came to Paint Lick on a train from northern Kentucky when he was a boy. His father moved their possessions to the Paint Lick area by horse and wagon.
As a young man he served in WWII overseas. After the war ended he came back to the Paint Lick area where he soon was employed as a school bus driver.
He drove the bus for the school district for most of his working years. As a school bus driver he figures that he accumulated about two million miles during his working career of driving school routes and for special school events.
Often Dan can be seen sitting on his large front porch where local folks honk a “hello” as they travel the road in front of his house. He sends back a big wave of his hand to them.
Paint Lick is a small town where everyone knows your name.
|Dan Ledford's Homestead -- Sitting Chair and Barn|
Dan bought his house and 15 acres about fifty years ago under interesting circumstances. While attending an auction, a friend encouraged him to buy the homestead up for bid. Dan told him he didn't think he had enough money but he would try anyway. But he found out he did have enough money as the homestead only went for 9500 dollars. When the auctioneer yelled, “sold” he realized he was the new owner. This was in 1960 and the homestead has been his home ever since.
|Dan's Historic Church Pew|
Dan has two children and is a widower. There has been some changes in the area yet it's still basically a farming place. He intensely likes where he lives. A small American flag flies from a corner post of his front porch and Dan often wears a cap announcing he is a war veteran.
He is the oldest member of the 1700s historic Paint Lick Presbyterian Church just down down the road from where he lives. There is one of the old Presbyterian church pews on his porch.
All things considered, Dan is well entrenched in the cultural context of his area.
|Dan Ledford sitting on his front porch|
You might say that Dan characterizes many rural citizens in this country. Citizens with community pride who have worked hard along with family members toward a good life. That have lived in an area for many years while their family members often settle in and around that community.
If you are ever in Paint Lick on Route 52 and see Dan sitting on his front porch – honk a “hello – he’ll send you back a big wave as everyone knows his name in Paint Lick.