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Sometime back in the 1970s Merle’s son Arthur recorded Merle playing the harmonica and a little conversation. Below: Glen, Merle w/Arthur and Ralph Barrett  

Group Sheet Post Card found among Marjorie (Barrett) Sowders things.   Front Birthday Greetings May this Birthday prove the Brightest of any you’ve spent, And bring you great measure Of joy and content.   Back Post marked March 1922 1 pm  with a .01 stamp Addressed to: Mr & Mrs. Ishuel Barrett Harrodsburg,Ind. Monroe Co. Correspondences reads: Excuse this card. Bedford, Ind. Mar. 2. R.R.2   Dear Brother & Sis, Merle & Stella have a baby girl from yesterday. Its name…

Morgan Barrett got into trouble and left Virginia. He killed a man. So he asked his 17 year old brother, Hazlett to run away with him. They left the state of Virginia in the dark of the night. Somewhere along the way they parted company. Morgan traveled southwest to Texas and made good. He was a lawyer and quite wealthy. Hazlett came to his sister, Margaret Thrasher. He married and settled around the Smithville area. Hazlett rode on horse back…

Byron was raised on a small farm near Harrodsburg. He began working in the quarries and lived at home. His father charged him room and board. In the winter, when the quarries closed he loved to hunt, fish, and trap. He was a “crack shot”, hard worker, and never shirked any job. He could figure out and do anything. He made more in the winter trapping than he did in the quarries in the summer. He was a bee keeper…