I have an article written by my grandmother Oma Butler March 18, 1938. Not sure but think it was in Metcalfe Co. paper. They lived at Shady Grove and moved to Florida for health reasons. They had a grocery at Shady Grove. "Writes From Florida Miami Florida March 18, 1938.
Dear Editor and Dear Friends and Relatives in Green And Metcalfe Counties, Kentucky:
"'Mid pleasure and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble there's no place like home." It has been said "that home is where the heart is." May we say that home is where we made our advent into this world; is where the happy days of childhood spent at father's and mother's side; is where the friends of our youth and maturer years are walking life's pathway, and where the forms of our departed loved ones are resting beneath the sod, awaiting the resurrection day. Our hearts often yearn for the sound of beloved voices and the sight of the familiar faces so dear to us. Though in this land of sunshine and flowers where nature and art are combined to produce untold beauties, our minds turn backward to the "Old Kentucky Home." Among the many welcome visitors from Kentucky to Florida during this season are Mr. and Mrs. Olyn Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Tucker and Mrs. L. B. Smith. Mr. Taylor is the son of the departed Dr. Eugene Taylor, whose memory is enshrined in the hearts of the many, many to whom he has brought relief and comfort. The night was never to dark, the roads were never too muddy, the wind too cold nor the sufferer too poor to prevent this grand doctor from discharging his duty. Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Thompson former highly respected citizen of Crail Hope, Ky. are now living in Miami, Fla. where Mr. Thompson is engaged in the grocery business. Mrs. G. A. Forrest, from the Masonic Home, Louisville, Ky., is spending the season as the guest of Mrs. W. R. Butler at the Ky. Home Hotel. Mrs. Forrest is the widow of G. A. Forrest , deceased, who was known all over Green County as Dolly Forrest. He was loved and respected by many when in the lumber business in various parts of the county. Mrs. Forrest is still active in church work and public enterprises. Friends at home, many times our hears are hungry to hear from you, so we take this method of communicating with all of you. In a short time we expect to go to New Jersey for four months. Will you not wish us success in our venture.
May the one "whose eye is on the sparrow" watch over you and Keep you in peace and safety until we meet again.
Mrs. Oma Butler
Though my grandparents John and Oma (Ennis) Butler spent their remaining years in Florida, Kentucky was always home. They were always more than willing to open their home to anyone from "home" I still can't hear the song "My Old Kentucky" with dry eyes, my grandmother cried everytime she heard it. When they both died they were brought "home" to rest at Bethel Cem. at Crail Hope.
submitted by: June Jeffries Watts