Banks detailed African-American history in Clark County

This is the 14th in a series of 20 articles that appeared in The Winchester Sun in December 1919 and January 1920.

The author, William Webb Banks (1862-1928), was the long-time editor of the Colored Column in the Winchester News and later in The Winchester Sun.

He was a graduate of the State Colored Baptist University in Louisville (later known as Simmons College).

He returned to Winchester where he taught school, wrote for the paper and was active in the Baptist church.

Jan. 8, 1920

The late John I. Bruner was bookkeeper for a large business firm in this city for over twenty years.

Winchester has had two colored Building and Loan Associations.  The first paid out and paid in gold.  The second went into the hands of the Receiver.

Sam Brown was the popular harness and saddle maker here 45 and 50 years ago.

Rev. H. Strauss once conducted a barber shop in a little one story brick house where the M and N Hat store is now located.

The Editor of this column has been commissioned four times by the Kentucky Governors, as follows:  appointed by Gov. James B. McCreary as Commissioner from Kentucky to represent the State at the Emancipation Exposition at New York  City; appointed by Acting Gov. Edward J. McDermott as a Commissioner to represent the State at the Negro Exposition at Chicago; appointed by Gov. A. O. Stanley as a State Commissioner for the Kentucky Negro Exposition, which was to have been held at Louisville last year to commemorate the 30 years of the colored people in American, but on account of the war, said Exposition has been postponed; appointed by Gov. A. O. Stanley as an official delegate to the Council of Defense which was held at Louisville.

Clark Chapel was the first to have individual communion set.