Religion: A Light in the Mountains

Uncle Scott Partin remembers well the first time he saw Parson Frakes. "I had a jug of moonshine in one fence corner," he recalls, "and a shotgun in the other. I had a notion to shoot him. I thought he was a revenuer."

Methodist Parson Hiram Milo Frakes had ridden his pony into the patch of Kentucky wilderness cut off by Big Pine and Little Log Mountains to bring religion and book learning to the dirt-poor, illiterate mountaineers. When Scott Partin found that out, he gave the parson some land to start building his school and church on. Bill Henderson was...

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