Not Goin out of style

By RUSS HATTER Asst. Curator Capital City Museum Published:

When we closed the doors of the museum on January 30 for expansion I figured museum donations would start to dwindle. On the contrary, we have continually received community response both in donations and information.

Leonard Waldners WW II 1943 photo last Sunday generated telephone calls of identification on several of the local boys off to war. We are so appreciative of readers taking the time to help us label the historic pictures as accurate as possible.

Columbia Gas, Whitehead-Hancock Plumbing, and Wilson Electric along with Tony Vince and Brian McConnell have made great strides in restoration and expansion since their start earlier this month. The work has gone exceptionally well and we are still shooting for re-opening March 1 with the new area open to the public during the Candlelight Tour in November.

My former neighbor Kenneth Goin recently donated his great grandfather Sanford W. Goins portrait. We are proud to accrue this family treasure and will eventually place it with Captain Goins sword, which is already on display in the museum.

At the time of the Frankforts 100th anniversary in 1886 Sanford Goin, being one of Frankforts oldest residents, was asked to share his earliest recollections. He was a young boy when his family first settled at Frankfort in 1820. Frankfort at that time had around 1,200 people. There were no real streets and residences seemed to be dropped here and there at pleasure.

What would later be called Craw was a large lake or pond of water. There was a racetrack at the base of Fort Hill. He was a witness to the first stone being laid for the current Old Capitol on Broadway. He also described the cholera epidemic of 1832 when businesses were forced to close and many people died.

In 1850 he went to California searching for gold. He returned in 1854 by clipper boat down the Pacific to Panama, walked across the Isthmus to the Atlantic side catching a boat to New Orleans and from there making his way back to Kentucky.

When the Civil War erupted, the 47-year-old Goin joined the Kentucky Militia and was later in command of a company of Home Guards responsible to Brigadier General Greene Clay Smith, pastor at Frankforts First Baptist Church following the war.

When Frankfort was threatened by a Confederate attack in June 1864 Goin was placed in command of artillery defense forces at Fort Hill, assisted by Governor Thomas Bramlette. As a reward for his valor Goin was presented with a beautiful sword of superior workmanship and finish. On the blade was inscribed: Presented to Captain Sanford Goin, Company H, 1st Kentucky Capital Guards, by the Citizens of Frankfort and members of his Company, for gallant conduct in the defense of Frankfort, June 10, 1864. Today this sword is proudly displayed in the Capital City Museum courtesy of Ann Goin Woodhead.

The residence of Captain Goin is still standing at 425 Lewis St. At one time he ran the Eagle Boarding House out of this location offering fine food and lodging particularly convenient to the legislators at the nearby Old Capitol.

Sanford Goin was in the ice business for nearly forty years, cutting his ice from Benson Creek. It was sawed in blocks and stored in deep pits along the riverbank and preserved with straw and dirt. He also planted maple trees all over Frankfort resulting in the town being called for a time The City of Maples.

Not only do we have the personal account from Sanford Goin but his great grandson Kenneth, our donor, has assembled a delightful account himself. It is from his text that we have presented these remarks. Kenneth has also written South Frankfort, Thirty Eight Years a Town and Things I Think I Remember. He resides at Ashwood Place.

Recent Acquisitions

Chuck Bogart brought in a book on coinage during the Civil War. The authors George and Melvin Fuld have kindly donated the book to our growing museum library.

Shirley and Doug Phillips donated a 1936 Frankfort telephone book that is a great research tool for names, merchants, and locations. They also gave us a scrap book full of 1937 flood items, three souvenir Farmers Bank ashtrays: from the Cardinal Branch, Stamping Ground Branch, and Franklin Square branch openings, a hand fan from the Banta Furniture and Undertaking Company, a 175th Frankfort anniversary coin, a 1940s photo of a Frankfort High basketball team, the 1956 and 1957 Second Street School kindergarten classes, two 1946 photos of the Farmers Bank interior at Main and Lewis Street, a 1943 boys-off-to-war photo, and a 1948 Courier Journal Frankfort article.

Doris Marshall from Jims Seafood Restaurant loaned us an architectural report on the Kentucky River Mills Site.

Scott D. Quire donated the following: three Paul Sawyier post cards, a Last Supper hand fan from Frankfort Drug Company, political pencils and emery boards for Tom Easterly, J. Lapsley Cardwell, Bill Graham, Dexter S. Wright, and J. W. Luttrell, an 1886 Centennial photo of Bridge Street (by Jerry Taylor), numerous Old Crow Whiskey glass-ware, one National Distillery identification pin, and a Sunny Brook whiskey shot glass.

Kenneth Goin brought us, in addition to a portrait of his honored ancestor and hero of Fort Hill, Captain Sanford Goin, State Journals for Feb. 12, 1943 and Jan. 1, 1935, an 1879 book of Ordinances of the City of Frankfort, a 1988 Frankfort Cemetery book, a 1976 Bi-Centennial Calendar, a collection of photocopies of Frankfort photos, a 200th Frankfort anniversary State Journal complete collection, the July 1, 1975 State Journal Remember When edition, W. H. Averills 1901 History of the First Presbyterian Church, Willard Rouse Jillsons 1936 Early Frankfort and Franklin County, a Photographic Scenes of the 1937 Flood publication, a KHS Fort Hill article by Nicky Hughes, 1969 W. R. Jillson geology booklet, a framed 1972 Presidential Electors Citation signed by President Richard Nixon, a panoramic photo of Main and Ann Street, an 1871 framed map of north and south Frankfort and Frankfort High School Capitolians for years:1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1930 and 1943.

Mark Barnes let us scan a sixth grade Thorn Hill class photo from Mary Helen Penns class 1972-73.

Janice Wilson came in with a few photos from Fannin Court.

Current Reading: Gene Burchs A Photographic Journey, Truman Capotes Other Voices, Other Rooms, and Music for the Chameleons, D. E. Isons Tomb of Love and Honor-The Death of Solomon Sharp, and Carl Kramers draft addenda 1986-2006 for his Capital on the Kentucky.

Even though our museum is closed I will continue to take donations or attempt to answer questions in my office at the opposite end of the building on Ann Street. Call for an appointment at 502-803-1808 or email a

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