Farming in Clark County, Kentucky in 1916 required the help of the whole family as can be seen in these remarkable photographs below – many have names of the families

Lewis Wickes Hine (September 26, 1874 – November 3, 1940) was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States. He visited Kentucky in 1916 and took many photographs of early schools and children working instead of attending school. Below are some of his remarkable photographs depicting the lives of children in Clark County, Kentucky in 1916. The comments are from Lewis Wickes Hine.

Pilot View School, Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, Lewis Wickes Hine 1916

Pilot View School. See Kentucky reports for 1916. Location Clark Co., Kentucky - Lewis W. Hine

Bush driving horse home. Location: Clark Co.–Winchester, Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine 1916

Bush driving horse home 1916 Location Clark Co., Winchester, Kentucky Lewis W. Hine.

Buckeye School. Location Clark County, Kentucky Lewis W. Hine 1916Buckeye School. Location Clark County, Kentucky Lewis W. Hine 1916

Driving sheep to town. Gartland boy (did not get first name) Mother runs the Farmers Hotel, Winchester. Location: Clark Co.–Winchester, Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine. 1916Driving sheep to town. Gartland boy did not get first name- Mother runs the Farmers Hotel, Winchester. Location Clark Co.--Winchester, Kentucky Lewis W. Hine.

Driving sheep to town. Gartland boy (did not get first name) Mother runs the Farmers Hotel, Winchester. Location: Clark Co.–Winchester, Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine. 1916Driving sheep to town. Gartland boy did not get first name Mother runs the Farmers Hotel, Winchester. Location Clark County--Winchester, Kentucky Lewis W. Hine. 1916

 A Kentucky school.  Bush School, Clark Co., Ky. Location: Clark County–Winchester, Kentucky. 1916

A Kentucky school. Name and data to be added later if possible. Lewis W. Hine. in another handwriting Bush School, Clark Co., Ky. Location Clark County--Winchester, Kentucky. 1916

John Aldridge, 14 years old. Father, Hense Aldridge, R. Route 1, Winchester. Driving horse home. Works on tobacco. Expects to start school in “couple of weeks.” It is now several weeks after school opened. Division 2, Clark Co., Ky. Location: Clark Co.–Winchester,Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine. 1916

John Aldridge, 14 years old. Father, Hense Aldridge, R. Route 1, Winchester. Driving horse home. Works on tobacco. Expects to start school in couple of weeks. Clark Co., Ky. Location Clark Co.--Winch

 Indian Field School. Location: Clark County, Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine 1916Indian Field School.1916 Location Clark County, Kentucky Lewis W. Hine.

The Photographs below are from the Lowe family on their tobacco farm in Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky

 Topping tobacco. Roland Lowe, 13 years old in field with two brothers. There are 7 boys and 2 girls in the family, and 4 are in school. Father, Mose Lowe, R. Route 1, Winchester. Children go to Pretty Run School, Division 2, Clark Co., Ky., but Roland and Bush, 14 years old have not started yet–about 3 weeks after it opened. Father rents this farm of 160 acres. Location: Clark Co.–Winchester, Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine. 1916

Topping tobacco. Roland Lowe, 13 years old in field with two brothers. There are 7 boys and 2 girls in the family, and 4 are in school. 1916

Topping tobacco. Roland Lowe, 13 years old in field with two brothers. There are 7 boys and 2 girls in the family, and 4 are in school. Father, Mose Lowe, R. Route 1, Winchester.

Topping tobacco. Roland Lowe, 13 years old in field with two brothers. There are 7 boys and 2 girls in the family, and 4 are in school. Father, Mose Lowe, R. Route 1, Winchester. Children go to Pretty Run School2

Topping tobacco. Roland Lowe, 13 years old in field with two brothers. There are 7 boys and 2 girls in the family, and 4 are in school. Father, Mose Lowe, R. Route 1, Winchester. Children go to Pretty Run School,Topping tobacco. Roland Lowe, 13 years old in field with two brothers. There are 7 boys and 2 girls in the family, and 4 are in school. Father, Mose Lowe, R. Route 1, Winchester. 3

 The Lowe sons are spiking tobacco on Lowe farm in the next two photographs. Roland 13 and Bush 14 years old will go to Pretty Run School in a week or two, when tobacco is all in. It is a school day and school began 2 months ago. Boys say they have been in school some this year. Location: Clark County–Winchester[vicinity], Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine. 1916

Spiking tobacco on Lowe farm. Roland 13 and Bush 14 years old will go to Pretty Run School in a week or two, when tobacco is all in. It is a school day and school began
Spiking tobacco on Lowe farm. Roland 13 and Bush 14 years old will go to Pretty Run School in a week or two, when tobacco is all in. It is a school day and school began 2 months ago.

 Suckering tobacco on Lowe farm. Lewis W. Hine 1916Suckering tobacco on Lowe farm. Lewis W. Hine

 The following photographs below are of  W. L. Fugate children.

Worming and topping tobacco. W.L. Fugate rents farm. Willie, 12 years old and Ora, 10 years old will go to Schoolsville School, Clark Co., Ky., but it has not opened yet. Location: Hedges Station, Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine. 1916Worming and topping tobacco. W.L. Fugate rents farm. Willie, 12 years old and Ora, 10 years old will go to Schoolsville School, Clark Co., Ky., but it has not opened yet. Locati Lewis W. Hine.

Worming and topping tobacco. W.L. Fugate rents farm. Willie, 12 years old and Ora, 10 years old will go to Schoolsville School, Clark Co., Ky., but it has not opened yet. hine 1916

Worming and topping tobacco. W.L. Fugate rents farm. Willie, 12 years old and Ora, 10 years old will go to Schoolsville School, Clark Co., Ky., but it has not opened yet. hine

Housing tobacco in barn of W.L. Fugate. Will go to Schoolsville School but it has not opened on account of repairs. Lewis W. Hine. Location: Hedges Station, Kentucky.Housing tobacco in barn of W.L. Fugate. Will go to Schoolsville School but it has not opened on account of repairs. Lewis W. Hine. Hedges Station, Kentucky.

Housing tobacco in barn of W.L. Fugate. Will go to Schoolsville School but it has not opened on account of repairs. Lewis W. Hine.

Willie Fugate cutting tobaccoWillie Fugate cutting tobacco hine 1916

Ora Fugate, 10 years old worming tobacco. They said they do not worm in middle of day when hot, but work right through when “suckering.Ora Fugate, 10 years old worming tobacco. They said they do not worm in middle of day when hot, but work right through when suckering

Ora Fugate, 10 years old worming tobacco. They said they do not worm in middle of day when hot, but work right through when suckering2

The Newkirk family in Clark County, Kentucky also needed assistance from their children. Newkirk children picking blackberries. Father, Hildred Newkirk. Willie, 15 years, Catherine 13 years, Clarence, 10 years and Sam, 8 years. Will start school (Indian Field) soon. Mother said: “They haint got money fer books so they have to git a little from the berryin’.” Some families nearby earn considerable money at this work. Teacher of Rabittown School said most of her absences have been due to picking berries. Location: Clark County, Kentucky / Lewis W. Hine 1916

Newkirk children picking blackberries. Father, Hildred Newkirk. Willie, 15 years, Catherine 13 years, Clarence, 10 years and Sam, 8 years. 1916 hine

Newkirk children picking blackberries. Father, Hildred Newkirk. Willie, 15 years, Catherine 13 years, Clarence, 10 years and Sam, 8 ye Hine 1916

 

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2 Responses to Farming in Clark County, Kentucky in 1916 required the help of the whole family as can be seen in these remarkable photographs below – many have names of the families

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  2. Michael bush says:

    Could be my gtrat uncles in the Bush School photo

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