Bill Monroe (1911-1996), known as the Father of Bluegrass music, was born on his family’s farm near Rosine, Kentucky. His family was very musical, and he grew up playing mandolin, while his older brothers played the fiddle and guitar. His strongest influence was his “Uncle Pen,” a fiddle player. Bill Monroe had a long, influential career. The only performer to attain all three honors, he has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and International Bluegrass Music Association. In 1989, he won the first Grammy for bluegrass music. He died in 1996 and is buried in the Rosine Cemetery.
Charles Courtney Curran
Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) was born in Hartford, KY. His father taught school in the area, but when the Civil War broke out, they moved to Sandusky, Ohio on Lake Erie. He studied in Cincinnati, New York, and Paris before settling in New York. As an American Impressionist, Charles was a prolific painter, and probably most well-known for his depictions of ladies in pastel colors, often in outdoor settings. His paintings can be found in museums and private collections all over the country, including the Smithsonian and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The Ohio County Library also has a couple of his paintings.
Ray Chapman was born in Beaver Dam in 1891. He was a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians from 1912-1920. He was struck by a pitch in a game against the New York Yankees and died twelve hours later in a New York hospital. He is the only Major League Baseball player to be killed in a game.
While Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) technically isn’t from Ohio County, his parents, Nicholas Earp and Virginia Ann Cooksey lived here in the early 1840s. His two older brothers, James and Virgil were born in the Hartford area. His parents and two older brothers lived here until 1843, when they moved to Monmouth, Illinois, where Wyatt was born in 1848. He was a larger than life person; at various times he was a city policeman, county sheriff, teamster, buffalo hunter, bouncer, saloon-keeper, gambler, brothel owner, pimp, miner, and boxing referee. Wyatt is most famous for participating in the gunfight at O.K. Corral with Doc Holliday.