Lucy (Woolum) Parrott
was a physician who lived and practiced medicine at Lida, Laurel Co, KY.
For decades, people on both sides of the Knox/Laurel line went for Troy
Parrott when a relative got sick; he delivered many of the babies in the
area. But the state forced him to quit practicing in about 1950, on the
ground that he did not have a license. Apparently he had failed to comply
with some kind of requirement. For a while in the late 1950s, he was
allowed to practice again. Before studying medicine, he was the teacher
at the Taylor School at Tedders, KY, for at least one year
in the early-to-mid 1920s.
was known as "McKinley," then in later years, as "Bill."
He used to relate humorously that according to his birth certificate,
"William McKinley Parrott was born at
Crane Nest, KY, with Dr. Bird attending!"
As a young man he taught school for a few years, including two years
at the Henderson Community Settlement, in Bell County. He later migrated
to Indiana and eventually to Wisconsin, where he lived for about thirty
years, much of that time working as the engineer on an electric train
that went back and forth between Milwaukee and Waukeshaw. He and his
family returned to live at his birthplace, in 1949. His wife,
Ida (Neuman) Parrott,
was the valedictorian at her high school. The return of the Parrotts to
the head of Big Richland, in 1949, brought a lot of the outside world to
that creek, for they soon bought a white tractor that was the first such
machine to replace mules around there. They brought their impressive
library with them, with half a wall being taken up by books. Word spread
even before they moved that they "had a thousand dollars worth" of them!
They brought dozens of games, such as Monopoly, that no one there had
heard of, and often welcomed (and served popcorn to) the children of the
community who, unannounced, would congregate at their house to play
the games at night. Still yet it is said that the games are intact to
this day, such was the care with which this family treated them. They
were the sponsors of the 4H Club for a while, and Ida, who had worked as
a seamstress, was devoted to providing lessons for the girls. Bill had
skills that were unique around there, such as knowing how to install
electrical wires, important as electricity came to Tedders, KY,
about the time Bill and Ida moved there.
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