Congratulations to Elizabeth Duncan of Hazard, KY, and Coby Woods of Maryville, TN, for identifying the Mystery Person #2 as Dudley Goodlette. Elizabeth submitted her answer just one hour before Coby.
Mystery Person #3: Dudley Goodlette was born in Anderson County, Kentucky in 1890. When he was 9 year old, his family moved to Mercer County. His father was a farmer, and as a boy, he helped his Dad with the general chores of running a farm. In 1911, he got a job at the Anderson County Bank with his brother, who was the Cashier.
On November 25, 1913, Goodlette came to Perry County. "If there had been another train out of Hazard that night, I would have been on it," he later told WSGS, referring to the lack of comfortable living conditions in Hazard at the time.
He married Lillian Harp of Shelbyville, KY., on June 24, 1914 and they had three children, Dick, John, & Joe. His son, Dick, was one of the original owners of WKIC & WSGS. Dudley was employed by the First National Bank in Hazard as Bookkeeper. In 1916, he was appointed assistant Cashier, and in 1927, he became Cashier. While at the First National, he assisted in the moving of the bank to a temporary next door location, while the old building was torn down, and the present People's Bank building was built on Main Street. (First National became People's Bank). He resigned his position at the Bank to devote full time to his other business.
In February 1927, he acquired the Ford dealership in Hazard and formed the Goodford Motor Company on East Main Street. Many of his employees went on to open their own auto businesses in the future including Gene Baker, Bruce White, and Les Caudill. In 1943, he liquidated Goodford Motor Company and formed the Goodlette Bus Company. The first run was to Hazard and Hardburly. Later, Lotts Creek, Fourseam, and Glomawr were added. In 1949, he acquired the City bus franchise and owned 11 buses and he was the General Agent at the Hazard Greyhound Bus Station until 1951. Dudley Goodlette was a member of the Hazard Rotary Club since 1923.
I believe the mystery man this week is Mr. Dudley Goodlette. He was the father of Dick Goodlette, Joe Goodlette, and John Goodlette. Elizabeth S. Duncan
My Mother, Shelby Morgan, thinks the last name of the man is Goodlette, but cannot remember his first name. Coby Woods, Maryville, TN
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