Henderson County, Kentucky


For some years prior to 1830, the milk sickness had made its appearance in Kentucky, but during this year, it was unusually annoying and frightful in Henderson County.  Particularly along the banks of Green River, it did its work undiscovered.  Scientists endeavored to discover the true cause of the disease, but all their efforts failed.  January 29, the Legislature of Kentucky offered a reward of six hundred dollars to the discovery of the cause, and a specific cure, yet no discovery was ever made.  It was only with the clearing up of the woods and timbered lands, that the dread disease disappeared. 

History of Henderson County, KY by E. L. Starling, Page 165

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