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Faith Hill Community Center (KY) Collection, 1889-1943 (bulk: 1931-1943)

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Faith Hill Community Center (KY) Collection


1889-1943 (bulk: 1931-1943)


Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

Conditions Governing Access note

Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Faith Hill Community Center (KY) Collection, 1889-1943 (bulk: 1931-1943), 98SC192,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


30 items, .5 c.f.


Reverend Charles Graham and Margaret Kane Ranck, natives of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded church missions at Lucky Fork, Mistletoe, Ricetown, and Bee Branch, Kentucky, in the early 1930's. Mrs. Ranck was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Mr. Ranck was a veteran of World War I. They ministered the gospel in the mountains of Kentucky for over 37 years, then moved to Lexington in 1967. Rev. Ranck died on Christmas Day, 1972, at the age of 79. Mrs. Ranck died Feb. 12, 1978, at the age of 76.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of thirty items including letters, photographs, newsletters, a report card, and a birth announcement associated with the Faith Hill Community Center church mission in Breathitt County, Kentucky, and with its founders, Chester and Margaret Ranck. Their church was apparently unofficially Presbyterian. The letters, written by Margaret Ranck to Erma Hill (Mrs. Herbert W. Hill) from 1932-1943, discuss the activities of the community such as bible study, choir practice, and teacher training as well as difficulties in finding doctors, her work in the maternity ward and dispensary, problems travelling through the mountains, and local opposition from the "Holiness" or "Holy Rollers." Mrs. Ranck also discusses the death of her son Graham, who died in 1934 at the age of 2 1/2 years of scarlet fever. The birth announcement in this collection is for Graham (Chester Graham Ranck, Jr.), born March 22, 1932. The newsletters, dated 1931-1940, mostly concern holiday activities and news in the community. The photographs are of the Faith Hill Community Center, Morris Fork (or Lucky Fork), Kentucky, ca. 1933 and of the Ranck family, ca. 1932. The 1889 report card is for R.F. Hickerson of Russellville, Kentucky who attended Bethel College.

Arrangement: Original order maintained


  • Ranck, Margaret K. (Margaret Kane), ca. 1901-1978 -- Correspondence
  • Hill, Erma -- Correspondence
  • Women missionaries -- Kentucky -- Correspondence
  • Missions, American -- Kentucky -- Breathitt County
  • Mountain whites (Southern States) -- Missions -- Kentucky
  • Presbyterians -- Kentucky -- Breathitt County
  • Church newsletters -- Kentucky -- Breathitt County
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Ranck, Chester G. (Chester Graham), 1893-1972
  • Faith Hill Community Center (Morris Fork, KY)

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