Post by cowboyshootist on Mar 28, 2015 23:10:26 GMT -5
Thanks Zeb, very interesting and much appreciated. Do you happen to know where the Custer house is now located in Monroe? I visited Monroe in 1980 and we visited the museum that is located on the site of Libby's father's house.
Thank you for the link, zebzachary. What beautiful photos of the Bacon/Custer house in the town of Monroe! I had not seen it since before it was redone. I used to go out to the farmhouse before it was purchased and redone. I'd walk the grounds and dream a little. I had thought that Libbie lived there after 1876, but no. Armstrong went in halves with his brother Nevin, who lived there with his wife, Ann, and their children. Father Custer lived with them, as did Custer's horse, Dandy. Father Custer used to ride Dandy in the local parades. At least up until a few years ago, the barn where Dandy was kept was still standing. It's always said that Dandy is buried on the farm. It is guessed that Custer was going to raise Kentucky thoroughbreds and keep them on that farm. The 7th cavalry sent Dandy to Libbie by train, and she had him put on the farm. Nevin paid her a dollar for Armstrong's half of the farm. There is a good article on the back page of one of the LBHA newsletters written by Sherry Chapman with a photo of the farm as it was before it was redone in its current stage. The article has a lot of information about the farm. It was published the year the LBHA went to Monroe for their Summer Conference last time. The museum is all different now - redone and pretty gorgeous.