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Virgie Lucille Herrin Fuller has died


Virgie Herrin Fuller, 87, of Somerset, Ky., passed away Nov. 3, 2009 at her residence. She was born on March 11, 1922 in Shopville, Ky. as the youngest daughter of the late Allen Custer and Ruth Alice Herrin.

Virgie taught at Pulaski County High School from 1950 to 1954, then at Somerset High School from 1954 to 1982. She taught college preparatory math classes: algebra, geometry, calculus and trigonometry. Virgie taught at Somerset Community College for two years. In 1959-1960 she went back to school at the University of Illinois and obtained her Master’s Degree. She came back to Somerset High School and introduced the pre-college math curriculum to the school system starting with the 8th grade class in 1960.


She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Assoc., Ky. Retired Teachers Assoc., Pulaski County Retired Teachers Assoc., National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Alpha Delta Kappa, Former Secretary of Ladies of the Lake Bowling Assoc., Teacher of Friendship Class of First Christian Church, Volunteer in AARP Tax Program for elderly, and Ky. Alpha Delta Kappa Hall of Fame.


Virgie is survived by her son, Hugh Kenneth (Leneda) Fuller of Paintsville, Ky.; and a daughter, Marilyn Fuller (Thomas) Burns of Somerset, Ky.; five grandchildren, Scott Lee Keeney, of Nancy, Ky., Martina (Monte) Keeney-Martinsen of Harrodsburg, Ky., Ginny Fuller of Paintsville, Ky., Toby (Tina) Burns of San Antonio, Texas, and Doug (Tammy) Burns of Somerset, Ky.; five great-grandchildren, Seth Keeney, Sarah Keeney, Kelli Burns, Abbey Burns, and Emily Burns; granddaughter-in-law, Melissa Keeney; and two special caregivers, Kathy Bundy and Mary Huckelby.

Preceding her in death are her parents; six brothers, Leslie, O. D., Floyd, Kentley, Lem, and Reno Herrin; and two sisters, Alma Whitaker and Beryl McKinney Noe.


Visitation for Virgie will be Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 after 5 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory. A celebration of Virgie’s life will be held Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Rev. Doug Couch officiating. Interment will be in the Randall-Herrin Cemetery in Shopville, Ky. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions may be sent to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, the Building Fund of First Christian Church or the Randall-Herrin Cemetery Fund. Somerset Undertaking and Crematory is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the Fuller family at http://www.somersetundertaking.com

Published in the Commonwealth Journal from 11/5/2009 – 11/7/2009

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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
Stray Leaves Daily

☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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Tuesday October 5th, 2021
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