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Fire in the hills : the story of Parson Frakes and the Henderson Settlement

Author: Lee Fisher
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Abingdon Press, 1971.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nestled in the picturesque Laurel Fork section of Bell Country, Kentucky, is a quiet, peaceful mountain community called Frakes. It was not always called Frakes, and it was not always peaceful. And Hiram Frakes was not always the man God intended him to be. But this is his story - the story of a minister who sought to do God's will and who founded a community. When Hiram Frakes arrived in the hill country known by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Hiram Frakes; Hiram Frakes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Fisher
ISBN: 0687130808 9780687130801
OCLC Number: 130538
Description: 158 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Lee Fisher ; introduction by Billy Graham.

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Nestled in the picturesque Laurel Fork section of Bell Country, Kentucky, is a quiet, peaceful mountain community called Frakes. It was not always called Frakes, and it was not always peaceful. And Hiram Frakes was not always the man God intended him to be. But this is his story - the story of a minister who sought to do God's will and who founded a community. When Hiram Frakes arrived in the hill country known by outsiders as "South America," the two main occupations were moonshining and feuding. There was no road, no law, no school - only poverty, ignorance, suspicion, and people who needed help. For the next 41 years, Hiram Frakes, the people he served and the Lord worked miracles. The first miracle was the Parson's gaining the confidence of the mountain people. He sold his dream to several leaders and persuaded them to donate land and labor for a one-room school building. This was the beginning of Henderson Settlement. The story of this settlement is best told through some of the lives that were changed: Bill Henderson, king of the moonshiners, who gave up his "trade" and donated much of the land for the settlement; Wilma and Gladys, two tobacco-chewing little girls, who found an education and a new life; Dovey Rogers, who walked nine miles across rugged mountains to find the school she longed to attend. Today, Henderson Settlement consists of 22 buildings and 750 acres of land, and, although Hiram Frakes is retired, his work continues - the miracle of Laurel Fork. -from dust jacket

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