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The Christmas and Holiday season are cheerfully upon us, here at Angel Blue Perfume. Home to fine artisan crafted, “Victorian Inspired”, pure plant essence perfume & cologne for the discerning woman and man! I wish to thank you, all of my Family, Friends and Clients who have supported Angel Blue Perfume LLC in 2018 ! I want to remind all of you that any gift orders must be in by December the 14th to ensure that your gift purchases make it to their intended destination on time !

I have fully enjoyed serving and creating for you,  pure, wild crafted  scents that remain free from toxins, fixatives and synthetic aldehydes. I love to bring you a safe alternative to chemical laden scents that can cause allergies and skin issues. I am most pleased to have so many returning clients who thought they could never wear perfume and cologne scents because of the many irritants that caused them issues. Thank you for believing in us at Angel Blue, where we love to listen to you and our many clients!

I love to create pretty packages and hand written notes to send out with your special gift purchase. Feel free to request this lovely personalized treatment, free of charge with your gift order this year!

God Bless you and your Families… Have a Very Merry Christmas !! I look forward to serving and creating for you in 2019 !


The Mystery of the Music Box Spirit House

Music Box Spirit House

I have always loved searching and watching for the mystery within my journeys of abandoned places, rural haunts, forests and the things left behind.

Many of these hidden moments are shrouded in stillness, so one must listen and watch, carefully, for the ‘lost story’ among the ruins. Some objects stand out, among the clutter, as if shining to be seen…the many sounds, seasons and light cast a mood upon the awareness and reflection of your mystery.

This is one such story about a happening, a music box in the attic, tinkling a tune. Perhaps, set forth by the hand of some spirit…through time.

This journey, finds me in Meade County, Kentucky by the Ohio River. One Autumn day, as I was driving on back country roads searching for the past…

As I came around the tight bend of a country road, there in dried weeds and wildflowers, stood the old clapboard of the Music Box spirit house…as I chose to name it. I parked my truck under a large oak tree, still hanging on to its glory, through time, storm and itself.

The air felt crisp, like biting into a tart apple. The late afternoon sun was pleasurable upon my skin, especially coming from the shadowed places.

As all of my searching for lost things and stories go, I know the time is brief to capture what I may, before I have to go. I sometimes come back to a particular place…sometimes through the years I have visited often, finding the same things, just rearranged differently. Always there but telling a new story.

Sometimes, I come back and the whole place is gone, except for the trees…

I look for what I can, I feel it is important to watch and capture these images and stories to share with you…I can always sense there is some story that must be told. Must be shared.

Some abandoned places call to me stronger than others. I do not know why, I just know that it is so. I walk up to the side and look at the old, blistered white paint. It is like powder, now barely set on the wood boards.

It is a particular quiet late Autumn afternoon. Not a car in sight or in sound, as I walk up to the rickety porch. I look in through the door, my line of sight following the sun rays as it lights the staircase before me. Shadows live on the upper steps, like they have been there a long time.

I look,  as I listen for creaking wood and weak spots,  entering the house I stand quietly, always quiet, just taking it in before I explore what is left behind. I see a small, brown nest of leaves, twig and grass perched upon a door sill. it even looks abandoned…

I step softly, climbing the steps, the only sound comes from wood not stepped upon lately…then I hear the faintest tinkling of sound. A sound that is old, a music box tune of long ago. I can say with much assuredness, every muscle was taught and I kept in my place upon the 4th step, no lower, no higher. I have a story from each special place I have been I can recall to this day. There is none like this moment.

I could not even hear my breathing, for fear I would scare this sound away. I waited and listened to the tune. It was soft, dreamy and nearby. It was in the attic of the house, where I was going. I finally called out strong, “Is anyone here? I am just exploring the old house, can you hear me?” I repeated this a few times to no answer, just the incredible quiet of the house and its surroundings. The first thing I thought is I would go back down to see if a church was nearby and a bell tower was making this tune, as some do. I knew it was not this, for there was not anything close by and it was coming from the upper floor.

The music continued for a couple of minutes and then stopped… I finally decided to move up the steps carefully to peer above onto the upper floor and see what mystery was waiting for me. I was hesitant as I lifted my head above the top step to view the cluttered floorboards of the attic. It looked like any old attic with stored wood boards on the floor, clothing clutter, old cards and letters. There was a broom stuck inside the wall, setting it horizontally out as if by a strong wind. This was odd, more interesting were the two dark attic door openings on either side of the room. I figured the music was coming from one of these areas.

I have a very searching and curious nature for truth and answers…I looked at these dark attic openings for a few minutes and I can say I did not feel compelled to explore them. I called out one last time, no sound and I mean no sound at all. I did not hear a breath of wind or car or bird. I descended the steps and accepted that serene moment with the music box music, as a gift. I wish I could understand more but that is all I received, And it was enough, somehow. The message, I feel, was this house held life and energy,  once and perhaps it just wanted me to know that.

2018 (c.)  Tommie Flannery Baskis  Duskflyer Vision Art & Productions


Excited to Announce that I have a Published Story in ‘Traces’ Fall Edition Volume 46. The Story is about ‘A Connected Tale of the Mystery of School House 109, the Coles from Barren County, KY and the Black Horse Tavern Inn, Midway, KY…”

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I am super excited to have my article published in the 2018 Fall Edition of ‘Traces’ Publication from the Barren County Historical Society

I have always loved shining a light upon the stories and things from our past. I have driven and walked many a mile through the back country of Mid-west America and her lovely countryside, to document abandoned places, rural haunts and old cemeteries to capture these hidden stories.

I love the serene moment of capturing a  photograph of a stillness that resides in these places. If you are quiet and listen, you can hear the story, reaching out to you through the abandoned structures and things that are left behind.

It is important to me to share these findings and forgotten stories with others, as a joyful observer of this creation.

I wish to thank a very dear lady, Sandi Gorin, the Editor of “Traces’ Barren County Historical Society, for her profound love of the past and her incredible talent in helping me on finding some much needed information on one of my abandoned places !

If you would like to view the Published Story, it is in ‘Traces’ Fall Edition Volume 46. The Story is titled ‘A Connected Tale of the Mystery of School House 109; John Cole, Founder of Coles’ Bend in Barren County, KY; The Black Horse Tavern Inn, Midway, KY and Richard Cole Jr. Whose Progeny include Frank and Jesse James’ 


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Paul is the CEO of Synfuels Assets Management LLC, a company that provides Licenses to companies such as Atlas, to technologies useful in the conversion of organic compounds into very valuable commodities such as fuels, chemicals and coke for the metallurgical industry and gases for producing electricity.

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The Lightning Walnut Tree


I stand small, in the summer of my innocence, beneath the ancient, lumbering, struck walnut tree.

The shimmery, amber haze of thick Summer sun, hypnotizes me;

I dream of a silver winged storm that struck a jagged and cavernous rip down through the black walnut tree above me.

Moving on the lazy porch swing by the river, I remember the pungent green scent of the walnut flesh as it stained my fingers, prying very eager, to enter its inside…

My Grandmother told me what fine Christmas persimmon cookies we would bake with this harvest.

Dusk came with a soft tinkling of the calliope on the supine river; and smiles, as we sipped with reverence, her special lemon iced tea.

Squeaky, rust chain swing,  broke into the somber silence as the blues and lavender bathed our eyes from the sky.

In my downy coolness of bed, so far up the steps in the old home, I see that tree

It just stands old and knowing; letting some distant storm stir it’s children leaves.

I know it will always be with me.






Old Shawneetown, Illinois, Historic Gallatin & Saline County Early Coal Mining



“Mining, it was a career that garnered much respect, much wealth came from the earth, and sometimes much wealth was given back, in a man’s life.” — Tommie Flannery Baskis

The quaint and historic village of ‘Old Shawneetown’ is located in Gallatin County, Illinois. The census of 2010 listed around 5,589 as the population of people living in the county. The 2010 census stated the village of Shawneetown had a population of 193 persons.

New Shawneetown is located in the southeastern part and is the county seat of Gallatin. Prior to 1837, Saline County was actually part of Gallatin County.

Shawneetown, after the American Revolution, was a very prominent United States government administrative center for the Northwest Territory. One important factor was being located  along the mighty Ohio River. This would also prove to be detrimental, for after many productive years the town would come to ruin from the great Ohio River Flood of 1937. The new Shawneetown, after the flood, would be located several miles inland.

Gallatin County is located at the mouth of the lovely, Wabash River along with the neighboring Union County, Kentucky and Posey County, Indiana. This forms the Tri-point of the Illinois-Kentucky-Indiana Tri State Area.

Gallatin County was formed in 1812 from land in Randolph County. During that time, the Secretary of Treasurer, Albert Gallatin, is who the county is named after.

Washington, D.C. and Shawneetown have the interesting distinction of being the only towns chartered by the United States government.

There is one record, by “Hanna on Peter Charter” E.P. Grondine, that states a village was settled here as early 1748 by the Pekowi Shawnee and their leader Peter Chartier.

During the Autumn of 1803, Lewis and Clark, came upon this area with around 20 men as they were heading westward. At the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers, they came upon the territory that is known as the state of Illinois. The main reason for their stop was to procure an important supply, of which was salt, for their journey west.

As they departed southward they turned their boats on the Ohio River  to Fort Massac.

In the early 19th century, salt production was a booming industry. The native Indians and Early French settlers came to the south side of the Saline River at the Great Salt Spring five miles from Equality

From many of my journeys discovering the history of America, I have always gazed in wonderment at the fine structure and detail of the old stone and brick buildings of days gone by. I have always remembered the Greek Revival Bank in Shawneetown, of which was built in 1839 to be a formidable work of architecture.

The very first bank chartered in Illinois, at Old Shawneetown was built in 1816. The original structure was a log cabin but was replaced by a brick structure in 1822, of which is now known as the John Marshall House. There are only two brick structures in town.

There are many wonderful men and women, and many stories to tell, who have made Old Shawneetown a special piece of history in America. Good families who worked hard in the coal, salt, fluorite mines, railroad and river industries.

By the toil of their sweat, laughter, love, beliefs and sometimes by their blood, these people weaved their stories into their towns, families and American history. These are some of the people that have come and gone; people who made and built this country.

Some of the notable people to have called this place home were, Peter Chartier, Shawnee Indian Chief;  Michael Kelly Lawler, Union Army officer;  Robert G Ingersoll. orator; John Alexander McClernand, Civil War General and U.S. congressman;  Bluford Wilson, Union Army Officer and James Harrison Wilson, Union Army General.

Gallatin and Saline County, Illinois has its roots deep in river, rail and coal mining. This is an extremely interesting and lengthy subject for me. I will only give a brief ‘touching’ on the subject of coal . There are so many fascinating stories from the past and discoveries of coal seams with the big coal mine companies such as Peabody Coal Company. Some of these stories are good and some of them have ended in tragedies for the hard working men that mined these large caverns.

The information I present below is from ‘A Compilation of the Reports of the Mining Industry of Illinois from the Earliest Records to 1954- Department of Mines and Minerals.’

One of the very first coal discoveries North America was made in Illinois by Joliet and Marquette, as an exploration voyage in 1673. The discovery of coal seams was found in bluffs along the Illinois River in the vicinity of Ottawa and Utica.

Another discovery of coal, was recorded in 1668 by Father Louis Hennepin who referred to the State of Illinois. Authorities are not sure as when and by whom this discovery was made.

Taken from “The World’s Cyclopedia and Dictionary of Universal Knowledge”  it deems the honor of this discovery to Father Hennepin in 1669.

On the Illinois River near what is the present site of Ottawa, La Salle County. “Mineral Resources of the United States, Part 2, 1913”, at page 832 says: “The first mention of coal in the territory which afterward became the United States is contained in the Journal of Father Louis Hennepin, published in 1698. The Journal contains a map on which is marked ‘cole mine’ on the banks of the Illinois River near the site of the present city of Ottawa, Hennepin having passed through this region 30 years before, in 1668.”

It would not take long before explorers and settlers knew how rich the coal seams of Illinois were. It would actually be a century before people would discover coal existed in Pennsylvania and other parts of the country.

William Boon, is recorded to be the first man to mine coal in 1810 in what is the present Jackson County, Illinois, before it was a state. The records were loosely kept around the 1830’s but it was not until 1882 that the State of Illinois would keep more impeccable recordings of mining.

There are around three-fifths of the state of Illinois that is under laid with coal deposits and seams. It is known to have eighteen geographical seams of coal identified in sections of the state. They all vary in depth and thickness, some ranging as deep as 1,000 feet, outcropping in river banks and sides of hills and bluffs.

Almost all of the Illinois coal is classed as a high volatile C bituminous coal. This means it is moist mineral-matter-free basis, B.T.U. from around 11,000 to 13,000.

Gallatin and Saline with most of the southern Illinois mining fields is classed as high volatile B bituminous coal, moist mineral-matter-free basis, B.T.U. from 13,000 to 14,000.

It is of great interest to say that a very High -volatile A coal, moist mineral-Imatter-free, B.T.U. over 14,000, fixed Carbon less than 69% volatile matter over 31%, has been discovered in the Eagle Valley of Illinois area of Gallatin County south of the Shawneetown fault line.

It has been recorded that  Illinois has the largest known reserves of bituminous coal in the United States. It has been estimated that the total is around 137 billion tons.

North Dakota and Montana are the two other states which have solid fuel reserves that are more immense than Illinois, but their reserves are almost all subbituminous coal and lignite.

From the 1966 Annual Coal Report it is mentioned that during the pioneering and settlement of Illinois, the use of coal was mostly by blacksmiths. The smiths were not as aware of the use of coal because most everyone during that time relied on the burned wood or charcoal from the heavily timbered land. The coal that was used was because it was taken from the exposed seams along river bluffs.

Illinois coal has been a monumental player through history up into the present in the development and industrialization of Southern Illinois and major industrial centers such as Harrisburg, Rockford, Peoria, Decatur, Springfield and dozens of other Illinois towns.

Coal mining has paved the way for Illinois to become a major industrial center and transportation hub in this nation. In America’s past it was coal mines that encouraged building and infrastructure  of railroads, barge lines and river traffic.

The great efficiency, vast supply of coal and broad enterprise of our mine labor, operators and engineers have built upon this great legacy in underground mining and also the development of strip mining, that in present day accounts for 57.1 per cent of the total coal production of Illinois also an even greater percentage of coal produced for shipping to other places.

From the Coal Mining History it is stated in ‘Coal Mines in Illinois, Gallatin County’ that the Mining in Shawneetown Quadrangle that the earliest mining was at Bowlesville Coal company Mine before the Civil War. The latest mining was completed in 1933 at Peabody Coal Company’s Eagle No. 2 Underground mine.

Mining done at this quadrangle took place mainly in the Herrin Coal and Springfield Coal. I want to interject an important fact from my friend and coal expert, James Lindsey from Energy Plus and Lignite Power LLC in Harrisburg, Illinois, that the Springfield was also known as the Harrisburg. The Harrisburg coal seam is known as number 5 and the Herrin coal seam as number 6.

Some of the mining was also done in the Davis & Dekoven Coals, Briar Hill Coal and Gentry Coal.

I want to finish on the note that many brave, hardworking men put many successful years behind them and good livings were made from the coal industry. The coal industry came with risks, of course like many occupations that made this country wonderful today, but these men raised good families and were able to provide for their families through their toil, sweat, friendships and industrialization of the early years of coal mining. Many changes have arisen to ensure the safety of workers including more advanced machinery and technology.

I feel very honored and grateful to acknowledge and remember the hardworking men who gave their all and sometimes their lives, in the building of this great country of America.

I will list one of the tragedies, that was an explosion in Harrisburg that took the lives of 11 men .

“Mining, it was a career that garnered much respect, much wealth came from the earth, and sometimes much wealth was given back, in a man’s life.” –Tommie Flannery Baskis

The story below is a newspaper excerpt from Marion Semi-Weekly Leader; Marion, Illinois, on Tuesday, September 6, 1921, Page 4


Marion Semi-Weekly Leader, Marion, Illinois
Tuesday, September 6, 1921, Page 4
All of the Bodies Were Recovered Wednesday Afternoon
Explosion crushed old Vein Walls and Entombed the Men
      Harrisburg. Sept. 1, — Eleven miners were killed in the Harco mine ten miles northwest of this city following the explosion of a dynamite charge which penetrated an old walled room providing means of escape of black damp, which, it is believed, killed the miners. The accident occurred at 2:00 p. m. Wednesday.
A special train bearing a United States Mine Bureau car was dispatched to the mine within an hour after the accident, and was in charge of D. J. Parker, chief of the Division of Mines Rescue Cars and Stations of the United States Bureau of Mines, who was conducting an inspection trip in this vicinity for H. Foster Bain, director of the United States Bureau of Mines.
Six other men who escaped from the explosion but were suffering from the effects of the black damp are in the hospital here, all of whom will probably recover.List of the Dead Charles Mosco, single, Harco
Michael Mosco, wife and four children, Harco
George Warwick, widower
Herbert Reeder, married, Harrisburg
Hiram Brown, married, Harrisburg
Ernie Goodrich, Harrisburg
Lyman Berkley, aged 18, lived with widowed mother, Equality
John Luther, wife and one child, Harrisburg
George Hunter, single Harco
Hershel Vaughn, married, Harrisburg
George Stewart, aged 44, wife and large family, HarrisburgThe Injured Men      The men who were rescued and who are expected to recover are:
William Sheeley
William Cole
E. W. Harris
Edward Thomas
Two foreigners whose names cannot be learned.
The mine where the accident took place is at Harco, ten miles northwest of Harrisburg, and the shaft is 445 feet deep. The accident occurred 1000 feet back in the working of the mine, which has been considered a safe one and which had been closed down most of the summer for repair work. The Harrisburg mine rescue team was in St. Louis at the time and volunteers took their places and brot up the injured and the bodies of the dead. All were brot to the surface by 6 p. m. this morning the mine was sealed by the state mine authorities and will be closed until it is pronounced safe for the resumption of work. The mine rescue team from Christopher was called and came as far as Eldorado when they learned that local men who were familiar with the use of the rescue apparatus had gone in and brot out all of the dead and injured.
The crew of seventeen miners were engaged in working a new coal bed near an old shaft, which had been walled in, when the driller exploded a charge of dynamite which crushed the old vein walls, and entombed himself and fellow workers, according to reports from the mine.Died for Others      Two of the men, John Luther and George Stewart, were on their way out and could have escaped but heard two of the companions fall and went back to try to save them. Their efforts were in vain and they also lost their lives in their efforts for others. Today the bodies of the eleven dead are in local morgues awaiting the completion of funeral arrangements.







A Journey after the Storm, Mimosa by the Forest and the Broken Window House


After the storm water drops, cool upon my hair, like tears from leaves, from the forest.

A gentle symphony sounds… of falling drops cascading from different heights, cicada buzzing and a hidden owl, watching.

The scent of rain, I will remember, like I remembered when I was a child…

A fresh sweetness from the new damp, electrically charged, was exciting to me. The dark roots of trees and soil smelled musky and mysterious.

I walk along a dark, country road, listening as a breeze rustles through the trees; clouds shifting shapes of darkness and patterns, moving slow upon the grey road before me.

Mimosa trees can be found here, always in summer, always full with pink flowers. Soft hairs tickle my nose, as I breathe in the dewy,  sugary scent that I love.

An abandoned farmhouse, dark within and broken windows, I come to on the end of my journey. I stand and watch, listening for sounds…stillness has many sounds

The broken, upstairs window has wavy glass, that reflects colors, like an oil slick in the water.

As a child, when I would look at an old house and the upstairs windows, I also thought the house watches, too.

I loved going into the house, into the room I watched from the outside, to look out of the windows from the inside of that room. The changing of perspective was intriguing to me…what I was able to see changed.

A Journey after the storm…



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Happy Independence Day, America ! Thank you to all of the Brave Men & Women, Past and Present Military, For Our Freedoms

It is with the most grateful of hearts that we give thanks to so many brave souls who have come before us, with the dream of a free Nation under God. A Sovereign Nation, as a shining light to all others, as children of God; to not live under the yoke of another! __ Tommie Flannery Baskis

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin.

This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. ~Lyndon B. Johnson

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson

 It is very inspiring, my friends, to come to this that may be called the original fountain of independence and liberty in America and here drink draughts of patriotic feeling which seem to renew the very blood in one’s veins. ~Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1914 July 4th

Liberty is the breath of life to nations. ~George Bernard Shaw

The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. ~John Quincy Adams (1767–1848), “The Declaration of Independence”

The Fourth of July orator does not drink water between his rests and pauses. He disdains any fluid short of champagne and brandy, which seem to invest, not only himself, but his subject, with additional spirit. Your temperance cold-water orators are apathetic patriots at a dinner-table, being too definite and punctilious to stir up the mass. Sentiments red-hot from the furnace of the heart, and words as strong as Sampson’s locks are in demand. Milk and amiability are good things in their way, but to‑day aque vitæ and enthusiasm suit the popular system. All the time this mental fire is going on inside, the fireworks and guns are blazing away incessantly without; squibs sometimes fall at the orator’s feet, and if, like Charles the Twelfth, he does not move at the burst, he is unanimously voted as a fearless champion of the Rights of Liberty. Viva! ~Henry Howard Paul, “Fourth of July in the United States,” 1851

Make room, all ye kingdoms, in history renown’d,
Whose arms have in battle with victory been crown’d,
Make room for America, another great nation;
She rises to claim in your councils a station…
With glory immortal she here sits enthroned,
Nor fears the vain vengeance of Britain disown’d…
~Francis Hopkinson (1737–1791), “American Independence”

July is an intensely warm month in the States, and by some weather-freak, the fourth, of all days, is the very fiercest. ~Henry Howard Paul, “Fourth of July in the United States,” 1851

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it. ~Curtis Billings

The Fourth of July, when we get to play our favorite American guessing game — fireworks or gunshots? ~Author unknown

Day of glory! welcome day!
Freedom’s banners greet thy ray;
See! how cheerfully they play
With thy morning breeze,
On the rocks where pilgrims kneel’d,
On the heights where squadrons wheel’d,
When a tyrant’s thunder peal’d,
O’er the trembling seas…
O let freemen be our sons;
And let future Washingtons
Rise, to lead their valiant ones,
Till there’s war no more.
~John Pierpont (1785–1866), “Independence”

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


I have always admired Dr. Werner Von Braun, the Vison of the Saturn 1, 1B, V Rockets, Liquid propellant Inspired, and ATSF Satellite Technology!


I have always admired Dr. Werner Von Braun, the Vison of the Saturn1, 1B, V Rockets, Liquid propellant Inspired, and ATSF satellite technology!

“The Eagle has landed” Apollo 11

Because of the genius of Dr. Werner Von Braun, everything we have that deals in satellite systems is from Von Braun’s Rocket technological systems!

He loved teaching and inspiring people and the young! He promoted space travel tirelessly. We made it to the moon but he never saw his dream of Mars.

Thanks to President John F. Kennedy, who believed in his expertise, we landed on the moon.

The video link above is still, to this day, exciting to watch ! Enjoy-

Thank you Dr. Werner Von Braun fro your dreams as a boy and a Man of vision. You are one of my favorite scientist of all time.


























‘A Connected Tale of the Mystery of School House 109; John Cole, Founder of Coles’ Bend in Barren County, KY; The Black Horse Tavern Inn, Midway, KY and Richard Cole Jr. Whose Progeny include Frank and Jesse James’


‘A Connected Tale of the Mystery of School House 109; John Cole, Founder of Coles’ Bend in Barren County, KY; The Black Horse Tavern Inn, Midway, KY and Richard Cole Jr. Whose Progeny include Frank and Jesse James’

By Tommie Flannery Baskis


This new tale, which I will unfold for you, is from a very old tale. It is a part of what I call “The Abandoned Story” of our time and history.

For those who know me well, you understand how very important and passionate I am about the forgotten stories and mysteries behind historical towns, places of abandonment, the ‘things and objects’ left behind that help one to acquire clarity on the people and their stories, that carved a path before us.

As a child I had a fascination with finding old letters in drawers, boxes in the attic filled with people’s treasures, dusty books and any ‘old thing’ that I could weave a mystery out of. The elation I felt for the story that would soon unfold behind that attic or basement door was an inspiration to me.

I was so fond of learning things from my Grandparents and their ‘magical’ stories of days gone by captivated me. I knew it was so important to carry on the ‘forgotten story’ and share it with others. I knew one day my precious loved ones would not be by my side and the story would become lost in time as so many have done. As a child, I listened and watched carefully…

This story, rooted deep in Kentucky history, is especially intriguing to me because it has taken me years to find information on a particular old school house, simply known as school 109 in the Coles’ Bend area of Barren County. I had taken photographs of this place over 10 years ago and filed them away for the Kentucky volume of my book, ‘The Abandoned Story’.

There was not a lot of information about this particular, old, clapboard school house on Coles’ Bend that I could find. Many of the older generation, who could remember this place, had passed away leaving it nearly impossible to find someone to speak with about the old days here.

I was very fortunate to have a couple of books given to me by a friend, Debbie Turner, a few years back, one was written in the 1970’s by Irene Moss Sumpter ‘An Album of Early Warren County Landmarks’ that was distributed by American National Bank. This wonderful and informative book added some clarity on the houses and story behind the Cole Family that came from Pennsylvania, to Culpeper, Virginia and on to Woodford County, KY before 1783.

I also want to give credit and much gratitude to lovely Sandra K. Gorin, who manages Barren County Historical Society and Gorin Genealogical Publishing. I reached out to Sandi and with my plight to discover more on school 109. She shared with me information about the Cole Family and the Coles’ Bend area. There is quite a lot of published information that came from a dear friend of hers, Vivian T Rosseau and the Citizens Bank and Trust Company in 1980 from the book “Background of a Bank”.

In a roundabout way, all these years later researching this mysterious school 109 I have discovered that an older story I had researched and photographed had ties into the Cole’s Family in Barren County, KY with some history on Black Horse Tavern in Midway, KY. This tavern was also owned by one Richard Cole. Richard Cole’s son had a daughter named Zerelda Cole James, who was the Mother of Jesse and Frank James.

There is a fascinating and interesting twist to ‘the end’ of this story so stay tuned.

It has been stated from research done by William E. Pullen and Joan M. Beamis that the Coles who came from Pennsylvania made the trek to Culpeper, Virginia. After this they moved to Woodford County, Kentucky prior to 1783. They believe this date to be correct because the progenitor of the Coles, Richard Cole, Sr. was no longer listed on the Virginia tax records after 1783.

For those of you who are not familiar with Woodford County, KY it is steeped in rich history with the picturesque rolling horse fields, tobacco barns, old stone walls that meander along country lanes for miles, historic places and the infamous bourbon whiskey. It is home to Kentucky’s oldest bourbon whiskey distillery Labrot & Graham from 1812.

Woodford County was named for the illustrious American Revolutionary War General, William Woodford and was formed in 1788 from Fayette County, Virginia.

There was an original tavern in Kentucky owned by the Coles that burned in 1811. A year after this, Cole’s son, Richard Cole, Jr. purchased the tavern on old Frankfort Pike that was known as the Offutt-Cole Tavern or Black Horse Tavern. He became known as one of the wealthiest men in the country. James Cole, his son, was the Father of Zerelda Cole (1825-1911) who birthed Jesse and Frank James. Zerelda met Robert Sallee James, her husband, during the time he was studying for the ministry at Georgetown College.

This is where the history of the Cole brothers branches off and comes around to my researched ‘neck of the woods’ Barren County, KY. You see, Richard Cole, Jr. had a brother by the name of John Cole who came to Barren County and purchased a lot in the Bank Block. He would later found Coles’ Bend of which he operated Coles Warehouse on the Barren River.

The following historical excerpt was written by Jennie F. Porter, the niece of Mrs. Sterling Burton of Cemetery Pike, Bowling Green, KY in July of 1891. There are some additions by Jennie Bryant Cole from Oakland, KY 1938. It was submitted to be published in 1975 by Mr. C.H. Brakebill of Dallas, TX.

“Squire John Cole, our great-grandfather, married Nancy Hynes. He lived near Charles Town, Berkley County, Va. Charles Town was located in that part of Virginia that was cut off to form West Virginia, and now in Jefferson County, West Virginia. The Hines (Hynes) family lived in Maryland, but just over the Virginia line near where the Cole family lived.

“John Cole was a Revolutionary soldier. He came with his family to Kentucky in 1788. They traveled from Virginia on horseback. On the way to Kentucky great-grandmother was thrown from her horse with her baby, John, in her arms and was seriously hurt. The party had to remain in camp for some days on account of her condition and she was not expected to live. It was said every day during this time she would ask her husband that if she died, would he not take her children back to Virginia, but he would always tell her, ‘No, I have started to Kentucky, and I am going’. This answer was thought to have been a stimulant and assisted in her recovery.

“Her hair turned white in three days and the anxiety she felt for her children is thought to have caused it. John Cole first settled in Woodford County, near Midway, when he came to Kentucky. He came to Barren County sometime in 1800. They came in wagons by way of Muldraughs Hill. He left a brother, Richard, in Woodford County, who kept a tavern at Cross Roads. Richard married a Miss Hines, niece of great-grandmother Col. Andrew Hines, who settled Elizabethtown and named it for his wife, was a brother of great-grandmother. When quite an old woman great-grandmother rode horseback to visit her brother, Andrew Hines, who at that time was living near Harrodsburg.

“John Cole settled in Barren County in a bend on Barren River that has since been called Cole’s Bend. He built a log house about what he thought was the high water mark, but in 1800 a big rise came and undermined part of the foundation of his house. In 1811 he built the stone house which still stands (1833). John Cole died in 1844, his wife had died in 1834, and they are buried on a hill near the old stone house. John Cole had five sons and four daughters. The sons were Richard, William, James, Andrew Hynes and John. The daughters were: Leety, Anne, Mary and Betsy.”

There have been many Coles who settled in Barren and Warren Counties and nearby towns as the years went by. In the 1800’s, like many families in the day, the Coles begat many children and the family name became prominent. Many families were known to have, on average, between six or more children, sometimes less, sometimes more, even up to twelve or thirteen children was possible.

I will refrain from listing many of the progeny of the Cole families except for Sarah Minnie Cole, because of the connection of numerous ancestors who fought for our independence during the Revolutionary War 1775-1781. The following accounts are a few of those stories.

Sarah Minnie Cole’s Father and Mother were John Cole III and Nancy Elizabeth Martin. Sarah Minnie was born at the Family home on Coles’ Bend in Kentucky October 28, 1869 and was one of twelve children by this union.

Sarah Minnie married James Henry Blalock, a farmer from Smiths Grove, Warren County, KY.

John Cole, who came from Virginia, helped suppress the British in Boston and then would later help to defend New York City at the personal request of General George Washington. John Cole married Nancy Hynes, whose Father hailed from Coleraine, Ireland. He would eventually work at the print shop of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1747.

From Sarah Minnie’s Mother’s side of the Family are the Martins. Benjamin Martin served as a Minute Man from Virginia, as corporal and sergeant under several leaders, such as Captain Benjamin Harrison.

Benjamin Martin was at the Battle of Cowpens, S.C. of which was a decisive battle for the cause of freedom.

Captain Azariah Martin (no relation to Benjamin Martin) was from Amherst County, Virginia and commanded a company of Militia men at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. The British won a sweeping victory.

Captain Azariah Martin had a great-great-grandfather, John Crawford, who came to Virginia from Ayrshire, Scotland in 1644. John Crawford is from the Crawford clan that had its origin in Ayrshire from 1127. One of John’s ancestors married into the Lindsey family clan of Scotland and in this lineage are two signers of the Magna Carta. The John Crawford who came to Virginia fought in Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 and lost his life.

We now come back full circle, to my adventure on Coles’ Bend and the mysterious, old school house 109 that I took photographs and documented over ten years ago. It has been very hard to find information documented on some of these abandoned structures in America.

To bequeath or “pass on” the story from one generation to the next has always been very important to me. If this is not done, many stories, places and historical information tend to become lost in time and is not there for others to retrieve and learn from.

With this being said, there was not a lot of information about the old school house 109. Perhaps, John Cole who came to Barren County helped to start this school. It is not known by me or the others that have researched this building. I am very fortunate to have taken many photographs of it.

The feeling I get looking into the school doorways and windows is a timeless and soundless feeling. It seems to exude a grand strength that is comfortable in the forgotten, clapboard bones, still standing…still a reminder of its past. A past that was full of life, love, children, books and teachings. Those children and teachers have come and gone, now. The story has been lost a little, but for this sturdy structure that has been left for us to see as a reminder of days gone by.

This is the very interesting twist to end my story. It involves Mr. and Mrs. Clay Stephens. This lovely, young couple occupies the property that the school house 109 is on. When I spoke with Clay he told me that his Grandmother was a James, Mary Lougene James. He said she use to tell them that they were related to Jesse James. Clay told the story that some were doubtful of this but indeed checked the information and it seemed to have validity.

I found it very intriguing that within the Cole Family lineage was the Mother Zerelda of Jesse and Frank James, and now to have a distant relation of the James Family, through Clay Stephens, residing on property of the Coles’ Bend area was an unforeseen surprise.

Clay also told me a story of the other abandoned building on their property by the school. The story is from an older gentleman, Lawrence, who told Clay that he had watched films in the building as a young boy. The place inside has something that looks like a stage perhaps where plays and theatre took place.

Well, it has been a long time coming to finally write about this abandoned school, humbly named 109. The mystery is still there but I have been able, through the meticulous records of others, to connect a few of my older stories on the Coles’ Bend area and the Coles Family that came to Kentucky so long ago.

I hope you enjoyed this story and also the photographs that accompanied my journey to Barren County and Coles’ Bend.

Remember to share your story and thoughts with your loved ones, so that one day the story can find a place through the eyes of others. It is important to share our lineage, teachings, love and storytelling with others. In sharing, we inspire…

XO, be well always-





















My Mission and Story as an Artisan Perfumer; The Importance of Creating without Synthetic Aldehydes and Toxins




IMG_6458 Tommie with daisy

“Ever since I was young, my appreciation for the ‘real’ things in life were very important to me. I always loved the taste of real butter on my food, heavy cream in my coffee, natural honey and sugars, ripe garden vegetables. The scent of essences and spices from garden herbs and flowers were always sensual and intriguing to me.”

As a child I would make concoctions of vanilla and almond extract, crushed cinnamon and clove mixed with oil to apply on my skin. I just loved the sensual nature of these beautiful spices and natural scents!

It only seems right and natural that I would study medicinal plants and Taxonomy as I grew older. I was influenced by the ‘green thumb’ my Father had; The first man who taught me about the value of a garden.

I loved researching the ‘old ways’ during the Victorian times on perfume making.  I studied the workings, ideas and information of the wonderful Shaker women and men, also.

Through the years, my long hikes through the Mid-west seasons taught me much about plants and trees.

I dreamed of creating fragrances from the leaf, flower, wood, spice and oil of plant essences; the things that deeply inspired my creative passion as a child.

I have worked very hard on my artistic endeavors, writings, photography of abandoned places, cemeteries and old river towns in the Mid-west and wanted to make my dream of an holistic and artisan fragrance company come true!

Angel Blue Perfume LLC came into being upon years of dreams, passions and delivering a fine product that would be a safe and alternative choice to synthetic, chemical laden perfumes and colognes of today.

The information I could write about on this subject is extremely extensive and I will only focus on a few synthetic variants and chemicals. Especially two of them that I do not have in my formulations.

Angel Blue Perfume LLC does not use any synthetic aldehydes, petro- chemicals or Phthalates (diethyl phthalate). We use a Polar Solvent Extraction for our wild-crafted plants.

An aldehyde (alkanal) is known as an organic compound that contains a functional group with a structure – CHO, that consists of a carbonyl center ( a carbon double bonded to oxygen) with the carbon atom also bonded to hydrogen and to an R group, which is, or can be any generic alkyl or side chain. The group not containing the- R – is the aldehyde group, also known as – Formal group.

Aldehydes are very common in organic chemistry. There are many fragrances that contain aldehydes.

This being said many aldehydes are naturally occurring, especially in essential oils, plants, spices etc. The word aldehyde was spoken by Justus Von Liebig, an intelligent scientist who actually invented the first nitrogen-based fertilizer. It is taken from the Latin, Alcohol Dehdrogenatus  (dehydrogenated alcohol).

Aldehydes are not always synthetic, it is important to understand this. Nature has produced many natural occurring aldehydes, such as decanal. It can be found in citrus, conifers, some flower oils, coriander and much more. Some of these are very strong in odor, some are pleasant and other are just down right offensive.

Tran-4,5- opoxy- (E)-2 decanal gives a metallic aspect and taste to our blood.

During the early 1900’s many scientists were hard at work to synthesize ‘new’ materials for creating ‘synthetic’ aldehyde fragrances. Aldehydes were heavier compounds, that are often soapy smelling and they are cheaper to synthesize. Most all of the modern perfumes and colognes have synthetic compounds that lengthen the odor or make the fragrances last longer.

Before the early 1900’s perfumes were based on natural products and real substances from flowers, spices, woods, citrus and musk.

Perfumery goes back 5,000 years with the Egyptians who used perfumed oils for religious ceremonies such as the scented gums of myrrh and frankincense.

A fragrance house can supply a manufacturer of scents over 3,000 base ingredients. Diethyl phthalate (DEP), is used as a solvent and fixative in fragrances to make the scent last longer. Diethyl phthalate is a plasticizing agent that was created to make plastic more flexible.

According to the – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. many of these chemical compounds have been shown to be allergy causing and hormone disruptive. There are several phthalates that have been listed as endocrine disruptors and attention has focused on their potential cumulative effects on woman, men and reproductive health.

There are different ways of making perfumes. In creating natural perfumes it can be an arduous and long process depending on the formulations and process that is chosen to extract the essences from the natural substances.

Some of the processes are a combination of Extraction/Distillation. I mainly use this combination in my creations.

Distillation can involve heating the desired material to a certain temperature and condensing it into a vapor that is collected.

Maceration involves a process of ingredients soaked in water, oil or solvent to draw out the fragrant compounds. This can be difficult and tedious but some essences are best done this way along with other processes.

Expression involves compressing materials and squeezing out the aromatic oils.

Enfleurage is a two step process drawing out fragrances into a fat or oil base and then one must extract it with an alcohol.

It is going to be an exciting year for me and Angel Blue Perfume LLC as I work to create and bring to market some of the finest, natural, sensual perfumes that are oil, leaf, root, flower & spice plant essence inspired perfumes and cologne. They are toxin free, synthetic free and never tested on animals!

I do hope you will follow me on my journey of truly distinctive, natural and niche perfumery at angelblueperfume.com

Live your vision, walk in your light-


Tommie Flannery Baskis

Angel Blue Perfume LLC

Owner/Artisan Perfumer


The excerpt below is from a writing published by Dr. Mercola, a distinguished and reputable osteopathic physician. In  2009 he was named the Top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer.


I caution against using any synthetic perfume or cologne, or any other synthetically fragranced personal care product, as they’re almost always loaded with synthetic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more.

And although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually has direct authority to regulate harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, it doesn’t exercise it… The Environmental Working Group (EWG) explains:1

“When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product’s label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals.’ A major loophole in FDA’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion, and body wash include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name ‘fragrance’ without actually listing the chemical.

Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt.”

What does this mean for a health-conscious person like yourself? When you purchase a fragrance, it could contain any number of the 3,100 or so stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry. What blend is in most products you buy, exactly, is virtually impossible to ascertain, aside from testing it in a lab – and this is actually what the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics did…