Darby Davis and wife Mae (Island Queen in the background)

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Title

Darby Davis and wife Mae (Island Queen in the background)

Subject

People; Steamboats; Waterfronts

Description

Darby Davis and his wife, Mae are shown relaxing along the Ohio as the Island Queen floats by. Darby Davis was born in Carroll County, Kentucky in 1886. In his younger days he was a blacksmith and boat tender, and in later years worked in the tobacco houses and as a fisherman. The couple lived on a little "houseboat" on the river. Darby died in 1955 and Mae followed a few years later. It is said the children of the town loved Darby and Mae. They were part of the colorful river characters along the Ohio.

The Island Queen was built as an excursion boat for duty, primarily, around the Coney Island Amusement Park (later King's Island) in Cincinnati. She also plied up and down the Ohio and in 1937 the Madison Courier declared in an advertisement, "The palatial glass-enclosed steamer Island Queen will pay a return visit to Madison, Ind. on Sunday night October 17, to stage another of its popular Moonlight dance excursions." At that time, Bob Sidell and his Kentucky Swingsters provided the dance tunes and Sidell also doubled on the boat's massive calliope. The Island Queen exploded in Pittsburg in 1954 killing 19.

Creator

Harry Lemen, photographer

Source

Madison Courier

Date

Picture taken 1930

Contributor

Madison-Jefferson County Public Library

Rights

Permission to reproduce this image for other than personal use must be requested from the Director of the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library. Please contact at 420 W. Main Street Madison, IN 47250

(812) 265-2744

Format

Photograph taken with Eastman-Kodak Brownie Camera No. 2C model A, using No. 130 film. Resulting negative (2.875in x 4.875in) scanned at 1200 DPI using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL. Online jpeg image file saved at 72 DPI 800 to 1000 pixels on long edge.

Type

Still image

Identifier

"Lemen1001-islandqueen"

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Citation

Harry Lemen, photographer , "Darby Davis and wife Mae (Island Queen in the background)," in Harry Lemen Historic Photo Collection, Item #204, http://www.mjcpl.org/photos/items/show/204 (accessed July 28, 2014).