- Commonwealth Journal newspaper Aug 5, 1937(reprint 05/31/14)
Robert Gwinn, Danville contractor, this week purchased the rock quarry on Reservoir Hill from A. J. Colyer, who has been operating it since 1922.
Mr. Gwinn plans to move his wife and three children to Somerset.
H. H. Benson, who has been manager of the quarry for several months, will retain his posi- tion.
- per Robert Sears via "You know you're from Pulaski County/Somerset Ky if" facebook page:
The big farm, now long subdivided across from Pulaski High was the Jay Colyer farm. Originally it was the Frazure (correct spelling) and the Woodcock farm owned by his in-laws. At one time there were several grave stones from their families in the area between the Pepsi plant and the convenience store which stand there now. Colyer ran the old Somerset quarry which was on the Reservoir Knob which is now adjacent to the 80-bypass. You can still see remnants of the quarry pit. He was known to be something of a wild man when it came to dynamite blasting at the quarry. Herb Jasper who had driven a truck for him said it was not uncommon for bowling ball size boulders to be blown to Crab Orchard St. from one of his blasts. Colyer's equipment was kept in big open shed behind the brick house he lived in on Ky 39. I spent the first five years of my life living in sight of it. for a kid fascinated by machinery it was tantalizing to see. However my Mom had threated to wear me out if she as much as caught my foot on the fence bordering his place. colyer seldom left his house in his latter years. He had paid employees who lived with him and cooked and kept house for him. I saw him one time when he stopped at Littrell's old store to buy gas and he was too drunk to get out of the car. Oh yes,one more story here.. Herb Jasper said that Colyer's trucks were involved in the building of east Ky 80. They were old hard tired Macks, little better than a jolt wagon with a motor according to Jasper. He said he was literally worn out after a shift of being jostled in one of them.
- [S14494] Alice Colyer Gala.
Date of Import: Sep 19, 1998
- [S27813] ColyerV2.FTW.
Date of Import: Sep 30, 1998