This book contains many interesting photos and tidbits of history of Greenup County Kentucky that will probably interest someone like me who was raised there. Although my Aunt Becky Bates is featured in a photo described as the daughter of Joe B. Bates, a well know politician, there is nothing written about him or his contribution to Greenup County. As his granddaughter and because I loved and admired him so much, I felt compelled to write this review and brief biography. The Honorable Joseph B. Bates taught and conducted a Normal School (a two year training school for teachers) in Greenup. He was High School Superintendent of Raceland, Kentucky 1917-1919. In 1921 he was elected county clerk and served four terms_ sixteen years. In 1936 he was elected to the Seventy-fifth Congress to fill the congressional seat of Fred Vinson who was appointed Supreme Court Justice. He was elected to eight more terms from the district where he served until 1953 in Washington, D.C. He was instrumental in getting the construction of the Greenup Lock and Dam and Greenbo Lake. This is just a sampling of many contributions Joe B. Bates made to Greenup County, the state of Kentucky and to the service of his country as a statesman. He spent the later years of his life practicing law and being a mentor to other political hopefuls in Greenup, Kentucky. He was married to Virginia Rice of Wurtland, Kentucky. They raised their son, my father, Joseph Rice Bates and daughter, Becky Bates Vinson in Greenup. His children raised their families there as well. My grandfather, Joe B. Bates was a very important and prominent figure in Greenup County and certainly deserves more than barely a mention in a book that is suppose to present "distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today".