BRANCHVILLE – The Branchville United Methodist Church will celebrate Hiram Frakes Sunday, Sept. 19.
Frakes was a Methodist minister who was born in Branchville in 1888. In 1907, he married Leota Walker, also of Branchville. His call to the ministry led him to the remote area of eastern Kentucky Appalachia. There were no roads or civilized law.
Ignorance, feuding and moonshining were prominent. Rev. Frakes established a church, post office, schools and care-giving facilities. He developed a Christian community called the Henderson Settlement.