Paul Wheeler Treadway was honored on March 1st, 2020 during Lee County's 150 Year Celebration Ceremony. He was recognized as the oldest man in the county. This audio interview occurred days before the ceremony. Mr Treadway will turn 100 in August 2020.
Paul Wheeler Treadway was born in Cressmont, KY on August 24th 1920. His father, Edwin Treadway was a carpenter and bridge foreman working for the lumber mill that was located there. The family moved to Heidelberg into his grandfather’s house when Paul was four years old where he attend the “free” school in Heidelberg. Mr. Treadway graduated from Heidelberg High School in 1938 with 12 classmates. Mr. Treadway remembers riding the passenger train for fifteen cents to Beattyville where his father worked in the courthouse as County Clerk and served a term as Judge Executive in 1938. In 1939 he married Phyllis Howell from the Beartrack area. He found a job in Richmond and worked three years at the Bluegrass Ordinance before moving to Ohio where he worked at General Motors for 30 years before retiring. In 1984, Mr. Treadway and his wife moved back to Heidelberg and repaired the old home-place. Shortly after, they moved to his current residence in Beattyville. Mr. Treadway is the father of two sons, Paul Eddie and David and a grandfather to five; Leisa, James, Mark, Jennifer, and Jodie. He also has six great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.
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