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Over a century ago, the little town of Athertonville came into being. J. M. Atherton, a wealthy Louisville businessman, built a distillery. The distillery plant gave employment to most of the men in town. A railroad extension was built from New Haven to the town also. There was a school on top of a nearby hill at one end of the town, which was used for Sunday School, prayer meetings and sometimes preaching.

The cooper shop burned down once and the people were filled with such fear, they gathered a few things they could carry, some with their Bibles under their arms, and went into the street to await the unhappy possibility of the fire spreading and the whole town being burned.