Former Trigg County resident elected chief justice
by Hawkins Teague
May 21, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John D. Minton, Jr., a former Cadiz resident, was elected by his peers on the Kentucky Supreme Court on May 12 to be the new Chief Justice.

Minton, 56, will be the fifth chief justice on the court and will be the first new chief justice in a decade, according to a press release on www.kentucky.gov. He will succeed the current chief justice, Joseph E. Lambert, who will be retiring on June 27. Lambert will administer the oath of office at a ceremony at the State Capitol on the same day.

“Justice Minton is an outstanding scholar and a person of unquestioned integrity,” Lambert said in the release. “I look forward to working with the members of the Court and the Court of Justice family in service to the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

In a phone interview Monday morning, Minton told The Cadiz Record that he moved to Bowling Green when he was six years old in 1958. His parents, Dr. John Dean Minton, Sr. and the former Betty Reddick, were both born and raised in Trigg County, he said. They were living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. when he was born and moved back to Cadiz shortly afterward.

John Minton, Sr. was principal of Trigg County High School until 1958, when he accepted a position on the faculty of Western Kentucky University, Minton said. Before moving to Bowling Green, Minton said he lived in a house that was owned by the Board of Education, which was on Main Street across from the high school.

Minton said he was proud of his Trigg County roots, and still had some family here, although there is no longer anyone named Minton left. He said he remembered how he inadvertently announced his father’s new job before he had told his employers or the community.

“When my dad took the job on the faculty at Western, I sort of let the cat out of the bag when Fannie Wallace, the principal of the grade school (known as Cadiz Grade School), told me she was looking forward to having me at school when I started first grade. That was when I told her that I would actually be going to school in Bowling Green. After that, Dad had to tell everyone about his new position.”

Minton said his uncle, Paul Perdue, took his father’s principal job at the high school after they moved. Perdue was the namesake of Perdue Field, he said.

Minton said that even after his family moved, he usually spent about one weekend a month and much of his summers on the farm of his maternal grandparents, James and Lurline Reddick. He said the location of the farm, north of Cadiz, is now called Reddick Pond Road. He said he also spent a lot of time on the Minton family farm, which was located across from where the Trigg County Recreational Complex is now. Minton said that his father’s parents, J. Ernest and Daisy Wilson, died when he was young, so John Minton, Sr. was raised by his grandparents. Minton said that the land is no longer family-owned, but was passed on through four generations. By the time he was spending some time there in the late’50s and early ‘60s, his great-uncle and great-aunt, “Doc” Willis and Dorothy Minton, lived there, he said

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