Jasper Bustow Karn

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Jasper Bustow Karn, County Judge of Daviess County, son of Christopher and Ann (Bustow) Karn, was born in the same county, Kentucky, March 7, 1848. His father was a native of the same county, where he spent his life in farming, and died in 1878. His father, also named Christopher, was a native of Pennsylvania, who came to Kentucky early in the century and married Leah Boone, a native Kentuckian and a relative of Daniel Boone, and was a farmer in Daviess County, where he died, in 1847. The ancestors of the Karn family were from Germany. Ann Bustow Karn (mother) was born in Daviess County, in 1828, and died in 1882. Her father, Jasper Bustow, for whom Judge Karn was named, was a Baptist preacher in Daviess County, where he died in 1847. His wife was Rachel Barnhill, whose ancestors were of Irish extraction.

Jasper B. Karn, after obtaining his education in the Daviess County schools, was a teacher in the county for three years, reading law at the same time under the instruction of Sweeney & Stewart, of Owensboro, and was admitted to the bar in 1870; but did not begin the practice of law until 1872, when he gave up the business of the pedagogue. He quietly pursued his chosen profession, steadily gaining a profitable practice and making his way to the front.

He served two terms as city judge, prior to his election as county judge, in 1890. He was reelected in 1894 and is now serving his sixth year in that important office. He is a gentleman of quiet demeanor and a dignity becoming the office which he has faithfully filled so long. He is a member of the Masonic Order, Knights of Pythias, and Knights of Honor.

Judge Karn has been twice married. His first wife was Sallie Fuqua, daughter of Perry Fuqua, of Daviess County. She died December 13, 1881, leaving two children: Virgia, who died in 1892, and Eva, who was born November 15, 1878. His second marriage occurred October 12, 1884, to Rose Roberts, daughter of Dr. Henry Roberts, of Owensboro. By this union there are three children: Robert, Fredrick and Rose.

Source: Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. John M. Gresham Company, Chicago, Philadelphia, 1896. Courtesy of the Daviess County Bicentennial Committee