Dorothy Traylor Jennings was born in Bromley on June 1, 1905 to Harry
'Pig Iron" Traylor and Maud Worstell Traylor. She was their only
child. Dorothy was married Gordon Jennings. Gordon Jennings was born
on January 28, 1901.
Dorothy Jennings entered the social work profession in the 1930s. With
the death of her father on May 7, 1939, Dorothy inherited the family
business on Shelby Street. She and her husband operated a popular restaurant
at this site called the Lamplite Patio. The restaurant was known for
its welcoming atmosphere and fine cuisine. The couple operated the Patio
until 1956 when Daniel W. Dale took over the establishment.
In 1958, Gordon and Dorothy Jennings teamed up with William Sullivan
(owner of the Country Corner Grocery) to open the Ludlow-Bromley Yacht
Club. The club acquired 400' of property along Route 8 between Ludlow
and Bromley. The facility included a 250' floating dock and a large
The Jennings were very active in politics. In the 1940s, Gordon Jennings
held the elected office of Kenton County Sheriff. The couple also strongly
supported the campaign of A.B. "Happy" Chandler for Kentucky
governor. Gordon Jennings was Chandler's campaign manager in Kenton
County. Gordon also held the position of State Highway Commissioner
for Fifth Congressional District (term began in 1956) and was a member
of the Kenton County Airport Board.
Gordon and Dorothy Jennings eventually moved to Fort Mitchell. Gordon
Jennings died in March 1983. Dorothy Traylor Jennings died on January
18, 1997 at the age of 91. Both were laid to rest at Highland Cemetery
in Fort Mitchell. The couple had no children.
Kentucky Times-Star, April 27, 1956, p. 1a, June 8, 1956, p. 5a,
July 6, 1956, p. 1a, July 7, 1956, p. 1a, May 23, 1957, p. 2a and June
4, 1958, p. 1a; News Enterprise, July 4, 1957, p. 1, Kentucky Post,
January 20, 1997, p. 8a.