Harry "Pig Iron" Traylor was born on October 17, 1877 at Loveland
Ohio to William Traylor and Julia Brockman Traylor. He was orphaned
at the age of nine. As a young man, he worked on a farm. At the age
of sixteen, Harry relocated to Ludlow, where he found work constructing
roads. Later, Harry Traylor worked for the Cincinnati, Hamilton and
Dayton Railroad. In time, he reached the level of yardmaster at the
Cincinnati yards. During his days with the railroad, Traylor received
the nickname "Pig Iron." A large portion of his duties included
the loading and unloading of "Pig Iron" in and out of the
In 1913, Harry Traylor purchased the tavern of Herman Huntsman on Shelby
Street in Bromley. The tavern became known as Traylor's Café.
During the era of prohibition, Traylor officially sold soft drinks at
the café. However, in 1927 and 1928, he pled guilty to selling
whiskey and producing home brew.
Harry Traylor married Maude Worstell who was born on December 21, 1879
in Covington. Maud was the daughter of John Worstell and Emiline Jones
Worstell. Harry and Maude purchased the Landmark on Shelby Street from
the Rothard family in 1915. The couple spent two years remodeling the
home and beautifying the spacious grounds. At this time, the 5 ½
acre property included the main 18th Century house and four small cottages.
Harry Traylor died in his home on Shelby Street (the Landmark) on May
7, 1939. His wife Maud died on December 1, 1947. Both are laid to rest
at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. The couple had one child, Dorothy
Traylor Jennings. Dorothy Traylor Jennings and her husband Gordon Jennings
opened the Lamplite Patio in the former Traylor's Café building.
Kentucky Death Certificate for Maud Traylor; Kentucky Death Certificate
for Harry Traylor; Kentucky Post, May 9, 1939, p. 4, April 12, 1928,
p. 1 and November 26, 1927, p. 2; News Enterprise, November 11, 1988,
p. 1; MS: "Landmark," by Patricia Shadwick Stewart, 1974.