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100 years ago: revivals, sorghum making, and a new church

Revival season had begun, with some impressive statistics being reported: "The one held at the Methodist church in Milltown had been particularly fruitful in plucking sinners from the clutches of hell,' Jim writes, then quoting report in the News, 'there had been twenty conversions and eight additions to the church.'
Click on headline for the complete report, compiled by Jim, who, while concentrating on revivals, also comments on livestock deals and dealers, and gives a token nod - hopefully prescient of more to come - about the brass band at Lindsey Wilson College

By Jim

Mid-September 1916 found Adair Countians enjoying cooler weather, heating up in religion, puzzling over a mysterious death, and bustling about in general as summer drew to a close and autumn approached.

A rain the previous Thursday ushered in a change in weather. The Gradyville correspondent asserted that "Friday [September 15th] was the coolest day we have in some time," and a two-line front page item in the September 20th edition noted a light frost had graced the land come Saturday morning.

Several revivals either were ongoing or just recently drawn to a close. The one held at the Methodist church in Milltown had been particularly fruitful in plucking sinners from the clutches of hell. Through Friday the 15th, said the News, "there had been twenty conversions and eight additions to the church." This revival had been conducted under the auspices of the pastor, Rev. Oscar Capshaw, and Rev. W.R. Wagoner of Columbia. (Rev. Wagoner served as pastor of the Columbia Methodist church for one year. In the fall of 1916, he was assigned to the Morganfield Circuit.)

In Pellyton, Bro. Cobb of Taylor County and Rev. Marvin Perryman of Adair had just finished up a protracted meeting; Rev. Wyatt Montgomery of Campbellsville held the pulpit at a revival still in progress at Tabernacle; and a Rev. Pardue had concluded an eleven-day meeting near Nell with "several convictions and additions to the church, with good revival."

The Joppa correspondent reported that "Prof. Abernathy and Rev. Z.P. Hamilton spent one night at the protracted meeting" as they journeyed toward Mt. Vernon, in Russell County, to attend the South Cumberland (Baptist) Association. This likely is the two-week revival at Freedom church conducted by Revs. Sexton and Caldwell. Said the Roy community reporter of this one, "Not much interested manifested until the last day."

In related news, Mr. Robert O. Keltner of the Gradyville country had visited kin in the Keltner community and reported the nearly completed Cumberland Presbyterian church building there was quite the attractive edifice.

Otherwise, tobacco cutting (many farmers already finished and several others finishing up), preparations for wheat planting, and sorghum making seemed to be the order of the day. A few weeks later, Mr. J.C. Blair of Garlin relayed that he had run off some 400 gallons of the sweet stuff.

A number of correspondents reported livestock dealers out in search of good deals. J.F. Pendleton, out of Greensburg, had been in the Gradyville section "receiving hogs and cattle" for the Louisville market, paying eight and nine cents for hogs and five and six-and-a-half cents for cattle. At least one community also reported agents in search of oil leases for sales.

Twelve musical instruments for the Lindsey Wilson brass band were on track to arrive the week of September 17th. Noted the paper, "Dan Schorer, an experienced musician, is in the school and will be the instructor." (Mr. Schorer, accorded the honorific "Capt." in another edition, likely was connected to the Salvation Army.)

And finally, a recently enacted federal law allowed all widows age 70 and above of Union soldiers to file claim for a $20/month stipend. "Those who are now drawing less than that amount can get the $20 by making proper application."

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