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Commentary: Historical buildings are not replaceable

'Historical buildings are not replaceable. They are physical links to our past, identifiers of our heritage and important elements that make our communities special and contribute to our health, happiness and well being!' -VONNIE KOLBENSCHLAG.
Commentary about: Adair County Fairgrounds: 1884 Building almost ghost now
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By Vonnie Kolbenschlag
Personal commentary

The Adair Agricultural Association was formed in 1884 with the purpose of a four day fair to promote farm products of the county. It was held on an eleven acre tract owned by William Henry Hudson. He was a well known stock dealer. Later he and his wife deeded for $3000.00 a total of 19 acres to the association. He and Mary were very involved in the early fairs which grew in size. She was in charge of a large dining room during the fairs.


Being a skilled carpenter and so involved with promoting the fairs, he most likely was in charge of building the 1884 building now being removed.

He was the carpenter and contractor for our historic courthouse also built in 1884-85. His and Mary's faces are carved at the top of two columns of our historic courthouse. The historic courthouse is an outstanding image of Columbia. It is an architectural treasure.

Historical buildings are not replaceable. They are physical links to our past, identifiers of our heritage and important elements that make our communities special and contribute to our health, happiness and well being!


This story was posted on 2017-02-10 15:29:26
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