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Commission on Women seeks nominations for History Maker award
By Laura Wooldridge
Frankfort, KY - National Women's History Month begins the first of March and the Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) is seeking nominations for women who are instrumental in helping other females achieve success. The women selected will be paid tribute to for their unselfish roles as mentors and role models. These women will be recognized with the "History Maker" award. This award seeks to shed light on the importance of women supporting one another as they make their own mark on history.
2018-02-23 18:24:18 | Comments | Printable version
Hale & Partin expeditions covertly explored Coffey Cave
Intrepid young scholars escaped the lunch line at Columbia Grade Center, in quest for greater knowledge. Poorly funded, they had minimal equipment: A watch to beat the back from lunch bell, and matches and a candle. Author writes '. . . our explorations were unfunded and poorly equipped we did not produce any mapping that could be used in today's development on the Cave system. Unlike Rogers and Clark we encountered no Indians or other hostiles but the challenge of keeping our mission covert provided sufficient excitement.' - TERRY PARTIN
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By Terry Partin
I have long been aware of the Coffey Cave that now holds so much promise for tourism and economic growth for Columbia.
Considering that some Statute of limitations should provide protection to prevent the Adair County School System from inflicting punishment for indiscretions of years past I will tell of the primitive exploration of this Cave by Hale and Partin.
Although not commissioned by any government or country my life long friend Walter Hale and I took it upon ourselves to explore and become familiar with this natural phenomenon located just a short run over the hill from where the Columbia Grade Center once stood.
2018-02-23 15:23:05 | Comments | Printable version
Larry Walker: There IS a cave on Sales F. Coffey lot
Update: Since this article was posted, Junior Stotts used some of his bang-clang equipment and has cleared the brush which hid the entrance to this cave, which, as Larry Walker's revelation below asserts, is located between the cellar and Burkesville Street. One of the Stotts family plans being considered is to make the cave a tourist attraction, if Canadian Tour buses can be accommodated. Q: Does anyone know the name of the cave? Anyone have a suggestion if there isn't one??? - EW
Larry Walker writes:
Yes, there is a cave there. The entrance was to the right of the cellar the best I remember. I have been in it and had to crawl through part of it. - Larry WalkerComments re photo 77317 Search for entrance to cave finds vaulted cellar instead
2018-02-21 18:04:12 | Comments | Printable version
George Rice: Sister lived across street from Hancock Hotel
George Rice writes:
Just talked to my sister, Margie Coomer, which was a young girl living in an apartment across the street from the Hancock Hotel and walking to the high school on the hill and remembers the hotel quite well. She remembers some of the residents who lived there at that time, naming one as Arthur Tucker. Noticing the dress of all the men as wearing white shirts and hats also gives some hint of the era. She also said that at that time the band director was W.H. Owens. - George RiceComments re photo 77315 Favorite old photo A parade in Columbia presents questions
2018-02-21 11:11:10 | Comments | Printable version
Mike Watson: Photo 77315 - Everyone loves a parade!
Historian Mike Watson says old photo circa 1930s-1940s, and was likely one of the many 'school parades' of that era. . . with details on the Ingram mercantile family . . . and these giants of Columbia's past: Luther Wheet, J.F. Patteson, Thomas Bramlette and more.
Comments re photo 77315 Favorite old photo - A parade in Columbia presents questions
By Mike Watson
There are several points of historical interest in this photograph. The W.I. Ingram store, now the Red Brick Studio, was a very important business on the Columbia Public Square for many years. Mr. Ingram, who hailed from Knifley, and who later lived on the corner of High and Guardian Streets, operated this establishment, at first with his father and brother, from about 1909 until his retirement about 1942. Many older residents of the county purchased school books here as it was one of the few retailers in the area that carried a variety of them.
2018-02-21 08:00:05 | Comments | Printable version
Hunter Durham: Stopping the bus on icy Muldraugh Hill
Hunter Durham writes:
Stewart Saniford, who drove the Greyhound Bus from Columbia to Louisville and back 5 days a week told me this story: The roads were covered with snow and ice and when he reached Muldraugh Hill headed to Louisville, it was blocked by police barricaid and he could not stop and went on down the hill slipping and sliding when a lady says "Mr. Bus Driver, let me off this bus!" He replied, "If I could stop this bus I would get off too." - Hunter DurhamComments Re Photo 77297 Kentucky Color Rolling Fork From Muldraugh Hill
2018-02-20 10:19:18 | Comments | Printable version
Mike Watson: Sep 1942 difficult, but inspirational, time for U.S.A
Dedication services for Beulah Chapel, Edmonton Methodist Church, Stoner Creek Methodist, and Creelsboro Christian churches all occurred during September 1942, during World War II.
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By Mike Watson, Adair County Historian
August and September 1942 was a difficult time for America, and a time of inspiration--
The United States was at war with the Axis Powers as the summer of 1942 was coming to a close. Concern for the fate of the nation, and the world, was upon the hearts and minds of every citizen. Young men were being, or had already been, called up for service in the Armed Forces, and many more would be sent soon for examination. Patriotism ran high. The war was new for the Americans, already years-old for our Allies.
2018-02-16 10:44:45 | Comments | Printable version
Mitzi Bault: Grandpa Waggener's WWII ration card
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By Mitzi Bault
I came across my Grandpa's ration card from near the end of WWII. The identification folder, with his last name misspelled "Waggoner" is pretty straight forward, and many families have similar items in family keepsakes.
2018-02-15 10:56:22 | Comments | Printable version
JIM: Chelf Motor Co. became Columbia Motor Co - Aug 1928
While this story is primarily about the change of ownership of the local Chevrolet Dealership from The Chelf Motor Company to The Columbia Motor Company, it also relates the the lineage of Columbia's funeral homes and to Coomer's Store, as well.
Related photo of the building where The Chelf Motor Company, The Columbia Motor Company, Coomer's Store, now a part of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is located: Coomer's Store - How many years ago?
In late May 1928, the Adair County News reported that Mrs. J.F. Patteson (nee Bess Coffey) was having a garage building erected "on her lot between the County Jail and Grissom & Patteson's Undertaking Establishment." The article referred to the edifice, already well under construction, as "a modern concrete structure with a fancy brick front" that would be "complete in every detail."
2018-02-08 07:43:45 | Comments | Printable version
George Rice: Mr. Arnold Coomer really loved pawpaws
Memories of Coomer's Store
George Rice writes:
I bought a Homko riding lawn mower probably in the late 70's. It was a friction drive with handle bars steering system. I'm pretty sure that I also bought a chain saw from him. One of the outstanding things that I remember about him was his love for paw paws. He told me that he could eat a dozen any day. --George RiceComments re photo 77063 Coomers Store How many years ago
2018-02-06 09:44:31 | Comments | Printable version
Hunter Durham: Coomer's stored law records after hotel fire
Hunter Durham writes:
When the Hotel Miller burned down, my office and my dad's (Cotton) were burned up in the fire. At midnight, I received the call about the fire and when I got to the office there were five pickups backed up and we loaded the entire office into those trucks and most of the stuff was stored in Coomer's Building. It was just after Coomer's had gone out of business. - Hunter DurhamComments re photo 77063 Coomers Store How many years ago
2018-02-06 05:17:58 | Comments | Printable version
You could buy almost anything at Hob's Store in Gradyville
It the news central in Gradyville, where people gathered to pick up their mail at the post office in the store, and shared news from Gradyvillians who had visited Columbia, Edmonton and even Glasgow. Hob extended credit until the farmers sold their tobacco crops, and usually, that credit was the first paid.
About: Comments re photo 77051 Favorite old card Hobs Store Gradyville KY
By Virginia Sparks Wonderling
Thanks for including the picture of Hob Walker's store in the magazine today.
When I was a little girl you could go there and buy anything and I mean almost anything.
That store was a gathering place for people in Gradyville to come and discuss the happenings in the area and maybe outside the area if someone had driven a distance to Columbia, Edmonton or even all the way to Glasgow.
2018-02-04 15:18:22 | Comments | Printable version
Headlines from Adair County News, February 1943
News from World War II dominate weekly paper headlines of 75 years ago
Income tax chart accompanies this story
In early February 1943, the duration and outcome of World War II was far from certain. Headlines on the front page of the February 3rd edition of the News reflect the tenor of the times:
Plans Underway for Red Cross War Fund Campaign and Roll Call*
War-related items also took a fair amount of space on the interior pages. Among them were a PSA urging readers to purchase War Bonds; a blank 4-H Victory Membership form to be clipped, filled out, and mailed in (Adair County's membership goal was 2,400 boys and girls); and the Victory (i.e., Federal Income) Tax chart linked.
2018-02-04 09:15:27 | Comments | Printable version
Mike Watson: Adair County as seat of learning, in the law
The centerpiece is by Cumberland County native and famous Adair Countian, Herschel Clay Jones, which touches on the lives of Zach Wheat, Thomas E. Bramlette, Thomas T. Alexander, James Garnett, William Wallace Jones, Charles A. Hardin, William E. Russell, Parker C. Hardin, Timoleon Cravens, William Stewart, James Garnett, Jr., E.L. Dohoney, Nat Gaither and Ed Butler and even presidential politics - touching on many counties primarily in South Central Kentucky as well as statewide and nationally, including Texas.
Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with the partisan party designation for offices of judge in the upcoming primary election, but thought it might give one or two readers a moment of historical enjoyment. MW
By Mike Watson, Adair County Historian
There was a time when Adair County was considered not only the seat of great learning for south central Kentucky, but also in the law, as illustrated in the following item from Judge Herschel Clay Baker, of Columbia, but native of Cumberland County, from 1898:
Looking Back--A Contributor of the News Writes Interestingly of Prominent Men Who Were Born and Reared in Columbia, and Who Filled High Stations in Life, Other Noted Characters--
Columbia, without indulging in any vain, glorious praise of itself, has reason to be proud of its past history, and the records of its public men. Somehow, without ever being a good point for the practice of law, particularly to make money, Columbia has always been a good point to make judges. It has enjoyed a distinction in this respect, as it has furnished quite a number of men to wear the ermine in this and other districts of the State.
2018-01-30 06:29:55 | Comments | Printable version
Bicycles, Lunatics and a Crazy Old Witch
A wonderful, scary and sweet, story of childhood in Adair County. How an imagination of Stephen King proportions provided inspiration to escape the challenges of a young city gang and to begin a lifetime friendship with two misunderstood people.
Be prepared to drop everything if you click on the headline to read this absorbing, ready-for-the-movies classic.
By Rob Collins
"Get him!" I can't remember who said it. But, it was one of them. I was too busy peddling my bicycle as fast as a nine year old could. It was a typical summer afternoon routine. For the last two years that my family lived in the subdivision, a group of 11 to 13 year old boys had made a sport of chasing me through the neighborhood.
In retrospect, I understand why I was an easy target. I didn't play sports. I was a goofy kid with locks of unnaturally curly hair and I was just plain weird. Instead of playing baseball, I was busy watching episodes of Star Trek and Lost in Space. My imagination was off the chain and it wasn't unusual for me to spend hours of time pretending to be a super hero, alien or a sleestack from Land of the Lost. My future as a band geek was already secure.
2018-01-29 19:47:17 | Comments | Printable version
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