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June 1969--50 Years Ago This Month

By Mike Watson

Time flies when you are having fun, or growing up, or just making a living. These events were extracted from the local newspapers during June 1969:

Five students from Adair County were scheduled to receive degrees from Western Kentucky University on June 6. James Coomer, Mary Glowacki, Larry Webb and Mary Ann Downey were to received Baccalaureate degrees, and Edith Walker was to be awarded a Masters degree.

Bennie Allen Arnold, of Adair County, received the Master of Public Health Degree from Yale University on June 9 at the institution's 268th commencement.

Lot owners in the Long Hunters Subdivision, on old Greensburg Road, came before the Columbia City Council the first Monday night in June, to request annexation into the city.


A petition was presented to the Council which indicated a survey would be made to determine the exact boundaries.

Robert Duncan II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Duncan, of Bomar Heights, Columbia, was promoted to Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Sergeant Duncan was a material specialist in a unit of the Aerospace Defense Command at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Michigan. He was a 1950 graduate of Jackman High School, a veteran of the Korean War and had completed a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Private Arlin J. Wheat, son of Mr. and Mrs. Simpson Wheat, Sano Route, was assigned to the 31st Infantry Division in Korea. He entered the U.S. Army on 5 December 1968 and received basic training at Fort Knox, with infantry training at Fort Lewis in Washington.

A new office building filled a vacant spot on the Columbia Public Square. The Downey-Wilson building, home of Downey & Wilson Realty and Auction Service received finishing touches in early June 1969. More on this in a future column.

Adair Automotive Supply, formerly owned by Glasgow Automotive Supply, Inc., was purchased by Steve McKinney, of Columbia. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Pruitt, who had been in charge of the local company since February 1961, were to continue with the business, which was on Campbellsville Street.

Janice Holt Giles' new book 'Six-Horse Hitch' to be published July 14th, by Houghton Mifflin Company and would be on sale in Columbia at several locations immediately. Mrs. Giles' book was a vivid portrayal of an exciting segment of United States history beginning with the year 1859. The story told by young Starr Fowler, son of Joe Fowler--of The Great Adventure--continues the series featuring the westward trek of descendants of Kentucky pioneer woman Hannah Fowler...

Dr. W.R. Murphy was in his new location, 208 Campbellsville Street, next door to the Christian Church.


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