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Early Sept. 1959: Mr. Hoover crosses a bridge, and other items.

All sorts of news tidbits dotted the front page of the News in early September 1959.

By JIM

On the 8th, Mr. McKinley C. "Preach" Hoover, star route carrier for the Glensfork-Cundiff mail route, had the honor of being the first to cross over the just-completed Crocus Creek bridge.

Mrs. Pete Walker (nee Edith Hughes), under the auspices of the local DAR chapter, had agreed to speak on WAIN radio on the 19th about the Constitution of the United States, as part of National Constitution Week.

Several revivals were in the offing. At Plum Point Baptist, services would begin on the 14th, led by Rev. Edward Adams of Midway, Ohio. Meanwhile, Rev. J.J. Wilson of nearby Greensburg would hold a two-week series of meetings at the Columbia EUB, starting on the 13th, and another revival, evangelist unnamed, would open at Shiloh Christian, also on the 13th.

On the educational front, overall initial enrollment in public schools across the county saw a decrease of eleven students from the previous year.


Still, the High School and Columbia Grade Center notched substantial gains, while Cane Valley experienced a more modest increase. Over seven hundred Adair students still attended one-room schools and almost five hundred remained in two-room schools.

For the first time, nearby Campbellsville College planned to offer evening and Saturday classes with the opening of the fall term, and Lindsey Wilson, with applicants from 19 states and two foreign nations, anticipated near-capacity enrollment. Already, a call had gone out for off-campus housing, as the number of male applicants exceeded the on-campus rooms available.

Reade Heskamp, a native of the Coburg section and brother of David Heskamp, proudly added the letters "PhD" as a suffix to his name. Following "several years of graduate work in Spanish," he had earned the terminal degree from the Universidad Interamerica, Saltillo, Mexico. At the time, he taught in Lakeland, Ohio, where he'd been for over thirty years and had "recently assumed charge of the foreign language program in the entire school system."

Those on a tight budget (or perhaps simply of a penurious nature) likely reacted with dismay upon reading that property taxes were due by the 15th, and that effective with September billing, water rates would go from $2.50/month to $3.90, and sewer rates would jump from 50 cents/month (minimum) to 30% of the water bill, $1.20 minimum.

Sgt. Thomas Wingler, late of Knifley and former Knifley High student, recently has been graduated from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division NCO Academy, Kitzingen, Germany. Sgt. Richard E. Chelf, formerly of Casey Creek, a member of the 7th Division, 32nd Infantry and a six-year Army veteran, had been deployed to Korea.

Mr. Owen P. Miller of Columbia announced his new telephone number was FUlton 4-6451.

Among the advertisers in this edition of the News were Rice Hardware (106 Reed Street), Collins Corner Drug Story, Wolford & Downey Auction Service, C.R. Barger Insurance, Houchens, Kroger, Columbia Supply Store (Firestone), and a full page "Shop Columbia" PSA, sponsored by about 30 local businesses, including Lerman Brothers, Lany Bray & Co., Nu-Art Studio, Ed's Kentucky Auto Store, Flowers' Texaco Service, Owen's Men's Wear, and The Style Shop.


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