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History Monday: Some Early History of Cane Valley, Part 2

Previously: History Monday - early Cane Valley, KY, part I

By Mike Watson

"Cane Valley Is Still on the Map and Very Much Alive--We are located six miles from Columbia on the Campbellsville and Columbia turnpike road and surrounded by the best or so good farming country as there is in Kentucky. Our citizenship has increased ten percent in the last five years. There is not a town in the state that will exceed us for business according to our population. The Dudgeon Co., manufacturers of stoves, brooms, and washing machines. They carry a full line of oils and paints. R.T. Dudgeon, the hustling stove man, who also carries a full line of paints, roofing and sheet metal. The Cane Valley Milling Co is doing a fine business. The saw mill at this place has done the larger amount of business during 1920 than any two years in past history. Judd Brothers are the leading contractors of this section and are enjoying a fine business.

"The Farmers Bank did a splendid business last year, their net profits being $1,000.00, that is not bad business for the first year. Mr. D.O. Eubank, cashier, makes everything very pleasant for the patrons of the bank. We have four good merchants. Mr. W.R. Hutchinson, who owns and controls one of our stores, is enjoying a good business. Rev. W.S. Dudgeon & Son carry a complete line of groceries and notions, drugs and sundries. Mr. A.F. Hutchinson, one of our oldest merchants, still enjoys a fine business. The large department store of L.M. Smith speaks well for itself. We have three first class blacksmith shops, do all kinds of repair work. Mr. E.S. Wilson, our splendid barber, keeps the gents well trimmed.

"We challenge the world with our postmaster, Chas. F. Paxton, rain or shine Charlie meets them with a smile. J.M. Callison is operating a Ford garage and does all kinds of auto repair work. Edrington Brothers are doing a thriving business running two large Packard trucks. The Masonic Lodge at this place is growing very rapidly. The Modern Woodmen Lodge meet regularly and offers to the public a good insurance.

"Dr. N.M. Hancock and son, Banks, who own the Valley View Stock farm, are dealing in thoroughbred stock and they have a splendid line of Short Horn Cattle, South Down sheep and Chester White hogs and they enjoy a splendid business. Hancock Bros., who deal in good mules and fancy horses, have some fine stock at present. Mr. W.N. Hancock, one of the firm of Hancock Bros., has rented and moved to the Hutchison farm. By this move we feel "Bill" will be better prepared to handle more stock. Mr. T.I. Smith, our well known tobacco dealer, is buying a large amount of tobacco at this time and paying top price. J.W. Sublett & Bro., our local stock dealers, are shipping regularly to Louisville Stock Market. Dr. N.M. Hancock and Dr. E.B. Atkinson make up our medical staff and they are of the best.

"A project is being launched for a new school building at this place. The Methodist, Disciples and Baptist make up our religious staff. We have two Sunday schools, both doing splendid work. Good lungs make a strong man. Churches and schools are the lungs of a community. Our motto is make them the best. We thank you Mr. Editor for this space in our paper, we are all for you." --Adair County News, 30 March 1921

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