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Late Sept. 1920: A Detective, Duvetyne, and Sundry Other News

The waning days of September 1920 found a politician on every stump; Westinghouse introducing the first commercially produced home radios, retailing for ten dollars (the equivalent of $130 a century later); and the Cleveland Indians and Brooklyn Dodgers atop their respective baseball leagues. But meanwhile, back in The Shire...

By JIM

Rev. J.M. Turner's revival at Bear Wallow came to a close with twenty-seven souls rescued, "one-half joining the United Brethren Church," the remainder choosing various other denominations. Meanwhile, Rev. J.N. Hoover of the Brethren in Christ closed services near Allen School-house and he and his singers moved their tent to Freedom Church, near the Roy community, and extended a cordial invitation to all to attend the services there.

The News sharply addressed the Fiscal Court, set to meet in just a few days, in regard to the court house, sharply pointing out the wood work was "sadly in need of paint," as was the roof, and admonishing, "The building cost the county too much money to be neglected."

Another contingent also caught heat on the front page, the boys guilty of "throwing explosives after night." Specifically named were "splitdevils," which, after being tossed on a recent night, had "burned holes in the tops of three automobiles." Sniped The News, "There is a law against this kind of sport and it should be enforced."



Horace Walker kept his hammer and saw busy putting up a cottage for Mr. H.N. Miller on Water Street; the First National Bank was in "a prosperous condition;" and Mrs. Lillie Smith had purchased of Mr. L.W. Bennett his half-interest in the "family grocery and boarding-house," located in frame two buildings on the Square between Campbellsville Street and the east corner.

Buchanan Lyon, local agent for Ford vehicles, announced a drastic across-the-board 30 per-cent drop from wartime prices. The new costs (shipped F.O.B. Detroit) included a touring car for $440 ($510 with starter) or $395 for a runabout ($465 with starter), or a tractor for $795.

Other advertisers included Miss Julia Eubank, who offered "Duvetyne and Metallic materials and hats made of same;" the Cumberland Grocery, touting the famous Firestone molded 3-1/2 inch tire;" and the Evans Bros. of Purdy, Ky., sales agents for the Indiana All-Round Tractor.

And, of course, there were politicians. Democratic U.S. Senator (and former Kentucky governor) J.C.W. Beckham, on the campaign trail for re-election, made an appearance on September 29 before a large crowd in the court house. After a rousing introduction by Mrs. R.F. (Mary) Rowe, "Vice Chairman of the Woman's Division, who is a leader among her sex," the Senator spoke for two and a half hours, both on his own behalf and in the interests of the Democratic party.

(All of Beckham's words poured forth in vain. President Wilson and many other Democrat politicians had arrived late -- if at all -- to the suffrage movement, and come November, women remembered that and helped Republican Warren G. Harding gain the presidency. Beckham carried Adair County by nearly eight hundred votes but Republican R.P. Ernst carried the state by just over half a percentage point. Beckham's strong pro-temperance stance in counties where saloons operated or alcoholic beverages were produced and his opposition to women's suffrage in general cost him the election.)


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The Indiana Tractor



2020-09-27 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy JIM.
The Indiana Tractor had a short production life, and the ad from the Evans Bros. appeared in only a few editions of The News in September and October 1920.

An article in Farmcollector.com aptly described the machine as "a two-wheeled, overgrown garden tractor with a big engine and a two-wheeled riding sulky with a seat and a hitch."


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