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Spicy news bits from June 1931

By JIM

As spring segued into summer in 1931, the US economy continued to languish. Herbert Hoover was in the third year of his presidency and Flem Sampson in his fourth and final year as governor of Kentucky.

But meanwhile, back in The Shire:

Several "spicy bits" graced The News in addition to the usual parade of birthings, buryings, removals, and political posturing. (The primary election, held in early August, loomed large for the candidates.)

The doctors of Columbia had received adequate supplies of typhoid vaccine to inoculate all who so wanted; the injection would be free to those who couldn't afford to pay.



Evan Akin, Jailor of Adair County, caught wind of a breakout effort barely in time to quell the prisoners from taking leg bail. A search of the cells turned up two hacksaws, pieces of two others, one window bar cut nearly all the way through and another partially so. A "local youth" was arrested, charged with assisting a jailbreak, and given lodging with those to whom he had supplied the saws.

Meanwhile, "a free for all" knife fight near Flat Woods on Sunday afternoon, June 21, resulted in several young men getting slashed and gashed pretty badly. The walking wounded included Foskett Campbell, who received wounds while trying to break up the melee.

Kentucky Highway Commissioner Charles Montgomery announced the route had been selected for the Columbia - Albany Road, stating the road would go by way of Zion Church, Glensfork, and Crocus. Mr. Montgomery stated this route would cost $5,000 less than the alternate plan and would thus "enable the Commission to extend the road to the Russell County line." Albert Miller, Deputy County Clerk, had secured the right of way deeds by the time the paper went to press on June 24.

Without a doubt, however, the most sensational news was that for the first time ever, women -- a total of seventeen -- had been called for jury duty for the July Adair County Circuit Court. This inaugural group included Mrs. Mary Biggs, Mrs. Ernest Flowers, and Miss Jessie Taylor for the grand jury and Mrs. Lena Paull, Mrs. S.F. Eubank, Mrs. Ray Flowers, and Mrs. Madge Reed for the petit jury.

Adair Sales Company offered the "new Ford standard sedan" featuring a "longer, wider body and attractive, comfortable interior." All this and a safety glass windshield for $590 f.o.b. Detroit, "plus freight and delivery." However, the fine print informed potential customers, "Bumpers and spare tire extra at low cost."

Just Imagine, a movie released the previous year, headlined coming attractions at the Rialto. Although it received an Academy Award nomination, its main claims to fame these fourscore and tens years later are that 1) it was the first science fiction talkie (from bits of information gleaned online, it appears both the science and the fiction were in short supply); and 2) the cast included Maureen O'Sullivan, then a nineteen year old fledgling actress.


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Locally made flour featured in ACN ad



2021-06-20 - Adair County, KY - Photo from JIM.
An ad for locally made Crown Flour, found in the June 24, 1931 Adair County News.

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