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Around The Shire, mid-October 1931

Ninety years ago this mid-October 2021, the second anniversary of Black Tuesday loomed large on the near event horizon. America mourned the death of Thomas Alva Edison, and for the second year in a row, The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series. But meanwhile, back in the Shire...


Half a dozen or so Adair Countians were matriculated at the University of Kentucky, the cadre including Omar Alden (better known as O.A.) Durham and Effie Sandusky. After an initial misidentification, remains found in Taylor county a few days earlier were identified as those of Ray Corbin, a young man who resided in the Plum Point section. An inquest jury ruled he had been "slain by persons unknown," but by press time an arrest had been made, after a man named Childress attempted to obtain a bill of sale for Corbin's automobile.

American Legion Post 99, with Rollin Cundiff the newly elected Commander, announced plans for the coming years, most notably "the placing of a white way around Columbia's public square." That is, putting eight street lights around the square, one in each corner and one at each of the four intersections, thus making "every inch of the business section of Columbia bright and attractive looking after dark."

In Cane Valley, the first frost of the season had come a-calling, and a just-closed revival at the Christian Church yielded 15 additions to the church, one of the number being young Miss Randolph Hood. The Russell Creek correspondent reported "a large crowd and nice behavior and lots of pies sold" at Rocky Hill School House.

Several were on the sick list in the Garlin community, and Mr. E.T. Holmes was getting ready to build a new front porch on his house. Around Knifley, the brothers Chelf (Marshall and James) were freshly home from a turnaround trip to Springfield, Ohio, where they had picked up two International trucks.

In Gradyville, Lee Burris, lately laid low with typhoid fever, was on the mend; the ax handle factory had shut down for a few days, and the population was up one nose with the addition of a wee Miss to the J.E. Richard family.

In Columbia, no fewer than fifteen lads answered netters coach Cy Barger's call for the first practice session of the season. Included in the number were two three-year veterans of the squad, Johnnie Rosson and Alfred Flowers. Coach Barger expected the duo to "soon show their usual good form in practice." Seven others, identified only by last names -- Nell, Davis, Ingram, Cheatham, Wilson, Holliday, and Conover -- were vying for the positions left open by the graduation of the other three members of the previous year's starting five.

And on the other educational summit in town, Lindsey Wilson Junior College found itself in a fight for its very existence, brought about by more rigorous endowment requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges accrediting agency. Without the Association's nod of approval, credit earned at LWJC couldn't transfer to accredited schools, and Lindsey Wilson would have to close. Long time supporter John W. Flowers chaired the fund-raising drive committee.

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