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New of Columbia from late November, 1932

Ninety years ago this month, the radio program "Buck Rogers" made its debut appearance. In the Presidential election, Franklin Delano Roosevelt crushed incumbent Herbert Hoover in popular vote, electoral vote, and number of states carried. (In Adair County, a few over 6,300 votes were cast; Roosevelt carried by 167.) The great depression continued its stranglehold on the American economy, with unemployment hitting 25% of the workforce a bit earlier in the year; and Thanksgiving fell on November 24th. But meanwhile, back in The Shire...


Albin Murray announced the soon-to-opening of his new filling station on Burkesville Street, "one block off the public square." The News described it as "attractive in appearance and ideally located." (It opened within a few days with Frank Triplett as the manager.)

City Attorney Ralph Hurt and contractor Christ Christensen were in Washington D.C., "conferring with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in regard to the loan that was recently granted complete the Columbia water system." (The Town Council had taken up the issue of a city wide water works over three years earlier but not until mid-1933 did the project see completion.)

Work on Highway 80 progressed splendidly. The grade had been set "from the entrance to Jamestown Street to a branch on J.D. Lowe's farm;" a steam shovel crew worked its way from Russell Creek toward town; and work had commenced on the Russell Creek bridge for the new road.

In another direction, the Adair portion of Burkesville Road had been rocked and work had commenced on the Cumberland County end.

And too, in recent days, repairs had started on the four main city streets under the direction of H.A. Walker. The holes were being filled with rock and the streets oiled, and it was generally understood those streets would be paved in the coming months.

The annual community Thanksgiving service was scheduled to be held in the Columbia Baptist Church (Rev. B.B. Hilbun, pastor), with Rev. L.W. Drake of the Presbyterian Church delivering the sermon, "The Grace of Gratitude."

Tobacco markets, some already open and others set to open shortly after Thanksgiving, occupied a huge chunk of the advertising space in the November 23rd edition of paper. These included G.R. Reed Warehouse, Columbia, Banks Hancock, Mgr.; Horse Cave Burley; Bishop's Tobacco Warehouse, Springfield; the Pool Tobacco Warehouse, Greensburg; Peoples Warehouse, Danville; Planters Loose Tobacco, Glasgow; the Independent Loose Leaf Tobacco Warehouse, Greensburg; and the Burley Pool Tobacco Warehouse, Columbia (a "branch" of the Burley Tobacco Warehouse, Horse Cave), local representatives Nat Walker, G.M. Stevenson, and L.H. Jones.

In perhaps a sign of the times, only one grocery store ad appeared in the November 23rd edition of The News. Epperson & Keen, on the exit corner of the square and Campbellsville Street), promised "low prices and good quality," and that "16 ounces make a pound in our store." Orders could be phoned in for free delivery (within Columbia) by ringing 153.

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Lany Bray & Co. advertisement, ca. 1932

2022-11-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy JIM.
This ad for Lany Bray & Co. appeared in the November 23, 1932 edition of the Adair County News. The business had opened in May 1931 in a building just off the square on Campbellsville Street, but moved to the east corner of the square a few months later.

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