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June Lanterns & Tombstones tour features many families

The June Lanterns and Tombstones tour, held at the historic Columbia Cemetery, offered attendees a captivating journey through the town's storied past. The event, featuring a series of stops guided by knowledgeable historians Michael Watson and Dave Thomas, brought to life the tales of notable local figures and their contributions to the community.

Sara Rey Marcum was featured - an avid traveler who frequently led tour groups to Europe and had a notable career in government and writing. Her enthusiasm set the tone for an evening of enlightening stories and historical revelations.


Mike highlighted the legacy of Dr. Frank Winfrey, son of Major T.C. Winfrey who was present in the Bank of Columbia when it was robbed in 1872. His wife was a member of the prominent Murrell family, adding a layer of intrigue to the story.

The second stop was to share the life of Z.M. Staples, followed by a detailed account of John Ed Murrell, an influential figure in Columbia's history. Murrell, a lifelong resident and newspaper man, was the editor of Columbia's first permanent paper, the Columbia Spectator, which operated from 1869 to 1909. He later joined the Adair County News, continuing his editorial work from home due to health issues until his death. Murrell's impactful editorials were often featured in larger publications like the Courier-Journal, and he was known for his selfless dedication to his work and community.

Dave recounted the touching story of a mother and daughter from the Baker family, emphasizing their close bond and contributions to the town.

Mike narrated the achievements of Monte Rey Yarberry, an orator who began his public speaking career at 16. Yarberry later became a lawyer and was elected to the House of Representatives. Known for his compelling speeches delivered from the courthouse steps, Yarberry invested his income in margarine production, amassing considerable wealth. His family also managed the Poor Farm in Montpelier.

Dave shared the courageous tale of Mary Jane Page Blakeman, who dedicated herself to caring for cholera victims during an outbreak that claimed many lives swiftly. Rayburn's selflessness and commitment to public health left a lasting impact on the community.

The tour concluded with an eighth and final stop, marking the anniversary of the Gradyville Flood which happened over a hundred years ago on June 7, 1907. This poignant moment commemorated the tragic event, highlighting the resilience and strength of the Columbia community in the face of adversity.

The evening wrapped up with a reminder that all donations from the tour would be gifted to the cemetery, ensuring the preservation of Columbia's history for future generations.

Next month on the first Friday evening at 7pmCT, the cemetery tour group will host a special event honoring veterans around Independence Day, continuing its tradition of celebrating and preserving local heritage.


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Local history walk #3 in historic graveyard



2024-06-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Historian and Genealogist Mike Watson highlighted the legacy of Dr. Frank Winfrey in the third monthly Lanterns & Tombstones walk Friday. Winfrey was the son of Major T.C. Winfrey who was present in the Bank of Columbia when it was robbed in 1872. His wife was a member of the prominent Murrell family, adding another layer to the story.

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Walking among ancient stones and flowers



2024-06-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The Yucca plant was in full bloom for the third walk of this season through the historic Columbia Cemetery Friday, June 7, 2024. The tour concluded by marking the anniversary of the Gradyville Flood which happened over a hundred years ago on June 7, 1907. This poignant moment commemorated the tragic event, highlighting the resilience and strength of the Columbia community in the face of adversity.

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Sara Rey Marcum's life remembered on tour



2024-06-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Historian Dave Thomas shared the life of Sara Rey Marcum at the Friday evening Lanterns and Tombstones tour in the Columbia Cemetery. She was an avid traveler who frequently led tour groups to Europe and had a notable career in government and writing. Her enthusiasm set the tone for an evening of enlightening stories and historical revelations.

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