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Mike Watson: Story in old Columbia Spectator raises question

One item reprinted in the Stanford, KY, Interior Journal in 1873 piques interest in Adair County Historian Mike Watson's mind. Maybe someone can help him with the name of Campbell man of the "Neetsville" community whose arm was amputated after he was injured in an explosion of a gun during Christmas.
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By Mike Watson

A cool, rainy morning is keeping me inside today. So I'm searching for an answer to a question from the past. First, the Columbia Spectator, a newspaper founded here in 1869, continued with some short interruptions, as a weekly paper through 1910.

Only about 125 issues of that important source have survived, but occasionally one or two appear and are made available. Other newspapers, some even outside Kentucky, with access to the Spectator, would insert in their own columns news from other towns, including Columbia and Adair County. My question is at the end of the section below:

From The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY, 17 January 1873, come these bits--
- Adair County - The third volume of the Columbia Spectator closes with its next number [the next printed issue would be the last issue of the third year in print].

- Twenty marriage licenses issued in December [in Adair County].

- [Adair] Circuit court will commence on the third Monday in February. The docket will be light.

- Social parties are very much in vogue in Columbia.

- Dr. H. Owens of Columbia, amputated the arm of young Campbell of Neetsville, who was injured by an explosion of a gun during Christmas. This is a reference to Dr. Hector Owens who would treat cholera patients in Columbia later this year and die with the disease himself. - MW
My question is, who was the young Campbell man or boy who lost an arm in a disasterous Christmas 1872 accident? Any suggestions appreciated. - MIKE WATSON

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