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JIM: One hundred years ago, mid-June, 1918

World War I was raging in Europe, and Green County native George M. Walford was reported to have landed in France. On the home front: Horace Walker was engaged in a painting project at the corner of Greensburg Street & the Public Square.. Hucksters were given stern warnings on handling eggs (self-proctored quiz with this item). Sugar rationing rules were explained. There were New dog laws, an oil boom, and Chief Red Fox appeared in person at Paramount Theater. On the cultural and enlightenment front, both the Lindsey Wilson in Columbia and Russell Creek Academy in Campbellsville had new principals and fund-raising drives. And the war hit home and everyday life, as international policies took away a wonderful business service - likely due to a labor shortage, Jim surmises.
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By JIM

In mid-June, 1918, the conflict in Europe raged on as it had for nearly four years. Already, a number of Adair Countians had fallen and more would die or suffer grievous wounds before the weapons of war fell silent five months later.

Other than the handful of mentions below, little about the war appeared on the front page of the June 19th edition of the News, but no doubt a number of other items caught the collective eye of the readers that long ago late spring.



Mr. Horace T. Walker was painting hotel at Greensburg Street & Public Square
Mr. Horace T. Walker, a man of many parts and of many talents, was wielding the paint brush on the woodwork at the hotel on corner of Greensburg Street and the Public Square. Square, the enterprise then under the proprietorship of Mr. C.G. "Gus" Jeffries.

Mr. George M. Walford had landed in France
Mr. George W. Walford, a Green County native then in his early forties and one-time citizen of Columbia, long a member of the US standing army and a veteran of the Spanish-American War and the US-Mexican border skirmishes, had safely landed in France. Casey countian Willford Wethington, a kinsman Columbia resident Robert Wethington, had been killed in action on May 28th. Sgt Walford and Pvt Wethington, "old men" for front line fire, were born just days apart in the fall of of 1875.

Stern notice to hucksters handling eggs
A stern notice reminded hucksters and merchants of regulations that required they have a license to handle eggs, and that eggs had to be candled before buying. (Chronoscryer's quiz: What does "candling" mean? No Googling!) Another column carried a lengthy explanation of current sugar rationing regulations.

New dog laws, oil boom, Chief Red Fox in person at Paramount Theater
Other items included a piece about the new dog laws, the oil speculation boom in Adair County, and the recent appearance in Columbia by Chief Red Fox, a "full blooded Indian" (Oglala Lakota) and native of Rosebud, South Dakota. His presentation at the Paramount Theater included four reels (about 40 minutes) of film about the culture and customs of Indians of the west; a lecture; and a performance of a war dance. (Chief Red Fox, born 1870, lived well past the century mark. Among other things, he was said to have worked in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and to have appeared in several nickelodeon westerns early in the 20th century.

Rev. Bennett new principal at LW Training School
Education made the front page in a big way. At the Lindsey Wilson Training School, Rev. R.V. Bennett had blown into town as the new Principal of the institution. He was expected to bring with him a strong faculty. Already, renovations and repairs were under way, and "field canvassing" (likely referring to solicitation of funds for the school" loomed large on the near-event horizon. (After a rapid turnover in leadership over the past few years, Rev. Bennett's arrival surely met with a collective sigh of relief. It was under his guidance that the school added a junior college component in 1923.)

Rev. Romulus Skaggs Principal-elect of Russell Creek Academy
Over at Lindsey's Baptist counterpart in Campbellsville, the Trustees of Russell Creek Academy. Prof. Romulus Skaggs was the Principal-elect for the 1918-19 school year. A $20,000 fund-raising drive was underway to provide funds for number of physical improvements, new buildings, and additional curricula, including course work in agriculture and more sciences.

Merchants lay down the law on deliveries

Several Columbia merchants posted the following likely in response to war shortages.
"We, the undersigned merchants of the town of Columbia, will not deliver goods to anyone afterJune 22, 1918:
Bert Epperson.
Geo. MClean.
Flowers & Patteson.
N.B. Kelsey.
Nell & Son.
C.R. Hutchison.
Barger Bros.
Bennett & Smith.
This is to notify the people of Columbia that they need not place orders with the expectation of having them delivered by thes merchants as all will be treated alike.
Compiled by JIM


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