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95 years ago: Odds & ends from early July 1923

Jim recalls a year with so many events which fit into the big topics of today, with seminal developments of what are the main conversation at this, occasioned by the grand re-opening of Nanwood Market on Friday, by the progressive preservation revival movement pervading Columbia, this summer, and details more than marginally touching on recollections attending Blackie Nixon & Bonnie Willis Smith's approaching ACHS Class of 1958 reunion events.
  • Adair County celebrated the 4th of July in style in 1923.
  • The host of party in the woods, with 'Band of Indians' who drew large crowd, was a candidate, with innovative campaign methods not seen until Dr. H.C. Randall, dropped flyers for his candidacy for school board from an airplane or the Big Pencil appeared in the 2014 Mayoral contest. The candidate in 1928 lost to a towering figure in Adair County history. The Indians? Actually, real ones, but not the ones you might guess. If Darlene Campbell's fascinating presentation on the Melungeons intrigued you, this will too.
  • Chatauqua here in full force Friday, July 6th, providing splendid entertainment, akin but not scarcely matched Theatrefest! in 2018.
  • Media for 'Edison machines' - arrived at Herb Taylor's - media now as forgotten as Zip Drives in the computer age.
  • The First National Bank was undergoing complete renovation in 1928. And temporarily occupied a building in the Second Quadrant it's permanently occupied for several decades now.
  • Dillon Drug Co. began two year stint in 200 Quadrant of Downtown Columbia, just prior to the arrival of one of 20th Century's most beloved citizens of all time - from Campbellsville. Hundreds of Columbia & Adair County High School Students never missed a day at his place, a visit at least once a day was routine for practically every student at Lindsey Wilson Junior College, it was the tearoom of the days for sophisticated ladies of the days, and for many, the location provided entry level employment for future leaders of Columbia.

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By JIM

By the early summer of 1923, the Great War had been over almost five years, women in the United States had full suffrage, Prohibition and speakeasies uneasily co-existed, increased wages were increasingly giving rise to a consumer society, and America roared.

In Adair County, however, the ebb and flow of life continued at its accustomed pace, punctuated by the occasional scofflaw, blackguard, gun toter, or moonshiner.



Adair County celebrated the 4th of July in style in 1923

In early July of that year, with the late war still on the minds of many and dozens of veterans in residence, Adair celebrated the 4th in style with various gatherings and presentations across the shire, perhaps most notably in Columbia, where "the Fair Grounds were full of patriotic citizens" assembled for a picnic, horse (and mule) races, and of course, the music provided by the Liberty brass band, that group delightfully discoursing sweet melodies throughout the day.

Host of party in the woods, with 'Band of Indians' drew large crowd

Elsewhere on that long ago 4th, "a large crowd gathered" in B.G. Redman's woodland and the affair was, of course, enjoyed by all present. "We have a band of Indians [likely a reference to Romani] in the County and they entertained at the Redman place." ("B.G. Redman," one of three Republican candidates for the state legislature in the upcoming primary, possibly referred to Beauregard Redmon, who resided near Garlin. In the August primary in Adair County, H.T. Baker outpolled him 649-140.) Crowed the News in aggregate about the meetings across the county, "Moonshine was not in evidence."

Chatauqua here in full force Friday, July 6th & media for Edison machines arrived

The Chautauqua arrived in full force on Friday, July 6th and by the time the News went to press the next week, "each day's program has been splendid. . ." Schools were set to open on the 16th and Columbia merchant H. (Herb) Taylor announced to the owners of Edison Machines that he had just received into stock no fewer than one thousand new phonograph records, available at thirty-five cents each. The same edition of the paper also carried an ad for Mr. Taylor's line of gents' clothing and another for his shoe repair service.

First National Bank was undergoing complete renovation
Elsewhere on the Square, the First National Bank, perhaps experiencing a bit of envy over the Bank of Columbia's recently constructed building, was in the early throes of complete renovation, inside and out. The financial institution soon moved its operation to quarters in the News building to afford contractors maximum accessibility and returned to its updated digs in September.

Dillon Drug Co., succeeded Russell & Taylor in the pharmacy business

The Dillon Drug Co., advertised in the accompanying image from the July 23, 1923 paper, had succeeded the young firm of Russell & Taylor (Dr. C.M. Russell & Herb Taylor) not quite a year earlier. Mr. G.W. Dillon, the owner, was a registered pharmacist, as was his son, Mr. Rich Dillon. In the spring of 1930, the former gentleman's widow sold the enterprise to Dr. Thomas C. Brown, who moved from Campbellsville to Columbia to run the operation. (In the manner of the day, Mr. Brown, a pharmacist, was accorded the honorific "Dr.")



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1928 - Dillon Drug Co. had 2 year stint as downtown drug store



2018-07-08 - The Dillon Drug Co. (location now 204 Public Square, Columbia, KY) - Photo from the collection of JIM.
The Dillon Drug Co., advertised in the accompanying image from the July 23, 1923 paper, had succeeded the young firm of Russell & Taylor (Dr. C.M. Russell & Herb Taylor) not quite a year earlier. Mr. G.W. Dillon, the owner, was a registered pharmacist, as was his son, Mr. Rich Dillon. - Jim (Note: - Interest in the 200 Quadrant, the Southwest Corner of Downtown Columbia, has been the focus of interest with the Grand Re-Opening of Nanwood Market next door to this building. Mr. Rich Dillon's wife, Bertha Dillon played a large role in the early days of Reed Bros. Insurance company, which occupied upstairs offices in the block for many decades in the 20th Century).

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