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JIM - Goings on Around and Beyond the shire 90 years ago - EARLY AUG 1928

"Goings on around & beyond the shire 90 years ago": Wherein JIM finds lots of parallels to ideas, events and aspirations still unfilled and topical today.
Some memorable topics Creelsboro. Chattanooga-to-Louisville Highway. Finally, planning for a bridge across the Cumberland. Shuttle buses, Columbia-to-Creelsboro. The local fair. Bidding for government business to supply post office fuel. Brothers-in-law in short-lived business. Bolt of lightning does grevious injury. Salvation at Clear Springs. Chicken thievery proves bad business, free stay in Graybar Hotel. Future Doctors return from Camp Knox. Jesse James at the picture show. Then, as now, fighting mosquitoes.
A few of the Great names in this article: Oris Aaron. Sheriff Evan Akin. Abraham Bowman. Allie Dillon Breeding. S.T. Davis.Catherine Dunbar. Mary Walker Flowers. W.I. Fraser. Margaret Hamlett. Fanny Young Hindman. Jessee James. Hon Ben Johnson. Frances Jones. Clara Kerr. F.X. Merkeley. James Miller. Elbert Nell. Gov. Flem D Sampson. Mary Sandusky. A Mr. Slinker. Otis Rose. Herbert Taylor. Berenice Waggener. Doc Walker. Mike C. Winfrey. If we left any out, call 270-250-2730 and tell us the name and paragraph
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By JIM*, Historian

An odd assortment of news items graced the front page of the Adair County News 90 years ago this week -- Tuesday, August 7, 1928:

VIP's came were expected Aug 11, 1928, on way to Creelsboro
F.H. Winfrey reminded readers that a number of important persons would travel through Columbia on Saturday, August 11th, on the way to a big meeting at Creelsboro, Russell County, saying that "every one is requested to have their weeds cut and help make the town as clean and attractive as possible."



The dignitaries who would pass through Columbia included sitting Governor Flem D. Sampson and the Hon. Ben Johnson of Nelson County, a former (1907-1927) United States Representative from Kentucky who still wielded political clout.

VIP's strategizing for Chattanooga-to-Louisville Highway
These gentlemen, along with many others, planned to gather at Creelsboro to discuss completion of the so-called Chattanooga to Louisville Highway. A contingent from Louisville would travel directly to Creelsboro via aeroplane, compliments of Mr. Abram Bowman's Cardinal Fliers air service out of that city. (The News stated simply, "A suitable landing field has been provided," and thus quite possibly bringing to light Russell County's first "airport.")

Shuttle service from hotels, hostelries in Columbia
Another article, stating that several of those attending the meeting would stay in Columbia, put fourth a call for drivers willing to take one or more of the visitors to and from the gathering. Herbert Taylor, F. X. Merkeley, W.I. Fraser, and S.T. Davis comprised the local Transportation Committee.

Much needed bridge over the Cumberland
The crux of the meeting centered around a plan will "which, if adopted, will satisfy every reasonable demand, both locally and otherwise, and will assure the building of a bridge over Cumberland River." (This apparently was a bridge too far. The Chattanooga to Louisville Highway was mentioned in passing the next edition of the News but never again drew ink in that publication. Not until the completion of Wolf Creek Dam did a bridge across the Cumberland between Burnside and Burkesville become a reality.)

Back in Columbia, focus was on the present, on the local fair
Likely, however, the more immediate attention of many Adair Countians focused on the local fair, scheduled for the four big days the following week. In advance of the event, the News implored anyone who planned to host out of town guests for the event to please call the paper with the names and addresses of same for publication in the next edition. "We are always glad to get news for the paper but cannot publish things we have not heard about."

In business news: Lump coal & kindling needed at Columbia Post office
Columbia Post Office Post Master Mike C. Winfrey asked for bids for six tons of lump coal and a load of kindling, all to be delivered to the Post Office basement by the seller. Meanwhile, Mr. Doc Walker, while on site at the new Walker Building on the exit corner of Burkesville Street and Public Square, somehow got lime in his eyes and suffered greatly from it.

Short-lived business opened by Brothers-in-law
A new business soon was to open in "the brick building now under construction." Brothers-in-law Elbert Nell and Otis Rose planned to operate a grocery store there in "the room which opens on Burkesville St." In addition to the line of merchandise, they also would "handle all express which comes to Columbia." (This was a short-lived operation. By the middle of January 1929, Clara Kerr advertised "a good line of groceries, fruits, etc., located in the Walker Building, formerly occupied by Nell & Rose.")

Weather peril: Mrs. Rowe's chimney, door facing grevious injured
In recent days, a bolt of lightning grievously harmed Mrs. Josephine Rowe's chimney and one door facing. Fortunately, no sparks were set and no one drew injury from the occurrence.

Several souls saved at Clear Springs during revival
An ongoing revival at Clear Springs under the direction of a Rev. Allen of Albany was "progressing nicely" with several souls delivered from the clutches of evil and the church as a whole greatly refreshed. Another revival, just closed in Cane Valley by Rev. Beamer, claimed nine redemptions for baptism and "The contribution was very nice."

Chicken thievery lands Marion Countian in Graybar Hotel

Meanwhile, a Mr. Slinker of Marion County found himself a guest in the Taylor County Graybar Hotel after his arrest for chicken thievery. The crate of purloined cluckers belonged to an unnamed Adair County farmer, and it was there Sheriff Evan Akin arrested Mr. Slinker after he unsuccessfully tried to sell the chickens at the Armour house in Campbellsville.

Two lads, James Miller & Oris Aaron, return from Camp Knox, KY
Two young Adair Countians just returned home from the Citizens Military Training Camp, held at Camp Knox, Ky., reported "they enjoyed the six weeks very much." Later, each of these lads, James Miller, then 21, and Oris Aaron, almost 19, turned to medicine. The first-named served as a general practitioner in Greensburg for decades.

Social scene: Party at Miss Catherine Dunbar's, Bomar Heights
On the social scene, ten-year-old Miss Catherine Dunbar had recently hosted a party for several of her friends at her Bomar Heights home. All sorts of games were played and her Mom served cake, candy, and lemonade as refreshments. Those in attendance included Misses Fannie Young Hindman, Mary Walker Flowers, Margaret Hamlett, Allie Breeding Dillon, Mary Sandusky, Bernice Waggener, Frances Jones, and Nancy Barnett.

'Jesse James' at the picture show
Those wishing a bit of innocent entertainment could take in a movie, likely shown in Tutt's Hall. The features that week were "Jesse James," on Tuesday, starring Fred Thompson; Thursday's screening was "The Noose," with Richard Barthelmess, ("said to be his best"); and on Friday and Saturday evening, a special presentation of the 1926 "What Price Glory," a comedy-drama set against the backdrop of the first world war, starring Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Dolores del Rio, and Phyllis Haver; admission 25c and 35c.

A word from our sponsor: Fly-TOX a bedeviling deterrent to flying pests
And finally, a word from our sponsor. For those hapless folks overrun by roaches, swarmed by flies, scratching in the wake of mosquitoes, or otherwise bedeviled by flying or crawling critters, relief was readily available in the form of FLY-TOX -- "safe, stainless, fragrant, sure," the ad assured. One could spray it into cracks and crevices, into one's linen closet, onto one's clothes, and just about anywhere else an annoying insect might lurk. (The active ingredient? DDT.)

Be sure to read: Mike Watson: The Columbia Fair was Big Event 90 Years Ago


*JIM - whose works will be featured at the the Adair Regional Author & Book Fair, 10amCT-2pmCT, October 6, 2018 from 10amCT-2pmCT at the Church of the Nazarene's Wheet Fellowship Hall, 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY. Book lovers will want to Come to Columbia for this sale with statewide standing.


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