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January 1943: Victory tax; society news; around the square; a maimed merchant

Early to mid-January 1943 found several things of national interest astir. Beginning the first of the year, nearly all wages other than for military personnel were subject to a five percent "Victory Tax". Old automobiles and trucks were being rounded up to convert the metal in them to weapons of war, and Roosevelt and Churchill met at Casablanca to plan strategy. Shoe rationing was coming in early February and just days later, the bloody Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia would (Vence Giles was killed in that conflict, and the Germans took Charlie Beard and Ulis Hoover prisoners of war.)

But meanwhile, back in The Shire...


The Inroad correspondent reported Fred Rowe recently had bought of Dewey Turner a nice bunch of pigs, and that Pvt. Cameron Watson, stationed at Ft. Knox, had spent the weekend with his folks, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Watson. (Before the war ended, Mr. and Mrs. Watson had four sons in service.) And too, state engineers had been in the vicinity, "surveying the right-of-way for the continuance of the road to the Cumberland County line."

The reporter from Ruby kept it short, stating that Christmas passed off quietly with but a handful of weddings and that farmers were delivering their tobacco to markets.

(A front page article noted that tobacco prices had maintained their somewhat high pre-holiday levels.)

Over Ella way, Mr. and Mrs, J.W. Goodin celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. He was 76, she was 63. They were parents of 17 children, 12 of whom were living, and grandparent of 44. Two sons and two grandsons were serving across three branches of the military. (Mr. John William Goodin died in the summer of 1952, a few months before their 60th anniversary. Mrs. Goodin, the former Cora B. Shackleford, passed in 1967.)

And, in the far-off duchy of Jamestown, Mr. E.O. Absher, late of the Russell County News, had just become the new owner/manager of the Town Tavern on the west side of that town's public square.

In brief society items, Miss Noma Dix Winston was hostess of the January meeting of the Columbia Book Club; Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Loy departed for Bowling Green where he would enter Western Teachers College; and Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Wilson, of Columbia, announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Nellie Dean Wilson, to John Burr, Jr. (Although the paper stated that "Plans for the wedding have been postponed for the duration," they were married on April 10th.)

Around the square, Jean Weatherford had just opened a dress shop in the same building as her husband's jewelry shop. Clyde Marshall was the new owner of the Royse Variety Store and promised to "maintain the same high class merchandise" with plans to add news lines. And too, Columbia merchant John Lee was out and about town after several days confinement at home. He had dropped a large lump of coal on his foot and fractured a toe.

Advertisers included the Western Auto Associate Store, Goff's Furniture, Lacy's Vortex Service (located next to the Adair County Stock Yards, Raymond Lacy, prop.), Stotts & Cheatham Funeral Home (phone 81-A or 81-B), and The Smart Shopp (image attached).

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Advertisers included the Western Auto Associate Store, Goff's Furniture, Lacy's Vortex Service (located next to the Adair County Stock Yards, Raymond Lacy, prop.), Stotts & Cheatham Funeral Home (phone 81-A or 81-B), and The Smart Shopp, which featured "Expert Beauticians Trained In All Types of Beauty Culture."

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