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HISTORY MONDAY: Education, Business and Politics

By Mike Watson
Adair County Historian

The Keith Chapel School, a one room frame building containing eight grades, was destroyed by fire Wednesday, December 30 [1959]. Cause of the blaze was undetermined. It apparently started sometime during the night and was still burning early the following morning.

There was no insurance on the building. Since this is one of the grade schools that will be replaced by the grade centers to be constructed in the future, the building will not be replaced. The pupils, there are eleven of them enrolled, are being transported by bus to various other schools near them. The only heat in the school was a wood burning stove.
[The Keith Chapel students would eventually be part of the Sparksville Grade Center -- MW]

Business changes of the day

New IGA Store Opens in Kroger's Location -- Mr. J.D. Harper, former owner and manager of Harper's Drive-In Market on Campbellsville Street, is now the owner-manager of the new IGA Store, located in the building formerly occupied by Kroger.

His grand opening, which will be on Thursday [7 January 1960]... Mr. Crawford Loy, formerly manager of the Kroger store here, has purchased the Columbia Super Market from Mr. E. Campbell. He is open now and will have a special grand opening in the near future. Mr. E. Campbell former owner-manager of the Columbia Super Market, has retained the feed and seed portion of his business.

Political update, 1930

New Office Holders, 1930 -- On Monday [6 January 1930] the newly elected county officers took charge of their offices in the Court House. Four of the offices are now held by new officials: W.A. Coffey succeeds Gordon Montgomery as County Attorney; W.E. Harris succeeds S.C. Neat as County Clerk; W.G. Shepherd is County Judge following Judge T.R. Stults; R.B. White succeeds Evan Akin as Sheriff; and Mr. Akin is now Jailer in the place of F.W. Miller. S.C. Neat had served as County Clerk for twelve years in succession; Mr. Montgomery as County Attorney for sixteen years altogether; and Mr. Miller has been Jailer twelve years.

The new Columbia City Council, elected in November 1929, were: S.E. Shively, G.M. Stevenson, S.C. Neat, George Hancock, E.J. Bennett, and C.E. Keen. They were sworn in on January 6, 1930. Mayor J.B. Coffey still had two more years in his term.

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