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October 7, 1977 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

This article was first published in the October 7, 1977 edition of the Daily Statesman. Topics inluded Melvin Traylor, mayoral motorcades, a proposal for a Town Gardener, and a story from the late Dr. Phil Aaron. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

A marker for Melvin Traylor
It would be appropriate for the state to erect a marker in the Breeding community honoring Melvin Traylor. Mrs. Ralph Akin, Louisville, the former Ritchie Traylor of Breeding, was in the news office Thursday to buy a copy of the Adair County News of September 20 which carried a reprint of a story about Traylor, the Adair County farm boy who rose to the presidency of the First National Bank of Chicago and was groomed as Illinois' favorite son candidate- and a serious one-for the Presidency in 1932. And, the article said, "He never lost touch with the soil."

Traylor's homeplace is now owned by Noah Traylor. Nobody lives there today. It is located on the Lowgap Road out of Breeding. Perhaps a historical marker would best be seen in downtown Breeding, on Highway 61. The story of Melvin Traylor is an inspirational one to Adair Countians. I hope school children aren't allowed to forget about the local man who might have been President. Mrs. Akin is the daughter of Joe Traylor, who was a first cousin of Melvin Traylor. Incidentally, the Democrats nominated another man in 1932-Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

We're trying to run it right today
Never send a monster to do the work of an evil scientist! I should know that, and the printing rule that, "if it can go wrong, it will."

The photo of old upper Jamestown Street run in yesterday's column had specific instructions as to size, I thought. But I didn't recheck, and consequently, the photo accompanying the story was incorrectly cropped, and left out parts of Miller Avenue, College Park, and Sapp's Service Station.

So, to make things right, I am having the story re- run, with the photo correctly sized, on page 2 in this issue. It should make a little more sense today.

On the use of a fireplace Close the damper
It is not often that readers of this column are availed of instant expertise. But here it goes. I heard it three days ago from an expert; very few people know how to use the fireplace, and as a result, many have a negative heat advantage from their fireplace, Jerry Brown, the expert from Harrodsburg says.

"What many people do is build up to a roaring fire at night which will burn until 1:00 a.m. The damper is open, and all the heat in the house goes right up the chimney. After the house cools off, the furnace works overtime trying to heat a house with the damper open drawing warm air out the chimney. And people wonder why they burn wood in a fireplace and their utility bills go up, in spite of it," Brown advises.

The way to make a fireplace a plus, Brown says, is simple: "Almost everyone knows when they are going to bed. The ideal thing is to put enough wood on so that the fire starts dying down at bedtime. When the homeowner retires, he or she should dowse the fire with water and close the damper. That way the heat built up is retained, the furnace will not have to work nearly so hard, and utility bills will be lower."

The always thoughtful children
Tom is two and he has a new friend. He stays during the day with Eva and Jim Willie Crawhorn. "Jim Witty" has become Tom's inseparable companion. Yesterday morning, Tom was feeling ill with a stomach ache and his mother prescribed popsicles and soft drink with the fizz gone to settle his stomach. I told Tom he ought to share his popsicles with Jim Willie. "No-o-o," he said. I didn't want him to become selfish, so I asked him why he didn't want to give one to his friend. "Because," he reasoned, "it might make him sick."

Nothing better to do, I may as well
Dr. Phil Aaron, before he was Dr. Phil Aaron, used to tell a story about a wedding out in the county in the days before cars were plentiful. According to Aaron, a fellow from Columbia had one of the only cars in Columbia and, hearing of the big wedding, he drove down to the affair. The bride had come from Tennessee with her mother. The groom was a local boy.

When the Columbian got to the town where the wedding was being held, the groom really admired the car. "Why don't you get in and go for a ride?" the Columbian asked. The groom said he might as well, the wedding wasn't for another day. They rode to Columbia, and along the way they drank to the upcoming event. When they got to town, the Columbian asked the groom if he had ever seen Louisville. The groom said he hadn't, and that he would sure like to go there before he got married.

"They took off for Louisville," Aaron says, "and they did all right until they got to Buffalo. But they hit the first car they met at Lincoln's Birthplace." The rest of the story figures, Aaron says. It took them two days to get back to Adair County, and when they returned to the wedding, the mother and the bride had long gone back to Tennessee. The wedding never took place.

No parking meters soon?
I wouldn't bet on it, because I'm not a gambler, but mark this down: Parking meters are going the way of hand-powered gasoline pumps in Columbia. More and more people are getting dissatisfied with them, and they're telling Mayor Murphy about it. He argues that it would cost as much to maintain the two-hour limit on parking as it does to service the meters. Even the state capitol, Frankfort, is taking meters out of its downtown. It is an idea whose time has come. An idea for the removal: Have a meter bash. Let people pay to take their hostility out on the meters with automobiles, baseball bats, whatever. It would be worth a plenty to get even with those armless, cowardly bullies.

Another idea nobody will pay any attention to
I have given some of my best ideas to Mayor Murphy. He hasn't paid much attention to them-and frankly nobody else has either. But this is my best one. The Next Mayor of Columbia should officially get a Town Gardener. He would be paid at least as much as the Chief of Police or the heads of the utility works. He would know about planting class flowers and shrubs, like dogwoods and redbuds and marigolds and geraniums.

I'm not talking about somebody to put morning glories and petunias in tractor tires, but somebody who could handle the job with as much style as went into the Julia Miller Horton Rose Garden at the Trabue-Russell House. And I don't care whether a single tourist would come to see it--but I know they would--I'd just like to see it for the sake of our own enjoyment.

Size of car not an issue
The size of the car the next Mayor of Columbia drives will not be an issue. Both candidates drive big cars. Squaredeal has a Big, Black, Lincoln Town Car. Rolling Pyles has a Mammoth, Snow white, New Yorker. The issue in this area would have to be the make.

I think this is good, for the Mayor to drive a big car, after watching the out Carter is making stealing drama from his staff by putting them in sardine cans like editors and government workers on mileage allowances drive.

I hope the next mayor will add a little more class and put four policemen on big, black motorcycles. Then, when the mayor moves through town, the motorcycles could escort His Honor, one on each point and with sirens blowing, folks would know, that "B'gosh there goes somebody." And when he goes out of town, our motorcycle escort might have to keep the sirens quiet, but everybody would look and say, "B'gosh there goes somebody and he must be from Somewhere." Then they'll see the Mayor, Squaredeal Coy Downey or Rollin Pyles, and the Adair County plate and they'll know he's from Columbia!

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