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The woes of lack of matrimony in Adair County, 1904

By Mike Watson

Mr. J.C. Calhoun was in our office one day last week and while speaking of his section incidentally mentioned the fact that within a radius of two and one-half miles from Milltown there were nine widowers. This is rather remarkable and yet that section is noted for good, kind husbands. If there is any other locality with more lonely men in it, Mr. Calhoun would like to know it and the cause for same.--Adair County News, 11 May 1904

An item in last week's News in which Mr. J.C. Calhoun states that there are nine widowers within a radius of two and one half miles of Milltown, and his wish to know if there are other localities with more lonely men in it, and the cause for the same, induces me to mention that in the Goose Creek Valley, a small creek emptying into Green River at Dunnville, Casey County, there are no less than thirteen lonely widows, within three miles of Dunnville. The reason for this is that Mr. Calhoun's lonely widowers or some other fairly eligible widowers or bachelors do not come around and offer to dispel their loneliness. (Signed) T.--Adair County News, 18 May 1904

Mr. M.L. Grant, of the Glensfork country, has been moved to make the following statement on account of two items which recently appeared in the News... Mr. Grant says that within a circle of three and one-half miles of Glensfork post office, to his certain knowledge, there are forty-eight widows. Mr. Grant's statement takes the 'blue' up to this writing.--Adair County News, 25 May 1904

Then matrimony blooms--

As announced in this paper last week, Mr. Clint Smith and Miss Lillie Yingling, were married at the residence of Rev. W.C. Clemens last Thursday evening. A great many friends witnessed the ceremony which was solemn and impressive. The couple were the recipients of many useful presents.

Married at the residence of the bride's mother, on the 8th, Miss Womick to Mr. Hulit Coomer, Rev. James Debord officiated. --Gradyville letter, Adair County News, 11 May 1904

And two random items of interest--

We had the pleasure of calling on Mrs. Candis Parness, who is 96 years of age, but you would not take her to be over 75 or 80. She is enjoying fine health and has a good memory, can tell of events that took place 85 years ago. Her daughter, Mrs. Jack Coomer, informed me that she was in fine health and had been the past winter. --Gradyville letter, Adair County News, 11 May 1904

Mrs. Junius Hancock, of this place (Columbia), has in her possession a Masonic quilt which was made by her mother in 1858. Her father, Mr. George W. Damron, who was evidently a Royal Arch Mason, as his apron indicates, cut the emblems and they were put together by Mrs. Damron, who had taken the Eastern Star degree. The quilt is made of a fine piece of homemade goods. --Adair County News, 11 May 1904

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