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Early November 1940: Odds and ends from around Columbia


In the general election of 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt lost Adair County but won the national popular vote by a comfortable margin and swept the Electoral College with a staggering 447-82 victory. Locally, attention centered on the county Board of Education races. With the final ballots tallied, Margaret Nell carried Division No. 2 over Marvin Keltner, Ella Bryant garnered more votes than Carter Bryant in Division No. 4, and E.R. Willis won the nod over Wood Grider in Division No. 5.

C.M. Kelsay and Owen Miller announced plans to open a building supply company at an early date, the operation to be located "in the old tobacco warehouse in the rear of the Kelsay Bros. Filling Station just one block off of Campbellsville Street." An ad for their business (Columbia Building Supply) appeared later in the month and invited the public to "see us for quality building supplies of all kinds. . .also [a] complete line of feeds, grains and hay."

Marshall Beauty Shop (phone 1919B) and the Margie Ann Beauty Shop (phone 116B) offered the latest in hair styling; Grissom Funeral Home (phone 106B) and Stotts & Cheatham Funeral Home (phone 81A or 81B) had ambulance service; and those possessed of a chilly house could get the "amazing new Duo-Therm Power-Air" oil heater for only $77.50, easy terms available.

The Community Public Service Company offered a "triple certified I.E.S." floor lamp, complete with a "three-lite bulb," for $7.95. This magnificent source of illumination could be purchased on terms: ninety-five cents down and a dollar per month. The Men's Shop (H. Taylor, Prop.) carried The Champ headwear for gents, "The $2.95 hat with the million dollar look!"

Kroger (J.D. Harper, Mgr.) offered all sorts of deals for the savvy grocery shopper. Fifteen cents bought a dozen Florida oranges, ten pounds of Michigan cobbler potatoes, or a pound of rib cut pork loin, A quarter put three loaves of Clock bread, three one-pound packages of spaghetti pasta, six cans of tomato soup, or three large bars of Ivory soap in the grocery bag.

Up on the Lindsey Wilson hill, Coach A.T. Gullette entered his seventh season at the helm of the Blue Raiders basketball team with a 98-18 record and the firm expectation of continuing that successful streak. He had five players returning from the 1939-40 campaign and nine new ones, all of whom had "proven their capability on high school courts throughout the State." The starting five for the first games were Ed Agers and Warren Duncan, guards; Ray Blevins, center and captain of the squad; and Russell Harmon (of the Glensfork section) and John Brown, forwards.

Emanuel and Minnie Lou Judd, who had married the previous year and had been occupying rooms in the C.G. Jeffries house, departed Columbia upon Mr. Judd's acceptance of employment with the WPA office in Monticello. At about this same time, Ashton & Thelma Shrader moved to their new residence on Garnett Avenue. The house, just completed by local contractor J. Wood Judd, had all the latest amenities, including an upstairs bath, a two-car garage, and an up-to-date heating system.

Immediately after the Shraders vacated their former quarters, the Milton Grissom house on Greensburg Street, O.A. & Frances Durham, who had married in mid-August, moved there from their apartment in the Dallas Stotts residence.

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Vintage Ad: Triple Certified Floor Lamp

2020-11-01 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy JIM.
JIM writes, "The 'triple certified I.E.S.' floor lamp offered by the Community Public Service Company for $7.95. In the spring of 1950, Kentucky Utilities bought several of the Public Service's operations, including the one in Columbia. The CPS Co. had succeeded Texas-Louisiana Power on the last day of December 1931 after the latter declared bankruptcy.

One of these lamps, an 'early attic' find plundered from my wife's parents, has graced our home for over forty years."

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