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History Monday: The Columbia Spectator, 1894
By Mike Watson
The Columbia Spectator was the first newspaper in Columbia and Adair County that operated for any length of time. Though there were a couple of gaps, the paper ran from 1869 through early 1910. There were various owners and editors, including Rollin T. Hurt and Herschel C. Baker, both early historians of the area.
We researchers and historians are always on the look-out for copies of this long defunct paper. No archive of the Spectator exists, but scattered copies are housed in a few hands, including a collection to be housed with the Local History and Genealogy Research Center of the Adair County Public Library as soon as the facility is opened.
Some years ago a "new" issue of the Columbia Spectator, dated Thursday, 11 January 1894, was located. It revealed the following items of interest:
The bulk of the Cane Valley newsletter was on the state of the town at that time, January 1894:
Cane Valley has a population of about 125 with three dry goods stores--S.G. Banks & Son, which was also the location of the telephone office; A.H. Judd; and J.D. Eubank. Dudgeon & Callison operated the flour and saw mill.
In other news...
The sad news of the death of Esq. Thomas Collins, of Crocus Creek, in this county (Cumberland County), has just reached us. On Wednesday, the 3rd inst, he was hauling a load of household goods for Doc Dutton, his son-in-law, over to the farm of Mrs. Amanda Phelps, where he had rented, and it seems that Esq. Collins had the lines of the team over his neck, and the horses became frightened at some of the plunder falling off the wagon, and started to run, and jerked him from the wagon, and one of the front wheels ran across his neck and broke it. He was killed instantly. Esq. Collins was about 65 years old and had been a Justice of the Peace of Cumberland County for several years... (copied from) Burkesville Herald.If any reader knows of the location of any editors of this newspaper, please contact the Adair County Public Library and you will be thanked!
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