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Bits and pieces from across the county, early August 1931

Near the end of the dog days of 1931, the Yankees and Athletics sprinted toward a rematch in the World Series. Gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond drew a four year jail term for bootlegging, a sentence he never served due to a case of SLP (Sudden Lead Poisoning) a few months later while he awaited retrial. And, after a series of bank collapses mid-year, global economies worsened. But meanwhile, back in The Shire...


The News announced Welby Cooley as the carrier for a newly established Star Route, the route to serve the communities of Garlin, Vester, Christine, Absher, and all points between, ending back at Garlin. Claimed the paper, "People along this route who have never received mail promptly will now receive mail from Columbia the same day it leaves here."

Barksdale Hamlett, then a young -- and no doubt dashing -- lieutenant stationed at Fort Sam Houston, blistered the roads in a trip home to see his family. He left San Antonio "early Friday morning" (August 7th) and rolled into Columbia at 3:15 Sunday morning, nearly 48 hours later with a thousand miles of road in the rearview mirror.

On the 8th, members of the Cane Valley Christian Church along with several other residents of the community, totaling some three hundred in all, descended on the farm of Ben Banks for a picnic. "Music was provided by the wellknown Judd brothers and Miss Ruth Roberts." Other entertainments included "a radio on the grounds" and various games and contests.

Winners of the latter category included Nathan Page, best made slingshot, boys 8 - 11 age group; Mrs. Madaline Page and Mrs. Margaret Tupman, horseshoe pitching, ladies; Willis Smith, cracker eating; and Rev. J.C. Ashley, ugliest man.

The previous night, a box supper at Coburg also drew a large crowd.

In the Breeding section, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Reece were proud owners of a new Ford, and Ell & Artie Smith were proud parents of a recently arrived wee bairn, Miss Rachel Allen Reese.

Around Glensfork, wheat threshing held sway, and crops were in need of rain. In Rugby, it seemed that everyone who was anyone was visiting or being visited by someone, and at Ozark, W.G. Roy lost a barn to a lightning-sparked fire. A Rev. Florence, of Wilmore, Ky., a holiness preacher, had just finished a series of revival meetings at nearby Clear Springs, and the Revs. H.J. Conover and B.B. Montgomery of the Ozark community were holding a revival at Rowena in southern Russell County.

At Purdy, a revival held by Rev. Bradshaw of Russell County resulted in 17 conversions with a baptismal service held at McGaha; a mule owned by George Caldwell met sudden death during a storm; and the correspondent remarked that the primary election, held a few days earlier, "passed off very quietly here."

The election drew a large crowd to Gradyville, as did an ice cream supper hosted by Arbie Sparks, and Dr. and Mrs. Garnett Miller of Ozona, Texas, were visiting in the neighborhood. Mrs. Miller, nee Clara Wilmore, was a native of Gradyville.

And in Columbia, the childrens' program held the evening of August 7th was a glorious success, each participant successfully carrying out his or part. Miss Catherine Murrell served as organist; other presenters included Martha Nell Vaughn, Daisy Wethington, Mary Welsh Miller, William Walker, Chester Young, and "Sonny" Vaughn.

A.R. Pedigo, Chiropractor, had an office above Miss Lula Jones' store; both Dr. J.N. Murrell, office above Davis Hardware, and Dr. T.P. Stevenson in the Walker Building over Russell & Co., offered dental services; and Dr. W.R. Murphy promised "proper glasses properly fitted" in his office above the post office, Fridays only.

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Crawford-Gatlin advertisement, ca 1931

2021-08-08 - Adair Co., KY - Photo courtesy JIM.
Crawford-Gatlin, Inc. opened in Columbia in late August 1929 in the Russell & Co. building and closed down mid-April 1932. This ad appeared in the August 12, 1931 edition of the Adair County News.

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