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Letter: It's a small world

Jada Foster writes:
My daughters and I were coming through Cookeville, TN today and stopped at Walgreens where we struck up a conversation with a man there. He asked where we were from and we said Columbia, KY and he said he knew some fine people there. Ed and his brother Ralph Waggener. His name was Rich Buford.

He’s originally from Celina and he used to work for Ed as a kid when he owned a paper there. Small world isn’t it? - Jada
Jada, thank you so much for your letter and you are so right, it is a small world. This brings back wonderful memories of the Celina, TN Clay Statesman newspaper years. It was my first official editorship after having trained at the Edmonton Herald News while I was a Metcalfe County High School news writer and later worked part time while in college. Ralph Waggener had sold a business of his own and would become a newspaper partner and become its next editor and publisher and I hope he'll write about his years there.

The way Columbians came to be in Celina was a story in itself. Ed partnered with his brother-in-law's brother, Jodi Richards, and they bought the EHN from its Greensburg owner, Walt Gorin. Jodi soon sold his part to Ed because he had to go on with his business and political goals in Bowling Green. Ed then partnered with his cousin Pete Walker who loved starting new businesses. He organized a meeting with Joe and Ida May Peak, owners of the Celina Globe, who wanted to sell their letterpress, tabloid weekly newspaper. They worked out of their two story home beside the Cumberland River.

The trip for the final negotiations included Pete and his lovely wife Edith Cundiff Walker, friends and authors Henry and Janice Holt Giles and Ed and me. We made the journey to meet with the Peaks and learn about the opportunity. Joe shared that he traded his and Ida's leftovers to feed the pigs of his weekly columnist who'd pick up the hog slop and leave off his news. After their discussions and efforts to put monies together, he sold the paper, not the printing press nor the beautiful old home beside the river, I believe, for $2,000. It was the start of working with and getting to know many truly wonderful people in a beautiful area. - Linda Waggener

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