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At the end of October 1921, the Adair County News reported that "Wilson & Hood have purchased the Frank Shepherd stock of goods, located in the North corner of the square. Wilson & Hood will remove the Shepherd stock to the Butler [i.e., west] corner where they conduct a general store."

A year and a half later (May 1923) came word that "Mr. Albin Murray and Mr. Geo. O. Barnes have purchased the Columbia Bakery and will continue the business at the same place. The bakery will be cut off from Wilson's store by a petition (sic). Mr. Barnes is an experienced baker."

Another year and a half passed, and in mid-November 1924, a front page article in the paper reported that ----- Hood (given name not stated) had sold to Geo. R. Redmon his half interest in the Wilson & Hood general store in the west corner of the square and noted, "This sale does not include the bakery."

The name "Columbia Bakery" disappeared in the summer of 1929 when Sharp and Edwards "of Louisville" bought the operation.

(The bakery had been in operation for some years -- and had gone through a dizzying array of owners/managers --prior to the above announcements but these earlier mentions didn't specify a location.)

The Columbia Bakery's claim to fame, at least for a while, was Blue Ribbon Bakery bread. The attached clip appeared on the front page of the November 11, 1924 Adair County News.

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Blue Ribbon Bakery Bread has many dealers, 1924 ACN

1924-11-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy JIM. The Columbia Bakery's claim to fame, at least for a while, was Blue Ribbon Bakery bread. This clipping appeared on the front page of the November 11, 1924 Adair County News. It read:

Blue Ribbon Bakery Bread can be purchased at the following stores, and it is guaranteed by all.
  • Columbla, Mr. Lillie Smith, C. W. Burton, Squires Bros, J. B. Watson, McLean Bros, Joha Dunbar, Mrs Clara Kerr.
  • Garlin, Misses Smith & Smith
  • Purdy, W. E Foster.
  • Gradyville, Wilmore & Moss., Roy, G. C. Reece.
  • Montpelier, J. C. Reece & Son.
  • Jamestown, J. M. Brown, Walter Acree.
  • Burkesville, Mulliniz & Son.

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