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Cyrus / Time travel poll wrap-up: There were many surprises

Gentle readers,

If you haven't taken a yet look at the time travel poll, do so--and be quick about it. Editor Ed Waggener says the past is past and that it's time to look ahead, not back. I'm pretty sure he's trying to tell me this poll is on the way to the archives to make way for a new one.

(Hey--maybe I can fast talk Editor Ed into doing a related poll: what *future* Adair County event would you like to witness?) But that's for another day. Onward to the farewell that Ed asked me to write for the time travel poll which posed this question:
"If you could go back in time to witness one Adair Co., KY event, what would you choose?"
There were many surprises

There were many surprises, at least for your humble Central Ohio Bureau Chief. In the immortal words of Dizzy Dean, "Who'da thunk it?" Who could have imagined it would tally over five hundred votes--the most ever cast in a ColumbiaMagazine poll? And the individual results are just as amazing, at least to me.

Gradyville Flood was a big surprise

Never would I have imagined that the Gradyville flood would be the runaway winner with just under 25% of the votes cast, or that the Bank of Columbia robbery and World War Two hero Earl Conover's 1945 homecoming parade each would wind up with a most respectable number of votes--over 90 for the robbery, and slightly over 100 for Sgt. Conover's strong second place finish.

Never would I have imagined the Fitzpatrick executions would eke out only a far-distant sixth in the voting (and that by a scant four votes!), well behind curiosity seekers wanting to know who cast the single Adair County ballot for Abe Lincoln in 1864.

President Lincoln received over forty more Adair County votes in this poll than he did in the election of '64, and gave a modern political phenomenon, the 1978 inauguration of Brock and Downey, a tight race for fourth place in the time travel poll.

Surprises on the low end, Col. William Casey, Col . Wolford, and Lingan Selby's Perpetual Motion Machine

Also of some surprise: the relatively few votes cast for observing Col. William Casey first entry into the area later known as Adair County; for watching Columbia's V-J celebration; for attending Col. Frank L. Wolford's funeral, held at the Court House, the biggest building in Adair County; and the chance to observe Mr. Lingan Selby's perpetual motion machine at work (or not, as the case may be.)

And, alas, despite a valiant write-in campaign, Judge H.C. Baker's terrifying brush with the infamous Whang-Doodles of Columbia went virtually unobserved & finished dead last, behind even the ubiquitous "Other." Perhaps this bloodcurdling event was one for which the world and you, gentle reader, were not quite prepared.

Many thanks to all who participated, and special thanks to Ann H. Curtis for suggesting the Columbia Skirmish of 1863.

Your humble Central Ohio Bureau Chief,
You can still vote in the time travel poll and change the results:

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This story was posted on 2006-03-10 09:00:00
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