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TIME TRAVEL: Sanoan would like to see her mother's great triumph

She would also like to hear grandfather Joe Bryant explaining the news from Louisville again
By Julie Sullivan

It's funny that a time travel question would be asked. I'm a time travel story fan, but I had never thought about traveling back to Adair County, Kentucky until I saw your article.

I voted for "Other" because it is not a newsworthy event that I would want to witness. Mom grew up on a farm east of Columbia in an area known as White Oak, not far from Sano & close to Gentry's Mill.

Her father, Joe Bryant, read the newspaper from Louisville and would often comment on the topics of the day. Mom was born in 1926 and did not leave home until World War II was over, so during her growing up years, she often heard her father comment on the war.

I don't care what day, but I'd like to go back for just one of those conversations he had with my mother when she was a teenager. He was old by the time I was born. He was 77 and he only lived until I was 3 1/2. I'd love to get to see him at a younger age. And getting to see Mom as a teenager would be incredible.

Mom liked to shoot and her Dad let her shoot snakes with the rifle. She liked to brag that one summer she got 17 snakes. It would be nice if the day I got to go back was the day she got her 17th snake.
Editor's note: What a story! Linda and I can appreciate the story even more because her mother packs heat. Mrs. Marcum certificated by none other than Metcalfe County Judge Donnie Butler. And she's also an unrepentant snake killer who screech to a halt and chase a serpent up a bank to get it. We Quakers don't hold with such carnage, but we like to leave everybody to their own theology. Mema does love to use that weapon.

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