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CYRUS: There was major news in Adair County 49 years ago

At least two weeks worth of information graced the front page of the May 14, 1947 edition of the Adair County News
A large-print headline, Commencement Plans At C.H.S., anchored the upper right corner of the page.

The accompanying article outlined the several activities scheduled in conjunction with the end of the school year, culminating with the Commencement service on May 18th when 28 proud C.H.S. seniors proudly receive their diplomas.

Jean Dohoney wins Good Citizenship award

Another article announced that Miss Jean Taylor Dohoney, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Dohoney, had been chosen for the prestigious Good Citizenship Representative honor, awarded annually by the Jane Lampton Chapter D.A.R. The award was "based on four qualities of character, namely, Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism." On Commencement night, Miss Dehoney was to receive a certificate of award and a gold medal.

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Mrs. Fugit elected PTA President

The Columbia P.-T.A. had held its last meeting of the school year, and officers for the following year were installed. They were: Mrs. L.R. Fugit, President; Mrs. Lynn Jeffries, Secretary; Mrs. W.J Flowers, Secretary; and Mrs. Louis Merkley, Treasurer. Miss Margaret Ann Kirk presided at the installation service.

Columbia High School Junior-Senior Banquet at Meadow Hill Inn

And meanwhile, it was reported that the Junior class of C.H.S. had on the previous Friday evening entertained the members Class of '47 in high style at the recently opened Meadow Hill Inn. "The impressive new dining room was attractively arranged with a variety of bright colored spring flowers and rainbow colors were shown in program booklets...The theme for the meeting was placed in 'Holiday Inn' with Carl Hughes [of the Junior Class] as toast master."

Butler University dean speaker at county-wide Christian Church meeting

Church news received significant coverage as well. Dr. Dean E. Walker of Butler University was going to speak at a meeting of the county Christian Church officers on Saturday, May 17. The meeting of elders and deacons was to be led by M.V. Wolford of Roley, the Adair county convention chairman of Christian Churches.

Gradyville Charge conference held at Breeding

On that same day, "the third quarterly conference for the Gradyville Charge will be held at Breeding Methodist Church..." Rev. J. Donelson Jones, the DC, was to preach, and lunch was to be served at the church. "All stewards and Sunday School superintendents are especially urged to attend."

Christian Missionary Society motor to Midway

On the previous Tuesday, members of the Christian Church Missionary Society motored to Midway to visit the Kentucky Female Orphans School. Those making the trip were Mesdames Alfred Flowers, A.G. Stroup, Banks McFarland, Gordan Kelsay, Joe Russell Barbee, Eugene Moss, Frances Walker, L.R. Fugit, J.L. Vaughn, Jr., and Miss Gertrude Bailey. (The Ky. Female Orphans School later became Midway College.)

Coumbia UMS congregation regaled with new Electrict Estey-Minhall organ

However, a Columbia church held the religious news spotlight with this announcement: "On Mother's Day, a new electric Estey-Minhall organ with Deagan Chimes, was dedicated at the Columbia Methodist Church. Everyone was delighted with the beautiful tone, and enriching and inspiring melody of this splendid instrument, while the chimes made it in reality two instruments in one. The total cost of the organ and chimes was nearly $2,000, most of which is already in hand."

Billy Cundiff had expanded Columbia Dairies delivery into Russell County

Businesses made the news as well, with W.J. "Billy" Cundiff of Columbia Dairies, Inc. reporting that "their business is now expanding rapidly and that deliveries of products are being made daily to Jamestown and Russell Springs."Central Laundry opened on Campbellsville ST

The Central Laundry Co., owned by three World War II vets, Allen Montgomery, Wm. C. Johnson & James A. Johnson, had just opened "in the Rogers Building on the corner of Campbellsville Street and Garnett Avenue...The laundry has modern equipment and experienced operators...As they have no telephone, customers are requested to drop them a card if in need of services. and they will call at your home."

Ellis Pickett left Hotel Barber Shop for Scott's

But perhaps the business news of most interest to many of the men of Columbia was this brief entry: "Ellis Pickett, formerly with the Hotel Barber Shop, has accepted a position at Scott's Barber Shop..."

Echoes of World War Two still quietly reverberated in two articles:

Flying school announced for Streeval Field

The first stated that "Plans for a G.I. Flying School to be started within two weeks at Streeval Field, are well under way..." Jim Beckett of Lebanon was to have charge of the school, and veterans could receive pilot's training at no cost.

VFW Post 6097 took complete control of Fairgrounds

In the second, "William Walker, commander of Columbia Post 6097 Veterans of Foreign Wars, announced Monday that the organization had acquired complete control of the Columbia Fairgrounds...In the future the property will be known as the Adair Memorial Park and...will be dedicated to the memory of the soldiers losing their lives in World War II."

Fourth District GOP women meet at Meadow Hill Inn

A meeting of forty-five GOP women "from the nineteen counties of the Forth District attended a conference...held at Meadow Hill Inn on Monday." The welcome address was given by Adair County's own Mrs. O.A. Durham, and the principal speaker, Judge Edwin Denny of Pulaski County, urged those in attendance to "take double cross, deceit and double talk out of politics."

"Mrs. Mike" review at Columbia Book Club

The Columbia Book Club had met the previous Saturday at the home of Mrs. Ray Flowers, and Miss Katie Murrell "gave an entertaining summary review of 'Mrs. Mike'" to those gathered: club members Medames Ray Flowers, Leslie Brake, W.J. Flowers, W.W. Ivey, John Lewis, John Ricketts, C.M. Russell, J.W. Walker, Misses Elva Goodhue, Mary Lucy Lowe, and Noma Dix Winston, and guests Mrs. Gordon Clarke and Mrs. Rives Kerbow.

Cancer group raised more over twice county goal

Mrs. V.P. Henry announced that $505 dollars had been collected in the annual cancer control campaign, far exceeding the county goal of $200.

Sportsmen's Club was meeting at Stotts & Phelps Funeral Home

The Masons were meeting Friday evening to confer the Master Mason's degree, and the Adair County Sportsmen's Club was to meet Thursday evening at the Stotts & Phelps Funeral Home.

Several obituaries of well-known citizens listed

There were three front page obituaries: Miss Cordie Fudge, 55, of Breeding, "who belonged to a well-known family;" Mrs. Nannie E. Cabell, 78, of Ella, the wife Lucian Cabell; and Mrs. Owen Watson, who died "Tuesday" in New Albany, Ind. The remains were returned to Adair County for burial.

The news noted those who were sick

And finally, those on the sick list included Dr. Mercer's mother, Mrs. N.T. Mercer, in the Norton Infirmary in Louisville, reported improving; Mr. Alton Lacy, "who has been a patient at the Glasgow Hospital for several weeks," had returned home; Mrs. Charles Morris, of Coburg, still "very ill" after undergoing surgery the previous week at Baptist Hospital in Louisville; Luther Redmon, returned home after surgery in Louisville; Mrs. H.J. Conover, of Cane Valley, reported improving; and Jimmie Marshall, "little son of Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Marshall," also reported improving.

Cyrus, Central Ohio Bureau Chief,

Humbly reporting way back then from way up there
Editor's note. Is it Dohoney or Dehoney? The News spelled it both ways. I think the former, but was astounded to notice that this major pioneer Adair County family no longer has a single listing in the Columbia phone book. Times they are a-changing. If you want to enlighten us, email:

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