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The Bottomses: Richard Hovious spots huge gap in Veterans List

Knifley's Marion and Ider Bottoms had four sons who served in World War II. Writer remembers the day at Knifley HIgh School when news came of Edward's death. When he was killed in action
By Richard Hovious

I just noticed a rather large group missing from the veterans list: Janice Holt Giles wrote extensively about Marion and Ider Bottoms in 40 Acres and No Mule (Pages148-154).

Marion and Ider (both good friends) had four sons who served in WWII---Janice writes a lot about Edward, who was killed in action (Herman Chelf was at his side when this happened), Robert Bottoms ("Humpy") and Jackie and Jimmy (twins) also served in WWII.

Incidentially, Marion had another talent that Janice didn't mention in 40 Acres: He was an outstanding pool player. Although he was at least four times my age Marion and I spent a LOT of time in the pool hall that my Dad and cousin Andrew built in the old Sue Ann Humphress house.

(Unfortunately, we happend to be there when the infamous tornado of '47 hit.)

A lot of the Knifley church congregration didn't "hang out' in the pool hall; however, as the books suggest, Marion and Ider were the most stalwart members of the church!

Best to all.
Thanks for the filling this huge gap in our list.. We're making sure that the following are listed in a breakout: "Edward Bottoms, Knifley, KY, killed in action, WWII; Robert Bottoms, Knifley, KY, WWII; Jackie Bottoms, Knifley, KY, WWII; and his twin, Jimmy Bottoms, WWII." Please examine the list to see if any edits are needed.

Please send additions, corrections, and suggestions for the Veterans List "Honoring Adair County Veterans who have served our country". It is an ongoing project of readers of

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