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100 Years Ago: Of Apricots and Accidents, et al.

By "Jim"

Of Apricots and Accidents (and Sundry Other Reports) gleaned from the July 13, 1910 Adair County News.
Miss Alice Walker met with an accident last Tuesday night en route home from the LebanonChautauqua. She left Campbellsville about nine o'clock in company with Mr. Ray Flowers. The night was dark, the pole at the first toll-gate being down, but it could not be seen and their buggy struck it, tilted, throwing Miss Alice to the ground. She was considerably bruised about the right shoulder, but she was able to come home. Since the accident she has suffered considerably but her friends say she will be all right in a few days. [Miss Alice was the 25-year-old daughter of W.L. Walker and Tola (Tollie) Eubank Walker.]

The Transylvania Presbytery has conveyed to the Trustees of the Graded School the college building, for $1,000, the money to be paid in October next. It is stated in the deed, which is now of record, that the building is to be used for school purposes, only.

W.C. Murrell and J.A. Willis, contractors, have been making some valuable improvements at the Graded School building, formerly the M. and F. High School building. New floors have been laid, partitions run, etc. [The Columbia Graded School had opened in the old M & F High School building in the fall of 1909, following the contentious School Tax election of '08.]

Mr. Sam Lewis' Board of Trade building received a terrible shock last Friday, about the noon hour. A teamster backed his wagon against a post which held up the brim of the structure and it collapsed as quickly as would have a deadfall, the triggers being thrown by a rabbit.

The corner stone of the Thomas Hadley Memorial United Brethren Church, Esto, was laid by Bishop T.C. Carter, of Chattanooga, Tenn. A very large crowd was present and the exercises [were] of great interest.

At a meeting of the Municipal Board last Tuesday night Mr. Al Sinclair was awarded the contract to concrete all the crossings where the side streets intersect the four main streets.
As has always been the case, the small text ads contained some great history:
We will move our hickory mill away from Columbia July 20th. /s/ Bassett hardwood Lumber Co.

Wanted:--White Oak Logs, write us for prices. Will also buy standing timber and white and red oak timber. /s/ Louisville Planing Mill & Hardwood Flooring Co., Louisville, Ky.

For sale:--One jersey cow and calf. Cow three years old' calf one week old. /s/ A.H. Ballard. [Prof. Ballard lived on Jamestown Hill.]

Mr. Sam Beck has left at this office a sample of apricots grown at his place...The two twigs were as full as they could hold, sixty-five apricots being on them.
CM note: Adair Countians now enjoy celery from the Farmers Market about every Tuesday and Friday morning. Does anyone grow apricots today?

And a note on Mr. Ballard: If anyone said that a location were in the "Ballard Addition," almost nobody except for a very few on Social Security would have any remembrance. A Mr. Ballard owned the residence lately converted to the first United Citizens Bank, and for a very long stretch the home of the Russell Miller family - Russell and Loraine and their daughter, Susan Russell Miller. The property behind it was a town farm when it was known as the Ballad Place. The farm which stretched almost to Indian territory past Hurt Street as late as the early 1950's. Though none of us ever saw the Indians in the woods on the trail from Jamestown Hill to the Grade School, we knew they were there. First Graders were warned of them by every older student. I never doubted their presence any more than I ever doubted Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny; still don't, even looking back today. Took it on faith. -EW

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