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100 Years Ago:
Spicy bits from the front page of the News

By "Jim"

The short entries on the front page of the July 20, 1910 News were considerably more interesting - "spicier," in the parlance of the day - than were the longer articles with their splashy headlines. (Among the latter: a suicide in the Fairplay community, a murder in Jamestown, the previously secret marriage of Leondis Braxton "Brack" Cain and Alice Murrell revealed, and a report of the statewide crop damage wrought by the heavy July rains.)

Perhaps you, gentle CM reader, can forgive some of the headlines created for the following tidbits, as your humble contributor made them up well past supper and long before breakfast, in that murky mental twilight between one pill wearing off and another kicking in.

They Went This-a-way and That-a-way
We are informed that Mr. Ed Gentry and Miss Tobie Montgomery, daughter of Mr. T.W. Montgomery, eloped to Birdstown (Byrdstown), Tenn., last week and were married. They were at Russell Springs last Saturday on their return home.

Mr. Paul Acree, who lives on the Russell Springs road, ten miles from Columbia, and Miss Nannie Montgomery, a daughter of Mr. Nathan Montgomery, a grand daughter of Mr. T.W. Montgomery, were recently married in Jeffersonville, Ind. They returned to this county a week or two ago.

His 'n' Her Laundry Announcements (paid adv.)
The family washings at the Columbia Steam Laundry is under my supervision and I see that it is done right. The price for such work is 7 cents per pound, but must include heavy as well as light work. We cannot do all the light work at this price. Also washings must be 5 pounds or over. -- Mrs. T.G. Rasner.

*Family washings and laundry work is different. If you want laundry don't include family washings--there is a difference in price as well as the work. --T.G. Rasner
(The Columbia Steam Laundry opened around the middle of 1905 and had "two beginnings and two endings before Mr. Rasner took charge" in 1907 and "one by one built a successful patronage." In early 1909, the Rasners moved the business from the Campbellsville Pike to Jamestown Hill. On Sunday night, December 11, 1910, the laundry burned, and the News stated that "four or five small boys were playing in the laundry [earlier that day], and it is thought perhaps they had a fire and did not extinguish it when they left.")
Milltown Boy Makes Good
Mr. J[ohn] A. Caldwell, who was born and reared near Milltown, this county, will graduate from the Western State Normal College, Bowling Green, next Thursday, the 21st. Mr. Caldwell will be the first person in Adair County to receive a life diploma from this institution or any other State Normal School.

Fruitful Prospects
In about six weeks schools will open again. Prof. Moss informed that he is looking for a flattering opening at the Lindsey-Wilson.

*Blackberries and plums wanted at the Lindsey-Wilson Bring Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. (paid adv.)

Cottage Commencement
Dr. W.F. Cartwright has contracted with Sandusky & Co., for a five-room cottage. It will be built near the residence of Mr. W.H. Wilson and the work will commence in about two weeks. (It appears from the 1910 census that Mr. Wilson lived near the Square.)

All Dressed Up and Somewhere to Go (paid adv.)
Morrison and Co. have a lot of good dressed lumber which they will sell below market prices for the next thirty days.

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