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Gleaned from the pages of the Adair County News 100 years ago

By "Jim"


Miss Clara D. Wilmore started for Franklin, Va., Thursday where she will teach again this year.

Miss Wilmore, then in her mid 20s, was the daughter of businessman Wm. M. Wilmore, the longtime Gradyville correspondent for the News. Miss Wilmore had attended the Lindsey Wilson Training School and had taught music there in the spring term of 1906. In the fall of 1906, she went to Edgerton, Mo., where she had charge of the English and Latin departments at the Platte School. She subsequently taught at Pine Bluff, Ark., before securing the position at Franklin, Va. Upon her appointment to the teaching position at Lindsey Wilson, the News reported that "Miss Wilmore is a lady thoroughly competent to fill this important position... Her training in music was received in a school for Young Ladies in Lebanon, Tenn."

The old soldiers reunion at Weed last was very well attended...There were no political speaking but several good and interesting sermons were delivered by different able divines. There was a grand old time with the people in general and we understand there were several professions of faith.

Mrs. Millie Hill is in Louisville this week buying millinery goods for this market. She has secured the services of an experienced milliner who will assist her this season, and we take it that she will better prepared this time to meet the demands of her trade than ever before.


The wind storm last Sunday eve blew down a great deal of corn in the low land.

Tobacco cutting is a thing of the day in this neighborhood.

The Weed base ball team came down last Saturday evening and played against the boys here. The score stood 12 to 2 in favor of the home boys.


Mrs. C.W. (should be C.M.) Deener is on the sick list at this time.

Mrs. Deener, the former Miss Martha A. Richards, was the wife of Rev. Charles Marion Deener. She passed just a few months later, in mid-December, 1910.

Mr. Bert Epperson bought a milk cow of Miss Gertie Murrah for $45.

An infant child of Mr. Lucian Moore is quite sick.Mr. Moore's first wife, the former Miss Ursula Edrington, had died in the fall of 1908.About a year later, he married Miss Tennie Williams, the daughter of Drury Alice Williams (Antle).

Cane Valley (newsletter # 1

)W.N. Smith sold his property on the mill lot, known as the P.C. Watson property, to Mrs. T._. Bumgarner last week for $300.

Geo. Curry and Miss Lula Cunningham, both of this place, were married last week. The groom is a son of Lige Curry and a grandson of Capt. Jno. Curry. The bride is the youngest child of Mr. Geo. Cunningham and quite a pleasant little lady.

Dr. C.D. Moore is quite feeble at this writing. Willie, his oldest son, of Texas, and two daughters, Mrs. E.C. Page of Frankfort, and Mrs. Nat Cundiff, of LaFayette, Ind., are at his bed side

Dr. Moore, a native of Greensburg but long-time resident of Adair County, died but a few days later. He was a well-known physician and was a veteran both of the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. In the latter conflict, he "espoused the cause of the Union."

Cane Valley (newsletter # 2)

The scare of dyptheria has about passed, and schools will open again soon. (Diptheria was mentioned in several of the newsletters.)

Coy E. Dudgeon, who is with Northern Poultry & Egg Co., has moved his family to Columbia.


The recent rains were gladly received by our people

Mrs. W.S. Pickett attended the Powers speaking at Columbia last week.

Caleb Powers was the Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives. He won the general election in November (and for three additional terms), despite his having been thrice convicted of complicity in the assassination of Governor William Goeble in the forepart of 1900. Even though Powers won, the News, ever the Rooster booster in things political, "put it down" as a victory for the Democrats, as Powers' majority was several thousand fewer votes than was usual in the Republican-rich congressional district.

Miss Lee Keltner attended the fair at Columbia.

Mr. E.P. Sexton, our road overseer, did a good work for our roads.


J.H. Kerns, the merchant of this place, is buying his Fall and Winter goods.

Nathan Goodin passed through this place last week delivering woolen goods to the citizens of the county.

J.W. Hadley has commenced painting his new residence.


The school at this place is progressing nicely. It is a small school but has 75 per cent of the [school] census report in regular daily attendance.

Miss Lura McFarland was shopping at Cane Valley last week.

The singing at Hutchinson School house is progressing nicely.

Cray Craft (Craycraft)

The singing at Oak Grove last Friday night conducted by Prof. Anderson Murrell was a success in every particular.

In the spelling contest at Oak grove school, last Friday, first prize was won by Miss Irene Murrell and second prize by Samuel Murrell, Jr.

Uncle "Banty" Bryant is the champion croquet player at Oak Grove.

Messrs. James Hays, Anderson Murrell and Miss Mabel Murrell, left Monday for Berea, Ky., where they will enter school.


Z.T. Bennett, our mail-carrier, is taking a rest and Landy Stotts is on the route.

Cager Burks and wife of the Greenbriar community left for Jeffersonville, Ind., last Wednesday. They will make that city their future home.

J.G. Campbell and Mose Wooten have formed a partnership and have embarked in the walnut log business. As there has not been a walnut tree of any size in this community for thirty years or more, the chances are that these parties will soon be millionaires.


Mr. B.L Harvey is getting ready to erect a new dwelling.

Mr. W.H. Royse visited W.L. Strange of Picnic one night last week.


Several from this place attended the singing at Craycraft.

Mr. G.C. Russell bought a calf of Ingram Robertson for $13.

Mail failed to reach Knifley several days last week on the account of high water.

Mr. M.A. Brockman returned home Monday from an extended visit to Louisville and Franklin, Ind.

Ex verum adveho vox.

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