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In those days, Lindsey Wilson was a good customer for good fire wood. An interesting note about Alta Barbee sharing a birthday with a first cousin and an aunt. The big health worry of the day was diphtheria.
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By "Jim"

The ebb and flow of everyday life near the Square seemed especially active in early autumn a century ago, as recorded on the front page of the October 5th, 1910 News.

The Presbyterian Church's new organ had been christened the previous week at the Wednesday evening service. The News reported that "Miss Alice Walker presided at the organ, an instrument that has a most melodious tone, every note drawn artistically and beautifully." Captain W.W. Bradshaw was in the audience, and that worthy gentleman, never at a loss for words, "offered prayer, and made a short and interesting talk."

Upon Mr. Presley Clark's arrival at the Presbyterian church that Wednesday evening, reported the News,
"...[H]e hitched his horse to a nearby post. A wagon and team came along at which Mr. Clark's horse became scared, and kicked and jumped, breaking the shafts of the vehicle and dishing one of the wheels."
Prof. R.R. Moss had a horse for sale, advertised as "not afraid of automobiles nor threshers. A safe horse for a lady," while Jno. B. Grant advised readers that he represented Watkins, "one of the best companies in the world," and that he was on the Square every Monday to sell the products.

Mr. Presley Clark, of Bowling Green (and of dished wheel fame), was in town to visit relatives and to assist with the singing at a big revival being held at the Union Presbyterian Church.(The revival had closed Sunday morning, October 2nd, with 50 professions of faith and 24 additions to the church.) Mr. Clark was the brother of Angeline Clark who had arrived in Columbia in the fall of 1904 to teach music at the then-fledgling Lindsey Wilson Training School. In October, 1905, she became the second wife of Dr. Charles (C.M.) Russell.

Diphtheria had been raging in several communities, including Columbia. Among those in Columbia who had contracted the dread disease were A.D. Patteson's little son, who was "alarmingly afflicted last week;" Elmo Strange's small daughter; and two of Crit Yates' children.

Births included a son (James W.), born to Grover and Emma Grissom on the 27th, a son to Dr. & Mrs. M.E. Jones, also on the 27th, and a daughter to Sam (S.F.) & Cora Barbee, their first child. The News noted that mother and daughter shared a birthday, September 28th, but the newborn Miss Barbee (Mary D., later the wife of Mr. George D. Caldwell), also shared a birthday with her then-two-year-old first cousin, Miss Alta Barbee.

G. Paul Smythe, "attorney and real estate man,"office located in the Garnett Building, stated that he had "More than 30 homes for sale in Columbia, the town of beautiful homes, located on almost every street and avenue. Some very elegant ones. Some bargains. Prices ranging for $200 to $6000."

L.E. Young informed the public that he was located in "the little brick in the east corner of the square," and that he was ready to repair watches and clocks, his work guaranteed. Another Mr. Young, C.E., stated he had 200,000 pounds of fertilizer ready to sell, "Place of business back of Russell & Co." (By this time, Russell & Co. had been ensconced in the Isenburg Corner for a number of months.)

The News also mentioned that "Monday was county court and a fair crowd was in town. Some stock changed hands, and merchants did a fairly good business."A related entry noted that
"Henry Altschler bought twelve mules from different parties, here Monday. He paid from $90 to $170 per head. Hunn & Coffey bought 5 head at from $110 to $165. Bob Lee Caldwell bought 3 mule colts at from $60 to $65."
As usual, folks were playing musical houses. Mrs. Nannie Johnson had removed to her farm at Gadberry, and her residence in town was to be occupied by Judge N.H. Moss and his daughters. The L.W. Bennett family had recently moved to the house they had purchased from Mr. Geo. T. Flowers, Jr., and the Flowers family was "now occupying their new residence on Greensburg Street."

Politically minded folks were invited to Columbia on Saturday afternoon (October 8th) to hear Elza (Elzy) Bertram, Democratic candidate for Congress, speak at the courthouse. It may be remembered that the previous November, Mr. Bertram, a Democrat, had pulled the upset of the decade in the Election of 1909
And finally, Neilson & Moss, co-principals of the Lindsey-Wilson Training School, wanted to buy 75 cords of four-foot firewood at "$2.25 per cord for good size wood and sound." (By this time, Lindsey Wilson was using a combination of steam and furnace heat to keep the chill of winter at bay.)

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