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History: Columbia City cemetery entrance completion, 1919

When Jim ran across the accompanying old photograph of Earl Conover at the Columbia Cemetery entrance, did some research, and found some interesting background of the work
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by "Jim"

From the Adair County News, 1919:
Entrance Completed

C.M. Mikel, the stone mason, of Campbellsville, has completed the entrance to the cemetery, under the supervision of Mr. J.O. Russell, who fulfilled a request made by his deceased wife, she having made a devise in her will for this work. it is a very handsome and costly job, but few cemeteries in Kentucky having a more attractive and durable entrance.

The people of Columbia, who have loved ones in this cemetery, are not unmindful of this expenditure of money, and are praising Mr. Russell for his generous act. It is a memento to his sainted wife and will be to him long after he has been laid in the silent city of the dead.
The plaque in the photo reads as follows:

This entrance / erected in / 1919 / by devise of / Kizzie W. Russell

Kizziah, better known as Kizzie, (1867 -1917) was a daughter William Lee Walker. She was the widow of N.G. Murrell; the second wife of Columbia businessman J.O Russell; and a much-respected partner of some three decades in the firm of Russell & Murrell, known as Russell & Co. after her marriage to Mr. Russell in 1905.

The timing of the article, Wednesday, May 28, 1919, strongly suggests that the cemetery entrance was completed (or virtually so) in time for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th. -"JIM"

This story was posted on 2010-10-10 10:24:56
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Cemetery Entrance Completed, 1919

2010-10-10 - Photo from collection of Betty Sue Jasper.
When perused archives and came across this photo, it prompted him to delve into old files of the Adair County News, where he found a bit more about the entrance, which accompanies this photo. The photo was first posted in on November 05, 2007, with the the following caption:
AFTER THE POSTING of a photo of her father, Earl Conover, standing across the Campbellsville Street from this location, reader Ann Curtis noted the significant historical data in the plaque by the umbrella in this, another Betty Sue Jasper photograph. It's difficult to read in the photo, but Ann Curtis figured most of it out. It reads, she says, "This Entrance Erected In 1919 By (_?___) of Kizzie W. Russell." If anyone knows the obscure word, please send it to
However, "Jim" did not help on the identity of the obscure word on the plaque which puzzled Ann Curtis.
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