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100 years ago for Sunday, December 5, 2010

By "Jim"

100 years ago: sickness, shopping, singings, snows, suppers, storms, sinners saved, sorrels sold, and sundry other news items which should have made the front page:

From the Wednesday, December 7, 1910 Adair County News:


The cold weather stopped the work on the Bank building at this place for a few days.Several loads of tobacco left this community the first of the week for the Glasgow market.George Coomer, a well-known man of this community, is very low with a complication of diseases.

Miss May Keltner is confined to her room this week with measles.


Messrs. Herschel and Ingram Robertson made a business trip to Coburg last Friday.


The singing at Pleasant Grove last Tuesday night was quite a success.Little Miss Edith Cooper, who has been very sick for the past week, is considerably better.

Mr. John Rule and family have removed to their new home bear Plumpoint. We regret to give them up.


Winter seems to have set in and we are having plenty of snow.

Since our last letter, several fat hogs have been initiated into the local packers of this neighborhood.

Mr. George Royse, who had the misfortune to cut his leg with an ax several weeks ago, has laid his crutches aside, and is able to walk with a cane now.

Hiram J. Conover and wife, of this place, have just returned from a several days visit to Mrs. Conover's uncle, Capt. B.F. Powell, of Lincoln county.

Dirigo No. 1

The meeting at Independence closed last Monday. There were nineteen conversions...And then on last Wednesday Rev. T.J. Campbell preached Independence and in the afternoon baptized [four others] into the Methodist church. (Also see entry under Dirigo letter No. 2, below.)

One of the most severe storms that ever before visited this section put in its appearance last Sunday night. It blew down a large barn and a blacksmith shop for J.R. Cummins and also the most of the trees in his orchard, and damaged much timber throughout this community. It blew down a lot of fencing, damaged what corn that had not been gathered and in some places blew top fodder out of the field.

Cane Valley

Willie Callison left last Tuesday for Corbin, where he has a position with the L & N Railroad.

J.G. Sublett purchased a sorrel gelding of O.W. McAllister last Saturday for $200.

Mr. W.H. Jones, Jr., sold out at public sale last Thursday and left Monday for Oklahoma.Aunt Lizzie Hancock was given a birthday dinner at her home two miles west of this place Thanksgiving Day. She was eighty-two and is quite sprightly for a woman of that age.


Mr. Geo. W. Collins was made the victim of a very painful accident a few nights ago. He had been sitting up with a sick neighbor and had started home riding horseback, when his horse ran through the low branches of a tree, knocking him off and seriously hurting him in his back and hip.

Dirigo No. 2

Born, to the wife of J.C. Royse, on the 19th, a boy.

Born, to the wife of Claudy Stotts, on the 21st, a girl.

J.G. Campbell bought a mule from Melvin Petty for sixty dollars.

Rev. Jessee is conducting a series of meetings at Independence. Much interest is being manifested, in fact it is one of the greatest revivals held in this section for several years.

Owensby (Russell County)

Old Uncle Flem S. Carter, who lived near Esto, died Sunday, Nov. 27th. He was an honorable gentleman well-known over Russell county. He had passed the century mark, making him probably the oldest man in Russell county. He was 100 years, 8 months and 16 days old.

Mrs. Tom Harrison visited her sister, Mrs. Lee A. Lawless, a few days ago. (Tom & Nannie Harrison were the grandparents of one of Kentucky's best-known historians, Russell County native Lowell Hayes Harrison.)


Our farmers are about through gathering corn.Mrs. J.H. Pickett has been quite sick.Gadberry

The pie supper at Mr. Robert Price's Thanksgiving night was largely attended and enjoyed by all present.

Mrs. Johnie Young and Misses Rosa Young and Annie Strange of Fairplay, were shopping at Gabberry Saturday.

Pettisfork defeated Gadberry at Gadberry, last Saturday afternoon, the score standing 9 to 8. This will probably be the last [base]ball game at this place as it is getting most too cold.

And this (much abridged) front page news item from Russell County:

Last Sunday, Bishop T.C. Carter, of Chattanooga, Tenn., dedicated the Hadley Memorial Church, United Brethren, at Esto, Russell county. The great day of the occasion was the services Sunday. At the morning service a collection was taken up to meet the indebtedness and complete the seating of the building, after which the Church was formally dedicated. The Church is named for Rev. Thomas Hadley and it is a beautiful edifice, a great credit to the Hadley family and friends who worship there from time to time, and who so nobly assisted in the enterprise.

Rev. Thomas was the longtime Rowes X Road correspondent for the News. In his newsletter which appeared in the next edition of the paper, he reported that "The good people of Jamestown sent me $7.70 and Russell Springs $6.60. Oh, how I thank you all, may God bless all is my prayer."

A request for information from north of the Green River:

Prior to the erection of the Hadley Memorial building, the church was known as Oak Grove, and the name possibly reverted back to that some years later. The church may have been located between Rowe's X Road and Esto proper, some two and a quarter miles to the north. Does anyone know if this church is still in existence, and if it is, the current name? "Jim"

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