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JIM: Editor Harris read Paul Revere in Mississippi

Retired former owner of the Adair County News wrote to Edmonton News from West Point, MS, commenting on writings of Cave Ridge, Metcalfe Co., KY, columnist. "Jim borrows a favorite phrase of Ms. Joberta Wells, a favorite columnist of his in the Casey County News of Liberty, KY, to describe Paul Revere, 'What a hoot.' Paul Revere was the pen name of Joseph A. Turner, who sprung from the Old Turners down on KY 704, around the almost forgotten City of Inroad, KY, now being revitalized by Greg Willis, among many others. The following was sent to Linda Waggener, great granddaughter of Joseph A. Turner. -EW"

To Linda Waggener,

Charles S. Harris, founder and long-time editor of the Adair County News, tired of the newspaper business after some 20 years and sold the operation to Daisy Hamlett (wife of Barksdale, Sr., the nominal editor-to-be) in the closing days of 1917. The following spring (1919), Mr. Harris, his esteemed wife, and several of their seven kids packed up their old kit bags and moved to West Point, Miss.

Being a newspaperman of so many years, however, Mr. Harris couldn't entirely stay away from the ink jar, and his lengthy missives from West Point frequently graced the pages of the Adair County News,.

One such letter, addressed to the Editor of the Edmonton News, (a scant 45 years before you met your husband when he took over the successor Edmonton Herald-News in 1965 and you wrote your first column for that esteemed journal) appeared in the December 29th, 1920 issue of the Adair County paper, and made passing mention of the red-haired woman's husband:
"I enjoy reading many items in your paper and especially Paul Revere's writings. He is a live wire and once pushed his pencil for the Adair County News,"
As I mentioned to Ed, earlier this year a Hoosier friend gifted me with the microfilmed Adair County News for November, 1897 (the first issue) through December, 1900. In the process of researching other things in the 1898 editions, I've come across and read a handful of Mr. Turner's writings. To quote a favorite columnist, Ms. Joberta Wells of the Casey County News, "What a hoot!" -jim

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