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100 Years Ago: Lots of news from then just past Christmas

They were "contemplating" telephone service from Big Elm to Denmark, over in Russell Co. Knifley had a tol'able peaceful Christmas, for Knifley (In the time of my mother, before the COF arrived -EW). Mr. Sam Burton's hunting prowess surpassed anything today. And that's just a few of the tidbits in the wonderful news from 100 years, ago, collected from the Adair County News. -CM

By "Jim"

News from the warp and woof of Adair, including brief reports from Big Elm and Owensby in the nearby fiefdom of Russell

Big Elm (Russell County, not far removed from Adair County)

We are now having some very warm weather at this writing. The thermometer now, is registering 72 degrees in the shade.

We will soon have three telephone lines from here, on to Glensfork, which is about completed, except for a few brace that are not in yet. The line to Jamestown is completed as far as Esto. The one from here to Denmark is under contemplation.


Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Absher have moved to their new home near Watson.

Mr. Howard Russell happened to a very painful accident one day last week by cutting his knee with an ax.

Last Wednesday the 11th day of January, Mr. J.C. Absher and Miss Bertie Hutchison were married in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends, Rev. John Rice officiating.


Mrs. Elizabeth is confined to her room with lagrippe at this writing.

W.O. Johnson made a business trip to Esto one day last week.

Robert Johnson sold a cow to Sam Allen for $20.

Will Johnson bought one horse from S.G. Denny. Price private.

Owensby #1 (Russell County)

Mr. and Mrs. Dirl Hudson gave the young folks a party on the night of the 11th, which was highly enjoyed by all present.

Mr. Ben Selby, of Esto, died one day last week and was laid to rest in the Grider graveyard.

Owensby #2

Mrs. Joe Clayton is in very poor health at this writing.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 1910, the relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Reese gathered in to celebrate in honor of their eldest son, Larson, who resides in Kansas. It was a day of enjoyment and pleasure, one that will long exist in the minds of those present.

Born to the wife of Mr. R.T. Phelps, a fine Republican. (This most likely was Nathan Lowe Phelps, born New Year's Day, 1911.--Jim.)


X-mas passed more quietly this time than ever before. No drinking or shooting to any amount.

The weather has been bad for several days, with considerable rain and the waters high.

P.S. Dudgeon was in this section a few days ago, and bought W.E. Bryant's and R.A. Corbin's tobacco, at 4 and 7 cents, and passed the other crops by.

On the 23rd of December, Mr. Will Gooden was married to Miss Tommie Watson, Eld. M.R. Gabbert officiating.

Mr. J.D. Eubank's children have the whooping cough.

The socials given by Mr. A.C. Wheeler and Mrs. Henrietta Hancock, were largely attended.

Miss Nannie Russell left last Monday, for the L.W.T.S.

Misses Bessie Gose, Gertrude Gabbert and Ermine Chelf left last Wednesday, for the L.W.T.S.


Mr. Earnest Yates of McGregor, Texas, who had been visiting here for the past month or so, started for his home last Thursday.

The rites of matrimony was solemnized between Mr. Grider and Miss Wilson one day last week in the community of Weed.

Born, to the wife of Bruce Montgomery, on the 8th, a daughter, Elizabeth Walker Montgomery. Mother and child getting along nicely.

Mr. W.L. Winters, wife and daughter, formerly of Summersville, arrived in our town last week. Mr. Winters was elected cashier of the Gradyville State Bank, which will be ready for business by Feb. 1st.

Remember that Gradyville merchants are selling on the cash basis this year, and if you want cheap goods bring the cash along, and you won't be disappointed, and please don't ask for credit.


Mr. C.A. Walker, who received a broken hip in a fall from his house last October, is able to be down town by the assistance of crutches.

The new telephone between this place and Jamestown is now complete and a never ending stream of conversation is flowing up and down the line.

J.V. Dudley is out on his regular annual round teaching vocal music.

The social occasions during Xmas week were held at the residences of Messrs. H.P. Barger, H.K. Walkup, W.R. Taylor, David Willan and Mrs. Rose Strange. All were well attended and highly enjoyed.


Farmers have began plowing in this neighborhood.

Mrs. Tennie Smith opened a subscription school here last Monday.

Messrs. J.W. Cundiff and S.M. Suddarth entered the L.W.T.S. last Monday.

Mr. J.R. Wilson sold 1 hog to Mr. Champ Butler for $6; also 1 to Bud Triplett, same price.


We are having plenty of rain and snow.

Mr. Lonzo Barrett and Miss Pearl Williams were happily married in Russell last Sunday at Mr. Gatha [Gaither] Shephard's. There was a large crowd present.

The little child of Mr. S.L. Williams is very sick at this writing.

Mr. Overstreet from Columbia has moved near Ella.

Mr. Bill Curry from the Egypt neighborhood, has removed to Mr. James Smiley's residence near Ella.


Mr. Wesley Lemon and Miss Ollie Roberts were married December 24th.

Oscar Sinclair and Roscoe Hudson left for Athens, Ga., last Thursday.

Estill Sanders, who has been visiting his parents at this place returned to the L.W.T.S. last week.

Dr. Fortise Gabbert, of Clementsville, removed to this place last week. Dr. Gabbert comes well recommended.

Mr. T.O. Morton is teaching a very successful winter school at this place.


Mr. and Mrs. Simon Blakeman gave the young folks a party last Thursday night.

This is the wrong time of year for snakes but Miss Lee Keltner killed a Copper Head snake last Sunday.


Mr. Major Willis is in on a visit from Texas where he has been for the past two years.

Mr. Albert Morrison was out buying chickens and eggs one day last week.

Mr. Sam Burton killed ten partridges at one shot.


Squire William Harvey had a stroke of paralysis last Sunday, and is still in a very critical condition.

A section of the telephone line from here to Bakerton and Burkesville has been cut and thus communication has been severed.

There is a move afoot to build a union church at this place. It is to be controlled by a trustee from each of the following denominations: Christian, Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian.


The health of this community is very good at present.

Sam Curry's little son is very sick at this writing.

Mr. Thomas Burton and family left this place a few days ago for Indiana. Mr. Burton said he would make it his future home.

Cane Valley

The warm days of last week brought out the turnip greens and several families about the Valley served their first mess for this year.

There is an abundance of corn in this locality and it is selling at $2.50 per barrel. Hogs are scarce and are bringing fancy prices.

There are a great many dwellings in Cane Valley that need to be repainted.


Mrs. Mattie Willen who has been suffering with neuralgia for several days is better.

Mr. Melvin Conover had a valuable mule to die one day last week from a unknown cause.

The singing at Zion Sunday night conducted by Prof. R.O. Cabell was a success.

Miss Addie Willis went to Ozark one day last week shopping.

Bro. Howerton delivered a fine sermon at Zion Sunday. He is a fine pastor and everyone should hear him.

- "Jim"

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