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100 years ago: News from the front page of the News

By "Jim"

A number of enlightening articles and opinion dotted the front page landscape of the front page of the January 25, 1911 News.

Columbian Fred McLean seldom lacked the courage or the will to voice his opinion in public, generally via the front page of the News, with topics as far ranging as the stench of local politics (he got drubbed in the general election of '09) to the then-fashion rage of women's garments having short sleeves. some as high as the elbow (he was agin such unsightly display of limbs).

Never was Mr. McLean in rarer form or breathing hellfire any hotter than when he penned the following.

Discrimination of City Council in Passing Ordinances for Improvements

The people residing in other parts of the town who have nice concrete sidewalks and plenty of light to guide their footsteps on dark nights, have very little idea of what the people on the Campbellsville pike have to contend with...The inhabitants of the East end and those residing along the Campbellsville pike are compelled to wade through the mud and slop most of the time during the winter and the dust -- sometimes ankle deep -- during the summer...

There are no sidewalks beyond the cemetery on the Campbellsville pike and when persons get to the end of that they can go down the hillside and take the mud the balance of the way when there is mud, and dust when there is dust.

On every other main road leading out of town there is concrete sidewalks on at least one side to the city limits. and the number of lights will double those on the Campbellsville pike. The question is why is it that the city council is so partial when passing ordinances requiring the building of sidewalks and the installing of more lights...

It is a poor law that does not affect every citizen alike, and the property owners along the pike should fare just as the other citizens of the town have. If they will not build their sidewalks without being forced to, there are five mighty rulers of men in Columbia who have compelled people to do things and they can do it again... [Some years earlier, the City Council had mandated that property owners along the four major streets put in sidewalks. If the property owner refused, the city provided the material and did the work--and forthwith presented the owner with a bill for same.]

It is to be hoped that before many more months have passed, the city council will see that we get the improvements we ought to have along the pike and other places in that community in the way of sidewalks, lights, & c.

Another article informed readers that the recently convened grand jury had brought the full force of the law down on no fewer than 56 steely-eyed hardened criminals. Included in the charges were 15 indictments for breach of peace, six for disturbing worship, 11 for adultery, and one for an unnamed miscreant who had dynamited for fish.

In other news, the accomplishment of one of Adair County's most beloved medical men drew front page coverage:

Dr. Woodruff Flowers, who graduated from the University of Medicine, Louisville, last year, and who, later, was before the State Board for examination, received his papers a few days ago, showing that he had passed. Dr. Flowers, upon leaving the University, was appointed an intern at a hospital on the Kentucky side opposite Cincinnati, where he has been kept busy since leaving Louisville. His friends send most gratifying reports of his skill at the hospital.

The most eyecatching headline was "Will Bailey Horned." (Your timorous correspondent found it necessary to fortify his nerves before reading the article.) Come to find out, Mr. Bailey, an avid fox hunter of long standing who lived in the suburbs of Columbia, had some months earlier lost his worldly possession in a house fire. The News stated that "Willis did not grieve over the losing of his home and household goods, but his favorite horn, one that he had used for many years, went up in flames. This was great loss and hard to recover from..."Enter O.E. White, who was in Mexico when he heard of his old friend's plight. Mr. White "secured a large Mexican steer horn, sent it to France and had it dressed, and when he reached Columbia two weeks ago, he notified the hunters he had a present for Willis."

A number of enthusiasts of the chase gathered at Jeffries' Hardware Store, and, with the pomp and ceremony befitting such an occasion, Mr. White presented Mr. Bailey with the horn. The latter gentleman stated that "it would be used in all future engagements, and that he would cherish it so long as he lived," whereupon those assembled dispersed, "a happy feeling pervading the entire audience."

W.S. Sallee advertised that he had fifty acres of timbered land for sale, said property lying near the Stanford pike about five and a half miles from Columbia. Mr. Sallee stated that "It contains an abundance of small timber, such as poplar, white oak, chestnut, blueskin, sweet and black gum, some hickory." His asking price was $50 an acre for the land and timber.

And finally, an announcement of a curious fundraiser at the Lindsey-Wilson:

Silver Coin ShowerA silver coin shower will be given in the dining hall of Lindsey-Wilson Friday evening, February the 3rd, at 8 o'clock.

A most excellent programme consisting of piano and vocal selections and readings will be given by representatives of the different departments.The object is to draw attention to, and finish the remodeling of the reception room at the girls' dormitory.

No admission price is named, all contributions to be free-will, and in silver coin. Compiled by "Jim."

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