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Jim: 100 years ago, May 10, 1911

Adair Countian got into heap of trouble following raid on crap game in Lebanon, KY, and was adjudicated by the News to be bound for the electric chair. There was even trouble in peaceful Cane Valley. Mothers Day was observed by local Calvinists. Community was getting ready for Decoration Day for Unionist and ex-Confederates.. And it was a time of rains, with heavy losses at Gradyville and at Sulphur Well, where the Little Barren was acting up like it was another Big Creek! Up at the school house, at The Lindsey Wilson was holding its Spring Field Day athletic extravaganza with extravagant prizes including $1.50 worth of dental work the winner of the half-hammer contest.

By "Jim"

Two shootings made front page headlines in the May 10, 1911 News. Over in nearby Lebanon, night watchman (policeman) John Robey raided a crap game on Saturday night and arrested two individuals, one of them a native of Adair County. As Mr. Robey was on his way to the jail with the two, one of the prisoners broke free and stabbed Mr. Robey 18 times. He lived, but a few minutes, and the pair made good their escape, only to be captured the next day and hauled off to Jefferson County for safe keeping. In a closing editorial comment, the News stated that "Every thing indicates the two murderers will occupy the electric chair."

The other shooting occurred in Cane Valley with considerably less tragic results. Vester Murrell, armed with a shotgun exchanged potshots with Oscar Carter, who sported a hog's leg. Reported the News, "The difficulty came up over the renewal of a former trouble."

Another item, which shaded the line between news and advertising, noted that G.P. Smythe, the local Hartford Fire Insurance Company rep, had quickly settled a $1,000 claim - the full amount of the policy - with Mr Henry Hurt, whose house and household goods had recently been consumed by fire.

One article mentioned that "The observance of what has come to be known among the churches as 'Mother's Day' will be observed at the Presbyterian church next Sabbath" at eleven o'clock, and all attending who could so do were requested to wear a white flower. Another made note that May 30th would be Decoration Day and that "appropriate services" would be held at the Columbia City Cemetery, the program to be announced later. The same news piece also reminded readers that the Confederate Decoration Day was June 3rd, and that "a great many people will gather at the Monument, near Green river bridge, and strew flowers over the graves of those who fought for the South." Ex-Confederates and ex-Federals alike, as well as their families, were invited "to bring well-filled baskets...and take part in the ceremonies."

The Graded School Trustee Election, held on Saturday, May 6th, resulted in victory for J.W. Flowers and M. (Mont) Cravens. Odd man out was Columbia storekeeper W.H. Wilson.

A pair of front page articles mentioned the recent heavy rains. In one, County Judge N.H. Moss stated he had been "besieged with letters" asking him to notify folks in the Gradyville, Milltown and Keltner sections of the county, where miles of fencing had been washed away, to keep their livestock penned up until the fences could be replaced. Another article about the rain reported that "Barren and Metcalfe counties were great sufferers in the recent flood...In Metcalfe county the severest damage was at Sulphur Well. Both bridges across Little Barren river went with the current, all the lower cottages, ten pin alleys, etc. The Marcum Mill was damaged to the extent of $2,000, and Robinson's Mill washed away."

The annual Lindsey Wilson Field Day was fast approaching, and the events, prizes to be awarded, and donors of said prizes were:
Running broad jump--tennis racket, Reed Hardware Co.

100 yard dash (14 yrs and under)--pair of cuff buttons, Patteson & Denny.

Girls' wheel barrow race--two pounds of Richardson & Beck Candy, Ballard & Miller.

Somersault race-- good pocket knife, (Rev.) B.M. Currie.

Society relay race--box of cigars, John Flowers (1st place); case of coco-cola (sic), W.T Ottley, 2nd place.

Shoe race--a one-dollar gold coin, Dr. Cartwright.

Goose race--souvenir spoon, Russell & Co. (1st place); box of candy, Drs. Triplett & Dunbar (2nd place).

Sack race--shingle, shampoo, shave and shine, G.W. Lowe.

Half-hammer--$1.50 worth of dental work, Dr. Dunbar.
The article also mentioned that admission to the Field Day activities was 25 cents and sternly admonished that "No one will be allowed to take part in these contests who is not in regular attendance in school. Only bona fide students of other schools have been invited to take part." The festivities were to begin Saturday, May 13th, at one o'clock sharp.

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