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JIM: Garlin, KY coming to the front, 1919

Even 100 years ago, prognosticators were foreseeing a bright future for this town, which has now come to fruition. But even the writers of these early 20th Century Adair County News letters might be amazed at just how important glorious Garlin, strategically located between Christine and Columbia, has become today, with its massive suburban residential developments, modern highway and street system, its two five-star restaurants, it's professional photographer and picture framer, and its radio station, its significance as the home of one of Adair County's liveliest church congregations, and as the home of the county's premier truck garden, Jake Willis, prop; while all the while retaining its indisputable geographic importance as arguably, maybe, perhaps, the westernmost terminus of fabled Burton Ridge, a contention decorously debated, today, in the civil discourse which has prevailed on The Ridge for full 35 years since pacification, in the region's post-fisticuff and post-pistol justice era. It's a town so secure in its rich history that no historical markers are needed to stroke local egos to remind of all the famed sheriffs and county court clerks, statesmen, mercantile captains, bankers, baseball heroes, educators, medical doctors, agricultural leaders, and NCAA Division I coaches who gained lasting fame beyond its comfortable borders. No hyperbole needed. Thank you. Besides, you probably didn't know how the town got its name, but you will after reading Jim's revelations, which follows, herewith. -CM (Where it's at)
By "Jim

A thumbnail sketch of Garlin, found in the July 11, 1922 Adair County News, followed by a 1903 newsletter.

The little Village of Garlin, this county, is coming to the front. It contains besides a general store and post office, a broom factory and grist mill. The broom factory has just been installed by Mr. Ed Crawford, late of North Dakota. He is said to be an expert maker. The grist mill is run by Mr. E.T. Holmes.

Who knows but this little town, only a few years old, in time will become one of the busy points of Adair County? The people who live close to this settlement are thrifty, and as the little town spreads other residences will be taken in.

The first letter from Garlin appeared in the February 25th, 1904 News:
Mr. L.T. Neat's store house will soon be completed and in a short time he will have a full stock of goods.

Miss Annie Royse, who has been attending school at Montpelier, returned home the last of the week.

Mrs. Forrest Willis spent several days of last week with her sister, Mrs. J.S. Naylor.

Mr. Hiram Judd is making preparation to leave in a short time for Illinois.

Mr. "Babe" Burton will move to J.F. Neat's property, lately bought of Mr. Judd.

Messrs. J.F. Reynolds and Robert Royse are going to plant forty acres in corn on W.F. Neat's farm.

Mr. Aaron Wilson is the champion checker player of Garlin.

Mr. Frank Waggener says Garlin is the coming town.
(The establishment of the post office was reported in the February 4th, 1903 edition of the News. Historian Mike Watson notes that the first postmaster was Garlin Leach.)

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