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105 Years Ago: All the important news from August 1, 1906

Wicked Columbia merchant had word for those who might reach Hell ahead of him, and divers other stories, below, in a most interesting newspaper on a week when even the big story merited only a sentence

By "Jim"

Actual news content on the front page of the August 1st, 1906 News was thinner than March ice, the highlight being a one-sentence entry that didn't even warrant its own headline:

The bridge over Russell creek on the Stanford road has been given a fresh coat of paint, changing its color from black to red.

Another article stated that "The public sale of lots last Thursday was fairly well attended, but only five lots were sold, ranging in price from $35 to $115." This sale may have been the victim of the Panic of 1906-07, as "the location is a beautiful one, and Mr. Mulligan had the property in nice shape..." The property in question totaled nearly twenty acres and adjoined the Lindsey Wilson Training School grounds. When Mr. Mulligan again tried to sell the lots nearly five years later, the News reported that "The lot sale...did not pan out to the satisfaction of the owner...The property is very desirable, but it was not an opportune time to sell..."

There were a number of front page classified ads: W.L. Walker announced he had "marked down a lot of lawns and white goods to close out at a bargain" and that "All lace curtains have been cut down to a remarkably low price;" W.H. Eubank offered for sale his house and lot in the Tutt addition, "one-quarter of a mile from Court-house in the town of Columbia;" and Lowe Bros. & Moore offered "tin work, roofing, guttering and all kinds of work done in first class order...We also make well tubing, buckets, etc...Located over Bennett's store." (For those CM readers who are darker of hair than your humble scribe, "lawn," as used in this context, referred to a better quality cotton or linen cloth. No doubt, lawn was sold by the yard...)

It was reported that the July just ended had been "the coolest and wettest for many years," and recent weather drew any number of off-front-page mentions, including a report that 13 of C.C. Christie's mules had been washed downstream in a recent rainstorm, but that they had been rescued. Mr. I.A. McKinley, in attempting to ford Russell creek on the Stanford pike "got into ten foot of water, a wash out hole, and narrowly escaped drowning, his wagon and team being washed some distance down the creek." There were various other reports from around the county of crops and fences being washed away. Curiously enough, three wheat crops in the Pelleyton community, all stacked in the same field awaiting the thresher, were lost to fire. The general feeling in the community was that the blazes were the work of an arsonist.

Mr.C.R. Royce, a resident of near the Stanford Road, three miles from Columbia, had brought to town and sold the first watermelons of the season; T.G. Rasner had bought of Tom Waggener a building lot on Boomer Heights (now called Jamestown Street Hill) for $110; and Rollin Browning had bought from W.O. Pile a one-half interest in the Columbia Livery. (The Livery had had fifteen seconds of infamy in the late summer of 1903 when :Calvin Crockett, of Casey County, and an old man named Rainwater" were arrested for gambling in the rear of the establishment.)

The Dirigo correspondent reported that "A very important change has been made in carrying the mail here. Dirigo is furnished from Breeding now instead of Chance. R.E. Strange was awarded the contract to carry the mail." Gradyville reported that some of its citizens were being plagued with chicken thievery, and from the land of (near-)eternal Bliss came news that S.T. Hughes had sold an oak tree to Robertson and Young for the unheard of sum of $38, considerably topping the $23.50 J.W. McKinley of Dirigo had received for the staves split from a single tree. (During this era, the Columbia Post Office was open 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and the postmaster's salary was determined by how many stamps were sold.)

From the north end of the county came news of a most unusual water source:

There is a remarkable spring on the farm of a Mr. Jones in the Little Cake precinct, this county. It flows from a brow of a hill, and short distance from its source it is thirty-five yards wide. The water is ice cold. There is no telling how deep it is, as the bottom has never been found. The spring is but a short distance from the Green River and there are some fish in it. It is said that in olden times flat boats made their start from the spring to the river. In those days tobacco was shipped from this county in boats to New Orleans.

And finally, a bit of humor:

At a revival meeting in Ashland a butcher rose and said that he was the wickedest man in town, and had given his customers short weight for years. "I'd go to hell tonight," he continued. Immediately an old deacon, who was in the grocery business, started the hymn, "If you get there before I do tell them I'm coming too."

Compiled by "Jim"

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