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JIM: An Arkansan visits Adair County, KY
'An Arkansan Visits Adair County (whereupon he is welcomed with open arms, admires the countryside, claims his bride, meets his just acquired in-laws, and discovers he has a twin at Glensfork)' -JIM.
This episode has it all: A paean to Adair County by a impartial stranger, a Jim twist, a happy-ending romance, Glens Fork, lots of Aarons, and recollections of Dr. Bolin -CM
The following letter, penned by Arkansas native and resident Lee Hutton, appeared in the December 6, 1921 Adair County News. It is one of the most fascinating missives this chrono-scryer has ever encountered within the pages of the News.
Dec. 1st, '21
If you will allow me space in your County newspaper, I have a few lines I would like to give you.
I visited your State, county and City in September last, and I have never seen a community that I took a liking to, like I did Columbia and Adair county in general. Of course, I guess the occasion I was in Kentucky for helped to make things look brighter for me.
I arrived in Lebanon, Sept. 10 and on Sunday morning Sept. 11 I took an overland trip from Lebanon to Glensfork, but happened to meet with good luck at Columbia, met my bride -- Miss Alta Aaron -- and was united in marriage in Columbia Sept. 11th.
(Adair County native Allie Alta "Lee" Aaron, not quite 29 years young when her swain came to claim her hand in marriage, was the oldest daughter of Luther H. Aaron and his second wife, Martha Ellen Collins. In the 1920 census, Alta appeared in the household of her half-brother Millard in MInturn, Arkansas, just a few doors removed from Lee Hutton and family: his (first) wife, their kids, and Mr. Hutton's widowed mother. Mr. Hutton's wife Mattie died not many months after the census was taken. Almost certainly, Alta had known the family prior or Mattie's passing; at any rate, romance soon bloomed between the Kentucky lass and the recently widowed Mr. Hutton. A marriage license was issued for the couple on August 29,1921, in Lawrence County, Arkansas, but for reasons now unknown, the conjugal knot was left untied at that point in time. Rather, Miss Aaron left for Kentucky almost immediately and soon was followed by her husband-to-be, with the resulting union as noted above.)
I must say I sure saw some beautiful scenery between Lebanon and Glensfork. There I made acquaintance with my father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Aaron. And I must say I was never treated so nice in all my life among strangers as I was while in Kentucky and I sure will be pleased to visit Columbia again if opportunity ever does present.
Now, Mr. Editor, one of my big motives in writing your paper is to get in communication with a man at Glensfork. His name is Dr. Bolin. Doctor Bolin, if you see this I will appreciate it if you will address me at Minturn , Ark., as we have been accused of looking just alike. I had a man in a large Department Store in Columbia ask me if I was any relation to Dr. Bolin. This was not the first man to ask me the question. My father-in-law, Mr. Luther Aaron, said if he had met me not knowing who I was, he certainly would have taken me to be Dr. Bolin. So, if there is a man in the world, any place, that looks like me I sure want to form an acquaintance with him.
(In addition to looking alike, Mr. Hutton and Dr. Bolin were very nearly the same age, the good doctor being the eldest by only a year or two. The Huttons returned to Kentucky for a visit in the summer of 1922, but the News failed to note if Mr. Hutton had the opportunity to meet his mirror image, the good Dr. Bolin.)
So, now, Mr. Editor, as space may be scarce in your paper I will thank you in advance for your kindness.
As yours very truly,
Mrs. Hutton, the former Miss Aaron, passed in the closing days of 1949. Mr. Hutton passed the following year in the latter part of October.
Recovered for today from yesteryear by JIM, who is going on Hiatus -again to pursue other projects - he's announced, a terrible prospect for readers of ColumbiaMagazine.com, especially those thousands who only read it to see what JIM has to say. But readers can be cheered to know he does plan one more r-tickle; When Wireless came to Adair County. then he will be working on other projects, while his giant brain rejuvenates. We can only guess how long a Hiatus is, we're assuming longer than a Holiday, shorter than a Sabbatical. He says, 'a few weeks,' an eternity of Jimlessness. We can just hope that it doesn't last past Thanksgiving, and that surely Christmas won't be ruint. -CM
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