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JIM: 100 years ago, Of Deaths & Diddles (& much more)

100 years ago: Of deaths & Diddles, Brides & basketball. Colds & consumption. Mills & Metcalfe County; Sheriffs & shootings. Corn & canning clubs; and Sundry other items -JIM
Click on headline for full story, all the details, all the names, all the details of our wonderful life in and around Adair County KY: Every week enough upcitement for a feature length movie w/serial and comic/cartoon features, -CM


Death dominated the front page of the March 6, 1912 edition of the News with no fewer than seven passings reported. Among the recently departed were Richard Breeding, the 80-year-old son of pioneer Methodist minister "Uncle" Jimmie Breeding; Adair native Mrs. L.E. Schramm, nee Ethel Azbill, the thirty-three-year old daughter of Eld. W.K. & Mrs. Ann Eliza (nee Page) Azbill; and Mr. Everett Hoover, the jailer of Metcalfe County, who had succeeded his father in that position in the summer of 1911.

(As an aside: Mrs. Schramm, then Miss Azbill, was named the first coach of the Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team immediately after it was formed in the early fall of 1905. Her and Mr. Shcramm's wedding took place in the Page house on the Campbellsville pike the latter part of November, 1906.)

Local option election: Metcalfe County went teetotally dry

A departure of another sort came from Metcalfe County, much to the grief of residents therein who had a longing for liquor. On February 24th, in a local option election, "every precinct in the county voted dry, the total majority being 857." A Resolution in the News congratulated "the good citizens of Metcalfe County on this sweeping victory not only for Temperance, but for law and order." Among the gentlemen who drew especial praise for their efforts were Rev. J.R. Crawford, pastor of the Columbia Baptist Church, and Rev. Payne of Sparksville.

Royal Arch Masons, Odd Fellows meetings

Fraternal organizations in Columbia were active, with the Royal Arch Masons meeting on Friday night and the I.O.O.F.'s scheduled to meet the following Tuesday.

Major change in food industry

On the business front, S.D. Barbee had sold his stock of groceries to W.H. Sandusky and Nathan Kelsey. "The business will be conducted by the new firm, at the same stand, near the roller miller."

Another mill house was coming online

Another mill was also in the news, with the announcement that work on Richardson & Walker's roller mill was "progressing nicely." The News optimistically prognosticated that "A few more warm days and the house will be ready for the machinery." (The first ad for the new enterprise appeared about two months later.)

High Society News: Myers-Barger wedding was big news in Columbia

Noted in passing was the Myers-Barger wedding, said event to occur at 9:30 o'clock sharp on Wednesday, March 6th. The bride-to-be, Miss Myrtle Myers, was the eldest daughter of well-known mill man W.R. Myers, who also held the distinction of installing Columbia's first electric plant some years earlier. Eros Boliver Barger, better known as E.B. or Cy, was a son of Eld. Flavius J. Barger, late of Esto, Russell County, Ky., who had removed to Columbia's Jamestown Hill some years earlier. The wedding was the social event of the young year, as the next week's edition of the News devoted no less than a full front page column to it, stating that 125 guests viewed the ceremony, which was held in the home of the bride's parents. Eld. Z.T. Wiliams of the Columbia Christian Church joined the young couple in the bonds of matrimony, he being both their pastor and a kinsman of the groom.

Stapleton-White was news from Knifley

On the other hand, the marriage of Mr. Miller Stapleton and Miss Susie White of the Knifley community drew exactly two and half lines of ink.

Columbia High vs. Lindsey Wilson College on Arbor Vitae

In sports events, the Columbia High School and the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball teams had played a double-header on Saturday afternoon, March 1st. In the first game, played at the high school, the men from Arbor Vitae thoroughly trounced the townies in a one-sided affair, the final tally standing at five to zero.

Diddles big part of basketball game in old LWC dining hall building

The second game, held in Lindsey's old dining hall, was a much closer affair. "The first half ended with the score a tie, 3 & 3. At other times during the game it stood at 6 & 6, and 9 & 9." but he Lindsey team prevailed at the last moment on free throw by ------ Hudson (first name not given.) Of passing interest is the involvement of the family Diddle in this game: brother Charley refereed (in this era, there was a referee and an umpire); brother Will played guard for the Lindsey five; and brother "E. Diddle" played guard for the High School quintet. Of the latter, the article stated "Edgar Diddle, Columbia's newest recruit, hung on to Hudson like a leech, the latter dreaming of losing him."

From Campbellsville: the Marshal Trotter vs. Catling shoot out

From Campbellsville came the report that town marshal William Trotter and "a young man named Catling engaged in a shooting match last Wednesday." In an incredible display of marksmanship, all shots fired by both parties missed their targets.

No doubt, this item appealed to the interests of the younger set: "A boys corn club and a girls canning club will be organized in Columbia in the next few days for Adair County."


A paid ad from the Paull Drug Co. solemnly assured readers that colds in children often were precursors to whooping cough, scarlet fever, consumption, and other dread diseases, and that nothing cured a cold as quickly as did Chamberlain's Cough Remedy.

Another ad, this one under the lurid headline "Repels Attack of Death," touted Dr. King's New Discovery as a sure-fire cure for consumption. In a testimonial, Stillman Green of Malachite, Col., said "I owe my life to this great throat and lung cure..." Trial bottles were free at the Paull Drug Co.

Compiled by JIM, whose letting folks know, that no matter how much things change, history has a way of repeating itself, even when the players ought to learn something the first time around, and oughta knowed better -CM

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