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JIM: A blue jeans frock coat: where is it now?

Adair Countian's garment, 100 years old in 1921, had been put on display in the Louisville Free Public Library; had been subject of news story in the Courier-Journal.


The Adair County News carried this article in the December 20, 1921 edition. It had first appeared in a recent edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Coat, 100 Years Old, is Given to Library

A blue jeans frock coat, spun a hundred years ago, has just been presented to the museum of the Louisville Free Public Library.

It was spun, dyed, cut and fashioned by Charity Callison Smith, so the placard runs, and was worn for ten years by her helpmeet, Nathan Smith.

In spite of the fact that it is said to have been worn from 1820 to 1830, even the eight buttonholes down its double-breasted front show no signs of wear.

The coat was presented by Mrs. J.N. Coffey, granddaughter of Charity Smith.

(The 1820-1830 time frame mentioned above may be slightly off. The marriage bond for Miss Charity Callison and Mr. Nathan Smith was issued in Adair County on the 24th day of January, 1821. Nathan died in Adair County in the early 1840s; Charity, still a resident of old Adair, passed in the summer of 1853.)Compiled by JIM

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