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100 years ago: Around town (ever so briefly)

March 1912 was a time of great cultural events, the Woodmen of the World fraternity was organized here, there were Anti-Saloon talks at both the Columbia Christian and Methodist Churches, and the News intoned a comment with a touch of Keynesian economic ideas


Goings-on around the Square, late March, 1912

On Thursday evening, March 22, about 16 Lindsey Wilson lads put on a minstrel show at the courthouse. The show was well attended, and "the audience was well pleased." Reported the News, "There were many new and laughable jokes, the singing was good and the dancing easy and graceful."

Come Saturday night, March 24th, Lindsey's two literary clubs, the Frogge Society and the Columbian, provided an evening of entertainment by debating the question, "That it would be better for the United States to prohibit immigration entirely, rather than deal with it in the present way." The Columbian Society, represented by Dick Weldon and J.W. Nelson, carried the day with their arguments in the negative. Clarence Strange carried the banner for the Frogge Society. A vocal quartette composed of Misses Millliken and Crockett and Messrs. Catron and Hill added to the evening's activities, and "the march by Miss Cary Rosenfeld was skillfully rendered."

As usual, fraternal orders were active. During the week of March 19th, Col. J.H. Brewer of Louisville breezed into town and organized a Woodmen of the World lodge, said group to meet in the top (third) story of the Russell Building. Among the officers were Columbia businessmen Silas Denny, A.A. Miller, Albia Eubank, and Clint Smith. The same edition the News carried the announcement that come April 5th, a similar group, the Modern Woodman, would celebrate its second anniversary with a banquet at the Columbia Hotel, and that "Covers will be laid for one hundred."

On Sunday, March 31st, Dr. N.A. Palmer, the state superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League, was to speak at the Columbia Christian Church in the morning and at the Methodist Church in the evening. Intoned the News, "He will have some good things to tell the people and everyone ought to hear him." (No followup report appeared to outline exactly what the "good things" were.)

A brief front page item opined that

Columbia is sadly in need of more enterprises in the way of factories. There are a great many men in town who are out of employment two-thirds of the time. They are willing to work, but it is not here for them. The merchants and grocery men want more business, but it takes work to make business.

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