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JIM: 95 years ago. Adair was abuzz with talk of War

When President Woodrow Wilson called for a declaration of war and Congress approved - Adair Countians rallied to the cause, Jining up in great numbers. At least 400 residents and many more Adair Countians living elsewhere were in service by August 1918, and that number had grown to over 600+ by the war's end.A list of the (known) Adair County natives and residents who perished during the Great War while in the service of their country may be viewed at Adair Countians Who Died During The Great War (World War I). -JIM


Ninety-five years ago this week, Adair County was abuzz with talk of America's entry into the Great War. President Woodrow Wilson spoke before Congress on the evening of April 2nd, 1917 to ask the House of Representatives to introduce a bill allowing the declaration of war on Germany. Reported the News, "It is said no greater paper was ever penned by man than the address of President Wilson to the American Congress..."

Four days later, the bill had cleared both the House and the Senate, and on April 6th, America plunged into the global conflict - the so-called war to end all wars - that already had held Europe in its deadly, bloody grip for two and a half years.

Stated the News in the April 4th edition, in a presagement of the declaration,

Old Glory is waving near the basket on the court-house, a hundred feet high. To every true American, and we have no other kind in Adair, the stars and stripes brings to every patriotic bosom thrilling sensations. There were men in Adair who favored Germany against the British and French, but when our own beloved country is going to take a hand, all hats are lifted to the flag of this country.

Adair Countians immediately began answering their country's call to the colors and by August, 1918, almost 400 resident of the Auld Sod, plus an unknown number of natives who were living away and enlisted elsewhere, had "jined up" to help whip Kaiser Bill and his minions.

In December, 1918, about a month after cessation of hostilities, the News printed this comment by a former Kentucky Attorney General, Adair Countian James Garnett:

Over 600 of the flower of the young manhood of Adair County have entered the service of their country. Many went with the Expeditionary Forces into the old world to help make it free, and some of them lie buried in Flanders Field. These young men are a part, and a most important part, of the history of Adair County.A list of the (known) Adair County natives and residents who perished during the Great War while in the service of their country may be viewed at Adair Countians Who Died During The Great War (World War I).

Compiled by JIM

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