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Mr. Gus Jeffries - an important man, but not That important

He held many high positions, and must have seemed a god to some
Comments re: MIKE WATSON: A brief history of two Adair County jails

By Ed Waggener

Mike Watson has been bringing back the memory of the late C.G. "Gus" Jefffries in an article today including mention of his tenure as Adair County Jailer, and Jim revived the memory of this wonderful Adair Countian in another piece about the Tandy Hotel. If my memory is right, Mr. Jeffries' last office was Police or City Judge in Columbia, KY.

His last home was on Fairground Street, beyond what was once the George Cook home - an absolutely delightful place, where the large blue woodworking factory building is today.

I remember so many people by the way they treated me as a Courier Journal paper boy. There were no finer people, in this regard, than the Cooks and the Jeffries. I think Mrs. Jeffries' name was Callie.

Mom told a rather charming little story - one I'll never forget - I never forgot about Judge Jeffries. She said that in her first school, she'd often ask current events questions. One day she was surprised when the a little boy who never, ever spoke up, promptly raised his hand when she asked, "Does anybody know who the President of the United States is?"

Most of the hands went up, including the little boy's.

Mom said she thought she would give the little boy an opportunity to be a star, and called on him.

"Who is the president?" she said she asked, and called the little boy's name - which I can't recall.

In a very slow draw, the scholar said, "Mr. C -u - sssss Jeffers."

Mr. Jeffries was an important and good man man, but he never got to the Oval Office.

This story was posted on 2012-04-17 08:33:08
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