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Wayward JIM of History Cousins resurrects opines of Cyrus

Posted as required reading in preparation for the First Annual Book Fair, June 2, 2012, to be held at the Historic Adair County, KY Courthouse, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY.

You know I am a man of peace who steers things up only as a last resort, but do you think it would help any to resurrect the (in)famous Cyrus "list of 15" Adair County books, perhaps with a Waggenerian intro challenging Adair Countians to come up with better choices and/or additional choices of books published in the ensuing six years since the list appeared? (Ol' Cyrus is pretty thick-skinned, I'm told, so feel free to "Lay on, McWaggener!")

As far as I know, the 16th book listed, Ron Wolford Blair's biography of Frank Lane Wolford, still hasn't gone to press. WCJ (wayward cousin jim)
The Cyrus Magnum Opus, retrieved from the moldy dustbins of ancient CM 2006 archives, follows:

Long-awaited ''Cyrus List'' of 15 (updated May 20, 2012; now 16) Great Adair Books finally released

Cyrus opens list to comments, debate
Dear Readers

The next time you're bored, zip over to town and buy a dozen ping pong balls, then try to juggle them, underwater.That's rather what it's been like trying to select a representative list of 12-15 "Adair County books of general interest, non-fiction."

The awkward heading simply indicates this list is limited to books which focus specifically on Adair County and/or Adair Countians. There is another list.

The list below represents my best effort. It is not the list; rather, it's an appetizer for the nearly endless buffet of Adair County books, articles, essays and the like.

*Comments welcomed. And may the lively debate continue!

With thanks to the many who have helped,

Tough-hided Central Ohio Bureau Chief

The Cyrus List: 15 (almost 16) Adair County books
of general interest (non-fiction)
Released to world 1:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 18, 2006
40 Acres and No Mule, Janice Holt Giles.

Adair County: A Historical Overview and the History of Education in the County Through 1992, Volume I, Minne Corbin Rubarts.

An Adair County, Kentucky History, Volume 1, compiled by Michael C. Watson.

Adair, Kentucky History & Biography , Mountain Press, 2002. A reprint of a very brief essay about Adair County, and biographical sketches of Adair Countians, photo-reproduced from Collins' History of Kentucky, 1882 edition, and Kentucky: A History of the State, W.H. Perrin, J.H. Battle and G.C. Kniffin, 1885.

Early Columbia: The Beginnings of a Small Kentucky Town, Ruth Paull Burdette.

The Early Settlers of Gradyville and Adair County, Ann ODell, Phil Moss, & Jerry Moss.

Jane Clemens: The Story Of Mark Twain's Mother, Rachel McBrayer Varble.

Hello, Janice: The Wartime Letters Of Henry Giles, Henry Giles, Dianne Watkins (Editor).

The Long Hunters of Skin House Branch, Ruth Paul Burdette & Nancy Berley.

The Man with the Red Towel : Biography of Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers' Legendary Coach E.A. Diddle, William M. Jenkins, Jr.

Methodist History of Adair County Kentucky 1782 - 1969, Vista Royce Allison.

"Morgan is Coming!": Confederate Raiders in the Heartland of Kentucky, Betty J. Gorin.

Notes on Adair County, Kentucky by John Avroe Steele, or Judge Rollin T. Hurt's History of Adair County Kentucky, prepared and edited by Michael C. Watson.

Westward Into Kentucky: The Narrative of Daniel Trabue, edited by Chester R. Young.

The Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry, Sgt. Eastham Tarrant.

Judge H.C. Baker's "Historial and Biographical Sketches of Adair County, Kentucky" Volume of 41 sketches and other materials, edited by Cyrus, theman of mystery himself, contains information about Adair County andAdair countians not found in any other source.

In the works: a biography of Col. Frank Lane Wolford, Ron Wolford Blair, tentative publication date: fall, 2007 (as of February, 2006.)

*Comments welcome. But please stay on this subject and, pretty please, do not get personal. Many others of the planet's creatures are more thin skinned than I am. - CYRUS

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