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JIM: News nuggets from 110 year ago (May 21, 1902)

There were reports of two events which forever changed the history of Adair County: 1) A meeting of the Louisville Conference in Columbia ; the other 2) One of demographic importance, the arrival of the North Carolina people - 15 families - in the Roley community of northern Adair Counties. Later, maybe today, Jim's comprehensive list of the 15 families, who have distinguished themselves so well, will be released

By JIM

(As I whined to Brother Cousin Mike recently, the past several days have been a prime example of the Pogoism, "The hurrieder I go the behinder I get. " My retrograde motion has been of such magnitude that to the casual observer, I appear to be leading the field by a considerable distance. -wcj - wayward cousin jim)

Dr. J.H. Grady, of Gradyville, recently returned from the Confederate reunion in Dallas, reported a splendid trip and that "the meeting of old comrades and associates of his boyhood days afforded him much pleasure." While in the Lone Star state, he also called on his nephews (sons of his brother Phillip) and other relatives, finding all in good health and doing well. Another column in the same edition noted that Dr. Grady "was a member of John Morgan's famous cavalry during the Civil War and served with marked distinction throughout the four years of struggle."


News of Civil War pensions

The Civil War drew two other somewhat indirect mentions in this issue of the newspaper. Mr. Wm. Wilburn, of Crocus, and Mr. Marmaduke Grider, Cane Valley, veterans of that war, each had been granted pensions of twelve dollars per month. In another community, Post 115 of the Grand Army of the Republic, Gentry Mill, planned to meet hold decoration services on the 30th at the Perryman Cemetery. In addition, "The Masons are expected to attend and erect a tombstone in memory of Rev. J.Z. Bryant." Everyone was invited to attend and bring a basket for dinner on the ground.

Governor Hindman trekked to Dallas

Another well-known figure of Adair County, former lieutenant governor J.R. Hindman, had also trekked to Dallas, he to attend the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, South, held in that city from May 6th through the 26th. He made a brief, somewhat humorous address to the crowd assembled, stating in part

"[I]f we could get our preachers to take a Chautauqua course from Vanderbilt without going there, perhaps it would be better for them. Country atmosphere is a right good atmosphere to keep a Methodist preacher in; and, if he can enjoy the country atmosphere and get a Vanderbilt education, I think it would be best for him."

(At the time, Vanderbilt was under the auspices of the Methodist Church. Gov. Hindman's comments were in regard to the approval of a $5,000 appropriation per annum made to establish a correspondence school in connection with Vandy's Bible College, "for the benefit of young ministers who are unable to attend college.")

Fiscal court bought road grader

In Columbia, the Fiscal Court's latest purchase, a road grader for which that august body had shelled out the princely sum of $225, arrived in town on May 17th. Said the ever-optimistic News, "It will be put to use at once and good roads throughout the county will be the result." The Fiscal Court had also "ratified the contract made by County Attorney James Garnett, Jr., for the building of the bridge at Wilson's mill" near town.

Mrs. Jo Rosenfield's house got new veranda

In other reports from around town, contractor J.D. Murrell was adding a room to a house owned by Mrs. Margaret Tucker and occupied by the C.H. Murrell family; Mrs. Jo Rosenfield's house sported a just-completed veranda; and Mr. J.L. McLean had just added a second story to his dwelling place.

Mention in passing of beginning of biggest event in County's History

A mention-in-passing of a coming event that would affect Columbia and Adair County for generations still to come, appeared on page three, the main news page at that time. In speaking of the meeting of the Louisville Conference of the Methodist Church, scheduled to be held in Columbia the fall of 1902, the News remarked,

"[W]ith the assistance of residents living out of the corporate limits, when Conference adjourns the ministers will leave Columbia satisfied that they have been entertained."

It was at this Conference that the vote to establish the Training School overwhelmingly passed, an action that has affected Columbia and Adair County possibly more than any single event in the history of the town and county.

The coming of the North Carolina people

And finally, a report of a population explosion in the Roley community, fueled by an influx of fifteen families from North Carolina. "They are mostly farmers and come to Kentucky well recommended. They are well pleased with Adair County and the people of Casey Creek are perfectly delighted with their new neighbors."

Compiled by JIM


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