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A Big Piece of History going into Adair Co. Primary Center

The Bell from Columbia Graded & High School has been saved, and will have a new life as a functional art piece at the new elementary school
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By Ed Waggener

A big piece of history, 'a hell of a bell,' will live on, tying past generations school children with tomorrow's.

The bell which summoned thousands of Columbia Graded and High students to classes will be the central art piece at the newest school, Adair County Primary Center, the elementary school now under construction which will replace, basically, Col. Wm. Casey Elementary.

The bell has been in storage at the maintenance building on General John Adair Drive since the razing of the old school.


It's a huge affair, the bell is 32" high and is so heavy a tractor was needed to move it from storage to its present location.

The architects are now considering how to enshrine it in a pleasing way in the foyer at the entrance of he new school.

When it was last in use at the Columbia Grade Center, once the Columbia Graded and High School, the bell was in the upstairs of the building, near (or over?) the balcony in the school's auditorium.

A long rope hung down to the landing at the top of the entrance steps, where, many will remember, it took all of Joe Taylor, Sr's strength to ring it at the start of school in the morning and to summons children back from lunch just after noon. Joe Taylor, Sr. was the custodian at the school for many years.

At ACPC, the bell ringing will be reserved for the opening of the school year in the fall, for Christmas vacation, or to ring when the school has a very, very special occasion to celebrate, Col. Casey Principal Patty Jones said.

The idea of an art piece remembering the past in each school been a vision of Adair County School Board Chairman Floyd Burton that a memory from the past be a part of each school on the campus. At the Adair County Middle School, it's the old school itself which is the memory, it was the first Adair County High School.

And there's the artwork, an idealized painting of a Little Red Schoolhouse of country life in Adair County has been a part of Adair County student life for over one quarter of a century originally painted by Wilbert Branham and Rocky Yarberry which hangs in the foyer of Adair County Middle School as it did when the building housed the high school. At ACES, it is the cutaway bus in the lobby. It's remained a favorite part of school there, and helps maintain memories of a tradition.

Superintendent Reed is hoping that during the next few months, the public will remember stories about the bell and share them.


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Old Columbia High: Bell will be part of new ACPC



2013-01-20 - Frazier Avenue, Columbia, KY - Photo from collection of Ann Heskamp Curtis.
The bell from Columbia Graded and High
will have a new life as the art piece in the new Adair County Primary Center, now under construction. "This photo was probably taken when the new Columbia Graded and High School building was built around 1922," Ann Heskamp Curtis wrote when we posted this.

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Bell from Old Columbia High between roles



2013-01-20 - Adair School District Maintenance Building, 350 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. The Bell from the Old Columbia Graded and High School has been in storage at the Maintenance Building on the Adair County School District Campus. At left is the cradle for the bell assemble. The bell assembly itself is at right. The wheel is constructed with wooden spokes, and the rim has a complex construction. A rope windlass around the wheel was dropped to the first floor hallway at Columbia Graded from the bell's perch near the balcony of the school's auditorium.
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Bell from Old Columbia High is 32



2013-01-20 - Adair School District Maintenance Building, 350 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The Old Bell is 32" high. In fact that is he only inscription Ricky Bault has been able to find on the bell - the number 32. The bell will be cleaned, not refinished, prior to assuming its new role as a functional art piece at the new elementary school.

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The Little Red School House painting focal point in ACMS



2013-01-21 - ACMS, 322 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo painting by Rocky Yarberry, Wilbert Branham. This painting, of The Little Red Schoolhouse has been modified with the letters "ACMS" and is a focal art piece in the lobby of Adair County Middle School. It ties the school back to its beginning as Adair County High School. Students Rocky Yarberry and Wilbert Branham painted the Little Red School House, while students at Adair County High. At Adair County Elementary, there is cutaway from an actual school bus in the lobby of the school as art which connects to the past. Now, the bell from the old Columbia Graded and High School will be the art as a reminder of a tradition when the Adair County Primary Center opens in the fall of 2013.
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32 is only inscription on exterior of bell



2013-01-22 - 350 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
ColumbiaMagazine.com's story about the bell from the old Columbia Graded & High School has been one of the most commented on pieces of the past week, but most of the information received has been about the man associated with the bell, the beloved custodian of the school, Joe Taylor, Sr. There is little to go on, at present about the origins of the bell: What foundry cast it, when it was installed above the balcony area of the school auditorium. And, to add to the mystery, the only inscription on the exterior is the number 32, apparently the height in inches of the massive bell. Adair County School District Maintenance Director says the giant nuts at the top of the photo are hand made. Any information will be appreciated. - EW

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Favorite Old Postcard: Columbia Graded & High School



2013-01-24 - East Guardian & Frazier Avenue, Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of Ann Curtis. The Bell which will be an art centerpiece comes from this school, the Columbia Graded and High School, shown above in this iconic view on a postcard. The bell from this building, on the site of what is today an Adanta facility, has been preserved and will be in the Adair County Primary Center, now under construction. The news of the re-use has brought back memories as much of the bell ringer, Joe Taylor, Sr., as of the bell.
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