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Pigtail / Pig Tail
In chronoscrying the 1900-1922 Adair County News last night, I came across the following entries about Pigtail / Pig Tail. The only other two mentions of "pigtail / pig tail" my bloodshot baby blues found in the 1,172 extant (complete, partial, and fragment) editions of the News for this time frame related to the Chinese queue.
The following entries were transcribed verbatim (including a sentence fragment or two and the misspelling of "suburb" and "entertainment") from the News.
July 10, 1901
A great game of base ball was played in the suberbs of Columbia last Saturday evening. The "Pigtail" team crossed bats with the Ozark nine. The game was exciting from start to finish but the Ozark boys won the victory. The score being 23 to 36. Come along Gradyville.
July 23, 1902 (Ozark newsletter)
The ball game between Pigtail and Ozark, resulted in favor of the latter, the score standing 36 to 14.
April 19, 1911 (Russell Creek newsletter)
Rev. John Cook preached an excellent and interesting sermon at Hutchison school house last Sunday night. Quite a large crowd was out to hear him. Bro. Cook was one of the old log house scholars, better known as Pigtail. He met many of his old schoolmates of long ago, but they, as well as the playground, had all changed.
August 2, 1911 (Cyclone newsletter)
Bro. Rice filled his regular appointment at Pig Tail last Sunday. A large crowd was present.
December 20, 1911 (Cyclone newsletter)
A large crowd attended the entertrinment at Pig Tail last Wednesday night.
August 7, 1918
Ice cream supper at Pig Tail school house Friday night rain or shine. Every body invited.
August 23, 1921
Eld. Haislip, of the Christian Church, commenced a meeting at Pigtail church some days ago, and it was still in progress last Wednesday. Up to that time he had baptized 22 into the church, and the night following eleven others joined the church.
The astute reader will note that four of the entries refer to "Pigtail" and the other three to "Pig Tail." Being a man of delicate sensibilities, my fragile psyche simply could not bear another charge -- regardless of how spurious, specious, and scurrilous it might be -- of too eagerly reaching for a conclusion; ergo (that's a Latin word I learned in fifth grade and have been itching to use ever since), it will be left to the Great Minds of the Auld Sod -- to-wit, Fudge, Watson, Waggener, & Co. -- to determine if the topic at hand should (re)enter the Adair County wordstock -- the lexicon of the Great Wooded South, if you will -- as Pigtail or Pig Tail. - JIM
This story was posted on 2013-02-25 22:50:10
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