Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Adair County authors: Miss Noma Dix Winston
She was an unforgettable teacher - a top notch professor of history and political science at Lindsey Wilson College, the author says. Few locally knew of of her literary skills. Even the college has only two of her works in its archives. But JIM has delved deeper, and has produced an extensive, maybe complete bibliography for Miss Winston
Miss Noma Dix Winston, a native of Sturgis, Kentucky and a graduate of Vanderbilt University, came to Lindsey Wilson (Junior) College in the 1930s and remained there about half a century. Several decades after her retirement and twenty-plus years after her passing, Miss Winston remains one of the best remembered and most loved teachers in the storied history of the school.
Some years ago, an unnamed source (who on occasion goes by the title of "Ye Olde Editor" of ColumbiaMagazine) quipped of Miss Winston, "She was a unique professor who was the bane of the college bookstore: Students were instructed not to buy a book. Just take notes. An unreconstructed Southerner, she told the Civil War in a way that, right up to Appomattox, there was hope for the CSA."
In addition to being a top notch professor of history and political science, Miss Winston was an author who had several humor and fiction pieces published in such prestigious magazines as The Saturday Evening Post and American Magazine. Additional research turned up mention of another work, George D. Prentice and Secession in Kentucky, this possibly being on the order of a senior research project or her Master's thesis. (George D. Prentice, a firebrand journalist, co-founded the Louisville Journal newspaper in the early 1840s. In the 1850s, he became an outspoken proponent of the American Party -- better known at the time as the Know-Nothings -- and later, staunchly supported Kentucky remaining neutral during the Civil War.)
Curiously, very few mentions of Miss Winston's writings are to be found in the pages of the Adair County News, and in a brief article posted on ColumbiaMagazine in November, 2005, Ms. Eleveta Sparks noted that the LWC archives had copies of but two her works, "Know It All" and "Sky Rider."
The following article appeared in the January 8, 1941 Adair County News. Miss Winston (under a male pseudonym) and Jim Crang co-authored five (known) stories.
"Lindsey Instructor Publishes Sixth Story in American Magazine
Miss Noma Dix Winston, History and French Instructor at Lindsey Wilson, published with the collaboration of Jim Crang, who is a Pan-American pilot, her sixth story in the February American Magazine. The story is published under the pen name of Jim Crang and Winston Norman, and is titled 'Flying Orders.'
"The setting is in the wilds of the frozen back country of Canada. The plot revolves around the struggles of Bill Brown, owner of a one-airplane Company called Arctic Airways, when he runs up against competition with the Great Northern Airways."
A few years later, the November 30, 1949 edition of the News carried this article, revealing yet another facet of Miss Winston's creative abilities:
"Woman's Club Meets At Meadow Hill Inn
The Columbia Woman's Club observed 'Guest Night' at the November meeting which was held at Meadow Hill Inn with Mesdames W.H. Walker, R.H. Walker, Barksdale Hamlett, W.I. Fraser, H.C. Randall, A.P. White, Curt Yarberry and Miss Elva Goodhue, hostesses. The members and guests enjoyed the dramatic skit, 'Nobody Sleeps,' which was directed by Miss Noma Dix Winston..."
The FictonMags Index
- Dog Biscuit, The American Boy, Oct 1929Fiction (co-authored with Jim Crang)
- Sky Rider, The American Magazine, Dec 1938Humor
- A Dictionary of the New Deal, The Saturday Evening Post, May 18 1935In addition, she penned under her own name the previously mentioned non-fiction George D. Prentice and Secession in Kentucky (University of Chicago, 1930).
Miss Winston passed on October 30, 1992, the day before her 88th birthday.
(Parts of this article are based on an earlier CM article by Cyrus and are adapted and used with permission.) - JIM
This story was posted on 2013-05-17 04:35:13
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Books:
A few booths still available for Adair Book Fair, June 1, 2013
2nd Annual Adair Co. Genealogy/History Book Fair, June 1, 2013
Book signing, reception for author of Joy Bale Boone biography
Writer Adam Cravens publishes 2nd Watchman novel
New novel from Darlene Franklin Campbell
Writer Bud Willis wins Major Literary Award
Local Book Review: Wanda Fries latest - Ash Grove
SUNDAY with CM, July 15, 2012
100 Kentucky Authors to be in Horse Cave, KY on June 30, 2012
Adair County Pictorial History I is being re-printed
View even more articles in topic Books
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.