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JIM: Tidbits from Adair County history, July 13, 1904

Gems from the Adair County News of 109 years ago


The Messrs. Stapp, the brothers J.S. and Sam, were up to their collective neck in staves. Sam reported he alone had about one million on hand with buckers hard at work both in Russell Springs and on Sulphur Creek. Remarked the News, "Staves bring good money and Mr. Stapp will evidently realize a handsome sum for his industry."

Miss Tillie Trabue's art class was about to swell to 8

Miss Tillie Trabue's private art class, composed of five young ladies with "three more to join this week," were reported to be sketching from nature and doing excellent work. Said the paper of the instructor, "Miss Trabue is an experienced instructor, her work being highly complimented at various places where she has taught."

Rev. Geo. O. Barnes in town for a spell

Rev. Geo. O. Barnes was to be in town for a spell. A number snippets informed readers of his appearance, including this: "The court-house will be filled tonight with admirers of Rev. Geo. O. Barnes, who begins a series of services." (A lengthy article datelined Dayton, Ohio, in the August 14, 1882 New York Times had little good to say about this man of the cloth, stating in part that "[The ministers] of Dayton have turned him the cold shoulder and denounced him through the press and from the pulpit." The following year -- 1883 -- Wm. T. Price published a lengthy biography of Rev. Barnes, Without Scrip or Purse.)

Mrs. Christie's home greatly improved with new paint, wallpaper

Mrs. Malissa Christie had recently had her house repainted and repapered, "which adds greatly to the appearance of the home;" Dr. C.S. Grady had begun occupying the front two rooms of the second floor of the W.F. Jeffries & Son building; and J.O. (Joseph) Russell, Jr. was temporarily clerking -- "handling the yardstick," as the News put it -- at Russell & Murrell's during the absence of the regular clerks, Messrs. John Lee)Walker and Ray Conover.

And in sports: Marbles became quite popular in Gradyville

Among the community correspondents, Gradyville reported that "Marbles have become quite an interesting game with our business men and farmers;" Montpelier noted that the Misses Vie Murray and Lavie Taylor had opened their schools at Tabernacle and Concord, respectively; Knifley relayed that crops generally looked good but several farmers reported their corn being killed by blue lice; and Sparksville made mention of several recent visitors: Mrs. Irene Gist of Texas; Piner Harvey, Jr. and Lee Burbridge of Fairplay; Tom Stults, of Columbia; and Deputy Sheriff Ed W. Staples.

Reports from Middlesburg, Casey County

There were also reports from three villages in far-flung foreign lands. The 4th of July celebration at Jones' park in Middlesburg, Casey County, was pronounced a success with an estimated attendance of 1,800 to 2,000. Prof. J.C. Willis and Bro. Montgomery delivered what surely were stemwinding speeches; the Middlesburg baseball team crossed bats with the Liberty nine and came out victorious; the Middlesburg band provided excellent musical fare for the crowd; and "Jo Dodd, the renowned king of the wire, of Evansville, Ind., entertained the audience at 4 o'clock."

Yosemite account defies restatement

The biggest news out of Yosemite, Casey County, defies restatement: "It was reported here Monday that a young couple of this section had eloped from the picnic grounds, and had gone to Tennessee to get married, but toward the shank of the day they showed up and spoiled the sensation."

And from Esto, Rev. Tom Hadley reported in his usual direct manner

From the fiefdom of Esto in the Duchy of Russell, Rev. Tom Hadley reported in his usual direct manner, "The Methodist brethren are aiming to build a church here."

It doesn't say it, but it was birthday of Edmund Pendleton Waggener
R And finally, this item, two lines of small typeset, quietly tucked six lines from the bottom of the right hand corner of the page: "Born, to the wife of Ralph Waggener, July 10, 1904, a son."

Meticulously retrieved from the dustbin of history, by JIM

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