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JIM: Will Jones and the alligator, 1911

By JIM

Background: Will Jones turned 30 that long ago August of the Alligator in the tale related below. His father, James Butler (J.B.) Jones, served Columbia and Adair County for decades as an undertaker, and his mother was Mr. J.B. Barbee's older sister.

Will Jones almost certainly holds the dubious distinction of being the first - and possibly the only - Adair Countian ever bitten by an alligator in Adair County.

The News dutifully reported in the August 16, 1911 edition that young Mr. Jones and his father, Butler, had paid call to Mr. J.B. Barbee the previous Sunday. Mr. Barbee had, it seems, upon his return from a recent sojourn to Florida, brought to the Auld Sod a "sea animal"--an alligator some two and one-half feet in length. According to newspaper, Will was playing with the creature when "Something caused trouble and the alligator made a dive at Mr. Jones' right hand, badly biting the thumb."

(One can only imagine what thoughts must have crossed the mind of Dr. C.M. Russell as that good man of medicine dressed the wound, which took five stitches to close.) - JIM



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