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JIM: Guess is that Ms. Lunn was Sara Rey (Sallie) Marcum

Wherein Jim follows up on a question weighing heavy on a number of readers of his earlier piece, Ms. Lunn critiques the courtroom (and the inhabitants therein), 1906, that question being: Who was Ms. Lunn? He says that even after consultation with fellow historian Mike Watson, he still isn't totally sure, but wants to postulate that the writer was Sara Rey (Sallie) Marcum


Sadly, the identity of "Ms. Lunn" has been lost in the mists of time, but were I given fifty cents and a fifth of Old Tonguewagger and asked my opinion, I'd probably blurt out the name Sara Rey "Sallie" Marcum (1881-1954), the daughter of Marshall "M.H." and Martha (McKinley) Marcum. Her father ran the Conover (later known as the Miller) Hotel in the opening days of the 20th century and after his passing in 1904, her mother ran it for a while before opening a boarding house on Burkesville Street. In 1906, J.S. Stapp -- there's a guy I should write about -- hired Sallie to work as a bookkeeper for his mill and for the Spectator, which he owned at the time. At some point, she also worked as editor of the Spectator (that tidbit compliments of my Brother Cousin Mike.)

Whomever penned the letter was *very* well educated, a fact obvious from the letteren toto as it appeared in the News but rather obscured in the bits and pieces I used.

By 1909, Sallie was employed out of state. The August 25, 1909 edition of the News announced that
"Miss Sallie Rey Marcum left Monday morning for the Wenthrop (sic) Normal and Industrial College, Rock Hill, South Carolina. Her position in the institution for the next year will be Registrar and Secretary to the President. Miss Marcum's superior business qualifications and her former work in colleges, secured for her this position which commands a good salary..."
Sallie still worked at Winthrop Normal and Industrial College (now Winthrop University) through at least the 1929-30 school year and resided in Jefferson County, Ky., at the time of her passing in 1954. Her "former work in colleges" included a term or two as assistant music teacher in 1904 at the then brand new Lindsey Wilson Training School.

Of course, this is speculation on my part and I would dare not "breath a word" of this to anyone except you or my Brother Cousin Mike or Ann S.H.C., even under the heaviest of doses of Tellz-all (r) or proffered bribes of less than seventy-six cents.

As far as the Butler will case...I researched it no deeper than was required for the Ms. Lunn piece. The legal action mentioned in article was the result of the first probate being tossed out by another court. The lawsuit eventually wound up in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, then the highest court of the commonwealth.

You may recall that in 1945, Grace Butler (Mrs. W.E.) Bradshaw sold to Clyde Marshall a significant piece of property, beginning at the corner of Greensburg St. and extending to the inside corner of the Square. Marshall immediately sold off most the property except the piece occupied by the Jot 'Em Down Fruit Market, which he razed and subsequently built the Columbian Theatre on the lot.

- jim

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