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JIM: 95 years ago the interesting news was in the tidbits

Unthinkable even today, the speed laws were daily being disregarded in the great epicenter of respect for law, order, and decorum - Columbia, KY. The community was already a (potential) strategic aviation hub - the Government was thinking about making the community a gas station for airplanes.
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SOME PIECE NORTH OF RUSSELL CREEK - (Wednesday, May 7, 2014) - The News of exactly 95 years ago today - Wednesday, May 7, 1919 - carried no articles worthy of banner headlines, but still, several interesting tidbits dotted the pages.

Speeding scofflaws put on notice

One front page item reported the (now) unthinkable - that the speed limit within the boundaries of Columbia were "daily being disregarded," with frequent accidents occurring. However, Mr. J.C. Strange recently had been accepted the position of town marshal, and, as the News stated, it was "his duty to arrest all parties" who flaunted the such ordinances. Scofflaws were put on notice: "So if not want to pay a fine, heed the law."

'Good as new' coined here?

Autos also drew a couple of other mentions, these in a more positive light. While on a recent business trip to Louisville, Mr. W.H. Sandusky had purchased a "new improved" Dodge and arrived back in Columbia in same. Prof. R.R. Moss, the long time co-principal of the Lindsey-Wilson Training School who was leaving Adair County for the greener pastures of Tennessee, offered for sale an Overland car, "in good condition." Mr. Moss solemnly assured it had been run only about 7,000 miles; that it not been treated roughly; and (in eerie presagement of generations of used car salesmen) that it was as good as new. As an enticement to inquire, Prof. Moss promised, "The price will please you."

Mrs. Ester Dohoney celebrated 101st birthday

The previous week, Mrs. Ester Dohoney had celebrated her 101st birthday. (It will be remembered by long-time CM readers that Mrs. Dohoney had helped send Kaiser Bill and his minions scrambling for the flag of truce the previous year by signing up for the war effort.) Remarked the News, "She is yet in fairly good health and is in possession of her mental faculties."

"Mickey" was the hit at the picture show

Without a doubt, movie goers anxiously awaited the weekend, when Mack Sennett's blockbuster production, "Mickey," "a happy picture at a happy time," would grace the screen at the Paramount theatre for matinee and evening showings on Friday and Saturday, May 9th and 10th. Paid ads promised the movie "Brims over with adventure, romance, humor and pathos..." and referred to the lead character as an "adorable little tomboy."

Lucien Hunn and Cohen Royse were back from the war

Meanwhile, Adair County men who had served in the late war were still returning home. The recent arrivals included Lucien Hunn, who "was in France a number of months and knows the hardships experienced in the bloody war;" and Cohen Royse, who had volunteered for service and was among the first of the Adair County boys who went overseas, and who was twice wounded.

A oh so rare altercation in peaceful Adair County occurred

Things hadn't gone well at an Easter Sunday egg hunt in the Picnic community. The Rugby correspondent reported that "a difficulty arose" between a Mr. Lewis and two men named Loy and in the course of the fight, one of the Loys "was knocked unconscious and has been so ever since."

Government was considering Columbia as airplane gas station

And finally, this front page serving of Rainbow Stew: "The Government is now considering making Columbia a gasoline station for airplanes. It is said that machines are likely to come often during the spring and summer. They will be sent out from Camp Taylor and other camps."

And, as the old time community correspondents were wont close with, if this escapes the trash can (or the delete key), I may try this again some time. - JIM

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