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Mike Watson: Early Automobiles in Adair County, Part 3

By Mike Watson

GARAGE BEING ERECTED -The George R. Page heirs are building an automobile garage for use of the Columbia Motor Car Co. It is a two and a half story erection on a foundation 35 by 65 feet and consists of the shop, waiting room, stock room, and boiler and furnace rooms on the first floor, offices, guest rooms and bath room on the second floor and other rooms for guests and storage on the third floor. The building is being constructed and equipped in strictly up-to-date style and will undoubtedly greatly facilitate both the Motor Car Co., and the public. Adair County News, 3 October 1906

...the next case on the docket was the suit of Mrs. Mary L. Riall against Clarence Page for damages in an automobile accident. The suit was for $1,000, but the jury returned a verdict of $125. Adair County News, 6 February 1907, Circuit Court News

Mr. W.E. Hatchley, of Tampa, Fla., passed through Columbia last Thursday, in an up-to-date automobile. Mr. Hatchley purchased 3 machines in Peru, Ind., shipped two and took the other one through on the earth, going via Columbia, KY., and Chattanooga, Tenn. Adair County News, 29 May 1907

Sunday's Courier-Journal gave a graphic account of the automobile race against time, the last day of the Fair. A machine owned by Mr. Paul Azbill, son of Eld. W.K. Azbill, this place, made the ten miles in twelve minutes, twenty-four and one-half seconds, distancing all other records.

A five-mile automobile race at the State Fair was won by Mr. Paul Azbill's car... Miss Lorena Pile, who won the automobile runabout in the Herald contest, sold the machine to the Herald Company for $350 cash, the Herald giving her a free trip to Jamestown Exposition, Washington, D.C., and other interesting points. The Herald party left on the trip last Wednesday. Adair County News,25 September 1907

The damage suit against Jo Hurt, of this place, brought and tried at Springfield, was decided in his favor. Jo's automobile had caused a horse to break loose, hence the suit. Adair County News, 27 November 1907

Mr. Shelby Vanhoy of Shelbyville is visiting his parents at this place; he made the trip in an automobile. Adair County News, 5 August 1908, Cane Valley newsletter.

Automobile Line--An automobile line will start between Columbia and Campbellsville next Monday by the J.A. Austin Co., Lebanon, Ky. Mr. Austin was here Tuesday and rented the building which has been used as a skating rink in which to keep his machines. Two autos will be used on the line and they will run as follows: Leave Columbia at 10 a.m., returning at 11 o'clock night. Leave Columbia at 3 a.m., returning at 3 in the afternoon. Adair County News, 4 November 1908

Badly Burned--Mr. Clarence Page, the conductor of one of the automobile carriages between Columbia and Campbellsville, got badly burned about the hands and on his arms at the latter place last Friday. He was washing his hands with gasoline, a lantern sitting close by. A boy came up, as we understand, struck a match, the head flying off, igniting the gasoline. Mr. Page's hands and arms were badly burned, and it will probably be several days before he will be able for duty. Adair County News, 16 December 1908

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