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JIM: Eyes Fitted While You Wait: 100 yr old news from the ACN

And Other News from a Century (Plus One Week) Ago, to-wit: Details of thrashing (at the polls delivered to opponents by Judge Rollin Hurt in the appellate judge race. Of the marriage of Ernest Flowers and Elizabeth Holladay. Of the elopement of a Cane Valley couple in Jeffersonville, TN. Of the athletic superiority of the Cane Valley nine over a made up Columbia outfit, up at the Lindsey Wilson. Of E.L. (not A.L.) Sinclair's wholesale grocery and the need for someone to 'can a lot of snap beans' up at the Lindsey. Of the man to see to tune pianos, in those days. And of a soon be be proprietor of a business which exists to this day, who plead for payment of debts, because he needed the money, and of course, of JIM's favorite ad, announcing a new business on the Square, where the proprietor would 'continue to repair watches and jewelry - fit eyes, etc.'( Of course one can still get a watch repaired on the Square more economically than about anywhere else - but does anyone know if Charles Grimsley could fit eyes?
Click on headline for complete compendium of things everybody ought to know - but probably didn't - not even Ralph Roy or Delmer Jessie, JR (Click for just a teeny bit of what they know)


The front page of the August 19, 1914 News carried no banner headlines or eye-catching stories. Still, a considerable number of "spicy bits" -- articles of interest -- dotted this edition of the foldable wordscape.

A county-by-county tally of the recent Democratic primary election for Judge of the Court of Appeals showed by precisely how much Adair Countian Rollin Hurt had thrashed his opponent, incumbent John Peyton Hobson, who had held the seat since the general election of 1898. (Until 1975, the Court of Appeals was the highest court in the state.) In an incredible show of strength, Hurt carried 17 of the 23 counties of the Third Appellate District, racking up huge majorities in the southern counties. (The Third Appellate District ranged north-south from Oldham County to the Tennessee line and east-west from McCreary County to Hart County.) Over half his majority came from three counties alone -- Adair, Casey, and Clinton -- where he crushed Hobson 2,059 to 89.

On the non-political front, two young couple had recently taken the matrimonial plunge. Ernest Flowers and Elizabeth Holladay, both of near Columbia, were married on Saturday, August 15th, at Walnut Street Baptist Church, Louisville. The attendants were the groom's brother, Ray Flowers, and the bride's cousin, Mabel Conover.

Several days earlier, Claude Edrington of Cane Valley and Absher resident Bertha Dillingham, who held employment in Campbellsville, departed the latter place and traveled to Louisville. From there, they slipped across the Ohio River to Jeffersonville, Indiana, where, on August 8th, before God and Magistrate James S Keigwin, they promised to cleave one unto the other until death did them part. (Their years together were all too few. Claude died in the spring of 1925. He was 44, Bertha was 33.)

The Lindsey Wilson campus was the scene of two recent baseball games. On Friday the 14th, the Cane Valley nine made mincemeat of a "made up" Columbia team, winning by the embarrassing score of 17 to two. Drily observed the News, "Some of the old players were with the Columbia nine, but the Cane Valley boys were in better trim for playing." Next day, a large crowd watched Pickett Chapel cross bats with Ozark, the former claiming the victory by a margin of 10 to two.

Other entertainments were scarce, although on Thursday night of the previous week, the Parlor Circle had such a demand the management had to screen the night's offerings a second time. On Tuesday evening, August 11th, Miss Victoria Hughes had given a social to which "Nearly all the young people in Columbia put in an appearance." The event was in honor Miss Hughes' five out-of-town guests. Upcoming events included the always-anticipated Pea Ridge Fair, Count Stults having informed the News the Directors of the Fair had "decided to give an exhibition" on Saturday, September 5th "on a lot back of the home of Mrs. Rosenfield."

The local bastille had a dearth of residents -- "Columbia is strictly a dry town and by reason of its sobriety the county jail is empty" -- but a few nights earlier, "a thief entered the store of Kelsey and Hudson, in the Mill District, and robbed the cash drawer of about sixteen dollars in money and two small checks." Although the News stated "[there is] a line is on the guilty party," no announcement of arrest or indictment appeared in subsequent editions.

Several classified ads also appeared on the front page. G.P Smythe offered for sale a "very gentle--good for family use" horse. Elsewhere on the front page, Mrs, Smythe offered "Household furniture for sale, cheap. Practically new and at a bargain price." Judge Junious Hancock, in the process of getting out of the hotel business, wanted to divest himself of "a number of bedsteads, tables, chairs, dressers, washstands, bed springs, heating stoves, and other household furniture," solemnly promising, "I will sell cheaply for cash."

E.L. Sinclair, proprietor of a wholesale grocery establishment in Columbia, wanted to hire a traveling salesman "to sell groceries, drugs, and notions," and the Lindsey Wilson Training School advertised for "Someone to can a lot of snap beans...Apply to Moss & Chandler for cans."

J.W. Hicks of Columbia solicited business for first class work in tuning, regulating, and repairing pianos and organs; T.G. Rasner & Son offered, among other things, custom made picture frames; and J.M. Kearnes, who had just hired a blacksmith to assist in his work, proclaimed first class work at his Machine and Repair Shop.

J.F. Patteson (later of Columbia funeral home fame), "invited" those who owed him to pay their bills. Without a hint of gloss, he unabashedly got down to the brass tacks, stating, "I need the money."

And finally, the favorite classified ad of this tired old dilettante historian, verbatim as it appeared a century ago:

"Murry Ball has moved into the Wilson & Gill stand, next door to News office where he will continue to repair watches and jewelry--fit eyes, etc."
Compiled by JIM, History Cousin of Mr. Watson late of this place and the Sacred Triangle: Esto/Uno/Sano, and currently and hopefuly temporarily from off.

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