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Jim: News from the News, early September, 1914

Columbia, a century ago this week: gardens & watergates; mills, milliners, & musicians; pimples & purgatives; and sundry other news items too numerous to mention

By: Jim

Early September, 1914, found Columbia & Columbians as busy as ever, a downpour on Monday the seventh notwithstanding. On that afternoon, a forty-minute deluge flooded the bottomlands around town, and "Jamestown Street, from the first bridge to foot of the hill beyond the Eubank property, looked like a river." A consensus of the town's oldest residents was that for a time, more water flowed in the town branch than they'd ever seen. Fortunately, the only damage done was to gardens and watergates, and the grocery firm of Kelsey & Hudson "sustained a small loss."

Reworking the Auditorium of the Courthouse
Meanwhile, up on the public square, the Messrs. Willis and Murrell were, by order of the Fiscal Court, completely reworking the auditorium of the courthouse. Changes included moving the judge's stand to the side of the room fronting Jamestown Street; elevating the floor on the Burkesville Street side to match the floor level on the Campbellsville Pike side; and redoing the benches and railings to front the judge's stand. Said the News, When this arrangement had been completed, a great deal of noise will be cut off from the court room, and the conducting of cases can proceed while hauling by heavy wagons is going on upon the square."

G. W. Lowe, Published Composer
G.W. Lowe, barber by vocation, musician by avocation, and one of the original part-owners of the Parlor Circle theatre, made the front page twice. In a news item, it was reported a composition he had written and published in sheet form in recent times had sold over 400 copies at a quarter apiece. (The name of the tune, "King Baggott's Rag," was a nod to early movie star and director William King Baggott. Two of his better known movies, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Ivanhoe" were released in 1913.) In the other item, an ad, Mr. Lowe announced his six-room cottage near the Columbia Graded and High School on a one-acre lot, was for sale, as was his barber shop, located in the Hancock Hotel, and "one picture show." As the reason for selling out, he stated his intent go to "a city or larger town to install a picture show."

Hatter Extraordinaire
Mrs. Geo, W. Staples, hatter extraordinaire, had in recent days returned from the millinery market with a fresh supply of the latest in ladies' headwear, and had "employed Miss Nora Cliff, of Princeton, an experienced trimmer," who would soon arrive in Columbia to ply her trade.

Sandusky Brothers Overrun with Business
In the Mill District, the brothers Sandusky were so over-run with work they had to place a moratorium on custom work, stating that, "The demand for our own material is so heavy that it is beyond our power" to continue accepting piece work. The notice went on inform readers that they would "at all times be in a position to furnish anything id dressed lumber needed" in the surrounding countryside.

G. B. Smith travels to Louisville
Meanwhile, Mr. G.B. Smith (late of Russell County), had the previous week journeyed to Louisville with the view of "purchasing supplies for his mill, which is to be operated on the a lot back of and to the right of the Hancock Hotel, from the square."

Myers & Son Selling
W.R. Myers & Son wanted to sell their automobile line that ran daily to Campbellsville, expressing a desire to engage in other (unnamed) business interests.

Training School Opened
On the educational front, the Training School opened with 81 students but by the time the September 9th edition of the News was put to bed, the enrollment had exceeded 100 with more arriving daily. At press time, the Columbia Graded and High School cadre stood at 220 strong, including 37 high school students, the latter a new high water mark in enrollment.

First Class Work Guaranteed
L.E. (Lewis) Young, a jeweler, advised the News readership he was back in his old stand in the corner of the Hancock Hotel, "First class work guaranteed." Mr. Young, not yet thirty and a native Joppa, was crippled from a young age and suffered from what then called rheumatism. He had been away from his work for a year or more, recovering at home from surgery. An entry in the Joppa newsletter remarked, "Mr. Lewis Young is greatly missed out this way since he moved back to Columbia."

Among the advertisers this week were:
  • L.H. Jones, Veterinary Surgeon and Dentist, located near the Graded School building, phone 7N.
  • C.D. Crenshaw, Veterinary Surgeon, "special attention to the eyes," located near Ed Hughes' residence."
  • Dr. Henry W. Depp, a dentist who had permanently located in Columbia just a couple of weeks earlier; his office was over M.C. Winfrey's grocery store. "Crown, Bridge, and Inlay work a specialty."
  • Dr. James Triplett, dentist, office located over the Paull Drug Co., Phone -- (illegible) office, 29 residence.
  • Dr. J.N. Murrell, dentist, "Office in front rooms in Jeffries Building, upstairs." Phone 13A office, 13B home.
  • C.R. Hutchison, offered for sale Square Deal brand fencing, touted as having "the knot with 'a grip that will not slip.'"
  • The Jeffries Hardware Store. Plying on the recent eruption of conflict which quickly exploded into World War I, the ad stated (in part), "The Armies of Europe [are] Mobilizing for War, The Farmers of Adair County should be mobilizing for a Big Wheat Crop. See us for Wheat Drills and Fertilizers."
  • J.F. Triplett offered a complete line of funeral and burial stock as well as two hearses for rent. He promised "Prompt service night or day." Phone 98 office, 29 home.
  • J.B. Jones, Undertaker, had for sale "a nice line of Caskets and Coffins, and Men and Ladies Robes, also a nice Hurse." Mr. Jones' establishment was located over the Cumberland [Wholesale] Grocers Co. on the Campbellsville Pike, Phone 52A.
  • U.L. Antle offered fertilizer for sale "at the old column factory."
  • G.P Smythe, "fire insurance and real estate."
  • T.C. Faulkner, with 33 years of experience, was "prepared to do your surveying correctly." He promised reasonable charges and could reached by phone (74) or via US Mail at Columbia.
  • W.T. Ottley, attorney-at-law, announced he was qualified to "practice in all the courts." He shared office space with Rollin Hurt.
  • Although the Paull Drug Co. didn't advertise directly, it drew mention in a number of ads as a purveyor of patent medicines. The nostrums included:
  • Chamblerlain's pills, to be ingested for stomach problems;
  • Sloan's Liniment, good for any number of ailments, including (but certainly not limited to!) "all pains, hurts, bruises, cuts, sore throat, neuralgia and chest pains;" and
  • Po-Do-Lax, "the pleasant and absolutely sure laxative" with a money-back guarantee of curing indigestion, the root cause of "Bad Blood, Pimples, Headaches, Biliousness, Torpid Liver, Constipation, etc." In addition, it would cure deranged Stomach, tone up the liver, and purify the blood, clear one's complexion and steady one's nerves. All this for 50 cents a bottle--what a deal!

(This greybearded chronoscribe could use a year's supply of Sloan's Liniment and Po-Do-Lax. That and a week's stay at the Sand Lick Spring in tandem with one of Dr. Voils' custom-mixed hellbuck poultices would fix him right up, no doubt.)

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