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JIM: Odd bits of news; September 1914 draws to a close


A son (James Francis) graced the home of Bruce and Kate Montgomery on Sunday the 27th.

New furnace arrived at Lindsey Wilson
Meanwhile, the furnace for the new Lindsey Wilson men's dormitory finally was on site and workmen were busy installing it. (The construction project, already a month behind, was yet another month away from completion.)

Large crowd at Saturday baseball game
On Saturday afternoon, September 26th, the baseball game in Columbia between the Jamestown team and the boys from Pickett's Chapel drew a large crowd. At the end of seven innings, the score was knotted at two tick marks apiece, but in the eighth, Bakerton stumbled and Jimtown put five runners across the plate to win the game seven to two. Doodle Sullivan, twirler for the Russell County team, gave up only one hit.

Rev. W.F. Hogard retained the position of Elder for the Columbia District
At the just-completed Annual Conference, Rev. W.F. Hogard retained the position of Elder for the Columbia District, Rev. J.S. Chandler remained in Columbia, and L.W.T.C. class of '09 graduate M.M. Murrell drew the Monticello assignment.

Moonlight schools were the rage a century ago
Moonlight schools were all the rage that autumn a century ago, and Adair County Superintendent of Schools Tobias Huffaker reported the first session "has proved an encouraging success." The Craycraft correspondent reported the moonlight school at Concord was in progress, under the able instruction of Mr. Jo(e) Calhoun, the Craycraft teacher. At the time, Mr. Calhoun was both teaching and attending the Training School; he was one of the first occupants of the new dorm, mentioned above. Over in Rugby, Ervin Roberts' night school was progressing nicely, but at Inroad, Mr. Azro Hadley, who had commenced a moonlight school, "had to close it on account of the rainy weather."

Eastern part of A.C. saw departure of several good residents
The eastern part of the county saw the departure of several good residents. The Thomas Powell family of White Oak had sold out and removed to Missouri, while the J.H. Womack family of near Gentry's Mill had sold their farm in preparation of taking up residence in Illinois. (The Powells settled in Carroll County, Missouri, to where many others from Adair County went over the years. The Womacks settled near Chenoa, Ill., where J.H. and his wife spent the remainder of their days.)

A spate of illnesses and accidents dotted news-scape
A spate of illnesses and accidents dotted the news-scape. On Sunday afternoon the 27th, Miss Sue King, a teacher a the Columbia Graded school, creened an ankle. She, along with Misses Pearl Nave and Helen Atkinson and Messrs. J.W. Flowers and Fred Hill had been out auto riding, and the mishap occurred as she exited the vehicle.

Dirogoian Ace Pelston's mules spooked by auto in Columbia
Dirigo resident Ace Pelston got bruised up badly but escaped serious injury when an auto spooked his team in Columbia and he was thrown from the wagon. Jim Fudge, of near Rugby, didn't get quite by as lightly as did Mr. Pelston. While Mr. Fudge was on the road home from Columbia, two boys racing by on their horses caused the mule upon which he was riding to bolt. He flung himself of the mule and in upon impact with the ground, broke his arm and threw it out in two places. Also in Rugby, Gilford Yarberry suffered a bruised shoulder and a broken rib or two when he got caught between a cane sweep and a wagon.

Dirigoian R.L Campbell suffered injury causing blood poisoning
Another Dirigoian, R.L. Campbell, had injured a leg and blood poisoning had set up, and sore throats were prevalent in Dirigo. In Roy, Miss Flossie Holladay finally was on the mend from typhoid fever, while from over Knifley way came the report that health of the general populace in that section was quite good.

Village of Owensby in shire of Russell had 17 baptisms reported
From the village of Owensby in the shire of Russell, the correspondent reported seventeen baptisms from "the series of meetings just closed at Mt. Pleasant, by Revs. Montgomery and Capshaw." An opinion piece, however, occupied much of the typestick allotted for this newsletter, to-wit:
"This world is composed of many kinds of people, in fact it takes many different kinds to make a world, but there is one particular kind of whom we wish to speak. We shall therefore, for the sake of distinction, call them knockers or kickers.

"They are not pleased with anything other people do and are always finding fault. The people are plentiful, who could teach a better school than those who teach, preach a better sermon than those who preach, who could run a better business and publish a better paper.

"Yes, the woods are full of them, but they do nothing but talk. They are like the lilies of the field, 'They toil not, neither do they spin.'"
Pie suppers made the news
A number of pie suppers made the news, some upcoming, some already held. In the latter category, "The pie supper at Conover school house was a success. There was a large crowd and good order prevailed. The teacher was very well pleased with the proceeds, which will be used for the benefit of the school."

With high sugar prices, sorghum making was the order of the day
With the advent of high sugar prices due to the conflict raging in Europe, sorghum making was the order of the day. The thrifty citizens of Cane Valley had been busy canning the yield of garden and orchard. Remarked the correspondent,

Record canning activity at Cane Valley. Mr. Wyatt Feese along canned 2,000 cans of tomatoes
"There was more fruit canned at Cane Valley than ever before known in one year. Mr. Wyatt Feese alone canned two thousand cans of tomatoes. Quite a number of others canned by the hundreds. Besides tomatoes, peaches and all other kids of fruit were put up, hence this town is in fine shape for winter."

And with that, let us draw the curtain 'round September 1914.

- Complied by JIM

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