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Jim: News from the NEWS, 100 Years Ago in October

The October 28, 1914 edition of the Adair County News reflected, more than anything else, the ebb and flow of life in rural Kentucky a century, ago, including political speeches, revivals, pie suppers, chestnut gatherings, and horse thievery.
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By: Jim

Close readers of the front page were informed that a series of meetings, led by the pastor and assisted by Rev. T.E. Ennis, would begin at Zion Baptist on Monday evening, November 2nd. Another pending event was the Adair County Farmer's Institute, scheduled for 6th and 7th of November in the courthouse. Good speakers were promised, and the News gently admonished, "everyone who is interested in farming should attend." In the more immediate future, Judge Rollin Hurt and Attorney General James Garmett would be speaking at the courthouse in the interest of the Democratic party on Monday, November first, election day eve.

The courthouse currently was occupied in the evenings by a series of meetings led by Revs. W.G. Montgomery and Z.T. Williams of the Christian Church, that worthy divine having recently answered the call to pastor the Campbellsville Christian church. The News reported the revival had opened in the Columbia Christian church building but swelling crowds forced the move to the courthouse.

Old Concord was to be knocked off at auction
Another item, an announcement by one John Thurman, advised readers that, by order of the M.E. Church, on Saturday October 31st, "at Concord church, near Fairplay," an old church building and six acres of land would be knocked off at public auction to the highest bidder.

Pie Social at Beech Top was rousing success
Over Beech Top way, the Pie Social given the previous Tuesday night (October 20th) by schoolmarm Julia Pennick, was a rousing success. The event brought in fifteen dollars and twenty cents, said proceeds earmarked for securing books for the school library.

Sports, In Brief
Sports news drew a total of four lines -- one sentence -- with the announcement the Town team had won, by a score of 18-16, the basketball game played on Friday at the Lindsey Wilson gymnasium.

Then as today, a clamoring for a concrete walk
An unnamed property holder who lived "on the street leading up to the Lindsey-Wilson" was "clamoring for a concrete walk from the Campbellsville Pike to the College buildings. And up on Lindsey Wilson hill, plans long held in abeyance came to fruition! At last, the long anticipated and desperately needed boys' dormitory (remembered yet by many as Chandler Hall) was, on Friday, October 23rd, "formally dedicated and turned over to the young men for occupancy. According the paper, it "contains fifty rooms, is three stories high and is one of the most attractive and substantial buildings in this part of the state." It was quite up-to-date in another respect as well; it had '"water works."

Mr. N.M. Tutt's horse, Montejo, went missing
Mr. N.M. Tutt recently had lost a valuable horse by misadventure. Meanwhile, Judge Rollins' old family horse, Montejo, who "had been driven thousands of miles by his owner," had died, aged 32 years. The Judge had superannuated Montejo some years earlier, decreeing the faithful old equine "was to be neither ridden or driven."

Horse Thievery
Down Glensfork way, I.S. Taylor offered a reward of $15 for the arrest of Lee Herd and the return of his (Taylor's) mare. It seems young Herd had induced Taylor lend him the mare to ride to Russell County on business, with the promise to return the steed in three days. Wrote Mr. Taylor in the reward announcement, "He has been absent eight days, and I have heard of him trying to sell or trade the animal...When last heard of he was in Pulaski County." (By early December, Mr. Taylor had upped the reward to twenty-five and offered this unflattering description of the mare-napper: "Mr. herd is about 25 years old, 4-1/2 feet tall with a hump on his back, two scars oh his face." The December 16 edition reported Herd had been arrested near Stearns, Ky., and escorted to the Adair County jail. At the January 1915 term of court, Herd pleaded guilty and was given an indeterminate sentence of two to five years. The fate of the mare was never reported.)

Columbia millinery firm had big sale
The Columbia millinery firm of Eubank & Summers offered "Reduction of patterns, shapes and novelties this week." Geo. Lowe, who recently had forsworn barbering to sell shoes, offered for sale"very cheap" a pair of computing scales, a cheese cutter, a 50-gallon oil tank, and peanut stand, those items, along with a stock of groceries, having been included when he rented space for his footwear emporium.

There was a spirit of improvement over in Jamestown
From over Jamestown way came word of "a spirit of improvement." Several houses had gone up in recent months; a number of residents and businesses on and near the square had put down concrete walks; and "The public square is about one-half rocked." (A few months, Mr. J.H. Phelps donated land on Columbia street -- now North Main -- for a new Methodist church building and soon "the money to build it is rapidly being subscribed." Also, Mr. Vernon Holt planned to erect a "handsome residence" on Columbia street.)

Russell County Sheriff came looking for jury for Silas Sullivan trial
Russell County Sheriff Lee Calhoun had paid a professional visit to Adair County in search of fifty men, twelve of whom would be selected to serve as jurors in the case of Commonwealth v Silas "Clear the docket" Sullivan. (This was the second of three trials for Mr. Sullivan on the same charges. In the first trial, a jury composed of Wayne countians hung at 10-2 in favor of acquittal. The Adair countians, collectively of sterner stuff, hung at 11-1 in favor of conviction.)

Mr. Edrington's Buick was the highlight of eventful Cane Valley week
Up in Cane Valley country, Claude Edrington was the proud owner of a Buick, and the local brass band recently had given an entertainment at the school house, with all in attendance "well pleased with the nice music." Considerably farther south, Allen and Matthew Wooten were new owners of the store at Dirigo; the singletree factory, "with Mr. Pendleton at the lathe" was back in operation; and Lafe Akin was heading up a night singing class at the Bird school house.

Chestnut Hunting
In the eastern part of the county, the Roy community correspondent that "Rainfall and Conover schools met near here October 12, and celebrated Columbus day by hunting chestnuts." The children later were invited to the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Epperson where "they all marched into one room and sang some patriotic songs accompanied by music. The Roy school house was soon due repairs, and despite rainy weather, attendance was "real good."

Rev. Thomas Hadley, the venerable scribe for Rowes X-Roads in Russell County, noted rain had fallen for three days and that "The water is up, a big river. Much corn is under water." Otherwise, in recent days Perry Kelsey and Lucinda Catherine Pierce had celebrated birthdays, with 54 attending a dinner for the former and 45 for the latter.

Women's Fashion Tips
And finally, these hot fashion tips for the up-to-date young woman:

The rippled cheviot is one of the most attractive of the new materials.

At present the tunic skirt is made with a circular yoke. The yoke is hip length.

Hips are coming into their own and the waist line has put in an appearance. (One can only imagine how many sermons this inspired.)

The new petticoats to wear with the new skirts are flounced.

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