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JIM: News from the News, early November, 1914

The November 4, 1914 edition of the Adair County News carried reports of a quiet Hallowe'en and a quiet election (unlike the year in the 50's when Judge Montgomery declared martial law because of dynamite being used for firecrackers in Jefferson Alley; that's a later story) , as well as several newsletters from around the county and an entertainment review.
Click on headline for business news, Epicurean Kentuckian of that day, and news from Gradyville, Rugby, Edith, Craycraft, Dirigo, even 'Neatsburg' and other wonderful communities of 1914, recovered via time warp by JIM


Hallowe'en was so subdued it received but brief mention--eight short lines of newsprint. County Judge Herriford, a strict law and order man who brooked no nonsense, "ordered that the lights [in Columbia] burn all night, and officers were on the watch." So effective were the lights and so vigilant the lawmen on duty, "The turning over of the old iron safe in front of the Bank of Columbia" consisted the entirety of the mischief wrought in town.

The election on Tuesday, November 3rd, "was perhaps the quietest ever held in Adair County." Still, "a good vote was polled throughout the county," and the front page of the News trumpeted the "glorious news" that Democrats Beckham and Camden had won statewide elections and that native son Rollin Hurt had handily carried the day in his quest for a seat on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Business News
In other odd bits of news around town, Miss Lula Jones, "an experienced and popular saleslady," had accepted a position at Neat & Murray, general merchants the Square; a new poultry business, no name given, was set to open on the 10th in the building formerly occupied by N. Hobson & Co.; and the Columbia Post Office hours were from 6 a.m. til 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays.

An ad for Murray Ball, Jeweler, informed readers of his exact location in the Square: "I occupy one window in Neat & Murray's Dry Good Store, between W.L. Ingram's and the News Office, two door down from Reed & Miller's [Hardware Store]." (At the time, the firm of Neat & Murray had been in existence about three weeks.)

Pies and Chestnuts
Out in the county, the Eunice correspondent reported the recent Saturday night pie supper at Tabernacle had gone well. The proceeds totaled $29.35, with one pie bringing $5.10. Next day, a group of young folks from the Eunice community organized a chestnut hunt and went on record as saying everyone had a nice time. Included in the group were Winfrey Beard of Plum Point and Grover Beard of Roley, the weekend guests of Ray Williams.

Over at Nell, the pie supper at that place brought in only nine dollars and pocket change; most everyone was finished making molasses; and Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Hamilton had a freshly painted house and a just-arrived baby girl (Thea Eleanor).

In the Gradyville section, Uncle Charley Yates remained in "a very low state of health"; the Adair Spoke Co. had close to fifty thousand spokes on the yard at the time; and Mr. Fielders, a lumber man of Gradyville, had in recent days bought of J.A. Diddle a tract of standing timber for $800.

Knifley report
Up near Green River, the Knifley reporter stated that John Jones, long afflicted with dropsy, was no better. A.C. Wheeler had grown a six-pound sweet potato; and J.R. Beard had grown an ear of corn 10 inches long, eight inches in circumference and with 14 rows of 58 kernels each. The Knifley baseball team had on a recent Saturday met the Green River nine at home for a spirited contest and emerged the victor, 19-17. In society news, Miss Bessie Gose, daughter of Dr. John Christian Gose, had just recently spent a few days visiting her Ingram kinfolk in Columbia.

Down Dirigo way, the general store had changed hands yet again. The Messrs. J.F. Claywell and Walter Janes having bought the general store from the Brothers Wooten, were as of "last Friday" (mostly likely, October 22nd) in charge of wielding the yardstick and tending the scales. Melvin Petty's daughter Sophia was seriously ill with diphtheria; and J.W. Harvey, tired of "carrying water up a mountain," was having a well dug.

Rugby News
Meanwhile, Rugby was such a happening place it took two letters from there to convey all the news. A recent Saturday night box supper, held "at the writer's school," brought in $6.70, with Miss Lula Moss winning a one-dollar premium for fixing up the prettiest box. The proceeds were for improving the school library, which currently boasted 65 volumes. Logan Murphey of Illinois and Green Warner of Texas were visiting home folks; farmers were busy firing their tobacco to keep it from house burning; and some days earlier, Bob Rowe, while working the fields, had taken a catch in his back and had to be carried to the house. At last report, Mr. Rowe was able to walk around again.

In other Rugby news, a Literary Society had just been formed with Prof. Evin Roberts as President and James Rosson, Secretary. Plans called for the Society to meet every Friday night, with everyone welcome to attend. In health news, Herman Roach was in serious condition. One correspondent stated that Mr. Rowe's "left leg that was broken has healed up but he has the fever and it settled in his left leg..." The other Rugby reporter informed readers of Mr. Rowe's plight, stating that "his broken leg...has grown over an artery."

Edith (near Ray Williams Road & Spout Springs on today's Elkhorn Road) In the Edith community, recent visitors included Mr. and Mrs. Dock Corneal of Sioux City, Iowa, and Finis Neal of the L.W.T.S., who had made the trek from Columbia to spend the weekend with his parents. Mrs. Valeria Campbell was having a new residence built on her farm, and Mr. Henry Grant of Neatsburg was improving Mr. E.L. Grant's dwelling place. The brothers Evans had sold 12 steers to Combest & Wilson of Dunnville for $500; the social given by Mr. and Mrs. Owen Beard "was largely attended and all reported a nice time;" and Mr. W.R. Knifley was attending the co-operation meeting at Shiloh.

From the Craycraft section came word that the wet weather had delayed much of the sowing of winter wheat; Mr. S.I. (Savannah Irvin) Blair had just attended the Grand Lodge in Louisville; and Mrs. P.H.(it should have read P.L.) Hadley, then a resident of St. Joseph, Missouri, had been visiting her kith and kin of around Craycraft. (This almost certainly was Alice V. Hadley, nee Leach, wife of Preston Lafayette Hadley.)

And in closing, this review of "a good entertainment" on the Square:
"The Cane Valley Vaudeville troupe was greeted by a large audience in the court-house last Friday evening. The program was well carried out and those who attended were well paid for their time. Strict attention was given the performance throughout. Taking it altogether, it was good a entertainment for local talent. Leslie Staples wore the soles off his shoes applauding."

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