Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
History: Don't judge a book by its cover
How Prof. L. Akin judged a book by its worn, dusty cover - and learned "more than one great lesson"
In early March 1915, the Adair County News informed readers that
"Prof. Lafe Akin will lecture on music at the [Columbia] Baptist church Wednesday evening after prayer meeting. The object is to organize a class in vocal music, and Prof. Akin wants the people to know his qualifications to teach the principals of music and voice training...."The next week, the News reprinted a letter, penned by Prof. Akin, that originally had appeared in the Musical Visitor, a monthly magazine published in Cincinnati. In this missive, Prof. Akin gave the details of how two years earlier he had been good-naturedly schooled by Rev. I.M. "Pilgrim" Grimsley. At the time, Rev. Grimsley, a resident of Adair County for a decade or so, had a well-established reputation as an outstanding vocal music teacher.
The News prefaced Mr. Akin's letter with this comment:
"We take from the Musical Visitor the following honest confession of Mr. L. Akin, of this county, which is also a compliment to Rev. I.M. Grimsley, of this county:"Then came Prof. Akin's mea culpa missive, a letter which explained this cryptic entry in the Sparksville newsletter in May 1913:
"Rev. I.M. Grimsley began his third annual term in vocal at Antioc. It is a success. Some in this neighborhood thought they were well up on music and called it a short course, but they have confessed that they knew nothing about it."
Wrote Prof. Akin:
Editor Visitor:- As I have never written to the Visitor I believe I'll try one, and if it escapes the junc pile I'll be surprised.To Mr. Akin's letter, the News appended this note:
"Good for you, brother Akin. You are not like the common run of 'smarties' - they don't know how much they have to know, to know how much they don't know."
A note for the grammar gurus: All spellings - Antioc, junc, and principals, for examples - in the above transcriptions are as found in the original 1915 newspaper. Please direct complaints about such to: Editor, Adair County News, South Corner Public Sq., Columbia, Ky.
This story was posted on 2015-06-28 09:25:23
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic Jim: History:
Brief vignettes of Rev. I.M. (Pilgrim) Grimsley
Jim: Big doin's in Columbia, mid-May, 1915
Letter: Historical perspective on quail program
The Saga of the Plum Point Bridge 1900-1914
Jim: Roads and weather were in the News 27 Jan 1915
Historical Word of the Day: Berties
JIM: Rev. Hadley recollects, 100 years ago, nigh this day of year
JIM transcribes postcard from Helm Ovalene Humble received
JIM: The new Green River bridge at Tebbs Bend, 1907
100 years ago: a report on Russell Creek Academy, Dec. 1914
View even more articles in topic Jim: History
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.