ColumbiaMagazine.com
Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  
 


























 
Prehistoric: A macabre story from 100 years ago

Item submitted on reading: Robert Cumming: Stories of cave-like opening near Top of Arch by Robert Cumming.

Submitted by an Anonymous Source, reprinted with permission

This bit of interesting if macabre (in a number of ways) Russell County history appeared as one long paragraph on the front page of the March 22nd, 1916 edition of the Adair County News. J.N. Page, mentioned in the introductory sentence, ran a drug store on the square in Columbia for many years. (In that era and for several decades after, the honorific "Dr." was accorded pharmacists as well as physicians.) The speaker, J.F. Montgomery, a lawyer, was 66 or 67 at the time of this telling.


Stated the article, under the headline "Prehistoric":

"A few evenings ago, while a company of gentlemen were seated in Dr. J.N. Page's drug store, talking of incidents of long ago, Mr. J.F. Montgomery related the following:

"A number of years ago," he said, "a man named Phillips was in Wayne and Russell counties, hunting up relics of prehistoric times, and on Cumberland river, in Russell county, near the Wayne line, he found an opening in a cliff.

"He entered it and discovered any number of skeletons, evidently those of Indians, or bones of some race of people who had been put to death before history was written.

"There were several hundred of these skeletons, and Phillips, the discoverer, was of the opinion that the men whose bones remained, were pitched in the cavern from above, as in looking up he discovered light from a large hole.

"Phillips brought two of the skulls he found to Monticello, and I was in the town at the time. One of the men had been killed with an Indian arrow, as the point was in the skull, showing that it had penetrated the brain."


This story was posted on 2016-04-13 09:12:34
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.


(AD) - Many Reunion organizing efforts are also advertised in our REUNIONS category in our CM Classifeds. These are posted at a very low cost. See RATES & TERMS

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.

 





















 
 
Quick Links to Popular Features


 

ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link: http://www.columbiamagazine.com/columbiamagazinerss.php.

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401


Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to webmaster@columbiamagazine.com. All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.