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JIM: In olden days, in 1937, it had already snown by now

This is mostly for readers' snickering pleasure - but contains edifying facts as well and particularly re-enforces the long held notion that the highlands of Adair County get the most snow and it stays there longest>
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By Jim the Beleaguered

Eighty years ago today - Wednesday, October 27, 1937 - the Adair County News reported the first snow of the season had peppered Adair County the morning of Saturday, October 23rd. For the most part, stated the article, the snow disappeared upon first contact with Mother Earth.

However, one section of the county, centered around Sparksville, didn't get off so lightly:
"A three-inch layer remained on the ground from Saturday until Sunday afternoon as far north as Raymond Moran's on the Burkesville Road and as far south as the Cumberland County line."
Every year when the first snow falls, I can hear my long-deceased mother plain as this morning quoting, "Hurry, hurry, see the flurry, winter won't last long." For all of my threescore and more years, I had assumed (yes, I know, I know) it came from some old poem or another she had to "get up" (memorize) as a student at Blair's Schoolhouse in the late nineteen-teens through the early nineteen-twenties.

Imagine then my surprise recently upon learning the words come from the lyrics of "The Winter Song," a tune first recorded by Gene Autry and Kentucky's own Rosemary Clooney the year I was born.

When I mentioned this revelation to my erstwhile darlin' companion of several decades, she looked me in the eye and without hesitation, deadpanned, "Well, Hon, at least you were partly right. It *is* old."

She has such a way with words! Jim the beleaguered


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