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JIM: 80 years ago in Adair County & beyond

Columbia and Adair County had just sworn in new and newly elected officials, with one house call necessary for the sheriff. City Council its regular meeting time at 7pmCT, the first Monday, and the News reported on a mutual aid fire at Dunbar Motor Company in Jamestown. Tobacco markets had opened in January to lower prices. The Pontiac dealership had a change of ownership. Despite a lawsuit, the local option election went into effect, making the county dry, and the first person to get bitten by the law was a perfectly respectable citizen of Breeding, KY. Most importantly community scribes, similar to Miss Victoria of Greater Bliss of today, were sending reports from Garlin, Coburg, Low Gap, Joppa, Pellyton, and Chance.
Click on headline for these and other wondrous happenings from January 5, 1917 (corresponding Thursday of that year)


All sorts of interesting news dotted the pages of the January 5, 1938 Adair County News. Several new and reelected county and city office holders had just been sworn in, including County Judge J.A. Schuler, Sheriff Martin Rowe, who had to be sworn in at home following a hemorrhage, Dr. C.M. Russell as Coroner and W.E. Harris as County Clerk. New city officials included W.J. Flowers, Jr. as City Attorney and Council members Ores Barger, Charlie Hood, T.E. Jeffries, and J.P. Kelsey. Henry Sandusky and George Hancock were holdovers, as was George Simpson as Chief of Police.

A new city ordinance, published on another page of the paper, stated that "hereafter all regular meetings of the City Council of the City of Columbia, Kentucky shall be held at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of the first Monday of each month. . .in the quarters leased from Rollin Hurt, above the store of Miss Lula Jones, located on the public square of said city."

The tobacco markets had re-opened on Monday, January 3rd to lower prices, and the Columbia fire brigade had taken the truck to Jamestown to help battle a major blaze on the square there at the Dunbar Motor Company. James L. Vaughn of Lebanon had bought a half interest in the Columbia Motor Company with Paul Johnson of Campbellsville retaining the other one-half interest, and L.T. (Lennie Travis) Wheat had sold his half-interest in the Martin Johnson Garage, local Pontiac dealer, to the business's namesake, giving Mr. Martin Johnson complete ownership in the operation.

On December 22nd, just in time to dampen Christmas spirits, as it were, the local option which had been handily passed almost seven months earlier, finally went into effect by judicial order, and Adair County was (legally) bone dry again. Implementation had been delayed by a lawsuit filed by Stanley Epperson who had opened Epps Place--"Good things to eat / Beer on tap" on the Square in the summer of 1934.

The first person to get bitten by the new law was Holland Hurt, a perfectly respectable citizen of Breeding, who was fined a C-note and given sixty days in the county bastille for passing around two pints of liquor to friends at a party.

Among the correspondents:

Garlin: Mr. Joe Henson had just had a radio installed, and "Mr. E.T. Homes had the body of his wife disinterred and moved to the Columbia Cemetery recently."

Coburg: Mr. and Mrs. Whitley Gilbert, formerly of Campbellsville, were the new residents of B.H. Heskamp's tenant house, and the Christmas presentation at Asbury Chapel on December 23rd brought in a full house.

Joppa: everyone seemed to visiting everyone else, and Mrs. Mittie had gone to Ann Arbor seeking employment.

Lowgap: John K. Williams and Charlie Firkin, with the help of hired hands, had finished stripping tobacco.

Pellyton: Mr. Emmitt Morgan hd recently opened a grocery store in the community, and the correspondent expressed the hope that "the state can get our road graded soon."

Chance: "The Christmas tree at the school was largely attended," and Miss Jewell Thomas and Mr. Francis Bennett were made as one on Christmas eve at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burbridge.

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