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JIM: J.C. Draper, at 89, returned from West to visit Coffey Cave

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This cave-related article appeared in the Wednesday, September 22, 1948 Adair County News:

Visits Columbia after 75 years absence

J.C. Draper, who resides in Southern California, is visiting his nephew, Mr. S.F. Coffey, and Mrs. Coffey, at their home on Burkesville Street.

Mr. Draper, now 89 years old, left Columbia at the age of 14 and this is his first return visit. In remarkably good health for one of his age, he decided to come to Columbia and view the scenes of his childhood.

Unaware that he had a nephew here, he was looking for a cave he remembered, which has its entrance in the front yard of the Coffey home, when he made the acquaintance of his nephew.


(James Carroll "J.C." Draper was a younger brother of Julia Draper Coffey, Sayles Frank "S.F." Coffey's mother.

If the above account is correct, Mr. Draper left Columbia about 1874. He passed in California in 1954.) - JIM

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