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JIM: 80 years ago, May 4, 1938, in Adair & surrounding area

Then, as now, Lindsey Wilson College was providing stage plays. P.P. Dunbar was a territory representative for Green, Taylor, and Adair County for Nehi and Royal Crown soft drinks. Those who were poorly could treat their symptoms with over-the-county medicines from Paull or Lloyd Drug. The Rialto was offering live entertainment. And there was news from community correspondents in Gentry's Mill, Basil, Gradyville, Breeding, Chestnut Grove, Melson Ridge, and Columbia.
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The accompanying image of nineteen year old Miss Martha Nell Vaughn occupied the top center position of the Adair County News eighty years ago today, May 4, 1938. Other front page articles informed readers that a large audience had attended and enjoyed "A Bridge at Midnight," a melodrama presented by Lindsey Wilson students at the CHS auditorium the previous weekend.

And too, Mr. S.W. Turner, late of Crab Orchard, had blown into town in recent days as the multi-county distributor for the new-to-the area Nehi line of soda pop, including the "double-size cola drink," Royal Crown. Adair County's own P.P. Dunbar had been named as sales representative for the Green, Taylor, and Adair county section of Mr. Turner's district.

Those enjoying poor health of some sort or another could buy Herbine at the Paull Drug Co. or Dr. Stutt's Skrach-No-Mor at Lloyd Drug, and Black Draught was ubiquitous. Folks in Columbia who had hunger pangs and a bit of loose change could buy a nickel hamburger at the Adair Recreation Hall, and grocery shoppers could get ten pounds of spuds for a quarter or two pounds of dry salt butt for 23 cents at Kroger. The select few who had discretionary income -- (twenty-seven cents or one thin dime, depending on one's preference and financial status) could attend the Rialto and see a live stage show, sweet-voiced Sunshine Sue and the Rock Creek Rangers.

The community correspondents had all sorts of news to report. In the Gentry's Mill section, Miss Evelena Conover's arrival increased the population by one, there were reports of mumps, and quite a few folks had attended a recent singing at Bethlehem. Over at Basil, the fruit crop outlook was dismal; Mrs. Owen Bennett was under the care of a chiropractor, and Phillip Moss of Gradyville was painting Ruel Bragg's house.

In Breeding, two local events had brought in the people, a Wednesday night moving picture show and a Saturday night church service at Chestnut Grove. At Mell, the residents welcomed with open arms the return of Mr. and Mrs. Dolphus Keltner to the community after a three year absence in California. Down at Melson Ridge, just about everyone either was visiting or had been visited except Martha Ellen Collins, who was down with double pneumonia.

Mrs. W.S. Baker of Gradyville noted that Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Walker and children, Anetna and Ralph Russell, had enjoyed the hospitality of the E.P. Waggener family at a recent Sunday dinner. At Fairplay, Miss Violet Rosenbaum, who had of late been taking a rest cure, was able to out and about again.

Mr. C.A. Bell, of the Nell area, had repaired to Hot Springs for a few weeks for health-related issues. and in Joppa, the arrival of Miss Glenda Sue brightened the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Guthrie. Around Christine, Miss Hattie Burton was reported to be very ill, and a few cases of measles had been reported in the vicinity. - Compiled by JIM

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JIM: Columbia news from 80 years ago, 4 May 1938

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This image of nineteen year old Miss Martha Nell Vaughn occupied the top center position of the Adair County News eighty years ago today, May 4, 1938. - JIM

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