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JIM: Sixty years ago - Columbia, a happening place

As spring segued into summer in 1958, Columbia was a happening place.
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Long time businessman Herb Taylor was named Kiwanis Citizen of the Year" for "participating in civic projects and his underlying interest in the improvement of Columbia and Adair County," according to master of ceremonies Fred Troutman.

Walter A. Baker was graduated with honors from Harvard and intended to enter law school there in the fall. The regular meeting of the Adair Historical Society (dues, one dollar per annum) was held June 26th at the Meadow Hill Inn, while Mrs. Gordon (Frances Lucille) Clarke served as hostess for the Columbia Book Club meeting on the 28th, with Mrs. Eros (Myrtle Emma) Barger scheduled to give the review that month.

American Legion Post 99 of Columbia elected a new slate of officers, to-wit: Joe Glowacki, Commander; Frank Nell, Adjutant; Tyler Tupman, U.S. Harmon, and Coy McKinney, First, Second, and Third Vice President, respectively; O.A. "Cotton" Durham, Finance Officer; Azro Hadley, Service Officer. Rev. Victor Henry, Post Chaplin; George Brockman, Post Historian; George Simpson, Sgt. at Arms; Doc Walker, Child Welfare Officer; and U.S. Harmon and Rev. Henry W.J. Cundiff, Delegates.

On a recent Sunday morning, Dr. Frank H. Caldwell, president of Louisville's Presbyterian Theological Seminary, addressed a large audience at the Columbia-Union Presbyterian church. Rev. R.D. Humphrey, pastor of Pickett's Chapel Methodist, invited the public to attend the revival beginning there June 30 with Rev. A.L. Hodge of Munfordville as the evangelist.

The General Telephone Company of Kentucky requested a "revised schedule of rates" to go into effect July 1st. The new residential rates were $3.50 per month for a rural multi-party line, $3.20 for a four-party line, and $5.00 for a private line. Extension lines were $1.25 each, per month.

This was a golden era of advertising for the newspaper. Dozens of local merchants touted their goods and services. The larger ads in the June 25 edition included Columbia Motor Company (Chevrolet & Olds); Adair Farmers Service Store, Shirley Glasgow, Mgr.; Kroger; (Bob) Wolford & (Coy) Downey Auction Service; Harper's Food Market, Campbellsville Street; Overstreet & Holmes, International Harvester & International Trucks; Adair Drive-In Theatre; Adair Sales Company (Ford); and Adair Builders, Inc. (Ready Mix Concrete Plant). A smaller ad announced the new dealership of Haskin Coomer & Son Ford Tractor and Implements, located on Cut Off Road.

The names of four young Adair Countians far removed from the hallowed hills and hollow of home made the pages of the News. Pfc. Donald E. Doss (ACHS Class of '55) was participating in army maneuvers near Baumholder, Germany; SO3c (Sonarman Petty Officer 3rd class) Rufus C. Walker was aboard the destroyer escort USS Robert L. Wilson in the Mediterranean; HM3 (Hospital Corpsman 3rd class) James A. Hudson served aboard the heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul in the Far East; and SA (Seaman Apprentice) Gary G. Miller was stationed at the Whiting Field Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Milton, Florida.

The accompanying image (rendered nearly illegible by low quality scanning except for the distinctive clock tower in the background), caption, and cut line appeared on the front page of the Adair County News sixty years ago--Tuesday, June 25, 1958. - JIM

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2018-06-24 - Historic Adair County Courthouse, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.

This image (rendered nearly illegible by low quality scanning except for the distinctive clock tower in the background), caption, and cut line appeared on the front page of the Adair County News sixty years ago - Tuesday, June 25, 1958. - JIM

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