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JIM - Around the square threescore and ten years ago

Written for history enthusiasts, and especially for those in the vanguard of the movement to enjoy the Square and Downtown Columbia witnessed Friday night, August 10, 2018.
Click on headline for complete JIM essay, with Favorite Ad from the past, when The Peapickers opened for Grand Ole Opry Stars Lonzo & Oscar, favorite sons of Edmonton, Metcalfe County, KY, famous uncles of columnist Carol Perkins.


By the summer of 1948, progress and relative prosperity (the latter perhaps tempered somewhat by post-war inflation) had quietly infiltrated Adair County, and the post-rationing demand for a wide array of consumer goods continued unabated. The already gathering winds of war pardon me, police action half a world away did not yet have enough strength to dampen spirits or demand.

Adair County Fair started Wednesday, August 11, 1948

The Adair County Fair started on Wednesday, August 11 that year and in addition to the always popular agricultural and home-crafted displays, farm animal shows, and Adair County Derby, there was a $1,000 purse for the five-gaited grand championship, and some lucky person would drive away in a 1948 Chevrolet sedan he or she had just won.

Advertisers Wednesday, August 11 in the News

Advertisements in the August 11 News tied into the Fair season included those for Paul Young Sales and Service; the Willis Dress Shop, with new fall fashions arriving daily; Brown Drug, proudly offering a complete line of Coty brand products; Columbia General Appliance, featuring a display in Floral Hall; Superior Gas Service (phone 217), also with a display in Floral Hall featuring gas powered Magic Chef ranges, Pyrofax space heaters, water heaters, and Servel refrigerators.

More advertisers Wednesday, August 11 in the News

Others advertising in that issue of the newspaper included Russell & Co., featuring the Carole King wardrobe for Junior Misses, with dresses beginning at $12.95; Community Public Service, proclaiming the virtues of the new Kelvinator range with the amazing "automatic cook" feature for only $319.95; Adair Sales Company (Phone 151; Ford motor vehicles); Columbia Supermarket (E. Campbell, Prop.); Bob's Little Grocery, recently opened on Farigrounds Street; Johnson Motor Co., with the newly acquired line of Judson lime and fertilizer spreaders; and, of course, Wooten's Department Store.

Even more advertisers Wednesday, August 11 in the News

Herb Taylor's Men Shop offered tailored-to-measure suits and coats both for gents and ladies, by way odf the the Globe Tailoring Co. and the National Tailoring Co., and the Firestone Store on the square (Phone 6) offered its eponymously named bicycle for the astounding low price of $41.95.

Still even more advertisers Wednesday, August 11 in the News

Marshall & R.D. Rowe, the new proprietors of the Shell Service Station (Phone 26) on Campbellsville Street, promised prompt, courteous serivce; and land was a hot commodity. Adair County real estate agencies offering properties for sale by auction or private treaty included Short & Osborne, Hill & Cain (Columbia & Campbellsville), Bradshaw & Coomer, Robert Chapman (Bob Wolford, Auctioneer), and M.F. Hawkins.

(For the record, George Wilcox, of Buffalo, well known in Columbia as a salesman for the Ferrill Wholesale Grocery Co., won the '48 Chevy.)

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When Lonzo & Oscar played the Columbian Theatre

2018-08-12 - The Columbian, Theatre Walk off the Square, Quadrant 1, Downtown Coumbia, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.
Friday the 13th promised good luck for those seeking live music and comedy with the appearance of The Sullivan boys of Metcalfe County, better known and still well remembered as Grand Ole Opry stars Lonzo & Oscar. - JIM

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