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Next scheduled hanging: Former Mayor with tobacco setter



2009-09-19 - 106 S. Reed ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The next scheduled picture hanging at Ol' Joes B&B Que, 824 Campbellsville RD, Columbia, KY, is this picture of former Columbia Mayor Horace Walker shown above in front of what was then Walker's Tin Shop, later Cole's Tin Shop, and is today Burton's Tin Shop at 106 S. Reed ST in Columbia, KY. Mr. Walker is shown with his mechanical tobacco setter, an invention designed to end the stoop labor associated with "pegging" to transplant burley from plant beds to fields. There's a book needing to be written about this most colorful Adair Countian, who may be best remembered for his campaign promise to buy a fire truck which could be parked on the bank of Russell Creek and spray water over the Adair County Courthouse. And he's also remembered as a local Renaissance man. Joe L. Barbee says that Mayor Walker was also was a bit of a pharmacist and practiced a little medicine, specializing in cures for one certain STD. Mr. Barbee's understanding is that the inventor was neither a City Walker or a Gradyville Walker; nor does Barbee think he's one of the Knifley Walkers. He's just not right sure, he says, though he, too, would like to know more about Mayor Walker's bloodline. If anyone knows more, please send information to ColumbiaMagazine.com using the "Comments?" button with this picture. Ol' Joe's B&B Que, with its walls covered with a Gallery of Scenic and Historic Photos, is located at 824 Campbellsville RD, Columbia, KY. The phone number is (270) 384-2360. The establishment is open each 1st and 3rd Friday and Saturday. J.L. Barbee & Daughter, proprietors. REUNIONS with Historical & Genealogical Queries

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