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Montgomery Bros.: Bruce, George, and the poet, Ray

2012-05-30 - Photo from collection of Donna Marcum Harper. Three of the Montgomery brothers, above, from left: Bruce, George, and Ray. Bruce was later Adair County Judge, and Ray was the author, as an 11 year old boy, of the poem in the ReadMore link to this photo, of the poem, "In Kentucky," written circa 1901. Ray Montgomery was born March 24, 1889 and died September 3, 1955. George was the only one of the brothers to leave Adair County - He made his mark in Quanta, Texas. Mr. Bruce epitomized a love of Downtown Columbia. "He would rather be on the Square than anywhere else on earth. In later years. He took a room at the hotel and would stay there for weeks at a time, and his wife, Carrie, would join him and look after him," she said, acknowledging the pampered status of the Montgomery, Harper (and allied Walker) men - akin to the what has been called the most exalted class of people in the world - Keltner husbands (as noted by Joan Keltner, wife of Jess Keltner and sister in law of Columbia's George Keltner). Above all, the Montgomery men possessed a keen intellect, a trenchant wit, and sartorial style so sorely needed in the Adair County of today.

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