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JIM - Christmas Wish List, 11 Dec 1918

2017-12-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo From the collection of JIM.
December 1918 likely found Adair County -- and the nation -- in a subdued joy frame of mind. The war had ended a month earlier and around the 10th of the December, restrictions on sugar were lifted. "at a time that insures the free movement of sugar to our people for the Christmas holidays." Still, most of the young men who had gone Over There weren't home yet, and the fact that some would never return certainly lay heavy on many minds. And too, the great influenza pandemic raged on, so much so that many public meetings, even churchgoing, were forbidden (or soon would be) by government edict, as a measure against spreading the deadly contagions. - JIM Only a tiny handful of Christmas ads appeared in the December 11, 1918 News, including the one above for jeweler L.E. Young.

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