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The 'Russell County News', July 22, 1943

(the following article was reprinted in the Russell County News from the
'Taylor County Star', Campbellsville, Ky.)

  (We are indebted to Fred McLean, our Star correspondent from Columbia,
for the following incident.)
  George Harvey, an aged man who has been going about on crutches for a
long time, attended the tent revival which is being held here Evangelist
G.R. Morris and party, of the Church of God, one evening last week. The
minister related a number of unusual things which he had known to be
accomplished by faith. Undoubtedly, the words of the Evangelist sank
deep into the heart of Mr. Harvey and instilled a great faith into his
soul, because of the fact that at the end of the sermon, he arose from
his seat, laid aside his crutches and walked out of the tent praising
God for his goodness and mercy to him. Mr. Harvey was out on Sunday
morning and his step seemed much more elastic than usual and he was
using only an ordinary walking cane for support. Mr. Harvey left his two
crutches in the revival tent as mute evidence that he did walk without
  Huge crowds of people are attending the revival each evening and the
tent will not hold half the people who go the meeting.
(Transcriber's note: Mr. Harvey, a resident of Adair County, died there
almost exactly ten years after the above described incident. He was 85
years of age at the time of his death.)

The 'Russell County News'
Thursday, August 27, 1942

Gaskin-Wilson Marriage

  On Tuesday last, August 24 [sic], G.C. Wilson of Oakford, Ill. and
Miss Lethia Gaskins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tine Gaskins of Russell
Springs, drove to the home of Rev. J.S. Wade where they were quietly
married by Rev. Wade.
  The groom is a native of Gradyville, Ky., but has resided in Illinois
for 31 years. At present is manager of a chain grocery store. He is 59
years old.
  Miss Gaskins is 38 years old and is a popular and accomplished young
lady and has many friends who wish the newly-weds the best of success.
  Mr. and Mrs. Wilson left immediately after the ceremony for the home
of the groom in Illinois.


The 'Russell County News'
November 26, 1942

Chairman Named to Direct Bond Sales

  John W. Flowers, cashier of the Bank of Columbia, was appointed
chairman of the drive for the sale of $95,000,000 worth of war bonds in
Kentucky, for the eighth district, composed of the counties of Adair,
Russell, Wayne, Clinton, Cumnerland, Monroe, and Metcalfe.


The Russell County News,Thursday, November 12, 1941, page 7 (quarter page ad)




On Tuesday, November 25, 1941


at 10:00 A.M.


J. Wood Judd's Farms


At Cane Valley, Ky. -- Adair County


We, the heirs of the late J. Wood Judd, will sell at Public Auction

to the highest and best bidder the following Real Estate:


TRACT NO. 1 -- The home farm, consisting of about 18 acres of  good upland and gently rolling land; 14 acres in grass; 4 acres in  recent cultivation; running water through full length of tract; small tobacco base, and good marl bed.

IMPROVEMENTS -- 8-room dwelling, barn, smoke house, poultry  houses, tenant house, good cistern, never failing well, bearing fruit trees.


LOCATION -- This property is located on improved Mill Road, within 1/4 mile of Cane Valley, one of Adair County's best communities; near school.


TRACT NO. 2 -- Located within one mile of Cane Valley on the im-proved Mill Road, 25-1/2 acres of gently rolling land; 6 acres beech woodland; 14 acres good tillable land; never failing running water; good barn; locust posts. Beautiful site for dwelling facing road.

Electricity Available to both tracts and both have excellent crop records. Immediate possession. Terms made known day of sale.

  For Further Information see

 Mason Judd, Columbia, Ky.

 Dave Smith, Cane Valley, Ky.



The 'Russell County News'
December 18, 1941

Joppa Postoffice to be Discontinued

  The Joppa postoffice in Adair county, on the Jamestown-Columbia star
mail route, is to be discontinued on December 31. George H. Powell, the
postmaster, sold his stock of goods some time ago and this led to his
resignation as postmaster. Mr. Powell will move about the first of the
year to a farm he purchased from R.P. Hancock. Joppa postoffice was a
convenience to many people, who regret that it to be discontinued.

Transcriber's note: The Joppa community is located near Highway 92,
about a mile from Highway 55.

  The 'Russell County News'
April 19, 1945, page one

Brother of Local Man Dies After Explosion

William E. Sparks, brother of T.O. Sparks, was severely burned in an
explosion at a service station in Youngstown, Ohio, on March 30, and
died by reason of his injuries April 12. Funeral services and interment
was at the old home at Gadberry, Adair county, Saturday at 2:00 P.M.


The 'Russell County News', 2 July 1942

Rev. Elvin Buster Pastor at Columbia

  Rev. Elvin Buster of Creelsboro [Russell County] has accepted the
pastorate of the Columbia Nazarene church until September. Rev. Buster
is filling a vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Rev. Charles
  Rev. Buster is a very talented young man and the Columbia church is to
be congratulated in securing his services. Preaching services at the
church will be held the second and fourth Sundays of each month.


The 'Russell County News'
August 1, 1946

Successful Revival in Adair County

  Rev. Holman Cowherd, pastor of the [Jamestown] Methodist church, recently closed a very successful revival with Bro. Norman Antle at Breeding, Adair county.   The revival resulted in 23 conversions and reclamations, 16 additions to the church, and 22 infants were baptized and dedicated, and the church greatly revived.

The 'Russell County News', September 13, 1945

Mrs. Loy Victim of Train Accident

  Mrs. Dorothy Loy, young wife of Alfred Loy, Columbia, was hit by a
train last Saturday night at Hinsdale, Ill.
  Mr. and Mrs. Loy with their three children were visiting relatives in
Illinois when the fatal accident occurred. The body was returned to
Columbia for burial.
  The funeral was held at the Methodist church ar Columbia, with
interment in the city cemetery. M.L. Grissom [of Columbia] had charge of
all arrangements.
  Rev. J.W. Lewis, assisted by Rev. T.L. Hulse, were the ministers.
  Dorothy was the oldest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wallace
Franklin, who preceded her to the grave. A brother, Veston, of the U.S.
Navy, also preceded her.
  She is survived by her husband and three children, three brothers and
two sisters, also a host of relatives and friends.

Transcriber's notes: Mrs. Loy's gravemarker gives her birth date as 7
November 1921, and the death date as 7 September 1945. (September 7,
1945, fell on Friday.) The Kentucky birth record abstracts indicate she
was born in Russell Co. These records erronously give her mother's
maiden name as Bertha Worthens instead of correctly as Bertha Walters.
Mrs. Loy's children were Mary E., Robert G., and Dorothy M., all born in
Adair County.

The 'Russell County News'

March 26, 1942, page one

Three Killed in Motor Accidents in Adair County

  Three men were killed and seven others injured in Adair county last
Saturday night in a collision of two trucks.
  The dead were Wallace Hardin, 27, and Glenn Kearns, 23, both of
Millerfield, a few miles from Webbs Cross Roads. Kearns was a soldier
from Fort Knox, and was enroute home on a visit when the accident
  Injured in the truck collision were Omer Wolford, 26, Millerfield,
driver of one of the trucks, and Alva Sinclair, driver of the other
truck; Sead Powell, of Green county, Clem and Ivan Goodin, brothers,
passengers in Wolford's truck; and Edwin Merritt, passenger in
Sinclair's truck.
  About the same time, Herbert Rogers, 27, was fatally injured near
Gadberry, when the car in which he was riding struck a culvert. Bud
Franklin, 23, was seriously injured in the same accident. Both were
residents of Columbia or that vicinity.

[The KY death record abstracts show that Herbert Rogers died in Barren
County on March 22nd, indicating that he was transported to the nearest
hospital (Glasgow) where he died the day after the accident.]


The Russell County News, Thursday, May 7, 1942, page 4.

(Reprinted from the Columbia Times)


Sam Smith Shot in Shoulder


  Sam Smith was shot high-up in the left shoulder Tuesday afternoon while resisting arrest, according to information from the court house.

  Warrants charging Smith with reckless, wanton, and careless handling of a pistol, shooting in the city limits and maliciously shooting a pistol were in the hands of officials. He refused to submit to arrest, and the officials came back to town and secured reinforcements. On the second trip shots were fired by Sheriff H.B. Taylor and Ralph Hurt, who had been deputized, when Smith started to raise his gun. Smith was brought to the office of Dr. Allen Mercer, where the wound was treated and he was lodged in jail.

  It is charged that Smith fired his pistol on the square several times.


The Russell County News, Thursday, June 4, 1942, page 5

(Reprinted from the Adair County News.)


Native Son Flies over County


  Columbians got their first "close-up" of one of Uncle Sam's big bombers when one of her native sons, Bert Rosenbaum. circled over our city several times. It was a real thrill to everyone for "Bert" had telephoned his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Rosenbaum, of Fairplay, from Columbia, S.C., on Sunday evening, telling them that he had obtained a special permit to fly somewhat his course, en route to Bowman field [in Louisville Ky.], so that he might pass over Columbia and his own farm in the Fairplay section.

  Mr. and Mrs. Rosenbaum, Mrs. and Mrs. Stanley Rosenbaum, Miss Violet Rosenbaum, and Mr. Elwood, of Frankfort, all drove to Louisville to meet their son and brother and were right there to him glide into his port.

  They all had lunch together and visited until the Lieutenant took off for Columbia, S.C., about three o'clock in the afternoon.

  Lt. Rosenbaum had another officer and five men in his plane. He is a graduate of West Point Academy, Class of 1941, and obtained his wings at Randolph field this year.


The Russell County News, Thursday, September 17, 1942, page six

(reprinted from the Adair County News)


Beulah Chapel Will be Dedicated Sunday


  There will be a dedication service at the new Beulah Chapel located five miles from Columbia on Highway 206, on Sunday, September 6.

  This new chapel has been built by members and friends of the Brethren in Christ Church and Rev. Albert Engle is the pastor.

  Bishop O.B. Ulery of Springfield, Ohio, will officiate at the dedication. The program will start at 10 o'clock in the morning and last throughout the day. A cordial invitation is extended to the public to attend.



The 'Russell County News', Thursday, September 24, 1942, page 6.


Celebration to be held in Green County


  There will be held in Green county on Sunday afternoon, September 27, an event as a part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the state which will be of interest to Kentuckians generally. At the county line between Greensburg and Columbia is the site of historic Camp Knox. Here in 1770 Colonel James Knox with 22 men from Virginia settled and explored south central Kentucky.

  The Knox and Boone parties entered Kentucky in the same year, 1769. The home of Jane Todd Crawford and Gray's Station are also a part of this neighborhood.

  This is one of the oldest settlements in Kentucky. This historic site, Camp Knox, with the cooperative efforts of people in Green and Adair counties will be marked with a monument unveiled by Gov. Keen Johnson as a part of the ceremony.

  The Mount Gilead Christian church stands on the site occupied by the "skin house" which these early explorers of Kentucky erected to house their skins and furs.

 This occasion is of general interest to all people in Kentucky and opens a new interest in Kentucky history. These "Long Hunters" of Knox's party returning to Virginia and Carolina were probably the greatest single factor for the settlement of the state which followed after their return to the east in 1772.


The 'Russell County News', Thursday, January 23, 1941

(reprinted from the 'Adair County News')

Two Fined for Illegal Fishing in Russell Creek

  Loran Willis and George Willis, both of Adair county, were each fined
$15 and costs in County Court Tuesday morning when tried before Judge
J.A. Shuler on charges of illegal fishing. They were arrested on Russell
Creek Monday night by Roy Stotts conservation officers [sic].


The 'Russell County News', April 9, 1942

Montgomery Gets Commonwealth's Attorney Post

  Ray Montgomery of Columbia, former county attorney of Adair county,
was appointed commonwealth's attorney to fill the vacancy caused by the
death of Charles H. Fair. Mr. Montgomery will serve until the coming
November election, when the remainder of the term will be filled by
  The appointment was made by Governor Keen Johnson on Thursday of last


The 'Russell County News', April 9, 1942

(reprinted from the 'Adair County News')

Sgt. Flowers Selected for Officers Training Course

  Word was received here last week of the appointment of Sergeant
Woodruff J. Flowers, of the service company, to the adjutant general's
officers candidate school, at Fort Washington, Md. He has been assistant
personnel chief of the 149th Infantry at Camp Shelby for several months.
  Sgt. Flowers is a son of Dr. W.J. Flowers and Mr. Flowers, of this
city [Columbia]. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville law
school and was city attorney here when he volunteered for service. He
was selected for the officers training course from a group of ten
thousand applicants and will receive a commission after three months.