Kentucky Obituaries - Adair County News - Jan 9, 1918


Henry Hardin, of color, this place, has been married five times and he has lost wives, two by devorce (sic) proceedings and three by death.   His last wife died last week.   Henry is yet game and there is no telling when he will again start on the matrimonial sea.


The remains of Estelle Blair, who was a soldier, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Blair, who died at Fort Menning, New Mexico, reached here last Thursday about noon.   The funeral was held in the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Piercy, assisted by others, many sympathizing friends being present.   The interment was in the city cemetery.


Eighty-two Years Old.

Mr Abraham Brown, whose home was at Pellyton, this county, died on the 20th ult.   He served in the Federal army during the war of the rebellion and was eighty-two years old when the summons came.   He was the father of Mrs. J C. Blair, who lives near Columbia. He had the respect of the community in which he lived, and died at peace with mankind.   Many attended the funeral and burial.


Died in Louisville.

Mrs. Elizabeth Toomey, who was the widow of John Toomey, for many years a hotel keeper in Greensburg, died in Louisville last Thursday.   She had been a remarkable woman, enjoying fine health and maintaining her mental facilities during a long life of ninety-odd years.   She was the grandmother of J. C. and Elmo Strange, and Mrs. H. W. Depp, this place, who who revered her and will ever hold her name in veneration.

The remains were conveyed from Louisville to Greensburg, and there interred by the side of her husband.   Many relatives and friends-attended the religious and burial services.   She was a devout Christian, having been a member of the Christian church for many years.


SAD DEATH.

Mr. Claud Montgomery, of this Place Dies in Wardsworth, Ohio. Interment Here.

Mr. Claud Montgomery, a son of Mr. and Mrs Scott Montgomery, left here some months ago for Wardsworth, Ohio, where he was employed in a match factory, and where he was a valuable assistant until ten days ago when he became a victim of typhoid fever.   He and his friends were hopeful at start, but on Wednesday morning of last week he was much worse and his parents, wife and son, this place, were notified that he was in a serious condition.

His father, wife and little son left immediately for his bedside, but he lived only a few hours after their arrival, a dispatch reaching here Friday night that he was dead.   The remains arrived Monday, and many friends went to the Montgomery home to view the body and to express sympathy for those who had been bereft of a husband, father, son and brother.

Claud Montgomery, had he lived until March would have been thirty-four years old.   He was a man of correct habits and very attentive to business entrusted to him.   He had been a salesman for various merchants in Columbia, all speak of him in the highest terms - strictly honorable and at all times at his post of duty.

He leaves a wife and one son, father and mother and one sister.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O P. Bush, Tuesday morning at 10 a. m , the deceased being a member of that religious body, many relatives and friends being present, all in the profoundest sympathy for those who had been so sorely grieved.   After religious exercises the remains were conveyed to the city cemetery there to remain until the resurrection morn.

May God comfort the widow and little son, father, mother and sister, is the wish of this entire community.

Source: Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky), Jan 9, 1918, page 1, columns 3, 4 and 6


The passing of Richard W. Knott late editor and owner of the Louisville Evening Post causes grief and sorrow in the Newspaper world.   His death removes one of Kentucky's greatest writers, and a foremost leader of independent thought.   For nearly forty years he has been a notable figure in letters and politics.   As editor of the Post he made this great daily famous as the mouthpiece of clean and independent politics in the Democratic party.   His stand and busy fight for temperance thru the columns of the Post has done, more perhaps than any other agency in the state to bring the party leaders to recognize that temperance and prohibition are issues of democratic politics.   May the state be blessed with a successor with gifts to emulate his leadership.

Source: Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky), Jan 9, 1918, page 7, column 2


A Soldier's Funeral.

The citizens of Columbia and adjoining neighborhoods assembled themselves to gether at the Methodist church in Columbia Thursday afternoon, Dec. 27.   The occasion was the funeral and burial of Estelle Blair, son of Mr. and Mrs, Joseph Blair, of the Garlin neighborhood.

Estelle Blair enlisted in the U S. army from the state of Iowa Sept, 1917,and died in Camp Cody, New Mexico, Dec. 20.   His remains were returned to Adair his native county for burial.

We came to do him honor and sympathize with the bereaved father, mother, brothers and sisters.   We feel that their loss was our loss.   He was our soldier boy and represented the cause of Liberty and Freedom so dear to every American heart.   He willing and gladly answered his country's call.   He was a worthly (sic) christian young man and was prepared to meet his God.

The funeral was conducted by Rev.s Peircy and Shelley after which the remains were carried to the city cemetery.   A patriotic service was conducted at the grave by Dr Watson, Rev Bush and Eid. Williams.   The Casket was then draped in the stars and stripes and the remains were laid to rest while those present sany, "My Country 'tis of Thee."


Russell County Loses a Good Citizen.

Saturday forenoon, December 22, 1917, the Rowena community of Russell county, lost one of its most useful and influential citizens John McFarland, who was about seventy-five years old.   He was an extensive farmer and stock raiser, and was a man who had great influence in that part of Russell county.   When the war of the States broke out he espoused the cause of the Union, enlisted in the army and served faithfully until hostilities ceased.   He owned a large farm on Cumberland river and died in fine circumstances.   He was an ardent member of the Methodist Church and had been for many years

He was also a zealous Mason, a member of Lairsville Lodge, Columbia Chapter, No. 7, and the Marion Commandary, Lebanon.

His funeral and burial were largely attended.

After religious exercises the local Lodge took charge of the body and it was interred in the family burying ground with the usual formalities of the order.

The deceased was an uncle of Messrs W. T., John and Solomon McFarland, of this county.   He was also the father of Mrs. J. T Goodman, who some years ago resided in Columbia and who is very kindly remembered.   May God comfort her and all other relatives is the wish of Columbia and Adair county friends

Source: Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky), Jan 9, 1918, page 1, column 4