June 20, 2013
Hello again from the “big island” that houses the great little town of Adairville, Kentucky and it’s nearby suburbs of Hill Top, Oakville, Lick Skillet and Dot. (And maybe a few more hot spots.) Schochoh is on the north side of the north branch of the Red River so it is not on the island.
Someone recently asked where the term “big island” came from. It was most likely first coined by some of the earliest humans that sought refuge between the two branches of the Red River. People that found an abundance of wildlife for food, rich soil to grow crops, two rivers to fish in and many caves to seek shelter and safety in. Archaeologists have found remains of prehistoric animals in our caves as well as ancient man. So far remains uncovered in Cook’s or Savage Cave have tested over 11,000 years old. This puts them as some of the oldest in North America. It is believed that further digging will prove that early man goes back as much as 21,000 years in this area. This would make our area one of the three oldest sites for early man in our nation.
When the early European trappers and settlers arrived they too recognized the great importance of this unique area of Kentucky and they also adopted the term “big island.” And abundance of wildlife, good soil for farming and safety between the two branches of the river were key to the settler’s decision to settle in this spot. Early forts or “stations” and the caves made the area a favorite with the early settlers.
Hopefully the growing collection of Native American artifacts held by the South Logan Historical Society will one day become a strong draw for tourist to visit our town. It is my understanding that some of the artifacts held by the Smithsonian, Carnegie and other institutions may be loaned to us for some grand exhibits. (Particularly when just one of those institutions holds over 70 boxes of historical relics from Savage Cave.) We could draw a lot of tourist to see the exhibits and the areas where our caves are located.
If some of our distinguished citizens would just loan or donate some of the great items they “found” in Savage Cave we could probably fill up another 70 boxes. If anyone reading this article happens to have some of these artifacts the museum would greatly appreciate their return.
Enjoyed being on WRUS Radio and Don Neagle’s show this past Monday morning. I do appreciate all the phone calls and comments. We covered a lot of territory on that show. As for my predictions several of you have pointed out that I did predict the tornado that struck Schochoh on Monday a week ago.
The Robey family, their employees and neighbors were very lucky that there was no loss of human life. I understand that some animals were lost. When I visited the site I saw many buildings, fences, barns and vehicles destroyed. I was impressed with all the volunteers out helping clear the land of the damage. A big thank you goes to all the fire departments and emergency personnel out helping. I think there are few places that have as community spirited folks as our county has. Thanks to the sheriff’s department for their help as well.
That reminds me. Sheriff Wallace Whitaker’s son is soon to be married. I think he is marrying his college sweet heart. I looked at their picture in the ND&L for a long time. The future bride is a beauty. The bridegroom was also a handsome fellow. That boy must have taken after his mother!
Word travels fast so I made an announcement, on WRUS Radio this past Monday, that I had signed for the purchase of one of the most historic houses in the county. It is the grand two and ½ stories brick home on Cornelius Street in Russellville. It is sometimes referred to as the Nimrod Long House. Going north on Hwy. 431 you can see it behind the local feed mill just past Southern States and across the railroad tracts. The house dates back prior to 1860. Some other facts: 1) First house in Russellville to have an indoor bath room. 2) First to have built in wall closets. 3) The first to have speaking tubes where you could speak to people at your front door or in the servants quarters from the master bed room. (This is a forerunner to intercom systems of today.) 4) One of the first houses in the county to have gas lights. 5) One of the first houses in the county to have electric lights. The outside walls are three bricks thick. The inside walls are two bricks thick. The roof is covered by a slate roof. The house and walkways are made of handmade bricks. I look forward to living in this grand house and entertaining often.
The Red River Fish & Game Habitat Annual Fish Fry will be held in late fall. I will be announcing the exact weekend as soon as possible. The tickets for dinner for two and a chance to will the cash prizes will continue at the same price of $25. The club will be awarding ten $50 cash prizes and one $2,000 cash prize. Officers and board members of the club will have tickets. They will also be on sale at Adairville City Hall, the Adairville Hardware Store and “The Gift Shop” across from the BP Station.
WITH A SMILE I learned to read at the young age of 3 & 1/2 years of age. My dad use to take me to the Golden Gloves Boxing events in Nashville. I would get board and end up reading a Policeman’s Gazette. Dad’s friends thought how cute for such a young boy to act like he was reading. Dad made the mistake of betting with several people that I could read. He won every time. One time I went home and told my mother and grandmother what dad was doing. They both told me that the next time he made any such bets not to read. So that is what I did. Dad bet on me and then told me to read. I acted like I could not. Dad lost a lot that evening. Mom and grand mom scolded him that evening and he never did that again!
TIME TO GO Good night sweet ladies on Adairville and the “big island,” sweet Ms. Bertie Angel and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!