June 13, 2013
Hello again from one of the greatest places in America, historic Adairville, in South Logan County, Kentucky. A place I like to call home. A place that has produced a large number of famous and not so famous people throughout the past 250 years.
Jesse Holman Jones was born in the latter part of the 1800s on a farm just south of Adairville on State Line Road. His family raised tobacco and he attended the Adairville School and graduated from the 8 grade. (That is the highest grade the schools went to back then.) Jesse grew very quickly to over 6-foot- 7 and was probably the tallest person to ever graduate from the Adairville School. At 16 he was considered grown and entered the business world. Almost overnight he became a shrewd businessman.
Jesse moved to Dallas and later Houston, Texas where he made his fortune. He became a big time lumberman and banker. He built the first tall buildings in Houston, built the Houston/Galveston Canal that made Houston a port city and the first giant convention center in the south… He became the President of Chase Bank and went on to own sky scraper buildings in many of the great cities of America.
Jesse was named to head up the civilian efforts in World War I by President Woodrow Wilson. From that time on he served as a cabinet member in each president’s cabinet for nearly 30 years. He was head of banking during the great depression and saw to it that no bank failed in Adairville, Springfield, Nashville or Houston during that time. He was the only person in history to hold two cabinet posts at the same time. At one time he was called the second most powerful man in America second only to the president. At one point he was almost named as President Franklin D Roosevelt’s running mate for Vice President. In the mid 1940 he retired from public life and returned to Houston.
Although he only graduated from the 8 grade it never slowed him down. For many years he was considered the richest man in America and possibly the world. He set up the Houston Foundation over 70 years ago and to this day it remains one of the largest in the world.
His home church was the Oak Grove Baptist Church on US 431 or the Nashville Highway. He never had children of his own but adopted his wife’s only daughter. North Robertson County and Adairville have a number of his relatives and all have been and are very civic minded.
LOCAL NEWS Last Saturday night’s Adairville Relay For Life fund raiser was a great success. The third Womanless Beauty Pageant brought a crowd. There were 12 or so brave young and not so young men who at the urging of their families entered the contest. Brent Summers was the master of ceremonies. He also was the auctioneer for wonderful cakes, pies and brads donated by the women of the community. Our little town raised $9,000. That averages over $10 per person for every man, woman and child in the town. I do not see that average amount coming from any other town in the county.
Ralph Brewer, one of Adairville’s most distinguished citizens just celebrated his 90 birthday last week. Unfortunately he fell Monday morning and broke a hip. He is in the North Crest Hospital in Springfield. Several of his and Peggy’s children have arrived to give aid to their parents.
The Adairville City Council had a full agenda last Monday evening. I was the only visitor present.
Items discussed and announcements: Mayor Blake continues to search for a grocery that will locate in our town. She discussed Houchens, Russell – filter – Bangladesh, Municipal Building and the Logan Todd Regional Water 10 year anniversary celebration. She reported that the Sheriff’s Deputies will patrol our area until a police chief is hired. Council members gave reports. They were few at this time of the year. Old Business - U – Dig, 2nd Reading Budget Ordinance 2013-A-2 New Business – Health Insurance cost, Police Chief position, Executive Session,
Calvary Baptist has completed their new addition. The public is invited to attend and see the new building. Living Word Church will have a Pancake Breakfast the third Saturday morning. You can buy tickets at the door.
WITH A SMILE One of farmers at the BP this week announced that he worked so hard that he would like to trade places with his wife for just one week so she could see how hard he worked. I reached in my pocket and read aloud what the typical housewife did in a day. When I had read four pages the farmer said stop. I don’t want to switch! I wonder why!
Time to say good bye for another week. So good night “Sweet Bertie Angel”, all the ladies at the “Manor” and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.