July 2, 2013
Hello again from Adairville and South Logan County, Kentucky. The land inside the boundaries of the north and south branches of the Red River. The place of rich farm land, many caves, wild game, small towns, much history and wonderful people. A place I love very much.
HISTORY Some people wonder how such a small village could have so much history and produced so many high achieving people. I believe it is because of several things. One reason is its location on the state line with Tennessee, of its unique location on very rich farm land between the two branches of the red river and its long tradition of supporting quality education – even reaching back to early pioneer days more than 225 years ago. (Early on people settling the wild frontier saw the advantage of teachers for their children.)
My friend Peggy Moody sent me a news clipping several years ago about the death of a former Adairville citizen. I was sort of shocked at who the man was and his accomplishments. He was the “Legend of Poker’” Walter Clyde ‘Puggy’ Pearson. When he died of a heart attack in 2006 his obituary was carried all over the world. You can find information about this famous man all over the Internet.
Just briefly ‘Puggy” was born in Adairville in 1929. He was one of nine children. At 17 he joined the Navy and served three terms. In the early 1950s he suggested a new style of poker where the winner of a tournament would take all the winnings. In 1970 the World Series of Poker was founded. ‘Puggy” was runner up in 1971 and 72. He won the World Series in 1973. His winnings were $130,000 in that series. Rated as one of the most popular people to ever play poker and one of the best; he was also considered one of the biggest characters in the game. He either sang a song or read a poem at each and every world series. He was from Adairville.
NEWS Lucille Ramsey died at an advanced age and of a long illness. She was Debbie Ramsey’s grandmother. Tina’s Treasures Two is due to open, on the Adairville Square, on July 10. The location will be in Carol McKinney’s bank building next to the former IGA Grocery. The shop will feature both new and slightly used clothing. The shop will have an Italian décor and a sign that says “All Things Girlie.” Sorry nothing for the men. Just come and buy for your lady love. The Country Angel Shop owned by Tim and Nancy Watson is one of the finest gift shops in the county. It is your loss if you have never visited. I encourage every reader to stop in and see this wonderful gift shop. It is on South Main Street just across the street from the BP Service Station. The more you look the more you see in the over filled rooms of the restored 100 year old house. I could spend hours there and still not see everything.
The July Issue of the Red River Awakenings is advertising the next big event of the Red River Meeting House. The event is the 65 Annual Meeting and Pot Luck on the Grounds on September 8, 2013. The organization continues to raise money for a future pavilion and bathrooms. The 18 Annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous is set for October 11-13. 2013. The recent June 10 tornado that ripped through south Logan and did so much damage to the Robey Farm and surrounding area spared the Red River Meeting House. Fortunately no lives were lost. Unfortunately , however , it did destroy the home of Jane Robey, located .8 miles west of the Red River Cemetery. The historic two story log house dated back to the late 1700s. The tornado barely missed Brent and Nancy Summers beautiful home. Just a few yards. Their son was home alone when it came through. I understand the Summers now have a new tornado shelter. (I would not doubt that it will be needed in the future and that a wise decision was made.) The Red River Fish & Game Habitat will be sponsoring its’ annual fish fry and fund raiser this fall. The date will be set and tickets available starting next week.
CHURCHES Two weeks ago I attended Living Word Church in Adairville. People there really make you feel at home. Even the young children come up and welcome you. The children stay through the music and some prayers and then are excused to the education building for other activities. The minister, Preacher Cowan, again proved that he is a gifted teacher of the scriptures. He has a wonderful congregation and the church does so much good. This past Sunday I was invited by Bertie Angel to attend her church, Berea Christian Church. I had the pleasure of sitting between two fine ladies – “Ms. Bertie” and Helen Yates Perry. This also is a very friendly congregation. I think most everyone greeted me either before or after the service. I was in for a very big surprise at this little country church. It was the minister. I do not know for sure what I was expecting but I found one of the best preachers in all of southern Kentucky. He has the gift. He reminds me of a young Billy Graham. I wish every person in Logan County could hear this man preach. He can tell a good story with a message everyone can understand. He gets his point over with outstanding clarity, Just like a young Billy Graham I heard many years ago in Nashville. Go hear him.
WITH A SMILE “Sweet Ms. Bertie Angel” invited me home, after church, for a little lunch. We ate in her oh so pretty dinning room. The food was very good. We talked for a long while. I wrote her notes due to her limited hearing. She told me so much history of her village, home and family. I just love that sweet lady. I finally broke down and proposed marriage —- but she turned me down. She told me she was 95 years old and that I was too young for her or too old. I am not sure which. She told me that she had tried marriage twice and did not plan on a third. I still love her and had a feeling she would turn me down. Yet, you can’t blame me for trying with such a lovely “girl.”
Time to go. Good night sweet ladies of Adairville, “sweet Bertie Angel” and Mrs. Callabash where ever you are.