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Hello from Adairville and South Logan County. One of the safest little towns in Kentucky. With our own local chief of police and now the added night time protection of the Logan County Sheriff’s Patrol Adairvillians can feel much safer. I can look from my front porch and see Sheriff Wallace Whittaker’s “finest” patrolling our streets or sitting on the square just waiting on a traffic violator.


I remember back several years ago when we did not have the attention and we had lots of problems in both the city park and the town square late at night. There were a number of other problems as well. It is much safer now thanks to the good work of our law enforcement officers.


This week marks the 60 Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the Queen of England and what was then the Commonwealth of Nations. Back then she was a very young woman and millions of people all over the world watched their new TVs at all the pomp and ceremony. Who would have dreamed that she would still be on the thrown all these years later.


Back then schools did not have television sets so schools let out all over America and the teachers walked their classes to private homes to watch the events. It was a great happening back then and literally everybody in the world stopped to watch. The movie theaters also had special news reels that played each evening showing the latest on the coronation of the queen. (Her mother lived to be 103 so who knows Queen Elizabeth II could be with us for a number of years to come.) “Long live the Queen!”


That was back in 1952. I looked up what was happening that year and was I surprised. Here is just a few things that happened that year:

  • The Korean War was under way.
  • President Truman fired Gen. McArthur.
  • The average worker made $3,400 per year.
  • 3 out of 5 families owned a car or truck.
  • 2 out of 3 families had a phone.
  • Fast food restaurants were just starting up.
  • Polio claimed 50,000 victims in America that year.
  • Automatic drive was beginning to replace the stick shift.
  • Gas sold for 20 to 25 cents a gallon.
  • The Comet - the world’s first passenger jet arrives.
  • The average new house cost $9,000.
  • Eisenhower was elected President of the USA.
  • The first Holiday Inn opened.
  • Up to 12,000 people died of coal burning smog in England.
  • The top movie was Singing In The Rain
  • Adairville had it’s own newspaper.
  • None of the ND&L full time staff had been born.
  • Most of the ND&L corresponants had been born.


With A Smile - I had several people to contact me about the Hoxie Bros Circus. They remembered it playing in Kentucky for many years. It was a well known circus that traveled the south. There actually was no brothers. Mr. Hoxie said that it just sounded better to have brothers in the name. The Ringling Bros. Circus was very famous so he took the signal from them and called his circus the Hoxie Bros.Circus. I have so many great memories of traveling that one summer with the circus. I sometimes wish I had repeated the adventure.


Time to go. Good night T.G. Pitts and his sister Alberta Sanders, all the Adairville Hardware Store “gang”, Officer Harvey, Sue Carol Browning, Mrs. Logan Chick, Janie Gregory, the Mrs. Shelton Baugh, Sweet Bertie Angel and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.

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