July 5 in Adair County History

2008: The Adair Progress reported that after a banner year for local tourism in 2007, numbers were down across the board for the early part of 2008, thanks mostly to surging gas prices.

“The gas prices have had an impact on traveling and tourism for sure,” Holmes Bend Marina owner David Butler told The Progress. “It seems like people are leery about spending money on recreation.”

Columbia-Adair Tourism Executive Director Sue Stivers said that although figures were not yet available, the decrease in local tourism was plainly evident.

“We usually have between 12 and 15 people stopping by in the Chamber per day, but we’ve been down to about four people a day this year,” Stivers said. She added that the most noticeable drop-off was from out-of-state visitors.

2005: After almost two years of planning and preparation, Adair County School Board members and project coordinators officially broke ground on the new Adair County Elementary School.

“I think the new school will be a great asset to our community,” board chairman Mike Harris told The Adair Progress.

The board originally approved the four-year plan to build the school in October of 2003.

1993: More than eight decades after his death, a local Civil War veteran finally received a grave marker.

For 81 years, the remains of John W. White laid in a grave marked only by a fieldstone – a stone he found himself while plowing – in an unkempt plot on a farm in Knifley. The gravesite, known by area residents as the White Family Cemetery, is located on a farm that White’s father once owned. The gravestone was erected thanks to the efforts of White’s grandson, Charles L. Strayer.

White was born Nov. 12, 1838, and died Feb. 1, 1912. He volunteered for service with the Union on Oct. 12, 1861.

1971: Dr. Richard Achenbach, economic advisor of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, visited Columbia to speak at the district Rotary Club meeting on German-American relations in international aid and finance.

Achenbach – who previously served on embassy staffs in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand – gave the Rotarians a report on the state of the German economy, from the complete devastation of World War II to one of the most vital economies in the world by 1971.

While in Columbia, Dr. and Mrs. Achenbach were houseguests of Dr. and Mrs. H.W. Rechmann.

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