(Found in the May 3, 1899 edition of the Adair County News.)

A Thrifty Town

It was the good pleasure of a News man to spend a short time in the thrifty little city of Gradyville last week--thrifty from the fact that it is in one of the best agricultural sections of this country, thrifty because of the energy and ability of its citizens. It is useless to speak of its location and surroundings but we feel that is just to say that Gradyville is composed of wide-awake business men and that they are doing a good business.

Wilmore & Moss, Hughes, Coffey Hunter keep full and complete stores of merchandise and each firm does good business. Diddle & Flowers are now doing a splendid business with their roller mill and are fixing to put up planing machinery in the near future in connection with their saw mill, so it will only be but a short time until they will be able to furnish any kind of lumber.

The ring of the anvil can be heard almost as constantly in the shop of Grady and Caldwell, as any place in the State, which signifies that they are crowded with work.

Our space is too limited to use a great deal of it in this report since we have one of the best news gatherers and writer at Gradyville of any paper in the State but we feel that it would be injustice to the readers of the News if we failed to state that when you go to Gradyville you should remember that Wilmore's Hotel is not surpassed in this part of the state and further that you can see some of the finest horses at W.L. Grady's stable that ever wore a blue tie.

Jordan Peacock, advertised in this paper, has met and defeated some of the most noted show horses that enter the rings, but that 2-year-old stallion, Jordan Star, crowns the climax in points of beauty and will, beyond doubt, will be a greater horse than his renowned sire. You should see these horses, and you will not regret it.

The Methodist people were in the midst of an interesting business meeting which we leave for our correspondent to report.

Last, but not least, Gradyville possesses some of the most hospitable people of any town or community in the State, and we proved to brother C.H. Yates and his estimable family that a newspaper man is a fit subject to enjoy a good dinner.