Front-Page New York Times Story on "The Whole Nine Yards" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Thu Dec 27 17:04:31 UTC 2012

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On
> Behalf Of Bonnie Taylor-Blake
> Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 8:02 AM
> Subject: Re: Front-Page New York Times Story on "The Whole Nine Yards"
> By the way, several months ago I was able to piece together who was
> using "the whole six yards" in *The Mt. Vernon [Kentucky] Signal* a
> century ago.  The paper's correspondent from Livingston was William
> Will/Bill) Martin Owens (1866-1944), born and raised in nearby Level
> Green (Rockcastle County) and in neighboring Pulaski County; at some
> point he settled down in Livingston.  At the time I wasn't able to
> figure out what W.M. Owens did for a living, but he seems to have been
> an upstanding member of the community, enough so that he was tasked
> with reporting happenings in Livingston to the publisher in Mt.
> Vernon.

1900 census:  Farmer (in Livingston); wife is Alice
1910 census:  Farmer (in Livingston): widowed
1920 census:  no occupation; wife Celia
1930 census:  laborer steam RR; wife Celia
1940 census:  no occupation; wife Celia

Here is his tombstone:

Bonnie, if you want a copy of his death certificate I can send it.

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