Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 47-48. Carlisle Co.
TOM C. PETTIT The press has not only recorded the history of advancement, but has also ever been the leader in the work of progress and improvement - the herald of civilization. The philosopher of some centuries ago proclaimed the truth that "the pen is mightier than the sword," and the statement is continually being verified in the affairs of life. In molding public opinion the power of the newspaper cannot be estimated, but at all events its influence is greater than that of any other single agency. Mr. Pettit is a representative of the journalistic interests of Bardwell, Kentucky, where, since 1899, he has published his paper. A native of Calloway county, Kentucky, he is a son of the Rev. Thomas H. Pettit, whose birth occurred in White county, Tennessee, and who came to Kentucky in 1866. He was a Baptist minister of considerable prominence, and for thirty-five years continued in the work of the holy calling, giving his energies to the upbuilding of the church until his death, which occurred in 1895. His wife was Miss Belisle, and represented a family connected with the pioneer history of both Virginia and Tennessee. Tom C. Pettit is a native of Calloway county, Kentucky, born in 1867, and with his parents came to Ballard (now Carlisle) county, Kentucky, in 1870. In 1883 his parents removed to Arlington, where he
entered the drug business, with which he was connected until 1894. In that year he began the publication of the Carlisle County News, at Arlington, where he remained until 1899, when he removed his paper to Bardwell, where he has since continued its publication with success, securing a good patronage, both from subscribers and advertisers. The paper is well edited, is neat in appearance, and the plant is well equipped for doing high-grade work. In 1889 Mr. Pettit was united in marriage to Miss Ada Owen, of Arlington, and they have a wide acquaintance in Bardwell, numbering many warm friends.