• By John McDaniel Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

The other night, a group of Midway citizens were sitting around talking about sports, politics in Frankfort, and the age-old debate that if a beer mug was filled to the halfway mark on the mug, is the mug half empty or half full. The purchaser of the mug in question quickly ended the debate by picking up the mug finishing its contents and declared the mug was definitely empty. Moving on to other issues, Mayor Vandegrift and I began discussing the terms Midwegian verses Midwayan. He made the claim that more Midway residents would rather be called a Midwayan than a Midwegian. He gave me one example of a resident that said Midwegian makes her think of little people. That was one example a person that didn't care to be called a Midwegian and I know that the mayor prefers Midwayan. Let me digress a bit. It's no wonder that such debates occur. It appears naming the town of Midway had its differences. We know that the area around Midway was once known as Stevenson's and it had its own post office. When the railroad came through and began developing the Midway area, the town was called Middleway because of its location between Lexington and Frankfort. After laying out the streets around the railroad, the railroad officials made sure their names would become part of history by naming the streets after themselves (similar to what the EDA board members did when they named some of the streets at Midway Station). After most of the town was laid out, the name of the town was changed again, this time they named it Midway and the name stuck. Now that the town is officially called Midway, one might wonder what to call the people in the town, and this is where the mayor and I differ. One is that I have only heard one person say they didn't like the term Midwegian and that's the mayor. There was one person on Facebook who asked just where term Midwegian came from. The first time I ever heard the term was in the '50s when then-Mayor Howard Rouse was talking to my dad and they were jokingly calling themselves Midwegians. The term has been used off and on for over 50 years so why change it now? I went one step further and decided to look up term wegian. The word wegian use as a suffix as in the word Midwegian is used to form national, ethnic types, and associations. Using this definition, a Midwegian would be a person associated with Midway. The term Midwegian is nothing fancy, nothing new, but as I said, it does have history and I don't mind being called a Midwegian. Then I looked up the word wayan and I was totally shock at the meaning of the word. If you are easily offended do not look up the meaning of this word. All I can say I think I'll never be using the word Midwayan to describe anyone from Midway. I am definitely a Midwegian. ... You may want to mark your calendars for Oct. 12. The Midway Woman's Club will have former Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen as the featured speaker for the evening. She will be talking about her life as a public servant. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting at 7 p.m. at the club house located at 233 South Gratz Street.

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