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November 26, 1896..The toll-gate war in Central Kentucky continues unabated. Every week or so there is an incident where one of these barriers to free travel is either torn down, burned up or blown up.

Charles Nuckols Jr., of Versailles, has departed for Chicago where he will make his home.

On Wednesday night of last week a band of about 15 mounted raiders paid a call upon eight of the gatekeepers in the Versailles area and cut down or removed their gates. The raiders did their work late at night and met with no resistance. Gates destroyed were on the Lexington, Midway, Frankfort, Clifton, Millville, Mortonsville, Shryock’s Ferry and Mt. Vernon roads. The Nicholasville road was not disturbed. In most cases the gatekeeper was called out and told what was going to happen and then warned that he would be killed if he collected any more toll. All the gatekeepers tell about the same story and say that all the raiders were heavily armed. Five more toll gates were destroyed in the southern part of the county the following night.

November 28, 1918… James Perry, 75, a resident of Midway for a number of years, died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Clark, of heart trouble. He is survived by three other daughters and three sons.

Mrs. Alice Newman, 39, died Tuesday at her home in Versailles of pneumonia. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Newman, three small children, her mother, a sister and five brothers. Mrs. Newman was a Land, of Lexington, before her marriage.

Children of the Cleveland Home, for $36.50 a year, are supporting a French War orphan somewhere in France. A drive is now on to have others here do the same thing. Earl Sellers, foster son of M/M. J.B. Sellers of near Midway, writes of many narrow escapes near Chalans on the Champagne front. The drive pushed the Germans back 10 miles from one prepared set of trenches and dugouts to another.

Private Lister Lacefield writes to his parents, M/M R.W. Lacefield, of his life in the trenches and on long marchs “somewhere in France.

Recent appearances indicate that many hobos, obliged by war regulations to work, have now gone back to their original profession.

A letter received from Fred K. Nave informs his mother that he is in fine health and having lots of fun trying to talk to the French girls.

J. Van Shipp Jr., who has been in the Navy Air Department, has been released from active service and returned to his home on Monday.

There are 36 new cases of influenza in Woodford county during the past week and three deaths on Nov. 23. About 100 new cases were actually reported from Friday until Sunday.

David Dixon, 17, son of Albert Dixon, died Saturday of pneumonia at his home on Macey Avenue.

Miss Irene Sowards and Albert Ledridge were married Saturday in Versailles. After a wedding trip, they will go to housekeeping on Camden Avenue in a bungalow recently purchased from Mrs.Sam Henton.

Mrs. W.H. Edwards and daughter, Miss Sarah, have returned from a visit to Harvey Edwards at Camp Gordon in Georgia. Mrs. William Mastin has received word that her husband, Lt.

William Mastin, was wounded in action in France. She had known he was in a hospital but had thought he had rheumatism.

Lightning struck a large tree in front of Mrs. Joe Graddy’s house in Versailles. Wood flew in every direction and broke out 60 panes of glass including every glass in the auto. Mrs. Miller Turner had just gotten into the house when the bolt struck. November 29, 1940… Editor Barrett writes: “The section of the Leestown Pike recently rebuilt and resurfaced and now open to traffic is an excellent highway and we now have a splendid road all the way to Lexington. Let’s hope that before 1941 ends we can say the same thing about the other end of the Leestown Pike which leads toward Frankfort.

William Thomas Horn, Versailles Route #4, became the first local man to enter military service under the new conscription bill. Woodford’s quota in the first call was 1 man, and Mrs. Dennie Hartley, clerk of the county board, says the quota for the next call has not yet been received.

Six men have asked to volunteer but only the number of the quota are allowed to volunteer for one year. Any number can volunteer for a three-year army hitch.

Four Versailles youths were injured when their automobile left the road and overturned several times near Shelbyville this week. Allen Jelf Jr., 17, owner and driver of the car, was most seriously hurt and, along with Bennie Dennison, 18, was admitted to a nearby hospital. Howard Campbell, 21, and Bobby Duncan, 20, escaped with minor injuries.

The Sisters of Saint Anne, who comprise the faculty of Margaret Hall School in Versailles, were planning a tea on Dec. 2, for Miss McAfee, president of Wellesley College, Mass.

The Rev. William M. Clark, of Tyrone, PA, has accepted the call of the Midway Presbyterian Church and will arrive the first of the week. The Rev. Mr. Clark is a former missionary to Korea.

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