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Feb. 6, 1919…In accordance with the recent General Assembly law making the subject of agriculture mandatory in public schools of Kentucky after July 1, 1919, Midway’s teachers have organized themselves into a class in agriculture. The class meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 at the home of one of the teachers. The very first class was held in the home of Mrs. Jennie Clarke and her daughter, Routh. Nolan’s 100 lessons in Agriculture is the basic text and Goff & Mayne’s First principles of Agriculture is the supplementary text, Supt. Payne gave a 30-minute lecture on “soils” as the first topic introduced.

Prof. W.R. “Dad” Chandler, superintendent of Midway’s schools some years ago, has been doing YMCA work at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and has concentrated on the education of army illiterates.

R.C. Parker sold Tuesday his cottage on Higgins Street, known as the Branham property, to Charles Woodruff for $2,300.

R.M. Fogle sold last week to Harve Riddle a cottage on Railroad Street, and about 3 acres adjoining, for $3,000. Mr. Fogle also sold his cottage located in Cogartown, next door to his grocery, to the Devers brothers for $2,500.

E.L. David, J.R. Cunningham and W.E. Simms have purchased the Klondike warehouse from the Midway Distillery Company. They expect to house tobacco in it this fall and then they will convert the building into a tobacco hogshead storage warehouse.

Charles Duvall, 51, died at his home on the Alexander farm Thursday after a year’s illness. He leaves a wife, a daughter and three sons. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Other deaths included Mrs. Adelaide Montmollin Morton, 85, of Lexington, whose granddaughter, Mrs. Douglas Geddes, is from Spring Station. Another granddaughter, Mrs. Arthur Steele, also survives. Miss Mary Agnes Sharkey, 22, sister of Mrs. Charles Gilchrist of Midway, died Sundayevening at the Leestown Pike home of her parents, M/M Patrick Sharkey.

Corp. Earl Sellers of Midway writes to his foster parents, M/M J.B. Sellers, that his unit still has the “watch on the Rhine” and will be there until relieved. His unit heard a recapitulation of the action they and other units have seen during the past year, as presented by Marine Major General John A. Lejeune, commanding officer.

Private Charles W. Murray has returned to the U.S. aboard the Adriatic and is suffering from chronic appendicitis and must be operated on soon. He has been in England since July of 1918, attached to Base Hospital 40.

Thomas F. Dunlap & Son advertise that they will sell, without reserve or by-bid, 123 acres in the noted phosphate belt of South Elkhorn, 1-3/4 miles from Midway and 1-1/2 miles from Paynes Depot. This is the property of Mary D. Yocum.

Corporal Homer L. Nave and Winfield Mastin have both arrived at Camp Taylor and expect to be sent home in the near future. Paul Noel, in the meantime, is in Strassen House, Germany, with the Army of Occupation.

Mrs. Mary Young Rout, wife of the Rev. Dr. Gelon H. Rout, died at her home in Versailles Tuesday of pneumonia. She was 88. She was the daughter of the Rev. John C, Young, former president of Centre College and she and her sisters were the first Kentucky women to be given college diplomas. She graduated in the Class of 1849 and was married in 1857. Her children were Cornelia Crittenden Rout, who died in 1912, and John Y. Rout of Versailles. Dr. Rout, pastor of the Versailles Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, died April 3, 1914. Mrs. Rout was buried in Danville.

Mrs. Caroline Brady, 82, died at the home of a daughter this week. She is survived by two daughters and four sons. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Elma Taylor, little baby of M/M Will Taylor, was buried Monday in the Versailles Cemetery.

First Lt. Raymond Schoberth has been cited posthumously for heroism in action near Bantheville, France, on Nov. 1, 1918. He continued to lead his platoon though wounded in the arm by a machine gun bullet. He was later killed by a shell fragment.

Frank McKee was appointed to the U.K. Board by Gov. Stanley this week.

Born to M/M Scott Miller of Versailles, a son, named Scott Miller Jr.

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