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March 4, 1897… The Democratic primary vote of Feb. 26 was as follows in the 10 precincts: For Rep. G.B. Stout had 718 votes to 558 for John Arnett and carried every precinct except Mortonsville and Clover Bottom. L.H. Parrish was unopposed for County Judge and polled 1,089 votes. The Circuit Clerk race was a cliffhanger with L.A. Berry receiving 665 votes to 663 for A.P. Curtis. R.H. Gray, unopposed, got 1,118 votes for County Clerk. For County Attorney, W.O. Davis got 767, J.F. Cohen 320 and Tobias Gibson 224. J.T. Wilhoit, unopposed, got 1,146 votes for Sheriff. In the Assessor’s race, C.A. Reed got 558 votes to 513 for Starks O’Neal and 332 for J. H. Barnett. M.B. Hifner, unopposed, got 1,024 votes for School Supt. For Jailer, D.R. Shipp polled 333 votes to 284 for J.E. Smith, 270 for E. Davis, 214 for D.A. Wilson, 142 for B. Chapman, 93 for J.L. Young, 85 for S.M. Babbitt and 50 for Thomas Fowler. Magitrates nominated included R.K. Combs, W.W. Darfell, R.G. Mastin, James C. Hays, Henry McWilliams and Samuel McCauley.

Rain or snow fell on 12 days in February and amounted to 6.57 inches. Last year’s totals were 3.14 inches, and the 10-year average is 5.91 inches. In 1890, 3.53 inches fell and in 1895, .58 inches fell. From 1877 to 1887 the precipitation exceeded 7.5 inches five times. In 1883 over 11 inches fell. Snowfall has been a trifle over nine inches so far in 1897.

John Simpson appeared before the Midway city council and charged Deputy Marshal E. Davis with conduct unbecoming a peace officer. After discussion, Marshal Stevens was instructed to declare the office vacant and William A. Hammond was appointed to the post.

Dr. Robert W. Hicks and Dr. Benjamin F. Parrish have leased the cottage of D. Lehman on Bruin Street and have hung out their shingles for the practice of medicine. Dr. Hicks has the office on the right and Dr. Parrish is on the left. Dr. Hicks has been in practice here for about a year since his graduation in Louisville. Dr. Parrish has been in practice in New York for about two years.

George D. Goss, of Louisville, is now the pharmacist at the Masonic Temple Drug Store and he and his wife are boarding at the Masonic Hotel.

Joshua A. Levering, recent nominee for President on the Prohibition ticket, was the guest of Lister Witherspoon last week and was looking at fancy driving horses.

The trial of W.M. Shipp on charge #2, making a false entry for $3,000 on a Louisville bank, is now being heard in Circuit Court. W. Newton Lane, charged with murdering H.C. Rodenbaugh at the Hotel Woodford on Aug. 5, 1895, was pronounced “not guilty” on Monday afternoon. Although there had been two previous “hung juries” the defense successfully contended that Lane did not fire the shot that killed the elder Rodenbaugh, but that he was killed by a bullet from the pistol of his son. It is now believed that self-defense will prevail in the killing of the younger Rodenbaugh.

Feb. 27, 1919… The Midway Oil & Gas Company struck oil recently on Ross Creek in Estill County at a depth of 870 feet. It is thought the output will amount to between 50 and 75 barrels daily, The Midway company includes A.B Rumley, president; C.H. McLemore, B.R. Murray and R.C. Richardson as its officers.

W.P. Douglas & Co. recently purchased the grocery store of R.M. Fogle, located in Cogartown, and will take possession March 1.

The entire family of M/M James Keith had influenza at their home near town. Last week a six-year-old son and a baby daughter succumbed to the disease.

Miss Nell Whaley, formerly a member of the KFOS faculty, has accepted a post with the War Risk Insurance Department at Washington. County Road Engineer W.H. Edwards Jr. Saturday purchased the Frank Bohannon farm, 1-1/2 miles from Versailles on the Lexington Pike, for $302.50 per acre.

William M. Campbell, of Midway, Saturday purchased the two improved farms formerly owned by Mrs. A.M. Edwards, five miles west of Versailles at Brookie’s Crossroads on the Steele and Clifton Pikes.

C.W. Parrish recently purchased the beautiful residence of Mrs. J.O. Cooper on South Winter Street.

Jesse Baldwin last week purchased the two-story brick residence on Gratz Street, known as the Stanhope property and now occupied by Mrs. Donovan, from Will Lehman.

P.P. Lacefield Thursday sold his residence, located on Gratz between Bruen and Stephens Streets, to Harve Riddle for $3,000.

J.D. Hopkins last week purchased the building located on the corner of Winter and Bruen Streets, now occupied by G.R. Wallace as a grocery. He also purchased the garage building immediately adjoining on Bruen Street, also the cottage adjoining on the north on Winter Street.

Appearing March 3 and 4 at the Amusu Theatre in Midway will be Mary Pickford in “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”

M/M Walter Mullin will move to the Pepper Farm, north of Midway, having rented it for a year.

A letter from Fred K. Nave, with the A.E.F., states that he has been made Corporal.

Pvt. Warren Wheeler, of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, returned home Saturday, having received his honorable discharge.

Lt. Immel Hackley, having returned from overseas, has resumed his studies at Centre College.

A. Schoberth sold his residence in Versailles and 60 acres of land on the Shryock’s Ferry Pike to Newt Bishop.

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