Clippings from the,Blue Grass Clipper
March 11, 1897... Col. J. Speed Smith, nephew of Gen. Cassius M. Clay, in answer to a question on the age of the present Mrs. Clay, said: “Oh, she is about grown now. . . 18 years old, and he is 87. They have been married two or three years. It was really funny to see her when they were first married, with her lunch basket, on her way to district school. The General afterward got a governess for her, but he is teaching her himself now. He says he is going to live to 100 years, and by that time he will make an accomplished lady of his “little present wife,” as he calls her. The General’s mother lived to be 93, and he may reach the century mark as he is hale and hearty.
W.M. Shipp Sr,. ex-cashier of the defunct Deposit Bank of Midway, was handed down a two-year penitentiary sentence at Woodford Circuit Court last week. An appeal was immediately filed and Shipp remains confined to the county jail. C.W. Stone, Shipp’s assistant at the bank, was not on hand when called and his $750 bond was forfeited. The impression prevails that he has left the state.
Mrs. Elijah Davis offers for sale her house in Midway, situated on the alley near Winter Street and adjoining the Porter House property.
The family of Dick Tate, former State Treasurer who absconded with hundreds of thousands of dollars of state money eight years ago, has brought suit to receive his life insurance on the grounds that he has been missing for more than seven years and is presumed dead. If they prevail, it will then be left to the insurance company to prove his whereabouts.
Architect J.B. Oberwarth, of Frankfort, has submitted a design for the opera house to be erected in Versailles shortly. The hall will have a seating capacity of 500 to 600.
The owner of the Kentucky farm on which Lincoln was born wants to sell it to the government for $50,000. The log cabin standing there is said to be the original, but the relics with which it is filled are thought to be spurious articles palmed off by the neighbors. The farm of 112 acres was recently bought for $3,000.
March 7, 1941… On March 3, Dr. S.J. Anderson observed the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the University of Louisville College of Medicine. He has practiced his profession in Midway for the entire 50 years. Dr. Anderson has traveled thousands of miles on horseback, in buggies and in automobiles in his practice. He served for 15 months in the World War and had the honor of shaking the hand of Gen. Pershing on foreign soil. Dr. Anderson is now a Lt. Col. in the reserve.
Julian Walden, of Midway, plans to grow 100 acres of hemp in the 1941 season. It is expected that at least 600 acres of the crop will be grown in Woodford County this year. The Kentucky-Illinois Hemp Corporation is securing contracts for the crop and the agreed upon price is $25 per ton. Versailles, Paris and Lexington are each making bids to obtain the hemp-breaking plant which will be established in central Kentucky.
Miss Minnie Botts, a faculty member at the K.F.0.S. for 41 years, passed away March 4 in Shelbyville following a long illness. She graduated from the K.F.O.S. in 1886 and returned in 1893 as an English teacher.
Marshall Dawson, son of the late Sheriff A.B. Dawson, has announced for reelection as county attorney. Chosen in 1936 to fill out an unexpired term, he was elected the following year to a full term. He is a graduate of the Jefferson School of Law and was practicing in Versailles before entering public office.
Claude A Witt, who served 26 consecutive years as circuit clerk, has been named Versailles tax assessor for 1941. William St. Clair Stuart, a World War veteran and two-term state representative, has declared his candidacy for the state senate from the Woodford, Scott and Jessamine district. Mr. Stuart is a farmer and reminds voters that this is Woodford’s turn to have the senate seat.
John Richard Pates, 74, died March 5 in Lexington after a three-week illness. He was a supervisor of mines. He was the son of James W. and Sallie Elizabeth Woolums Pates of Midway. He learned to be a telegrapher in his youth, and in 1885, became the assistant agent at Versailles for the V&M Railroad. He was later a conductor for that line and for the R.N.I. & B. He was finally general superintendent after that line became the Louisville & Atlantic. He was married to Miss Eva McGinn, who survives him, as does a daughter, Miss Jeanette; a son, John R. Jr.; and four sisters, Misses Annie and Sallie Pates, Mrs. Jennie Clarke and Mrs. Joseph Tanner; and a brother, James S. Pates. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.
District basketball play saw Sadieville oust Versailles 28-26, while Midway advanced by 40-17 over Bald Knob and then by 36-30 over Frankfort. In the Bald Knob game, Noel got 12 points and Sames 11. Against Frankfort, Noel scored 19, Sergent 9, Sames 7 and W A. Wilson 1. Also playing were Portwood, Carpenter, Hash, Jefferson, Craig and H. Wilson.
Attendance at Woodford County schools is reported to be good again after a falling off during epidemics of influenza, measles and scarlet fever.
The following eight Woodford County youngsters have been called for army service: Elmer Angel 24, Julius Dearinger 18, Herbert Stevens 24, Virgil Grimes 18, Charles Woodrow Prather 21, Grover Cleveland Booth 21, Willie Jackson Tyler 18 and Joe Jackson 20.
James Cogar Branham, 50, former headmaster of the old Massie School, died of a heart attack last week at Bronxville, N.Y. He was survived by his wife and a son, James Cogar Branham.