Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
March 25, 1897… Roger R. Early last Saturday bought from the estate of the late Col. R.P. Pepper the 437 acre farm, 1-3/4 mile from Midway on the Versailles Pike, known as the Brooks farm and formerly owned by squire J.M. VanMeter. The price paid was $98 per acre, or $42,826. This farm has long been regarded as one of the best in the state, and 20 years ago the late John G. Brooks bought a portion of this same tract for $110 an acre, afterwards putting improvements on it amounting to about $20 an acre. The place was sold after Mr. Brooks’ death and bought by Col. Pepper at $108 per acre.
Gen. Joseph S. Fullerton, of St. Louis, a brother of Mrs. A.J. Alexander and Mrs. Dr. Drake Carter, was killed Saturday in a railroad wreck near Cumberland, Md. An officer in the Union Army, he was a frequent visitor to Woodford. He leaves a daughter.
S. M. Branham bought last Wednesday at auction the Cyrus Cassell farm, on the Sellers Mill and Mortonsville Pike, one-half mile south of the latter pike, containing just over 56 acres for $12.50 per acre.
Mrs. S.S. Magee, 67, died Friday at her home on the Big Sink Pike, about four miles from Midway after a protracted illness. She had been paralyzed for nearly five years.
Warren Viley has purchased the residence property of Miss Ann Harper, located on Winter Street and occupied by M/M T. S. Forman. Price paid was $2,000. Mr. Viley will occupy the house himself.
Isaac B. Sandusy, 43, died at his home near Keene Monday of pneumonia. He leaves a wife and a 7-year-old daughter. Two brothers, Jacob and J.W., survive him.
March 21, 1941… Woodford County farmers, according to County Agent Wilmot Carter, have signed up to produce over 700 acres of hemp this season. Three sites near Versailles are under consideration for a hemp—breaking plant.
Holloway N. Carter, a Woodford native, announced as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for sheriff. Carter has been a deputy under sheriffs W. B. Cogar, A.B. Dawson and Frank Watts for the past 11 years, and for 24 years before that was a merchant at Nonesuch.
Perrine M. Blackerby, 86, died Friday in Versailles following a fall sustained the previous Monday night. A native of Bracken County, he came to Versailles about 1879. He served as an agent for American Express; operated a saddlery shop; was a tobacco buyer, and is best remembered as Versailles Police Chief. He was survived by a brother, a niece and a nephew.
Eighteen pupils representing nine schools were slated to compete in the county spelling bee at Versailles High School on March 21. Two from each school were named as follows: KFOS, Hazel Parker, 12 and Betty Jean Curtis, 14; Midway; Evelyn Jones, 13, and Mickey Beam, 13; Woodburn, Dallis Shumate, 13, and Anna Semones, 15, Nonesuch, Ruby Stewart 15, and Juanita Prather, 14; Versailles, Henry Moss Vance, 12, and John Russell Turner ,13; Pisgah, William Allen Walters, 13, and Ruby Lane, 14; Mortonsville, Mary Margaret Benge, 13, and Josephine Baber, 12; Millville, Lida Walls, 13, and Chester Sudduth, 13; and Grier’s Creek, Donald Vance 10, and Edna Cooper 12.
W. Duncan Hamilton, prominent Versailles attorney, announced for the Democratic nomination for county attorney. A UK law school graduate, he is also a World War veteran who emerged from service with the 77th Division as a captain. He has been a member of the bar for 20 years and has practiced in Woodford County for the past six years.
George Childers, ardent Midway fan for many years, honored the Blue Jay basketball team with a steak supper at the Chimney Corner Restaurant in Frankfort last Saturday night. Among those present were G.L. Burns and W. A. Smith, of the faculty; Eddie Duffy and Charles Wilson, managers; and Ambrose and Henry Wilson, Paul Noel, William Sames, Lester Sergent, Kenneth Portwood, R.W. Craig, Harry Jefferson, Vernon Carpenter, and Virgil Hash.
Keller Bond Campbell, of Frankfort, is now making his home with his grandparents, M/M Jesse Wilson, and will attend Midway High School.