Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
April 1, 1897… The Courier Journa1 of March 28 printed a picture of William H. Smither, of Versailles, the oldest active tailor in Kentucky. A sketch by Daniel Mayes Bowmar revealed that Smither and wife, Drusilla T., celebrated last week the 63rd anniversary of their marriage. Mr. Smither is 89 and 70 years ago, in 1827, he opened a tailoring shop in Versailles, which he had conducted without intermission until this winter when he took a rest of several months. He planned to resume his work in April. He has fitted four generations in certain families and has made clothes for the likes of the Crittendens, Marshalls and Blackburns. He remembers well the visit to Versailles made by Lafayette in 1825 and was present for the reception. He remembers the first steamboat in the state, which came up from Louisville as far as Woodford Landing. The boat was propelled by a wide wheel at the rear. There was no steam whistle, so a cannon was fired from the boat as a landing signal. His first clothing material came from Philadelphia by boat to Louisville and thence overland to Versailles in wagons. He remembers carrying the mail by horseback from Versailles to Frankfort and Lexington, remembers the first stage line and remembers when John J. Crittenden was a country lawyer in Versailles. Smither cast his first presidential vote for Van Buren. He and his wife, 88, live in a small cottage on Lexington Street where they have resided for the last 58 years.
John Stout has rented the track and stable at the Versailles Fairgrounds and will train his horses there this season. The track is considered one of the best in the state for training trotters.
W.M. Lyons, proprietor of the Hotel Woodford, was forced to make an assignment in favor of his creditors last week. Lyons has an unexpired lease of the hotel, furniture, kitchen goods and accounts. Liabilities are about $3,600.
Claude Brashear has taken a position with the Blue Grass Grocery and will make Midway his permanent home.
The commission of Henry Heimiller, Versailles postmaster, expired yesterday and John W. Berryman got the new appointment, the first for Kentucky under the McKinley administration. The appointment was made upon approval of Col. W.C.P. Breckinridge.
March 27, 1919… David J. Howard has announced for reelection as state representative from Woodford County.
Corp. Fred K. Nave states in a letter to his mother that his company, 141st Field Artillery, has been inspected by Gen. Pershing prior to moving to a port of embarkation. He expects to be at or near home by April 10.
Memorial services were held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church Wednesday for First Lieutenant Raymond Schoberth, Co. B, 359th Infantry 90th Division, who was killed in action in France.
Mrs. C.P. Goodpaster died Saturday of pneumonia at her home on Main Street in Versailles.
The Woodford County draft board has wound up its work and shipped part of its records to Washington. The total number of draft-age men from Woodford enrolled was 2,529; drafted men and volunteers numbered 450; of this number, 12 died, five of whom were killed or wounded in action.
The two-story frame residence of the Misses Newman, on Rose Hill in Versailles, was sold Monday to John H. Edger for $3,510.
March 28, 1941… Dr. Paul F. Corum and John Maddox purchased the Dennis Drug Store on Railroad Street in Midway this week and promptly assumed management. The new partnerhship employed Quentin Columbia as a clerk. Dr. Corum has been a practicing physician in Midway for several years and Mr. Maddox is a Purdue pharmacy graduate, obtaining his degree in 1935. He has been a pharmacist at Berryman’s Drug Store in Versailles for the past three years. Mr. Maddox will be in active charge of the store. Mr. Dennis, a retired army captain, conducted a successful business in Midway for the past 12 years and now expects to be called to active military duty by June of this year. Dennis saw combat in the World War and was wounded on more than one occasion.
Dr. Jerry Adkins was elected president of the Versailles Baseball Club and other officers elected include J.R. McKinney, William Edger, William Crain, playing manager; and Russell Campbell, team captain. Work on the minor field, the diamond to be used by the team this year, will be started as soon as weather permits. The field is located on the Lexington Pike near the Versailles city limits. The first game is set for May 1, and it is hoped there will be seating for about 300.
Mrs. Cora Conner Rouse, widow of Julius E. Rouse, died March 23 at St. Joseph’s Hospital after an illness of several months. She was 67. A daughter of Owen and Ada Carpenter Rouse, she was born in Boone County. Her husband was a prominent farmer and a member of the Patterson & Rouse firm. She had resided in Versailles about 10 years. She is survived by three sons, J. Howard Rouse, Midway; Owen C. Rouse, Spring Station; Colvin P. Rouse, Versailles; a daughter, Mrs. Dora R. Lisle, Dayton, Ohio; a brother, L.A. Conner, Boone County; and seven grandchildren, Rufus Jr. and Jack Lisle, Frances Rouse, Isaac Rouse, Owen Rouse Jr., Colvin Rouse Jr. and James D. Rouse. Services were conducted at Milward’s Chapel and burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.
Ernest Jefferson left Sunday to report to the Columbus, Ga., baseball team in the South Atlantic League, having been promoted from New Iberia of the Evangeline League. A left-handed pitcher, he has recovered nicely from a work-related mangling of his right hand last summer.
Tom Cutler, state highway engineer, says motorists going to Louisville should use one of three routes while work is progressing on U.S. 60 between Frankfort and Shelbyville. One choice is to travel 62 through Lawrenceburg to Highgrove, then 31E to Louisville. A second route is to travel 62 to Lawrenceburg, then 44 and 53 to Shelbyville. A third choice is travel 43 and 37 from Frankfort via Cropper and Defoe to Shelbyville.
Mrs. Ora H. Dale, widow of W. Lee Dale, has announced for reelection as tax commissioner. A Bath County native, she has resided in Woodford 33 years and was first elected eight years ago, having served as deputy two years before that.
Three airlines have indicated an interest in using the new airport which is to be constructed soon on U.S. 60 opposite the Keeneland Race Course. Eastern, Transcontinental and Western Air have shown interest in using the field.
Mrs. Elizabeth W. Hogg on Monday deeded about 250 acres near Tyrone to Kentucky Utilities Co. as a site for construction of a $3 million power plant. The sale price was about $34,500.
Paul Crain of Versailles, has signed to pitch baseball for Canton of the Middle Atlantic League. Crain has previously pitched in the Kitty, Virginia, Piedmont, and Appalachian leagues.