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April 8, 1897… Stockholders of the Midway & Scott County Turnpike Co. elected as directors last week: Ambrose Wilson, president; W.L. Cannon, secretary; J.H. Leer, H.F. Rodgers, Jesse Martin and I.S. Shipman.

Fiscal Court assessed a tax of $154 for keeping up turnpikes already in possession of the county and those which are anticipated to come into the county’s possession by means of condemnation suits or otherwise. This makes the tax rate on the $100 of taxable property.

Miss Nell Winn is music teacher at the Midway Orphan School and comes twice a week to Lexington to take vocal lessons from Signor D’Anna at Sayre Institute.

Mrs. Caroline Vaughn, who has been gatekeeper at the toll house north of Midway for the past nine years, has resigned and will make her home with the family of A.W. Saunders.

Henry Martin and a classmate from Hogsett Academy, Danville, were weekend visitors to Midway. They came over on their wheels.

R. Whitney Moore, a recent graduate of the dental school at Vanderbilt University, will locate in Midway and will have an office on the second floor of the Deposit Bank building.

The peach trees in Woodford County have begun to bloom, which is the surest evidence of spring.

Turf, Field and Farm Magazine has for its front-issue piece in last week’s issue, the music room at Woodburn Farm, the elegant home of A.J. Alexander.

A bouncing baby boy arrived at the home of Dr. W.E. Sleet on April 5 and has been christened Lyman Everett Sleet.

Col. John W. Buck was driving his buggy down Gratz Street Monday and was within a few yards of the L & N track, unmindful of the approach of an eastbound C & O passenger train. Bystanders were shouting warnings as Col. Buck, who is quite hard of hearing, continued to urge his horse forward. Finally, a man rushed in front of the buggy and was able to stop the horse just short of the track.

Ed Ayers, 55, well known trotting horse breeder and owner of the great Beuzetta, died at his home near Duckers Station Monday following a stroke. He had been an invalid for about two years. He leaves a wife and two children. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Beuzetta earned for Mr. Ayers at least $50,000 and his other successes in the horse business enabled him to leave a farm of 375 acres and considerable other assets.

Midway police officers have been instructed by city council to exercise their best judgement in dealing with tramps so as to keep the town free from their visits.

The real estate and furniture of the defunct Deposit Bank of Midway were sold at auction last Saturday. The two-story brick building and lot, 25.5 X 66 feet, was bid in by Dr. Sleet for $1,300, and he also bid in the adjoining lot, 25 X 66 feet, for $160. The property was then offered as a whole and sold to Richard Godson for $1,500. Mr. Godson also bought the furniture, counters, desks and railings. H.C. Poynter bought the $600 McNeal & Urban Safe for $100.

Dr. R.S. Seeley, who established the Masonic Temple Drugstore nearly two years ago, has sold out to J. E. Davis.

April 3, 1919… William Holland, 54, died Thursday after a lingering illness. He is survived by his father and three sisters. Services were conducted at the Midway Cemetery.

Fifty-three Midway citizens have petitioned the State Railroad Commission in an attempt to get the Georgetown & Versailles Railroad to change back to its old schedule, saying that the new times prevent them from making connections in Versailles.

A tractor demonstration will be held today on Dr. A.J.A. Alexander’s farm by the Moline Universal company. Barbecue and burgoo will be served all day to the general public.

The Amusu Theatre presents “Romance Of Tarzan,” a continuation of “Tarzan of the Apes.”

Born Tuesday morning, April 1, to the wife of James S. Starks, a son, Richard Samuel.

M/M Marshall Noel were notified by the War Department Sunday that their son, Private Paul Noel, under orders of General Pershing, left Germany March 15 for immediate discharge from service upon landing in the U.S.

The engagement has been announced of Miss Sara Gray Steele of Clark County to Robert McConnell, son of M/M William McConnell of Versailles.

James Edward Bond, son of Col. Bolivar Bond, has been appointed deputy sheriff.

M/M Tom Neet will commence building their home at once on their farm on Mortonsville Pike.

Burton L. Hoffman, who has been engaged in YMCA work at Great Lakes Naval Training Station has returned to Versailles to resume his YMCA work there.

Versailles Commandery #3, Knights Templar, officers for the coming year include E.A. Davis, Wade H. George, T.F. Lancaster, Roy Williams, W.W. Johnston, Charles M, Harriss, J.A, Cain, Henry McWilliams, A.C. Hunter, Hiram Wilhoit and John T. Graves.

April 4, 1941… Mrs. Robert Noel opened a restaurant and gasoline station near Owenton, at the intersection of Highways 35 and 227, this week. Mr. Noel will continue his business in Midway and will make frequent trips to Owenton. Jack and Robert Tyler, their sons, will continue their school work here before moving to Owenton next month.

John Douglas Sutterlin, 27, Frankfort architect, died March 30 at the home of his parents in Frankfort following an extended illness. Sutterlin’s father is head of the Frankfort Ice & Coal Co., which operates a plant in Midway, and his wife, the former Miss Gladys Louise Campbell of Versailles, is a native of Midway. Sutterlin was a UK graduate and is survived by his widow; an infant son, John Douglas Jr.; his parents, three sisters and four brothers. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery.

Seventeen young men who will leave April 11 for military training include James Marion Baker, 28; Jesse Woodruff, 28; Paul Welch Sanderson, 19; and Leslie Kenneth Duncan, 21; all of Midway; James Frederick, 23, Spring Station; James Franklin Elam, 25; William K Jackson, 20; Lester Green Carpenter, 22; James W. Blythe, 25; Aaron Paul, 32; William Gregg Ginter, 32; Allen Turner Tate, 30; Cecil Coblin Howard, 21; Howard Downey, 22; James Stanley Gaines, 32; Lee Waller Gaines, 29; and Harvey Jones, 23, all of Versailles or the county. Another volunteer, Ambrose Adams, 21, will leave in place of Harvey Jones, if he passes the physical.

In order to improve radio reception, the FCC has assigned new dial numbers for most of the stations all over the nation. In Kentucky, Lexington’s WLAP is now 1450. The four Louisville stations are WHAS 840, WAVE 970, WINN 1240 and WGRC 1400.

Howard Rouse and D.S. Richardson, both of Midway, have agreed to produce four acres of coriander each this year. Richardson’s farm is about four miles north of Midway and the Rouse farm is about three miles away, near Moore’s Mill. Seagram Distillers have contracted to pay 15 cents a pound for the crop, with a guarantee of at least $60 an acre. Oil extracted from coriander is used primarily to flavor gins and cordials, tobaccos and certain kinds of foods. The plant matures in about two months.

Woodford farmers will grow about 700 acres of hemp this year.

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