Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
April 15, 1897… An Illinois farmer soaked a certain amount of seed corn in coal oil and then planted it in a five-acre patch. The other 40 acres of his field was planted normally. Chinch bugs ate up the 40 acres and did not touch the five acres.
Seven ballots were taken in Frankfort April 14 in the Legislature’s continuing effort to elect a U.S. Senator to take Sen. Blackburn’s seat. The vote remained at 61 for Dr. Hunter (two short of election), 44 for Sen. Blackburn, 12 for H. L. Martin, six for Boyle and one for Stone.
James W. Miller, a wealthy farmer living near Versailles, found a notice posted on his door this week warning that if he did not destroy his tobacco bedswithin six days, they would be destroyed by the regulators.
The Italian marble soda fountain, owned by Collins & Owsley and originally costing $575, was sold at auction Saturday and bid in by Starks & Co. for $38. Starks will run the soda water business in an up-to-date manner this summer.
Owing to the scarcity of cattle in this section, our local butchers are buying a portion of their beef from Armour’s car, which passes through Midway twice a week.
Asa S. Branham, 69, died at the home of his daughter in Lexington April 10 from a complication of illnesses. Born in Scott County, he was a resident of Midway for a number of years. He conducted the Branham House while living in Midway. He leaves a wife and two children,
Mrs. Cynthia Kidd, Lexington and Ben Sid Branham, Midway. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.
Thaddeus Smith, for 30 years a resident of Pelee Island, Ontario, was a Woodford resident before that. He showed a Clipper reporter a genealogical wheel of the descendants of John Hicks and wife, who was Mary Harris of the Mt. Vernon neighborhood. John was the great-grandfather of Dr. Robert W. Hicks. He had a son and seven daughters, all of whom married and settled on good farms within a five-mile radius of the Mt. Vernon Church. Robert Hicks, son of John, married Sallie Hager; Mary married Philemon Price; Sarah married David J. Williams Sr.; Anna married Tavner Branham; and afterwards Micaja Stone; Elizabeth married Henry Downs; Susan married Isaac Williams Sr.; Olivia married Amos Stout and Kitty married Spencer Anderson. The genealogical wheel shows all the descendants of these unions down to the fifth and sixth generations which includes the families of Dunlaps, Gays and Stouts, still of that neighborhood, and also the Parrishes, Smiths, two families of Williamses, the Starks and others up to a total of 240 names on the wheel.
April 10, 1919… Mrs. Sallie Cannon Starks, wife of John P. Starks of Louisville, died Tuesday of pneumonia. She is survived by two brothers, W.L. Cannon, of Midway and F.C. Cannon, of Louisville; and by one sister, also of Louisville. Burial was in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
Ellis Boone suffered a painful accident Monday when a team, with which he was cultivating a garden plot, became frightened and ran away. Mr. Boone was knocked down and run over by the cutting harrow to which the team was hitched. He was severely, but not seriously, injured.
J.V. Yocum has been appointed to fill out the unexpired term of William Campbell on the Midway school board. Campbell recently moved out of the district. There will be an election in May. E.L. Davis, who has been board chairman for six years, is contemplating retirement and so another post may have to be filled at the May election.
Mayner Wallace, of St. Louis, a graduate of Midway High School, was elected this week to be the commencement speaker here in June.
Miss Louise Merrill, who taught for two months at Canyon Falls, began a school near Mortonsville on Monday.
Robert Gardner arrived at Camp Taylor Sunday from overseas. While in the service in France, he lost a finger from the effects of blood poisoning.
Eugene Lillard, of Versailles, was cut about the face and badly bruised when the auto he was driving crashed into a telephone pole near Lexington on Monday night. Mr. Lillard was alone in the car when the accident occurred. The car was considerably damaged.
Earl Hartley, who has been with the A.E.F. in France, has been discharged and returned to home near Versailles on Monday.
Herbert J. Nolan, who is now at the Camp Taylor base hospital, is listed among the returning wounded.
Harvey Bain, of Camp Custer, Michigan, is at home on furlough after being in the army now for over a year.
April 11, 1941… J.R. Cox announced as a candidate for tax commissioner. Already in the race is Mrs. Ora H. Dale.
The colored spelling bee, held at Simmons Street Church on April 5, was won by Mary R. Harris, 12, daughter of William Harris. Others, in order of finish, were Ruth Caise, 14, of Elm Bend School; Juanita Maxberry, 13, of Pinckard; Arminta Phillips, 13, of Mortonsville; and Juanita Creth, 12, of Simmons Street School. The winner is a pupil at Wheelertown School and will go on to the state meet at Louisville.
William Blackburn, 51, Woodford farmer, suffered a fractured skull Tuesday night, April 9, when he fell from an automobile on the Clifton Pike. He was riding in the front passenger seat when the door suddenly swung open and he fell to the highway. Mr. Blackburn was taken to the hospital in Versailles in an unconscious state and remained so at last report.
A Lexington man suffered injuries to his head and lower limbs April 9 when the railroad handcar on which he was riding struck a farm truck at the Clifton Pike railroad crossing. A passenger on the handcar and the driver of the truck, Joe Collins, a 30-year-o1d employee of Dr. J.P. Holt, were uninjured. Apparently, a signal at the crossing failed to operate and the driver of the truck did not stop. No charges were filed.
The Selective Service Board announced that Ambrose Wiley Adams, 20, Versailles, will go to the military service in the current call in place of Lee Waller Gaines, 29, also of Versailles.
Southern Pacific directors met at their Spring Station headquarters April 10 to elect directors for the next year. Local stockholders of the immense railway system present for the meeting included J.M. McCreight, assistant clerk; E. A. Davis and Field McLeod. Only three officers of the huge company were present for the meeting. Members of the group were entertained at the Airdrie home of W.E. Simms after the meeting. U.S. Senator A.B. Chandler, who had been instrumental in bringing the Southern Pacific headquarters to Woodford County nine years earlier, also attended the function.
A. Douglas McCown, junior in UK’s Ag. College and daughter of M/M T.C. McCown of Woodford County, was one of the first two women in the history of the school to be named associates of the Block and Bridle, an honorary animal husbandry fraternity.
Francis, the son of R. Johnson Taylor of Midway, writes to say that he has been assigned to the staff of the new Admiral in the Pacific, a Kentuckian, Husband E. Kimmel, of Henderson.
Among Woodford Countians having boxes for the Keeneland spring meet are Mrs. J.W. Parrish, A.B. Gay, Jim Ed and Doc Bond, W.M. Haupt, Horatio P. Mason and Roy Carruthers. A total of $94,700 will be distributed in purse money.