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April 22, 1897…William Jennings Bryan, defeated Democratic nominee for President, addressed the Legislature and about 1,200 other citizens in Frankfort Monday at the opera house.

Due to human error in throwing a switch, which had already been thrown, two engines from L&N and C&O freight trains collided a few yards above the L&N Depot in Midway Friday morning. The ends of the boilers of both engines were knocked out and one of the engines was comp1ete1y wrecked.

Quinn Cogar and Cronly Elliott were driving a young mare through Midway Monday morning, and as they reached Campbell’s corner, the animal became frightened and upset the buggy, throwing the occupants out. She ran frantically through the streets to the Southern Depot, where she was stopped but only after wrecking the buggy.

Isaac Whilhoite, a tobacco tenant on the farm of Dr. John R. McKee, near McKee’s Crossroads, found a note pinned to a gate post warning him not to grow any tobacco or else he would lose his summer’s work. He later found three tobacco beds entirely destroyed. Mr. Wilhoite has since sold out his interest and says he will try some other line of work.

William Whallon, 28, died Thursday night at the home of his father, J.G. Whallon, at Elkwood Farm, after a protracted illness with Bright’s disease. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.

Miss Desdemona Wingate and Isaac Ware Parrish will be married at 8 p.m., April 22, at Heartease, the country home of J. Wallace Harper, uncle of the young lady. Charles W. Parrish and Miss Ella Wingate will be the only attendants.

April 17, 1919… Calvin Hill, son of J.P Hill, was thrown by his pony Wednesday and dragged about 100 yards, the saddle girth breaking and releasing him and probably saving his life. He was considerably bruised, but no bones were broken.

Mrs. Edna Hicks was granted a permit to erect a garage on her lot on Winter Street and the Methodist Episcopal Church received permission to erect a three-room frame addition to its parsonage on Winter Street.

Winter Street, from Higgins Street south to the city limits, will be reconstructed this year with Kentucky rock asphalt, penetration method. The city has also set aside $600 for oiling the streets.

A.B. Arnett left Sunday for the Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where he will undergo special treatment. Mrs. Arnett accompanied him as far as Chicago, where she remained with relatives.

J.W. Allison returned from Chillicothe, Ohio, where he was called by the illness of his son, Arthur, who is in the military camp there. Arthur underwent an operation from which he is making a good recovery.

Thomas N. Glaspy, of Versailles, was among a detachment of sick and wounded veterans reaching Camp Zachary Taylor Saturday from the embarkation hospital at Camp Stuart, Va.

Clear Creek Church resumed services Sunday for the first time since the influenza ban.

Miss Lena Graves, who has been operated on at the Mayo Hospital in Minnesota, is improving rapidly.

Miss Lou Wilson died at her home on Locust Street, in Versailles, Sunday. She was a teacher for many years.

Mrs. Ora Ballard, Woodford Coal & Feed Co. secretary, fell at the local skating rink in Versailles and broke her right arm.

B.B. Boston, 65, died at his home on the Troy Pike Sunday after a long illness. His widow and three sons survive.

R.A. Baker sold to Dr. Joseph P. Holt his farm near Millville, 80 acres, for $11,500.

A small airplane landed in Versailles Tuesday near the Southern Depot. A crowd went out to view it. The pilot was going from Frankfort to Louisville and claimed he was blown off course.

Local members of the Barrow Unit, who were in Lexington last week for a reunion, included Miss Caroline Cart, Jack W. Rodgers, Hugh Howard, Harry McCray and Charles Murray.

April 18, 1941…Answering a Clipper reporter’s question, Midway Police Judge G.T. McKinney pointed to an ox yoke hanging on his office wall and recounted that 50 years earlier, 1891, he and his mother left their ancestral home in Jackson County and headed for the Bluegrass region after his father had passed away. Two large oxen pulled their covered wagon in which they had piled all their worldy possessions. They herded along 15 additional head of cattle. The Judge, then a small boy, alternately drove the ox team and the herd. Arriving at Haydensville, where the K.F.O.S. now stands, they encamped. They sold the oxen and the cattle and purchased a modest home and became Midway residents.

James P. Jesse, Versailles, has been appointed recruiting officer for the Student Flying Cadet Corps. Those to be recruited must be between 20 and 27 and high school graduates.

Midway High’s baseball team opened its season with a 12-6 win over Holy Name of Frankfort April 16. Midway started a battery of Owen Rouse as pitcher and Williams Sames doing the catching. Other players were Noel, Sergent, Portwood, Hill, S. Jones, C. Jones, Riddle, Campbell, P. Sames, I. Rouse and Redden.

Midway Police Judge G.T. McKinney announced this week as a candidate for Sheriff of Woodford County. McKinney has been Midway’s Police Judge for the past 10 years; served four years as deputy under Sheriff J.R. Bond, and has served as special officer at times in Midway. McKinney has resided in Midway for 50 years. He operates a farm at Mortonsville and for 26 years was a local manager for the Fayette Home Telephone Company. He is also a former member of the Midway School Board. McKinney named as deputies R.L. Curtis, Bird Watts and James Lewis.

Milton Davis, cashier of the Citizens Bank of Midway, qualified recently as a notary public and posted his required $1,000 performance bond, with J.R. Church as surety.

Mrs. Reginald W. (Cleona) Brooks purchased this week from Matt S. Cohen for $25,000 the American Horseman National Saddle Horse magazine, headquartered in Lexington. Cohen had published the magazine since 1933. Mrs. Brooks came to Woodford in 1934 from Colorado and purchased two farms near Versailles. She combined the Joseph Carter and Chester Lewis farms. She recently sold a 170-acre tract from the farm to E.M. Glass Jr. of Lexington.

Ruth Caise, runner-up in the county spelling bee, is a pupil at Pinckard School. The Clipper mistakenly identified her as being from another school in a previous issue.

Mrs. Sallie Featherston died April 16 at the home of her son in Lexington. She and her husband lived in Woodford County from 1889 to about 1899. She is survived by a daughter, four sons, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Mrs. Eva Nave Merrill, 76, died April 15 from heart disease. She was a daughter of John and Mary Chaney Nave. Survivors included her husband, Frank; a son and daughter; two grandchildren; a sister; two nieces; four nephews. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.

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