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April 29, 1897… William J. Deboe is the name of the man who is to succeed J.C.S. Blackburn in the U.S. Senate. He was elected April 28 on the 112th ballot of the contest, and the 60th ballot of the present special session of the legislature. The final ballot stood 71 for Deboe, 50 for Blackburn, 13 for Henry L. Martin and one for Stone. Deboe is from Crittenden County and was apparently favored by Gov. W.0. Bradley. Senator Deboe is 47 and was elected to the State Senate in 1893.

Isaac Wingate took his departure Monday morning for Indianapolis, where he expects to locate.

David Lehman left last Saturday for Springfield, Ohio to take a position as traveling salesman for the Springfield Coffin and Casket Co.

M/M James Galway, of New York, are visitors at Capt. Breckinridge Viley. Mr. Galway is proprietor of Preakness Stables and owner of the noted sires, Belvidere and Linden, which stand at Stonewall Farm.

On Saturday night, Asa Arnett’s trotting mare was run into the iron bridge spanning Elkhorn Creek about two miles above Midway. The mare had been placed on pasture at the Harris place and had jumped the fence and got out on the railroad near the Orphan School. When the eastbound C&O passenger train came along, the horse took fright and raced in front of the train to the iron bridge, where its legs got fastened between the ties. The engine was pressed into service to get her out and this accidentally resulted in her death.

The greatest invention of the age, the Magniscope, will be shown at the Collins Opera House on May 3 and 4. The device will show Edison’s animated pictures with moving and shifting scenes of life reproduced with photographic accuracy.

M/M W.B. Harper and two children have moved to the Harper homestead in the county to permanently reside. M/M T.S. Forman will occupy the residence on Gratz Street vacated by Mr. Harper, and M/M Warren Viley will move to the residence vacated by Mr. Forman, having purchased the same some time ago from Miss Ann Harper of Versailles.

April 24, 1919… The Lincoln Chautauqua will make its appearance in Midway from June 14 through June 18.

A two-man whippet tank visited Midway Tuesday morning and remained here for several hours. The tank is propelled by a 40-horse power motor and manned by two soldiers. It was run over the principal streets of Midway and was quite a treat to the citizens.

S.O. Hedden, 55, prominent Woodford horseman, died Sunday after an illness of several months. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Jouett Shouse, a former Midway boy and now assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, will speak in Midway Saturday night in behalf of the Victory-Liberty Loan campaign.

G.T. Sutton, 70, died Saturday after a lingering illness. He had come to Midway 20 years ago from his native Scott County. He was in the ice and coal business for most of his business life. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

P.P. Lacefield has purchased from John Wise the vacant lot on Winter Street located between the properties of Mrs. Gertrude Hawkins and that of the Misses Kasselman. Mr. Lacefield expects to erect a modern bungalow this fall.

Rupert Breeden, of Lawrenceburg, returned to Midway Friday and has taken charge of the Amusu Pool and Billiard Parlor.

Mrs. Icie Nave received a telegram from her son, Corp. Fred K. Nave, saying that he had arrived in New York on Friday and was safe and well.

Harold Combs, who has been in military service at Camp Taylor, has received his discharge. Private Paul Noel arrived safely in New York Friday and told his parents he will arrive in Midway at an early date.

Lee Osborne, who has been employed in the eastern Kentucky oil fields, has accepted a position with the W.C. Morris Co. in Midway.

Charles William Thomas returned to his home here Wednesday with an honorable discharge. He has been with the A.E.F. and spent almost two years in service, having joined in May 1917.

Ben F. Hackney, 22, son of James T. Hackney, and Miss Dorothy Brown, 17, daughter of Abe Brown, were married at Jeffersonville, Indiana, Saturday.

Land sales…J.W. Newman sold to John Todd 79 acres on the Shryock’s Ferry Pike for $12,500; The W.J. Frazier Co. sold to J.W. Newman 79 acres on the Shryock’s Ferry Pike for $3,000; Dr. S.0. Sublette sold to J. Monroe Dozier 117 acres on the Mortonsville Pike for $10,500; J. Monroe Dozier sold to Unah Hanks 25 acres on the Mortonsville Pike for $2,000 and 29 acres on the same pike to G.L. Gaines for $2,000; John Rump sold to U.G. Willis a house and lot on Elm Street Heights for $4,000.

April 25, 1941… A vocational guidance conference at Transylvania College was attended by ten Midway High seniors and their advisor, G.L. Burns. Midway students chose the following conference groups: James Hill, agriculture; Clarence Keith and William Sames, aviation; Owen Rouse, engineering; Thelma White, beauty culture; Christine House and Frances Wash, nursing; Geneva Chappell, marriage; Iva Lippert, secretarial; and Ambrose Wilson, military service.

A fire of undetermined origin did considerable damage April 24 to the offices of Dr. Herbert Newman, Versailles dentist. The office is located on the second floor of the Amsden Bank building and the blaze apparently started in the small corner room of the suite. Howard Mastin is owner of the building.

Woodford roads were inspected April 22 and 23 by the county engineer and members of fiscal court. The county in the past year has built more than five miles of new road, including 1.5 miles of the Fintville Road, 1.25 miles of the new Carter Road, one mile of the Lillard Road, and the county also helped in building 1.8 miles of the Leestown Road.

The famed movie, “Gone With The Wind” will make its appearance in Midway on April 27, 28 and 29 at the Midway Theatre. Mrs. Leora B.

Hurt says that matinee prices will be 26 cents for children under 12 and 40 cents for all others. Night showings will be 60 cents. Full houses are anticipated for all five Midway showings, with many expected who have already seen the movie.

Midway High commencement will take place May 16. Owen Rouse is class valedictorian and Geneva Chappell is salutatorian.

Daniel B. Midkiff, of Kingston Farm in Fayette County, has purchased a 115-acre farm in Woodford County known as the Hendrie Farm and located at the Junction of the Pisgah, Mt. Vernon and Lexington Roads. The price was between $30,000 and $40,000. Mr. Midkiff is the Kentucky representative for Louis B. Mayer, the famed movie magnate, and is presently boarding 22 of Mr. Mayer’s horses. Mr. Midkiff comes from Ohio County and lost his father, Oscar, at an early age. Mr. Midkiff and his brother-in-law, Louis Winges, founded the Lexington Quarry Co. and he has been active in the construction business. He is a past president of the Thoroughbred Club of America.

The French Ambassador to the U.S., Gaston Henri-Haye, will visit in Versailles on May 2 during a stopover in Louisville. The ambassador is the former Mayor of Versailles, France, and in 1935, he sent Versailles a bronze friendship urn which now is on display at the post office.

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