Clippings from the,Blue Grass Clipper
May 6, 1897...The U.S. Senate is now a tie situation, with 44 Republicans and 44 in opposition. The House passed an Anti-turnpike Raiders Bill last week which makes members of mobs individually responsible for all damages if they are apprehended. Rewards up to $590 are also authorized.
Four juniors and three seniors participated in a declamatory contest Friday evening at the Courthouse. The juniors were Ward Macey, Herman Bowmar, Harry Schoberth and Miller Frazier. The seniors were Will Steinert, Claude Nuckols and Willie Heimiller. Will Steinert was the winner and will represent the local school in Harrodsburg later this month.
Rain fell in April for 12 days to a depth of 5.17 inches, compared with six days of just under one inch last year. Last April was very dry and hot, and this April was very wet and cold. The average precipitation for 10 years is 3.68 inches. Sharp frosts came on the 10th and 20th but no harm. The lowest temperature was 26 and the highest was 83.
Farmers living on the line of Elkhorn Creek complain that some parties are guilty of throwing dead hogs and other carcasses into that stream, causing no little annoyance. Such action is a direct violation of the law.
Miss May L. Collins, the young Midway rationalist and free-thinker whose tragic death in Boston took place just a few months ago, was honored with a birthday celebration at her grave in the Lexington Cemetery by central Kentucky free-thinkers. Mrs. Josephine Henry delivered the principal address and Editor C.C. Moore added personal remarks about Miss Collins. Miss Collins lived just short of 21 years, but Mrs. Henry said she “placed her town and county on the map of thought and added the name of a Kentuckian to the roll of the thinkers of the world.”
The K.F.O.S. now has 112 pupils in school.
Herman Greenbaum died at his home in Louisville Sunday at age 65. He was a brother of S.J. Greenbaum, proprietor of Greenbaum Distillery in Midway, and father of Ralph and Jake Greenbaum.
Will Donovan, a Midway butcher, caught last week 72 fish in Elkhorn which weighed a total of 54 pounds. The largest weighed in at three-and-a half pounds.
Misses Stella Williams and Mattie Hughes and Mrs. Hattie Hicks were elected teachers of the Midway City School for the next five month term.
Editor B.J. Newlon, formerly of Midway, tells his Owenton Herald readers that Senator Henry L. Martin, among many other accomplishments, “is a cousin twice removed of the late Jesse James. His father, Jesse Martin, is still living and is an honored citizen of Woodford County.”
May 1, 1919… A program for the county demobilization and “After-the-War Conference” was scheduled for the YMCA building on May 8 and 9. The first event was to be a banquet for returning soldiers. W.O. Davis was selected to preside and Charles M. Harris was to make a memorial address. Entertainment was to be provided by Margaret College, Miss Margaret Edwards and the Rev. E.C. Lynch. The program on the second day featured the singing of Miss Katherine Bowmar and addresses by the Rev. 0.0. Green and the Rev. Roger Noe.
The Frankfort State Journal remarked that the farm known as the Ed Ayres place, near Ducker Station and lying in both Woodford and Franklin counties, “changes hands more frequently than any tract of land in this section.” It has been bought and sold about every six months over the past several years. Mr. Little, who bought it in February, has now sold it to Mr. Lancaster. Each time it has sold for a slightly advanced price. There are about 300 acres in this tract and it is well-improved and one of the best farms around.
J. Marshall Noel, 64, died the last Sunday in April after a long and painful illness. His only daughter, Pauline, died in April of 1918, and Mr. Noel seemed to be hanging on only for the return of his son, Paul, from overseas. His son arrived home just about 48 hours before his father finally passed away. Mr. Noel was survived by his wife and two other sons, George William and Robert J. Funeral services were conducted at his late residence on Higgins Street and burial was in the Midway Cemetery.
Joseph Childers, 31, died Saturday at his home in Cogartown after a lingering illness. His wife died in 1917. Mr. Childers is survived by his mother, a daughter and a son. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.
A cold spell dropped temperatures to 29 degrees on April 23-24 and early gardens and orchards were damaged somewhat.
Hon. Jouett Shouse, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, spoke Saturday night at the city school before an audience of less than 100 persons. The talk was one of the best ever heard in Midway, and the size of the crowd was an embarrassment in view of the fact that the speaker formerly lived in Midway and holds a high position in the federal government.
Midway, carrying 119 pounds, finished strong in the Leland Hotel Handicap race at Lexington this week but still only managed third place to Viva America and American Ace.
Senator-elect A.O. Stanley and Senator-elect Walter Edge, Governor of Kentucky and Governor of New Jersey, respectively, have arranged to pair off so that both can finish out their terms of office which have about seven months to run.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hines, of Georgetown, will open today a millinery store in the I.O.O.F. building in Midway.
Albert Greenup returned home Friday, having received his discharge from the navy. He had been in South Carolina most recently.
M/M Charles W. Parrish moved to their new home purchased from Mrs. J.O. Cooper. M/M Charles Nuckols moved to the Payne cottage vacated by M/M Parrish.
M/M Charles Donovan will move this week to the City Hotel property, following the departure of M/M Sutherland, who will move to the Combs property recently purchased by them. Mrs. Ella Combs has taken rooms in the Masonic Temple building.
M/M Sullivan Moulton Pine, King Street, Port Chester, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Mildred, to Henry Lewis Martin Jr. of Midway. The wedding will take place next month.
One hundred eighty soldiers and 15 sailors were banqueted in Versailles Monday and cheered by a huge crowd. The address by Major Charles M. Harris paid special tribute to the 13 Woodford county boys who laid down their lives for their country.
The residence of James Todd, formerly known as the W.J. Frazier home, burned to the ground Saturday.
Real estate transactions included J.W. Hawkins to C.L. Courcy, 91 acres near Milner for $9,500; the Ike Sandusky farm of 230 acres sold for $151 an acre to L. E. Gooch; S.L. Edward sold to W.M. Campbell, of Midway, 78 acres on the Clifton Pike for $21,500; Mrs. Minnie B. Landsberg sold to Miss Bettie L. Baker a house and lot on the corner of Rose Hill and Anderson Streets for $3,000; J. Camden bought a house and lot on Frankfort Pike at MC sale for $1,500; Mrs. Laura Davis bought 100 acres on Midway Pike at MC sale for $212.50 an acre.