Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
June 3, 1897… The troops have now been withdrawn from Bath County and indications are that turnpike troubles in that county are now at an end.
The Courier-Journal stated that sound-money Democrats would put forward Capt. Breckinridge Viley for the legislature, but Capt. Viley states positively that he will not be a candidate.
U.S. Senator Deboe will apparently recommend H.P. Waits for postmaster at Midway and Miss Willis for the same post at Paynes Depot.
Mrs. Alice T. Shipp will sell her residence property, which fronts on Bruin Street and runs back to Railroad Street, at auction on June 5. The house is a two-story brick, with large hall, good cellars, ten rooms, cistern, stable and other necessary outbuildings.
A boat excursion is scheduled for June 3 under the same management as last year and on the newly fixed-up steamer Burnside.
The Versailles City School came back from the tournament at Harrodsburg Saturday evening with prizes in algebra, writing, arithmetic, singing, violin solo, violin duet, and the most important one, the Latin prize, worth $200 and won by William Steinert.
The yield of bluegrass seed is more promising than it has been for years.
The schools of Miss Williams and Mrs. Hicks will close on Wednesday next.
The tobacco output in Woodford will not be much more than half of what it was last year. There is also an evident disposition to make the crop a first-class one.
A party of ladies and gentlemen from Louisville, about 20 in number, who are touring the Bluegrass towns on their wheels, spent part of Sunday in Midway and then departed for Versailles for the evening.
The Baptist Manse, located on Stephens Street and recently vacated by Warren Viley, has undergone numerous changes. A new front verandah has been built and painting has been done extensively.
The case against W. Newton Lane for killing James Rodenbaugh at the Hotel Woodford in Versailles in August of 1895 was filed away this week on motion of the Commonwealth. Lane was acquitted last February on a charge of murdering Col. H.C. Rodenbaugh, which was the stronger of the two cases against him.
Mrs. W.M. Shipp has rented a cottage in Versailles and is residing there. Mr. Shipp is still too ill to appear in court, making necessary a postponement of the cases against him. Up to a short time ago, he had withstood his jail confinement remarkably well.
May 29, 1919… Kenneth D. Alexander, of Woodford County, and Miss Mollie King, star of “Good Morning Judge,” one of the New York comedy hits of the year, were married Monday in New York. Miss Irene Thompson was maid of honor and Warner P. Sayers was best man.
Mr. Alexander is a member of the prominent family of Woodburn Farm and has recently returned from overseas duty first as an ambulance driver, and later as an aviator. Mr. Alexander is also owner of the noted race horse, Escobar, and has an interest in several racing cars, which he has personally driven in several races. Mrs. Alexander is a well-known screen and stage star. The bridal pair are expected here soon to spend some time at the groom’s lovely home, which contains a grand deer park, a large swimming pool, and a magnificent rose garden.
Prof. John Howard Payne has resigned as superintendent of the Midway Graded and High School and has accepted a similar post at Richmond, Ky. He has been in charge of the Midway school for three years. There have been at least half a dozen applicants for the post which Payne is leaving.
James W. Parrish’s Midway was again a winner at Louisville, capturing the Kentucky Handicap and picking up the $11,300 winner’s share. Beaverkill once again finished second and Exterminator was third.
Dr. A.J.A. Alexander announced this week in a Lexington paper that he will not be a candidate for the office of Lt. Governor, as was previously announced.
Pvt. “Big Boy” Riddle, who has been with the A.E.F., received his discharge and arrived home Friday. Charles Bruen, another recent overseas arrival, was discharged Tuesday from Camp Taylor.
M/M James W. Parker purchased the hotel property now occupied by Mrs. Charles Donovan late last week. The price of this investment was said to be about $3,500.
County school superintendent M.B. Hifner, on not receiving money to pay the rural school teachers of the county, made arrangements with a local bank to furnish the necessary amount on his own credit. He was determined that the rural teachers would get their money, and they did.
William C. White has been appointed night policeman of Versailles in place of Thomas Ferguson, who resigned. Mr. White will receive a $10 per month increase in salary.
Mrs. Alma H. Craig has sold her house and lot on High Street in Versailles to John and Timothy McCarthy for $3,000.
E.H. Fuller sold to E.C. Shotwe11 179 acres on the Munday’s Ferry Pike for $31,500.
May 30, 1941… The community playground on the Midway Public School campus will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. every suitable weekday during the summer months. Miss Alice Baxter will be the supervisor and will look after the younger children.
Miss Gladys Riddle, daughter of M/M Herman Riddle, suffered cuts on her face and other minor injuries as a result of a bicycle accident Wednesdaynight on Gratz Street.
The work of constructing 215 cold storage food lockers at the Midway plant of the Frankfort Ice & Coal Co. started this week. F.J. Sutterlin, president, says the work will be completed in about two months. When finished, the lockers will be for rent to the citizens of Midway and surrounding farms at a small yearly sum. It is also planned to employ an experienced butcher who will render assistance to customers for a nominal sum.
James Wyatt Parker, 83, prominent citizen and resident of Midway for 58 years, died May 23 following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Erma Baxter; two brothers, W.T. and George Parker; a grandson, Max Parker Wilson; and two great-grandsons, Max Parker Wilson Jr. and Donald Coleman Wilson.
Swift justice... A theft was reported at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and at 5 p.m. the alleged culprits had been apprehended by Sheriff Frank Watts and Police Chief Will Dozier, tried by Acting Police Judge Matt Blackard, and sentenced. The two young thieves had stolen three bales of shingles from the tobacco barn being erected at the high school by the F.F.A., and then sold bales to William Sharp Steele for a dollar and had given him a receipt.
The Clipper report of the previous week that part of the Army 5th Division would be coming through Midway on its way south was made a painful point of embarrassment when, on the day named, the military column veered to Lexington after reaching Georgetown, instead of the advertised route through Midway, and then came on down U.S. 60 to Versailles and thence to its bivouac area in Anderson County.
The Clipper had published information furnished by the Army and this had caused merchants and homes in Midway to display their flags; scores of people left their plowing and other chores to gather in Midway; and a general display of patriotism to be brought to nought.
Local draft board secretary Mrs. Dennie Hartley said that 18 young men have been requisitioned this month for service. The men called are James Henry Tyler, 19; William E. Darnell, 22; Charles Moore Jr., 18; and Dan Douglas Collins, 19. The four in the first call are Melvin D. Crutchfield, 29; William Britton, 22; James Elmer Howard, 24; and Ralph Edward Johnson, 25.
Frank Bohannon Jr. and James Ed Bond took the oath May 23 as supervisors of the city tax books for 1941. M/M H.E. Bullock are in the process of erecting a brick veneer residence on their farm on the Pisgah Pike, opposite the Stout farm. The home will contain seven rooms, two tile baths, a dining porch, a living porch and a full basement. Mr. Bullock has his own airplane and has a landing field and hangar on his farm. Hugh Meriwether is the architect and Cogar-Rum1ey Co., with A.G. Owen in charge, are directing the project.