Clippings from the,Blue Grass Clipper
June 17, 1897… A prominent African American preacher from Owensboro says that the Republican Party has enjoyed the votes of 70,000 African Americans for the past 30 years, including 10,000 just in Louisville, and that it is now time to be done with that party. He charges that white leaders have made false promises year after year. The preacher said that his group even had to get a Democrat, Sen. H.L. Martin, to introduce the anti-mob law, and that Republicans would do nothing about the separate coach law.
Six toll gates are now under the protection of Mercer County authorities and it takes 19 men paid $2 per night each, to guard the six gates. There are approximately 57 gates in the county.
A lot at the corner of 5th Avenue and 45th Street in New York City, 50 feet front by 100 feet, sold recently for $410,000, or $8,200 a front foot, or $82 per square foot. That is the highest price ever paid for residential property in the U.S.
Mortonsville is soon to have a new postmaster, A.B. Wilhoit having been appointed on Tuesday.
Midway will be hit with a salary adjustment for its postmaster. The salary has heretofore been $1,100 annually and will now be $100 less.
The marriage of J.W. Garrett, young horseman of the county, and Miss Carrie Gay, daughter of James L. Gay, took place last night at the home of the bride, near Pisgah. The Rev. Rutherford Douglas officiated.
Twenty-five thoroughbred yearlings, property of F.B. Harper, C.B. and W.T. Hawkins, H.H. Owsley, J.V. Shipp and S.D. Pinkerton, were shippedTuesday to Latonia to be sold at public auction.
The Rev. C.O. Graves was installed as pastor of Pisgah Church Saturday and Joe Garrett and Charles Powell were ordained as deacons.
James Mack and Ben Redd fell out over a game of cards at the Albert Shouse farm near Versailles. Mack shot and killed Redd. Redd apparently fired the first shot. Mack is now in jail and claims self-defense.
G.L. Macey leaves Versailles on July 1st for the circuit and takes with him the best string of horses ever.
Harrodsburg will play Versailles in baseball games Thursday and Friday at the local fair grounds.
City School graduates Tuesday were Lucy McCaw, William Steinert, Claude Nuckols and William Heimiller.
W.C. Arnett was made supervisor of the Versailles and Mt. Vernon Turnpike.
Dr. S.J. Anderson and wife have gone to housekeeping in the flat over the T.P. Davis Grocery. Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Forman have also begun taking their meals at home.
C.L. Ryley has been appointed postmaster at Pinckard.
Work on the new residence of Judge R.H. Davenport, being built on Gratz street to take the place of the one recently burned, has begun and will be pushed to an early completion.
Col. George W. Hall’s Monster Circus will appear in Midway on the 28th for two performances.
The Special Train bearing President McKinley and party passed through Midway last Thursday night at 11:45. There was a crowd of about 200, who were up to see the distinguished party pass by. The President stood in the rear door of his coach and head bared, bowed to the crowd, who lustily cheered him.
Potential candidates for the office of Police Judge include J.L. Cogar, R.K. Combs, R.H. Davenport, T.S. Thornton, N.C. Sheffield and John H. Woolums.
Macey Bros., John Stout and Tom Settle have among them 55 trotters in training at the Versailles Trotting Track, which is recognized as one of the fastest tracks in the country.
A large petition, including the names of the 12 jurors in his case and asking the pardon of W.M. Shipp from his two-year penitentiary sentence, was refused by Gov. Bradley. The appeal of the sentence has been heard by the Court of Appeals and a decision will be handed down soon.
June 12, 1919… Miss Anna Kasselman has been appointed assistant county historian and will have charge of interviewing and recording a record of military service in the World War, including civilian war work, for the Midway area.
John Woolums died Tuesday in Lexington. A former resident of Midway, he leaves two daughters, and three nieces who live in Midway, Mrs. Jennie Clarke and Misses Annie and Sallie Pates.
Prof. John Howard Payne closes out three years as Midway Graded and High School Superintendent. During his time here, Midway has changed to the system of eight years for the grades and four years for the high school. The two graduates of 1918-19, Miss Ada Epstein and George Saufley Logan, are the first to complete the full four year course. A botanical lab and agricultural classes have been established under Prof. Payne, and literary societies and athletics have also flourished.
School consolidation is being closely studied in Woodford County, with a district proposed at Troy to include Elm Corner, Nonesuch, Fairview, Clover Bottom and Troy. Another district would be at Mortonsville, and another at Alexander, which would include Ducker, Harmony, Witherspoon, a part of Millville and Alexander. There would be two other districts and a modern high school is proposed for Versailles.
Mrs. Jesse Craig, 19, passed away after a brief illness. The former Miss Nola Wiley, is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Wiley, and seven sisters.
Russian food prices are so high now that horse meat sells for $15 a pound and dog meat for $12.
The original term, “Black Friday” comes from 1745 when the tidings reached London that Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Pretender, had reached Derby with his forces. Londoners immediately went into a panic and before leaving the city tried to withdraw all their monies from the banks. The Bank of England was only saved from bankruptcy by placing a number of “dummies” in the lines to impede the genuine depositors and by paying the bona fide depositors in small coin. A second “Black Friday” occurred in 1866 when London’s largest banking house failed. Three years later Wall Street had a “Black Friday” due to an attempt to “corner gold.” The worst of all financial “Black Fridays” came on Friday, September 18, 1873.
June 17 is the date for sale of 1210 acres owned by the estate of R. Breck Boston. Tract #1 is the home place, 324 acres, with elegant stone residence, new six-room tenant house and 15-acre orchard. Tract #2 is the 149-acre Harve Risk place, with six-room cottage and other outbuildings. Tract #3 is the 258-acre Harris farm, which includes 120 acres of Woolfolk place. It has an elegant frame residence, tenant house, and $2,000 pool in front built in 1917. Tract #4 is the 262-acre Howard-Noe land with tenant house. Tract #5 is the 91-acre old Boston Homestead with two dwellings. Tract #6 is known as John A. Boston and Cannon farms and has about 126 acres, with two dwellings, splendid orchards, two ponds and two springs. All farms are well watered.
Marriages in the coming week include that of Miss Mildred Pine, of Port Chester, N.Y., to Henry Martin, of Midway, and that of Miss Louise Garrett and Henry Graddy, both of this county, at Pisgah.
Joseph Lacefield, who is in aviation service at Hampton Roads, Va., arrived Monday to spend a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Lacefield.
Troy High School commencement was held at the school Friday night. There was only one graduate, Floyd McCauley. An address was delivered by the Rev. Dr. A.W. Fortune of Lexington.
M.M. Allen, Frankfort garage man, has purchased from J.S. and Roy Williams their blacksmith property on Main Street in Versailles, opposite the Baptist Church, and will erect a modern garage.
Lt. Paul Thompson, wounded in the leg in France, is at Camp Taylor hospital having under gone two operations.
June 13, 1941… The Rev. Clinton B. Meininger, pastor of the Midway Christian Church since 1936, has resigned and accepted a call to Moline, Illinois.
Old timers say that, with the exception of 1920, the present grasshopper plague has never been worse in Woodford County, especially in the southern end. The mild winter is given as the cause and hardest hit have been wheat, rye and tobacco.
J.I.C. Hughes was elected commander of Post 67, American legion, to succeed W. Duncan Hamilton, who had served for the past two years. Other officers and committee members named were Mathias Montgomery, Earl Farmer, Vernon Thurman, Wesley Sutherland, James Jesse, James Thornberry, Wilbur Sutherland, Prentice Phillips, W.P. Haydon, Dr. S.A. Blackburn, John McCabe, Shelby Miller, Earl Carlton, John Leedy and Clarence Blackburn.
John L. Young, who has been practicing law in Versailles for the past two years, left Sunday to accept a post with the Wage-Hour Division legal staff of the Department of Labor.
Richard W. Lacefield Jr., 34, son of Mayor & Mrs. R.W. Lacefield, and Ernest Ogden Jefferson, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emery Jefferson, have been called to report June 27 for military service. Mr. Lacefield has been connected with the Dennis Drug Store and Mr. Jefferson has been playing professional baseball in the South Atlantic League. Three others to go on the same date are Elmer Garland Downey, 32; James Russell Shotwell, 24; and Russell Burns Hagen, 23. Leaving four days earlier are, Benjamin Howard, 18; Ben Frank Winkfield, 21, and James H. Collins, 22. In the group to go June 18 is Quentin Columbia, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Columbia of Midway. Also leaving on the 18 are Charles Edward Carpenter, 28; Melvin D. Crutchfield, 29; William Eldridge Craig, 26; Holman Adams, 26; Roy C. Lear; Neville McHatton, 27; Adolphus B. Way, 27; Raymond Tipton, 24, and Allen Conway Jr., 26.
The British government announced the surrender of the island of Crete after 12 days of bitter fighting. The British evacuated about 15,000 troops but a like number were taken prisoner. The outcome places German airplanes much closer to Egypt and Libya. The British, on May 27, sunk the German battleship Bismarck only three days after it had sunk the British battleship Hood. Losses on the Hood amounted to about 1,300 seamen and about 2,000 were lost on the Bismarck. The British recaptured Iraq and restored the regent, Emir Abdul Ilah, to power. The British reported that Free French forces under General DeGau11e have joined a campaign against French Syria and its German occupiers.
Meadow Money, owned by Jack Rogers and trained by Kirtley S. Cleveland, won a race at Lincoln Fields June 5 which paid lucky ticket holders $652.40 to win. The three-year-old filly is by Burgoo King out of Elsie Louise.
Mr. and Mrs. Orgin Simpson and family have moved to Millville where Mr. Simpson is employed.
Miss. Marcella Chandler entertained at the Lexington Country Club in honor of Miss Betsy Harriss and her fiancé, David Sanders, of Tucson, Arizona. Guests were Misses Ann Ward Harriss, Mary Stucky, Lucy Elliott, Mildred Pine Martin; Mr. and Mrs. Younger Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Waddill Platt, Edmund Thompson, Edgar Penn, Douglas Dick, Nathan Elliott Jr. and Ian Campbell.