Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
June 24,1897… It is reported that the blackberry crop promises to be the finest ever seen in Kentucky.
Miss Madeline Pollard, since her successful lawsuit against ex-congressman W.C.P. Breckinridge, has been living in England, in apparently good circumstances and plans to remain there.
Duckers Station is on a boom. John W. Davis has put in scales at the station and is going to buy wheat. He says he thinks he will be able to ship forty cars from this point.
Stone and Granducci were the battery for Versailles last week as they held a favored Frankfort team to a 5-5 tie.
Dr. J. Warren Holt, of Anchorage, has come to Midway to permanently locate.
Fiscal Court has just about completed arrangements to free every pike in the county by July 1st.
P.P. Parrish, W.C. Arnett and A.J. Cogar left Monday for Nashville to attend the reunion of confederate veterans at the Centennial. Seventeen old soldiers from Georgetown and Scott County accompanied them.
The Court of Appeals upheld the lower court decision in the case of W.M. Shipp, ex-cashier of the Midway Deposit Bank, who was given two years for illegal falsification of his accounts. Mr. Shipp has not been taken to the penitentiary yet and will apparently file yet another appeal which will probably be heard this fall.
Midway is to have a real live circus… the first one we have had for years. There will be two performances and the company comes highly recommended as a first-class one, in all respects. A street parade will take place at noon.
June 19, 1919… Two nature-loving and energetic citizens of Midway have greatly beautified the place recently by laying out and marking off a strip of grassy land along the southern side of the L&N track in the west end to be used as a park for the town. Early and late, M.D. Offutt and John A. Rogers, could be seen grading and leveling off the plot until it was ready for the addition of flowers. To these have been added plants and shrubs and benches for weary travelers as well as residents. Brick curbing was also laid and white-washed by these men.
The Majestic Theatre will open its doors on July 1, under the management of Stanley Keller. Improvements have been made to the interior and first-class photo plays are promised.
The new passing track on the L&N Railroad east of Midway, which was completed during the past winter, has been named for Col. William R. McKee, in whose memory the monument in the park on Railroad Street was erected many years ago. It has been discovered lately that the inscription on the monument is in a bad state of preservation. It may be recalled that Congress declared war with Mexico on May 13, 1846. Although Kentucky had shown by voting for Clay that she was opposed to the war, when the call came for 50,000 troops, Kentucky offered 10,000 of that national number and held many more in ready reserve and willing to serve. Three of the most important generals of the war were from Kentucky, Major General Zachary Taylor of the regular army, Major General William O. Butler of the volunteers, and Brigadier Thomas Marshall of the Louisville volunteers. One hundred and five companies went from Kentucky. The first regiment was commanded by Col. Ormsby and the second by Col. William R. McKee, of Lexington, and the first regiment of cavalry by Col. Humphrey Marshall, Louisville, and Lt, Col, E.H. Field of Woodford County. The only important action in the war featuring Kentuckians was at Buena Vista, Feb. 22-23, 1847, and 164 Kentuckians fell there, including Lt. Col, Henry Clay and Col. William R. McKee. The Kentucky troops were buried on the battlefield but most of their ashes were brought home some months later and buried on July 20, 1847 in the cemetery at Frankfort. That same month a monument was erected in Midway to honor Col. McKee and the inscription was written by Theodore O‘Hara, author of the “Bivouac of the Dead.” The words, now virtually unreadable, were as follows; “This humble monument is gratefully erected by the citizens of Midway and vicinity as an abiding memorial of their admiration of the pure and noble character and useful services, civil and military, of the accomplished, gallant and much lamented Colonel William R. McKee, who in triumphantly defending his country’s flag at the head of the immortal Second Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers, fell gloriously in the last moment of the memorable Battle of Buena Vista, in which that regiment with its able and heroic leader by unsurpassed skill and persevering valor in a bloody conflict of an entire day emblazoned the exalted character of their beloved Commonwealth and achieved for themselves Deathless Honor and Renown.”
Miss Anna Kasselman, historian for Midway, has complied the following list of soldiers and sailors from this area who served in the armed forces during the World War: Midway; Albert Thomas, Clay Basil Wheeler, Charles Elmer Bruen, August J. Weisenberger, Lister Lacefield, Warren Galway Wheeler, Vernon McDaniel, William F. Etherington, Jesse B, Wilson, Walter J. Sames, Fred Kerfoot Nave, Melvin Lay, Elzia McDaniel, Winfield Leanard Mastin, Homer Leonard Nave, William Cecil Hicks, John Wallace McCabe, Howard Sleet Seay, Russell Mefford, John W. Littrell, Charlie Wise, Lucien D. Childers, Everett Riddle, Callie Hedger (Spring Station), James Hancock (Spring Station), James Houghlin (Duckers), Jeff Davis Smith (Duckers) Volunteers: Joseph Lacefield, Oscar Duvall, Walter K. Thomas, Joseph Bryan, Martin Ockerman, Arthur Allison, W.O. Blount, Harold Combs, W.E. Converse, Hocker Smith, George Cannon, Lee B. Osborne, John C. Osborne, Charles William Thomas and Donald Wise. African American; Richard Sanders, Willie Frye, Wallace Gillispie, Clarence Washington, Amos Strauss, Scott Wallace Christy, Willie Taylor, Raymond Colston, William Guy, Jesse Anderson, Robert Henry Walker, Charlie Thomas, Scottie Bush, McKinley Caldwell, Robert Barnes, Willie Jackson (Rt. 1), Robert Samuels, and Albert Douglas.
The County recapitulation shows a total of $16,741,033 subject to taxation and the 42 cent on the $100 rate promises to yield $7,031,273.86 in local revenue,
For bravery under fire during action at Mt. Blanche, of the Champagne sector, Oct. 5, 1918, Sgt. C.M. Bond, of Versailles, will receive the French Croix De Guerre at a ceremony in Lexington on June 19. Bond rescued a French aviator in no man’s land and under German fire.
Mrs. G.H. Swinney had prepared dinner for her 14 boarders in Versailles when suddenly the plaster from about one-half the surface of the ceiling fell on the stove and covered all the food and gave the room a wrecked appearance. The dinner was entirely ruined and the boarders had to go out to a restaurant.
Kudzu was a new forage plant introduced to the U.S. in 1918 on an experimental basis. Although not a new plant, it seems destined to become one of the leading sources of wealth in the Southern states. The plant averages about 17 percent protein and has no poisonous properties and can make up to four cuttings a season.
Hiram Wilhoit, 42, and Miss Elizabeth J. Henton, 30, were married in Louisville Saturday by the Rev. Dr. J.R. Sampey. The groom is a son of Postmaster James E. Wilhoit and is assistant cashier of the Woodford Bank. The bride is the daughter of James E. Henton.
At the lot sale on Broadway and Brown Avenue in Versailles on Saturday, the lots sold for from $30 to $75 a piece, bringing $550 an acre, or a total of $7,275 for the entire sale.
J.N. Camden bought at auction 1-3/4ths acres on the Midway Pike for $1,500.
June 20, 1941…Albert Bell Croxton, 31, died at Woodford Hospital June 15 following a cerebral hemorrhage. A native of Woodford and son of Thomas and Mary Margaret Purvis Croxton, he was married to Shannon Reigner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Reigner, former owner of the Clipper. He is also survived by a daughter, Mary Loretta. He was formerly employed by the Blue Grass Clipper.
Three young African American men, Arthur W. Middleton, 22, Robert Darneal, 26, William Lee Tyler, 27, and Luther Henry Reed, 24, have been added to the list of men called in the military draft of July 3 and 10.
An editorial congratulates Versailles on being the site of a new hemp factory to be erected by the Kentucky-Illinois Hemp Co. The project will include five buildings, to be completed by Sept. 1, and 2,000 acres of hemp has been contracted by the firm. About 100 workers will be employed during the harvest season and 35 to 40 for about 10 months a year.
Bobby Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Jones, suffered a broken arm several days ago when he fell from a pony.
Miss Jean Johnson Davis, bride-elect of Jack Wheeler, has been the incentive for numerous parties during the middle part of June. Miss Dinsmore Davis entertained with a luncheon at the colonial room of the Lafayette Hotel; Mrs. Hobart Ryland was hostess for a personal shower at her Lexington home; Miss Marjorie Steele entertained with a china shower at her country home; Miss Mildred Martin entertained with a luncheon at her home, Maples; Mrs. Howard Rouse entertained with a tea and linen shower at her home on Winter Street, and Miss Emily Cleveland entertained with a luncheon at her country home.