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July 1,1897… The Kentucky Chautauqua at Lexington will feature a talk by Honorable Henry Watterson on Abraham Lincoln and another address by Gen. John B. Gordon on, “The First Days of the Confederacy.”

The Frankfort Roundabout says that L.B. Weisenberg’s Royal Roller Mills will commence operations as soon as the new crop of wheat is ready for the market. Mr. Weisenberg has put in the latest machinery for his handsome new mill.

That portion of “Waverly Farm,” 260 acres, which has recently been in the possession of Charles H. Talbot, about 2 1/2 miles from town on the Leestown Pike, was sold at public auction Saturday and purchased by the Harris-Seller Bank at $40 an acre. The farm is one of the best in the county and the price is considered to be low.

Miss Mamie Buford Steele, daughter of Hon. John Andrew Steele, and Theodore Harris, assistant cashier of the Harris-Seller Bank and son of the president of that bank, were married Thursday evening at the residence of Mrs. Caroline Steele, grandmother of the bride. Desha Breckinridge was best man.

W.P. Sacra Jr., of Midway, is making a mark in the baseball profession as a pitcher. “Spec” struck out 14 Lawrenceburg players in a 9-4 decision on Monday.

Typhoon II, winner of the Kentucky Derby, finished third in the St. Louis Derby, behind Ornament and Buckyidere.

Mrs. John Singleton was tried by county Judge L.H. Parrish Saturday and was proven to be of unsound mind and ordered sent to the Lexington Asylum. Mrs. Singleton was too ill to be move and is still at her home in Midway.

The deed of transfer of the Shipp property, sold a short time since, was made Tuesday and Mrs. R.K. Combs is now in possession of the property.

The blackberry season is almost at hand and the yield is said to be the finest and most prolific in many years.

Mrs. Alexander Campbell, widow of the late Bishop Campbell, founder of the Christian Church, died at Bethany, West Virginia, Tuesday at age 95.

Woodford Fiscal Court closed contracts this week with the owners of the Frankfort, Lexington and Versailles Turnpike, 13-1/2 miles; the Versailles and Midway Turnpike, six miles; the McCracken’s Mill Turnpike, 11-1/4 miles; the Clifton Turnpike, six miles; and the Versailles and Mt. Vernon Turnpike, 5-3/4 miles, which puts the court in possession of every mile of road in Woodford County. The total cost for all the roads, nearly 200 miles, is $40,000, or $20,000 less than was originally estimated. The turnpikes will be leased on the basis of six percent of the purchase price from now until November, when the people will vote on a question of issuing bonds to pay for the roads. All the toll gates will be removed today. Contracts have been let at public auction for keeping the roads in repair, with prices ranging from 48 cents to 90 cents per perch for furnishing, breaking and spreading rock, ditching and repairing.

Col. G.W. Hall’s circus gave two performances on the Orphan School lot near the Louisville Southern Depot on Monday. A street parade took place beforehand. This was Midway’s first circus in more than 15 years. The menagerie was not large, nor was the performance, and the attendance was also small.

July 3, 1919… The Amusu Theatre is presenting Mary Pickford’s first production from her own studio, “Daddy Long Legs.” Admission prices are 25 cents and 35 cents.

G.B. Senff, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Williams of Spring Station, has purchased the Mt. Sterling Sentinel newspaper from Postmaster Turner, the latter having operated the weekly for about 25 years.

Zack R. Morgan, 85, died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R.J. Lewis, on the McCracken Pike, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was born in Clay County and the body was shipped there Monday for burial.

Members of the First African Baptist Church in Versailles raised $1,612 in a drive Sunday and now have $2,000 in their building fund. The old building will be sold and a new lot has been purchased in a better location. The Rev. R.B. Butler, an able preacher, is the pastor.

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