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July 8, 1897… June in 1897 was very predictable as to rain. The rain this June was 4.56 inches; last year it was 4.67 inches, and the ten-year average was 4.75 inches. The highest June temperature this year was 94 and the lowest was 56.

Frank James, the once-famous outlaw and rebel guerrilla, arrived in Harrodsburg Saturday from St. Louis and was handsomely entertained by Kit Chinn. About 40 ex-Confederates and other citizens took part in an old-fashioned Kentucky dinner at the Chinn residence

About midnight last Saturday, a shooting scrape took place on Railroad Street in Midway, a short distance from the L&N Depot steps. Nightwatchman W.A. Hammond and Special Deputy Marshal E. Dabis, on one side, and Ed Humphreys was on the other side of the difficulty. Humphreys and wife were in town for an African-American Odd Fellows picnic and Humphreys’ wife got mad over attention to another woman, left the grounds and told police that her husband needed to be arrested. Someone then told police that Humphreys was armed, so they were waiting for him, with drawn pistols, when he approached. Humphreys apparently fired at Davis when the arrest was attempted, and then ran. Six shots followed, two by each of the three parties. Humphreys ran up Gratz Street and fell in front of Sanford Harris’ blacksmith shop. A crowd gathered and then Chief of Police Ed Stevens arrived on the scene and restored order. A coroner’s jury was empaneled and ruled that Humphreys met his death by a shot from one of the officers while resisting arrest. Humphreys was shot three times and Elijah Davis supposedly fired the fatal shot. Humphreys was about 35 and had come to Woodford from Lawrenceburg.

Though known to be armed on many occasions, Humphreys still had a good reputation and his friends have now employed attorney Ed Wallace to assist the prosecution of the two officers. Officers Davis and Hammond surrendered in Versailles Tuesday and were admitted to $500 bond each.

Miss Dora Macey, who has taught in the two school districts adjoining Midway for the past several years, was last week elected a teacher in the Georgetown city schools.

Miss Katherine Helm, of Elizabethtown, has been selected to paint a portrait of Mrs. A.J. Alexander, wife of the celebrated owner of Woodburn Farm. Miss Helm expects to spend a month at the Alexander home accomplishing her work.

The blackberry crop is said to be a bountiful one.

Bob Beverly, well-known citizen of Midway, was found dead Sunday in a lot on the J.W. Parrish farm. Beverly, 45, was said to have been intoxicated that morning. A coroner’s jury reported that he died of becoming overheated.

M/M W.A. Long, who were in charge of the Masonic Temple Hotel for nearly two years, on Thursday leased and moved to the Shipp property, recently purchased by R.K. Combs, where they will continue in the hotel business. The Masonic Temple is vacant for the present but will most likely be continued as a hotel.

July 10, 1919… Bolivar Bond, Clyde E. Buckley, T. C. Geary, all of Woodford, and John L. Buckley and James C. Stone, of Lexington, comprise a syndicate which recently purchased a plot of ground known as the Ashland Division of Lexington. The reported price was $200,000 and the property is bounded by the Richmond Road on a line parallel with the hedge in front of Ashland; a line running to the Tates Creek Road, and along the western boundary of Hanover Avenue on which a street already has been constructed. The tract contains between 95 and 100 acres. The Ashland subdivision will have lots on the market immediately,

The Mighty Hagg Shows will pitch tents in Midway for one day next week and visitors for miles around are expected in Midway for the event.

A truck load of lake bass has been received by the game warden and will be put in Elkhorn, above Moore’s Mill pond, right away. There are 1,165 bass in the consignment, each about three inches in length. Several other consignments have been placed in various parts of South Elkhorn.

A large farm containing 155.7 acres, seven miles northwest of Lexington on South Elkhorn Creek, near Elkchester Station, was transferred Tuesdayfrom F.M. Naive, of Versailles, to J.V. Shipp Jr. The consideration was approximately $31,000.

The W.S. Dudley Oil & Gas Company has been offering stock recently and includes on its board such local men as Richard Godson, W.O. Davis and C.L. Ryley.

Brown Keith, who has been a member of the A.E.F., returned to his home here Thursday bearing his discharge from the service.

The Redpath Chautauqua closed its five-day engagement in Versailles Friday. The necessary guarantee for a return next year was oversubscribed.

America Jones, 40, for many years a teacher in the African-American school at Versailles, passed away while being operated on in Cincinnati.

The first union meeting of the Protestant churches of Versailles was held in the Christian Church Sunday night. A large crowd heard the Rev. E.C. Lacy. The next session will be at the Methodist Church.

Dr. William Wasson, an elderly dentist, fainted and fell on the sidewalk in Versailles Monday and received severe injuries.

Mrs. Vernice Childers has sold to John B. Montgomery her farm of 311 acres on the Versailles and Mt. Vernon Pike for $70,000.

Mrs. Field McLeod has gone to the Pacific coast for the remainder of the summer.

Miss Lillian Adams, daughter of Frank Adams, a farmer, took poison Tuesday but will recover barring complications. Dr. W.L. Collette and Major S.A. Blackburn administered antidotes. She left a note for her mother and another for a young man named Thomas from Midway.

July 11, 1941… A 3-year-old Midway boy was the hero of the rescue of his two-year-old neighbor on the afternoon of July 7, 1941. George Piper, little son of Supt. and Mrs. Lewis A. Piper, and Warley Harper, little son of M/M Henry Harper, were playing in the backyard of the Harper home on Winter Street, when young Harper began screaming at the top of his voice. Mr. Harper and the mothers of the children ran out to see what was happening. Warley was crying, “Get George out of the water. Get George out of the water.” Following the direction in which his son pointed, Mr. Harper found George, who had fallen into the fish pool of M/M D.S. Richardson next door. George was lying on his back, helplessly inhaling the water and soon would have drowned.

Miss Lucy Peterson, who has been superintendent of the K.F.O.S. since 1930 and who has been associated with the school for 33 years, has been granted a 12-months leave of absence.

The new library building at the K.F.O.S., which is nearing completion, has been named the Marrs Library in honor of George H. Marrs, trustee and substantial friend of the school. The building is being erected at a cost of $125,000.

Mrs. Nell Voight was elected teacher of the second grade this week, succeeding Miss Christine Turner, who has resigned to join the Fayette school system. Mrs. Voigt, widow of Dr. Charles F. Voigt, taught at Midway High School from 1924 to 1927.

The late Mrs. J.P. Haley’s will was probated and among her bequests was the disposition of her home at the corner of Gratz and Bruen Streets, which goes to Mrs. Annie Van Hinning, along with its contents and furnishings.

A shotgun wound in the heart caused the death of Robert Lee Lindsay at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Marshall Craig, on the Parrish-Walden farm, about four miles from Midway on the Iron Works Pike. The wound was believed to have been self-inflicted. The shot was not heard by family members. Mr. Lindsay is survived by three daughters, a son and a brother. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.

William “Buck” Carter, 32, and Edward Cox, 21, were held to the grand jury July 10 on a charge of rape. The pair was arrested on the L.L. Haggin farm, where they were employed. J.T. Marshall, farmer of the Little Texas community, accused the defendants of assaulting his 25-year-old granddaughter.

The L&N Railroad had a crew working all week to improve the Winter Street crossing so that the switch will be set back a short distance east and Winter Street will then pass over the main track only.

Twenty-seven Democrats have been assigned positions on the August 2 primary ballot. The contest includes F.E. Morancy and L.A. Railey for representative; Marshall A. Dawson and Duncan Hamilton for county attorney; Holloway N. Carter, with Robert Church and Paul Jackson, versus G. T. McKinney with Bird Watts, R. L. Curtis and James Lewis, for sheriff; Miss Margery Hughes, Mrs. Ora H. Dale, James R. Cox and Mrs. Bruce Utterback for tax commissioner; John P. Redden, John Douglas and Jesse C. Mitchell for jailer; Frank West, Otha A. Currens, Woodrow Gaines and George F. Matthews for coroner; Robert Montgomery and William St. Clair Stuart for state senator. Magisterial races are between Lucian Goodrich and W.H. Tutt, James McFerran and W.H. Wilson, Roy Williams and T. L. Cheek, Claude Terrill and C.D. Wilson. Unopposed are County Judge Matt Blackard, County Clerk John M. Gray, Justices Isaac Parrish, J.D. Wilhoit; Mayor

W.C. McCauley, councilmen James McDonald, James Edwards, John Edger, W.B. Tillett and Eugene Barnes; and Police Judge David Howard.

The only two Republican candidates are C.H. Graves for city council and Tyler Bartlett for magistrate.

Those called up for the mid-July draft include Henry M. Carroll, 32; Delbert Raider Jr., 22; Alpha M. Sanders Jr., 22; and David W. Johnson.

Elijah Davis, former Midway City Marshal, died in early July at his home in Dayton, Ohio. Known in Midway as “Tamarac,” he was an effective police officer and is remembered quite well by Midway’s older citizens. He leaves a daughter, six grandchildren, sisters and brothers, all of Dayton.

Mrs. James S. Starks will move to a five-room apartment in the home of Miss May Taylor. The apartment is being vacated by M/M L.G. Barrett and family, who will occupy the E.L. Davis property adjacent to the high school building.

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