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June 15, 1897…Turnpike superintendents have been appointed as follows: W.L. Cannon for Midway and Scott County Pike; Ira Shipman for Lexington and Frankfort Pike, eastern extension; Charles T. Thomas for Lexington and Frankfort Pike, western extension; Lister Witherspoon for Versailles and Midway Pike; E. Mulcahy for Versailles and Mt. Vernon Pike.

Although this summer has seen a great heat wave and many deaths in the larger cities, it was worse in 1854 – the hottest ever known in this region. For 71 days, from June 22 to Sept. 17, the thermometer registered above 90 degrees, with the highest daily figure 104 and the lowest 90, and the average 96.43. The temperature soared over the 100 mark on 28 of the days during this time.

Former Senator Jo Blackburn has opened a Washington law office with his nephew, J.W. Blackburn Jr., but will retain his residence and law office in Versailles.

A boat excursion is scheduled for July 22 from Clifton to Frankfort, returning past Clifton to Lock #5, and then returning to Clifton. Harris’ band of Frankfort will furnish the music. Fare is a dollar.

William Hammond and Elijah Davis, Midway policemen, were charged with manslaughter and admitted to $500 bail each, with Matt Winn and R.K. Combs as sureties. They will appear before the October grand jury.

Robert S. Gray, of Versailles, has moved to the Dr. Hurst farm near Midway.

Twenty tickets were sold in Midway for the L N special journey to Natural Bridge last Sunday.

Jace Miller threshed 2,000 bushels of wheat for Charles Wheeler in a day’s run. Who can beat it? This record was made on Tuesday when the weather was delightfully pleasant.

Miss Dinks Pates has been elected to teach the public school in the district south of Midway next session. Miss Dora Macey taught this school last year, while Miss Pates presided over a school in Jessamine County.

James W. Parrish sold his tobacco crop, about 120,000 lbs., to a Louisville company for nine cents per pound, delivered at Midway. The crop was first-class and Mr. Parrish was pleased, although some friends advised him to hold for a higher price.

William J. Owsley, 33, died at High Oaks Sanitorium in Lexington last Friday after an illness of nearly two years. He had suffered several paralytic strokes. He was the second son of Mrs. B.A. Owsley, a graduate of Georgetown College and University of Virginia law school,and was related to the distinguished family which has produced a Kentucky governor. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Survivors include his wife and child, his mother, sisters and brothers.

William A. Jones, second son of M/M Thomas Jones, died at his home in St. Joseph, Missouri, following a long illness. He was a former resident of Midway.

The Kentucky Association race course at Lexington, which had been under heavy mortgage, was sold Tuesday to Charles Green, of St. Louis, for a sum less than the debt. Mr. Green had held the mortgage.

June 17, 1919… The Mighty Haag Circus, a one-ring attraction with a number of side shows, was a decided hit in Midway July 14 when it appeared here for two performances. The elephants were the main attraction and were the largest and best trained ever seen in Midway. The clown department was somewhat of a disappointment

Scoutmaster R.S. Wilson and five Midway Boy Scouts left July 15 for two weeks at Camp Daniel Boone. Those making the trip were James Parrish, Ashlin Logan, Jack Withrow, William Lehman and James Cogar.

H.C. Poynter, 68, died at his home in Midway on July 12. He had been with the Citizens Bank for 35 years as assistant cashier.

Mrs. Ella Risque Nutter died July 12 in Georgetown after a long illness with cancer. She is survived by a son, William Lee Nutter; two brothers, Dr. W.E. Risque and Eugene Risque; and a sister, Mrs. John Sowers.

There was continued speculation on whether or not the Weiskopf family of Cincinnati will be able to make timely arrangements to export the 800,000 gallons of whiskey now stored in the Midway Distillery before Jan. 16, 1920, the date that national prohibition goes into effect. So far, arrangements have been made to ship only 800 barrels with each barrel containing about 40 to 50 gallons.

Miss Maggie Osborne is off on her annual vacation from the local telephone office.

James D. Black, Democratic candidate for governor, was in Midway July 16 in the interest of his candidacy. His opponents are Judge John D. Carroll and J.P. Noel.

County engineer W.H. Edwards is in Louisville to meet with various county engineers who are assembled there to receive the government trucks alloted them. Woodford will receive two trucks.

A Nicholasville company started work Monday with a force of 30 men on the newly located barytes vein on the farm of Mrs. Ophelia Hoppins, on the Shryock Ferry Pike. The vein is three feet wide and its depth is unknown as the excavations have not yet gone through it.

July 18, 1941… The state office of the WPA announced that it will grade and landscape the grounds of Nonesuch, Mortonsville, Pisgah and Woodburn schools, build walks, drives and retaining walls and parking areas as soon as possible. Approximately 32 workers will be given four months of employment at a cost of $3,556 to the county and $6,551 to the state.

A new restaurant in Midway was opened last week by Mrs. George W. Noel and Mrs. J.W. Lacefield, who are sisters. It is located where the former Midway Cafe was operated in the McCandless building on Railroad Street. The women will feature home-cooked meals, plate lunches, sandwiches, cold drinks, ice cream and confections.

Draft call number 15 will requisition eleven men, according to Mrs. Denny Hartley, clerk. The list has not been completed but two, Frank Scott, 23, and Elmer Byrd, 23, have already been notified.

Mrs. Annette Willis Howard, within a month of her 46th birthday, wife of Versailles police Judge David Howard, passed away July 12 at Good Samaritan Hospital while under treatment for cancer. She had served as Postmaster of Versailles for a little more than a year. A native of Lexington, she was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Willis and was a graduate of Hamilton College. She and Judge Howard were married in 1913.

Miss Betty Ann Voigt, of Midway, who will be a sophomore next year, has been awarded an important scholarship at Transylvania College due to her academic achievements.

G.A. Roberts, city of Versailles letter carrier, was made acting postmaster July 17 upon recommendation to the postal department by U.S. Senator A.B. Chandler. Mr. Roberts was born in Owsley County, resided in Fayette County and came to Woodford County 13 years ago. He is a graduate of Eastern State Teachers College and also attended the University of Kentucky. He was a teacher before entering the postal service.

Hyter Perry, Route 4, Versailles, has been named the Republican member of the Woodford County election commission, succeeding H.O. Bartlett, deceased. Colvin P. Rouse is the Democratic member, and Sheriff Frank Watts, by virtue of his office, is the third member.

Two very young children, residents of the Pike, were the first cases reported this season of infantile paralysis in Woodford County. Both are patients of Dr. Olson Parrott.

Park and Tilford Distillers will apply for a license to distill liquors at the plant in Midway between Gratz, Dudley, Warfield and Brand streets. This company has entered into a contract to purchase the property from the Ansonia Copper & Iron Works, of Cincinnati. Tests have been made by the company on water and the five deep wells at Midway were found to be more than adequate. It has been estimated that perhaps 50 men and women would eventually be employed. The distillery, which operated from 1936 to 1938 as the Woodford County Distillery, is on the old site of the Greenbaum Distillery.

Mrs. Pearl Biddle and Edger Biddle sold to Dennie Scott, of Nicholasville, 75.4 acres which lies partly in Woodford and partly in Scott County. The sale price was more than $16,000.

Lyman Penn, son of Mrs. Mary Penn of Midway, has resigned as coach at Lloyd Memorial High School at Erlanger, Ky. Penn accepted a national defense job at Charlestown, Ind. He coached for 10 years and turned out an undefeated basketball team (17-0) in 1931 and an 18-2 team in 1939. He was a football star and captain at Centre College.

The Versailles baseball team, undefeated in 10 games, whipped the Georgetown Athletics 6-3 Sunday. Bill Crain, manager and pitcher, scattered eight hits and collected three hits himself in the victory.

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