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July 22, 1897… The blackberry crop is large, but it is not as influential as in days past. The picker now is only getting 2 1/3 cents a gallon. He then sells for 15 cents for three gallons, but he must pay the landowner, in many places, one-third of this amount for the privilege of stripping the thorny vines. Then, there is the pestiferous and pertinacious little comical cuss of a chigger to settle with.

Excitement is at fever heat in Seattle, Wash., over the gold discoveries in the Yukon Valley of Alaska. More than a million dollars in gold was brought down by the steamships on Saturday and there is a great rush of prospectors to the new El Dorado. It was at first feared that sufficient provisions could not be secured to provide for the many who are hurrying to the scene, but late reports indicate that all can be provided for. All the mining camps in the state are described as “poverty hollows” in comparison with the Yukon riches.

Editor and preacher, Ben Deering, who started Midway’s first newspaper nearly 25 years ago, is a Missouri citizen and has charge of two churches and two newspapers. Deering claims to have recognized ex-State Treasurer James Tate among a group visiting St. Louis from Argentina about three years ago. There has never been any proof for this statement, however.

Marble playing has become the latest fad among the merchants of Nonesuch. Charles D. Wilson is the foremost advocate.

Nonesuch, according to our correspondent, located in the southern part of Woodford county, 9 miles from Versailles, 10 miles from Nicholasville, 2 1/2 miles from Troy and one mile from the Kentucky River at Cummins Ferry. The population is about 100 and it has three stores, two blacksmith shops and three churches (Baptist, Christian and Presbyterian.) The Hamilton Christian Church was named in honor of the late Boone Hamilton, who donated $15,000 to the Hamilton College for Ladies at Lexington. The late Boone Hamilton had been a resident of the vicinity for many years and was buried in the Hamilton family graveyard.

R. R. Early purchased the Brooks farm from the Pepper estate a short time ago and has since been offered a handsome advance on his price, but owing to the terms of his purchase, cannot make the sale. He agreed to give 6 percent notes to the estate and the Pepper heirs prefer holding the notes to receiving full payment. They do not believe they can re-invest the money at 6 percent.

Thomas S. Thornton, 28, a very popular Midway man, died near Big Eddy, on the Kentucky River, Monday apparently of a stroke. He was discovered by two of his fishing companions, James C. Hawkins and E. Tamarack Davis, who went in search of him when he had failed to return from a walk. He was survived by his mother, a brother, Walter; and a sister, Mrs. Lee Tompson.

Bud Smith, a farmer who lives near Duckers, has been a very heavy loser to hog cholera. He had a lot of 300 hogs which has now been cut down by the above malady until only one sow and one pig are left.

July 24, 1919… John Shell, who lives on Greasy Creek near Hazard, says he is 115 years old, but neighbors believe he is closer to 130. One man says he has a tax ticket showing that Shell paid the tax in 1809, and Shell’s oldest children are past 90 now. His other direct descendants number perhaps over 200. Shell still is an excellent marksman and has been known to ride a horse 20 miles into Hyden and back in recent years. Forty years ago, his teeth rotted and he grew a second set which decayed within a few years’ time. Now, he has a third set of teeth which have grown out and are still on duty.

One of the big features of the Blue Grass Fair in Lexington will be a government display of weaponry used by American soldiers in France during the war.

During the past ten years the small towns of America have faced a potent new threat to local business, mail order houses, farmers’ unions and competition from nearby larger cities have made great inroads into local business trade. Many a country merchant blames the automobile primarily for the decline of local businesses. Another principal reason, just as important as the automobile, is the lack of merchandising and advertising in small towns. Cited as an example is a booming business in a town of less than 1,200 in Ohio. This town attracts shoppers from near and far because of its advertising, its reputation, and its quality merchandise.

The Progressive Shows carnival will be in Midway all next week and will be located on the lot behind the L & N Depot. This carnival has an excellent reputation and features the largest minstrel show traveling.

E.S. Race on Monday moved his barbershop into the former post office building on the south side of Railroad Street. The building made vacant by this move will be remodeled and Mr. Race expects to open in it a restaurant and soft drink stand within ten days.

American troops have crossed the Mexican border 12 times within the past six months to replace Mexican raids and have found some of the raiders to be dressed in outfits of the Carranza government.

The German government has signed “with a heavy heart” the peace treaty with the Allies and now Austria has been handed the peace document for its study and signature, The Austrian Army is to be limited to 30,000 volunteers.

The Clipper complains loudly that news of the Dempsey-Willard fight took up much more space than the momentous flight of a dirigible across the Atlantic Ocean in a flight, which may have great meaning for world peace, understanding and communication. The Clipper editor grumbles that both fighters are “two extremely healthy and husky gentlemen who stayed at home when their country was in need of fighters.”

Miss Edna Martin has gone to LaGrange where she opened school Monday.

Dr. S.J. Anderson, who has been with the A.E.F., returned home with his discharge Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Alexander have as their guests, Mrs. Alexander’s mother and sister, Mrs. Thomas King and Miss Nellie King, of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander expect to leave early in August for Wequetonsing, Michigan, to be the guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Simms

Austria’s Emperor Francis Joseph reigned 68 years from 1848 to 1916 and died of natural causes but lived to experience great sorrows. He married the daughter of the Duke of Bavaria in 1854 and they had three daughters and a son. In 1867 his brother, Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, was executed. In 1889 Crown Prince Rudolph committed suicide, or was murdered, at Meyerling. The same year his Empress was assassinated by an Italian anarchist. Add in 1914, at Sarajevo in Bosnia, his heir apparent, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, was assassinated.

The last Habsburg, Charles, succeeded in 1916 and abdicated in 1918. Now, the Habsburgs no longer rule after 900 years and the fate of the former empire is in the hands of the League of Nations.

Fifty U.S. Artillerymen of the 83rd Regiment came to Versailles Monday en route to Mt. Sterling. They camped on the high school grounds.

Mrs. J. Andrew Cain has returned from a trip to Louisiana and she and family have gone to housekeeping on Broadway in Versailles.

G.L. Strange has purchased 7 1/4 acres from Ollie Alexander, lying on Mundy’s Ferry Pike, for $1,390.

July 25, 1941… Mrs. Nancy Beam Hart, mother of Mrs. William Wise of Midway, announced her retirement from the millinery business after a career of 38 years, which included 24 years at Midway followed by 14 years at Carrollton. Her sale of “The Hart Shoppe” closed out her business career. Mrs. Hart also has a son in Lexington and has recently been visiting with her brother, Col. & Mrs. James B. Beam, at Bardstown.

A strong storm visited the county on July 19 and a large barn on the farm of S.C. Nuckols, near Midway, was destroyed by fire which resulted from a lightning strike.

Boy Scouts from the Midway troop who spent several days at the Scout encampment at Camp Offutt included Newell Hicks, Bruce Davis, John Wehrle, Tommy Conner, Charles Wilson and George Allison. The first four were advanced to the rank of second class scout. E.B. Wilder is acting scoutmaster while a replacement is sought for the Rev. C.B. Meininger, who was called to Moline, Illinois.

Miss Lily May Maclemore entertained July 23 with a barge party and dance in Frankfort. About 250 guests were in attendance from Louisville, Lexington, Richmond, Harrodsburg, Danville, Maysville, Frankfort, Versailles and Midway. Music was furnished by a Frankfort orchestra.

A large tobacco barn on the farm of Dr. S.J. Anderson was destroyed by fire which was set off by lightning. The barn was 120 feet by 40 feet. Dr. Anderson’s farm lies north of Midway on the edge of Scott County. Within the past four years two other barns have been destroyed on the same farm, one from lightning and the other from a windstorm.

Richard Joseph Hammond has returned to Frankfort after spending three weeks with Keller Bond Campbell at Camp Cozy Beil on the Kentucky River near Clifton.

Miss Mildred P. Martin stopped at the Henry Hudson Hotel while in New York last week.

R.W. Lacefield, Jr., member of the armored division at Fort Knox, spent Sunday here with his parents, Mayor and Mrs. R.W. Lacefield.

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