Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
July 29,1897… R.H. Wilson took his departure last Thursday for Los Angeles, California, where he goes to make his future home.
Prof. R.G. Lowry, former principal of the Midway Public School, but now in charge of the graded public school at Nicholasville, was a visitor to Midway this week.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Pates were visiting the former’s parents here this week. John is a conductor on the R.N.I.&B Railroad and lives in Richmond.
George T. Leavy left Friday for Norman, Oklahoma, where he goes to accept a good position. George previously spent several years in Oklahoma and has a number of friends who will welcome his return.
John Durrett, of Louisville, has purchased from R.R. Early the old Van Meter or Brooks farm near Midway, recently bought by Mr. Early of the R.P. Pepper heirs. The price is said to be over $100 an acre in cash for the 436 acres. This is one of the finest farms in the bluegrass.
The farm of Miss Mary Leavy, on the Midway & Scott County Pike about two miles from Midway and containing over 266 acres, was sold at auctionSaturday and purchased by Thomas M. Parrish for $70 an acre. The farm has but few improvements. Margaret S. Thornton, 62, dropped dead in her garden Saturday just a few days after her son, Thomas, died from drowning in the Kentucky River. Mrs. Thornton had been a victim of heart disease for some time. She was the widow of Theodore Thornton, who died six years ago.
She was born in Scott County but came to Midway in 1872. She leaves two children, Mrs. Lee P. Tompson and Walter T. Thornton. The hemp crop will be the poorest raised in this section in many years, if indeed a more complete failure has ever been made. One farmer said he thought he would cut his crop with a mower and burn it, but the duty now charged of 20% on foreign crops may tend to improve the local rice sufficiently to hold off any drastic actions.