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Aug. 5, 1897… Contracts for keeping the county’s turnpikes in repair were let at auction last County Court Day, with the number of perch to be furnished per road varying from 60 on the Mt. Vernon and Paynes Depot Road to 800 on both the McCowans Ferry and Midway-Versailles Pikes. Contracts went to Lawrence McKenna (6); John Sullivan (2); Allen Jelf, Mike O’Hara, S.R. Shaw, G.S. Nave, J.E. Lawson; Mike Gormley (2); Jesse Newby; E.L. Davis, J.H. Graham, T.H. Mattingly, W.W. Greathouse, John Kearney, Pat Henry (3); W.F. Slatten and William Petty.

The “National” or “Sound Money” Democrats of the the 22nd senatorial district unanimously nominated Sen. Henry L. Martin of Woodford County to succeed himself..

Rain in July fell on 12 days to a depth of 3.45 inches, compared with 9.36 inches in 1896. The average for 10 years is 4.74 inches. The highest temperature, on the 3rd and 4th, was 96, and lowest, on the 12th and 13th, was 55.

B.P. Curtis will teach the public school at Nonesuch, which begins this week.

The R.S. Seely house, on the corner of Gratz and Bruin Streets, will be sold Aug. 7 at public auction.

Ed Marshall, of Versailles, was an interested visitor to the Richmond fair. He is the owner of Buck Pond Farm and a son of the renowned Ed Marshall, contemporary of John C. Breckinridge and a noted orator, who died a few years ago in California. He is also a nephew of the illustrious Thomas F. Marshall. The young man possesses the valuable library of his father and many other relics of the Marshall family.

Dr. J.T. Bright and family have decided to move to Lexington to reside.

Dr. Richard S. Seely, 54, died last Saturday night after a brief illness. Dr. Seeley was born in Versailles in 1843 and was the eldest son of Lyman W. and Sarah Shipp Seeley. He served in the Confederate Army and was twice wounded, losing his right eye. He settled in Midway in 1875 for the practice of medicine. Burial was in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Judge Charles A. Hardin, 62, died Saturday in Harrodsburg. He was the oldest brother of Gen. P. Wat Hardin and graduated in the famous Centre College class of 1856 along with W.C.P. Breckinridge, Boyd Winchester, Gov. John Y. Brown, Sen. J.C.S. Blackburn and Gov. James B. McCreary. He fought in the Confederate Army.

Versailles, Nicholasville, Harrodsburg and Danville have organized to play a series of baseball games this summer in the Blue Grass League. Will “Speck” Sacra and Billy Shaw, both from Midway, are on the Versailles team.

Judge Davenport and family have moved into their elegant new home on Gratz Street. Their old residence was destroyed by fire some weeks ago. A.W. Saunders was the architect and builder.

Domino, famous son of Himyar, died of meningitis on the James R. Keene farm near Lexington. A granite slab will be erected which will read: “Here lies the fleetest runner and as game and as generous a horse as the American turf has ever seen.”

Navigation on the Kentucky River below Munday’s Landing will close Aug. 14 and will remain so until the new dam at Lock #7 is built, which will be several weeks. The packets, however, will go to Munday’s and make all points on the other side, but no Shakertown and High Bridge trips will be made until the dam is completed. After that, steamers can go to Boone’s Knob and Hickman, 22 miles above High Bridge, the wildest and most romantic region in Kentucky.

Aug. 7, 1919… Collins Bradley of Versailles, an employee of the gas company, has been missing several days and was said to have about $400 on him when last seen.

Sen. Charles M. Harriss, of Versailles, president pro-tem of the Senate, will be acting Governor next week during the absence of Gov. Black, who will be out of the state. Sen. Harriss said he is going to “sit steady in the boat” performing routine duties and “enjoying the sensation of having a lot of power without exercising it.” Sen. Harriss said he will grant no pardons.

Mrs. Leo Newhoff received a message that her mother, Mrs. Bertha Greensfelder, died at her home in Baltimore, Maryland. Owing to illness, Mrs. Newhoff was unable to go. Mrs. Greensfelder was 84 and had been an invalid for several years.

Miss Frances Mason is enjoying her annual vacation from the Fayette Home Telephone Co. office in Midway.

Joseph Lacefield, who recently was honorably discharged from the Navy, returned to his home here Thursday.

Mrs. Harris Lehman last week sold a house on what is known as Smith Street Extension, to Albert Canada.

Joe McDonald sold to D.C. Naive a house on Broadway, in Versailles, for $5,000.

John Brown bought from Mary Robinson a lot in Jackstontown for $175.

Miss Helen Conring, 19, died Monday at the home of her aunt, Miss Annie Burgin, on Lexington Street in Versailles, after a few week’s illness

The will of H.P. Morancy directed that $1,200 be set aside for the completion of his youngest son, H.P. Morancy Jr.’s, education. The rest of the estate went to his wife and thence to his three sons and two daughters.

Robert Allen, of the battleship Pennsylvania, returned home Sunday having been discharged from the Navy at Pittsburgh.

The W.J. Frazier Distilling Co. has shipped 125 barrels of whiskey to the bonded warehouse in Louisville and have about 300 more to ship.

Aug. 8, 1941… The L & N Railroad filed application last week to remove from service two passenger trains operating between Louisville and Lexington. No. 19 passes through Midway at 4:39 a.m. en route to Louisville and No. 16 comes in at 8:19 p.m. en route to Lexington.

John Clay Noel, 88, died Aug. 5 at his home in Franklin County. He was a farmer and banker and owned about 700 acres in Woodford County. He is survived by a son, two daughters, and several grandchildren. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery.

Mrs. W.B. Cogar sold last week to Dr. and Mrs. Olson Parrott the following four Kentucky River camps: Bide-a-wee, Cozy Bell, GlenArtney and Mary Eliza. The camps will now be under the management of M/M Jesse Wilson and will be remodeled.

Dr. Milton Davis Jr. has accepted a position on the staff at Hazelwood Sanitorium, pending his call as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.

A total of eight cases of infantile paralysis have been reported thus far in Woodford County as the season nears its height. Neighboring Anderson County has 18 cases reported.

Daniel B. Midkiff sold this week the George M. Hendrie farm, about 116 acres, at the intersection of the Lexington and Pisgah Pikes, to John W. Stanley, who will conduct a thoroughbred operation there. Mr. Midkiff had purchased the farm in April and had been in the process of moving his family there when the sale was made. The Midkiffs purchased a tract near Kingston Farm where they now reside.

Quentin Columbia, of Midway, is now stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

County Attorney Marshall Dawson is visiting his mother-in-law, Mrs. Paul C. Edmiston, at Hattiesburg, Miss. His little son, Allen, has been spending the summer there and will remain there because of the local infantile paralysis epidemic.

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