Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
Aug. 19, 1897… Several from Woodford have been seized with gold fever and have headed out to the Klondike region of Alaska. The cost, time, and other details of getting from Cincinnati to the gold fields has been written up as follows: Train fare from Cincinnati to Seattle, $56.50; $6 for Pullman sleeper or $5 for tourist sleeper; meals in dining car for entire trip, $11.25; meals served ala carte at stations along the route; distance to Seattle is 2,650 miles and requires six days; cabin and meals on steamer from Seattle to Juneau is $80 for five day trip of 725 miles; cost of living in Juneau is about $3 per day; distance up Lynn canal to Healey’s Store by steamboat is 75 miles, making 15 days from Cincinnati to Healey’s Store; cost of complete outfit for overland journey is about $150; cost of provisions for one year is about $200; cost of dogs, sled and outfit is about $150. Steamer leaves Seattle once a week and best time to go is in spring; total cost of trip from Cincinnati to Klondike is about $650, and 34 days are required to make the journey.
The Versailles baseball team defeated Nicholasville 8-6 Monday. Daniels and Granducci were the local battery. A game with Danville and another with Nicholasville are upcoming.
The wife of Benjamin C. Stevenson, about 45, who recently removed from this city to Garrard County, died last week. She was a daughter of the late Joel W. Twyman and was related to the Goodloe family of Louisville.
J.L. McCabe offers for rent the 113 acre Cabell farm for the coming year.
Professor J.R. Hammon’s school begins Aug. 30.
Oscar Taylor has been placed in charge of the Blue Grass Grocery in Midway. He is an experienced grocery merchant.
Fayette Fiscal Court is preparing to condemn the few remaining miles of turnpike which it has been unable to purchase.
A new steel bridge has been erected across Elkhorn Creek at Moore’s Mill at a cost of about $500, half of which was paid by Woodford and half by Scott County.
Last Sunday, Hiram, the 9-year-old son of M/M W.L. Cannon, who reside at Elkwood, about a mile from Midway on the Georgetown Pike, went into the cellar to feed a young hound and when he set the food down the animal sprang on him and sank his teeth into his left arm. Hiram pried the dog loose and Mrs. Cannon then treated the wound and a doctor was brought in to cauterize it. The dog made an escape and then bit another dog at Capt. Steele’s, one at Waits’ and another at Cooper’s. The dog apparently passed through Midway but was not found. Mrs. Cannon took Hiram to New York and he will now receive the Pasteur treatment. The dog had still not been located and, though acting suspicious, has not yet been proven to be mad.
A tragedy at Faywood Saturday night saw Joe Jones shoot and instantly kill Will Rankin with a double-barrel shotgun. The top of Rankin’s head was literally blown off. The trouble was said to be over Jones’ wife. The residence of the neighborhood were ready to lynch Jones but were dissuaded by Frank Mitchell, who took Jones to the jail in Versailles at gunpoint. Squire Hayes held an inquest and the verdict was willful murder.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered in the Branham lot Saturday night, where the Quaker Doctor’s show was in full blast, when suddenly two shots rang out, as Harlin Baker attempted unsuccessfully to shoot Lige Osborne, who had attacked him. The shots put a number in the crowd to flight and others were made to feel decidedly uncomfortable. Both men were unhurt and were fined in court.
Aug. 14, 1919… The city of Midway passed a $20 annual soft drink license tax in order to make up some of the deficit created by whiskey withdrawals. In other business, the council granted a restaurant license to the Perpetual Club for an establishment on the north side of Railroad Street, placed $500 in cemetery funds on deposit at 3 percent interest, granted permit to W.C. Morris to erect a barn and silo on the lot east of the Southern and north of the L&N Railroad, granted a permit to P.P. Lacefield to erect a cottage on South Winter Street.
Dr. S.J. Anderson advertises as follows, “Having returned from army service, I have resumed practice at my old office, next door to Wallace’s Grocery.”
A large gathering of state officials, relatives and friends were on hand in Frankfort on Aug. 11 as Sen. Charles M. Harriss, of Versailles, took the oath as Acting Governor while Gov. and Mrs. Black are vacationing at French Lick Springs. A large table in the state reception room was filled with floral offerings sent by Woodford County friends, and from Edward Wallace Brent of Paris. Attending the ceremony were Mrs. Harriss, M/M Theodore Harriss, M/M J.W. Newman, Dr. and Mrs. C. McCauley, M/M Harry Schoberth, M/M Henry Jesse, Mesdames John Harriss, John Berryman, William Barkley, Ophelia Hoppins, W.O. Davis, F. Turner, George Minary, Misses Davis and Berry, Hawkins, Messrs. John Berryman, Sen. E.E. Hogg, Judge Mulcahy, Dr. S.A. Blackburn, Claude Witt, Oliver Farra, Herbert Newman, James Miller, Millard Hackett, William Ditto, John Harris, Frank Bohannon, George Montgomery, R.H. Gray, Robert Hawkins, Ed M. Wallace, Fleming Meek, George Davis, D. Slaughter, Ed Button, Keene Arnold, C.V. Sullivan, Harry Taylor, Prof. Lowry and Dr. S.M. Stedman.
The first official act of Acting Governor Charles M. Harriss was to appoint A.A. Bowmar, editor of The Woodford Sun, and Harry C. Taylor, also of Versailles, as Kentucky Colonels.
Andrew Carnegie, 84, multi-millionaire philanthropist and steel magnate, died at his summer home in Lennox, Mass., last week of pneumonia. A native of Dunfermline, Scotland, he was born in 1835 and came to the U.S. in 1848, where he started as a weaver’s assistant at a dollar per week. In 1901, he sold out the Carnegie Steel Co. to U.S. Steel for $300 million. Carnegie was married to Louise Whitfield of New York and they had one daughter, Margaret. Carnegie spent his latter years giving money to public libraries all over the U.S.
Mrs. J.A. Brannock, of Paris, was elected to teach the primary grade in the Midway City School.
Dr. E.R. Woodward, county veterinarian, has received notice from the state that all farmers in Woodford having scabs among their sheep must immediately report it. Failure could bring about a quarantine in the county.
W.E. Congleton narrowly escaped serious injury when his auto engine went dead while he was in front of an interurban car on Main Street in Versailles. The auto was badly damaged.
McKee Brothers sold 60 Defender sows at Forest Home Farms last week for $21,560, or a $359.20 average. The crowd was large and the bidding was spirited.
Congressman J. Campbell Cantrill says Kentucky should do its part to help honor the World War dead from this state and that it is fitting for the memorial to be at the university in Lexington. This Memorial Hall will honor the 2,800 sons of the state who died in service.
Herman Williams sold his poolroom Tuesday, next door to Morris’ Drug Store, to Bart Graves of near Duckers, for about $1,400.
Lt. Hardin Walcutt, recently discharged from the A.E.F., arrived home Friday.
William Warner sold to J.M. Woolums 35 acres on the Kentucky River for $2,500.
Berryman-Fisher Company sold to William E. Congleton a house on Morgan Street for $3,000.
An incident without parallel in railroad circles occurred Tuesday in Versailles when a single freight car, loaded with sand, made the trip alone from Versailles to Cliffside, in Franklin County, 14 miles in 14 minutes. An attempt to kick the car in a switch here gave it the start. A defective brake prevented it from being stopped. Two trainmen rode the car because they could not get off.