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Aug. 28, 1919… A.A. Ford, 71, died Aug. 25 from the effects of a stroke. He was survived by three daughters and four sons. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.

William Campbell sold his farm near Versailles, known as the Edwards place and consisting of 94 acres, to Taylor Miller for $325 an acre. Mr. Campbell had bought the place earlier this year for $300 an acre.

William B. Jones, 61, traveling alone in his auto, was hit Aug. 21 by the westbound C&O passenger train at the Spring Station railroad crossing and died about 20 minutes after the accident. He suffered only a scratch on the hand and a lick to the back of his head, but the latter injury proved to be fatal. A small building apparently obstructed his view of the track. He and his wife and family had recently moved into the Greenbaum bungalow, owned by G.W. Strange. Mr. Jones was buried in the Switzer Cemetery.

Green corn, taken just as it cores, is scarce in the Versailles market at 50 cents per dozen. A Woodford farmer says that an average crop of roasting ears at 50 cents a dozen would yield $500 or more an acre.

Calvin Osborne, who has been with the A.E.F., received his discharge and arrived home on Thursday. Earl Sellers, who has been with the Marines overseas, received his discharge and returned here Friday.

Miss Louise Merrill has departed for Blue Diamond, where she will teach this term; and Miss Margaret Merrill leaves Saturday for Millville, where she will teach this year.

Miss Edna Martin has accepted a teaching position in the Richmond school.

Miss Evelyn Clarke expects to leave this week to teach school in Jackson.

William Frazier sold Aug. 23 his farm of 220 acres to Albert Ledridge for $125 per acre. The farm is located near Young’s High Bridge in Anderson County.

Howard Woolums sold to James Colston a lot in Laval Heights for $200.

W.E. Stahel sold 75 acres near Mt. Edwin Church to L.S. Johnston.

The pool room and soft drink establishment of R.W. Railey, next door to the interurban station on Lexington Street in Versailles, has been purchased by George Winter and Bros. of Frankfort for $1,500.

Homegrown watermelons and cantaloupes were plentiful on the Versailles market and were selling for to 75 cents.

Margaret Helm’s trustee sold the Helm farm, 498 acres near Versailles, for an average of $285 an acre on Tuesday. Tract #1, 300 acres, went to J.B. Boston at $326 an acre; tract #2, 100 acres, went to J. B. Boston at $250 an acre; and tract #3, 98 acres, went to J.B. Boston at $160 an acre.

Clarence Hill, 15, son of Fred Hill, received a broken arm Saturday while stringing telephone wires on Main Street in Versailles. John Martin drove into the wires, throwing Hill suddenly down and causing the accident.

Aug. 29, 1941… Lyman Barrett, 49, owner of the Blue Grass Clipper, a veteran of the World War, wrote from a Veterans Hospital on Aug. 27, 1941, and told the readers of his column his thoughts about the world crisis. In referring to notes he had written as “the most important statement of opinion I have ever made in my 49 years of existence,” he proceeded to say that the U.S. should immediately declare war on the Axis powers, Germany, Japan and Italy, and should encourage all other countries on the two American continents to do the same.” He said that Fascism should be stopped dead in its tracks while Russia and China are yet in the fighting and while Turkey remains as a possible ally. Barrett said he advocated a declaration of war despite the fact that he was the father of three sons, and he also offered to serve once again, himself.

Mrs. Leora B. Hurt, owner and manager of the Midway Theatre, announced that Tuesday night shows have been added in place of Sunday afternoon showings. Opening hours, after Sept. 1, will be 8 p.m. on Friday, Monday and Tuesday nights; and 7:45 p.m. on Saturday.

John H. Clark, writing in the Lexington newspaper, featured the Charles Nuckols family of Midway and wrote that the three sons, Charles Jr., 20; Hi, 18; and Alfred, 16; all planned to be horsemen. All three boys “have the background, experience and interest.” To emphasize their training, the story is told that Hi, responding to his Sunday school teacher’s question in 1932 about “What happened to Isaiah?” answered, “Nothing. Won the sixth yesterday at Latonia.” Isaiah, the horse, belonged to James W. Parris, of Midway. Another story, this one told on Alfred, was that a colt had been unloaded at the farm with shipping fever. A farm hand told Alfred that if the colt ever laid down while suffering from the fever it would die, so Alfred hustled to the barn and tied the colt’s head to the manger.

Remodeling in Parrish Hall, at the K.F.O.S., had increased the school’s capacity by 14 to a total of 222 on the eve of the fall semester.

Completion of the first and second floors of the new library building was promised in September and completion of the basement by Oct. 1. The road from Altursa Bridge up to, and including the parking lot, had been surfaced and other repairs were under way.

Mrs. Lucy Alexander Humphreys Johnstone, 87, widow of Lewis S. Johnstone of “Sumner’s Forest,” in Woodford County, died Monday at her home on North Broadway in Lexington after an illness of several months. A native of Woodford, she was the daughter of Joseph A. and Sarah Gibson Humphreys and was a graduate of Sayre College. She and her husband were married in 1884 and resided for many years at historic “Sumner’s Forest.” The place was named after Gen. Jethro Sumner, a Virginian who was a brigadier in the American Revolution. The property later was owned by John Brown, first U.S. Senator from Kentucky and an ancestor of Mrs. Johnstone. Her husband, who managed the farm for many years, was from South Carolina and once was Prohibition candidate for Congress against W.C.P. Breckinridge.

Mr. Johnstone died about nine years ago and his widow then moved to Lexington.

W.B. Tillett, of Versailles, was awarded a contract for $11,960 to remodel the front of the Woodford County courthouse.

The Midway baseball team lost to Mereworth Farm Sunday at Nugent’s Crossroads by 13-7, but defeated the Versailles road team by 15-11 in a game called on account of darkness. Paul Noel and Harold Sanderson both pitched in each game for the locals. The Versailles road team included in its lineup Bob Hicks, Skippy Rouse, Hi and Alfred Nuckols.

Risque Harper, after spending the summer with his mother in Washington, will return to Midway to spend the winter with his aunt and grandparents, Mrs. Henry Harper and Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Risque, and he will attend Midway Public School.

Mrs. O.B. Wilder, of Midway, received an M.A. degree; Jean Elizabeth Farmer, of Midway, received a B.S. degree, and Harry Thomas Overby, of Versailles, received a B.S. degree at the UK commencement exercises on Aug. 22.

The Midway Boy Scout troop, under the leadership of O.B. Wilder, Ben Roach and Bob Hicks, spent Wednesday night encamped on the banks of Elkhorn Creek, near Midway. The boys marched back Aug. 28 to the beat of a drum and paraded through Midway.

Keller Bond Campbell has entered Bolles Military School at Jacksonville, Florida, having left early to begin football practice. He was accompanied to Florida by his mother, Mrs. Olson Parrott, and Dr. Parrott.

The lower school at Margaret Hall will open for the first seven grades on Sept. 17. Mrs. Railey Fishback has been added to the faculty as teacher of the first group.

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