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September 23, 1897… The term of Postmaster W.E. Railey, of Midway, is set to expire on Oct. 10, and already Henry P. Waits has been named as successor to the post.

Charles Nuckols Jr., of Versailles, left Friday for Chicago, where he will reside.

Miss Ethel Witherspoon has gone to Louisville to enter Miss Belle Graves’ school for young ladies.

John H. McKenzie, while repairing a drill the latter part of the past week, had an iron rod fall across his arm, breaking it between the wrist and elbow.

D.J. McGann, L&N agent, has the distinction of owning the first tandem bicycle in Midway and now it isn’t an infrequent sight for a “bicycle built for two” to pass along our streets.

Frost fell on Sept. 21 and 22 and did considerable damage to late tobacco and garden truck. Most of the crop in the Midway area had been harvested.

A large barn on the farm of Alex Dunlap, near the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, was burned last Sunday night with all its contents. The barn contained 2,000 bushels of wheat, 45,000 pounds of hemp (old crop), about 1,500 pounds of tobacco, a new reaper and eight hemp breaks. A tramp was seen about the barn at sundown and may have had something to do with the fire. Mr. Dunlap did not have one cent of insurance.

Midway was shocked to learn of the death of Ambrose Wilson on Thursday morning when his vehicle was crashed into by the engine of the Southern Railway at the point where the Midway and Scott County Pike crosses the railroad, just half a mile north of Midway. Mr. Wilson, who resided a little beyond the Woodford line into Scott County, was returning home from Midway in his surrey, accompanied by J.W. Bridges, a tenant on his farm. The train, an extra, was returning from Georgetown. Mr. Wilson saw the train but thought he would have ample time to cross the tracks. W.L. Cannon and two workmen witnessed the scene from a nearby field and had yelled at Mr. Wilson to stop. Just as the horse cleared the track, the engine struck the vehicle. Mr. Bridges somehow was able to leap from the vehicle and escaped injury. Mr. Wilson was instantly killed, but the horse was unhurt. The body was placed on the train and brought to Midway, where a coroner’s inquest ruled that the train crew was not at fault. The train had given its signal, repeated it, and then reversed its engine and was going very slow when the collision occurred. Mr. Wilson, 54, was born in Owen County. Mr. Wilson was a shrewd, industrious and successful businessman. He was a farmer and a trader. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church and a Mason. He owned 1,012 acres of fine land. Services were conducted at his residence and burial was in Georgetown. The funeral cortege was the largest ever seen in this part of the state.

September 19, 1941… Approximately 20 Woodford farmers, meeting at the county agent’s office on Sept. 17, agreed to rent lockers if a frozen food locker plant is installed in Versailles. The Breckinridge-Forman Co. of Lexington agreed to install a system of 200 to 300 lockers after 100 renters have signed up. The Frankfort Ice & Coal Co. is now completing a locker system for Midway.

Two Midway residences were destroyed and a store was badly damaged by a fire which began early Sunday morning. The fire started in the house occupied by M/M Virgil Rowland on Bruen Street, just beyond the Southern Railway tracks. The house, owned by S.W. Yount, was a total loss along with its contents. The store next door to the three-room frame residence was considerably damaged. The stock belonged to M/M Rowland. The home of Mrs. Louise Davis, at the rear of the Rowland place, was also destroyed by the fire. It consisted of three rooms below and one second story room. Mrs. Davis barely escaped and saved very little of her possessions.

Little Texas defeated Midway 13-1 in a baseball game Sunday. Midway got only three hits.

Floyd and Charles McCauley, who purchased the Bohannon Coal & Feed Co. in April 1941, were expanding their services to all parts of the counties and had three delivery trucks in constant operation. The firm was handling field seeds, John Deere machinery, fencing, cement, coal and coke.

Kentucky Female Orphan School purchased the residence of the late Mrs. J.P. Haley, at the corner of Bruen and Gratz Streets. Mrs. J.L. McCandless, who had bought the property at public auction Sept. 6, learned that the school would like to have the place and sold it to them for the amount she had paid.

Midway’s Paul Noel had a brief tryout with the Cincinnati Reds Sept. 15 and was advised to complete his high school education and then return in the spring for a thorough pitching test. Former catcher Hank Gowdy had Noel pitch batting practice before the game with Brooklyn, in front of 15,000 fans. Noel wore a regular Reds uniform. He pitched to 11 members of the team but did not know the names of the players to whom he was pitching. All he was asked to do was to put the ball across the plate, and this he did. His second pitch was hit over the fence, but he was not supposed to keep them from hitting the ball, although several pitches did get by for strikes. He saw the ensuing game free.

Ernest Jefferson returned from Albany, Georgia, on the 18th after his team was eliminated in the South Atlantic League baseball playoffs.

Dr. J. Harry Arnold, 73, retired Versailles physician, died Sept. 13 at his home on Elm Street following an illness of several months. A son of the late William Irving and Florida Rowland Arnold, he practiced medicine in Versailles for more than 30 years and retired about eight years ago. Survivors include a brother, R. Keene Arnold; two nephews, Jack Arnold and John Winn Arnold; and a niece, Mrs. B.E. Watson. Services were held in the Versailles Cemetery.

Misses Renna McCabe and Pammie Allison, of Midway, have enrolled for the 87th opening of the famous old Sayre School for Girls in Lexington.

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