Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
October 7, 1897… A front page legal ad by Fiscal Court explains that an election has been called for Nov. 2, 1897 for the purpose of taking the sense of the qualified voters of the county on the proposition of issuing bonds for the purchase and maintenance of the turnpikes located in Woodford County. The roads in the county were freed of their tolls on July 1, 1897, and the value of the roads has been placed at $45,000 less that amount already owned by the county in stock. There are about 200 miles of turnpike roads in the county and the debt on them is now $40,000. Maintenance will be about $12,000 per year. The bonds will yield $20,000 per year, less maintenance costs, which will leave $8,000 annually for the debt, and seven years will be required to retire the debt. Ten years ago the county issued $100,000 in bonds to pay its subscription to the building of railroads. $50,000 of those bonds have been paid off at the rate of $5,000 per year.
Dick Tate, Kentucky’s defaulting State Treasurer, according to the Pinkertons of Chicago, is at present a wealthy coffee planter in Brazil. The detectives say Tate has assumed a Spanish name, and they say they could apprehend him at anytime but the state authorities do not want him brought back and the reward for his arrest has been withdrawn.
Mrs. Josephine K. Henry, of Versailles, is profiled in a New York Herald article concerning her being suggested as the Prohibition and agnostic candidate for President of the U.S. in 1900.
Lewis A. Nuckols, of Versailles, left last week for Ann Arbor, Mich., to complete his course in law, and his younger brother, Claude, left to enter Chicago University.
Fiscal Court elected this week the following poor house officers: J.G. Boone, receiver; D. J. Allen, superintendent; Dr. W.C. McCauley, physician.
Registration in Versailles Tuesday resulted in 231 Democrats, 224 Republicans, nine National Democrats, seven Independents and three prohibition voters signing up. Thirty-five fewer voters were registered this year than in 1896, when the Republicans had a plurality of 11 votes.
E. Mulcahy, assignee for Thomas Jesse, sold to John T. Gay the 218-acre farm, about three miles from Versailles, in the Pisgah neighborhood, for $85.55 an acre, or $18,649.90.
A spark fell into Thomas S. Edwards’ meadow on Montgomery Avenue Tuesday, setting fire to the grass and hedges and for a time threatening the adjoining dwelling houses. The fire burned about half an acre and was finally subdued by the fire department and volunteers. The water supply in Versailles is lower than it has ever been and if the fire had got any headway, there would have been no way of stopping it.
T.P. Dunlap has bought lately 75 mules, feeders, at prices ranging from $40 to $100. They were bought principally in Owen and Grant counties.
R.K. Combs, owner of the Long Hotel property, plans to build a new dining room and will raise the hotel to two-stories, which will provide two additional rooms.
The town curfew bell now tolls at 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. The law has proven quite satisfactory in keeping the little urchins off the streets.
October 2, 1919… Twelve Woodford boys were at the Y.M.C.A.’s Camp Daniel Boone during the past summer and they decided to organize and hold regular meetings until next year’s camping season. Officers chosen were James Parrish and Ashlin Logan of Midway and Chenault of Versailles.
The property on the north side of the L&N Railroad, directly opposite the Kentucky Female Orphan School and owned by M/M J.T. Perry, consisting of a residence and 3-1/2 acres, was sold Monday to the KFOS for $3,000. M/M Perry plan to move to Louisville.
A commission formed by Gov. James D. Black disclosed that the flour mills owned by S. Thruston Ballard, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor and a resident of Louisville, were selling their product for $1.10 per barrel less in New Orleans than in Louisville and elsewhere in Kentucky.
Young Charles Donovan broke his wrist Sunday after falling from a pile of lumber in the R.W. Lacefield lumber yard, where he and some companions were playing. Dr. Risque set the broken member and the young man is recovering nicely.
C.A. and Ira J. Witt have purchased 165 acres near Midway, known as the Greenbaum place, from Mrs. R.D. Parrish. M/M Ira Witt and family will move to the farm on March 1.
A carload of oats for stock feeding came into Midway this week for Messrs. Charles Nuckols, Breckinridge Viley, James and Dr. Parrish.
Paul Noel is burning tobacco beds this week near Monterey, where he will grow a crop next season.
Homer Nave, who was a substitute operator at Shelbyville last week, returned to Midway Friday.
Miss Ida B. Hull began her duties Wednesday at the Commercia1 Bank.
M/M Harry Weiner have moved their store to Georgetown after having been located in Midway for the past 13 years.
Squire A.W., Razor was qualified on Friday, by Judge Ed Mulcahy, to perform marriage ceremonies. This is rather an unusual thing in Kentucky.
C.B. Sullivan & Company, who recently purchased what is known as the Fairgrounds property, sold to L.M. Nave 11 acres of that property at $450 per acre. They also sold nine acres to “Criff” Hawkins at the same price.
October 3, 1941… Midway Boy ScoutsTroop #116, under the Rev. Ronald C. Lorimer, assisted by Scott Cook, now has an active membership of 16 scouts.
The editor commented that Dr. William E. Risque practiced his profession every day, drove his own car, made calls out in the country and seemed to be quite vigorous despite being told the previous winter that he would be unable to continue his practice because of his health.
Dr. Risque graduated from the medical school at the University of Louisville in 1894 and has practiced his profession for 47 years, almost 40 of them in Midway. His first few years of practice were at Russell Cave, in Fayette County. Dr. Risque was the son of a physician, Dr. W.T. Risque, and was reared on the Leestown Pike, near Paynes Depot, where his parents lived during his boyhood.
Kentucky Utilities Co. presented service award buttons in October which indicated the number of years with the company. Among
Woodford employees cited were William Wise, 24 years; Selby Newby, 20 years; B. Bobbitt and Charles Hurst, 17 years; Louis Sheets, 14 years; Nancye Smith and Lee Baker, six years.
Dedication was scheduled for the recently completed Marrs Library building on the Kentucky Female Orphan School campus. A program was set for next Sunday.
Charles W. Hammond, 78, died Oct. 2 at his residence in Midway following an illness of about a year. Services were to be conducted at his home, with burial in Midway cemetery. He was a bachelor and was well-known in central Kentucky as a painter and paperhanger.
The local Park & Tilford plant received 189 barrels of whiskey this week to be stored for aging. At least 8,000 barrels are eventually expected to be sent here by the company’s Louisville distillery.
Midway lost a game to Little Texas, 1-0, after rain ended the contest in the sixth inning. The Midway battery was Noel and Kinnard. Rounding out the starting line-up were the following: Barrett, Sanderson, Grimes, Hill, Sargent, Hill and Portwood. A return game was to again be played in Versailles on Oct. 6.
Bill Portwood and Noah Mullins both played important roles in the 37-14 U.K. victory over V.P.I. last week. Portwood blocked the first punt, which resulted in a U.K. touchdown, and Mullins, star halfback, reeled off a 15-yard gain on the first play of the game before being dragged down and virtually knocked out. Although injured, he was able to enter the game later.
Miss Parrish Roach, of Midway, has pledged to the Delta Delta Delta sorority at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia.