Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
November 11, 1897… An estimate of $1,066,000 has been submitted by the chief of engineers as the amount necessary to finish improvements to the Kentucky River and its locks and dams, including removing snags, logs and other obstructions and extending six feet of slack water up to Three Forks, a distance of 261 miles from the mouth of the river at Carrollton.
J.T. O’Neal, about 50 and a native of Woodford, is a successful Louisville lawyer and is presently being given prominent mention as a potential Democratic candidate for governor.
Charles W. Parrish has leased the front room in the Deposit Bank building and will occupy it as an insurance office.
Walter Thornton, Will Cogar, Ike Wingate and Will Sacra left on Monday for a week’s bird hunt in the vine-clad hills of Owen County, where the quail is said to abound in great numbers. Clarence and Redd Crutcher and John T. Berry Jr. left Sunday for Owen County to visit Robert Alexander and to hunt birds. Frank George, H.M. Childers and Frank Bohannon left Wednesday for Paducah where they will hunt birds. Mrs. Sallie Buck Ferguson, 45, one of the most prominent women in Versailles, died suddenly Tuesday morning at the home of her son-in-law, William S. Berry. She had been an invalid for some months. She leaves two daughters and a son, Buck Ferguson, who is a railroad man at Meridian, Miss.
Charles E. Marvin and bride will arrive home today from their eastern bridal trip and will be given an elegant reception at Audubon, the historic country home of the groom’s parents, M/M J.H. Marvin, near Paynes Depot.
R.S. Starks tendered his resignation as Mayor of Midway Friday evening, Nov. 12, and Matt Winn, mayor-elect, was sworn in for the term which would have begun on Jan. 1. Manly D. Offutt was elected to Mr. Winn’s place on the city council. Mayor Starks served for about 18 months, during which time the city debt of about $7,000 was almost entirely wiped out and the city’s finances put in the best shape in many years.
H.B. Russell has sold his Central Saloon to John Thomasson, Lawrenceburg, effective Jan. l.
Dr. W.P. Hill has moved his dental office from the T.P. Davis property to the corner upstairs room in the Masonic Temple building.
Sen. Henry L. Martin sold to Carroll Reid, the well-known turfman, his splendid two-year-old race horse, Frank Thompson, for $1,700.
Regarded as one of the best of the two-year-olds this year, the horse was sired by Linden out of Verbena and has won four races this season while displaying remarkable speed.
The C&O Railroad finally yielded to the demands of Midway citizens and the two night trains, westbound at 6:05 and eastbound at 8:10, will now stop to take on passengers.·Heretofore these trains have passed through town as if it were a prairie.
November 14, 1941... This issue of the Clipper contained a sketch of the Crittenden log house, near Versailles, as drawn by Walter H. Kiser. The house had been built in 1783 by Major John Crittenden and contained two rooms and an attic. At each end of the house was a massive stone chimney and on each side of the chimneys was a small window. Two doors afforded entrance. John J. Crittenden was one of four sons of Major Crittenden born in this house, and from his birth in 1786, he went on to become Speaker of the House, Governor of Kentucky, U.S. Attorney General and four times a U.S. Senator. The cabin, in 1941, was the property of the Methodist Home and was unoccupied. The sketch appeared in the Louisville Times.
Dan M. Adams purchased at auction Nov. 13 the residence of the late William A. Hammond, in Cogartown, at a price of $2,580. The lot faced 87 feet on Highway 62 and extended 312 feet. The residence contains five rooms. Also sold at auction were four shares of Citizens Bank of Midway stock, which were purchased by Judge Matt Blackard, who paid considerably above par.
The Woodford Draft Board issued call #20 this week with the following six selectees: Lois C. Sutherlin, 21; Melvin L. Beasley, 21; David Lee Webster, 21; Edward Hay, 21; William E. Merriman, 21; and John Irvin Campbell, 21.
Miss Essie C. Daughterty was reelected county treasurer for a four-year term at an annual salary of $100.