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November 25, 1897…..Gen. Cassius M. Clay’s child wife has deserted him. She said to a reporter, “I may return to him. He wants me to. He didn’t treat me right. He wouldn’t let me go to parties, and he objected to my visiting any of my relatives. That was why I left him. He’s getting old, and thinks people are going to kill him. He keeps ever so many guns and pistols and knives, and has men paid to fight.” Gen. Clay married the girl three years ago, when she was just thirteen years old. He is in his 90s.

A meeting in Louisville’s Galt House designed to strengthen Democratic party leadership in the state was attended by Hon. W.J. Bryan and Sen. James K. Jones, national committee chair­man; Sen. Goebel, ex-Senator; Jo Blackburn, Gen. P.W. Hardin, Major P.P. Johnston and several other local party leaders.

Harlow Spencer, 76, a miller at Fort Spring for 50 years, cast his first vote in 1844 for Clay for president. When he learned that Polk had defeated Clay, he vowed never to vote again, and kept that vow to the present time. Hon. J.C.W. Beckham, Nelson County, a candidate for Speaker of the House, was a visitor to Versailles on Monday. “Audubon,” home of the J.H. Marvin family, was the scene of a large reception for Charles E. Marvin and bride on Thursday night. The house, located near Paynes Depot, is an elegant old two-story brick with thick walls and massive doors and was built by the late Charles Lewis, father of Mrs. Marvin, in the days when Kentucky houses were proverbial for their elegance. Dr. and Mrs. William E. Risque moved into their new home in the Russell Cave neighborhood during the past week. William H. Smither, 89, died at his residence in Versailles Saturday morning. He was the oldest merchant tailor in point of service in the entire nation. He was born in 1809 near Mortonsville and was an apprentice under Robert Kinkead in Versailles. He afterwards worked with Joe Biggs, noted tailor, in Paris and Lexington. Mr. Smither conducted his shop in Ver­sailles for nearly 70 years. In the days of Clay, Crittenden and Marshall, he had more than a local reputation as a cutter. He made all of Thomas Marshall’s clothing and made the first coat Jo Blackburn ever wore in Congress. He was present at the reception given Lafayette in Versailles in 1825 and was a passenger on the first steamboat to appear in Kentucky waters. He carried the mail on horseback between Frankfort and Lexington in the winters of 1822 and 1823, when the roads were too rough for stagecoach travel. He had been a Mason since 1837 and was a member of the Methodist Church at Versailles for 62 years. He married Drusilla McCarty in 1834, and they lived for 63 years in the little cottage on Lexington Street.

He is survived by his wife, also 89; two daughters, Mrs. Naomi Ward and Miss Tate Smither; and a son, John S. Smither. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

S.J. Greenbaum, 74, a distiller who had been proprietor of Glenarme and Belle of Anderson Distilleries, and who was a native of Germany, died in Louisville Wednesday of pneumonia. He bought the Edwards Distillery in Midway in 1886 and two nephews, Ralph and Jake Greenbaum, are in charge there now.

November 20, 1919…

The H.P. Mason Jr. farm of 500 acres sold Nov. 13 for $295.17 per acre. The first tract of 120 acres went to Mr. Maynard, of Woodford, for $355 an acre; the second tract of 170 acres went to William Campbell at $247 an acre; and the third tract of 200 acres was sold to Mr. Armstrong, of Georgetown, at $305 an acre.

Mrs. Margaret Courtney offers for sale in Midway a house and lot on West Bruen Street, next door to the old school house. The house has three rooms, a pantry and two porches.

William McCabe, wife and daughter, and Mrs. H.K. Ward have gone to St. Petersburg, Fla., to spend the winter.

Henry L. Martin Jr. and Charles Murray have gone to western Kentucky on a two-week hunting trip.

M/M Ike Parrish and son, James, and Misses Lilly Parrish and Ida Kenney Risque, attended a match hockey game at Science Hill School in Shelbyville this week.

Quite a number of Midway citizens attended the football game in Danville Saturday and saw the Colonels defeat the Wildcats of the State University by 56-0.

Irvine Railey, 67, a noted Woodford County horseman, was found dead in his bed on Nov. 18. He had attended court in Georgetown on the previous day and had appeared to be in his usual good health. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a stepdaughter.

A U.S. engineer gave an estimate of $69,000 for locating a pumping station and laying pipelines from the river to Versailles and city officials this week gave the signal to begin the work. Versailles already has $40,000 raised in cash and bonds, and some $27,000 more has been subscribed privately, leaving the city with only $2,000 more to raise.

The rooms in Versailles now occupied by Mrs. Applegate, Mrs. Burke and Gus Whitehouse and Company will be yielded to a new “Five and Ten Cent Store.” The new enterprise will be welcomed to the community.

U.G. Holloway Sr. sold to U.G. Holloway Jr. a house and lot at Troy for $2,000.

November 21, 1941… R.W. Lacefield, who recently returned home from a period of military service, has resumed his former position with the Midway Drug Store. J.T. Raisor, who had been connected with the same firm, has accepted a position with a moulding firm in Dayton, Ohio. Kenneth Thomas, also of Midway, is another local man who will go to work this week in Dayton.

Shirley Jones, 15, son of M/M Roy Jones, will attend the National 4-H Club Congress at Chicago from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6. A sophomore at Midway High School, Shirley has been a consistent winner of blue ribbons on his tobacco.

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