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December 9, 1897… Sworn in on Dec. 6 were Versailles Mayor J.M. Miller and councilmen G.S. Macey, M.J. Hughes, H.C. McLeod, Dr. J.M. Crenshaw and L.S. Young. Not sworn in was D.P. Robb, who was absent with the Woodford Hunting Club. The Mayor does not take office until Jan. l.

A Sunday school rally was held Tuesday night last at the Midway Baptist Church. Principal speakers were J.L. Amsden, a well-known worker in this field, and George Minary, his co-worker in Sunday school work.

The longest fence in the world has just been finished by the Erie Cattle Co. along the Mexican border. It is 75 miles in length and separates exactly for its entire distance the two republics of North America. The fence was built to keep the cattle from running across the border and falling easy prey to the Mexicans. Although it cost a great deal of money, it is estimated that enough cattle will be saved in one year to more than pay for it. It is a barbed wire fence with mesquite and cottonwood poles, and for its entire length it runs as straight as the crow flies.

All the large distilleries in Kentucky met at Louisville and agreed to limit the production of whiskey to 20,000,000 gallons per year for the next three years.

Navy Secretary Long has named Miss Christine Bradley, beautiful daughter of Kentucky’s Governor, to christen the ship “Kentucky” at Newport News in January.

Three Midway ministers, White, McMullen and Roddy, presented a petition with 265 signatures to the City Council Tuesday night seeking an ordinance refusing to grant licenses for the sale in Midway of spirituous, vinous or malt liquors. The councilmen decided to postpone action on the matter, even though the city attorney and the ministers strongly urged adoption of the ordinance. It is understood that had the question come to a vote, it would have been defeated unanimously. James T. Cox has been appointed postmaster at Pisgah.

Mrs. Bettie Kinkead Kasselman, 29, wife of Dr. H.C. Kasselman, died at the home of her mother in Midway Monday after a long and painful illness. She leaves a 10-year-old daughter, Louise, in addition to her husband and mother. Burial was in Georgetown. December 4, 1919…The Midway Amusement Company, consisting of the Amusu Theatre and pool room, were sold on Nov. 28 to William M. Campbell. The theatre and pool room will be managed by Owen Lewis, of Versailles, who says that excellent shows will be held three nights a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Stockholders involved in the transaction include John Wise, Richard Godsop, C.W. Parrish, William M. Campbell and W.A. Anderson.

The departure of the Rev. R.S. Wilson, pastor of the Midway Christian Church, for a church in Flemingsburg, is being lamented locally. The Rev. Mr. Wilson was always a community leader in Midway and, among other accomplishments, he organized the Boy Scouts while here. Sylvester Boston, 14, son of Dutch Boston, was out hunting near Mortonsville with a small boy as a companion. They alighted from a machine and were preparing to hunt when young Boston leaned his gun against the machine. When he reached back for it, the gun slipped and fell and discharged its whole load through the muscle of his left leg just below the hip, making a clean wound all the way. The lad is doing nicely at this writing.

A Ford machine belonging to the undertakers, Thomas & Cooper, caught fire Sunday night in front of the Woodward Garage, when a lighted match was brought too near the gas tank. The top of the machine was burned off and other small damage was done. December 5, 1941… Midway High was dropped from the list of schools accredited by the Southern Association of High Schools. The listed reason was that three of the teachers, Mrs. Ambrose Preston, Miss Evelyn Clarke and Mrs. Frank Lewis are paid less than the minimum permitted by the member schools of the association.

Miss Anne Douglas McCown, 20, of Versailles, a UK senior, was killed in an auto accident near Hawkinsville, Georgia on Friday. No injuries were sustained by the other occupants of the car, which included Charles Nuckols Jr., of Midway, Wiley Bennett, of Florida, and Miss Allison Hearne of Princeton. The car left the road and overturned several times. Miss McCown was the daughter of M/M Thomas C. McCown, McCracken Pike, and was a member of Block & Bridle, Chi Omega, Alma Magna Mater and the 240 Club. She was a Margaret Hall graduate. She was survived also by her sister, Miss Marie Louise McCown, a student at Eastern Kentucky Teacher’s College; her maternal grandparents, M/M M.C. Kellogg; and her paternal grandfather, Albert K. McCown of Woodford. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery.

Midway High racked up two wins during the week, defeating the strong Dayton team by 47-19 and upending Lawrenceburg by 42-23. The latter team is defending CKC champion and Dayton was in last year’s state tournament. Noel led the Blue Jays in the Dayton game with 28 points, followed by Craig’s 10. In the Lawrenceburg contest, Noel and Sergent each had 13 points, Craig, 10 and Wilson, 6. Portwood, Hash, House, Jefferson, Redden, Carpenter and Rouse also played.

Miss Margaret Ware Parrish announced an initial meeting on Dec. 5 for the purpose of organizing a Girl Scout troop in Midway.

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