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September 8, 1898... Gen. Cassius Clay has sued for divorce from his child wife, Dora, alleging abandonment. He has fixed her nicely on a farm. The General is said to be still in the matrimonial market, preferring a gay young thing of about 40. Capt. W.H. Sandusky, former proprietor of the Hotel Woodford at Versailles, lost his hotel at Central City, The Sandusky, by fire on March 1, 1898, and is suing the city for $20,000 damages. Sam Wooldridge left Versailles yesterday for Lexington, Virginia, where he attends Washington & Lee University. Charles Nuckols and Charlton Graves Monday bought out the grocery firm of D.B. Price. A.F. Steele was buried last Thursday in the Frankfort Cemetery. A coroner’s inquest was held but the verdict was non-committal. The examining trial of Merritt Hughes was held on Saturday and a great many witnesses were heard. County Judge Parrish concluded the offense was not proven to be murder, but “shooting and killing in sudden heat and passion.” The defendant was held over on $2,500 bail, which was given. Miss Nellie Winn arrived in Midway Saturday to resume her place as musical director at the Orphan School. Tom Sheets and family and Steve Doggins and wife have moved to Midway and have taken rooms at the Coyle house. George Martin and Johnson Taylor went to the creek for a bath Monday. While they were enjoying the water, several cows were devouring their clothes. After a long chase through weeds and briars, they recovered one sock and a shirt sleeve. They came home before daylight the next morning. The old wooden bridge across Lee’s Branch on the Georgetown Pike is being replaced by a handsome iron structure. The Midway Public School, under the leadership of Principal Williams, opened last Monday with 55 pupils enrolled and new ones coming in every day. Prof. Williams is assisted by Misses Hughes and Morris, who are trying to get the school graded properly, with special attention to the high school branches. Many of our citizens are improving their property by building new walks of crushed rock, such as is used on the depot platform. The Orphan School has improved its walks with this material also. It makes excellent sidewalks and is comparatively cheap. September 2, 1920… The Midway Chamber of Commerce set yearly dues at $6 and agreed to meet the first Thursday of each month. The Midway Graded and High School will open Sept. 14 and Supt. F.V. McChesney said that the compulsory school attendance law would be strictly enforced. Mrs. William H. Martin has been employed to be the attendance officer. The old law required a child to attend classes three days a week. The new law calls for full attendance for all between the ages of seven and 16. Faculty members in addition to the superintendent are Susan Peffer, Mrs. Fred Wehrle, Henrietta Moore, Mrs. Stella Davis, Sue Davis, Sallie Pates, Lelia Nave and Mrs. J.A. Brannock. F.G. Roberts, Frankfort, nephew of Mrs. Eugenia Williams, writes as follows: “Midway differs today from Midway 50 years ago (1870)... so do the boys. There are only two of those “boys” here today, John Wise, merchant; and Richard Godson, lawyer. Many changes have taken place in the past 50 years. All of the old-timers, Col. Phil and Tom Parrish, the older Cogars, who were the life of business, have all passed over the river. Billie Rau, who was loved by all, old and young, was a busy man in the days gone by. The old paper mill was in full swing in the 70s, and now used as a distillery. Among the boys of 50 years ago were John Wise, Richard Godson, Frank Sheets, Bob Woolums, Ed Stout and Joe Williams, now of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Judge Robert Stout was a little fellow, and us older boys used to have to tie him in the yard to get away from him. The writer apologizes to the Judge for giving his age away. One incident of 50 years ago is well remembered by the writer, and that was a fight between some of these boys, myself among them, with a negro named “Mud Dauber,” who whipped the bunch to a frazzle and would have done more had it not been for R.H. Stout, father of Circuit Judge R.L. Stout, who came to their rescue. Mud Dauber was hanged about 25 years ago for murder. A livelier set of boys, or a manlier set, never tipped his hat to a lady or went to Sunday school. I cannot refrain from dropping a tear to those who have lain down life’s burden, and a good wish to those who survive the Midway of 50 years ago.” M/M S.C. Reid have rented rooms at Mrs. Bettie M. Allen’s and have gone to housekeeping. M/M Jehu Gardner and daughter, Lucille, who have been occupying the old school building on West Bruen Street, have moved to the residence of John Holland on Winter Street, having rented half the house. M/M William E. Simms and daughters, Elizabeth and Lucy, are expected to arrive home Tuesday from a summer trip to Honolulu. Miss Margaret Merrill left Sunday for Millville, where she opened her school Monday. Miss Evelyn Clarke expects to leave Friday for Jackson, where she is engaged to teach this term. The post office at Pinckard has been abolished by Washington and mail will now be sent to Keene, in Jessamine County. The cottage home of K. Wafford, in the Laval Heights addition to Versailles, was struck by lightning Friday. Damage was minor. The Lexington Pike was closed Monday of last week to permit resurfacing from the city limits of Versailles to the old Pisgah substation. Engineer Edwards and his men reopened the road on Friday. Engineer Moulton and foreman John H. Edger are supervising the work of laying the water pipes to the river and have made excellent progress.

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