Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
September 22, 1898… William E. Railey, with this issue, announced his retirement from joint ownership of the Clipper with Mr. Cooper. The latter remained as owner and editor. E.W. Connell and family have removed to the Brown property lately occupied by M/M Addy, on Railroad Street. Prof. Williams will move to the house vacated by Mr. Connell. Miss Jean Amsden, of Versailles, left last week for school at Philadelphia. Ward Macey, of Versailles, left last week for Asheville, N.C., where he enters Bingham College. Miss Grace Lehaman, of Midway, has gone to Anchorage to enter Bellwood Seminary. R.A. Woolums has taken a position with the C&0 Road and has moved his family to Newport News. The first house built in Jessamine County was of logs and was located near the deserted village of Keene. It was built by Reuben Young and two sons in 1791. The house still stands and is inhabited by an aged couple. Work has begun Monday on the local telephone exchange. Poles are being put up and the company will no doubt push the work as fast as possible. This will be a great convenience to our Midway citizens and the large number of boxes engaged indicate that they are going to take advantage of it. The location of the exchange has not yet been fully determined, but will in all probability be over the store of John Wise. The new smokestack at Greenbaum’s Distillery in Midway will, when completed, be one of the largest and highest in this part of the country. It will be 110 feet high and over six feet in diameter at the top. The contract has been let for building Powhatan Wooldridge’s summer home at Versailles and workmen will begin on the foundation tomorrow. It will be a large, two-story frame cottage with stone foundation. It will include a large porch, 25 feet long by 17 feet wide, which will be used for dancing. The house will have hardwood floors and every modern improvement. Mr. Wooldridge will also have a swimming pool supplied by water from a nearby spring. Mr. Wooldridge recently purchased the farm from Capt. Breck Viley and it is located on the VersaillesMidwav Pike. No better tribute to the bravery of an enemy was ever paid than in Gen. Kitchener’s dispatch that 10,800 bodies of Dervishes had been counted on the field, that 16,000 were wounded; that between 300 and 400 were killed in Omdurman when the town was taken; and that there are between 3,000 and 4,000 prisoners. Estimates place the Khalifa’s forces at 35,000 men, though some put the figure higher. Contrast it with the losses on any of the fields of the Civil War or in the Franco-Prussian struggle and it will be seen that it was one of the bloodiest battles in history. September 16, 1910… Midway Public Schools opened Tuesday for the 1920-21 session and Supt. McChesney said the total enrollment, not yet available, will certainly be the highest in the history of the school. Miss Alice Baxter, who taught in Midway last year but had accepted a position with the graded school in Richmond, has had to resign and has returned home on account of her health. She is apparently suffering from overwork. Mrs. J.R. Horton (nee Frances Steele) and Major Horton, located at Peking, China, are the parents of a daughter who has been named Louise Fleetwood. Capt. and Mrs. J.S. Steele of Midway are the grandparents. Dr. C.H. Tyler, of Jeffersontown, will open a dental office in Midway next week. He has rented rooms upstairs in the Rau building. Dr. Tyler will make his home with his brother-in-law, Dr.N.E. Berry, in Versailles, and will make the trip back and forth each day. Thirty-four nations now signed the League of Nations covenant. Not yet signatories are Germany, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. The excessive rains throughout Woodford County over the past few weeks have damaged the tobacco crop to an alarming extent. Rust is now a serious menace and great fear of house-burn exists. George Strange, 62, prominent local farmer who had lived on both the Harris and Hicks farms on the Leestown Pike, died Saturday from the effects of blood poisoning. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Vernon Sutton, Misses Alice and Birdie Strange. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Woodford boxholders at the fall meeting at Lexington’s Kentucky Jockey Club course include Mrs. James Amsden, M/M Coleman Carter, M/M J.N. Camden and M/M James W. Parrish. A.B. Arnett was sworn in as councilman in place of W.A. Gatrell, whose unexpired term was to be filled. The council accepted the resignation of Mrs. Edna Hicks as Midway Cemetery manager. City Clerk Lacefield resigned and was appointed manager of the cemetery. P.P. Lacefield was subsequently elected city clerk unanimously. Miss Honeywood Parrish left Sunday for New Haven, Conn., where she is attending school. Miss Elizabeth McCabe left Monday for Fulton, Mo., to resume her work at the college there. County Judge Mulcahy confirmed that the county election precincts have been redistricted and that seven new precincts have been formed to accommodate the new list of female voters. Dr. and Mrs. A.J.A. Alexander and family returned Saturday from Wequetonsing, Michigan, were they have been spending the summer. Mrs. Delia Harper, 84, died Saturday at Green Cove Springs, Fla. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Mrs. Harper and her late husband lived for years on what is known as the Harper Homestead. She moved about a year ago to be with her son and his family in Florida. She is survived by her son, Walter, and by a grandson, Wallace Harper, both of Green Cove Springs. President Wilson, walking with a cane but without other assistance, passed through a crowd and into his auto for the first time since his recent illness. All previous recent trips from the White House have been in the strictest of privacy. Turkish troops have mounted a siege of Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, and have managed to contain the French garrison and the 25,000 citizens within the walls of the city. Mrs. Mary Ann Edwards, mother of County Road Engineer W.H. Edwards, celebrated her 80th birthday on Thursday. Her children were all present. The farm belonging to the estate of N.M. Marks was sold at public auction Tuesday. The first two tracts, 112 and 20 acres, went to Robert Talbott for $321 an acre. Two tracts of 18 and 16 acres were bought by W.H. Railey at $290 and $270. The last tract, 58.5 acres, went to James Smith for $212 an acre. The average was $285.50 per acre.