Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
March 9, 1899… John A. Steele, of Midway, vice president of the reorganized Kentucky Historical Society, addressed the members on the occasion of the annual meeting, which is set by Article XIII to be held each year on Feb. 11, the anniversary of the birth of Daniel Boone. This was the second annual meeting since reorganization and Mr. Steele remarked that the bare walls and empty cabinets of the room at the previous meeting had given way now to many articles of interest and value on display. Automobile carriages are all the rage in New York and the East, but we doubt very much they’ll ever becoming popular in Kentucky where the horse is still king. Hillenmeyer, the Lexington nurseryman, says the recent cold snap has entirely destroyed the peach crop. Apples are not damaged, nor pears. Grapes have suffered severely, and cherries to a great extent. Strawberries will be all the better for the cold spell. He says there are more bushels of blackberries eaten in Kentucky each year than there are of apples, and he fears the possible loss of the crop this year will be a severe one. The Millville correspondent says the Old Crow still house has shut down on account of the back water from the river being all over the lot and up in the still house. The river is rising at the rate of six inches an hour. Glenns Creek was on a big boom Saturday with water in the pike at several locations, and almost past fording in some spots. Paul Brother had a narrow escape last Thursday in the Mortonsville area, his horse taking fright at a pile of stone on the Seller’s Mill Pike and backing over the embankment on the lower side, horse and buggy both turning over. Mr. Brother stayed in the buggy and held on to the lines; otherwise, the horse would have completely demolished the rig. The horse’s legs were badly cut and the buggy somewhat wrecked. Mr. Brother escaped unhurt. The county ought to be sued for not having a fence along this pike, as there are some very dangerous places on it. Ralph Greenbaum has submitted to the Midway City Council a proposition to furnish the city with electric lights. The telephone exchange has been in operation in Midway for nearly three months and the subscribers are united in the opinion that they would not be without the service. The time is not far off when every merchant in Midway will have a telephone for the convenience of their customers as well as for themselves. A destructive hailstorm visited Versailles and Pisgah Saturday and much rain was general in the county. The streams were quickly out of their beds. A snowstorm Monday still held March in winter’s embrace. Mrs. Nannie Pepper, 72, died at her home in Lexington on Sunday of heart disease. She was the widow of Oscar Pepper, who died more than 30 years ago. He was the founder of the famous Oscar Pepper brand of whiskey, the distillery located in Woodford County and still in existence and owned by L. Graham. She was the daughter of James Edwards, of Woodford, and six children survive her, Col. James E. Pepper, of the Pepper Distillery; Thomas and Neville Pepper; Misses Belle and Dixie Pepper; and Mrs. Charles Railey. March 10, 1921… There are 25 young men now enrolled at Midway High School. John Howard Payne, former superintendent of the Midway School, has been reelected superintendent of the Richmond schools for a third year. Women who have had a modest idea of the value men put upon them will revise their conclusion when they read of some of the verdicts in damage suits that juries rendered before the women had the privilege of sitting with them in the trial of cases. In a New York court recently, a jury awarded $40,000 for the loss of a leg. This led Case & Comment to look up the subject of what a woman is worth, in the light of recent court decisions, and it found that when completely assembled she has been valued by juries as follows: legs, at $40,000 each, $80,000; arms at $42,500 each, $85,000; hair, $20,000; nose, $15,000; eyes at $10,000 each, $20,000; broken heart, $250,000 - total, $470,000. The top average for tobacco this season was $15.44 per hundred for the first week in February. Several weeks later the average had been reduced to $13.51. Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Shannon and family moved from the rooms over Hopkins’ Grocery to Cogartown. Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Bootze and family moved from the Lehman property on Higgins Street across the street into the Beauchamp property recently vacated by the Noel family. Mr. Bart Graves and his mother have moved from the Wheeler property on Turner Street to a residence on the Spring Station Pike near town. Mr. John Clark and family moved from a cottage on the Spring Station Pike to a house on the farm of H.L. Martin. Mr. and Linton and his wife,who have been living in the cottage on the Steward property, moved to a cottage on Railroad Street, and Mr. O’Nan moved to the Steward cottage. Mr. L.F. Fugett and family have moved to the Parker property on Higgins Street recently vacated by Edward Stevens. Mr. Fugett is local representative of Metropolitan Life. Mr. and Mrs. Rice Riddle, who have been occupying a part of the Redden property on the Versailles Pike near town, have moved to the Simms Farm. On the editorial page of this edition can be found a complete list of the county roads and the amount of rock needed for each in the spring renovation period. Phil Weisenberger reported to County Judge Mulcahy that there were two well-developed cases of smallpox near Paynes Depot. The judge ordered a strict quarantine and proper medical attention. Arthur Kemper has sold his 50-acre farm on the Johnson Mill Pike to L.H. Reeves of Woodford for $15,000. J.P. Hill advertises for rent his small farm on the Versailles Pike, just south of the school. U.S. Senator J.C.W. Beckham retired to private life Friday. In 1896, he was elected to fill a vacancy in the Legislature; in 1898, he was reelected; in 1898, he was chosen Speaker of the House; in 1899, he was Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor; in 1899, he was defeated on the face of the return and instituted a contest; in 1900, the contest was decided favorably by the Legislature; in 1900, he was sworn in as Lt. Governor; in 1900, he became governor upon the death of Goebel; in 1900, he was nominated and elected governor; in 1903, he was declared eligible for reelection; in 1903, renominated and reelected governor; in 1907, nominated for U.S. Senator; in 1908, defeated for Senator by party bolt; in 1914, nominated and elected U.S. Senator; in 1915, entered upon duties as Senator; in 1920, renominated for Senator without opposition; in 1920, defeated for Senator in general election; in 1921, retired from Senate to private life. A.N. Razor, who served two terms as magistrate from Millville, announced as candidate for jailer. Incumbent John H. Edger has also announced. Night chief W.C. White and officer J.W. Steele raided a crap game Sunday night and arrested nine prominent young men. They paid fines of $20 and costs each. The Rev. Father Nicholas Landermann has been assigned as rector of St. Leo’s Catholic Church. He conducted his first service Thursday morning. The new County Board of Education composed of Jonathan W. Stout, W.A. Cox, Clarence Crutcher, H.A. Owen and George M. Jewell met Saturday and elected Stout as president and Mrs. J.C. Dawson as secretary. M.B. Hifner was elected as superintendent. The Versailles High School district was enlarged by taking in two-and-one-half miles of territory, 11 around the city to compose the high school district.