Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
May 11, 1899… A report is in circulation that the recent purchase of the farm at Hodgenville where Abraham Lincoln was born was made by David Crear of New York on behalf of Robert T. Lincoln, son of the late president. It is being said that Mr. Lincoln wants to have a home for the surviving soldiers of the Civil War erected on the old Lincoln farm. The historic old log cabin in which the president was born, and which was later taken to Nashville during the Centennial Exposition in 1897, may in the near future be brought back to the farm from New York, where it was taken at the close of the centennial. A story making the rounds says that a Kansas Justice of the Peace recently presided at a “hearing’’ concerning the corpse of a man who had been found after being drowned. The corpse had on its person a revolver and $50 in its pocket. The Justice handed down a ruling fining the corpse $50 for carrying a concealed deadly weapon and took the money. Gen. Hardin, candidate for governor of Kentucky, has been circulating pictures of himself, Jo Blackburn and William Jennings Bryan, along with the slogan: “Together in defeat, together in victory.” The Interior Journal says that Blackburn’s chances to return to the U.S. Senate and Bryan’s chances to be elected president are better than Hardin’s chances. Hardin’s main opponent for the Democratic nomination is Sen. William Goebel. The Kentucky monument at Chickamauga Battlefield in Georgia, unveiled early in May by Miss Christine Bradley, daughter of Gov. Bradley, is the first monument. which honors impartially soldiers on both sides in the war. The mail route from Millville to Jett will be discontinued after June 3. Hereafter the mail will be brought from Frankfort. Everybody is sorry the change has been made. A Madison County woman says there were 40 snows last winter, from October 31 to April 10. There were two in October, four in November, eight in December, eight in January, seven in February, five in March and six in April. There were no bids offered for the electric light franchise at the city council meeting Tuesday night. The Telephone Exchange has had a directory printed of its subscribers. Lucas Brodhead, of Woodford County, purchased the big Northern Bank building in Lexington Tuesday for $58,100. Strawberries from southern markets are quoted at 5 cents per quart in Lexington. A crop of hemp was sold in Jessamine County Monday at $5.60, the highest price since 1890. Theodore Landsberg, father of S.W. Landsberg of Versailles, died suddenly in his home at Cincinnati last Saturday. He was about 72 and was noted for his upright life. Fawn Leap, the farm of the late Mrs. N.E. Pepper, situated on the Versailles and Midway Pike about one-half mile from Midway, was sold at public auction last Thursday. The farm, consisting of 257 acres, was bid in by Mrs. Charles Railey of Lexington at $72 per acre. Three houses on Rena Avenue belonging to Godson & Starks were sold at public auction Saturday. The one occupied by O.F. Taylor was purchased by C.J. Weisenberger for $150; the one occupied by Clarence Downard was bought by John Swope for $150. The one adjoining Thomas Perry’s was purchased by Mr. Price at $165. The houses are well built and considered a bargain at those prices. Dr. J.T. Graves, 75, of Mortonsville, prominent farmer and physician, was found dead hanging by a rope Saturday in a tobacco barn on the farm of his son-in-law, S.M. Branham. He had been in ill health for some time. Col. John A. Steele, in Chattanooga last week for the observance at Chickamauga, missed a step at the Reed House Friday evening and fractured his left hip at the joint. He returned to Midway Tuesday and is now resting as well as possible under the circumstances. May 12, 1921… The graduating class of eight at Midway High this year includes Mary Elizabeth Bruen, Sallie Rowan Logan, Anna A. Cunningham, Clarice Phillips, Ida Kenney Risque, Charles Merrill, John Withrow and Estill Reeves. Elizabeth Bruen will deliver the valedictory address. Members of the junior class, which will as a class give a reception for the seniors Tuesday, are Edith Farmer, Lillie Maddox, Mary McKinivan, Pearl Portwood, Jeanette Lehman, Ethel Stafford, Minnie Tate, Colvin Rouse, Kenneth Reeves, Willard Roberts and Robert Roberts. The cases of Albert Canada and John Bohannon for conspiring to murder Ben T. Rodgers and Homer Nave will be tried on May 19. The largest vote ever recorded in the Graded School District was cast Saturday at the school building when J.V. Yocum received 183, T.M. Roach 172 and G.T. McKinney 15 complimentary votes. Mr. Yocum was reelected and Mr. Roach succeeds Mr. McKinney, who was not a candidate. Mr. McKinney had served since 1914 Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bowmar and daughter, Miss Cicely and son, Dan Jr., who have been living in Lexington, will return to Versailles to reside the last of this month, having rented the lovely home of Bolivar Bond on South Main Street. Mrs. J.A. Brannock, her health impaired, has resigned as a teacher at the Midway Public School. A memorial tablet to Miss Darnaby Henton, who died in France early this year, was unveiled at St. John’s Episcopal Church Sunday morning with appropriate ceremonies and special music. The special “Go to Sunday School Day” held May 1 saw 3,709 persons attending in 25 Sunday schools around the county, as compared with 2,601 in 1920. The handsome home of the late Dr. William Wasson on Montgomery Avenue, now the property of Dr. Julian K E. Wasson, of California, was sold Sunday by Bolivar Bond as agent. The house and one lot on the west side were sold to William H. Sudduth for $7,150. The other two lots on the east side were sold to A.C. Hunter for $1,550, making a total sale of $8,700.