Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
June 8, 1899... Sen. Jo Blackburn introduced William Jennings Bryan at the convention on bimetallism in Louisville June 2 and the Democratic party standard bearer of 1896 said that the financial question is still the main issue for the 1900 presidential contest. There were 4,000 in the auditorium to hear Bryan speak and another 769 bimetallists from all parts of the country broke bread with Bryan at the dollar banquet at Fountain Ferry Park. The Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co., in Anderson County, announced the closing of its distilleries for the season. The W.H. McBrayer Distillery closed Tuesday and the T. B. Ripy and Watterfill & Frazier Distilleries will stop next week. Plaudit has been repurchased by John E. Madden for $12,000 from W.C. Whitney, who paid Madden $25,000 for the horse last year. After being out 18 hours, the jury in the case of City Councilman Merritt J. Hughes for killing A.F. Steele returned a verdict of acquittal. The trial consumed over a week. The J.W. Brown estate will offer at public sale June 17 a lot on the north side of Railroad Street, between Winter and Turner streets and adjacent to property owned by R.J. Sacra and R.K. Combs and being 209 feet by 51 feet by 48 feet by 154 feet, a portion of lot 89 and acquired by Mr. Brown from Sacra and Saunders in 1889. The lot has about 60 feet front on Railroad Street. Jesse Vic Martin returned Tuesday to Midway after an absence of several years. He has traveled widely and for the past year was employed at Jamalpore, India. The city authorities have greatly improved the street crossing at the intersection of Winter and Railroad streets. It is estimated there are in the various granaries and elevators in the county over 150,000 bushels of old wheat. Should the price jump to $1, this quantity would doubtless melt away within 48 hours. The committee having in charge the selection of a place for spreading the dinner for the Sunday school convention next Saturday has arranged to set the tables under the shade trees along the western end of Bruin Street. This place was selected on account of its suitability and accessibility. The street will be sprinkled and everything possible done to provide for the comfort and convenience of the diners. The Clipper made a serious error in the May 25 issue by saying that the former directors of the defunct Deposit Bank had signed a petition seeking dismissal of the indictments against ex-cashier W.M. Shipp. Some of the directors still living, and another now dead, never at any time signed such a paper and the Clipper regrets it passed along erroneous information. June 9, 1921... The services of Miss Mary Feimster of Lexington has been secured as Woodford County Home Demonstration Agent. Her office will be in the City Hall at Versailles. Woodford County boys will be going in a group to Camp Daniel Boone from July 29 to Aug. 13. Cost for the two weeks, except for transportation, will be $14. Midway streets will be treated this year with a high grade of oil, about 10,000 gallons at 15 cents per gallon, according to Mayor R.C. Richardson. Fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed the store of Charles L. McNay in Cogartown Monday. The building, which was the property of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Fogle, was gutted and is a complete loss. This is the second time within the past few years that stores at this location have been destroyed by fires. Frank Mitchell was conducting a store there at the time of the other fire. Gov. Charles M. Harriss was returning from a Masonic meeting in Lexington Friday at 2 a.m. when approaching the Shannon Run bridge, at the Fayette County line, his machine ran into a telephone pole and was dashed to the creek between the interurban line bridge and the concrete pike bridge. His machine was torn to atoms, the rear end broken from the front and turned end for end, pinning Gov. Harriss underneath. He was badly hurt about the back and limbs. He managed to work out from the wreck but was unable to do more. A number of machines passed, but were not able to hear his cries for help. A rampant Jersey bull, trying to gore Gov. Harriss, awoke Mr. Webb Shropshire, who lives nearby, at 5 o’clock and, with the assistance of neighbors, took Gov. Harriss to his home, summoned Dr. W.T. Collette and the ambulance from Lexington, and he was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital. While severely hurt about the back, the news is that he is doing as well as could be expected. The wonder is that he was not instantly killed. Woodford County has registered this year 944 passenger cars and 122 trucks. In Versailles, the water has been turned in to the new pipes, leading to the river, for the mile nearest the city, and the wooden pipes are standing the test. Great hopes are had for the successful finish of the work. The Highland Place addition lot sale in Versailles on Saturday was a success, financially and otherwise. The 60 lots were sold at from $60 to $105 each, being 25 by 150 feet in size. The average price was $75.