Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
September 7, 1899… Sen. Jo Blackburn defended the Goebel election law, which he reminded listeners, was passed by a Democratic legislature, vetoed by a Republican governor, and passed over the veto again by the Democrats. He said he had many reasons to favor it and mainly because he believed it would prevent any future stealing of an election. He added that if political thievery continues in Kentucky in spite of the Goebel election law, he would be willing to swear that the other fellow will not be doing the stealing. In addressing possible reasons why any of his listeners would be against Goebel for governor, Blackburn said there was no need to fear “bossism” because he had never seen a man who could boss Kentucky. He said Henry Clay never saw the day he could; John C. Breckinridge, the biggest and brainest man that ever grew on Kentucky soil; could not boss Kentuckians; Henry Watterson tried and failed; Gov. Bradley, from the other political side, tried and now has few followers; John G. Carlisle, one-time idol of the state, tried it and failed, and is no longer in the state. (The Clipper prints in this issue Blackburn’s entire speech at Mayf1eld on page one.) The Goebel-Taylor gubernatorial battle is heating up mightily. Goebel has been condemned by most church groups over the fact that he killed a man in a proven case of self-defense. Among his enemies, it has been reported that former governor J.Y. Brown was pardoned for the crime of trying to kill an innocent butcher. W.C. Owens, former congressman and now against Goebel, has also been lambasted as a notorious gambler. German B. Stout won the Democratic primary last Tuesday for representative over John Arnett by 133 votes. The total vote was 507 to 374. Stout carried nine precincts while Arnett carried Mortonsville, Nonesuch, Pinckard and Troy. Miss Liccie Woolums has gone to Frankfort where she will have charge of the telephone exchange. Her position here has been taken by Miss Bertha Cropper. Oscar Taylor has accepted a position with Nave & Arnett and will assist in the handling of groceries and laundry. J. “Dooley” Rogers left Monday for Columbia, Tennessee, where he has secured a lucrative position. A.J. Alexander and son departed Monday on a hunting trip to Michigan. Mrs. Alexander and daughter have gone on a visit to friends in Virginia. Both parties will meet in New York in October. W.A. Long has rented the Branham house and will take charge as soon as improvements have been completed. Dr. S.J. Anderson moved to his new residence this week. His house will be connected to his office by private telephone and also with the local exchange. The firm of Dedman & Offutt has been dissolved and the business will be conducted by R.K. Dedman He has moved his stock of goods to the storeroom adjoining his residence on Winter Street. Mr. Offutt will engage in farming. Tuesday marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year as the year 5660 is ushered in. L.F. Payne has rented the storeroom in the Collins block vacated by Dedman & Offutt and will move his goods there. The public school in Midway reports opening attendance of about 75. County Judge Parrish and editors of both newspapers warn those who received public assistance last winter, but who refuse to work this summer, will have a harder time getting any assistance when the cold weather returns. Families all over the county have been unable to hire any workers this summer for house or fields. September 8, 1921… About 30 men from adjoining towns went to the Nugent Crossroads neighborhood last Thursday for a dove shoot. They had quite a lively time for a while and about 300 doves were killed. Local teachers who will teach elsewhere this year are Miss Evelyn Clarke, at Heidlesburg; Miss Nancy Cooper at Lynch; Miss Routh Clarke at Sayre; and Miss Anna Cunningham, at Jett’s. The Paynes Depot area suffered a severe hailstorm Friday and tobacco crops belonging to Willie Lee Nutter, James K. Ewing and James L. Cleveland were badly damaged. Joseph and Douglas Barton, sons of Mrs. Hugh Barton, left Tuesday to enter school at St. Mary’s College in Marion County. The 73rd session of Kentucky Female Orphan School opened Wednesday. Miss Ida Burton of Lexington will teach history and French; Miss Honeywood Parrish will teach physical culture; and Mrs. Gregory of Carlisle will be the health officer. Midway Graded and High School will open Sept. 13 and Supt. F.V. McChesney will begin his third year there. Other teachers will include Miss Susan Peffer, high school principal; Miss Henrietta Moore, language; Miss Mary King Burrier, domestic science; Mrs. Stella Davis, 6th and 8th grades; Miss Alice Baxter, 7th grade; Miss Marguerite Allen, 4th and 5th grades; Miss Sallie Pates, 3rd grade; Miss Lelia Nave, 2nd grade; Mrs. Jennie Clarke, primary; Mrs. William Martin, attendance officer. W.E. Simms entertained with a luncheon and dove shoot at his lovely country home, Airdrie, during the past week in honor of John W. Davis, former ambassador to the Court of St. James, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Edward McDonald of Lexington. Mrs. Wallace Eades, Mrs. Paul M. Smith, Mrs. Arthur Sublette and Mrs. James N. Fisher of Versailles were out riding in Mrs. Eades’ limousine Wednesday on the Nicholasville Pike, when the steering wheel refused to work and the machine ran through a wire fence, striking a tree and throwing all the ladies out and more or less cutting and bruising them. The machine was smashed to pieces. Versailles Graded and High School opened Tuesday with a full corps of teachers and a large attendance. The high school and higher grades will be taught at the Childers Place, Lexington Street, which has been comfortably fitted up. David J. Howard and wife, who have been in Philadelphia for several months, have returned home. He has been under treatment and is greatly improved in health. While excavating for the city quarry on the Dry Ridge Pike Saturday, two well-preserved skeletons were unearthed. Their identity has not yet been discovered.