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September 28, 1899… State Senator William Goebel, Democratic nominee for governor, has remained the focus for virulent attacks on a daily basis and there are numerous “bolters” who have pledged to support the GOP ticket. However, the Clipper front page is filled with testimonials from all over the state supporting Goebel. In addition to Sen. Jo Blackburn, former Governor James B. McCreary is a strut Goebe1 supporter. Former Governor T.T. Crittenden a1so supports Goebel and denounces former Governor John Y. Brown, whose name will be on the ballot and regular Democrats say Brown is just a stalking horse for Taylor, the Republican. William Goebel appeared in Versailles Sept. 25, but due to rain and cool weather, the speaking was moved inside the courthouse. A stand was erected near the eastern door in order that those on the outside might hear, and fully 1,000 did hear the speech. Goebel was introduced by Rep. German B. Stout. The Clipper reported editorially, “As a political speaker, Mr. Goebel is unlike any other we ever listened to. Kentucky has a long line of distinguished orators, but their fame rests largely upon their brilliant usage of words, their ethereal flights of oratory, and their outbursts of forensic passion. But not so with Goebel. He indulges in no superfluous metaphor but plunges at once into his subject and tells the people what he has to say in the plainest language possible. He deals not in glittering generalities but tells just what he is for and just why he is seeking the office. He is the only candidate for office we have ever known frank enough to admit that his race was not due to the ‘call of friends,’ but on his own account because he wants the office.” Powhatan Wooldridge and family, who have been spending the summer at “Loto Wana” on the Versailles-Midway Pike, will leave the first of October for Louisville. They expect to return to Loto Wana next year. Ed Lane, of Frankfort, spoke at the opera house in Midway Monday night in the interest of the Republican ticket. A fair-sized crowd heard him. Judge W.B. Fleming, of Louisville, will erect a handsome home on Harris Hill, which he and his family will occupy as soon as completed. The state board has appointed Charles Nuckols and William Faircloth, Democrats; and Charles Alexander, Republican, to the county election board. It is a good board, says the editor, and we are assured of an honest vote in the county. A new fad is to have a ”progressive driving party.” Ten or a dozen couples go out together for a drive and every 10 or 15 minutes the hostess blows a whistle, then the procession stops and each lady progresses to the buggy in front of her. In this manner, the couples are changed and conversation does not languish. The Olympia, with Admiral Dewey aboard, arrived in lower New York bay at dawn Tuesday, two days before it was expected. The Admiral said he couldn’t kill any more time on the way and decided to come into the lower bay and give Capt. Lamberton a chance to put the Olympia into perfect shape before continuing up the harbor. The grave of Captain John Paul Jones has not been located by the government through its inquiries of the embassy at the French capital. He died on July 18, 1792 in Paris and was buried with highest honors by the French government, but the place of his burial cannot now be determined. What the Vanderbilt wealth is, the grand total, no man outside of the family can definitely say. At the present time, the total family wealth is thought to be about $500,000,000, of which the late Cornelius Vanderbilt possessed $115,000,000. His income was about $600,000 per year. At the present valuation of industrial stocks, the Vanderbilt fortune in another year, it is believed, will closely approach $750,000,000. The Vanderbilt line commences with the old Commodore, a Dutch-American, whose business sagacity, prudence and foresight, enabled him to lay the foundation of what is probably the largest family fortune in the U.S. today. After the death of Commodore Vanderbilt, the head of the family was William H., father of Cornelius, and the latter succeeded to the leadership after the former’s death. William K. Vanderbilt is the new head of the family. September 29, 1921… County Engineer W.H. Edwards Jr. says that a pavement will be built from Higgins Street to the Kentucky Female Orphan School. John Starks, a former resident, has generously agreed to pay the costs. The pavement will eliminate the present hazardous route along the L&N railroad track, not to mention the hard travel in bad weather. An unusual situation now prevails in Midway. The time is getting quite short to election, and there have been no announcements for mayor or councilmen. The tasks are apparently so thankless that no one wants to be bothered. Midway High School opens the football season at home on Sept. 30 against Madison High. Last year’s Midway team knew nothing but victory and this season the following 10 are listed for action: Lynn, Kearney, Strausbow, McKinney, Campbell, Roberts, Penn, Faust, Portwood and Littrell. Thieves left hurriedly in an automobile after having broken in the front door of George H. Wise’s hardware store. L.D. Childers, night watchman at the distillery, heard the commotion and was able to frighten the thieves away. Prentice Perham, 48, a resident of Midway for 12 years, died Wednesday, about three weeks after receiving an injury unloading tobacco on the farm of J.S. Starks. A history of American’s leading sires from 1860 to 1920, published by the Thoroughbred Record, says the following about Woodford horses: Lexington was a bay horse foaled in 1850 by Boston-Alice Carneal, bred by Dr. E. Warfield at The Meadows, near Lexington and died July 1, 1875 at Woodburn Stud, Spring Station, at age 25. Leamington was a brown horse foaled in 1853 by Faugh-a-Ballagh, dam a daughter of Pantaloon bred by Mr. Halford in England. Made six seasons in stud in England and brought to America to stand at Bosque Bonita Stud and died May 6, 1878 at Erdenheim Stud, Chester, Pa. at age 25. Virgil was a dark brown horse foaled in 1864 by Vandal-Hymenia, bred by Hyman C. Gratz near Spring Station, died at Quinnaro Stud in Kentucky in 1893, at age 29. Longfellow was a brown horse foaled in 1867 by Leamington-Nanturam bred by John Harper at Nantura Stud, Midway, where he died Nov. 5, 1893 at age 26. Hastings was a brown horse foaled in 1903 by Spendthrift-Cinderella, bred by Dr. J.D. Neet of Versailles, and died at A. Belmont’s Nursery Stud, Lexington, in the fall of 1917 at age 24. Lexington held the sire leadership from 1861 to 1875, when he was displaced by Leamington. The society event of the week at Versailles was the wedding of Miss Emily Bowmar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Bowmar, and Henry Ferdinand van der Voort of Dunkirk, N.Y. The only bridesmaid was Miss Ann Camden and Nelson van der Voort was the only groomsman. Ushers were Sen. J.N. Camden, George McLeod, Daniel Lathrop and Nelson Van Deren. A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s father in Woodland Place. Harris-Seller Bank stockholders have elected Theodore Harris as president to succeed James W. Miller, who has resigned due to ill health. Jonathan H. Berryman has been elected vice president, Roy G. Williams is cashier and Mrs. Mamie S. Harris and Mrs. Roy G. Williams fill vacancies on the board of directors. Miles Whittington, John Y. Rout, and probably two others, will run for Versailles city judge in November and A.B. Dawson has announced for reelection as chief of police. Burglars broke into the Elm Corner Store in Versailles of Mrs. Ira Million and carried away the cash register. Capt. V.H. Mulliken brought his blood hounds but rain had destroyed the scent. Theodore Harris, Harris-Seller Bank president, was badly hurt Wednesday at his farm when he attempted to stop a runaway horse. He was thrown into a wire fence and received a cut forehead, two black eyes and a badly jammed nose. He had a narrow escape from death.

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