• Woodford Sun Staff Report

A Frankfort judge has blocked the effects of House Bill 1, one of three laws that the state legislat

February 14, 1901… There were coined last year at the U.S. Mints 66,883,700 copper cents. The number was almost large enough to supply every inhabitant with one of these useful coins. The mint turned out more cents last year than ever before, but they have not been inactive in preceding years. The output in 1895, 38,000,000; in 1896, 39,000,000; in 1897, 50,000,000; and in 1898, 49,000,000. The cents in circulation seldom are much worn. They disappear somehow before they have a chance to get rubbed smooth as nickel coins do. What becomes of the cent is as much a mystery as what becomes of all the pins. Millions of these small coins are minted yearly and yet there is a steady demand for more. Nobody hoards cents. Nobody melts them down, a fate which befalls good coins often. Then what becomes of all the bronze cents? Two years ago this month, the Philippine war began. It has cost this republic a quarter of a billion dollars, 3,500 lives and its self-respect to further the selfish schemes of promoters. During these two years, we have had more men under arms in the Philippines than Washington had during the Revolution; more than the republic had under arms during the War of 1812; more men than Scott had when he invaded Mexico; more men than Shafter had when he invaded Cuba and compelled the surrender of the Spanish forces; and more men than Grant had at any time during his Vicksburg campaign. And yet it has been impossible to subjugate a weak people who are fired by a love of liberty. There is much in these facts that demand the consideration of the thoughtful W.J. Bryan in The Commoner. There is hardly a married man, except editors, who does not carry in his pocket the picture of an attractive woman who is not his wife. We violate no confidence when we say her name is Miss Anna Wilkes Williams, of Philadelphia, and that her picture ornaments the silver dollar which we all use and love so well. The home of Mrs. Bowmar in Versailles was destroyed by fire Friday evening. It caught from the kitchen flue. The house was worth $9,500. The house of the Misses Turner was also involved. The citizens of Midway do not take enough interest in the affairs of the town. The local officers are elected and sworn to do the will of the people. It would be greatly conducive to good government if the people would hold mass meetings from time to time and give expression to their wishes in regard to the conduct of affairs. It would greatly help the officials. You stand on the street corner and abuse the officers, yet you won’t turn over a hand to help them in the discharge of their duties. There ought to be a close relation between officers and people. If this were maintained the affairs of the city would be managed more in accordance with the will of the people. It is almost impossible for a home man to carry out any scheme to make money. But just let a stranger come to town with any kind of a scheme and the people fall over themselves to be the first to take hold. Then after they are bit, they put on faces long enough to eat oats out of a churn and mourn because the town is no good and no one is making a living in it. We have heard men cuss this town for all they are worth, abuse its officials, its businessmen, its churches, etc., and then wonder why the town does not grow. Stop running down the town, get to work and the city will take on new life. The long-distance telephone rates from here are as follows: Versailles 10 cents; Lexington, Pisgah, Frankfort and McKee’s Crossroads, each 15 cents; Spring Station, Jett each 10 cents; and Farmdale 20 cents. City Clerk W.B. Cogar reports current assets at $905.43 and liabilities at $167.17. City Treasurer John Wise reports income and expenses at $7,158.07. Ad Valorem taxes for 1900 are $1,377.79; $500 comes from S.J. Greenbaum Distillery; $53.37 from railroad taxes; $1,008.15 from Deposit Bank, taxes of 1894-95; $821.20 Citizen’s Bank taxes for 1895-96; $292.22 taxes for 1900 Citizen’s Bank; $163.78 Farmer’s Bank taxes for 1900. Saloons furnish $1,260 of the income. Expenses show for the year 1900 $180 to Charles Courtney, the lamp lighter; $723 to Marshal J.W. Pates; $1,000 to Prof. W.E. Williams; $398 to Miss Mattie Hughes; $280 to Miss Kate Williams; $158 to Miss Alice Baxter, Miss Carrie Allen who also taught and Mrs. B.J. Mitchell who taught music. The tax levy for Midway for 1901 is 50 cents on the $100 and council meetings are set for the second Tuesday of each month. February 16, 1922… Mrs. Emma B. Parker announces the opening of a first-class genteel boarding house at the Parker House on March 1. Woodford County makes up the 46th House District and is part of the 22nd Senate District with Jessamine and Madison counties. The House District shows a Democratic majority of 1,081. J.R. Weiler, cashier of the Citizens Bank of Midway for the past two-and-a-half years, has decided to relocate and will leave Midway at once. With this issue, the new owner has cut the paper size from seven columns to six. The Clipper editor praises Henry Watterson, who would have been 82 this week. Watterson founded the Courier-Journal in 1868 by merging the Louisville Daily Journal, the Louisville Daily Democrat and the Morning Courier. He retired in 1918. E.A. Long has sold to William Shelton 10-1/2 acres on Bell Avenue, an eastern addition to Versailles, for $5,400. Sublette & Slaughter have let the contract for an extension to their brick storeroom on Lexington Street, next door to the Traction Co. Station. It will be 14 by 23 feet and F.J. Rump has the contract. Frank Bohannon Sr. sold to Mrs. Maude McCauley four lots in Childers Terrace for $1 and other considerations. Mrs. McCauley will erect a neat bungalow dwelling in the near future. Henry H. Jesse died Feb. 8 at age 53 of double pneumonia. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Sallie Jesse; his wife, Mrs. Laura Jesse; and three children, William McDonald Jesse, Rilla and Sallie Jesse; two brothers, Joe S. Jesse and County Attorney Will Jesse, and a sister, Mrs. Oscar Elmore. Thomas G. Woolam, Mrs. Woolam and baby daughter, and Mrs. William M. Hughes, who live neighbors on Montgomery Avenue, were nearly asphyxiated Wednesday night. The gas fumes from a new furnace had filled the house, rather than going out the chimney. Mrs. Hughes heard their calls of distress and came to telephone doctors but was overcome while on the phone. The arrival of two doctors saved all four from death. H.M. Wooldridge and others have formed a stock company to erect another ice plant on the lot on Green Street, where Sandifer’s Garage was recently burned. The Council has thus far refused their request to build the facility.


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