Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
January 24, 1901... This is the 24th year of publication and the paper is now datelined Thursday instead of Friday. J.O. Cooper is now the publisher. The inside pages are filled with the news of Queen Victoria’s dying condition, the death of Gov. Mount of Indiana, a duel fought by Baron Rothschild, and Carrie Nation smashing saloons at Wichita. The Democratic county ticket includes Robert L. Stout for county judge, Arthur Sublett for sheriff, R.H. Gray for county clerk, Starks O’Neal for assessor, D.R. Shipp for jailer, L.A. Nuckols for representative, W.O. Davis for county attorney, and M.B. Hifner for school superintendent. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Martin expect to leave in a few days for a several months tour of Europe. Of the chances for an ice harvest this winter, H.F. Hillenmeyer, the veteran nurseryman has this to say: “The chances for ice gathering just at this time are dubious. It has long been known that when the Artic currents set in strongly and solidly over the Eastern Hemisphere, that the Western has a mild winter, and vice versa. The whole of Europe has been bathed in an intensity of cold, while we have basked in the sunshine. In 1868 and 1873, exactly such conditions prevailed, but when the current finally turned westward the cold became intense and continued. The first week of March 1873 was exceptionally cold, the thermometer ranging from zero to five below. Just when we will gather ice cannot be foreseen, but a study of European weather conditions is more assuring than a study of our own. Prior to 1895, it was commonly held that after the 15th of January the ordinary minimum of a Kentucky winter, 10 to 12 degrees below zero, would never again be reached and if icehouses were not then filled, that the chances for filling were less than ever. This theory was rudely shattered by the intense cold of February 1895, 1899, and 1900. A colder week than that from the 8th to the 14th of February 1895 is not within the memory of men now living, and the 9th, with a maximum of 25 degrees below zero, is a day without parallel in tradition.” Mr. and Mrs. George Clark have rented the cottage of W.G. Lehman on Railroad Street. The improvements to the residence of Mrs. A.W. Stanhope on Gratz Street are about completed. When finished, her house will be one of the handsomest and most complete in the city. The local saloon license for 1901 has been fixed at $600, and with three barrooms in operation, the city treasury ought to be kept reasonably full. Can’t we expend some of this on electric lights? The citizens of Midway should not suffer the matter of electric lights to die aborning. They should hold a mass meeting at once to see what really is the sense of the citizens, in order that the council might have something to act upon. The Rev. M.D. Clubb has rented the residence of W.D Offutt on Winter Street. R.K. Dedman has purchased the Railey Grocery stock and will open up at the same stand in a few days. Misses Anna and Lou Wilson moved this week from Locust Street in Versailles to the house owned by D.L. Thornton on Rose Hill. Ed Wise and family of Versailles, who formerly occupied Mrs. Sally Graddy’s house on High Street, will soon take possession of the late Mrs. Maria Bowmar’s home on Locust Street, recently occupied by Misses Anna and Lou Wilson. J.E Davis has a drugstore. John Wise has a clothing store. Edwin G. Bedford died at age 86. He was a principal in the famous Bedford-Megibben Bull case tried in Woodford County. He lived near Paris. G.H. Wise has a hardware store in Midway. January 22, 1922… Woodford Post #67, American Legion, passed a resolution condemning the release of Eugene V. Debbs from prison. Mrs. Benjamin G. Crosby of Canewood has returned from St. Louis, where her mother, Mrs. Emily C. Pitman, died of bronchial pneumonia at age 82. Miss Mollie E. Powell has taken over the 4th and 5th grades at the local school and will board with Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Risque. Dr. William George McCready died of paralysis at his Winchester home Sunday. He was pastor of the Versailles Episcopal Church for seven years and started a public library while there. He also started a school at Ashland, which was later removed to Versailles and is now known as Margaret College. The report of the City Treasurer lists budget items for 1921 at $13,257.70. Mrs. Lucy Henry Reeves sold to Clarence L. Moore a house and lot on Montgomery Avenue in Versailles for $2,500. This sale was actually made in March of 1919, but only recorded now. Salvator Pelosi of Versailles cut his leg badly while pulling stumps on his farm Friday, when his right leg was caught in the chain. He is in serious condition.