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March 7, 1901… The Clipper appears to be strongly for woman suffrage and very much against the use of tobacco.

Mrs. Carrie Nation has written a letter to Col. W.H. Polk of Lexington in which she gives the true story of her birth and life in Kentucky. She is a second cousin of Asa Arnett of Midway. Her letter is as follows: “We moved to Woodford County and bought the farm near Mr. Viley’s and Garrett’s. I have a brother name Viley for the former. He lives in Kansas City, Mo. now. My father had a brother who married a Miss Blackburn of Versailles. He died from cholera. The Arnetts of Woodford married one of my father’s sisters, Aunt Emily. I used to stay with Aunt Mag Roberts of Perryville another of Pa’s sisters and used to go to Dr. Vincent’s school. These are merely childish memories, but they will be enough to locate me and my family. I am 54 years old. I left Woodford when I was nine years old. I remember so well the dove cote and pond, and big poplars and brooks where I used to wade; and Little Net Viley, and of going with the little darkeys to see if I could see the fine horses in Mr. Alexander’s pasture. I get some piteous letters from my dear native state. Women, organize an army of Home Defenders, and get ready and I will show you that my love for Kentucky can be proven by the same zeal that I have for Kansas in destroying that which is murdering her best. Oh, women, fight for yourselves and children, if your men will not. There is not a legalized saloon in Kentucky. Saloons are conspiracies against the Constitution, you and your darlings. Oh, my heart is almost bursting with grief for you.”

The Abbott, 2:03 1/4, is at this time the champion trotter of the world.

Benjamin Franklin Thompson, the little son of J.W. Thompson, was run over by a buggy on Monday in Versailles. The injuries were found not to be serious.

Miss Emma Parrish, daughter of Judge L.H. Parrish, died Thursday of typhoid-pneumonia.

Thomas L. Martin was admitted to practice in the Woodford Bar at Versailles last week.

Dr. W.E. Sleet and O.T. Trent are applicants for the Midway post office.

We have not seen the pikes so dusty in years as they have been this winter. The ground is very dry and needs rain badly. Many pessimistic ones believe that as the winter has been so dry, the spring will be unusually wet. Let us all hope for something better and not raise our umbrellas before we have to.

Ed Hall was found at his home Monday dead from a pistol wound in the brain, the ball having entered through the right eye. His own pistol was found under his leg, with no bullet having been fired from it, thus conclusively disposing of the suicide theory. Emma Hall, the wife, is suspect due to an insurance policy on her husband, which her husband had told others was against his will. Robert Hall, a nephew, has been placed as the only one in the house with Ed Hall at the time of his death, and is therefore suspect. Emma and Robert have been bound over by Judge Cogar on $100 bond to appear before the grand jury. A majority report of the coroner’s jury found that Ed Hall died from a pistol shot fired by an unknown person. A minority report said that Robert Hall should be held as the guilty party or as one who knows who is guilty.

The Lotowana Tribe of Red Men has rented the room over Greenbaum’s office and will occupy it as a lodge room. They meet every Thursday night.

With the exception of February 1895, when only half an inch of rain and melted snow fell, the month just closed has been the driest in 14 years. Only 62/100ths of an inch were recorded by the weather bureau gauge. The temperature for the month was considerably below the average, the latter for the past 14 years being 34 degrees, while that for the month was only 30 degrees. The highest was 61 degrees on the 17th; lowest was 9 degrees on the 24th, which was also the lowest during the whole winter. There were eight clear days, 11 partly cloudy and nine cloudy. Brisk northwest winds prevailed generally. Total snowfall during the month was but one inch.

Last Thursday, the pile of straw, which has been standing near the Southern depot in Versailles caught fire, and a considerable amount of it was destroyed. The straw was valued at about $7,000. The origin of the fire was probably from a spark from a passing train.

The handsome home of C.B. Sullivan, four miles south of Versailles, was unroofed and injured in a violent windstorm yesterday. R.B. Boston lost a tobacco warehouse near Elm Corner and a number of other barns and stables were either unroofed or demolished. Forest trees were uprooted and much fencing was destroyed.


March 9, 1922… Dr. William F. Pennebaker, 80, of the Shaker colony at Shakertown and one of the two last survivors, died at Harrodsburg Friday. This leaves Sister Mary Settles as the sole survivor of the once flourishing settlement.

The 1921 burley crop is announced as the lightest since 1908. The crop will probably wind up at about 160,000,000 pounds.

J.H. Reigner, Clipper editor, writes a scathing editorial denouncing William J. Bryan.

Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Cannon and children of Sarnia, Canada are visiting Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Cannon.

George Rouse has accepted a position at the Commercial Bank.

Jesse Lyons, at the Parker House, runs a taxi service.

Charles W. Parrish sold to Gilbert Lumer 15 acres on Midway and Elkhorn Pike for $15,600.

Mrs. Laura M. Davis sold to Lawrence Davis 100 acres on the Versailles­Midway Pike for $17,000.

Howard M. Sellers bought from the William Wasson estate 22-3/4 acres on the Dry Ridge Pike for $3,000.

The state’s road contribution check for Woodford is in the amount of $7,869.20 and the city has received $2,876.63 for rebuilding Main and Lexington streets.

G. Richard Bohannon, the well-known livery man, is dangerously ill of pneumonia and his son has been called to his bedside.

Four inches of snow fell Friday night, but melted rapidly. It was the deepest snow of the winter.

J. Criff Hawkins, well-known farmer, is very ill with double pneumonia at his home in the Arlington Addition.



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