Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
March 14, 1901…Scott, Woodford and Jessamine are in the 22nd Senatorial District at this time. The wheat outlook: H.F. Hillenmeyer observes “To look casually over the fields just now is anything but encouraging. They are brown, bare and in strong contrast to their appearance a year ago, when every farmer was struggling with the question, to graze or not to graze. The winter has not been a cold one but since Nov. 20 very dry, with no snow and many sharp frosts, a regular western winter, in fact, all save the cold and snow. The drill marks are as deep to day as when the seed was committed to earth. The plants are in the bottom of the drill marks, sound and vital, but with frosted leaves and giving no apparent evidence of capability to yield a hundredfold. The weather last fall was very dry, very warm and the fly quite abundant. From infested fields, it is hoping against hope to expect great yields. But in dry times farmers are disposed to seed deeply, which is alright if weather conditions favor afterward; but unfortunately this was not the case last year. The rains, like the breaking of the doctor’s chaise, came all in a lump, and came so gently and so copiously that the earth packed like a vise around the deeply sown plants and, as was expected by everyone familiar with the minutia of seed sowing, they damped off. Many fields entirely free of fly suffered from this error in seeding and such may yet return excellent yields. What the final outcome will be no one can yet forecast, but the fear of fly is overestimated. It is a question of temperature and humidity. Should the spring be wet and warm, there will be little tillering of the plant, but immediately jointing and a light stand of straw; should the spring be wet, raw, cold and long continued, the plant would tiller immensely and a superb yield result. Mrs. J.B. Haggin of New York City is visiting her mother, Mrs. J.P. Amsden of Versailles. The grand jury in their report last week recommended the jail be remodeled and the jailer’s residence be torn down and rebuilt. D.M. Bowmar, as he was leaving Louisville Friday, was struck on the face with a rock thrown through the car window. Mr. Bowmar went back to Louisville, had the wound dressed and came up on the night train. His injury is not serious as was at first feared. Midway Postmaster H.P. Waits is out after a lengthy fight with the grip. Senator J.C.S. Blackburn and daughter, Miss Corrinne, arrived Wednesday over the C&O on their way to Versailles. Sen. Blackburn is looking the picture of health and says he never felt better in his life. He took his seat in the Senate without opposition, receiving a hearty welcome from his old associates. Miss Corinne is suffering from throat trouble. They will be at home for some time. The local telephone exchange has been moved to a room in the Masonic Temple. The grand jury indicted Rob Hall last week for the murder of Ed Hall. He is now in jail. Owing to the inclemency of the weather Sunday, the congregations at the various churches were small, demonstrating the fact that the number of dry weather Christians in the community is still large. City Council reelected the present public school teachers for another year. They are Prof. W.E. Williams, Misses Alice Baxter, Kate Williams and Mattie Hughes. In the case of the Deposit Bank vs. W.M. Shipp’s bondsmen, to recover the penal sum of $30,000 of Shipp’s bond, the court held the bondsmen liable for $5,600. They are T.F. Dunlap, C.B. Hawkins, N.B. Risk, J. Van Shipp and D.B. Lehman Sr. The proposed electric railway is being pretty generally discussed by Midwayans. Many think it would be a death blow to the town, while others think it would be advantageous in that it would enhance the value of residence property. We do not see how the residential part of the town could be increased in value unless the business should grow. Lexington is hardly so large that her citizens want to escape to quieter abodes. Meanwhile we shall await the construction of the road to see what we shall see. It seems that the first line to be built by the Lexington Rapid Transit Co. will be one between Lexington, Versailles, Midway and Georgetown. The plan is to lease the Southern Road from Versailles to Georgetown, thus avoiding the construction of 16 miles of road. The company would then have to build only 25 miles, 13 to Versailles and 12 to Georgetown. The plan is to build the road in the spring and operate it in the summer to determine whether it could be made a success or not. March 16, 1922… The old distillery boiler room in the rear of the Clipper office is being razed. Work was begun last week removing the debris at the store building of R.M. Fogle in Cogartown, which was destroyed by fire last fall while occupied by Charles McNay. A new store building will be erected on the site. B.F. Mitchell and Bryan Martin of Lexington are said to have rented the building and will open a grocery. R.W. Lacefield is the contractor. Mr. and Mrs. George Bruen Jr. have moved into the newly built cottage of J.W. Parker on Higgins Street. A good crowd from surrounding towns attended the dance at the Amusu Theatre Thursday. The Baptist church in Midway was dedicated in June of 1872. Little Howard Carpenter, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Campbell, was bitten by a dog with which he was playing. The dog’s teeth penetrated his eyelid. His sight was not injured. Hiram Cannon has gone to Boston, where he expects to locate. H.C. Shipp is having a well drilled at his home on Winter Street. He has either grown tired of carrying water up the hill or else he is tired of the spinning of the town pump. 96,699 Kentuckians served in World War I, of which 86,928 were in the Army, 8,607 in the Navy and 1,164 in the Marines; 2,635 were killed, with 2,415 being in the Army, 150 in the Navy and 70 in the Marines. Thomas Porter Neet Jr., 6, fell down the steps at the home of his grandfather, Dr. John D. Neet, of Versailles and required five stitches to close a gash over his right eye. Neet’s father is J.P. Neet. J. Andrew Cain bought at auction the stock of the bankrupt Home House Furnishing Co. in Versailles for $4,200.