Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
May 30, 1901… Quite a number of the pupils and four of the teachers from
the Versailles Public School attended the annual Blue Grass Tournament
at Lancaster last week. The pupils did themselves great credit as well
as their teachers by winning nine out of the 14 contests in which they
were entered. Miss Anne Crenshaw was awarded first prize in oral
spelling under the age of 15 years, elementary algebra and second in
grammar. She also received a scholarship to the State College for
winning the greatest number of contests. Miss Crockett Henry was awarded
first prize in spelling, Miss Edith Crenshaw first prize in mental
arithmetic, Miss Merietta Cassady first in public oral spelling, Emilius
Morancy first in history and Bright Taylor first in spelling.
Miss Sophonisba Breckinridge, daughter of Col. W.C.P. Breckinridge, who
was already a bachelor of science in Wellesley College and a master of
science in the University of Chicago, was given the degree “Doctor of
Philosophy,” passing the exams magna cum laude, by the latter
institution last week. It will be remembered that she was examined by
the Kentucky Court of Appeals and was the first woman lawyer who became
a member of the appellate bar and is the only woman whose name is borne
on the list of lawyers at the Fayette County Bar.
Midway winners at the Blue Grass Tournament at Lancaster included Kitty
McMullen for English grammar, Lawrence Davis for geography, Elsie
Weisenberger for rapid calculation, Robert McMullen for trigonometry,
Robert McMullen for civil government, Maner Wallace for physiology, and
Finley Hopkins tied with Versailles for second in written spelling.
Sallie McMullen also won second for Higher Arithmetic.
The first commencement of Midway Graded City School will be held at
Collins Opera House on Monday evening, June 10, 1901. Robert J.
McMullen will be the only graduate to receive a diploma. State Supt. of
Public Instruction H.V. McChesney will deliver the address.
Mrs. Sallie Branham’s residence on Higgins Street is nearing completion
and will shortly be occupied by Frank Merrill and family.
Regular ministers now are McMullen, Presbyterian; McGlothlin, Baptist;
and Kemper, Christian.
Robert E. Lee most admired Alexander Campbell of all men in his time.
A Louisville judge has declared that electric rapid transit companies do
not have the right of eminent domain to condemn land. This, unless
changed, knocks out the proposed inter-urban lines.
June 8, 1922… Twenty young ladies graduated at the 72nd annual
commencement of K.F.O.S.
J.W. Parrish announces that he is reopening the picture show and will
present free movies on the first three nights to give everybody a chance
to see the place and enjoy the pictures.
Kentucky Utilities has just installed three 75 kw transformers at the
Phosphate Plant, Wallace’s Station.
Ben T. Hackney, clerk at Howard Bros. Store in Versailles, found a
six-inch spread Tarantula when opening a bunch of bananas. He captured
it and put it in a fruit jar.
Stanley Hughes, electrician, has established a radio plant at the
electric store of A.D. Hughes on Main Street in Versailles, and is
nightly receiving wireless telephone messages.
Edwards and Reid, the icemen, have erected a storage and salesroom
facing Rose Hill in Versailles.
Mrs. Nancy Morgan, 84, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.J.
(Riley Jackson) Lewis on McCracken Pike Monday night.
A fire badly damaged the home of M.T. Martin on Douglas Avenue in