Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
November 23, 1899… Senator Jo Blackburn appeared on Main Street in Versailles the other day in a very knobby and stylish suit of homespun gray jeans. ”The cloth in this suit,” said the Senator, “was spun and woven by hand in the mountains of North Carolina, and was a present to me from Senator Marion Butler, of that state, who had enough of it woven to make each of us a suit. Butler used to say in Washington that the only serviceable clothes were the jeans he wore when a boy, which has plenty of ‘Spanish needles’ and burrs woven in the wool.” (from Woodford Sun) President Kruger, of The Transvaal, who has been wedded twice, chose both his wives from the Du Plessis family, which is not only one of the oldest in South Africa (its founder having gone to the Cape in the 17th century), but the family to which Richelieu belonged. Mr. Kruger by his first marriage had one child, who died young. By his second wife, he had 16 children. His grandchildren number 104. Hon. Even Evans Settle, District congressman, died suddenly Nov. 16 at his home in Owenton. He leaves a wife and six children. Mr. Settle was born in Frankfort in 1848, and he was educated by B.B. Sayre before graduating in 1864 from Louisville Male High School. He was elected Owen County Attorney in 1878 and reelected in 1882 and in 1886. He was elected to the legislature in 1887 and again in 1889. He became widely known in the three-way congressional race of 1894, also contested by Col. W.C.P. Breckinridge and W.C. Owens. Mr. Settle, a skilled orator, succeeded Mr. Owens in Congress in 1896. He was reelected in 1898. Sen. Lindsay, former Senator Blackburn and Hon. William Goebel made addresses at Mr. Settle’s funeral. Clarence P. Greathouse, former Kentuckian, passed away in Corea last week. He was born in Versailles and lived there until appointed by President Cleveland as Consul General at Yokohama. He attracted the attention of the King of Corea, Ni-Kung, who hired him to be Prime Minister (Ho Pang) of Corea. He moved to Seoul to live. His career there was one of great excitement and many times, his head was in great jeopardy. During a violent disturbance in 1894, during which the Queen was assassinated, Greathouse was appointed to investigate the murder and caused the arrest of several persons, who were convicted and beheaded. He was a strong factor in the development of Corea and enjoyed the confidence of the King until the end. Fraud is being claimed from all parts of the state concerning the Goebel-Taylor election. It is now up to the state board. Meanwhile, the legislature is safely Democratic and that means the reelection of Blackburn to the U.S. Senate. Major Henry Clay McDowell, 67, died at his home near Lexington Nov. 18 of Bright’s Disease. He was a famous breeder of trotters and thoroughbreds. His wife, a granddaughter of Henry Clay, survives him, along with six children. Her father was Lt. Col. Henry Clay, who was killed at the battle of Buena Vista. Major McDowell was president of the Lexington & Eastern Railway. U.S. Vice President Garrett A. Hobart died Nov. 21 at Patterson, N.J., following a heart attack. He left a wife and a son, 14. Mr. Hobart was a New Jersey native and was born in 1844. The Secretary of State is now next in the succession line until a president pro tem is elected by the senate, who will then be first in line until March 1901. Mrs. Belle R. Wheeler will rent her farm and move from Paynes Depot to Lexington in a few weeks. The neighbors regret exceedingly to have this pleasant family leave. Former Postmaster John H. Woolums, Midway, filed suit against Postmaster Henry P. Waits, Midway, and Burnett Ellis, colored, for $20,000 damages for slander. All parties are Republicans. It is claimed that Woolums was slow in giving out the ballots in Precinct #1 at Midway and thus, shut out about 140 voters, nearly all of them colored Republicans. Waits and Ellis claimed that Woolums sold out his party to the Democrats. Woolums was postmaster during the Harrison administration and was formerly police judge. He is one of the oldest Republicans in the county. Ellis is a leader of the colored Republicans and is the wealthiest Negro in the county. November 24, 1921… Woodford and Franklin counties make up the 8th district of the 22-district burley pool, and account for 10,204,887 pounds of the 180,323,624 pounds in the pool. Midway High defeated Paint Lick 19-0 at Midway. The halftime score was 6-0, then Mose Portwood moved from the line to backfield for 10 minutes and threw two scoring passes. Alfred Portwood, Littrell and Capt. Faust each made a number of good runs. Kearney returned a kick 40 yards and Parrish directed the offense smoothly. The game was played on the Parrish field on account of the local grounds being flooded. Thanks to Dr. Parrish for use of his field. H. Portwood, Gatrell, McKinivan and Green were used as substitutes. Midway goes to Danville for a game on Thanksgiving (today). Robert Montgomery has sold his attractive home at the junction of High and Water streets in Versailles to William S. Cooper, Lewis Co., for $6,500. The house is now occupied by Frank M. McKee. Versailles High and M.M.I. battled to a 0-0 tie on Childers Field Friday. L.C. Pearman of Detroit drove to Versailles Thursday night from Frankfort in a stolen car. A local posse trailed him to Munday’s Landing, where his gasoline was exhausted, and he was captured while trying to hide the car in a muddy lane. The Kentucky River was so high that the ferryman had refused to attempt to ferry him across. George W. White’s large tobacco barn, near Elm Corner, was destroyed by lightning and fire Thursday, together with 16 acres of tobacco. The loss was about $8,000. Prohibition officers, assisted by Versailles police, captured 250 cases of whiskey illegally taken from Murphy’s Distillery opposite Clifton. The cases were in several trucks, which were also captured.