Frankfort, Kentucky

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FRAB = Frankfort Roundabout newspaper Roll 78-0234 Ky. History Center

Yeoman = Yeoman newspaper

FC = Frankfort Commonwealth newspaper

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FRAB Jan. 12, 1885

Looking Into the Past. - The Records of the Town of South Frankfort. - Which Existed Half a Century Ago.


            Some of the present citizens of Frankfort are not aware that the South Side was at one time a separate corporation from Frankfort, yet such is the case, and we have been kindly loaned by Mr. Landon Taylor an old book containing the records of the proceedings of the meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Town of South Frankfort from September 12th 1818, up to February 12, 1850.  It is quite interesting to look over its pages, yellow with age, though the proceedings of many of the meetings are dull, only routine business being transacted, yet one gets acquainted with the names of those who managed the affairs of the town in the early part of the century -names which are not familiar now, their owners having long since passed off the stage of human existence.  Of all those who served the town in an official capacity during the period covered by the book not one is now living.  Mr. J. J. Quinn, who was a member of the Board of Trustees during the years 1849 and 1850, survived them all, but he too was gathered to the fathers a few weeks ago, and only the old book remains to tell the present generation what took place at the meetings of that body.

            The board seems to have had no regular place of meeting and held its sessions at private houses for a number of years - generally at the home of one of its members.  The first meeting of which there is any record in the book was held September 12, 1818, at the house of Israel Ellis, and George W. Graham, Hosea Cook and Edward S. Coleman were present, the latter being president of the board.  An order was entered selling that portion of Main street lying between Todd street and the town limits to Thomas Todd for one hundred dollars.  The ground thus sold is now the property of Mr. John W. Rodman and is included in the grass lot lying between his residence and that of his brother, Mr. Russell Rodman, on Todd street.  At the same meeting it was “Ordered that the property holders on so much of Second and Shelby streets as is or may be embraced by the turnpike in front of their respective property ________ shall commence, proceed with and be completed at the same time with said road.”  An order the property holders paid no attention to, as no sidewalk has been laid on part of the streets included in the order to the present day.

            Messrs. John H. Hanna, Alex. J. Mitchell and Charles S. Todd were appointed a committee to confer with the turnpike company and ascertain the level to be observed in constructing the pavements aforesaid.  Accounts of George Todd for $90.50, and of Peter G. Voorhies for $15 were allowed and the collector ordered to proceed immediately to collect the taxes by distress or otherwise.

            March 19, 1819 - The board held a called meeting at the house of Israel Ellis and ordered the treasurer to call on the collector for a statement of the amount due for the last years taxes requiring the collector to pay over the same to the Treasurer before the next stated meeting.  Edward S. Coleman was appointed assessor and John Campbell collector for the year.  Larkin Samuel and David Graham were elected trustees to fill vacancies occasioned by the resignations of Charles S. Todd and John A. Mitchell.  Hosea Cook, William Cook, Robinson Bass, and James L. Hickman were appointed patrols for the year - Hosea Cook to be captain of the same.

            March 18, 1819 - Larkin Samuel took his seat as a trustee but David Graham refused to serve and George Gayle was appointed in his place.  Edward S. Coleman was elected chairman of the board.  The property owners on the square lying between Cross, Campbell, Shelby and Steele streets were ordered to open the alley through said square.  An order which has never been obeyed to this day.  Work was ordered suspended on Steele street and the street on the bank of the river, between Shelby street and the abutment of the bridge.  The tax rate for the year was made the same as the year before, but what it was the year before deponent sayeth not.

            June 12, 1819 - Ordered that a fine of two dollars and fifty cents be imposed upon any person who shall shoot a firelock within the limits of the town.  If the person so offending was under age the parent or guardian was to pay the fine.  If a slave, he was to receive not less than five nor more than twenty lashes, providing the master or some other person did not pay the fine for him and exempt him from the lashes.  The citizens of the town were given permission to finish the market house, at their own expense, so that the same might be used as a school house.  It was ordered that a fine of two dollars and fifty cents be imposed upon anyone who should run or strain a horse within the limits of the town.  If the person was under age, the parent or guardian was to be held responsible, and if a slave he was to receive not less than five nor more than twenty lashes, with the same provision as above.

            August 7, 1819 - Henry Wingate was ordered to remove no more dirt from Main street and to repair the damage already done to said street.  The well in Second street, near Shelby, was appropriated for the use of the town and Larkin Samuel and Hosea Cook were appointed a committee to keep the well and pump in repair.

            November 17, 1819 - The business of the year ________ and all accounts allowed.

            On the 4th of March, 1820, an election was held at which Edward S. Coleman, George W. Graham, Hosea Cook, Larkin Samuel and David Graham were chosen as trustees.  They met on the 11th and organized by electing E. S. Coleman chairman and Henry Wingate clerk.  Edward S. Coleman was also appointed assessor.

            May 30, 1820 - The tax rate was fixed at 10 cents on the $100 and $1.00 for every tythe.  Hosea Cook was appointed collector.  The meetings were now being held at the house of Hosea Cook.  Several meetings were held during the summer, but little business was transacted.

            November 18, 1820 - John H. Hanna was ordered to open the alley running north and south through his square, which he failed to do altho a passing for pedestrians was kept open through it until some fifteen years ago when the alley was opened.

            March 10, 1821 - George Todd was elected a member of the board.

            July 30 - Met at the house of E. S. Coleman.  Robinson Bass, Larkin Samuel, Richard Deaver and Henry Wingate were elected patrols for 12 month.  Tax rate fixed at 10 cents on the $100 and $1.00 poll tax.

            September 12 - Thos. V. Loughburrough was given permission to inclose Water street, between lots Nos. 25, 26, 27, and 28 and the river, when called to open the same by order of the board he was to have the right to remove the rails, he to pay taxes, &c.

            November 17 - Citizens so disposed were given the privilege of paying their taxes by working on Steele street at the rate of $1.00 per day.

            January 12, 1822 - Ordered that a fine of $2 be imposed upon any one watering horses at public wells.

            February 23 - Eli Smith was authorized to expend the amount of his taxes in improving Cross street.  Accounts of Christopher Cammack, for repairing pump, and Kendall & Russell, for printing, allowed.

            March 2 - New board composed of Evan Evans, George Todd, George W. Graham, David Graham and Larkin Samuel, elected.  Geo. W. Graham made chairman and Henry Wingate clerk.  Edward S. Coleman appointed assessor.

            March 16 - George Todd and David Graham were appointed a committee to have spring on Dr. Mitchell’s lot, where Mrs. Welch then lived, repaired.  Ten dollars and all the stone necessary for the purpose was appropriated.  The spring referred to is upon the property at present owned by Mr. T. L. Edelen.  Treasurer was ordered to pay George Todd $8.00 for 4th and 5th volumes of Little’s Laws of Kentucky.

            June 8 - George Todd and Larkin Samuel resigned as members of the board and David C. Humphries and Edward S. Coleman elected in their stead.

            July 13 - Tax rate fixed at 10 cents on $100 and poll tax 50 cents.  Evan Evans was requested to view Steele street and ascertain what will be the probable cost of making a good road and culvert in same.

            March 19, 1823 - Samuel South elected a member of the board to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Evan Evans.

            March 21 - Ordered that no _______ permitted to hire themselves and keep house in the bounds of South Frankfort.

            April 23 - Eli Smith ordered to remove obstruction from Murray street, made by fencing across it.  Said order suspended at next meeting, at which Francis C. Montgomery was appointed clerk for balance of the year, and required to give $1,000 bond for the faithful performance of his duty.  Bond approved.

            March 6, 1824 - New board composed of David C. Humphries, Thomas Hampton, George Gayle, Lewis F. Stephens and John J. Vest elected.  David C. Humphries made chairman and George Gayle clerk and treasurer, E. S. Coleman appointed assessor and Larkin Samuel collector.

            Many of the names which appear in the above are unknown here now, the individuals having moved away and left no descendants while others are only represented by their children or grandchildren in our community.  Geo. W. Graham was the grandfather of Prof. Wayland Graham and Mr. A. J. Graham, E. S. Coleman the grandfather of Dr. J. S. and Mr. J. M. Coleman; Thos. Todd was the father and Chas. S. Todd a brother of Mr. James M. Todd.  Col. Chas. S. Todd was an aid upon the staff of Gen. Wm. H. Harrison during the war of 1812, who appointed him Minister to Russia when he became President.  He also served as Minister to Bagota under a succeeding administration.  Mr. John H. Hanna was an uncle of the late J. W. Hunt Reynolds and lived where the Female College is at present.  At times there was quite a contest for the position of Trustee and on one occasion Mr. Hanna and Mr. Larkin Samuel were candidates for the position.  The race became so close that when Mr. Hanna , late in the evening, voted for Samuel it made the vote a tie, with only Samuel to vote, and when the officers of election asked Mr. Samuel how he would vote said he thought Mr. Hanna a pretty good judge and would vote as he did - for Samuel too - thus electing himself.

            George Todd was the father of Mrs. M. J. Lewis and the late Mrs. Agnes H. McClure; David Graham was the father of Mrs. Elizabeth Vallandingham and Mr. W. L. Graham; George Gayle was a brother of the late John Gayle, and a teacher who taught the first school Mr. Jas. M. Todd ever attended in a house which stood where Mr. J. L. Rodman’s residence now stands; Henry Wingate was the father of Mrs. N. J. Sawyier and for many years teller in the Bank of Kentucky; Rev. Eli Smith lived in a house which stood where the residence of Mr. W. J. Hughes now stands and owned Aunt Eddie, the old colored woman whose life the boys of the city made a burden with their gibes for nearly half a century before her death.  Evan Evans was the father of the late Humphrey and James Evans, and built the wonderful stairway in the old capitol building; Thomas Hampton was the grandfather of Messrs. Richard and Will S. Morris; Samuel South the father of the late Col. Jerry South and J. J. Vest the father of Hon. Geo. G. Vest, one of the present U. S. Senators from Missouri.


FRAB May 16, 1891

 Capt. Todd Dead.

            One of the Oldest and Most Respected Citizens Gone. - On Friday evening of last week the colored Odd Fellows of this city were parading upon St. Clair street, the music being furnished by Brady’s bass band, and quite a crowd had assembled at the intersection of Main and St. Clair streets.  The horse attached to Mr. George Weitzel’s parcel express wagon, which was standing in front of Weitzel & O’Donnell’s, became restive and started down the street, the driver a mere lad, being unable to hold him.  Capt. Harry I. Todd was crossing St. Clair street, on his way home at the time, did not see the wagon coming, and was run into and knocked down by the horse.  He was stunned by the fall and was taken up and carried into the drug store of Messrs. Holmes & Halloran, where he soon rallied and was taken to his home on the corner of Washington and Wapping streets.  A physician was summoned and upon an examination it was found that the right thigh was broken.  The fracture was reduced and he seemed to be doing well until Saturday night, when it became apparent that he had received serious internal injuries.  From that time on his physicians feared the worst, gave his family little hope of his recovery, and his children residing elsewhere were summoned to his bedside.  He suffered terribly until Tuesday evening at 10:15 o’clock, when death came to his relief.  His mind was perfectly clear to the last and when told by his physician that he could not live, calmly inquired how long he could last.  When informed that but a few hours remained to him, like the brave, a true man that he was, arranged his worldly affairs and prepared to meet the grim messenger.

            Capt. Harry Innes Todd was born in the house at present occupied by his uncle, Mr. James M. Todd, just across Washington street from where he resided at the time of his death, on the 6th of September, 1818; consequently he was in his 73d year.  His father was Hon. John H. Todd, a leading citizen in this community in his day, being a member of the Legislature, and his mother was Miss Maria K. Innes, a daughter of Judge Harry Innes, who was one of the first settlers of this county and the first Judge of the United States Court for the District of Kentucky.  After the death of Capt. Todd’s father, his mother married the late John J. Crittenden, who was Governor of this State and for several terms U. S. Senator in Kentucky.

            In early life Capt. Todd, for many years, ran upon the Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, first as a clerk and afterwards as captain of some of the finest steamboats of that day.  Later, in partnership with his step-brother, Col. Robert H. Crittenden, he went into the coal business in this city, and the firm operated a coal mine near Beattyville on the headwaters of the Kentucky river the coal being brought down in boats upon the spring tides.  In 1859 he was elected sheriff of this county and served one term, and in 1863 was elected by the Legislatures lessee of the Kentucky Penitentiary, which position he continued to fill until 1871, and afterwards served a short time as Warden by appointment of the Governor.

            At the August election, 1871, he was elected Representative of this county in the Lower House of the General Assembly, without opposition.  He also served many years as a member of the City Council of this city.  The duties of all these positions he performed faithfully and conscientiously, making firm friends of all those with who he came in contact by his blunt, straightforward, honest and upright dealing.

            A kind-hearted, public-spirited, honorable gentleman, his death is keenly felt by the entire community, and no resident of this city had more true friends throughout the State, who will deplore his loss.

            On the 20th of August, 1839, he was married to Miss Jane Davidson, daughter of Col. James Davidson, who survives him, and to them were born fourteen children, four of whom - Lieutenant John H., of the U. S. Army; Miss Annie, James and little Beside - preceded their father to the grave.  The surviving children are Lieutenant Commander C. C. Todd, U. S. Navy; Mrs. John W. Pugh, of Philo, Illinois; Mrs. I. N. Cardwell, of Winchester; Mrs. Jas. L. Watson, of Lexington; Messrs. George D. and Crittendon Todd, of Louisville; Mrs. S. B. Holmes and Misses Maria and Julia R. and Mr. Harry I. Todd, jr., of this city, all of whom were at his bedside in his last hours, except Lieutenant C. C. Todd, who is the executive officer of the U. S. man-of-war Charleston, now in pursuit of the Chilian privateer Itata.

            The funeral took place Thursday morning from the First Presbyterian Church, and the large number of sorrowing friends which filed the edifice gave evidence of the high estimation in which he was held by the community where he was born and had spent his long and useful life.

            The services were conducted by Rev. J. McClusky Blayney, D. D., assisted by Rev. Dr. Rout, of Versailles, and were very brief and impressive.  The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers:

            Active - Messrs. Jacob Swigert, H. H. Watson, T. J. Todd, G. Russell Sneed, Frank V. Gray and Lewis D. Craig.

            Honorary - Gen. D. W. Lindsey, Col. Chas. E. Hoge, Hon. E. H. Taylor, jr., Judge L. Hord, Capt. Sam. Sanders, Major L. E. Harvie, Capt. B. C. Milam, Messrs. D. L. Haly, A. H. McClure, John B. Lindsey, L. Tobin, E. L. Samuel and Jas. M. Saffell.


FRAB Feb. 20, 1892

Capt. John Stout. - The Brave Pilot, Dead.

     The following dispatch to the Courier-Journal, tells of the death of a brave Frankfort boy, who has made his home in the South for a number of years.

     New Orleans, La., Feb. 14. - Capt. John Stout died this afternoon at his residence in this city, after a life career as a pilot on the Mississippi, distinguished by acts of conspicuous bravery on two most trying occasions.  He was at the wheel of the Robt. E. Lee when she was burned at Yucatan Plantation, in 1882, and he stuck to his blazing ship to the very last, barely saving his own life by sliding down the hog chains, after saving a score of lives by remaining at the wheel and holding his boat to the bank.  He received a valuable gold watch as a token of appreciation for his heroism on that occasion.

     Again, in 1886, Captain Stout had a still more narrow escape being on board the steamer J. M. White when she was burned above Bayou Sara.  He had to jump overboard, and was picked up almost lifeless and with his health permanently shattered.

     Capt. Stout was a brother of Mrs. J. W. Cannon, of this city, and was born and raised here.  In early life he commenced to learn the printer’s art in the Old Commonwealth Office, but took a dislike to the business, gave it up, went to New Orleans, entered the employ of his brother-in-law, Capt. John W. Cannon, who then resided in that city and was running a line of boats on the Mississippi, soon became an expert pilot, and continued to follow steamboating, as the dispatch conveying the sad news of his death shows.

     He leaves a widow and eight children to mourn his loss.


FRAB Oct. 31, 1903

Deaths. - Watson.

            In Lexington, on Saturday night, Master Harry Todd Watson, son of Mr. James L. Watson and wife, of that city, was killed by being accidentally shot.

            Young Watson was a bright and manly young fellow.  His mother was Miss Mary Hannah Todd, daughter of the late Capt. H. I. Todd and wife.  The little man bore his suffering like a hero exonerated his companions from all blame and bade them good-bye.

            The tenderest sympathy is felt for the bereft by a large circle of relatives and friends here.


FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - Little Florence Barrett, the bright and beautiful daughter of Mr. Jas. N. and Mrs. Katie Miles, died at the residence of her father Thursday afternoon, at three o’clock, after a brief illness with diphtheria, aged three years.  To the heart broken parents we tender our deepest sympathy in their heavy afflictions.  [This story was retracted later and said she died of croup.-smk]


FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - Mrs. Jennie Shelton, of St. Louis, Mo., died yesterday afternoon of consumption, at the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. D. [Dewitt] C. [Clinton] Barrett, in South Frankfort.  She arrived in this city Thursday afternoon, having come with the hope that a change of climate would be beneficial, but the journey and extremely hot weather was too much for her strength, and she sank gradually until death came to relieve her of suffering.


The Capital Feb. 15, 1888 - Mrs. Mattie Barrett, wife of Mr. Guy Barrett, and oldest daughter of Col. Thomas Rodman, died at her home in this city yesterday at 2 o’clock p.m.  She was in her 35th year and had long been a great sufferer.  Mrs. Barrett was a lady of estimable character, and in all the relations of life which she occupied proved her worth.  The sympathy of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances is with the bereaved husband and family and the extensive relationship, all of whom will so sorely feel the loss.  The funeral will take place from the Baptist church in this city at 3 o’clock this afternoon.  The family request friends not to send flowers.


The Capital Mar. 28, 1888 - Thos. L. Crittenden died at the home of his father R. H. Crittenden, Wednesday at 10 a.m.... Three Forks Enterprise.


The Capital Mar. 29, 1888 - Mrs. Sarah L. Watson, relict of Dr. E. H. Watson, and youngest daughter of Hon. John J. Crittenden, died in Danville, Ky., on Tuesday morning last, of pneumonia.  She was about 67 years of age, and had been for several years a sufferer from asthma, which possibly hastened her death.  Mrs. Watson was a lady possessed of those graces of mind and person which were distinguishing features of the members of that brilliant society in Frankfort, so attractive to persons from every part of Kentucky, especially during the life of her distinguished father, and which centered about his home and family.... The funeral will take place from the residence of her son-in-law, Capt. E. H. Taylor, to-day at 11 o’clock a.m.


The Capital Apr. 26, 1888 - Death of Hon. J. N. Nesbitt.

The Capital May 1, 1888 - Death of Alex T. Todd, son of James Todd.


FRAB Jan. 24, 1880

Ø      F. V. Gray & Co. always keep in stock a full line of choice staple and fancy groceries.

Ø      Mrs. Humphrey Evans, who lives on Lewis street, near Main, can accommodate a few boarders.

Ø      The Capital Gazette, Ben. Deering’s new paper, will certainly make its appearance next Wednesday.  A failure to receive his type on time is the cause of the delay.

Ø      Dr. W. H. Averill is giving special attention to orders for sheet music...

Ø      The alarm of fire Thursday morning was occasioned by the burning of a portion of the kitchen of Mrs. Dr. Campbell’s residence in South Frankfort.  The fire was caused by a defective flue, but was extinguished before very great damage was done.

Ø      Major Hall was packed almost to suffocation Thursday night to see the exhibition given by Dr. J. Q. A. Stewart, Superintendent of the Feeble-Minded Institute...


FRAB June 1, 1892

New Buildings.

            The new cottage residence of Mr. Sam. A. Parrent, erected on part of the old McCarty property on Campbell street, is completed and about ready for occupancy, while Messrs. F. M. Scofield and Will Coke have similar houses on adjoining lots nearly ready for the roof.  Mr. C. A. Nelson has let the contract for a cottage residence on his portion of the same block, and will commence work in a few days.

            Miss Florence Barrett will shortly begin the erection of a two-story frame residence on her lot on Shelby street, adjoining the residence of Mrs. Browden.  [believe this to be present day 421 Shelby Street, owned by Aleisha Milich  who purchased it around 1997]

            Miss Emma Morris’ new residence on Second street is progressing rapidly, and will be completed about the first of next month.


FRAB Feb. 17, 1892- Mrs. Margaret Barrett to Ed. Lynch for $1,200, a lot in front of Kentucky Midland yards.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - Getting Ready to Build. - Mr. William Craik is grading off his lots at the corner of Campbell and Main streets and getting them in good shape to be used for building purposes.


FRAB Sept. 16, 1892 - Dr. E. E. Hume has bought for $5,000 the residence of Dr. W. H. Hall on the South side.


FRAB June 1, 1892 - At It Again. - Mr. Z. Taylor Collins has opened a meat store in one of the rooms of the Herndon block, on Second street, where he is prepared to furnish choice cuts of the tendered beef to the people of South Frankfort.  Taylor says he is a fixture this time for six months at least, and wishes his old friends to call and see him.


FRAB Apr. 23, 1903 - Resigned. - Mr. Guy Barrett, Jr., has resigned his position with the Kentucky River improvement authorities in order to accept a similar position on the works on the Big Sandy river, at an advance in salary.  We regret to lose our young friend from our midst, but rejoice that he has been promoted to a better position.


Civil War Soldiers

FRAB Nov. 31, 1891 - Attention State Troops. - All Kentucky State troops who participated in the late civil war are requested to meet at the court-house in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Monday, December 7, 1891, at 10 o’clock, and to take steps to secure their rights from the next Congress.  [signed] Jno. M. Coleman, W. ?. Graham, V. Berckerrh?, J. W. Heffner, P___ Sower, Louis Weitzel, Committee.


FRAB May 7, 1892 - “Bob” Agee Dead. - Robert Agee, the noted fisherman, who earned his living principally from his success in catching the Finny tribe, and who was a noted character in this city, died at his home Monday night.  He was a soldier in the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry (Federal) during the late unpleasantness, and was about 60 years of age.


Yeoman ? July 15, 1904 - Mr. Jesse D. Nichol, of this county, but who enlisted in the 9th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, Company M.  Capt. W. G. Conner, from Mercer county, has just succeeded in having a great wrong, which was done him by mistake, righted.

      It seems that he was reported dishonorably discharged, when it should have been honorably discharged.

     Through his attorney, Judge W. L. Jett, he laid the true facts before the department at Washington City, and when the proof was made, Mr. Nichol was granted back pay of $666 and $6 per month pension.  Mr. Nichol is an humble, but upright citizen, who has had a hard struggle to support his family, and we are glad that this long delayed act of justice has been done him.


Mexican War

FRAB May 16, 1891

Death of W. O. Morris

Mr. William O. Morris died Tuesday night at his home on Steele street, after an illness of several weeks.  He was born in Woodford county on the 16th of July, 1816, and was a resident of that county the greater portion of his life.  In early life he united with the Baptist Church and died in the full faith of a brighter and better life beyond the tomb.  He was a soldier in the Mexican War, where he contracted the disease which finally produced his death, and had numerous friends throughout this county.  It is a singular fact that there was only about two years difference in his age and that of Capt. H. I. Todd, and only about two hour’s difference in the time of their deaths.  The funeral took place Thursday afternoon from his late residence on Steele street.


Spanish American War


Yeoman ? July 15, 1904

            Mr. John Ed. Graves, one of the best known young men in this city, departed this life on July 9th.  He was the son of W. D. Graves and Sallie King Graves, and was about 35 years of age at time of death.  In his younger days, he was with his father, Deputy Clerk of the Franklin County Court.  During the Spanish-American war he served as a private soldier in the 3d Ky. Volunteers.  He was brought home sick from Chickamauga and never had a well day afterward.  He leaves to mourn him his mother, five sisters, Mrs. N. B. Smith, Mrs. Gus Thomas, Mrs. L. C. Wallace, Mrs. A. W. Scott and Mrs. J. J. McMurtry, one brother, Mr. J. C. Graves, and a son, Coleman Graves.  A bright companion, able, clever young man.  He was well qualified for any business position, but for years he was handicapped by bad health.  No one perhaps, has left a larger number of friends to regret his loss.  To his family we extend our sympathies.  W.




FC Jul. 8, 1870 - Deaths. - On July 4th, at the residence of Mr. Oliver Egbert, in Lawrenceburg, Ky, Mrs. Ella White, wife of Dr. Everett White, in the 35th year of her age.


FRAB Mar. 12, 1887 - Death of Mrs. Lena Stewart Pusey. - The news that Mrs. Lena Stewart Pusey had died at her home in Louisville on Tuesday last was received here with sorrow by her numerous friends.

     The remains arrived in the city on Wednesday afternoon, and were taken to the home of her father, Dr. John Q. A. Stewart, where the funeral services took place ...


The Capital Jan. 13, 1888 -Mr. Philip Semonds, after an illness of three weeks, died at his residence on St. Clair street yesterday at 3 o’clock p.m.  He removed from the neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge to Frankfort some three months ago.  He was in his twentieth year.


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - Died in Lexington. - Mrs. Julia Driscoll, of this city, died Wednesday night at the Catholic infirmary in Lexington, and her remains were brought to this city Thursday afternoon for interment, the funeral taking place yesterday afternoon from the Church of the Good Shepherd.


FRAB Jan. 16, 1903 - Distinguished Statesman Dies.

            On Monday morning at 9 o’clock as earnest and as honest a gentleman and statesman as ever lived in Kentucky passed to the great beyond when Gov. John Young Brown yielded his spirit back to the God who gave it.

            Gov. Brown was 68 years of age and had, from early manhood, been in the forefront of battle for what he conceived to be right.  We seldom agreed with him in his views of public matters, but, having known him from our boyhood, we knew he would never stoop to depart from the highest paths of honor and esteemed him accordingly.  He never was the man to cringe “that thrift might follow fawning.”  Of course, such rugged honesty could but arouse bitter antagonisms which stung his tender heart to the quick.  Blunt and abrupt in manner and speech, warmer, tenderer heart seldom beat in a man’s bosom.

            Twice elected to Congress and once as Governor of his beloved State, he reflected honor upon every position he was called to fill.

            Several years since he had a fall by which his leg was broken and he lamed for life, but he did not let his affliction cause his labors to lag.  Some months ago dropsy set in and several operations were performed for his relief, but in vain.

            He leaves three children - Dr. John Young Brown, Jr., of St. Louis; Mrs. Edward P. Humphrey, of Louisville, and Mrs. John M. Rodman, of Memphis, Tenn. - who, together with his devoted wife, survive to mourn and indulgent and loving husband and father.

            The funeral and interment took place at Henderson on Tuesday last.


FRAB Mar. 5, 1903 - Died - Hulett - In this city, on the __ day, Mr. Coleman Hulett, aged 21 years of pneumonia.

            Mr. Hulett was an industrious and upright young man, respected by all who knew him.  He had only been sick a week.

            The funeral services were conducted at North Benson Baptist Church, on Wednesday, after which the remains were interred in the church burying ground at that place.


FRAB Mar. 5, 1903 Obituary

            Died on March 1st, 1904, in Lagrange, Ky., Mrs. Margaret Robson, in her 80th year, of infirmity of age.  Her maiden name was Milam, daughter of the late Maj. James Milam, of Franklin county, and niece of Col. Jack Milam of the Alamo Massacre.  She was also a cousin of the late Capt. Ben C. Milam.  Her first husband was Mr. Ollison Lynn, former sheriff of Franklin county, by whom she bore two children.  Her second husband was Mr. Joe Robson, who died last October, by whom she had five surviving children.

            Although living to a ripe old age, she was a constant invalid and a great sufferer for more than 50 years, with a chronic disease.  She was a member of the Southern Presbyterian Church.  Her life was one of self-denial.  In all her years of suffering her faith never failed and bore her in triumph to the end of the journey, which she so much desired, and so earnestly prayed for.

            Blessed are the dead who die as she did.  W.


FRAB Oct. 31, 1903

Awful Accidental Death.

            An alarm at 11:45 on Thursday night, called the department to the offices of Messrs. Ira and W. H. Julian, located in the old Yeoman building on St. Clair street, opposite the Courthouse, where it was found that Mr. W. H. Julian, who roomed in the building, had over-turned an oil lamp and thus ignited the floor of his room.  Mr. Julian was burned on his stomach, side and breast, his body lying on top of the lamp.

            The fire had burned through the floor into the ceiling of the big furniture and undertaking establishment of Messrs. R. Rogers & Sons.

            The blaze was soon extinguished and the loss to the building was not very serious.  However, the damage to the big stock of fine furniture, carpets, etc., amounted to some $2,000 or $3,000.

            Mr. Julian was one of the best read and clear headed lawyers of this section of the State, and, while so, he was so modest and retiring that many did not realize his ability as an attorney.

            He was a graduate of the Louisville Law School and was at the front of the strong bar of this city.

            Owing to an accident of pretty much the same character, Mr. Julian had once before come near to death, and his left arm was maimed for life.

            Mr. Ira Julian, his brother and partner, was at the residence of his cousin, Mrs. G. W. Chinn, where had been confined to bed with a very serious illness, and had just begun to recuperate.  Owing to his feeble condition, Dr. Chinn deemed it best not to notify him of his brother’s death.

            Coroner L. S. Graham was present and viewed the body, after which it was prepared for burial by Messrs. Rogers & Sons.  The coroner’s inquest was held yesterday morning and a verdict returned in accord with the facts.

            Mr. Julian was a member of a large and influential family and will be sincerely mourned by many friends.

            The funeral took place from the residence of his cousin, Mr. John E. Miles, at _:30 o’clock, on yesterday, the services being conducted by Rev. Geo. Darsie, after which the remains were laid away in the family lot in our cemetery.


Frankfort Personals


Yeoman Jan. 9, 1873 - The following from the gossip of a Washington correspondent of the Louisville Ledger:  “Mrs. Colonel Bacon, nee the vivacious and lovely Miss Cinnie Lobban, of Frankfort, assisted Miss Lizzie Sherman, daughter of General Sherman, at her New Year’s reception.


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FRAB Jan. 24, 1880 - Personal.

- Miss Stites Duvall is at home again.

- Dr. C. W. Miller returned home Thursday afternoon.

- Miss Willie Duvall is visiting friend in Lexington.

- Col. A. G. Hodges, Louisville, was in the city yesterday.

- Dr. Worth W. Herndon, Carlisle, was in the city Tuesday.

- Miss Lizzie Jacob, Louisville, is visiting friends in the city.

- Miss Bettie Theobald, Louisville is in the city visiting relatives.

- Miss Belle Bennett, Richmond, is visiting friends on the South Side.

- Miss Mary Washington, of Covington, is visiting friends in the city.

- Mr. Jno. W. McClure, and family made a short visit to the city this week.

- Miss Burnham, Richmond, is the guest of Miss Lizzie Monroe, South Side.

- Judge T. M. Cardwell, Harrodsburg, has been in the city on business this week.

- Miss Virginia Grigsby, Danville, is in the city, the guest of Miss Allie Todd.

- Mr. J. Rowland Day, of Millersburg, has been visiting friends in the city this week.

- Miss M. Katie Bush, of Hawesville, is visiting the family of Hon. W. P. D. Bush.

- Miss Lizzie Kinkead, Lexington, is in the city, the guest of Mrs. Governor Blackburn.

- Elder R. B. Tyler, passed through the city Monday, en route for his home in Louisville.

- Miss Lizzie Watson, who has been visiting friends in Louisville, has returned home.

- Misses Maggie Tracy and Eva White, of Alton, have been smiling on the Frankfort boys this week.

- Miss Maggie Bosworth, of Mt. Sterling, has been in the city this week, the guest of Miss Daisy Fitzhugh.

- Gen. D. W. Lindsey returned home Tuesday morning, accompanied by Mr. Marshall J. Allen, of New York.

- Mrs. Kitty Riddell and family left this morning for Little Rock, Ark., where they will make their future home.

- Mrs. Richard Crutcher and Miss Lulie Stephens, of this county, left last Saturday for a visit to friends in Eminence.

- Mr. Sidney French, after an absence of several weeks, in southern and western Kentucky, is at home for a few days.

- Mrs. Dora Ferguson, accompanied by Master Harry Case, went to Louisville last Saturday and returned home Monday.

- Misses Georgie and Willie Bowman are visiting their father, Col. C. E. Bowman.

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FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - do not have beginning of this column nor end

·        Mr. Howard Orbison, of this city, spent Wednesday in Louisville.

·        Miss Maud Wayte, of Georgetown, is visiting Miss Mattie Jones in this city.

·        Miss Mattie Williamson returned Monday from a visit to friends at Clifton.

·        Misses Sallie Theobald and Jessie Calmes are visiting friends in Versailles.

·        Mrs. M. A. Selbert and daughter, Miss Carrie, are visiting relatives in Cincinnati.

·        Mr. Smith Reed, of High View, who has been quite ill for some time, is improving slowly.

·        Mrs. T. H. Bradley, of Georgetown, is visiting her mother, Mrs. L. F. Woods, in this city.

·        Mr. D. B. Walcutt returned from a trip to Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago Thursday morning.

·        Miss Mary Drummy, of Lexington, is visiting her cousin, Miss Katie Buttimer, on High View.

·        Miss Lena Coke, of this city, left Monday for a visit to friends and relatives in Winchester.

·        Mrs. Howard Black, of this county, has returned from a visit to Mrs. Sam M. Gaines, in Maysville.

·        Mrs. N. Newell Marshall of Kansas City, is visiting her cousin, Mrs. Richard Church, South Side.

·        Misses Mollie and Annie Davis, of LaGrange, are the guests of Mrs. E. F. Waide at the Meriwether Hotel.

·        Mrs. Lewis Castleman, of Boone county, Missouri, is visiting her brother, Mr. W. C. Herndon, in this city.

·        Miss Stella Thomas, of Georgetown, is visiting Miss Pattie Marshall, on the corner of Cross and Logan streets.

·        Miss May Milward, of Lexington, spent several days in this city this week the guest of Miss Maggie A. Lewis.

·        Mrs. Chas. E. Haff has been very sick for the past two weeks at her home, corner of Shelby and Todd streets.

·        Miss Fannie Herndon, of Louisville, who has been visiting her aunt, Miss Annie Herndon, near this city, has returned home.

·        Mrs. A. Herancourt and daughter, Miss Lillie, returned Monday afternoon from a visit of several weeks to friends in Cincinnati.

·        Mr. John Loesch, of Kansas City, Mo., and old Frankfort boy, was in the city Wednesday and Thursday shaking hands with his old friends.

·        Ensign Hugh Rodman, U. S. N., and wife arrived from Washington City on Saturday and are visiting his brother, Dr. W. B. Rodman, near this city.

·        Mrs. R. H. Loughridge left Wednesday for a visit to relatives in New Orleans, where she will remain until April 1, when she will accompany her husband to California to reside.

·        Misses Rose Stewart, Annie and Mary Watts, a charming trio of Frankfort young ladies, were the [do not have end]





FRAB Apr. 23, 1903 - City Council Elects More Officers. - At the meeting of the City Council, held on Monday night, the following officers were elected:

City Collector - Dudley P. Richardson; Health Officer - Roy Walters; Clock Keeper, R. H. Berryman.




FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - Major Chas. C. Furr and Capt. T. J. Todd are now full-fledged members of the Kingfisher Club and left for their annual fish and camp on the lakes last Friday night.  Judge S. R. Smith, the other member in this city, was detained at home by sickness in his family, whereat ye Club mourneth and refuseth to be comforted.


FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - The Frankfort Literary Society has appointed a standing Committee on Programme with authority to invite lecturers, speakers, writers, poets, singers and artists to contribute a portion of the products of their genius as to the programme of each monthly meeting of the society for the general good.  John L. Scott, Ira Julian, W. C. Herndon and Dr. Sam E. James compose the committee.....


Frankfort Real Estate


FC Jul. 8, 1870 - Fire. - The alarm of fire at 9 1/2 o’clock on Monday night, was caused by the burning of the stables, wood and coal houses of Judge Craddock, in South Frankfort.....


FRAB Jan. 31, 1880

·        Mr. John C. Hawkins bought the farm of Mr. O. S. Walcutt last Tuesday for $2,600 cash.

·        Judge Wm. Lindsay has purchased the residence of the late Mrs. Governor Letcher, on the corner of Washington and Wapping streets, for $4,775.

·        Messrs. W. A. Gaines & Co. will shortly begin the erection of a new warehouse up on a lot adjoining the Hermitage distillery premises, which they have recently purchased.


FRAB Nov. 20, 1886 - Mr. R. S. Kinkead sold his farm of 217 acres, known as the Terry place, near Bridgeport, at public sale, on Saturday to Mr. Charles Julian, for $54.60 an acre.  It is one of the best farms in that section.


FRAB Apr. 9, 1887 - Col. R. H. Taylor sold on Thursday of last week, for Mrs. M. J. Dudley, a lot on Second street, 50 by 190 feet, to Mrs. Ada Garrett, for $800 cash, and on yesterday the lot adjoining the above, 50 by 140 feet, for Mrs. Col. Jouett, to same party, for $430.  Mrs. Garrett will commence the erection of a residence upon the ground in a short time.


FRAB Nov. 31, 1891 - Old Judge Distilling Co. - Messrs. Manilus T. Mitchell, Chas. W. and Henry Fineel have formed themselves into a company under the above title and have been incorporated under the Statues for the purpose of operating a distillery and manufacturing whisky of the “Old Judge” brand.  They will shortly begin the erection of a distillery near Collin’s Water Station on Benson.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - Another Lot Sold. - Miss Julia Blakemore has purchased from Mrs. L. A. Thomas a lot on Second street adjoining the property of Mr. J. W. Hughes, 50 by 200 feet, for thirty-five dollars per front foot.  Miss Blakemore will erect a handsome house upon it during the coming summer.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - To Have A New House. - Mr. M. J. Meagher will in a short time begin the erection of a handsome new residence on the corner of St. Clair and Mero streets.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - High View Addition. - The Farmer’s Bank has traded Mr. Mike Buttimer a farm in Henry county for fifty acres of land on High View at the west end of the Railroad bridge.  The bank has had the land surveyed and laid off into building lots, and there is no prettier place anywhere about the city to erect a suburban residence.  The bank will have the road leading up to the hill from the Boulevard greatly improved, and streets and alleys will be run through the land and graded off, so that quite a village may spring up there in the near future.  Taxes will be very light over there, and the location is one of the most healthful to be found anywhere, and when the lots are placed on the market they should find a ready sale.


FRAB June 17, 1893 - Struck by Lightning - Wednesday the stable of Bowen & Holton at the Forks of Elkhorn was struck by lightning and the stallion Inglewood, by Onward, sustained a stroke from which he died, and two mares, one Mary Morgan, was injured but not seriously.  The shock knocked young Sandy Holton down but he soon recovered.  It is said that for the Inglewood an offer of $10,000 had been refused.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - A Great Misfortune. - The Richmond Climax says that Mrs. J. S. Minary, formerly Miss Lizzie Jett, of this city, has been stricken with paralysis at her home in St. Louis, Mo., and that her sister, Mrs. J. J. Brooks, of Richmond, is with her.  This will be sad news to the many relatives and friends of Mrs. Minary in this city and county, who have not been informed of her great misfortune.





FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - Owing to the increase of rent for telephones in this city from $51 to $60, several of the instruments have been taken out and many others will refuse to keep them as soon as their time expires.




FRAB Mar. 12, 1887 - Mr. A. W. Harper, on Monday last, purchased of Jacob Harper 44 1/2 acres of land near Midway.  Price $100 per acre.


FRAB Mar. 12, 1887 - W. H. Posey, Commissioner of the Circuit Court, reports the following sales made by him on Monday:

     A house and lot on the Owenton pike owned by Snellin, $200.

     76 acres of land on Devil’s Hollow pike $824.95.  John C. Hawkins purchaser.

     12 1/2 acres of land near Jett, $1250.  Messrs. Mason & Hoge purchasers.


FRAB Nov. 10, 1894 - Do not have heading - REAL ESTATE?

            A small tract of land near Swallowfield to Luke Harrod for $133.43.

            Sixty acres of land near Swallowfield to Sawyer, Wallace & Co. for $387.65.

            Eighty-seven acres of land near Graefenburg to Sam Collins for $9.25 per acre.

            Fifty acres of land on Cove Hill to Mrs. Jane R. Crutcher for $864.40.

            A lot on Mero street, near St. Clair, to Dr. E. Underwood for $638.50.




FRAB Apr. 23, 1903 - Caught It Where The Chicken Caught The Ax. - Nearly all the Frankfort saloon men were fined $250 and costs, in the circuit court for running slot machines in their places of business.  “Now, will you be good.”




FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - Messrs. W. J. & W. H. Lewis, of Woodlake, have sold their fine young trotter, Penrose, by Onward, dam Mist, by King Rene, to Messrs. Wintrode & Cornell, of Winterset, Michigan.  Price private.  He was shipped on Thursday.


The Capital Jan. 13, 1888 - Col. Robt. Pepper, of Frankfort, was in town yesterday, and purchased of Mr. German B. Stout a two year old filly by Onward, dam by Mabrine Time (full sister to Linnette), for $1,500. - Blue Grass Clipper.


MURDERERS, Attempted Murder & Suicides


FC Feb. 4, 1870 - From the Woodford (Ky.,) Weekly, 14th. - A Boxing Match Winds up with a Bloody Murder.

            Another case of homicide occurred in the Cloverbottom precinct on Monday, the 10th inst.  There are several contradictory stories with regard to the affair, but, from the most reliable information that has been obtained, it appears that a number of persons who had been gathering ice for Mr. James P. Ford met in his mill, and that Ed. Tyson, who was under the influence of liquor, proposed to box with a young man named James White.  White at first refused, but afterward commenced boxing with him, both of them being apparently in a good humor.  While engaged in this seemingly friendly encounter, George Lewis, who was standing near, noticed an open knife in Tyson’s hand, and attempted to interfere, but was, as it is said, prevented, and knocked down by either Joshua or Thomas Smith.  Tyson immediately afterwards stabbed White, inflicting a wound from which he died in about an hour.  Warrants were issued for Tyson and the Smiths as soon as information was received by Squire R. F. Bohon, and placed in the hands of our sheriff, Capt. W. W. George, who immediately went to Cloverbottom to arrest them; but Tyson had fled shortly after committing the deed, and is still at large. - Both Joshua and Thomas Smith surrendered themselves into custody, and claim that they are innocent, and were attempting to prevent a difficulty.  They will have a preliminary trial at Mortonsville to-day, and we forbear all comments until definite information can be obtained.  White is about nineteen years [do not have end]


FC Feb. 25, 1870 - Malicious Stabbing. - On Wednesday evening last, while the colored convention was in session, a Negro named George Mukes was stabbed by Robert L. Henderson, a white citizen of this city, under the following circumstances:  Henderson had been drinking and went to the Hall where the convention was being held, and ascending the steps and taking his stand at the door, he stabbed the first colored man who came out, which was Mukes.  The stabbing was unprovoked, without cause and cruel.  The wound inflicted was in the breast near the heart and is a severe, if not a fatal one.  Mukes was an industrious, inoffensive boy, and his attempted murder cannot call too loudly for the interposition of justice.  Henderson was promptly arrested by the police and lodged in jail.  This is not the first, but the second or third offense of the kind of which he has been guilty.

     In this connection we subjoin, an illustration of local journalism, the following innocent account of the affair as given in yesterday’s Yeoman.  The reporters of the Yeoman were probably absent from the city and unable to procure accurate particulars of the affair:

            “Yesterday afternoon, about half past 4 o’clock, a Negro, whose name we could not learn, was cut with a pocket knife in the hands of a white man, named Bob Henderson, under the following circumstances:  Henderson, who had been drinking, was in front of Major Hall, and had out his knife, swinging his hand around, when the Negro came by, and was struck with it in the side, the blade inflicting quite a serious cut.  Henderson was promptly arrested, and placed in jail.”


FC Feb. 25, 1870 - A man named Dudley Richardson, committed suicide at Irvine, Estill county, on Saturday night last, in a fit of insanity caused by whisky.  He was a hotel keeper, and well esteemed in the neighborhood.


FC May 20, 1870 - Mr. Jno. B. Jennings was shot near Buena Vista, in Garrard county, by his brother-in-law, Mr. Jenning, in a dispute about the title to some land.  The wound was not mortal.


FC May 20, 1870 - A man named Mark Hardin was stabbed and killed by another named Tom Bowles at the Democratic primary election in one of the precincts of Jefferson county on Saturday last.


FC May 20, 1870 - Two young men named Owens and Henry Langford, living near Mt. Vernon, had a difficulty on Sunday night.  Langford stabbed Owens, when the latter shot him through the bowels, killing him instantly.  Owens was arrested and brought to Mt. Vernon for trial.


FC May 20, 1870 - A Negro man was killed in Jessamine county, a few days ago, by Ewald Schneider, Superintendent of Camp Nelson cemetery.  The Negro was involved in a difficulty with a Mr. Jno. Scott, which Schneider attempted to allay.  The Negro seized a chair and attacked him, when he shot the former through the forehead, producing instant death.  Schneider was acquitted by the examining court on the grounds of self-defense.


Yeoman Jan. 9, 1873 - The Ashland Journal gives an account of the killing of James Ball, by his brother-in-law Warren De Vore, on Christmas day in that place.  Too much whisky, it appears, was as usual the cause.


Yeoman Jan 22, 1873 - Brutal Murder in Boyle County.

     On Monday last, at 5 P.M., Bill Wilson and Clay Drye rode into Shelby City - the nearest station to Danville on the Lebanon Branch Railroad - and, after 5 minutes’ delay at the hotel, went to J. B. Williamson’s drug store, where Col. J. H. Williamson and his two sons, John B. and Robert, were seated around the stove in social conversation.  The two men, Wilson and Drye, after entering, immediately became, without provocation, boisterous and insulting.  Col. Williamson politely and mildly requested them to desist.  The larger one - Clay Drye - drew his pistol; Col. W. grasped it, when J. B. Wiliamson attempted to assist his father, by seizing Drye: and then Wilson drew his pistol and shot J. B. Williamson through the head.  Drye being thus released, also shot young Williamson through the head, and then, after advancing toward the door, returned and snapped his pistol again at his lifeless victim.  The two murderers, though known in the community, were total strangers to Col. Williamson and his sons.  From the tenor of the dispatch communicating these particulars to the Courier-Journal, we infer that Wilson and Drye were intoxicated.


Yeoman Jan. 29, 1873 - Kentucky News. - Running a Muck.

     Wilson and Drye, the two murderers of the druggist Williamson, at Shelby City last week, we learn from the Danville Advocate, without provocation, shot a Negro man at Parksville the same day, before reaching Shelby City.  After leaving the latter place, they went to Milledgville, where they shot another Negro man, without cause, breaking his arm and inflicting an ugly wound in his head.  Arriving at Hustonville, Drye attempted to shoot Hugh Logan, but was prevented by Wilson.  They confessed to all their outrages during the day, at Hustonville, but none of the citizens gave their story any credence, supposing they were intoxicated and were merely boasting.  Up to the last accounts no arrests had been made; but it certainly cannot be possible that two such drunken thugs will be allowed to run-a-muck in this way, without being brought to punishment.


Yeoman Mar. 6, 1873 - Hon. J. C. S. Blackburn has been called to the Scott circuit court, now in session.  He is counsel for Wallace Harper, in the suit for slander instituted against him by Adam Harper, growing out of the Harper tragedy - the damages claimed being $500,000.  The case promises to be one of great interest, and will consume several days.


Yeoman Dec. 21, 1875 - Tragedy at Georgetown. - Last Friday afternoon December 17, a difficulty occurred at Bohannon’s corner, in Georgetown, between Oscar Barbee and Henry Thomasson, about an account of $2.80 due by the latter to the former, when after warm words on both sides, Barbee drew his pistol and shot Thomasson through the abdomen, producing death in a few moments.  After falling, the only words uttered by the dying man were:  “It is a cold-blooded murder.”  Barbee was arrested and lodged in jail.  Thomasson leaves a wife and one child.  These facts were obtained from a special to the Courier-Journal, and they indicate another added to the long list of tragedies resulting from the violation of the law against carrying concealed deadly weapons.


FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - A dispatch from Georgetown brings the news that Tice Hall, a young man well known in this community was shot and killed by Eugene Fitzgerald, on Thursday evening.  Fitzgerald shot Hall five times and he died at 8:40 o’clock in the evening.  It will be remembered that Hall is the young man with whom Victor McManama had a serious difficulty some year or so ago.  No cause is known for the murder.


FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - Two men by the name of Gardner and two by the name of Baker got into a row at Spring Hill, Thursday afternoon, in which the Gardners were pretty roughly handled.  Ben Gardner being struck on the back of the head with a rock and his son getting pretty badly cut on the head.  The parties were all tried before Esq. Gaines, on Thursday, and acquitted.


The Capital Jan. 13, 1888 - Thomas Brewer was convicted by the Henry Circuit Court, this week, and sentenced for a term of twenty-one years in the penitentiary, for killing John T. Downey, near Harper’s Ferry, on Kentucky river, in May last.  His plea was self-defense.


PI Sept. 17, 1889 - Lawless Kentuckians. - The Governor Calls Out the Militia to Enforce the Laws. - Louisville, Ky., Sept. 16. - Governor Buckner has dispatched two companies of state troops to Harlan county to aid in prosecution during the coming session of court, the district judge having complained of some of the civil officers in the prosecution of cases.  Owing to threats from bodies of desperadoes who have been running affairs in that region, the governor has issued a proclamation to the people of Harlan county calling their attention to these facts and advising them that the troops were not sent to take away any part of their rights, but to aid in enforcing the laws made by their representatives, and because the civil office is sworn to uphold the laws, not only refuse but give covert assistance to the criminal classes, murderers and assassins.  Bloody deeds are perpetrated with impunity and the people have permitted themselves to be overrun with them.  The governor calls upon the citizens to “respond promptly to the summons of the civil authorities; to obey them implicitly in their attempts to arrest and bring to speedy justice, or if resisted by force to shoot down, under orders of the authorities, assassins whose lawless acts are drawbacks to your civilization.”


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - Bob Skillman Dead. - Mr. Robert T. Skillman, a former Frankfort boy, who was shot by Lambert U. Goldsmith at Columbus, Indiana, on Thursday of last week, died in that city yesterday morning from the effects of the wound.


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - The Bloody Knife. - At a dance on the Leestown Pike, in the northern part of the city, Tuesday night, Pat Haly and Alex. Turner, two white men, became involved in a quarrel, which resulted in one inviting the other to go down on the river bank and fight it out.  The invitation was accepted and the two [do not have end]




FC Jul. 8, 1870 - Married.

     At the residence of the bride, in Franklin co., on the 28th of June, by Elder Thos. N. Arnold, Mr. Wm. S. Moore, and Mrs. Agnes Stephens.

     At the residence of H. C. Banta, by the Rev. H. A. M. Henderson, D. D., of Frankfort, Mr. Eugene A. Shelly and Miss Eliza Bondurant.


Yeoman Jan. 1, 1876 - A Louisville letter writer says that “the great wedding of the season” in that gay metropolis, will be that of Gen. Eli Murray, U. S. Marshal, and Miss Eva Neal, daughter of a wealthy iron merchant, which is to come off some time during the month of January.  He thinks it will be “a most eligible match on both sides.”


FRAB Jan. 31, 1880 - Mr. Jas. Ware and Miss Emma Macey, of Versailles, eloped on Friday of last week, went to Cincinnati, had the nuptial knotted and returned home.


FRAB Jan. 31, 1880 - Miss Emma Hardin, of Keokuk, Iowa, and Mr. Royal Dewitt, of New York, were married at the Hardin House in Keokuk, on the 27th inst.  Miss Hardin will be remembered as a charming young lady who recently spent some time in this city with her aunt, Mrs. Dr. Wilhoit.


The Capital Jan. 21, 1888 - Married. - In this city on Wednesday, January 18, 1888, by Rev. B. M. Faris, of the Southern Presbyterian Church, Mr. John Sargent and Miss Carrie Dilger.


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - A Good Record. - The wedding on Wednesday afternoon brings to mind the fact that some of the young gentlemen, who were attendants on that occasion, have records quite unusual for their years as groomsmen or ushers.  Mr. Sam. D. Johnson has officiated sixty times in one or the other capacity, Mr. Vernon L. Clark, eleven times and Mr. Fred Sears sixteen times.  ...


FRAB Apr. 18, 1891 - Married. - At the residence of the bride’s parents, near Frankfort, Thursday afternoon, April 9, 1891, by Rev. J. H. Burdin, Mr. T. J. Lewis and Miss Genevieve Gaines, both of Franklin county......[description of presents]




FRAB July 16, 1887 -Eureka Springs, Ark., July 8, 1887} Editor Roundabout: 

            It may be a satisfaction to all who feel a pride in the triumphs, social and artistic, of Kentuckians abroad to hear that Mr. H. Berry and family, of Frankfort, have won the hearts and admiration of so many people during their sojourn at the Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

            At an entertainment on Wednesday evening, given in the spacious dining room of the hotel for the benefit of Eureka’s poor, this gifted family, by their magnetism, rare gifts and culture, held in raptures, for two hours, a large and critical audience.

            Three generations appeared in succession - father, daughter and granddaughter.  Of Miss Nellie Orbison’s artistic merits, the people of her own town must be freely aware.  The girl who can exe- [do not have end]


The Capital Jan. 21, 1888 - Irene Worrell, who will be at the Frankfort Opera House next week, commencing Tuesday evening, January 24th, is one of the famous Worrell sisters, and sister to Mrs. Geo. S. Knight.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - At the Conservatory. - Miss Daisy Cox, of this county, the accomplished young lady violinist, left Tuesday for Cincinnati, where she will take a course of instruction at the Conservatory of Music.


Narrow Escapes


FRAB July 16, 1887 - Little Willie Culter, son of Mr. W. M. Culter, aged about seven years, while playing on a raft of logs above the pumping station of the water works, Wednesday afternoon, fell into the river and had gone under the water twice when Master Hugh Ayers Daniel jumped into the water and rescued him just as he was sinking for the third time.  The little fellow made no noise when he fell in, and had not Hugh been sitting on the bank dressing, after a swim in the river, and heard the splash in the water, he would have been drowned.


FRAB Aug. 27, 1887 - On Saturday afternoon little Edmund Stephens, son of Mr. Nat. F. Richardson, started to town from his father’s residence, a mile and a half from this city, on the Louisville pike, driving a horse, that was supposed to be perfectly gentle, in a spring wagon, and when coming down the hill one of the backing straps broke, letting the wagon run up on the horses heels, causing it to commence kicking and run away.  Ed. was thrown out and badly bruised, the wagon was wrecked, and the horse terribly cut in several places.  The horse continued to run, after freeing itself from the wagon, and was finally caught in the eastern end of South Frankfort.


FRAB Aug. 27, 1887 - Mr. Gus Talbott and his grandson Charley, were diving down Ann street in a buggy, on Saturday, when their horse became frightened at a passing engine and dashed the buggy against a lamppost, throwing both the occupants to the ground, seriously bruising them.  Dr. Hume was called in and attended their wounds.


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - A Close Call. - A few days ago Mr. Benedict Farmer, of Farmdale, and his daughter, Mrs. McCoun, were coming into the city in a buggy when their horse became frightened at a rock pile and backed the buggy over a bank ten feet high, into a field of Mr. Chas. W. Saffell.  They were unable to jump out and when they went over the bank the horse came near falling back on them, but by a fortunate jerk of the reins Mr. Farmer threw him to one side.  Neither the buggy nor the occupants were damaged much.


FRAB May 16, 1891 - Ran Into The River. - A team of horses employed by Messrs. P. S. Rule & Co. in hauling lumber to the city wharf, Saturday morning, became unmanageable in going down the hill from Wapping street, refused to hold back and ran into the river with the wagon to which they were attached.  The driver saved himself by jumping, and it was with great difficulty the horses were saved from drowning after they got into the river.  They were cut loose, however, and gotten out in an almost exhausted condition.  The wagon and lumber were also saved without any great difficulty. The horses belonged to the estate of the late Jack Morton, colored.


FRAB Feb. 25, 1893 - Runaway. - Tuesday morning a horse attached to a buggy, belonging to John Berry became frightened and ran off on High street.  The breaking of a number of spokes in the wheel and a general bruising of the vehicle was the extent of the damage.




Yeoman Jan. 9, 1873 - Col. John S. Kerr, of Memphis, formerly of Munfordsville, Kentucky, has just been elected to represent Shelby and Fayette counties in the Tennessee Legislature.


Yeoman Jan. 15, 1873 - Hon. J. W. Johnson, Senator from McLean, was in his seat yesterday for the first time, having been detained by the illness and death of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Calhoon, widow of the late Judge John Calhoon, of McLean county.


Yeoman Jan. 15, 1873 - We regret to know that Hon. Thos. Wrightson, Senator from Campbell, is detained from his seat by a severe attack of rheumatism.


Yeoman Jan. 16, 1873 - Remarks of Hon. A. L. McAfee on the Death of Hon. J. A. McCampbell, of Jessamine.

     After reporting the resolution from the Senate’s special committee on the death of Hon. J. A. McCampbell, of Jessamine, Senator McAfee arose and addressed the Senate as follows:

     The honored subject of this resolution, the Hon. James A. McCampbell, was a native of the county of Jessamine, having been born on the 19th of February, 1840.

     At an early age having been qualified in the academy of the county to enter upon a collegiate course, he was placed at Princeton, New Jersey, where he graduated in said institution in 1860 with highest honors.  He bore the same name as his father who served in the lower branch of the General Assembly of this Commonwealth at various times, and attaining his majority, after serving in the army of the United States from the beginning of the late civil war, first as Lieutenant of Infantry, and after the organization of the 20 (or 26th) Kentucky Regiment, Col. Bruce commanding, as Adjutant, which position he occupied during the continuance of that long and sanguinary struggle.  He was after the war inspired with the same laudable ambition to serve his State and people that actuated his father, and became a candidate for the Legislature in 1872, and was chosen as a member of this General Assembly at the regular election of that year, which position he filled with honor to himself, benefited his State, and entire satisfaction to his constituents.

     Though differing with me in our political views, I hereby bear willing testimony to his general integrity of character, not only as a gentleman, but as a Christian, he having been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church since 1856.  He was married to his loving and confiding wife, on the 30th of September, 1863, who is left to mourn his loss, surrounded by a large circle of his devoted relatives and friends, who sympathize keenly in her great affliction.

     His death is announced in the message of His Excellency to the General Assembly, and in the preamble of their resolutions, as having occurred on the 25th day of December, 1872, at his home in the town of Nicholasville, Kentucky.

     Dying on this sacred day, in the bosom of his family, he gave the highest evidences to the mourning friends about him that he was willing, and rejoiced to launch upon the unseen waters of oblivion, that lie between the two worlds of earthly and spiritual existence.  His face was covered silently with that immortal beauty of death which the pen of a writer, the brush of a painter, or the eloquence of an orator may never portray; and the radiant smiles with which he greeted the viewless angels about his dying couch filled even the aching void in the hearts of his mourning loved ones with rejoicing.

     I can, in conclusion, fellow-Senators, only wish that we may all die the death of the righteous, and that our last days may be like his.


Yeoman Jan. 29, 1873 - The Governor has appointed Hon. W. L. Jackson, of Louisville, Judge of the 9th judicial district in place of Hon. H. W. Bruce resigned to accept position as chancellor.  Previous to the war Judge Jackson resided in Virginia where he held, we believe, a similar position.  Since the war he has resided in Louisville, and is regarded as one of the leading members of the bar.


Yeoman Jan. 29, 1873 - Hon. William Cassidy, editor of the Albany Argus, and a leading Democratic politician of New York, died suddenly on the 23d inst., aged about 50 years.


Yeoman Mar. 10, 1873 - Col. Robert J. Breckinridge has formed a partnership in New York with Mr. Dumphy, an old practitioner of that city, and will remove thither with his family in April next, as we learn from the Danville Advocate.


Yeoman Dec. 21, 1875 - Col. Alex. Julian, of this county, is a member of the Committee appointed by the State Grange to urge upon the Legislature the passage of an effective law for suppressing sheep killing dogs.  Messrs. B. F. Vanmeter and W. W. Oldham are the other members of said Committee.


Yeoman Dec. 21, 1875 - Mr. Daniel McCullom, of Owsley county, a sterling Democrat, is a candidate for Door-keeper of the Senate...


FRAB July 2, 1887 - We regret to learn that Judge A. E. Richards has removed, with his family, to Louisville, and will reside in that city in the future.


FRAB July 2, 1887 - Ex-Attorney General of the United States, James Speed, of Louisville, died near that city on Saturday, and was buried on Sunday evening last.  He was Attorney General in Mr. Lincoln’s Cabinet.


FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - Judge R. E. Gaines was granted a patent, by the proper government officials in Washington, on Tuesday, for a steam pressure regulator.  Here’s to the Judge, and may he make a fortune out of his invention.


FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - We are gratified to learn as we do from that place, that our old friend and a former citizen of this city, Mr. James W. Conner, has been elected Mayor of the new and thriving young city of Winfield, Kansas.  We are also glad to learn that our friend has been very prosperous in business since he went west and has accumulated quite a comfortable fortune.  We congratulate Winfield upon having Jim Conner as her Mayor and congratulate him upon this evidence of the esteem in which he is held in his new home.


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - Capt. Tom Coming Home. - Capt. Thos. C. Jones, of this city, who has been U. S. Consul at Funchal, Madeira Island, wrote the Owensboro Messenger, under date of February 29th, that his successor, Hon. Timothy Healy, of Minnesota, had arrived and taken charge of the consulate, and that he would leave for home on the first of this month.  So the Captain’s host of friends here may expect to see him upon our streets before many weeks.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - Candidates for Judge. - Should the Legislature create a judicial district composed of Franklin, Scott and Bourbon it is likely that each county will have a candidate for judge of the circuit court, as Judge Ira Julian, of this city, Gov. Jas. E. Cantrill, of Georgetown, and Hon. E. M. Dickson, of Paris, are mentioned in connection with the position.


FRAB Nov. 10, 1894 - The election on Tuesday resulted in the choice of the following representatives in Congress from this State:

            1st District - Jno. K. Hendricks, Dem., of Livingston.

            2nd District - John D. Clardy, Dem., of Christian.

            3rd District - W. G. Hunter, Rep., of Cumberland.

            4th District - John W. Lewis, Rep., of Washington.

            5th District - Walter Evans, Rep., of Louisville.

            6th District - A. S. Berry, Dem., of Campbell.

            7th District - W. C. Owens, Dem., of Scott.

            8th District - Jas. B. McCreary, of Lewis.

            9th District - S. J. Pugh, Rep., of Lewis.

            10th District - Jo. M. Kendall, Dem., of Morgan

            11th District - D. G. Colson, Rep., of Bell.

            The present delegation in Congress is composed of one Republican and ten Democrats.




FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - Revenue Assigned. - Mr. Hord Brown, U. S. Store-Keeper, has been assigned to duty at the Spring Hill Distillery of Messrs. John Cochran & Co. for the next sixty days.  All the other officers in the district retain their present assignment.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - Revenue Collection - The following are the amounts of internal revenue collections by Deputy U. S. Collector, L. P. Tarlton during the month of March.  On whisky $104,064.30; on tobacco, $355.50.  For the three quarters of the fiscal year ending March 31st, he has collected $601,819.10.  The collections are largely on the increase, as the amount paid during the month of March was the largest since August 1889.




FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - As Rev. George Darsie is absent in Elkton, holding a meeting, there will be no services at the Christian Church to-morrow, except the usual communion services in the morning.


Street Cars


FRAB Mar. 25, 1893 - Fell from the Street Car.

            Wednesday night, Arthur Scott, the young son of Hon. James Andrew Scott, in attempting to board a moving street car near his home, missed his footing and fell under the wheels and sustained a number of slight bruises.  One of the front wheels of the car passed across his right groin and the car was stopped just as the hind wheel struck him.  It was feared at first that the little fellow had received internal injury but he is getting all right and is now able to walk about.


MISC Mention


FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - Mr. James C. Bradley, formerly of this city, has placed us under obligations for recent Portland, Oregon, papers.  He is at present sojourning in that place.


FRAB Aug. 6, 1887 - We regret to learn that Mrs. Mary J. Holder, widow of the late Thomas J. Holder, is lying very ill at her home, near Switzer this county.


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891

·        The Nicholasville Trotting Association

·        Excursion on the K. C. R. R. .... Rev. J. B. Jones, Carlisle, Ky. [has ticket info]


FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - Clerk and Not the Chief. - We were in error in stating several weeks ago that Capt. E. E. Taylor, formerly of this city, had been appointed Chief of Police of the World’s Fair at Chicago.  He has been appointed to a clerkship in the office of the Director General, which position he is now filling.


FRAB Apr. 2, 1892 - Card Party. - Miss Mary Mason Scott gave an elegant card party at the residence of her mother, corner of Wilkinson and Main streets, Wednesday evening, in honor of Mr. Sam. D. Johnson and wife, at which the prizes were won by Miss Birdie Brown and Mr. Ed. Stanton.  A splendid supper was served at 12 o’clock.


FRAB June 1, 1892 - A New Engineer - Mr. Oscar Curry, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, arrived in the city Wednesday to take charge of the Pumping Station of the Water Company as engineer, to fill the place of Mr. Jeekill, who threw up his job several weeks ago and left.


FRAB June 1, 1892 - To-morrow Afternoon. - The Kentucky Midland Railway will run a special train out to Newtown to carry all who may wish to witness the wonderful aquatic exhibition of Capt. Blondell, the renowned swimmer.  He will do everything that Paul Boynton does, and even more, without the supporting aid of the inflated air-tight apparatus.  The fare for the round trip on the train, including admission to the exhibition, will be only seventy-five cents.


FRAB Aug. 6, 1892 - Officer Henry Brown and family were summoned to Lexington yesterday morning by the dangerous illness of his daughter, Mrs. Ella Thompson, who is lying at the point of death with typhoid fever.





Yeoman Feb. 12, 1876 - A correspondent says that the fine old place at Leestown, in this vicinity, now owned and occupied by S. M. Noel, Esq., and known as “Bellefont” (on account of the splendid natural fountain that bursts out of the earth there), is more generally known as the “Old Blair Place.”  He also says, that, within the memory of the oldest living resident of that vicinity, the place was first occupied by a man named Rowland; 2d, by Francis Preston, from Virginia; 3d Preston Blair; 4th, Richard Taylor; 5th Thos. W. Hawkins; 6th, J. W. Hawkins; and 7th, by John Harvie.  Jas. Blair, the father of Preston Blair, he thinks, was living on the place in 1807.


FRAB June 1, 1892 - Trestle Washed Out. - One bent of the trestle on the Kentucky Midland Railway, over Holton’s Branch, near the Forks of the Elkhorn, was washed out Thursday afternoon by a water spout which burst over that locality about 3 o’clock, and passenger train No. 3, which leaves this city at 2:40 p.m., was detained for about two hours, while the damage was being repaired.  The break was only a few feet away from the point where the gold spike was driven when the road was completed between this city and Georgetown.  The officers of the road wish us to thank Mr. John Holton, who discovered the break and went to the station in time to flag the train, and prevented a serious accident.




FRAB Mar. 21, 1891 - Lexington’s New Postmaster. - The President appointed Capt. J. R. Howard Postmaster at Lexington on Thursday, to succeed Mr. W. S. McChesney.  Capt. Howard was formerly a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Curry, Howard & Murray, in that city.



FRAB Aug. 20 1887

·        Miss Belle Moore, of Antioch, visited Misses Owens this week.

·        Miss Dora Glore was the guest of the Misses Owens this week.

·        Mr. Ed. Brawner is confined to his room with intermittent fever.

·        Miss Lizzie Glore, of Tick Ridge, was the guest of Mr. Robt. Owens this week.

·        Mrs. R. S. Collins, who has been visiting friends at Bridgeport, is home again.

·        No use hunching, winking or blinking, Dr. Sullivan, R. L. G., got the melons.

·        A novel way we have over here of getting a tenant out of a house is to take the roof off.

·        Miss America Netherton, of Shelbyville, is on a visit to her aunt, Mrs. F. Netherton.

·        Judge Pence has a Lexington company boring in his yard for gas, or water - he don’t care which.

·        Miss Dora Cox has returned from a protracted visit to friends at Long Run, Jefferson county, Ky.

·        A. M. Payne has opened a family grocery in the room between the bridges, formerly occupied by J. M. Pendleton.

·        Miss Laura Bransom, who for the past month, has been recuperating with friends at Wiliamstown, has returned home vastly improved.

·        Why don’t some of the leading church members organize a Sunday school in our town?  There are not less than 150 scholars in the district.

·        The Salvation Army will regale our citizens with one of their unique meetings...

·        The new Board of Councilmen for the town have been sworn in and entered upon their duty.  They are a fine set of gentlemen, with his honor, J. W. Gaines, as [do not have end]



FRAB July 16, 1887

·        Fine summer weather.

·        A railroad through Bridgeport next in order.

·        Mr. Geo. B. Strepey was in Louisville, last Monday.

·        Mr. Wm. Scofield still remains very feeble.

·        Mrs. Clem Parrent has been worse this week.

·        Irish potatoes not as good this season as usual.

·        Mr. J. H. Keith and wife are visiting friends at Shelbyville.

·        Mr. J. R. Reib has been in our midst since last report.

·        Oat harvest about over.  Crop not extra.

·        Regular services at South Benson Church to-day and to-morrow at 11 o’clock each day.

·        Mr. Otho Wheat broke ground last Monday for the erection of a dwelling house.

·        It is not our purpose to insult any one in making up our notes for this column.

·        Mrs. Cordie Gaines and little daughter, Cordie, of Louisville, arrived in this vicinity last Monday, where they will remain some time visiting relatives.


Notorious People [Capt. Jack, the Modoc Chief, Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton & others]


FC Feb. 4, 1870 - From the Cincinnati Daily Enquirer. “Among the Dusty Archives.” - While in Paris, Ky., a few days ago, we were permitted through the kindness of Mr. Hibler, Clerk of the Court for Bourbon County, to look through a number of many documents and legal papers on file in his office.  Bourbon is one of the oldest counties in Kentucky, and was at one time, the favorite “stamping-ground” of the pioneer Boone.  It was rather refreshing to find among those old papers the legal records which the “good old Daniel” left behind him.

            These records show a number of suits brought against Daniel for trespass, from which it would appear that the early associations of the old hero unfitted him, to some degree, for the task of discriminating with scrupulous exactness between meum et tuun.  Daniel himself was somewhat inclined to be litigious, and the records show a number of actions brought by him against various parties for paltry sums, ranging from a score of pounds to a few insignificant pence. 

            There is one ancient and scarcely legible document among the papers, which reads as follows:

            “The Commonwealth of Virginia, to the Sheriff of Bourbon County, Greeting:

            “We command you that you take Daniel Boone, if he be found, and him safely keep, so that you have his body before our Justices at the Court-house of said county, on the third day of August, to answer Hugh McClintrick, of a plea of trespass.  And have you then and there this writ.  Witness:  John Edwards, Clerk of Court-house aforesaid, the 10th day of July, 1789, in the eleventh year of the Commonwealth.”

            Upon the back of this, written in the scrawl and vernacular of the veritable Daniel, is “Sir, I Ecknowledge this writ lawfully sarved [sic], Daniel Boone.”  This should set at rest the prevalent idea that Boone was an illiterate man, and unable to write.

            In another case Daniel sues John Allen for debt in the sum of six pounds and eleven shillings.  Damages six pounds.

            Among the papers we found an old, dingy land patent written upon parchment, issued by “Patrick Henry, Esq., Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” to William Woods.  This bears the date of 1786, the eleventh year of the Commonwealth.

            Then there is a deposition from Simon Kenton, in reference to an entry of five thousand acres made by Boone, which is called the Indian crossing of Licking, eight miles below the Blue Lick.  There being some dispute, Simon is called upon to dispose.  He recites his familiarity with the entry, and establishes the identity of the Indian crossing by narrating the capture, upon a certain occasion, of himself, Boone, Nathan Bullock and Jesse Coffee by the Indians at Blue Lick, whither they had gone as spies.  The Indians crossed them at the crossing referred to, and, its location was vividly impressed upon Kenton’s mind.  The deponent saith that he was prevented from entering land in this vicinity because of Boone’s precedence.  Simon’s autograph is much worse than that of Boone’s.  This document bears the date 1814.


Yeoman May 12, 1873 - Capt. Jack, the Modoc Chief, The Son of a Former Citizen of Franklin County.

            It is at this time currently reported in this community, and by many believed, that Captain Jack, the celebrated Modoc Chief, is the son of Capt. Jack Chambers, a native, and formerly a well known citizen of the Western part of this county.  In support of this belief, the following facts are given:  About the year 1845-46 a party of emigrants made up of citizens of Franklin county and other parts of Kentucky, went to California on a fortune seeking expedition.  With this party went Capt. Jack Chambers, a bold, daring man, who, though a full-blooded white man, possessed many of the characteristics, physical, as well as mental and moral, of an Indian brave.  On reaching California, the party gradually broke up and scattered, but it was well known and so reported by all those who subsequently returned to Kentucky, that Capt. Jack Chambers fell in with the Modoc Indians, married the daughter of their head Chief, at whose death he - Capt. Chambers - succeeded to the Chieftainship by election and so continued to the day of his death only a few years ago.  It is also said that after living with the Modocs some years, he became so much like the rest of the warriors of that tribe, both in speech and general physique that the closest observer never suspected that he was other than a full-blooded Indian.  Besides the Captain himself favored the delusion, and hence it is that we see it stated in all the sketches of “Capt. Jack,” the present Modoc Chief, that he is the son of a full-blooded Chief of that tribe.  In fact, this was the general belief of all the Indian traders and agents who ever came in contact with the tribe.

            At the time of his joining the Modocs, Capt. Jack Chambers was between thirty-five and forty years of age.  Previous to his emigration to California, however, he had volunteered in the war for the independence of Texas, where he distinguished himself as a brave soldier and capital officer.  It is an interesting and remarkable fact in his personal history, that he was one of a family of twenty-four children - 21 sons and 3 daughters - all of whom grew to maturity, most of whom are still living, and nearly all of whom were remarkable for physical qualities closely resembling those of the higher? types of the American Indian.


Weekly Roundabout - Jan. 31,1880

·        Mr. H. R. Williams, the South Side livery man, has the finest carriage in the State.  He also has a beautiful span of gray horses to pull it.

·        News of the death of Mr. Duncan Campbell reached this city Tuesday.  Mr. Campbell was a Kentuckian, but at the time of his death was a resident of Leadville, Colorado.  He died of typhoid fever Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock.  His remains will be brought here for interment.

·        There are residents living in this city who are as ignorant of the names of the streets as if they were strangers.  The City Council would do the people a lasting favor by having the names of the different streets painted and put up at every street corner, in a conspicuous place.  It would not only be a great convenience to strangers, but to our citizens as well.  It would also be a good idea to have the houses numbered - one hundred numbers to every square - commencing at the river with one, and running upwards on streets running east and west, and so with streets running north and south.  If there are any public spirited men in the City Council, we hope they will bring this matter up at the meeting next Tuesday night, and discuss it thoroughly.  Old togyism (actual spelling - smk) has ruled in Frankfort too long already, and it is time that a spirit of enterprise and progress was evinced by our people.  Let us be up with the times, even in small matters, and affairs of greater importance will shape themselves accordingly.


Yeoman Feb. 14, 1873

Transfers of Real Estate - We learn that Hon. Wm. H. Sneed has sold his house and lot on Market street nearly opposite the railroad depot, to M. A. Gay, Esq. for $6,500.


Frankfort Roundabout Aug. 13, 1904

Transfers of Real Estate

·        Judge Thos. H. Paynter has sold to Mr. Robt. L. Greene a lot, on Third street, 50 by 100 feet, in the rear of the lot upon which Judge Paynter is now erecting his new dwelling.  Price $1,250 cash.

·        Mr. Greene will put up a residence on his lot in a short while.

·        Dr. E. E. Hume has purchased a house and lot from Mr. Eugene Williams, on the south side of Fourth Avenue, between Main and Logan.  Price private.

·        Dr. Hume has also purchased the house and lot of Mr. Birney Weitzel, just adjoining that of Mr. Williams.  Price private.

·        Mrs. Susanna Bridges has purchased from Mr. W. W. Darnell his two-story frame dwelling house and lot, 100 by 100 feet, on Third street, between Steele and Shelby.  Price $4,000 cash.


Frankfort Roundabout Aug. 13, 1904

Buy Their Home. - Misses Jeffers have purchased the building now occupied by them as a boarding house.  It is a part of what is known as the Old Mansion House, on Main Street.


Yeoman Feb. 12, 1873 - Real Estate Transfers. - Another Merchant Flour Mill for Frankfort.  On Monday John __ (Roe?) sold to Thomas Burns the house and lot on Ann street, between Market and Clinton streets, heretofore, occupied as a carriage shop, 50x100 feet, for $2,250.  Immediately afterwards, Mr. Burns resold it to John E. Miles, the well known flour merchant, for $2500.  Mr. Miles, we understand, buys it for the purpose of establishing thereon a stream flour mill, which, from his well known energy and enterprise, we may be sure will prove a complete success.


Yeoman Apr. 16, 1873 - “Frankfort Brooms.” - From this date I cease to sell brooms in Frankfort in less quantities than one dozen, except to dealers.  Ask your grocer for “Frankfort Brooms,” and see that my card is on the handle of all brooms you buy.  Office near the wooden bridge.  S. F. Smith.


Yeoman Apr. 19, 1873 - TAYLOR HOUSE - BOARDERS. - Two large front rooms for families, also pleasant rooms for boarders and transient guests on Madison street, west side of Capital Square, Frankfort, Ky.


Yeoman May 10, 1873 - John L. Scott’s great sale of twenty-six tenement houses and coal yard will take place this day.  The sale will commence at house No. 40, near the Harvey lot, precisely at 10 o’clock and continue until the twenty houses near the edge of the city are sold.  

            At 3 o’clock this evening, the sale will be continued at the six tenement houses and coal yard, near the railroad switch.

            The twenty-six tenement houses will be sold on one, two, three, four and five years time.  The coal yard, 54x138 feet, with coal bed and dump, will be sold on four, eight, twelve, sixteen, and twenty months time.

            No cash payments will be required.


Yeoman May 13, 1873 - Real Estate Sales. - According to previous announcements, John L. Scott, Esq., on Saturday last sold, at public auction, his twenty cheap tenement houses on the river, in the lower part of the city, for an aggregate amount of nearly $9,500.  He also sold, at auction, on the same day, six tenement houses, opposite the south wall of the penitentiary for $5,460.  Mr. Scott regards these sales as, on the whole, quite satisfactory.  Most of the purchasers, we learn, were thrifty industrious colored people.


FRAB Mar. 12, 1903 - [Died] SCOTT. - In Sherman, Texas, on Tuesday, Dr. John Orlando Scott, aged 63 years, as the result of an operation.

            Dr. Scott was the youngest son of the late Col. Robt. W. Scott.  He was our schoolmate and friend in boyhood days.

            He was educated at the famous school of Col. B. B. Sayre, in this city, afterward, attending Centre College, Danville.

            When the civil war came on he, like about half of our boyhood friends, enlisted in the Confederate Army as a surgeon.

            [Later located in Owen Co. for his practice and later located at Owensboro then to Sherman, Texas.]


FRAB Dec. 5, 1903 - Prominent Lawyer Passes Away.

            Just before 8 o’clock on Tuesday night, Col. John L. Scott, a prominent and able lawyer, died at his residence, on the corner of Third and Steele streets in this city, aged 80 years.

            Col. Scott was born near Maysville, but spent his earlier years in Ohio, where he learned the trade of a printer and worked at it for a number of years, studying law in the meanwhile.

            Returning to Kentucky he located at Maysville and practiced his profession with success.  About the year 1856 he was married to Miss Sallie Chiles, daughter of the late Mr. W. Carr Chiles of this city (who was his second wife, his first wife only living a short time), and came here to reside.

            He rose rapidly in his profession and was one of the strongest advocates at this bar.  In 1862 he was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney of this district and served with efficiency and distinction for six years.

            Up to about three years ago he was actively engaged in his professional duties.  About that time the infirmities of age began to press upon him and, although still of vigorous mind, he was compelled to withdraw, in great measure, from the duties of the profession.

            For more than a year he was in poor health, but visited his office daily until some three weeks since, when he was compelled to take to his bed, and his passing away was looked for at any time.

            He was a member of the Christian Church, and the funeral services were conducted by his pastor Rev. George Darsie, from the residence, on Thursday morning at 10 o’clock.

            He leaves to sons (Mr. John L. Scott, jr., and Mr. Walter Scott, of California), and three daughters (Mrs. D. L. Ringo and Misses Minnie and Mamie Scott) to mourn his death.


Yeoman May 20, 1873 - Frankfort Improvements.

            Quite a number of improvements, of various descriptions, are just now in progress in this city, of which the following is an incomplete list:

            Mr. L. W. Glore has just completed a substantial two story frame dwelling house in South Frankfort, on a lot lately purchased by him from B. B. Sayre, Esq., near the Olympic ball ground.

            The work of taking down the towers and temporary wire suspension braces, &c., putting on an entire new roof, and otherwise improving the county bridge connecting the North and South Frankfort goes forward with alacrity and dispatch.  The improvement being made to the bridge is a good one, and one much needed.  The removal of the towers and chains placed there several years ago when the central pier fell in, takes off a weight of many tons, and the new roof will insure against the leaks which made it at once uncomfortable for the passenger, and damaging to the bridge.

            A few doors north of the bridge-head, at the foot of St. Clair street, we note that Mr. Salander, the proprietor, has commenced enlarging and improving the building lately occupied by Drs. Phythiun (sp?), to convert into a commodious grocery and produce store.  It will be made full two stories high, extended considerably in the rear, and an open store front put in, with a new roof to cover the whole.  We understand that Mr. Salander contemplates opening there, when these improvements are completed, a new grocery store, in conjunction with his partners in the soap manufacture.

            The double brick residence of the Messrs. Heffner, at the corner of Broadway and Washington street, opposite Col. D. Howard Smith’s, is progressing finely, and will when complete, present a handsome front on Broadway.

            The repainting, papering, and other improvements of the interior of the Baptist Church, recently referred to as in progress, are now complete, and all are agreed that they have been so admirably executed as to make the interior of that church one of the most tasteful and beautiful places of public worship in the city.

            Among minor improvements, we note that Judge Duvall is adding a new balcony, with ornamental iron railing to the entire front of this residence on Steele street in South Frankfort.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman - May 12, 1878 - The Bridge Improvement Complete.

            The work of recovering the county bridge, connecting North and South Frankfort, was finished yesterday.  For a distance of some fifty feet from the north end of the bridge has been covered, and its sides sheathed with sheet iron, to protect it from possible fires on that side.  That portion of the roof next to the toll keeper’s house, at the South end, has also been covered with sheet iron to a distance of some twenty-five or thirty feet.  The remainder of the roof is covered with beautiful thin white pine shingles brought from Minnesota.  The bridge is now relieved of many tons of useless weight and with the ___ changes and repairs just made is prepared to withstand “the waves and weathers of time” for several decades to come.


FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - Owing to the increase of rent for telephones in this city from $54 to $60, several of the instruments have been taken out and many others will refuse to keep them as soon as their time elapses.


FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - The work on the South Frankfort sewer is progressing steadily.  The work of excavating has reached Shelby street and a week or two of good weather will complete that portion of the work.  The brick work has been completed beyond Conway street, and on account of the scarcity of brick, has been at a stand still for a week or more.   When completed it will be a great improvement to South Frankfort.


FRAB Nov. 6, 1886 - To the Voters of the First Ward, Comprising South Frankfort.

            An election for Councilmen is to be held on the 4th day of December next.

            The undersigned, your present representatives in the Council have rendered you faithful, and as they believe, valuable service.

            They are candidates before you for re-election and ask, and would be gratified by your support at the polls.

            Richard Tobin, William J. Hughes, Edmund H. Taylor, Jr.  Frankfort, October 16, 1886.


The Capital - Mar. 25, 1888 - Mrs. J. A. Bowden died at the residence of her son, Judge J. H. Bowden, of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, in South Frankfort, on Thursday night last, aged 90 years.  The remains were taken to Russellville for burial.


FRAB May 16, 1891 - Returned Home. - Mr. Edward Haynes Taylor, [paper cut off - not sure if Jr.]., has been spending the past year in Las Cruces, New Mexico, returning home Wednesday afternoon greatly improved in health and as brown as a berry from his open-air life on the plains.  Edmund speaks in glowing terms of the fine time he had and says there is no place like old Kentucky.  He will reside either in this city or Louisville in future.


Frankfort Roundabout Jan. 25, 1904 - Monday Evening Storm.

            Lightning Plays Its Pranks In Several Directions, Though No Serious Loss Occurs.

            On Monday evening about 6:30 o’clock, a fierce storm of wind and rain, accompanied by heavy thunder and lightning visited this city and vicinity.

            The residence of Col. E. H. Taylor, jr., outside the city limits, was struck by lightning and the cupola badly damaged and the family considerably shocked and shaken up.

            The smoke-house attached to the residence of Capt. John B. Spiers on Campbell street, was visited by the electric fluid and a considerable slice torn out, but, strange to say, the building was not burned.

            Mrs. C. G. Mutzenburgh, who lives close to Capt. Spiers, was at work in her kitchen t the time, and was knocked down by the current and badly stunned, feeling the effects of the stroke for some hours afterwards.

            The telephone wires were struck several times and three or four loud reports proceeded from the East Tennessee Co.’s office on Main street, many people being lead to believe that the office had been damaged.

            The water poured down in sheets, so that the sewers on Clinton street, were choked, and the street, from Lewis street west to the river, was a lake of water, from six inches to two feet in depth.

            The weather, which had been close and sultry, became much cooler and more pleasant rendering sleep that night delightful.

            It is miraculous that no serious damage was done.


FRAB Jan. 30, 1903 - Thanks.  We are placed under obligation to our friend Sergeant A. H. Innes, U. S. Heavy Artillery, stationed at Fort Monroe, Va., for a nice lot of views of that noted point.  Sergeant Innes shows he is quite an expert in this line…


FRAB Nov. 14, 1903 - Married. Stewart-Julian.  Announcement of James D. Stewart and Mrs. Alula Speight Julian to occur at the home of the bride’s brother, Mr. Will. O. Speight, Ingleside, Edenton, N. C., Nov. 19.  Bride is the widow of Mr. Chas. H. Julian.


FRAB Dec. 19, 1903 - Frankfort Boy Honored in Louisville.

            Mr. Robt. Crittendon Todd, formerly of this city, but now at Louisville, was recently elected Master of Falls City Lodge F. A. M. of that city.  Crit’s friends here congratulate him.  He is the youngest brother of Mrs. S. B. Holmes, of this city, and Bear Admiral Chapman Coleman Todd, U. S. Navy, Retired.


FRAB Dec. 19, 1903 - Rear Admiral Chapman C. Todd, U. S. N. retired, was the guest of his sister, Mrs. S. B. Holmes, this week.


FRAB May 14, 1904 [excerpts from a lengthy article about the Masons]

            Em. Sir Guy Barrett Past Commander.

            Guy Barrett was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1858, removed to Louisville, with his parents when a small boy, coming here in 1859, when his father took charge of the Yeoman printing office, was educated in the schools of this city and learned the printing business under his father.  In 1875 he purchased the new depot of Mr. W. H. Stanley and has since successfully conducted a book and news business on Main street.

            In 1874, three days before he was 21 years of age, he petitioned for the degrees of Masonry in Hiram Lodge No. 4 receiving the degrees in Lodge and Chapter in rapid succession and was Knighted by Frankfort Commandery No. 4, March 6, 1875.  He served Hiram Lodge as its Master in 1878, was High Priest of Frankfort Chapter in 1897 and Commander of Frankfort Commandery in 1896?.  For the past seven years he has conferred all the degrees in the Chapter and most of the Orders in Frankfort Commandery, being an accomplished workman.

            Last October he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Council of Kentucky R. S. M.

[picture of him in article] [paper cut off]

            E. H. Watson was a prominent physician, the father of Rear Admiral John Crittenden Watson, of the Navy, and for many years was in partnership with Dr. John L. Phythian under the firm name of Phythian & Watson, and they had their office in the building at present occupied by Mr. George B. Salender, on St. Clair Street, the building having been remodeled and added to since then.  Dr. Watson married a daughter of Gov. John J. Crittenden and he, with the family of his brother, H. H. Watson, resided in the house on Steele street at present owned and occupied …[paper cut off]

            [Same article] Col. E. H. Taylor, who was the father of Mrs. Dr. S. E. James and an uncle of Hon. E. H. Taylor, Jr., was for years cashier of the Branch Bank of Kentucky, and up to his death connected with that institution.

            Daniel Epperson was an uncle by marriage of Messrs. John E. Miles and Ira Julian.  He owned one half of the square in South Frankfort bounded by Shelby, Steele, Fourth and Campbell streets, and also owned and lived in a house where the elevator of the J. E. M. Milling Co. stood and, being a carpenter, had his shop in a little house now being used as a coal house by the Elk Hotel.  Some years before he died he returned to the house he occupied in South Frankfort in the early years of the last century, renting out the place on Ann street.

            Col. A. G. Hodges was born in Madison county, Virginia, but raised in Bourbon county, went to Lexington when a young man, learned the printing trade, removed to this city in 1831 and established the Commentator, the name of which was afterwards changed to the Frankfort Commonwealth.  In 1833 he was elected State Printer, a position he continued to hold until 1859.  He was forty years Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and for thirty odd years Grand Treasurer of the Grand Chapter.  He was the father of Mrs. John N. Crutcher, of Belle Point.  He resided for a number of years in the house on Washington street, now occupied by Mr. James B. Elliott.

            Henry Wingate was the most prominent Mason in Frankfort and one of the most prominent in the State, having been Grand Master [paper cut off]



FC May 6, 1870 - Louisville, Harrodsburg and Virginia Railroad.

            At a meeting of the stockholders of the Louisville, Harrodsburg and Virginia Railroad, May 4th, 1870, the following officers were elected:  President, Julius Dorn; Vice President, ex-Gov. Magoffin; Secretary and Treasurer, Judge W. B. Hoke; Directors - Louisville, Dr. John Bull, John T. Moore, Esq. Hon. Phil Tomppert, Hon. M. A. Downing, Hon. Jos. H. Bunce, Francis Reidhar; Jefferson county, Dr. W. W. Senteny; Spencer county, Yoder Poignand, Esq.; Anderson county, Judge W. H. Morgan; Mercer county, Capt. W. H. McAfee; Boyle county, C. W. Metcalfe; Garrard county, Hon. George R. McKee.


Yeoman Jan. 28, 1873 - But six miles of the track of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad remain to be laid.  This gap will be closed by the end of the present week.


Yeoman Feb. 14, 1873

Heavy Railroad Contract. - We learn from the Eminence Constitutionalist, of yesterday, that the Cumberland and Ohio Railroad Company has just closed a contract with a company of Northern capitalist to construct and equip their entire road from Campbellsburg via Eminence, Lebanon, Greensburg and Gallatin, to Nashville, Tennessee.  The whole work is to be done in two years and the contractors are to receive $50,000 a mile.  The contracting capitalists are represented by Mallory & Co. famous Iowa railroad builders.  The contractors also became the lessees of the road for 25 years after its completion, and guarantee to the stockholders the payment of the interest on the bonds and on the stock dividends as follows:  two per cent the sixth year, four per cent, the seventh year, five per cent the eighth year and six per cent the ninth and each succeeding year until the expiration of the lease.  At the expiration of the twenty five years, the road and equipment are to be surrendered to the company, in thorough repair, and its equipment ample and complete as a first-class road.


Yeoman May 13, 1873 - Gen. Echols, President of the L. C. & L. R. R. went up to Lexington yesterday in company with Mr. Stewart of New York and Mr. Gardner of Boston, two gentlemen largely interested in the Chesapeake and Ohio Road, who visited Kentucky on a tour of inspection and were much delighted with their trip.


Yeoman May 13, 1873 - K.C.R.R. - Change of Running Time. - Passenger trains on the Kentucky Central will hereafter leave as follows:  No. 1, Express, 6 o’clock A.M.; No. 2, Accommodation, 2:40 P.M.; No 9, Falmouth Accommodation, 4:45 P.M.; No. 7. Mixed, 8:15 P.M.  The No. 4 Accommodation will leave Lexington at 6:30 A.M., arriving in Covington at 11 A.M.  No. 5 Express will leave Lexington at 2:30 P.M., arriving at Covington at 7 P.M.  The Falmouth Accommodation will leave that place at 6:25 A.M. arriving at Covington at 8:40 A.M.


FRAB - Frankfort to have a New Depot.  (Louisville Post, Oct. 2, 1903)

            The Capitol at Frankfort is older than the railroad station, but it is no uglier and no more dilapidated.

            But the Louisville and Nashville railroad expects to give Frankfort a new passenger station before the State builds a new capitol.

            The new freight station to be used by the Midland and the Louisville and Nashville, is already under way, and it will be a great convenience to Frankfort business.

            The passenger station will be more attractive to the citizens and the public generally than the freight station.

            Some time ago the railroad company bought some property adjoining the depot which years ago was a market house.  The new station for passengers has been recommended time and again by the local representatives of the road, but one obstacle after another has interposed and the project has been postponed.

            It is now said that the work will be shortly ordered.  Frankfort is an important business point and it will be given a passenger station that is worthy of the capital of the State.

            The property available is limited and it will have to be utilized to the utmost.  It will be modern in all respect and arranged, as to facilitate the business of the company and the comfort of the passengers.  The co-operation of the city authorities will be asked and an effort made to meet all the requirements of the public.  It is believed work will begin in the spring and that the new passenger station will be the most important building erected since the city fifty years ago, built the Capitol Hotel at the cost of $125,000.


FRAB - Feb. 5, 1887 - Railroad Meeting in Frankfort.

            A mass-meeting of the citizens of Frankfort was held at the Courthouse, in Frankfort, on Tuesday, February _, in regard to the construction of a railroad from Frankfort to Georgetown; Paris; Mt. Sterling, and thence on to Prestonsburg.  Judge G. W. Craddock was appointed Chairman, and __ McDonald Secretary.  Judge Craddock made a lengthy speech in regard to the interest of the city of Frankfort in the construction of the railroad.

            Judge Bush also made a few remarks, stating that at present he was President of the railroad company.  That he was in communication with capitalists, who would construct the railroad, provided a reasonable amount of stock was taken, that work would be commenced within sixty days, and pushed to completion immediately.

            Mr. Lewis E. Harvie stated that he was in favor of a railroad that would connect us with the main trunk lines, not a switch line, and four hundred thousand dollars would be a small sum for such an enterprise.  He did not want a railroad with nothing but a dummy engine.

            Mr. S. F. P. Trabue was called upon and said that he had been trying to secure this road since 1851.  The road had been surveyed from Louisville.  $150,000 would be spent within three miles of Frankfort.  The road will be run through the Stamping Ground and on to Georgetown thence to Paris on to Mt. Sterling,a nd thence to Salyorsville, in Magoffin county, and thence on to Prestonsburg, being one hundred and sixty miles from this city.  The road and its connections will go through the coal and iron fields of Kentucky.

            The following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

            Whereas, It is the sense of this meeting that the interest of the people of Franklin county de [did not copy end.]


FRAB May 16, 1891 - Best Average Section. - Mr. M. Sullivan, the section boss of the L. & N. Railroad who has charge of the section of road embracing the tracks in this city, has received from the railroad company the Award of Distinction for having the best average section on the L. C. & L. division of the L. & N. Railroad.


FRAB June 17, 1893 - Top Drawer - Local - Auditor of the Midland. - Mr. French Hoge tendered his resignation as Auditor of the Kentucky Midland Railroad this week and it was accepted, and Mr. Duane Sinclair appointed to fill the vacancy.




PI Mar. 8, 1889 - Kentucky Mountaineer’s Dialect. - Louisville Courier Journal. - The Kentucky mountain vernacular also has peculiarities, which Charles Egbert Craddock did not find or notice in his Tennessee mountaineers.  Here a man who wants to say he fired two shots says he shot two shots.  The Western expression of getting the drop is never used, the mountaineer saying instead that he “throwed his gun furst.”  The prefixes in and im are not know, un being used instead, as “unpossible,” for instance.  To “mislist” a man is to deceive and ill treat him, and when a man says “his word is his jint” he want to covey the impression that he is speaking as truthfully as if under oath.  The queer expressions are so numerous that it is hard to understand all that is said.  A dialogue that was a gem in its way was indulged in by two young mountain gallants, one asking:  “Be it mobe fur you to see Nance, this afternoon?”  The answer was:  “No, I don’t have bound to, but I aim to.”  The man who has knocked on a door, when asked what he wants, says:  “I want in,” and in the same style he would  ask a stranger, “How might you call you?”  They have no difficulty in understanding each other, however, for English is treated in the same manner by all and even those who can read and write talk a great deal as do the less learned.


IR Oct. 9, 1949 - Article about John Campbell states: The last living grandchild was Mrs. W. A. Julian, wife of the Treasurer of the United States, who died early this year. Mrs. Julian's mother, Martha Campbell married William Means, one time mayor of Cincinnati.


In 1904, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Julian were living in New York.


Ironton Tribune,  Sat., March 28, 1949


(AP) - Mrs. Gertrude Means Julian, 80, wife of Treasurer of the United States W. A. Julian, died at her home here yesterday after an illness of several months.

Julian, who disclosed his wife's death on arrival today from Washington, said she had not been considered seriously ill.

A native of Ironton, O., Mrs. Julian had been active in civil and philanthropic organizations throughout her life here.

In 1936 she was presented to the court of St. James in London, the third Cincinnatian to be so honored.

The Julians had no children. Mrs. Julian's two sisters, Misses Patti and Pearl Means, died some years ago at their Yellow Spring, O., home.

Julian said his wife had "left positive instructions to be cremated."


Ironton Tribune, March 28, 1949


Private graveside services were held at Woodland cemetery this morning at 11 o'clock for Mrs. Gertrude Means Julian, wife of Treasurer of the United States W. A. Julian. Mrs. Julian died Friday at her home in Cincinnati and the body was cremated yesterday.

Mrs. Julian was a native of Ironton. She was a granddaughter of John Campbell, founder of Ironton, her mother being the former Mary Campbell Means. Her father, William Means, served as mayor of Cincinnati in 1881.

Mrs. Julian was vice president of the Hamilton County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was a former trustee of the Widows and Old Mens Home in Cincinnati. She was presented to the Court of St. James in 1936. She last visited here 28 years ago but planned to return during the Centennial next October. She was a distant relative of Mrs. Carl Moulton and Mrs. M. B. Edmundson, of Ironton.


Ironton Evening Tribune, Wed., May 3, 1933



Cincinnati. May 3 -(AP) - W. A. Julian, retired Cincinnati shoe manufacturer and Ohio member of the Democratic national convention, today announced his acceptance of the post of treasurer of the United States.

Informed circles in Washington said yesterday that his appointment was probable. Until today, however, Julian insisted he had nothing to say, either no to whether the post had been offered to him, or whether he would accept.

The treasuryship is the first major post to go to an Ohioan in the Roosevelt administration.

He announced his acceptance to newspapermen before going into a luncheon meeting of the Associated Charities here, of which he is president.

He had, he said, wired President Roosevelt his acceptance of the office.

Julian, in becoming treasurer of the United States, accepted office at last after steadily refusing high posts offered him in succeeding Democratic regimes.

President Wilson offered him first a position on the Federal trade commission, and then on the Federal Reserve Board. He declined both.

Still later he refused the office of treasurer of the national Democratic committee. But elected to the national committee for Ohio, in a factional dispute in 1925, he has held the office since.

Julian started life as a farm boy near Frankfort, Ky., graduated from Dodds College, there in 1888 (?), and went to Cincinnati. He became a bank clerk, then switched to shoe manufacturing, established a plant of his own, and later retired, reputedly a millionaire.

Three years before, he ran for the United States Senate - the only elective office he ever sought - and was defeated by Frank B. Willis in the Harding landslide of that year.

With party loyalty his creed, he only once differed with its leaders. In 1931, he came out openly in opposition to the ( ----ter John J. Rankob ?) seat/sent national committeemen, seeking support of his "home-rule" liquor plan.

William's family was established in this country by James Julian, who settled at Fredericksburg, VA in 1680. John Julian a descendant of James, the colonist, and grandfather of William A. Julian, was surgeon-major in the Revolutionary Army under Washington. William A. Julian was graduated, A.B., at Dodds College, Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1888. He began as a clerk in a bank. He engaged in the shoe manufacturing business in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1893 as a partner with Franklin Alter and H. Kokenge in the Alter-Julian Co. This company was succeeded in 1900 by the Julian-Kokenge Co., which is still (1934) in business in Columbus, Ohio. The company specializes in the manufacture of women's fine shoes. It employs an average of eight hundred people and its annual business amounts to approximately $3 million. Mr. Julian was president of the company until 1917 when he retired from its active management, although he continued as chairman of the board of directors. He was president also of the Cincinnati Shoe Co.; First National Bank of Bethel, Ohio, and Queen City Trust Co.; vice-president and director of the Central Trust Co. of Cincinnati. During World War 1, he was chairman of the civilian relief committee of the American Red Cross and vice-chairman of the Cincinnati chapter. For twenty years he has been chairman of the investment committee of Berea College, and for the same period of time he has been president of the Associated Charities of Cincinnati.

He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916 and, since 1926, he has been Democratic National Committeeman for Ohio. In May, 1933, he was appointed Treasurer of the United States by President Roosevelt. He was married at Yellow Springs, Ohio, September 5, 1895, to Gertrude E., daughter of William Means, former mayor of Cincinnati. He lived at Red Gables, R. F. D. Rockville, Maryland. He died May 28, 1949. "Who was Who, Vol. II. National Cyclopedia of American Biography."


Ironton Tribune, Monday, May 30, 1949



W. A. Julian, treasurer of the United States since the earliest days of the Roosevelt New Deal, was killed today in a head-on automobile crash near here.

Death was quick for the man whose flourished signature appears on every piece of currency. His chest was crushed, and members of the rescue squad worked half an hour to extricate his body from the wreckage.

The occupants of the other car, William Ellis and Paul Smith of nearby Maryland communities, were only slightly hurt. No charges were filed in the accident.

Julian's death brought to life a secret carefully guarded by the retired and wealthy former banker - his age. A driver's license showed it to be 73 (or 78 - can't make out copy - smk)

Julian's wife, Gertrude Means Julian, daughter of a former mayor of Cincinnati, died last March 24(6) at the age of (? ). They were childless.

The late Mrs. Julian was a native of Ironton, a granddaughter of John Campbell, founder of Ironton; her mother was the former Mary Campbell Means. She was a distant relative of Mrs. Carl Moulton and Mrs. M. E. Edmundson of Ironton. The ashes of Mrs. Julian were brought here and buried in Woodland Cemetery.

Born on a farm near Frankfort, Ky., William Alexander Julian rose to shoe manufacturer, president of the Queen City Trust Company of Cincinnati, and a director of other banks.

A lifelong Democrat and one-time national committeeman, he dodged various offers of appointment to public office. Franklin D. Roosevelt persuaded him to come to Washington to overhaul the national's fiscal system in mid-depression.

The accident occurred this morning as Julian, driving alone, attempted to make a left turn as he neared the brow of a hill about three miles from his home at Rockville, Md., police said.

The office of Treasurer of the United States - not be confused with the Secretary of the Treasury, a cabinet post - is essentially a banking facility for the government.

Duties include the receipt, disbursement and accounting for public moneys; the custody, issuance and redemption of paper currency and coin; the safekeeping of securities, and the payment of principal and interest on the public debt. The treasurer receives $_0,330 a year.

Julian ran unsuccessfully for the U. S. Senate in Ohio in 1920 but thereafter he stayed behind-scenes politically.

Funeral arrangements have not been made.


Ironton Evening Tribune, Wed., June 22, 1949


 A codicil to the will of William A. Julian, leaving five-twentieths of a trust fund to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, has been declared invalid, it was learned Tuesday.

Judge Chase M. Davies of Probate Court held the codicil to be invalid because the former treasurer of the U. S. had no witness present when he signed it.

No estimate was given on the fortune left by Julian, who was killed in an automobile accident May 29.

The original will dated Oct. 28, 18__ provided an annual income of $36,000 a year to Mrs. Julian and at her death the income was to have been divided among Julian's two brothers. The brothers and Mrs. Julian, however, are dead.

Walter Shohl, one of the late treasurer's attorneys, said the will then provided that on the deaths of the brothers and Mrs. Julian the estate should be divided into twentieths with Berea College of Berea, Ky. and various charitable institutions sharing the estate.

In the codicil the court held to be invalid, Julian deleted several original beneficiaries, and stipulated that money go to the Seventh Day Adventist Church "because of its splendid work." Shohl said.

Several other codicils providing for individual bequests also were declared invalid because they had not been witnessed.


Cincinnati, June 22, 1949 - The will of W. A. Julian was accepted for probate as originally written. In a codicil earlier held invalid, Julian had changed the will to give the Seventh Day Adventist Church 5/20 of his fortune.


Cincinnati, November 1, 1949. The Julian estate was valued at $4,457,988.41. Included were cash $436,513; bonds, $177,678; stocks,$3,757.576; personal jewelry, $35 (a wrist watch); real estate, $150; notes receivable $85,334. Cash to Charles A. Julian, of Frankfort, Kentucky, a nephew, $100,000; $50,000 each to Mrs. Douglas J. Ebert of Birmingham, Alabama, and Mrs. Lillian J. Abbott, of Clearwater, Florida. An unestimated trust fund was to be divided among Berea College, Berea, Kentucky; Associated Charities, Y.W.C.A., Widow's Home, Walnut Hills, Children's Hospital, Clovernook Home for the Blind.


No children of this marriage in these records.


"CAPT. JOHN W. RUSSELL, a native of Rockbridge County, Va., was born in 1794 and was a son of James and Margaret (Wilson) Russell, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Welsh and Scotch descent.  John W. Russell, when a child, was brought to Kentucky by his father and educated in the night schools of Louisville and in the common schools.  Before he was sixteen years of age he went into the war of 1812; was at the battle of Fort Meigs, under Capt. Peter Dudley, of Frankfort, and after the war ran a steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi, continuing on the river about twenty-five years.  During one trip, in 1832, on the way to New Orleans, he lost sixty-three passengers by cholera.  His father, James, was a man of considerable means, but lost it all by giving security. This threw John W. upon his own resources, and he went to Louisville and learned the art of engineering.  He was appointed by President Harrison to clear the snags from the Western rivers and reappointed by Tyler to this position, which he kept for eight years.  In 1846 Capt. Russell was prevailed upon to become a candidate for the State Senate from the district then composed of Franklin and Shelby, and was elected, his term of service being marked by the strong sense and practical judgment which characterized him through life.  He then retired to his farm three miles from Frankfort, where he had 1,000 acres of land, and owned fifty slaves when the war broke out.  He married, December 17, 1840, Miss Ann Maria Julian, of Franklin County, daughter of Charles and Jane (Moore) Julian, natives of Virginia.  Charles Julian was of French Huguenot origin; his wife of Irish descent and a cousin of the poet Moore. The children born to Capt. and Mrs. Russell are Mrs. Cordelia Gaines, of Louisville; Miss Maggie; Mrs. Mary B. Day; John Crittenden Russell, lawyer of Louisville, and Ann M. Maus, whose husband is in the United States Army. Mr. Russell's death occurred August 17, 1869.  His life was so full of thrilling adventure, and by his philanthropy and prompt action he was able to rescue so many lives, that his life history would seem more like a romance than a biography."

Source: Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 5th ed., 1887,Franklin Co.


IR Sept. 16, 1869 - A Modern Sampson

Captain John W. Russell died in Franklin Co., Kentucky, last week, aged seventy-five years.  The Louisville Courier-Journal says:

“He was famous among western pioneers for his strength and intrepidity.  He served in the War of 1812, was a member of the State Senate, and an intimate personal friend of Henry Clay.  He was for many years a Mississippi steamboat captain.  The incidents of his force of will and power of command would fill a volume.  On one occasion in New Orleans he had a personal encounter with the pirate Lafitte and, unarmed, whipped him and ejected him from a ball-room.

“On another occasion while landed at Natchez, a passenger of his boat was robbed by the gang which then infested the portico of the town bordering on the river, and known as “Natchez under the Hill.”  By surrounding with his crew the house in which the robbers took refuge, he passed a cable around it, and under threat of pulling it, with the inmates into the river, be compelled restitution of the money, and made himself a terror to the thieves and gamblers who then infested the river towns.  Of his great strength, persons who knew him only in his later years, when enfeebled by age, would have had but little conception, though when in his prime it was known from Pittsburgh to New Orleans he had lifted a shaft weighing 1,647 pounds, and that he had carried entirely across the deck of the boat an anchor of 1,242 pounds weight.”


IWR Jun. 26, 1897  -  In a postal card to Mr. Frank A. Bixby from Frankfort, Ky., Rev. W. H. Hampton announces the death in that city of Mrs. Hyde, sister of Mrs. Hampton ... interment takes place at Danville, Ky.


Obituary of James F.M. Bailey

Deer Creek, Oregon, Nov. 17, 1894

Another pioneer has gone to swell the silent train that moves so swiftly to that undiscovered country.

James F. M. Bailey died at Bieber, Lassen County,California, November 6, 1894. He was born at Frankfort, Ky., Nov 19, 1837.

His mother dying while he was an infant and he being an only child, his father could not part from him, so he was allowed to accompany him wherever he went, which was principally up and down the Mississippi river, his father being captain of the steamboat in which he traveled. But it was not many years ere his father was taken from him too. Then, though left among indulgent friends, he was an orphan wandering where he would. He finally drifted to the western coast, it is not known when, but at an early day. Nor is it known how widely he traversed the wilderness that stretched between the eastern states and the Pacific ocean, nor with what leaders, but at times with that bold mountaineer Kit Carson, among dangers and distresses such as those know only to well who have crossed burning desert sands, and traveled without food for many days.

Some time during these early years he revisited the eastern states, but returned again and finally settled on Myrtle Creek, in Douglas County, Oregon. Here in 1858 he became acquainted with Ellen Burt, while she was teaching school in that town, whom he married January 9, 1859. For more than twenty years he felt the blessing of her sweet and gentle life, and then the grave closed over her. She died May 24, 1881. They laid her down to rest beside the little darling already sleeping there. And soon again he stood beside another open grave, and saw the lovely form of their first born child, in all the beauty of early womanhood wrapped in that strange sleep that wakes not to our pleading cry. It was on the 4th of July 1882 that her bright young spirit took its flight.

There was a little space left between the mother and the maiden for his last resting place, but the change of years found him too far away to be laid by kindred dust, and when the final summons came only one of that bright circle of gleeful children who once (here it did not copy, went off the page) to soothe his pain and close his dying eyes, though five remain, who with hushed breath and tearful eyes, dwell on his memory. And many an old friend, with a sigh, recalls the pleasant hours spent in his company, remembering his kindly eye and ready sympathy. Also the homeless wanderer will remember kindness at his hand, often the welcomed to his board and glowing hearth.

He may have fought in one or more of our Indian wars. But this we know that in the dark days of our civil strife, he left his home for the toil and dangers of the soldier's camp. He enlisted in 1865 and served under L. L. Williams till the close of the war.

But the long day's march of life is ended now, and we sit and watch the western sky, gazing on those golden gleams whose radiance portend a glorious tomorrow, when life's bewildered wanderers hop to meet again.


Following from my Kouns Genealogy:

2-3-3 Elizabeth Pollock
m. 21 May 1879 Thomas H. Paynter
, b. Lewis Co. Ky Buried: He and Elizabeth are buried in Frankfort, KY cemetery. Thomas came to Greenup about 1875. He studied law and was a state Senator in 1905 US Senate.

History of Greenup Co., KY :(picture) Next below the Presbyterian Church is the Paynter House, built in 1877. The original resident of this brick house was Thomas H. Paynter, who was born in Lewis County and came to Greenup about 1875. He was a lawyer who was elected State Senator in 1905. After one turn in the State Legislature, he was elected to the United States Senate. This house was Paynters home from 1877 to 1910 and has had numerous owners: the Wilsons, the Rubys; the J.D. Atkinsons, and the present owners, the Lowdenbacks. The house may have been used as a parsonage at one time for the Church next door. It is listed in Kentucky Landmarks in Kentucky Highlands.
2-3-3-1 Winifred Paynter

m. Morton K. Yonts
 of Louisville, KY
lived Frankfort KY
2-3-3-2 Pollock Paynter

b. Greenup KY


The Frankfort Commonwealth, March 4, 1862 - Advertisement

Colonization Notice

            An Expedition will sail from Baltimore City, on May 1st, 1862, for Liberia.  The Kentucky State Colonization Society will send Free Colored Persons, residing in Kentucky, on their application to the Society, to Liberia by that expedition.  They will be sent without charge to themselves.  Also, Executors of Estates in Kentucky, having in charge servants freed to be sent to Liberia, can send them to Liberia in the same Expedition, May 1, 1862.  Address Rev. A. M. Cowan, Agent Ky. State Col. Society, Frankfort, Ky.  - Papers published in Kentucky will please publish this notice as a favor to the Society.  February 14, 1862 - 2m.


The Frankfort Commonwealth, March 4, 1862 - Advertisement

Private Boarding House.

            I can accommodate two more members of the Legislature with boarding on moderate terms.

            Apply to me at the Commonwealth Printing Office, or in the Senate Chamber when the Senate is in session.  G. W. LEWIS.


The Frankfort Commonwealth, March 4, 1862 - Advertisement

To the Artists of Kentucky.

            Propositions will be received for painting a full length likeness of Henry Clay and Gen. Andrew Jackson, to be hung up in the Capitol at Frankfort.  Terms and cost for painting must be stated.  Address V. B. Young, Frankfort, Ky.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 18, 1876 - For the Yeoman. 

A Scrap of Kentucky History - Selected.

            Franklin county was created to have effect from and after the 10th day of May 1795, beginning at the Scott line, where it leaves the South Fork of Elkhorn; thence a straight line to strike the Kentucky river, and crossing the same one mile above the mouth of Glenn’s creek; thence up the same to the mouth of the Cove Spring; thence west to Washington line; thence with the same down Salt river to the mouth of Crooked creek; thence up the Main Fork of Crooked creek to the head thereof; thence with the dividing ridge to the junction of the forks of Benson; thence down the Benson to where the old wagon road from Boone’s old station to Harrodsburg crosses at the mouth of the most northwardly fork of Benson; thence down Kentucky river to the mouth thereof; thence, up the Ohio river to the Scott line; thence with said line to the beginning.

            I also find from same History that the Legislatures assembled the 5th of September, 1795, by a quorum, and proceeded to business, and in the first week of the session John Adair was elected to the Senate of the United States in place of the Hon. John Breckinridge, who had resigned to become Attorney General of the United States.  The next act of that session, was one authorizing John Pope to erect a bridge across the Kentucky river; also an act to incorporate the Frankfort Water Works Company.  The object was to introduce water into Frankfort from the Cove Spring, two miles off, by means of wooden pipes.  Two other acts authorizing bridges to be erected across the Kentucky river at Frankfort was passed; one in favor of Thomas Tunstall, the other of John Brown.  I find also from same History, that Col. Aaron Burr was in Frankfort (1804) on his way southward.  B.



FRAB May 7, 1892 - Base Ball.

            The young gentlemen who are at the head of the movement for a base ball club here have not secured as much encouragement as they desired, in the way of subscriptions but have decided to go ahead with the organization and take their chances on coming out even.  Lake Park will be used, a high fence will be built around it and a grand stand with a seating capacity of 600 erected.  Handsome uniforms have been contracted for, and Roxy Davis, who caught several games last year, and whose backstop work was so much admired, has been signed to catch and manage the team, and the other positions will be about the same as last season.  The boys are not out for money, but to secure some amusement for themselves and their friends during the summer season, and if you have not subscribed to their fund, put your name down for as much as you can afford and help them along.

            It is announced that the season will open about the 20th or 25th, with either Center College or Versailles, probably the former.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 1, 1876 - Baseball. - The Capital Base Ball Club have organized a strictly amateur nine, and will play passing clubs and clubs wishing to visit the State Capitol.  The first games of the season will be played on Wednesday and Thursday next with the Americus club of Cincinnati, the champion amateurs of Ohio.  Our boys have had little or no practice, but we doubt not but that the games will be well contested, as several members of the old Capital nine will play.  Their brilliant career of last season is an assurance that the sport will be fine.  No doubt a large crowd of our citizens will avail themselves of the opportunity to enjoy a well-played game of ball for the small sum of twenty-five cents.  Ladies free.


FRAB May 7, 1892 - Excursions.

            The Main Street Base Ball Club will run another excursion to Louisville to-morrow.  The Louisville and Washington clubs will play there.  The excursion last Sunday was very orderly and no trouble of any kind was experienced.  The management promises that the one to-morrow shall be run in the same way.  Fare $1.00 for round trip.

            The Midland will run an excursion to Georgetown to witness the laying of the corner of the new Catholic Church at that place.  Father Gorey, of this city, will assist in the ceremonies.

            The fare for the round trip is 75 cents.  An excursion will also be run from Paris to Georgetown.



The Capital Jan. 21, 1888 - Mr. Guy Barrett has become sole lessee of the Frankfort Opera House, by the retirement of Mr. Heffner from the firm of Barrett & Heffner.  Mr. Barrett is one of Frankfort’s most enterprising and worthy business men, and will not permit amusements provided for the people to deteriorate in quality or quantity under his management, but will increase effort to make the Opera House attractive to amusement seekers.  Mr. Barrett’s energy and judgment assure him success.


The Capital Jan. 21, 1888 - Irene Worrell, who will be at the Frankfort Opera House next week, commencing Tuesday evening, January 24th, is one of the famous Worrell sisters, and sister to Mrs. Geo. S. Knight.





The Capital Jan. 21, 1888 - long article about Lexington wanting the Capital moved there.


FRAB Apr. 18, 1891 - The Capital Permanently Located.

            After a hundred years of strife and contention over the location of the Capital of Kentucky it was a wise and graceful thing in the Constitutional Convention to put an end to the controversy by permanently locating the Capital at Frankfort by the overwhelming vote of 57 to 34.  The members of the convention felt that a hundred years of fruitless contention over this subject was quite enough, and in spirit of justice, and guided alone by motives looking to the public good, raised themselves into the empire of exalted statesmanship and by a vote bordering on unanimity commanded the peace between the warring sections of the State with a voice that will be respected and approved from the Big Sandy to Hickman, and from the Ohio river to the Tennessee line, and the man or the city attempting to renew the vexed question again, during the next century, will be regarded by all as a disturber of the public peace, and an enemy to the progress and welfare of the State.

            The same question was distinctly submitted to the people of Kentucky when the Constitution was adopted in 1799, and again in 1850, and now again in 1891, and the verdict each time was in favor of the little city of Frankfort, where the heroes and statesmen of Kentucky, for a hundred years lie sleeping in their narrow houses in the Cemetery on the hill.  The State House and the Arsenal and the Penitentiary might have been put upon wheels and carried away to Lexington or Louisville, but the heroic memories of Theodore O’Hara, young Clay and McKee and all that host of immortals who established and gave to Kentucky her enduring fame, could not be taken away from the beautiful cemetery at Frankfort, where their bodies lie moldering in the grave - where their noble deed are inscribed on their monuments, and where their immortal spirits still hover in the air to guard the repose of the dead and the honor of the State.  It required statesmanship of the most exalted character to recognize both the injustice and the impossibility of removing the entire capital away from Frankfort, but the good people of Kentucky may now congratulate themselves, and their children and their children’s children to the latest generation, that the present Constitutional Convention was equal to the  {did not copy end - smk]




Yeoman, Jan. 20, 1876 - Death of Col. Sam. Gill.

            Col. Sam. Gill, the late able and popular Superintendent and Receiver of the Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington Railroad, died at 3 P.M. of Tuesday, January 18, at College Hill, near Cincinnati.  The Depot buildings at this place, and we presume those at other points along the line of the railroad, with whose employees he was justly held in high esteem, were on yesterday morning draped in mourning in token of this mournful event.  Col. Gill was a native of Danville, in this State, and (according to the Courier-Journal) was about 53 years old.  He established himself at Louisville twenty-five years ago, since which time he had been almost constantly identified with the interest of the L. C. & L. Railroad.  He held for some time the position of General Superintendent of the lines of the road operated by that company, retiring before the road was placed in the hands of a Receiver.  Afterwards, he was made Receiver, which position he filled acceptably until his failing health last year required his removal.  Col. Gill had no family, having, we learn, never married.  He lived for a long time at the Galt House, but when his health grew bad he went to the house of Mr. C. N. Warren, where he remained until removed to College Hill.  His funeral took place at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon from the residence of Mr. Warren, No. 33 First street, Louisville.


FRAB July 2, 1887 - Upon a full and fair vote, the friends of the railroad are in a large majority, but don’t let that fact keep any man from polling his own vote.  Every vote counts, and the bigger the majority is the better it will be, as it will show to Bourbon and Scott counties that we are in deed earnest in this matter.        

            Friends of the railroad, now is the time for you to show your faith by your works.  Spend one day at least in voting yourself and then see that every other legal vote in favor of the railroad is polled.  Don’t let a single illegal vote be case.  We can and will carry our proposition, but let it be done with perfectly clean hands.


FRAB July 2, 1887 - We understand that a prominent farmer living between here and the Forks of Elkhorn, has cut his wheat the second time in order to have food for the railroad stock soon to be employed on the P. G. & F. railroad.


FRAB Nov. 15, 1890 - New Telephone. - A telephone has been placed in the office of the Kentucky Midland Railway, at the depot, which will be quite a convenience for persons having business with the officials of the road, as it will save them a long walk.


FRAB Nov. 15, 1890. - More Trains on Kentucky Midland.

            On Wednesday, Nov. 12th, three new trains were added to the present passenger trains of the “Elkhorn Route.”  In the present passenger trains Nos. 1,2,3 and 4, there was no change.  The first is a morning train, leaving Paris at 6:45 a.m., making connection at Georgetown with Q. & C. for Cincinnati and with the Louisville Southern for Louisville.  The second train leaves Paris at 10 a.m., connection at Georgetown with trains from Cincinnati, and arriving in this city at 12:20 noon.  The third train leaves this city at 6:30 p.m. connecting at Georgetown with trains from the South and with trains from both Cincinnati and Louisville, arriving at Paris at 10:15 p.m.


FRAB Nov. 15, 1890 - Accidental Shooting.

            Young Frank Robinson, son of Uncle Jep Robinson, of this city, and a section hand on the L. & N. Railroad by the name of Jake Riddle, who were out hunting Monday afternoon, were walking side by side, both having their guns across their shoulders, as soldiers carry them at the command, “arms at ease.”  Robinson attempted to take his gun down, when the hammer of one barrel caught in his coat collar and caused the gun to go off.  The charge passed through Riddle’s left hand and lodged in his neck, inflicting serious wounds.  Dr. Owen Robinson, of Bridgeport, was sent for and dressed the injuries, and the wounded man is doing as well as possible.  His hand is terribly mangled and will probably be useless, but the wound in the neck is not considered dangerous.


FRAB Apr. 18, 1891 - Repairing the Bridge.

            The L. & N. Railroad Company are repairing their bridge across the river at this point, putting in new floor timbers, &c., and for that purpose tore up the floor of the bridge on Monday afternoon.  Since that time all the travel between this city and Bellepoint has been over the St. Clair street bridge and around the river road.  Many persons were caught Monday evening, who went down to the bridge, were not permitted to cross, and had to go all the way around the other route.


FRAB May 16, 1891 - Fired by a Spark.

            A spark from a freight train engine passing Spring Station, nine miles east of this city, on the L. & N. Railroad, Saturday afternoon about o’clock, set fire to the Railroad Company’s warehouse at that place, and it, together with the station platform, a stable and corn-crib and two freight cars, (one of which was loaded with hemp which Capt. James Blackburn had delivered for shipment) were destroyed.  There was great danger of the depot and residence of the agent, Mr. John Welch, catching on fire, but by the efforts of Mr. Lucas Brodhead, who hastened to the fire with a large force of employes and several water carts from Woodburn Farm; the building was kept wet and saved from injury.

            The heat from the fire was so intense as to warp the rails on the road, and new ones had to be procured and put down before trains could pass.  The passenger train which arrives in this city at 3 o’clock was detained at Spring Station until 5 o’clock.


FRAB May 16, 1891 - That Sunday Train.

            Notwithstanding we stated last week upon good authority, that there would be no Sunday train upon the Midland Railroad, the Company has concluded to put the train on tomorrow.  The train will leave here at 6:30 in the morning and 3:10 p.m.  Special low rates will be made upon this train to persons wishing to visit neighboring towns on Sunday.


FRAB Feb. 25, 1893

            Promoted. Mr. Charles Taylor, depot foreman of the Louisville and Nashville railroad in this city, has been made the night clerk under Mr. W. W. Alexander, the agent for the same road at Cincinnati.  Mr. Taylor entered upon his new duties Wednesday.




Weekly Yeoman, Dec. 25, 1875

The Weitzel House. (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            Mr. Jerome Weitzel has just completed in time for the legislative session, the addition to his residence on the east side of the Capitol Square, which will enable him to receive and elegantly entertain some fifteen or twenty of the city’s surplus guests during the approaching session, and at other times when the city is crowded.  For, Mr. Weitzel wishes it distinctly understood that he does not desire to come in competition with the regular hotel business of the city, but will simply carry on a private boarding house, to meet the wants of the city’s guests on extraordinary occasions.  For this purpose, the Weitzel House is admirably adapted.  The building is a two story one, with some fifteen or twenty bed-rooms, all newly furnished with elegant new furniture, and with every inch of hall and stairway as well as the rooms covered with fine new carpets.

            The polite landlord of this cosy and hospitable establishment has in his wife, Mrs. Weitzel, an able and most skillful coadjutor, who, in addition to an unsurpassed table, knows how to throw around her guests all the delightful little comforts of home.  The late Col. Mike Chrisman, who used to make his home with Mr. Weitzel, was wont to speak in the most enthusiastic terms of his legislative boarding-house, the rooms, the table, and the hospitable attentions of hostess and servants, which made him feel like he was at his own home.  In conclusion, it is but just to say that Mr. Weitzel’s charges are most reasonable.


Daily Yeoman, March 13, 1876 - Dr. Barker informs the public that for the present he will receive his friends and patients at his residence, corner Ann and Clinton streets.


Yeoman, Jan. 12, 1876 - (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            John L. Scott, Esq., has leased his brick residence in the city to Judge M. Cofer, of the Court of Appeals, and will remove to his new residence, now in course of construction, on Edgewood Farm, just outside the city limits, early in the spring - Judge Cofer taking the city residence at the same time.


Yeoman, Apr. 29, 1876 - (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            Mr. John L. Scott, the well-known lawyer of this city, has just completed and moved into an elegant suburban residence on the Georgetown Turnpike, just beyond the grounds of the Feeble Minded Institute.  This fine-looking slate colored mansion, with its cozy and tasteful bay windows at either end, and three-story tower in front, stands about 200 yards back from the road, on a handsome elevation, in the midst of a 27 acre lot which slopes away to the rear of the building all the way down to the railroad.  The entire front is to be a blue-grass lawn, interspersed with chestnut, English walnut, and other useful as well as ornamental trees, many of which have already been set out.

            Mr. Scott’s new home is a two-story framed building seated on a solid, 8 feet stone foundation, six feet of which are above ground, with ten rooms besides the kitchen and servants rooms in the ell.  The principal rooms average about 20 feet square, with ceilings 13 feet high; and the halls, above and below, are 12 feet wide by 50 in length.  The four front rooms, with their beautiful bay windows, together with the dining room, are palatial, both in size and finish.  In fact, all the halls and rooms of the main building, including the grand stairway, the doors, window-frames, panel work, &c., are fitted with the finest dark walnut, much of it being of the French curled variety, which, by everybody nowadays, is more admired than the finest mahogany.

            The workmanship displayed in the construction of this improvement is of so excellent and satisfactory a character as to require that honorable mention should be made in this connection of the various artisans employed - in a word, that honor should be given where honor is due.  Mr. Dennis L. Haly was the architect, who drew all the plans from a general outline furnished by the proprietor, Mr. Scott.  Mr. Monroe Crutchfield did all the entire fine inside carpenter’s work, including all the fine doors and window frames, the panel work, and all of the elegant finish pertaining to the bay windows.  Mr. Mike Buttermore and James M. Connor built the remarkably well constructed stone foundation, making it out of Kentucky marble from Buttermore’s quarry across the river west of the city.  Mr. John Sullivan, whose friends have named him “the finest Grainer in Kentucky” and whose admirable work shows for itself all over the new Scott mansion, did all the French Walnut graining.  And, last, but not least, James and Mike Flynn, the well known cunning artificers in stone and monumental marble, are making the massive and magnificent banquette, on front door steps and stoup, out of the finest of white Benson stone.

            Altogether, Mr. Scott’s new residence, with its lovely rural surroundings; its lawn in front and its extensive gardens and orchards in the rear; its elevated position; and its charming views in every direction from the upper windows of the mansion - is one of the most attractive suburban localities to be found anywhere in central Kentucky; and, under the proprietor’s judicious and painstaking management, it is bound to become more attractive with every revolving year.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, April 4, 1876

            Real Estate Transfers Yesterday.

            At the sales made yesterday, by the Master Commissioner of this county, Frank Chinn, Esq., at public auction in front of the Court-house, the following transfers of real estate in this city were effected:

            The store-room heretofore owned and occupied by Mr. John L. Moore, on Main street, between St. Clair and Lewis streets was bought by Messrs. A. W. Thompson, H. P. Thompson, and B. B. Groom, for $4,100.

            The vacant lot on Main street between the residence of J. L. Moore and L. Tobin, 40 feet front by 130 deep, was bought by L. Tobin, for $1,500.

            A strip of ground 6 feet wide with stable, on Cat Fish alley, was also bought by L. Tobin, for $500.

            The residence and lot on Main street on the corner of the alley east of L. Tobin’s residence, was purchased by Dr. B. F. Duvall, for $2,750.

            A house and lot on Wilkinson street, north of the railroad, was bought by W. L. Jett, for $400.

            The Richard H. Taylor brick residence (adjoining Mrs. Gaines’ residence), on Clinton street, was bought by the Bank of Kentucky, for $1,000.

            Patton’s old Restaurant property, on Ann street, opposite Tobin’s grocery, was bought by S. M. Noel, for $2,000.

            The residence (known as the “Steffey house”) on Main street, east of the Capital Hotel, was purchased by W. H. Sneed, for $1,258.91.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 25, 1876

The Governor’s Stable - A Handsome Improvement.

            The new brick stable for the use of the Governor of Kentucky whose erection on the lot adjacent to the gardens of the Executive Mansion was ordered by the last Legislature and for which an appropriation of $1,000 was made, has been completed by the contractor, Mr. John Haly, exactly within the time specified by the contract.  We inspected the work yesterday, and quite agree with the general verdict, that the contractor has executed his contract with a fidelity and success worthy of all praise.  Everybody possessing any experience in such matters affirms that neither the government, nor any private individual in this city, ever got so much and as such good work too, in the way of building, for $1,000 before.

            The building is 40x26 feet, two stories high, with a four-foot projection in front.  It is divided into three main rooms below and four rooms above.  Two the basement rooms are used for housing the carriages, while the third is divided into four stalls for the horses.  A small compartment cut off from the middle room is used as a harness and saddle room.  Two of the rooms in the second story are used for storing corn, hay, &c., while the other two are for the use of the coachman and hostler.  The roof is covered in with tin painted; and, altogether, the entire building presents at all points a neatness and solidity of finish rarely seen in a stable highly creditable to Mr. Haly, the builder, and showing most conclusively that the State’s money, as usual under a Democratic administration, has been well expended.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Oct. 7, 1876 - The very elegant improvement by Mr. George Watson, now in progress on Second street, in South Frankfort, will add greatly to the beauty of that locality.  The foundations are now complete, and the superstructure is fairly on the way.  Every detail of the building, as evidenced by the work already done, and the drawings to be followed, is harmonious and tasteful.  Mr. Watson expects to enjoy the Christmas under its roof, and the Christmas there, no doubt, will be most enjoyable.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Oct. 7, 1876 - Grand Opening By Mrs. Ward.

            The fashionable event of the season, to which the ladies of Frankfort always look forward with so much interest, will take place next Wednesday and Thursday, October 10th and 11th, when Mrs. C. E. Ward (Mrs. Ayres) will display for the first time, her new Fall and Winter Stock of Millinery goods and fancy articles of all kinds, all of which she proposes to sell at cheaper rates than were ever before offered in this city.  Mrs. Ward (Mrs. Ayres) feels confident, that she cannot be excelled by any other house ever before now in the Frankfort trade.  The ladies will please accept her many thanks for past favors; and she respectfully requests a continuance of the same.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 9, 1876 - Frankfort, Benson and Shelby Turnpike Road. -             Bids for building the first two miles of this turnpike road will be received, at the law office of John L. Scott, from this time until 2 o’clock Saturday, May 13, 1876, at which hour the first two miles, consisting of four sections will be let out to the lowest and best bidder.  The specifications can be seen at Scott’s office, May 8, 1876.

            Twenty percent of the stock is required to be paid at once.   John B. Hamilton, President.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 9, 1876 - Mail Contracts Sub-Let.  (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            John L. Scott, of Frankfort, as agent for Finley & Freeman, will receive bids from this time until 12 o’clock on the 10th day of June, for carrying the United States mails from Frankfort to Harrodsburg, and from Frankfort to Paris, for four years from and after the 30th of June, 1876.


FRAB Nov. 15, 1890 - Sold to Dr. Tobin.

            Last week we announced the sale of Mr. James Fitzpatrick’s house and lot, on Main street, to W. A. Howard, but it seems there was a hitch in the trade, and Mr. Fitzpatrick has since sold the place to Dr. Hugh L. Tobin for $2,600.


FRAB Nov. 15, 1890 - Ad. - For Sale.

            We have for sale at bargain a nice building lot 25x80 feet on Logan street, between Third and Campbell, in South Frankfort.  Scott & Violitt.


FRAB - Nov. 15, 1890 - House and Lot for Sale.

            I offer for sale my house and lot on Todd street at a bargain.  The house contains five rooms and the lot is 75 x 150 feet.  Fine cistern in the yard.  Dallas Coke.


FRAB Nov. 15, 1890 - For Sale.  Valuable City Residence Property.

            The two-story brick residence property, known as the “Sidney Johnson place,” situated on north side of Main Street, Frankfort, K., near the Capital Hotel is offered for sale by the undersigned.  If not sold on or before January 1st 1891, the same will be for rent.  The property is in first class condition.  For terms, &c., apply to Chas. X. Exum, Attorney for Johnson heirs.


FRAB May 14, 1904 (excerpt from long article about the Masons)

(do not have first part of this article …need to go back and copy - smk)

…of the Grand Lodge, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, Grand President of the Order of High Priesthood, Grand Master of the Grand Council and first Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery.

            He started in life as a mechanic, but for many years was book-keeper in the Branch Bank of Kentucky and an insurance agent.  He was a prominent member of the Baptist Church, and resided on Broadway in the house at present occupied by Mr. John L. Jones? but when a young man lived in South Frankfort, that part of the city then being a separate corporation.  He was the father of Mrs. M. L. Campbell and Mrs. N. J. Sawyier.

            George R. McKee was a son-in-law of the later Henry Wingate and a prominent lawyer of Eastern Kentucky, his home being at Lancaster.  He made the race for Clerk of the Court of Appeals as the Know Nothing candidate in 18__, and just after the war represented Garrard county in the Legislature.  He later removed to Covington where he practiced law until his death, some fifteen years ago.

            William C. Bridges was a merchant tailor, and was in the employ of Mr. Josepth Allen (an uncle of Mrs. N. J. Sawyier), afterwards moving to Mt. Sterling, and embarking in the business for himself, dying some ten years ago, in fine circumstances, but leaving no children.

            John Hart and William H. Davis seem to have been temporary residents here as they left no record behind them other than that found in the old books of the Masonic fraternity.

            Jesse Edmiston, was a resident of Greensburg, and came here with quite a number of other residents of that place to receive the orders.

            W. T. Herndon, the father of Judge W. C. Herndon, was sheriff of this county for two terms and at the time of his death a dry goods merchant on St. Clair street, in a state-room which stood where the north half of the establishment of Messrs. R. K. McClure & Son now is, the style of the firm being Herndon & Swigert.  Mr. Philip Swigert being the other member of the firm.  He was a native of Anderson county, but removed here when a young man, his house being on the corner of Second and Steele streets, now occupied by Mr. Lawrence Cloud and another party.  He had the house built and the later Peter Jett did the carpenter’s work for him.

            Mr. A. C. Keenon was a book binder by trade and operated a bindery in the second story of a house on St. Clair street, the first floor being occupied by Hon. James Harlan, of the U. S. Supreme Court, as a law office.  He was elected the first Public Binder when that office was created by the Legislatures.  He was the father of Mr. Uberto Keenon, of the Deposit Bank.  He owned and lived upon the farm now known as Thistleton, for many years and up to his death.  He was a native of Bourbon county.

            Richard Knott was a native of Blairsville, Pennsylvania but came to this city early in the 40’s with his father, who had a contract for erecting one of the locks and dams on the Kentucky river, married and settled here after the contract was completed, entered into the dry goods business on St. Clair street, but in 1874 sold out his business to Messrs. Herndon & Swigert.  He was the father of Mr. Richard W. Knott, editor of the Louisville Post, and lived in the three story lead-colored brick residence on Main street, opposite the Capital Hotel, now occupied by M. S. T. Pence, and it was there that Editor Knott was born.  Mr. Knott sleeps in our cemetery on the hill.

            Thos. S. Page was the father of Mrs. S. C. Bull, Misses Mary and Maggie Page, and for years was Auditor of State.  His winter residence was the house at present owned and occupied by his son-in-law Mr. W. H. Averill, on Washington street, but he also owned the farm where Mr. G. H. Mastin now lives, and with his family spent the summer there.

            George Stealey was a physician and civil engineer and as the latter had charge of the construction of some of the locks and dams on the Kentucky river, in the early 40’s.  He lived on a farm just above the city which is now owned by the State and upon which the Feeble-Minded Institute stands.  His father-in-law, Dr. Lloyd, conducted a large female school there for years.  He died in Louisville in the later 60’s and was buried here, his remains being accompanied to the city by a guard of honor composed of members of the Louisville Commandery, No. 1, in uniform.

            Marcus M. Tyler, who lived at Cynthiana some years ago, served the Grand Lodge of Kentucky as its Grand Master.

[Russ - There is a picture of the “Residence of Mr. Geo. A. Lewis, 421 Second Street.” - With caption “The above cut shows the residence of the Grand Commander, where the festivities of the conclave week will be opened with a reception on Tuesday evening, May 17th, tendered to the members of the Grand and Subordinate Commanderies and their ladies.]


FRAB Nov. 15, 1890 - Transfer Changes - Messrs. Hearn & Thomasson have sold out their dray line to the E. J. Parker Transfer Co., and Messrs. Salyers & Baker have established a dray line, with headquarters at the livery stable of Mr. Sam Salyers, on Main street.


FRAB - Nov. 15, 1890 - A Pleasure Party. - Col. Albert S. Berry and a party of friends from Newport and Cincinnati came up the Kentucky river on his little steamer Bellevue Saturday afternoon, on a hunting and fishing trip.  They went up the river Sunday morning, but returned that evening and left Monday for points below on the river.


Dailey Yeoman Feb. 17, 1873 - Tribute of Respect. - The circuit court of Franklin county, adjourned yesterday from 11A.M. until 2 P.M., as a testimony of respect to the late Mrs. Louisa M. Lindsey, wife of Col. Thos. N. Lindsey, of the Frankfort Bar, and in order to give the officers of the court and the members of the Bar an opportunity to attend Mrs. Lindsey’s funeral, which took place at the first named hour, from the Presbyterian Church, on Main street.




Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Dec. 16, 1875 - Died. (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            At the residence of her father, in this city on the evening of Tuesday, December 14th, Miss Annie Innis Todd, daughter of Capt. Harry I. Todd, of congestion of the lungs.

            Thus we are called upon to make mournful record of another sad and sudden death, in the person of one of the most charming ornaments of Frankfort’s social circles.  Only the day before Miss Annie might have been seen upon our streets, in the company with her young friends, in all the bloom of health and bright promise of fair young womanhood; and when the announcement was made yesterday morning, it was difficult for any one to realize the truth of the mournful intelligence that one so universally esteemed and beloved had, indeed, departed from the scenes of earth forever.

            Her funeral will take place this afternoon, at 2 o’clock, from the residence of her father, Capt. Harry I. Todd, on Wapping street.


Daily Ky. Yeoman, Jan. 27, 1876 - Residence for the Governor. (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            Mr. Editor:  I am advised that Capt. H. I. Todd has offered his residence for the Governor, and knowing something of the lot and building, I will, as a citizen, ask to say in a few words in favor of the purchase.  The lot is a very desirable one, and in a very pleasant part of the city.  The size is simple in every way, and it is well set in grass, shrubbery, and flowers, the sides and rear of the lot enclosed by brick walls built of the very best material, and the entire front with a first-class iron fence, set on dressed stone of the best quality; fine brick stables for horses and cows, good carriage house and corn cribs, and a first-class ice-house of brick. 

            The building is made out of the very best of material, and put up in the very best manner, and so finished from cellar to attic, with an arched brick sewer from the rear of the lot to the river.

            The size of the house is large enough for the Governor’s dwelling, and susceptible, by the addition of one pair of folding doors, of being made into two large parlors, for State occasions.  The price at which it is offered is very little over half its cost, as can be easily shown, built with all the economy that a faithful architect could give to it.  The Treasury is in condition to enable the State to buy it, and no increase of taxes be required.  To purchase it would cause the sale of course of the old building and the grounds attached, which would bring from fifteen to twenty thousand dollars, if divided up into lots and sold for building purposes.  These lots are in the heart of the city and to have them built upon would add to the value of taxable property and to the wealth of the city.  If the State has ever contributed anything to the improvement of the city outside of its own property, the writer of this, although an old citizen, is not advised of it.  The people of the town paid largely by individual labor and subscriptions to the building of the present State House - the grounds occupied by the public buildings were nearly all donated to the State, so that it cannot be argued that a great amount of favor has been shown the city in the way of contributing to its improvements.

            The old building is unsightly, in a part of the city too near the prison, and needs continual repairs to keep it at all tenable.  It is too small and too ungainly and uncomfortable for the Executive Mansion of Kentucky.

            I do hope the committee will report in favor of the purchase of Capt. Todd’s house and grounds, and to sell the old house and grounds, that the latter may be built upon and the city that much improved.  The State will gain by the operation.  Other good reasons could be given, but I know how your paper is crowded for room.  B. J.


Daily Ky Yeoman, Feb. 24, 1876 - A Card. (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            To the Editor of the Frankfort Yeoman:  I have read what purports to be the card of H. I. Todd, published this morning in the Lexington Gazette.  I have this to say that the card is a rehash substantially of what that individual published against me during my canvass, except it is more abundant in its vulgar scurrility.  I published a reply to his first card, in which I took occasion to brand its author with falsehood.  In view of the attitude which he now occupies by his conduct to-day, I have only to repeat what I have heretofore said of that individual, and pass him from my present notice.  G. W. CRADDOCK February 23, 1876.


Daily Ky. Yeoman, Feb. 24, 1876 - A Card. (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            Some time last summer, during Judge Craddock’s canvass for the Legislature in this county, H. I. Todd published a card in a Louisville paper purporting to be an unpublished speech before the Legislature, in which he undertook to belie and slander both Craddock and myself.  At the time I was out of Frankfort on a trip of pleasure.  As soon as this card was made known to me, I returned to Frankfort and denounced him in The Yeoman as a liar and slanderer.  From that time to this no response was made by him.  To-day, in the columns of a Lexington paper, he rehashes his stale slanders.  In view of the situation, but one recourse was left to a gentleman.  Declining to handy epithets, as soon as I met Capt. Todd to-day, I denounced him as an infamous liar and slanderer, and took the only satisfaction that was left to me.  JNO. RODMAN.  February 23, 1876.


Daily Ky. Yeoman, Feb. 24, 1876 - We regret to record a reencounter between two of our most prominent citizens, Hon. John Rodman and Capt. H. I. Todd, yesterday, growing out of the publication in the Lexington Gazette of a card or cards by the latter, in which Gen. Rodman and Hon. Geo. W. Craddock were severely animadverted upon.  As the matter will undergo judicial investigation, we refrain from entering into the particulars of the difficulty, which occurred in front of the State House, Gen. Rodman firing one shot at Capt. Todd from a pistol, the ball grazing his left side near the hip without inflicting any injury.  In order to prevent further trouble, Judge Jett caused Gen. Rodman, Capt. Todd and Judge Craddock to give bond in the sum of $5,000 each to keep the peace.  The age, position and relations of the gentlemen in our community render it the subject of general regret that a personal difficulty of several years standing should have culminated in this way.


Daily Ky. Yeoman, Feb. 26, 1876 - Gen. John Rodman, charged with shooting H. I. Todd, with intent to kill, who was released on bail on Wednesday last, yesterday appeared before the Examining Court, waived an examination, and was released on a bond of $1,000, to appear before the Criminal Court on the 6th of March next, to answer said charge.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 18, 1876 - Painful Accident.  We regret to learn that on Monday evening as Mrs. Morris, wife of Dr. Wm. Morris, of this county, and several of the younger members of Capt. H. I. Todd’s family were driving to town in the latter’s rockaway, on the Owen turnpike, and when they had reached the second bend in the road on this side of the Fair Grounds, the horse attached to the vehicle suddenly shied, and the rockaway, being struck at the same time by a sudden gust of wind, was upset and thrown down a small embankment - resulting in the fracture of Mrs. Morris’ ankles and several painful bruises and contusions.  The rest of the party escaped with slight bruises.  Mrs. Morris was speedily rescued from her painful position by the neighbors and taken to Mr. Wright’s cottage hard by, where the physicians, summoned at once from the city, soon afterwards took charge of and gave her all the relief possible.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, October 24, 1876 - Obituary.

            Died, at his residence in this vicinity, in the suburbs of Belle Point, on Saturday, October 21, 1876, Mr. Dabney Todd, aged 52 years of “Bright’s disease of the kidneys.”  His funeral took place yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred in the family burying ground on the homestead where he died and where he had resided for many years.

            Mr. Todd was one of our worthiest and most esteemed citizens.  Retiring in disposition, but liberal to a fault, he was a good neighbor, and a clever, excellent gentleman in every sense of the word.  He had been long a patient sufferer from the disease which took him off, and met death in the spirit of a true Christian, without a fear and without a murmur.  He leaves a wife and large family of children, friends and relatives to mourn his departure in the prime of mature manhood.



Ironton (Oh.) Journal, Nov. 13, 1872 - Latest River News.

            The fine Mississippi steamer Katie, Capt. John Cannon, sunk a few miles above Helena, Arkansas, on last Friday morning.  As she went down in but about 7 feet of water it was supposed she could easily [be] raised again, but on Saturday she broke in two and will prove a total loss, except a part of her machinery, stateroom doors, &c.  She originally cost nearly two hundred thousand, was partly owned by Capt. Cannon, her commander, and was insured for sixty thousand in Cincinnati and Wheeling offices.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman (Frankfort, Ky.) Apr. 17, 1876 (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            The hull of Capt. Cannon’s new R. E. Lee steamer was launched at Jeffersonville, opposite Louisville, on Tuesday in the presence of twelve or fifteen thousand people, without the slightest jar or accident, and with full 300 people on board - Capt. Cannon and family being among the number.  She is to be called the “R. E. Lee No. 2”; is 320 feet long; will carry 8,000 bales of cotton; has nine monstrous steam boilers and two of the finest largest high-pressure engines ever built in the West; her cabin is to be a dazzling palace, defying competition; and when finished, the new Lee will have cost over a quarter of a million dollars.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman (Frankfort, Ky.) Apr. 25, 1876 (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            Capt. John W. Cannon, of the famous R. E. Lee, arrived in the city on Saturday night, on a flying visit to his family, and returned to Louisville yesterday to be present at the launching of the new Lee to-morrow.  He has built sixteen boats, and says this will eclipse them all.  We are gratified to know that his health, which, at one time, was so precarious, is almost completely restored.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman (Frankfort, Ky.) Apr. 29, 1876 (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

Further about the Launch of the New R. E. Lee - The Globe adds the following interesting particulars to those already given:

            Miss Sallie Cannon, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of the veteran commander, Captain John W. Cannon, had the honor of breaking the bottles of “champagne” over the forecastle, and thus christening the new boat with its name.  Miss Pattie Roberts assisted in the ceremony, and Mr. Will S. Hays, Louisville’s well known song man, did the agreeable for Captain Cannon’s guests.  As a conclusion upon this subject, we copy the following from the pen of Mr. Hays, which is good and well placed:


Like a monstrous thing of awakening life,

            Aroused from a happy dream,

The graceful form of the Robert E. Lee

            Went into the beautiful stream.


She sailed like a swan as she glided away,

            Admired by many an eye,

And she looked like a thing that was ready to say,

            “Now put on my wings and I’ll fly.”


But be patient, my bird of the beautiful stream,

            Your colors will soon be unfurled;

John Cannon will run what the Howards have built-

            The handsomest boat in the world.


All hail to the Lee!  May the old “Missassip

            Bear her up on her bosom so glad.

The expression will be as we look at the Lee,

            “Look out for the Bob - O! She’s bad.”

That last line, it is, that seems to us bad.”


Seattle (Wa.) Post Intelligence, Sept. 9, 1888

OLD STEAMBOAT RACES- Stirring Times on the Mississippi Recalled.

The Diana and Baltic, and the Great Lee-Natchez’s Contests - How Speed Was Developed until Railroads Interfered.

St. Louis Globe Democrat.

Excerpt from this article:


The greatest steamboat race that was ever run in the world, however, was that which occurred in June, 1870, from New Orleans to St. Louis between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez.  The latter was built at Cincinnati, was commanded by Capt. T. P. Leathers, and in June of the above year made the fastest time on record from New Orleans to St. Louis, 1278 miles in three days, 21 hours and 58 minutes.  The Robert E. Lee was built at New Albany during the war and was towed across the river to the Kentucky side to have her name painted on her wheel houses, a matter that was deemed prudent in those exciting times.  She was commanded by Captain John W. Cannon, who died at Frankfort, Ky., in 1882.  There was great rivalry between the boats and when the Natchez made her great run Capt. Cannon determined to beat it.  He stripped the Lee for the race, removed all parts of her upper works which were calculated to catch the wind removed all rigging and outfit that could be dispensed with to lighten her; engaged the steamer Frank Pargood  to precede her a hundred miles up the river to ply supply coal; arranged with coal yards to have fuel flats awaiting her in the middle of the river, at given points, to be taken in tow under way until the coal could be transferred to the deck of the Lee and then to be cut loose and float back.  He refused all business of every kind, and would receive no passengers.  The Natchez returned to New Orleans and received a few hundred tons of freight and a few passengers, and was advertised to leave for St. Louis on June 30.  In the afternoon the Robert E. Lee backed out from the levee and five minutes later the Natchez followed her.  The country watched the race with breathless interest as it had been extensively advertised by the press and the telegraph attended its progress along the river at every point.  At all the principal cities - Natchez, Vicksburg, Helena and Memphis - people from many miles were present to see the racers pass, and the time of passing was cabled to Europe.  When Cairo was reached the race was virtually ended, but the Lee proceeded to St. Louis, arriving there in three days, eighteen hours and fourteen minutes from the time she left New Orleans, beating by thirty-three minutes the previous record of the Natchez.  The latter steamer had run into a fog and grounded between Memphis and Cairo, which delayed her more than six hours.  It is said that 30,000 people crowded the wharf, the windows and the housetops to welcome the Lee on her arrival at St. Louis.  Capt. Cannon was tendered a banquet by the business men of the city, and was generally lionized while he remained here.  It was estimated that more than $1,000,000 changed hands on the result of the great race.  Many of the bets were withdrawn, however, on the ground that the Lee had been assisted the first hundred miles of the trip by the power of the Frank Pargood added to her own, and many steamboatmen have ever since regarded the Natchez the fastest boat of the two, but think she was out generated in the race by the Lee.  There was so much adverse comment afterward by the press that there has been no attempt since to repeat such a performance.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 22, 1876 - Capt. Cannon’s magnificent new R. E. Lee will leave Paducah to-morrow evening with 400 hogsheads of tobacco, and 1,000 barrels of Allard’s celebrated flour for Memphis, where she will probably “fill up” with several thousand bales of cotton for the Crescent City.  The Paducah News says the Lee is the “finest piece of steamboat architecture in the world,” and is “commanded by that veteran and king of steamboatmen, John J. Cannon,” of Frankfort.




Daily Yeoman (Frankfort, Ky.), Mar. 11, 1876 (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

Capt. John T. Milam.

            Capt. John Tecumseh Milam was born in Franklin county, Ky., on the old family homestead, four miles west of Frankfort, on the 17th day of March, 1832.  He was the youngest son of Col. James Milam; the oldest brother of Col. Benjamin R. Milam, so widely known for his daring bravery in aiding the Texans to achieve their independence in which cause he lost his life.      At the early age of seventeen, Capt. Milam left his parental home to seek his fortune in the world.  He first applied himself to the marble business and entered a shop at Frankfort, where, by industry and close application, he soon attained proficiency sufficient in the business to enter as journeyman worker in a Cincinnati shop, to which place he went in 1851.  Remaining in Cincinnati only twelve months he went to Albany, Ind., and entered the shop of J. S. Pool, from whence he moved to Jeffersonville, Ind., and opened a large marble shop in conjunction with J. B. Kincaid, under the firm name of Kincaid & Milam.  In 1854 he married Miss Elizabeth Morgan, a daughter of John Morgan, an old resident and highly esteemed citizen of that place.  He was very successful in business, but through the bad management of his partner, he lost everything and in 1857 gave up his shop and returned to Franklin county, Ky., where he entered into the mercantile business on a limited scale.  He first entered the employment of the railroad company, as station agent at Benson Depot, in 1862. 

            He joined the 22d Inf. Reg. Ky., Volunteers, and proceeded to raise a company for that regiment, and together with his brother W. H. Milam, he very materially aided in the recruiting of that regiment, but unfortunately for Milam, by his over exertion in the recruiting service, he was prostrate upon a bed of sickness which so disabled him that he was unfit for the service, and while his brother and brave comrades were off in the service of their country, he was languishing at home chafing like a caged lion.  On being somewhat restored to health, he returned again to railroading, and in 1865, the close of the war, he moved to Lagrange.  For several years he was the popular baggage master on the Lagrange accommodation with Capt. O. B. Smart, and when Smart was retired, Capt. Milam succeeded him as the most popular conductor who had ever pulled the bell cord of the people’s accommodation.  For several years the Captain had been suffering with the disease which finally caused his death, and tried the best medical skill of Louisville for relief, but to no avail.  Finally, through the persuasion of his many friends, he was induced to try the efficacy of the mineral waters of Hot Spring, Ark.  Hoping against hope, it was with great reluctance that he bid farewell to a loving family and started for the springs - his railroad associates contributing from their hard earned wages to bear his expense.  From the time he left home he grew worse.  The fatigue of the journey was very severe on him, and instead of deriving the much desired benefit from the use of the waters, which to others were so healing, yet to him was dissolution itself, he died, after a stay at the springs, away from home, family, and friends, among strangers.  Capt. Milam, though a non-professor, openly, of any particular sect of religion still we think he died a Christian.  He expressed himself to those around as not being afraid to die, and to his old nurse he said on the last day of his life, “that he would not last much longer, and must spend that day in prayer.”  And he was heard to pray often.  The Captain was deservedly popular with the traveling public and a special favorite with the railroad employees and officials.  He was held high in the esteem of the lat Col. Sam Gill, and he duly appreciated and returned Col. Gill’s friendship.  His remains were brought from the springs and interred in the Lagrange Cemetery, by the generosity and kindness of his railroad associates.  Capt. Milam was named in honor to the brave but ill-fated Indian Chief Tecumseh, who fell at the battle of the Thames, in which battle Capt. Milam’s father was an active participant.  He always expressed great respect and admiration for his savage toe, and honored his memory by calling his youngest son by his name.  Oldham Era. [note from smk - Col. Sam Gill’s obituary can be found in the Yeoman, Jan. 20, 1876, KHC roll #78-0314.]



Yeoman, Jan. 12, 1876 (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

Another Church Built by Mrs. Emily Tubman

            It will be remembered by our readers that the beautiful Christian Church on Ann street, opposite the Capital Hotel, in this city, was built by Mrs. Emily Tubman, of Augusta, Georgia, at a cost of over $30,000, for the people of her faith residing in this, the city of her birth, to worship in, and as a lasting monument to her memory here, where the days of her childhood youth and early womanhood were spent.  On Sunday, January 21, 1876, another beautiful church, built by this truly pious and Christian lady, in the city of Augusta, Ga., where she resides, was dedicated by Rev. J. S. Lamar, now of Louisville, but formerly of Augusta, assisted by Rev. J. S. Fall, formerly of this city, but now of Nashville - the former clergyman preaching the dedicatory sermon.  The Georgia correspondent of the Courier-Journal, writing from Augusta, January, 3, gives the following interesting account of this splendid temple of worship:

            “For two years past the work of building an elegant church at the corner of Greene and McIntosh streets in this city has been steadily progressing.  Last week it was finished and yesterday formally dedicated.  It was a donation of Mrs. Tubman, formerly Miss Emily Thomas, of Frankfort, Ky., to the Christian or Campbellite congregation, the church of her choice and her faith.  Miss Thomas made a visit to Augusta thirty-five or forty years ago, when she was a young lady, and then met her future husband, a very wealthy gentleman, who is now dead.  He left all his property to his wife for her exclusive use while living, and at her death it was to be given to the city of Augusta.  When she became a citizen she was the only member of the Christian Church in town.  Years ago she organized a congregation and had sermons preached wherever she could get ministers, which was only occasionally.  The membership rapidly grew, a regular edifice of small pretensions was erected, and since the war, and up to about one year ago, the Rev. J. S. Lamar, now stationed in your city was the pastor.

            About three years ago Mrs. Tubman resolved to erect a building which would be the finest in the South.  In this she has most certainly succeeded.  It is of medieval and Norman style of architecture, built of compressed brick, surmounted with Stone Mountain granite.  Extreme length, 113 feet; width, 50 feet; height of main tower, 187 feet.  This tower is cased with corrugated iron; on its pinnacle is a golden crosier, which sparkles in the sunlight.  It has a chapel 33 by 54 feet, with a seating capacity of 850 people.  The seats are of black walnut, and all cushioned, whilst a fine ingrain carpet is spread upon the floor throughout.  It is different from other churches, in that this room has no ceiling, but has a finish of Georgia pine, which is a great improvement and of advantage to its acoustic properties.  The cost of the whole was as follows:

The grounds ….$45,000; Church….$40,000; Furniture…$10,000; Parsonage…$6,000; Bell…$850.  Total…$101,850.

            Every dollar of this amount has been paid by Mrs. Tubman.  She has refused to allow any one to donate a cent.  It is, as intended, a lasting monument to her memory, and looks like it is planted upon the Rock of Ages.”


South Frankfort


Yeoman, Jan. 17, 1876 - Disturbances in South Frankfort. (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 15, 1876.

Editor of the Yeoman:

            Sir:  By you giving publicity to the following in your valuable and influential paper, you will receive the thanks of many who live in the southern portion of Frankfort.  This is the substance of what we propose to acquaint you with:

            Nightly, without intermission, several colored women of the very worst repute, while under the influence of intoxicating drinks, make it a specialty to frequent Campbell street, South Frankfort, invariably at an unreasonable hour, for the purpose of causing annoyances, and occasionally excitement, by giving utterance to the foulest language that they can possibly think of, thereby awakening the people who live in the immediate vicinity from their peaceful slumbers.

            I would respectfully call the attention of the city authorities, whether there is any ordinance in the city laws of Frankfort prohibiting such disreputable characters from loitering around at unseasonable hours, parading in front of respectable citizens’ homes, whereas, of course, they cannot avoid hearing the profanity and imprecations that they give utterance to.

            If there is such a law, why cannot it be enforced, and make it punishable for every offense, and increase the punishment with each repetition?

            And further, in the city remunerating its public officers at a salary of $500 or $600 per year (policemen), for the purpose of preserving good order and peace, which, by their presence alone, is sufficient to preserve order, if they perform the duties assigned to them honestly and faithfully?

            We are, Mr. Editor, very respectfully, yours &c.  Soldiers of the Garrison.


Yeoman, Jan 20, 1876 - Another Fire in South Frankfort. (KHC Roll No. 78-0314)

            On yesterday morning, about half past two o’clock, another tenement house belonging to Mr. J. C. Coleman, in South Frankfort, was destroyed by fire.  It is only about ten days since he lost one tenement at night, by the hand of a fiendish incendiary and now again he is a sufferer from unquestionably the same cause.  It is to be hoped that something will be done to put an end to this mode of redress for real or supposed wrongs, and that the guilty parties may be made to suffer the penalty for their crimes.  We understand the building was partially covered by insurance.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 27, 1876 - On Tuesday evening, about 9 o’clock, a scuffle took place in Olberman’s saloon between Mr. Richard Crittenden and Mr. Joe Olberman, the proprietor, over a pistol in the hands of the former, during which the pistol was fired, and the ball passed through Olberman’s hand, inflicting a slight wound.  Crittenden was arrested, and on yesterday, waiving an examination before the police judge, was released on bond of $200 to appear and stand his trial at the September term of the criminal court.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 9, 1876 - Olbermann’s Saloon.

            It is universally conceded that Luscher’s Frankfort beer is the best brewed in the United States or probably in the world - Lexington, Louisville, Covington, and the entire Bluegrass region, agree in this - and it is well known that Joe Olbermann, at his elegant saloon on St. Clair street, near the Deposit bank, always keep on fresh tap “Luscher’s best.”  Moreover, Joe has just refitted his establishment in fine style, and will henceforth set every day at 11 o’clock, for the refreshment of his regular customers and the public generally, a splendid free lunch.  In addition to all this, he has also the finest wines and liquors, brandies and whiskies of all kinds, the best Swiss and other old country cheeses, and everything else necessary to comfort and cheer the inner man, on the shortest notice.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Sept. 7, 1876 - Married.

            In this city at 12 o’clock, on the 5th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. Robert Hiner, Judge Chas. S. Grubbs, of Logan county, and Miss Nannie E. Rodman, daughter of General John Rodman, of this city.  No attendants.

            The ceremony was witnessed by a large and select number of the friends and acquaintances of the happy pair, who extended to them their warmest and heartiest congratulations on the interesting and joyous occasion.  The bride was the recipient of a number of rich and costly presents.  After partaking of a sumptuous repast, the newly wedded pair embarked on the 2:48 P.M. train for Louisville, where after spending a few days, they will visit the parents of the bridegroom in Indiana, and thence will go to Russellville, Logan county, in this State, where they will in future reside.  May their path through life be strewn with the brightest of flowers.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, June 3, 1876

            Hon. John Rodman & John W. Rodman returned Tuesday night from Kelly’s Island, where they had fine sport fishing.  In behalf of a number of friends, we thank them for the fine consignment of bass which preceded them in perfect order.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, April 29, 1876 - Married.

            Married at the Methodist Church, on the 26th inst., by Rev. Robert Hiner, Mr. James Miles of this city and Miss Mary Catherine Franklin, daughter of Walter Franklin, Esq., Clerk of the Circuit Court of this City.

            Excerpt:  Married at the Catholic Church on the 25th inst., Mr. Wm. C. Lutkemeir and Miss Eva Sallender, all of this city.  [Article mentions her brother, George Sallender-smk]


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, April 25, 1876 [KHC roll # 78-0314] has a long court case in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Thos. B. Miles vs. Cilia A. Hall.  [Apparently Thos. B. Miles’ wife died and they had no children - settlement of real estate?]


Tri-Weekly Yeoman Sept. 14, 1876 - Died on yesterday evening at 6 o’clock, Mrs. Emily P. Miles, wife of John E. Miles.  Due notice of the funeral will be given this morning.  [Obituary was not in this paper KHC roll #78-0314 another little blurb said - Owing to the death of Mrs. Miles, the City Mills will be closed.]


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, March 28, 1876

            “Perfect Whisky.” - Under this caption the Lexington Gazette has the following complimentary notice of a Frankfort manufacturing establishment and its far-famed products.

            “Mr. E. H. Taylor, jr., of Frankfort, makes a perfect whisky.  The grain he uses, the process he employs, and all the details, even to the most minute, are such as to guarantee a perfect product, so that his claims to make such an article are not overstated.  The medical profession are beginning to prescribe the “O. F. C., where a perfectly pure and reliable article is desired, and this is the best evidence that is what it purports to be.  Mr. Taylor’s distillery is the wonder of the country, for he has spared no expense to render it perfect in every respect, and has made it a credit to the distilling profession.  His whisky stands at the very head of Kentucky sour-mash whiskies, and those who like a good article and are willing to pay for it, had better order from him.  It is the most harmless of all alcoholic drinks, for it is positively free from the impure ingredients that injure the system.”


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Sept. 9, 1876 - [I did not copy but made note] Hermitage and Old Crow distilleries closed a sale for $75,000.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, August 1, 1876 - A Startling Homicide.

            On last Saturday evening about seven o’clock, Riley Harrod, Levi Harrod, and a young brother of Riley Harrod, were met in the road, at a point one mile beyond the terminus of the Frankfort and Flat Creek Turnpike, in the northwestern portion of this county, by a party composed of Jas. Andrew Scott, George Harrod, Aleck Scott, Lott Duvall, Wm. Penn, and Sam Aymes, and after a brief parley, the two parties began firing upon each other, which resulted in the mortal wounding of Riley Harrod (who died on Sunday at 2 P.M.), and in the severe and it is supposed mortal wounding of Levi Harrod, who was shot in the head and breast.

            It appears that Riley and Levi Harrod were armed with pistols alone, while a portion of the other and more numerous party were armed with shot-guns.  All of the parties engaged in this sad tragedy had been at the barbecue near this city, where they had had a slight difficulty, which, later in the afternoon, was renewed on Broadway as they passed through Frankfort on their way home, but without serious result in either case.  The larger party, headed by Scott, it is reported, rode rapidly ahead after leaving the city, and, on nearing their homes in the northwestern part of the county, some of them procured shot-guns, and returning, had the deadly reencounter as above related.

            This homicide is the result of an old feud among kinsfolk and former friends growing out of several differences and disputes not necessary to be particularized here.

            On Sunday warrants were issued for the arrest of Andrew and Aleck Scott, Geo. Harrod, Lott Duvall, Wm. Penn, and Sam. Aymes, but only the last named two could be found who were brought to the city and lodged in jail Sunday night.  At 3 P.M. yesterday Penn and Aymes were brought before Judge Thompson and Esq. Gwin, and in the absence of the witnesses, their examination was postponed until to-morrow.  A motion for bail was overruled.  These are the facts of this melancholy affair, as near as we can gather them from the officers making the arrest.

            At 6 P.M. yesterday, after the foregoing was typed, Lott Duvall, Bob Johnson, and Aleck Scott came into the city, gave themselves up, and were lodged in jail.  We understand that they, as well as all others charged with the killing, claim that they acted in self-defense.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, August 26, 1876 - The Commonwealth vs. Andrew Scott.

            The examining trial of Andrew Scott, charged with being principal in the killing of Riley Harrod and wounding of Levi Harrod, in this county, on the 29th, ult., closed yesterday afternoon before Esq. McDonald and Jackson, who, after hearing the testimony of witnesses for three days, and the argument of counsel for a day and a half, decided to hold the prisoner over for trial at the September term of the criminal court, without bail.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman May 11, 1876 - Sad Accident.

            Yesterday morning a sad and most painful accident happened at the railroad bridge in this city, which should prove an effective warning to all those youths - and grown up people, too - who so often indulge in the practice of boarding the train when they are in motion.  Mr. John Watson, jr., a youth of 18 or 19 years of age, son of Mr. John Watson, sr., Cashier of the Deposit Bank of this city, has been for a year or two acting a part of his time as book-keeper at Quigley & Watson’s Barrel Factory, a few hundred yards west of the railroad bridge while devoting the remainder of his time to his duties as clerk in the Deposit Bank.

            Yesterday morning, a little after 9 o’clock, when the passenger train from Louisville was crossing the railroad bridge into the city, he was standing at the entry box of the bridge-keeper, Mr. Finnell, and, as the last car but one passed, attempted to board it, when missing his footing, he fell between the cars with one foot across the rail.  The first truck passed over his heel, crushing it to a jelly, and the second truck, passed diagonally over his ankle and leg, cutting off his foot so completely that it hung only by a portion of the skin.  He then managed to turn over on his side next to the sentry-box.  Mr. Finnell, who was sitting in his sentry-box at the time, but not looking out, says that young Watson did not utter a groan or an exclamation of any kind while the trucks were passing over and crushing his limb, as, when a moment later he stepped out, he was surprised to see him lying between the track and the door of the sentry-box with his foot cut nearly off, in a pool of blood, and the train then crossing the Wilkinson street bridge two hundred yards distant.

            The unfortunate suffering was speedily removed by Mr. Finnell, aided by a near neighbor, Mr. Mitchell, into the former’s [did not copy end-smk].




Daily Yeoman, Feb. 22, 1873 - The Late Mrs. Crittenden.

            The following brief but comprehensive and eloquent tribute to the memory of the late Mrs. Senator Crittenden, taken from the St. Louis Democrat, has been forwarded to the Yeoman by a number of Mrs. Crittenden’s attached lady friends in this city, with the request to copy-a request with which we cheerfully comply:

            Mrs. Crittenden was a native of Mason county, Kentucky, where she was educated and remained until the removal of her father, Dr. Jas. W. Moss, to Missouri, just before she had attained the age of womanhood.

            Dr. Moss first located in Missouri, but after a short residence left this city, attracted to the fertile and beautiful farming lands of the county of Boone.  Many prosperous families from Virginia and Kentucky had settled in this and the adjacent county of Howard, as these two counties were much in advance, at that period, of any other portion of interior Missouri.

            Educated and reared away from cities, the social and fashionable career of the subject of this sketch is all the more remarkable, and perhaps significant.  Her early married life, to a young but promising and highly educated physician, was happily passed amid the quiet scenes of a village life, where her character was formed among friends whom she had never forgotten in her subsequent brilliant social life.  After the death of her first husband, Dr. Daniel P. Wilcox (?), she remained in the seclusion of the country until she became, at the age of thirty, the bride of General William H. Ashley, a wealthy and distinguished citizen of St. Louis, and then in the United States House of Representatives.  Immediately after this marriage, Mrs. Ashley was ushered into the society of Washington, then adorned by many women of education, intellect, and refinement.  Her remarkable beauty and grace at once attracted great attention, and very soon her tact and mental accomplishments, but above all the simplicity of her manner, her dignity of deportment, and kind consideration for others, made her welcome everywhere, and she continued for twenty years to be the favorite in the most elegant and refined circles of metropolitan life.  With a familiar knowledge of British classics, with excellent judgment and great direction, her conversation was always polished, charming, and impressive; and while her toilette exhibited great elegance and taste, her sound success was achieved by exquisite tact, and elevation of heart and mind, rather than by the more dazzling but frivolous refinement of fashionable life.  Her long residence in Washington City familiarized her with the distinguished men and leading families of every section of the country, and those introduced to her in the most casual manner were generally astonished to find that she knew them, their families, and friends.  She rarely forgot anything she had ever heard or knew, except such things as were unpleasant and disagreeable, and these things she speedily forgot.

            In mature life she married Senator Crittenden, of Kentucky, and adorned his simple home in Frankfort, Kentucky, with all of the graces and attractions which had made her so conspicuous in Washington City.  Her remarkable versatility adapted her equally to all ranks and conditions, and the hospitable friends of Mr. Crittenden, when he was at home, was rendered more charming by her domestic knowledge and accomplishments.

            After his death, New York City became her home for eight years, and there she found many who had known and loved her in her earlier career.  Every Saturday was her reception day throughout the year, and strangers and citizens alike paid homage to one whose life had been distinguished by refinement, hospitality and benevolence.

            She returned to St. Louis a few months since to be with her children, who came back about the same time, but lived a short time to enjoy the companionship of her earlier friends.  She died suddenly of apoplexy, on the evening of the 8th inst.  Her funeral, at her late residence, yesterday, was attended by a large concourse of the most prominent citizens of St. Louis and her remains repose in Bellefontaine cemetery encased in an exquisite casket, beautifully mounted in silver, and covered with rare flowers, the tributes of her family and friends.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 8, 1876 - The Custer Massacre.

            On Thursday morning our city was shocked beyond measure, and thrown into a fever of excitement by the intelligence of the massacre in Montana Territory, on the 25th ult., of five companies of the 7th Cavalry, under the command of Gen. Custer, including Gen. Custer himself, sixteen officers, and a total of 300 enlisted men.  The particulars of this astounding slaughter are given elsewhere.  Since their reception a published dispatch from Gen. Terry has also come to hand, in which he charges Gen. Custer with deviating from the plan marked out, and attacking the Indians with too great haste, under a misapprehension that they were running when they were not.

            At the first reception of this intelligence, it was reported that Lieutenant John J. Crittenden, of the 20th Infantry and Lieutenant Samuel M. Swigert, of the 4th, both young men well known and highly esteemed in this city, the homestead of their respective families, were among the officers slain with Custer.  Subsequent intelligence, however, made it certain that Lieutenant Swigert was not with General Custer, but some 200 miles distant, with General Crook’s command.  And the fact that the dispatches in yesterday’s dailies, failed to give Lieutenant Crittenden’s name in the list of officers killed by the Sioux, has led to the hope and belief that he too may be safe; as although it is known that he was with Gen. Custer’s command-having been recently assigned to duty with the 7th Cavalry, at his own request, in order to take part in this expedition against the Indians - it is hoped and believed that he was with Col. Reno’s detachment of the 7th, which suffered comparatively little loss, although it fought an overwhelming force of Indians for 30 hours before relieved by Gen. Terry.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 8, 1876 - The Butchery of Custer and His Men by the Sioux Indians - Full Particulars to Date.

            Salt Lake, July 5. -  A special correspondent of the Helena (Montana) Herald writes from Stillwater, Montana, July 2, that Muggin Taylor, scout for General Gibbon, got here last night, direct from Little Horn river.  General Custer found the Indian camp of about 2,000 lodges on Little Horn and immediately attacked the camp.  Custer took five companies and charged the thickest portion of the camp.  Nothing is known of the operations of this detachment only as they trace it by the dead.  Major Reno commanded the other seven companies, and attacked the lower portion of the camp.  The Indians poured in a murderous fire from all directions, besides the greater portion fought on horseback.  Custer, his two brothers, nephew, and brother-in-law were all killed, and not one of his detachments escaped.  Two hundred and seven men were buried in one place, and the killed is estimated at 300, with only thirty-one wounded.  The Indians surrounded Reno’s command, and held them one day in the hills, cut off from water, till Gibbon’s command came in sight, when they broke camp in the night and left.  The Seventh fought like tigers, and were overcome by mere brute force.  The Indian loss cannot be estimated, as they bore off and cached most of their killed.  The remnant of the Seventh Cavalry and Gibbon’s command are returning to the mouth of Little Horn, where the steam-boat lies.  The Indians got all the arms of the killed soldiers.  There were seventeen commissioned officers killed.  The whole Custer family died at the head of their column.  The exact loss is not known, as both adjutants and the sergeant major were killed.  The Indian camp is from three to four miles long, and was twenty miles up the Little Horn from its mouth.  The Indians actually pulled men off their horses in some [did not copy end - smk]


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 11, 1876 - Death of Lieut. John J. Crittenden.

            Lieut. John J. Crittenden, who was killed with Gen. Custer, in the late massacre by the Sioux Indians in Montana Territory, was a native of this city, and only twenty-two years old at the time of his death.  He was for some years a student at West Point, and though he did not graduate, he received the appointment of Second Lieutenant in the regular army in 1875, and was at once assigned to the Twentieth Infantry.  Several months after his appointment, and while with his regiment on the frontier, during the autumn of last year, he met with the accident when out hunting (recorded in these columns at the time) by which he lost the sight of one of his eyes.  This accident compelled him to return to his home in this city for medical treatment.  Last April, being sufficiently recovered, he rejoined his regiment.  A few weeks ago, hearing of this expedition against the Sioux, the most warlike Indians of the plains, he applied for and obtained leave to join it, and was accordingly assigned to duty on the staff of Gen. Custer, whose reputation as a brave and dashing cavalry officer, always foremost in the fight, has long been well known throughout the whole country.  Lieut. Crittenden was a young man of generous character and promising abilities well known to almost every citizen of Frankfort and Franklin county, by all of whom he was greatly esteemed, and who predicted for him a brilliant future in his chosen profession of arms.  The intelligence of his death, at the hands of those treacherous cut-throats of the plains, the banded Sioux, has been received by all of them with heartfelt expressions of the most poignant sorrow and regret.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Aug. 15, 1876 - Latest From the Seat of Indian War.

            A special from Bozeman, Montana, of August 12th, says:  “A Sioux squaw came into the Crow camp and reports that there had been a terrible battle, and that Gen. Crook had almost annihilated the Sioux and had the remainder in such a position as to force their surrender.  Parties from the Crow agency bring this news.  It may be greatly exaggerated, if not entirely false.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Feb. 9, 1876 - Leestown - One Mile Below Frankfort.

            We learn from the second volume of Collins’ History of Kentucky, that Leestown, one mile below Frankfort, on the east bank of the Kentucky river, was the first spot settled by whites; and as early as 1775, it was a kind of stopping or resting place for the explorers and improvers from the Pitt or Monongahela country (in Western Pennsylvania), who came in canoes down the Ohio and up the Kentucky, ‘to look out the land.’”  From another passage in the same volume, we learn that “Leestown, one mile below Frankfort, was settled” - permanently, we presume - “by Hancock Lee” - from whom of course it took its name - Cyrus McCracken (father of Capt. Virgil McCracken, after whom McCracken county, in the Jackson Purchase, was named), and others - who raised cabins there.”  It will thus be seen that Leestown, in this vicinity, is 101, to 102, or possibly, 103, years old.  The site of old Leestown is at present occupied near the bank of the river by Major E. H. Taylor’s celebrated “O. F. C.” Distillery, which is said to be the finest in the United States, if not in the world, and a few cottage residences; and, a little further off from the riverside, by the residences of Messrs. Frayser, Blanton, and S. M. Noel - the latter being the well known picturesquely located dwelling, known as the “Old Marshall Mansion.”


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, July 22, 1876 - The Fire Brigade.

            At a meeting of the Fire Company, president Thos. Rodman in the chair, the following business was transacted:

            The first Thursday in each month was appointed for the regular meeting of the company.  A committee was appointed to wait on the City Council and inform them that the office of chief being vacant, they suggest the name of Mr. James H. Graham for re-election.

            Election of officers next meeting (July 20th, 1876).  Drill next Thursday evening at 7 o’clock P.M.  The colored company was invited to be present, with their engine for drill.

            The secretary and treasurer were instructed to report at next meeting.  Adjourned.  Thos. Rodman, President.  T. J. Todd, Secretary pro tem.


FRAB May 7, 1892 - Re-elected.

            At the regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the Farmers Bank, held on Monday, the following board of directors were elected:  Thomas Rodman, Jas. M. Saffell, W. S. Dehoney, John W. Rodman, James Church, John C. Noel and Walter Franklin, the last two being new men.

            After the meeting adjourned the newly elected directors were entertained by Col. Thomas Rodman at an elegant dinner at his residence of Second and Steele streets.

            On Tuesday the directors met and re-elected Col. Thomas Rodman President, James M. Saffell, Esq., Vice President and Hon. Grant Green, Cashier.


Daily Yeoman, March 13, 1876 - Frankfort Seventy Years Ago.

            A “gentleman of distinction,” who traveled through Kentucky seventy-one years ago - in 1805 - and kept a journal of what he saw and heard, had the following to say about his visit to Frankfort and Versailles:

            “I immediately waited on Col. Greenup, late Governor, to whom I had a letter of introduction, and he very politely carried me to see everything of consequence in town.  The State House is a handsome edifice of stone, and its apartments are very conveniently arranged.  The town is situated in a small plain, with high land to the east, a pretty high hill to the northeast, and the Kentucky river bounds it on the other sides, running in the form of a half moon.  It is neatly laid out, the streets running at right angles, and mostly paved.  There are 150 houses, mostly of brick, and 1,099 inhabitants.  Public buildings, State House, Penitentiary, and bank.  A theatre and church are building.  Mechanics get from $1 to $2 per day, and living is very cheap.  I am sorry to say that a spirit of gaming and drinking prevails among the young men of this place, especially those belonging to the wealthier sort.  With a view of correcting this vice a number of citizens attempted to establish a public library, but not succeeding, they have subscribed to build a theatre in order to form an amusement for the ladies, presuming, I think very correctly, that a number of the most virtuous of the gentlemen will be found in ladies’ company.  A seminary has been erected for the education of young ladies, and another for young men.”

            “Versailles. - Passing through Versailles on his way to Lexington our traveler says of Versailles that it is handsomely laid out, and claims 488 inhabitants.  Several brick buildings were going up, and the town appeared to be in a thriving state.  Lands near by at from $10 to $20 per acre.  Provisions of every kind very cheap.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, June 10, 1876 - More Lawlessness.

            We had hoped and believed that we never should have to record any more incidents of masked lawlessness as occurring anywhere within the borders of Kentucky again.  But it seems we were mistaken.  The following statement comes from the proposed victim of the maskers herself - Mrs. Jesse Hawkins:

            Mrs. Hawkins long kept the toll gate on the Frankfort and Flat Creek Turnpike, but sometime ago resigned the place on account of the smallness of the house.  The directors, however, being anxious to retain her services, recently built a suitable cottage for the gate-keeper, and at once engaged Mrs. Hawkins to return.  She had been in the new house only a week, when last Wednesday night about 12 o’clock, she was visited by about fifteen masked outlaws, who demanded that she should give up her position and home; and then gave her only five days to get away.

            Mrs. Hawkins is the widow of the late Mr. Jesse Hawkins, formerly an attaché of this office; and she has living with her aged father, who is now eighty-nine years old, and relies solely upon his daughter for shelter and support.  Besides, she has a family of her own to take care of; and it seems to her wonderfully strange that, living in a land of law and order, she is not allowed to remain at a gate within a half mile of the Capital of Kentucky.  Unquestionably, these lawless scamps who are attempting to play Ku Klux at this late day should be made to fee the strong, stern arm of the law.  Mrs. Hawkins should remain where she is, and be protected there from all violence if it takes the whole power of the county, aye, the whole power of the State, to do it.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, June 10, 1876 - Mr. Rowan Graham’s condition, we regret to learn, is no better.  He, however, battles for life against a complication of diseases with the most remarkable patience and endurance.  His constitution must have been a wonderful one, to bear what it has borne; and it may be sufficient to overcome every trouble yet, which is now about the only hope left.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, June 10, 1876 - Sudden Death.

            The friends and acquaintances of Mr. Timothy Sullivan, who resided and kept a grocery store on Broadway, were startled by the intelligence of his sudden and unexpected death last Thursday, which occurred about 1 o’clock in the afternoon of that day.  Mr. Sullivan was a robust, hearty looking man, about 45 years old.  The night before his death, he had retired apparently enjoying the best of health.  Thursday morning he complained of being very unwell, and one or two physicians were summoned who, upon examination, found him suffering from a most violent attack of apoplexy-in fact, that he was already beyond the reach of medical aid - and all they could do was to make his departure as painless as possible.  His funeral took place from the Catholic Church yesterday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of friends and acquaintances.  The deceased leaves a wife and four children, who have the sympathy of the community in their deep affliction.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Oct. 24, 1876 - Married.

            On Monday, 2d day of October, 1876, at the church of St. Louis, in the town of Castroville, Texas, by the Rev. Father Richard, of the Catholic Church, Mr. H. Blanton Taylor, to Miss Mary Catherine Magill, daughter of Capt. Anson Magill, all now of Texas, but all formerly of this city.

            The many friends of the happy pair residing in this city-including the Yeoman-send them their heartiest congratulations and warmest good wishes on this delightful consummation of a long-contemplated and most suspicious union.  May they live long and prosper in their adopted State.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, Dec. 16, 1875 - New Meat Store.

            Messrs. Martin V. South and George Farmer have opened a first-class meat store on St. Clair street, opposite Dr. Rodman’s office, where they will keep on hand fresh meats of all (did not copy end-smk)


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, April 4, 1876 - Martin V. B. South.

            Martin V. B. South, an account of whose assassination on Saturday last, is given elsewhere, was the third son of Col. Jere. W. South, and was born October 28, 1837, near Jackson, in Breathitt county, Kentucky.  He was residing in his native county when the war broke out, and on the 9th of October, 1862, he entered the Confederate service, as a private in the 5th Kentucky Regiment of Infantry.  He was subsequently transferred to the mounted Regiment of Col. A. J. May, with which he served till the close of the war.  In 1865 he located in Woodford county, and lived near Versailles until the fall of 1870, when he removed to this county, where he resided till his death.  In 1866, he married Miss Sophronia Hockersmith, of Franklin county, whom he leaves to mourn his death, with three interesting children.  In her personal relations, he was affable and pleasant, and in business prompt and reliable, enjoying in an unusual degree, the confidence and respect of his neighbors and all who knew him.

            His funeral took place from the residence of his father on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and was the largest we have witnessed for a long time.  The services were conducted by Rev. J. H. Shouse, of Woodford, and Rev. Green Clay Smith, of this city, both of whom made appropriate addresses at the house, after which the remains were conveyed to the cemetery, attended by a large concourse in carriages and on foot.

            The warmest sympathies of the entire community are felt for the family of the deceased in the sad affliction which has befallen them.


Tri-Weekly Yeoman, April 4, 1876 - Foul Assassination.

            Our citizens were startled early Saturday morning by a report that Mart. V. B. South, a son of Col. Jere. W. South, Keeper of the Penitentiary, and of the firm of South & Farmer, butchers, had been assassinated in the Market-house by some unknown person about daylight.  It being the first of April, the report was discredited by many, but the truth soon became established, and the city was soon stirred by the realization of the fact that there had been perpetrated one of the foulest murders ever known in this country.

            The facts and circumstances, as we have been able to collate them, stripped of all sensational rumors, are as follows:  South & Farmer, in addition to a store on St. Clair