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The Somerset Journal
The Oldest Democratic Newspaper In The Mountains of Kentucky
Somerset, Ky., Friday, October 31, 1919.
A consolidation. Effective November 3rd, The Somerset Journal and The
Pulaski County News will consolidate under the name of The Somerset Journal
and only one paper will be published. The owners of the new plant will be
Mr. Cecil T. Williams and Mrs. R.M. Feese. The plant of the News will be
moved to the office of The Journal just as soon as the new office is
remodeled and made ready. The Somerset Journal, which is the oldest paper
in Pulaski county and one of the oldest in the state, will continue as a
Democratic paper under the new arrangement, but first of all it will be a
paper for Pulaski county. It will always be found fighting for the best
interest of the county. The consolidation of the two plants will give the
Journal the largest subscription list of any paper published in the county.
With the improvements planned the newspaper will have the most complete job
printing department in this section of the state. Realizing the fact that
three newspapers in Somerset are too many and acting upon the advice and
suggestions of our business people, The Journal and The News consolidate
under most flattering conditions. All subscribers to The News will receive
the Journal until the expiration of their time and those who are taking both
papers will have their subscription extended.
Stealing Going On In The City by Young Boys and Girls it is Said. Merchants
Victim. There is said to be a systematic campaign of stealing going on in
the city and it is said that most of it is being done by young boys and girls
who are yet in school. During the past two weeks many of the merchants of
the city have complained that hundreds of dollars worth of goods have been
stolen from their places of business. The merchants say the way they are
worked is quite cunning. Several girls will come into a store and ask to see
certain goods and the merchant will place his wares on the counter. They
will then ask to see something else in a different part of the store. While
he is showing the goods in the rear of his store the girls left in the front
will help themselves to everything in sight. They say this has been going on
for some time. The merchants have gotten on to the game they are playing now
and are on the look out. It is said the names of the guilty are known and
prosecution will likely follow.
Circuit Court Opens For a Five Weeks Term Monday. Judge Delivers a Very
Strong Charge. The fall term of the Pulaski Circuit Court opened Monday.
Judge Bethurum immediately got donw to business and empaneled the juries and
then adjourned to allow the Republican and Democratic campaign orators to
have the floor. All officers of the court were present and ready for a five
weeks grind. Judge Bethurum's charge to the grand jury was delivered Tuesday
morning and it was a vigorous one. The Judge called the attention of the
jury to the new law against profiteering and asked the jury to investigate
any complaints that might come before them along this line. He also urged a
thorough investigation of the report that moonshine stills were operating in
the county and that whiskey was being sold in Somerset.
The following is the list of the jurors.
Grand Jury. Wesley Colyer, Foreman, Oscar Wood, Mans Hamilton, Wm. Easterly,
A.C. Simpson, W.J. Reed, Sam Childers, Cleophus Turpin, Shurd Eubanks, Ollie
Vaught, Elijah Barnett and Chas. Hamilton.
Petit Jury. Panel No. 1. J.S. Abbott, J.D. Hall, Hayden Hines, John
Cottengin, B.H. Calhoun, William Surber, G.B. Tartar, Gahala Wesley, Gid
Jasper, Fayette Maiden, J.A. Webb and George McDonald.
Petit Jury, Panel No. 2. Ed Vaught, George Thompson, I.B. Powel, Scott
Smith, A.H. Rayborn, L.A. Gover, Logan Pointer, John Sadler, C.R. Hines,
Chrisley Fisher, J.T. Muse and G.S. Perkins.
Extras. G.F. Vaught, Emerson Smith, S.L. Cox, J.T. Blankenship, William
Vanhook, and Abe Dick.
Resent Attitude to Bethurum. Friends of Judge Say Morrow Would Supplant Him
With His Brother. The following article appeared in the Louisville Post of
the 28th. Somerset, Ky., Oct. 28 - Friends of Judge B.J. Bethurum are
indignant over the course they say Edwin P. Morrow has adopted toward him.
They say that Morrow has made use of Judge Bethurum to aid Morrow's political
ambitions in everyway and has availed himself of Judge Bethurum's service.
In return, they say Morrow helped defeat Bethurum for the Republican
Senatorial nomination, and that Morrow is now grooming is brother to defeat
Judge Bethurum for Circuit Judge. This course has stirred the wrath of Judge
Is Robbed. News has reached Somerset that Mr. Herbert Waddle, of this city,
was held up and robbed in Cincinnati Monday by a bandit. Considerable money
was taken from him. Mr. Waddle had been in Cincinnati for a few days on a
Brown. News has been received here of the death of Mr. J.M. Brown at his
home, Didge City, Iowa. He died Friday October 24th. Mr. Brown was formerly
a resident of this county and a splendid citizen. He was a brother-in-law of
Mrs. Mary Carr and Mrs. Dungan of this city.
Land Slide. R.L. Johnson, the Real Estate man of Somerset, Ky., reports the
he sold over eighty thousand dollars worth of farm lands in Ohio on his trip
last week, buyers from Wayne, Pulaski and Lincoln county. Marcus Eads of
Monticello, Ky., Frank Leese of Somerset., Ky., and Bob Dornnorn of
Hustinsville, Lincoln County, and others. He leaves for Ohio Thursday on No.
12 at 6 p.m. with another bunch of buyers. In this issue you will find a
list of his farms for sale.
City Council Passes Ordinance to Pave North Main Street. Other Business
Transacted. The City Council met in regular session Monday night and
considered street improvements mostly. The ordinance to pave North Main
street from the Court House to the top of the hill was passed by a vote of
four to two. Hall, Curtis, Lovelass and Norfleet voting for the improvement
and Cox and Cotter voting against it. The condition of several other streets
was also taken up. There was very little business of importance before the
body. The Mayor reported one case of small pox. After being in session about
an hour the Council adjourned until the next regular meeting.
Brooks. Mrs. Helen Brooks, wife of George G. Brooks, died at her home in
this city Thursday after an illness of some length. Funeral services were
held at the home Saturday morning conducted by Rev. Talbot, one of the
Presbyterian Church and Rev. Clark of the Methodist Church. Internment
followed in the City Cemetery. Mrs. Brooks was thirty years of age. She was
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Peffer. Many friends and relatives from
a distance attended the funeral. Mrs. Brooks was loved and admired by every
one who knew her. Her loss will be keenly felt in the community.
Teacher's Meeting. Teachers' meeting November 7, 1919. Public school
division No. 3 subdivision No. 4. Morning Session 9:30 Song, Association.
Devotional Rev. D.N. Mayfield.
Welcome Address, Fanny Renner. Response, A.C. Herrin. Your method of
teaching reading in the upper grades, show how to teach the thought getting
power, Emmit Gilliland. Recitation, Significance, Aims Steps and method.
W.E. Randall. How do you make the language lesson interesting and vital?
Bess McKinney. Dramatization. Purpose and where to get material, James
Holt. Conduct a recitation in geography, J.F. Miller. How I conduct my
advance arithmetic class, Leslie Farmer. Primary arithmetic, Maggie
Whitaker. Best ways and means of promoting the interest of education, L.E.
Meece. Afternoon Session. Moonlight schools and compulsory school law, Miss
Duncan. Means of securing good order, Eli Farmer. Value of the study of
civil government and method of teaching it, Willie McQueary. How I teach
agriculture, Ora E. McKinney. Attendance and Community Interest. Grace
Carroll. The Social Life of the Rural Community, How can it be improved?
Eli Farmer. School and Home Sanitation, Lula Sears. What domestic science
may be taught in a rural school and the method of teaching, Mary A. McKinney.
Fannie Renner, Sec. T.C. Decker, Chairman.
Made Team. News has been received here that John Cooper, who is attending
school at Yale University, made the Freshman football team and played in the
first game of the season. There were over one hundred candidates out for the
team. We predict that John will be playing on the varsity before he leaves
William Clark attended court at Covington last week.
Deforest Hicks was up from Oneida, Tenn., Tuesday to register.
Mr. Bourne Goggin of Boyle county has been in the city this week on business.
Judge W.N. Flippin and Col. Tom Jasper saw Somerset high defeat Danville last
There will be a Hallowe'en dance at the Elks Club Friday night. It will be a
Mrs. Fred Kopenhoefer and daughter Helen have returned from Washington, D.C.,
where they have been visiting.
Mr. and Mrs. V.K. Logan and daughter Miss Ella have returned from an extended
tour of the west.
"Uncle" Felix Broyles, of Plato, one of the best Democrats in the state of
Kentucky, is spending a few days in the city.
Fred Catron and Lewis Catchings are at home from Akron, O., for a short
visit. They came down to register so they could vote next Tuesday.
Hon Edwin P. Morrow, Mrs. Morrow, Mr. John G. Blain were the guest of Rev.
S.B. Lander and family at six o'clock dinner Tuesday evening - Carlisle
Mr. Neil Silvers has been in the city this week for a short visit en route to
eastern Kentucky where he will be engaged in the stave business. He has been
located in Birmingham, Ala., for the past year.
Dr. E.E. Frances, Prof. of Surgery in the Memphis school of medicine, who has
been attending the meeting of the Mississippi Valley Medical association en
route home, stopped over a few hours to shake hand with Dr. J.M. Owens and to
discuss their school days, and the many changes in Somerset that has taken
place in the past 32 years. The Dr. left on the midnight train for his home
Miss Mary Roberts spent several days in Lexington this week.
Fred Keeney is spending several days in Louisville on business.
Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Gover have returned from a trip to Cincinnati.
Miss Lillian Woodall of this office is spending a few days in Ohio this week.
Mr. I. Harkins is expected in Somerset soon for a short visit. He is now
located at Hendersonville, N.C.
Mr. Steve Walker, of the Victory Realty Co., Lancaster, Ky., has been in the
city this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred cook of Kent, Ohio, are the guest of Dr. and Mrs. J.M.
Owens on Maple Street.
Mrs. Lou P. Letton, of Paris, Ky., and Lena Overley, of Lexington, Ky., have
been the guest of Miss Lou Hardin.
Mrs. V.G. Trimble and children left Tuesday for Decatur, Ill., where Dr.
Trimble will locate. He will follow in a few days.
The many friends of Joe H. Gibson are glad to see him at his desk in the
First National Bank after a week's illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jeffry and family of Chattanooga, Tenn., were here last
Saturday to attend the funeral of Mrs. George Brooks.
Mrs. Edwin P. Morrow has returned from a campaigning trip with her husband,
Hon. Edwin P. Morrow, thru many counties in Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Baird, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. K.E. Lewis, of
Ludlow, attended the funeral of Mrs. George Brooks last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Hughes left this week for Lexington where they will make
their future home. Mr. Hughes has been given a new territory which
necessitated the move. Their many friends here regret to see them leave.
Attorney Ben V. Smith attended court at Whitley City Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Bryant of Roberta, Tenn., were in the city Tuesday.
Mr. Herbert Tucker of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been visiting his father this
Mr. Gerhard Brown is back at his desk in the First National Bank after a
Mrs. R.G. Williams Jr., and Miss Barthenia Sallee spent several days in
Lexington this week.
Miss Mary Hines of Ind., is visiting relatives here.
Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Estes are rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter.
Mrs. W.H. Warren is very ill.
Henry Griffin and family visited here last weekend.
R.L. Johnson and family of Somerset and W.E. Trivett and family of Science
Hill visited at Mrs. Belle Trivitt's Sunday.
Miss Dorris Gragg spent last Monday with Miss Verda Green.
Gragg, Griffin and Trivett have sold their thrashing outfit to Russ Trivett.
Ira Trivett has gone to Richmond, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Harmon of Science Hill were weekend visitors of their
daughter Mrs. Wm. Jenkins at this place.
Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Estes spent Thursday with relatives in Eubank.
Tom Spears of Lockland, Ohio, is spending a few days with friends and
relatives in Ky.
Virgil Griffin of Estesburg was visiting his brother M.N. Griffin Thursday.
17 YEARS AGO IN SOMERSET.
The following items are taken from the Somerset Journal of January 1902.
The Cosmopolitan Club will meet with Mrs. M.H. Gibson Saturday afternoon.
Mr. R.H. Pettus has returned from a visit to Washington, D.C., and is
visiting his father, Judge Pettus.
Mr. R.H. Kalker spent last week in Cumbeland looking after his stave
Mrs. J.M. Richardson has returned home from Meriden, Miss., finding her son,
Bob, down with a sprained ankle of some seriousness.
Misses Kate Waddle and Celia Hicks arrived yesterday to spend several days
with Miss McRoberts. Danville Advocate.
Messrs Brent P. Young and Eben Pettus representing the Odd Fellows Lodge
here, accompanied the remains of Mr. F.A. Abbott to Paris Sunday night.
About ten o'clock Monday morning fire destroyed the botlin works and cold
storage plant of the Somerset Ice Co.
Mr. J.D. Swain, who has been identified with the Commercial interest of
Somerset for years, died after a period of several months illness. Funeral
services were held at the Christian Church Saturday.
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