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City Council Hold Regular Meeting.  Election of City Tax Collector Put Off. 
There was nothing unusual happened at the meeting of the City Council last Monday night.  It was a very tame affair and the large crowd present looked disappointed that things were not more interesting.  It was rumored that the
election of a City Tax Collector might come up but Councilman Day suggested that the matter be put off for a while as he was of the opinion that some philanthropic person would soon offer to pay the city a bonus for the job.  The usual amount of bills were allowed with a few dollars added this time on account of the quarterly rent for light and water being due.  When this bill is paid there is not much left for anyone else.  Prather & Wesley were granted a permit to build at $4,000 house on Oak St.  A communication was read from the Frankfort Chair Factory wanting to locate in Somerset.  The Mayor appointed a committee outside of the Council to take the matter up.  J.L. Waddle, Cecil Williams and Ed Moore were named.  The Council gave the City Attorney permission to appeal the telephone case and it will now go to the Court of Appeals.  There was only one bid for street construction work and on motion of Mr. Day action was deferred.  Mr. Connelly, of the Connelly Construction Co., said the bid received was very low and that he would not do the work for the amount.  The streets of Somerset are in a horrible condition, especially North Main from the Courthouse to the foot of Harvey's Hill; South Main from the Square to the Kenwick Hotel, and College St.  These three streets should be fixed at once, if it bankrupts the city.  How about it, Mr. Mayor, and Chairman of the Street Committee?

For Clerk.  Friends of "Bud" Logan are urging him to get into the race for Circuit Court Clerk.  So far, there has been no one announcing for this office and on account of the small remuneration connected with it there is not likely to be a scramble.  The office at one time was a good one but on account of the small number of whiskey cases and other litigation it has not paid much in the past few years.  Mr. Logan, it is said, is willing to take it.

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Deaths

Mrs. J.F. Evans, Former Somerset School Teacher, Dies in Pasadena, California.  Mrs. J.F. Evans, before her marriage Miss Mabelle Eastman, died at Pasadena, California, on October 26th.  The news was received here this week and was indeed a shock to her many friends in Somerset.  Mrs. Evans was art instructor in the high school in 1915 and during her stay in Somerset endeared herself to our people.  The following article is taken from the paper in her home town:  "Clyde Eastman received a telegram this morning that his sister, Mrs. J.F. Evans, whose home is in Storm Lake, died yesterday afternoon at Pasadena, California.  Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Eastman, her parents, were at the bedside of their daughter.  No funeral arrangements have been made.  Mabel Eastman was born Feb. 27, 1888, and was brought up in LeMars.  Five years ago she was married to J.F. Evans and has been living in Storm Lake since then.  For some time her health has been failing and two months ago she went to Pasadena in the hope of relief there.  Mrs. Evans is survived by her husband, two sons, Richard and Donald, a brother Clyde, and her parents.  News of her taking away in the prime of life came as a shock to her many friends here and in Storm Lake, who had hoped her stay in Sunny California would soon restore normal health." 

Sudden Death of Mrs. Chas. Rankin, of Garrard County.  Daughter of Ben Hamm. 
The Lancaster Record had the following about the death of Mrs. Chas. Rankin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hamm, of this city: "The sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Charlie Rankin at her home on the Lexington Pike, Wednesday morning at about nine o'clock, was a distinct shock to her friends and relatives throughout this and adjoining counties, where she was so well known and so dearly beloved.  Stricken suddenly with an attack of Angina Pectoris at the breakfast table, she called her husband and complained of pains in the left arm and limbs, she was assisted to her bed and Mr. Rankin's parents, who live nearby, were notified, but death ensured about the time of their arrival.  Mrs. Rankin was 31 years old, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hamm, who reside in Somerset, moving there from this county several yeas ago.
 About seven years ago she was married to Mr. Charlie Rankin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rankin.  Besides her husband, she leaves a small child.  Just one year ago, their little girl was accidentally kicked by a horse, resulting fatally and now the death of the mother and wife, brings another affliction which falls heavily upon the devoted husband, who has the sympathy of a large number of friends and relatives.  Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rankin on the Lexington Pike at one o'clock Friday afternoon, burial following in the Lancaster cemetery.

C.A. Hurt.  Prominent Young Business Man, Dies Following Accident Month Ago.  As a result of an accident received at the Cumberland Grocery Co., this city, about a month ago, Mr. C.A. Hurt died at the Somerset Sanitarium on Wednesday morning about two o'clock.  He never regained consciousness after the accident.  Specialists were called into consultation several times but nothing could be done to relieve his condition.  The first of the week he developed pneumonia and the end soon came.  Mr. Hurt moved to Somerset about five years ago from Clinton County, the place of his birth.  He held several responsible positions with various business firms.  His first employment here was as manager of the R.J. Smith Co.  Before coming to Somerset, Mr. Hurt was a traveling salesman and one of the most popular "Knights of the Grip" on the road.  Mr. Hurt was a member of the Masonic Lodge and took an active part in the order.  He was a devout member of the Baptist Church and lived a Christian life.  He stood very high in business and social circles and no young man will be missed more than he.  Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Hunter, the pastor, assisted by Rev. Talbot, of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Harrop, of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and Rev. Clark of the First Methodist Church.  Interment followed in the City Cemetery.

PING.  Mr. James H. Ping, son of Mrs. Maria Ping, of Dykes, and a cousin of County School Superintendent Meece, died in St. Louis, Mo., last Friday afternoon after a short illness with pneumonia and typhoid fever.  At the time of his death, he was attending medical school in St. Louis.  The remains arrived here last Monday and funeral services were held at White Lily Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Masonic Lodge, of which he was a member.  Besides his mother he leaves three brothers, George B. Ping, of San Francisco, Calif.; Lewis H. Ping, of Chattanooga, and Lewis Ping of Nashville, Tenn., and one sister Mrs. Mary McCracken of North Carolina.  He was 39 years of age and splendid type of young manhood.

Logan.  Miss Nancy Ellen Logan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V.K. Logan, died last Saturday at the home of her parents on Columbia St.  The news of the death of Miss Logan cast a shadow over the entire city for no young woman was held in higher esteem by our people than was Miss Ella.  She had been in ill health for some time and fought bravely to combat the disease that took her away.  Miss Ella was born in Somerset forty-two years ago but had lived most of her life at Nancy, Ky., where her parents moved from Somerset when she was a young girl.  With the exception of a few years spent in the West she had lived in Pulaski County all her life.  Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church last Tuesday afternoon conducted by her pastor, Rev. W.L. Clark.  Interment followed in the City Cemetery.  Miss Ella was a splendid type of Christian womanhood.  A devout member of the Methodist Church, she was active in all religious activities and will be greatly missed.  She was also active in club work and civic enterprises.  She possessed a keen and brilliant mind and often delighted Somerset audiences with her readings and recitations.  In every walk of life her cheerful disposition and wonderful personality will be missed.

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County Agent Wilson Organizes Junior Agricultural Clubs Over Pulaski County.  County Agent Wilson spent all of last week in the county organizing Junior Agricultural Clubs.  Ninety-five members were enrolled, which number Mr. Wilson expects to double before the end of the next week when he visits other parts of the county.  A club was organized at Grundy with nine members.  Theo. Stewart was elected as President, Will Buchanan, Vice President; Allen Callahan, Secretary, and Custer Herrin, Club Leader.  The other clubs organized were: Rush Branch, with eleven members.  Edna Nunnelly, President; Myrtle Hamm, vice president, and Gertrude Griffin, secretary.  Mt. Victory, with twenty-two members.  Virgil Linville, president, Ester Jones, vice president; Edna Sears, secretary and Dave Jones, club leader.  Shopville, with eighteen members.  A.D. Herrin, president; Ronald Herrin, vice president, and Carmen Herrin, secretary.  Short Creek, with seventeen members.  Maggie Price, president; Lottie Whitaker, vice president; Mollie Sears, secretary, and Leslie Farmer, club leader.  These clubs are being formed all over Kentucky and Mr. Wilson received a report form headquarters this week which stated that 21,000 members had been secured.  The members will give particular attention to corn, potatoes, chickens and calves.  Each member will receive a Kentucky State Junior Agricultural Club button.  Mr. Wilson reports about twenty-five per cent of the tobacco crop ready for shipment.  Home farmers are going around tying up crops and have been paying 20 cents a pound.  Most of the tobacco here will go to the Lexington market.  Mr. Wilson will go to Lexington next week to attend a meeting of the County Agent's of the State and while there he will investigate the tobacco market.

Gifts For Soldiers.  All those who desire to contribute gifts for the soldiers at the Cumberland Sanitarium may leave them at the office of Dr. Parsons, Post Commander of the American Legion.  Dr. Parsons will see that all gifts reach the boys Christmas day.  It is planned to have a large Christmas tree and to play Santa Clause to these boys.  The various churches and lodges in the city are going to aid in the work.  It is also suggested that members from all lodges and churches visit the Sanitarium during Christmas week.

Many Owe Lives To Col. Morrow.  Grateful Austrian Officer Tells How Twenty-Seventh Infantry Rescued 1,800 Prisoners.  Washington, D.C. - Credit for saving the lives of 1,800 Austro-Hungarian prisoners of war in a prison camp near Chabarovsk, in Eastern Siberia, during the fall of 1918 is giving to officers of the 27th United States Infantry by Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Reder, of the former Austro-Hungarian army, in an open letter to the press of Austria and Hungary.  Colonel Reder's letter says an epidemic of influenza had threatened to convert the camp into a "vast cemetery" when the personnel of the American regiment, commanded by Col. C.H. Morrow, took
charge and transformed the "wretched" hospital accommodations provided by the Russian authorities into a "modern establishment."  Describing other work done by the American regiment, including the establishment of schools, a library, a theater and other recreation features, Colonel Reder declared he felt it his "first and most sacred duty" on returning to his country to "let the world know" that he and his comrades owed their "lives, health and happiness and power for good in the world to the noble American officers of the 27th Regiment of the great American army."

Flocking Here.  Since many of the automobile factories and tire factories, in the East have closed down and thrown thousands out of work Somerset seems to be the mecca for a great number of these people.  During the past two weeks no less than fifty have dropped into town looking for something to do.  Many of them have applied at the shops and others are figuring on starting mechanical and paint shops.  Several automobile painters have been here. 
They are report "things shot to pieces" in the factory towns up East.

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Judge Kennedy A Candidate.   Judge Kennedy needs no introduction to the people of the 28th Judicial District.  A native of Wayne County, where he was elected and served as County Court Clerk and County Judge, he removed to this county in 1912 where he has since resided; he is one of our foremost citizens and he and his excellent family have occupied prominent positions in all forward movements since coming here.  Judge Kennedy is now serving as President of the Pulaski County Bar Association to which position he was unanimously elected by the lawyers of the local bar about a year ago.  Both he and Mrs. Kennedy teach Sunday School classes regularly and they are prominent in Church and social welfare work.  Their eldest son, Harold, is a member of Pulaski County Post No. 38, of the American Legion, and is the efficient bookkeeper for the Kentucky Utilities Company.  Their daughter, Miss Grace, is a graduate of Union College and is now a teacher in the graded school at Burnside.  Their next daughter, Miss Blanche, is a graduate of Somerset High School, Class of 1920, and is now in her first year at the University of Kentucky at Lexington.  Their other children are: Madge, aged 12; Sam, aged 10; and Kenneth, aged 7 years, who attend the Graded School in Somerset.  Judge Kennedy has a most interesting and estimable family and all of them are held in high regard by those who know them.  The Judge has but two hobbies.  The first is his children.  He is their companion and play fellow.  He believes in children and is making many sacrifices to educate them in order that they may be serviceable and helpful to humanity.  The second is his garden.  He is one of Somerset's best gardeners.  During spring and summer he is regularly seen morning's and afternoon's with his overall's on, working in his garden.  Six years ago, Judge Kennedy was a candidate for this nomination.  He was denied a single offer of election, challenger or inspector in both Pulaski and Rockcastle Counties, and there was much other unfairness in the primary.  His opponent was counted winner by the narrow margin of 271 votes.  Since that time, Judge Kennedy has practiced his profession in Pulaski and adjoining counties.  When seen by a reporter for the Republican and asked for a statement, Judge Kennedy said: "Yes, I still want to be Circuit Judge.  I do not, however, intend to begin an active campaign before next May.  I do not think it would be fair to the people to agitate the public mind too long.  We have too much politics anyhow.  The people should be permitted to forget politics and elections once in awhile.  I am going to make this race upon a high plane.  I shall try to be conscious all the while that I am a candidate for the high office of Circuit Judge and act accordingly.  I shall avoid mud slinging, and intend to keep out of newspapers.  The people do not want mud slinging or newspaper slush.  I shall treat my opponent kindly and fairly.  The people know us both.  I am a candidate for a first term; he for a third; he has drawn more than fifty thousand dollars in salary from the office.  The people  can quietly make their choice.  I have always advocated honest elections.  I shall stand for a clean, fair primary election, always remembering that our mothers, wives, daughters and sisters are voters.  If I cannot win honestly, I do not want to win at all.  If a single stolen or dishonest vote would make me Circuit Judge, I would decline it.  You may say to the people for me that I am absolutely sure of victory.  The people believe in fairness and they are for me.  And when I become Circuit Judge, I pledge to the whole people the very best of service that there is in me."  The Republican predicts a landslide for Judge Kennedy. - Pulaski County Republican, Edition of December 10, 1920.
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Hon. C.M. Langdon.  In another column will be found the announcement of C.M. Langdon as a candidate for the Republican nomination for County Court Clerk, subject to the action of the Republican party to be expressed at the next regular Primary election, August, 1921.  In commenting on this candidate, there is nothing the Commonwealth can say that will make Mr. Langdon any better known to the people of this county, since it is generally conceded that "Little Cy" knows more men, women and children, by their names, and where they live, than any other man in Pulaski County.  And he is also known by the people as about the best natured and obliging gentleman to be found anywhere.  That he has, in every particular, made a most excellent, painstaking and competent clerk no one will deny.  It has not only been a pleasure for him to render to all people alike, every duty required of him by law, but he has also rendered many favors outside of his official duties, and in so doing he has saved his fellow citizens many dollars.  This has been done in many ways, looking up old records, tracing land titles and doing thousands of other things for which professional men would have charged the people hundreds of dollars.  These and many other facts only go to show in a meager way the true character and real worth of Mr. Langdon.  Not only this, they show in a measure why the Republicans of this county have always been glad to honor him.  In honoring Mr. Langdon, the party honors itself and in doing so, it has done no more for him than he has done for the party.  That the Grand Old Party exists today is due to just such men as Cy Langdon, who have always been true to both the principles and the nominees of the party and never too busy or stingy to respond to every call made for the good of Republicanism in County, State and Nation.  The facts are, Mr. Langdon has always contributed most liberally for the party's support and whoever may or may not oppose him for this nomination, they will not be able to show a better party record, and many not nearly so good.  It can not be said that this service has been done in the hope of reward, because, whether in office or not, it has always been the same unselfish service upon his part, and on account of the facts mentioned and many others, the people know and appreciate.  Mr. Langdon's friends contend that the people and the Republican party need Mr. Langdon and they confidently predict his re-nomination and re-election as County Court Clerk by his re-nomination and re-election as County Court Clerk by his usual large majority.  From The Commonwealth Issue of December 16 - Advertisement.

 

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