|Big Raid Made On
Buck Creek and Still Is Found In Cave. No One
Caught. Deputy United States Marshal John Bash,
Sheriff Weddle and Silas West went raiding last Monday
night and found one of the biggest stills that has yet
been located in this county. It was nicely secreted
in a big cave on Buck Creek and in order to get to it a
rope ladder was used and a block and tackle let the
material down to the operations. The officers
hunted all night and it was early morning before they
were successful. The owners had gone but there was
plenty of evidence that they had only been gone a short
time. Over 200 gallons of mash, meal, corn, barley,
and everything necessary to successfully run a still was
found. The capacity of the still was 800
gallons. The officers feel that they have made a
very important find as much trouble has been registered
from this section of the county. It is said that a
great deal of the moonshine sold in Somerset has been
coming from this still. The outfit was destroyed.
Going On In Eastern Part Of The County, Says Letter To
The Journal. The Journal is in receipt of the
following letter from Mr. W.Q. Jones, a good citizen of
the eastern end of the county: Somerset Journal,
Somerset, Ky., Gentlemen: I notice you have
had several articles in your paper about moonshining in
the county and also about bootlegging. Well, I live
in Eastern Pulaski, way up the river, and I want to say
that heeps of it is going on up this way. We never
see any officers up here. I hear they are afraid to
come this way. I don't know for certain but if the
officers will spend a few days up this way I will bet
they could find a half dozen stills going. We have
plenty of drunk people. They are wild when they get
some of that moonshine. One trouble I think is that
juries do not give the people tried before them the limit
of law. Every man who violates the law should be
given the limit. I notice Judge Bethurum says he is
going after them. Hurrah for you Judge. Let's
have a clean county. Say, Mr. Editor, the roads out
this way are awful. The people here can't get to
town. Judge Tartar is a good Judge and the people
here would all be for him if he would give us better
roads. Yours for success. W.Q. Jones,
P.S., I am a Democrat. Let's put out a good ticket
Fair Store Incorporates And Is Under New
Management. Old Employees Will Remain. The
Fair Store, formerly owned by Mr. Israel Harkins, has
been incorporated and will be known in the future as The
Fair Co., Incorporated. Owners of the new
corporation have taken complete charge and promise the
people of Somerset one of the most modern and up-to-date
dry goods stores in Central Kentucky. The
incorporators are: Mr. John A. Stevie, of Covington, Ky.,
president. Mr. Stevie is associated with a large
wholesale dry goods house and is also engaged in the
retail dry goods business in Covington and Newport, Ky.,
under the firm name of The Luhn & Stevie Co.
Mr. Elmer A. Stevie, his son, will be vice president of
the new firm and will take an active part in conducting
same. Mr. Byron D. Gates, secretary, has been
engaged in the dry goods business for a number of years,
will also take an active part in the management of the
new firm. Mr. Israel Harkins, who is well known
throughout this community, will be treasurer of the firm,
but will take no active part in same. Mr. Harkins,
on account of poor health, has left Somerset for
Ashville, North Carolina. He hopes his many friends
and customers will continue their generous patronage as
in the past and takes this opportunity to thank one and
all for the many favors extended him during his business
career in Somerset. Miss Mamie Miles and Mr. Morris
Harkins have returned from their trip to the wholesale
markets after completing purchase of entire new line of
merchandise. These goods will arrive this week and
will soon be ready for your inspection. Miss Bert
Roberts, who is now in the New York market, writes that
she has about completed purchasing a most beautiful line
of suits and dresses. Judging from some of the
early arrivals we can assure the people of Somerset that
it will pay them to wait and inspect these lines before
purchasing elsewhere. We feel that the public will
be interested to know that the personal of the old firm
will remain the same. Miss Ella Woodward, Miss Mary
Roberts, Miss Bert Roberts, Miss Mamie Miles, Miss
Gertrude Mason, Miss Josephine Mason, Miss Verda
Hamilton, Miss Trimble, Mr. Howard Frohman, Mr. Junius
Harkins, and Mr. Morris Harkins. All have been
associated with The Fair for a number of years and extend
an invitation to their many friends to visit them at the
old stand. The main purpose of incorporating The
Fair Store is expansion. We will endeavor at all
times to handle the most complete line of dry goods,
notions, ladies and children's wearing apparel, fancy
goods, shoes, etc., in Somerset. The Fair Co.,
believes in organization, efficiency and progress.
We want to be an organization for co-operation; we want
you to feel that this is your store. We extend you
an invitation to visit us, and earnestly solicit your
patronage. The Fair Co., Inc.
Magistrate S.M. Hargis.
The Journal is authorized to announce
S.M. Hargis a candidate for Jailer of Pulaski County
subject to the
action of the Republican voters at the primary August
2nd. Mr. Hargis has served the county as Magistrate
from the Seventh Magisterial District two terms.
One term under Judge N.L. Barnett and is now finished up
a term under Judge Tartar. His services have been
most satisfactory and he has had at all times the best
interests of the county at heart. Mr. Hargis is a
son of the late Wm. Hargis, who was a Union soldier and
one of the county's leading citizens. His mother
and father are both dead. He lives at Hail,
Ky. Mr. Hargis has been a life-long Republican and
has always been active in the interests of the Republican
nominees. He is a good business man and has the
qualifications necessary to make a good jailer.
Capitalists Buy 27,000 Acres of Laurel County Land
Located On Rockcastle River. The following
article about a big sale of coal land in Laurel County
will be read with interest by Pulaskians as the land
adjoins Pulaski County and is located on Rockcastle
River. We might say that several deals are pending
for coal property in this county which will mean much to
our people if they go through. There are always
some people who want to hold everybody up, when they
think they have a chance, and may lose themselves and
Pulaski County many dollars by their acts. London,
Ky. Feb. 10 - Development of
Southwestern Kentucky will be (word missing) the rich
mining and timber industry launched this year along much
broader lines than have ever been attempted before.
This become known today when agents for the Tidewater and
Western Coal Company, a $6,000,000 Delaware Corporation,
composed mainly of Ohio and West Virginia capitalists,
who have been here for several days, reported that they
have just closed a deal for 27,000 acres of coal and
timber lands on Rockcastle River and Sinking Creek, in
the southeastern part of Laurel County. These
lands, the richest in coal, oil and timber, in the
Kentucky mountains, have been held for years without
development by the Castle Craig Coal Company. The
new purchasers plan early development of the property in
coal, oil and timber, which will require the building of
a branch railroad from the southeastern part of the
county to connect with the main line of the L&N,
either here or at some point between here and
Corbin. Like in other Eastern Kentucky counties,
the mountains of Laurel County are fairly bulging with
coal and oil and valuable timber stands as a covering for
the surface. Development has been lacking for
years, to lack of railroad facilities for moving the
output. Now that transportation facilities have
improved, capitalists are swarming to the mountains and
there is no telling what the future holds in store for
the holders of property in this section of the
state. Population is increasing by leaps and bounds
and with excellent train service between here and
Louisville, the metropolis of the state, there is no
telling what will take place in the way of development
the next ten years. The land deal today was the
largest that has been made in this section of the state
for years, and is only a forerunner of what may be
expected within the next few months. Mountain
people are optimistic for the future, believing that an
era of great prosperity for Kentucky and especially the
Kentucky mountains is just ahead.
Colored Deaths. Ida Manse, one of the most highly
respected colored women of Somerset, died at her home on
Vine Street Wednesday night. Ida was well known among the
white people of Somerset and was well thought of.
She was a member of the Methodist Church and an active
worker in all its departments. She was the daughter
of "Aunt" Countefee Owens.
Elected Supt. Mr. Paul Dexheimer was elected
Assistant Superintendent of the Christian Church Sunday
School last Sunday. Mr. J.R. Cook is
Superintendent. With two such good men the Sunday
School should grow as never before. Mr. Cecil
Williams took Mr. Dexheimer's place as Secretary of the
Bible Class. Mr. Stephen Jones was elected
Up In Flames. Mr. T.V. Ferrell, the clothing man,
had the bad luck last Tuesday to have $425 burned
up. Mr. Ferrell dropped the wallet from his
pocket and the colored boy sweeping did not notice the
valuable roll and swept it up with the trash and put it
in the stove. Some of the money was in checks and
Mr. Ferrell will recover this but the loss will be over
Delegates Elected. Crescent Lodge No. 60, Knights
of Pythias, at their last meeting elected the following
delegates to the Grand Lodge, which meets in Lexington in
June: J.F. Hines, W.C. Norfleet, R.C. Tartar, J.G.
Munsey, J.E. Lawhorn, W.L. Hudson, George Orwin, C.H.
Lewis, Jessie Knight, and M.F. Gossett.
Will Celebrate. Mr. and Mrs. William L. Cowan have
issued invitations to the 50th anniversary of their
wedding, which will be celebrated at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. George L. Elliott on Tuesday, the 22nd.
Political Notes. W.A. Kinne, of Stearns,
has announced for State Senator from the McCreary,
Pulaski, Wayne and Whitley district, subject to the
action of the Republican voters at the August
primary. Mr. Kinne formerly lived in Somerset, and
he has legions of friends here who will be glad of an
opportunity to vote for him. No better qualified or
higher class gentleman is to be found in the state.
The qualifications necessary to become a candidate for
Tax Commissioner will eliminate many who would like to
have the office. So far there are only two
announced candidates, Judge N.L. Barnette, and J.G.
Adams. Mr. Adams is the present Commissioner.
Republican and Democratic leaders alike are urging their
respective parties to get out the best men available for
members of the legislature. The legislature in the
past, of course with exceptions, has been a dumping
ground for the lame, halt and blind. This is a very
important office and the people should select a man who
at least knows the way to Frankfort. C.I. Ross,
candidate for sheriff, has been posing for the
photographer for the past two weeks and if the people
will watch the paper they will see why Mr. Ross was so
careful to get a good picture. What has become of
the candidate who used to always have his picture printed
on a card and hand it out to the voters? It seems
as if Commonwealth's Attorney W.N. Flippin will have no
opposition for re-election.
The other candidates are wishing they had the same
luck. "A Chip Off The Old Block."
Albert Hogue, son of the late Senator P. Hogue, has
announced for State Senator from this district. He
wants to fill out the unexpired term of his father.
He lives in Pine Knot. The friends of Robert Warren
are urging him to enter the race for Chief of
Police. Mr. Warren has given no intimation that he
will do so, however. "Moster," as he is
known, would make a good Chief and would have a large
following should he decide to enter. Mr. L.F.
Hubble has been mentioned as a probable starter in the
race for State Senator in this district. Mr. Hubble
is a good citizen and would make a good Senator, but he
will have to run some to beat "Al" Kinne.
It is being whispered around that Schuyler Hail will soon
announce for State Senator from this district.
Seems as if the woods will be full of candidates for this
Sparks by Bildad. We view "leg shows" and
barefoot dancers with horror, yet look at the waists,
skirts and stockings our daughters and sisters are
wearing. If an honest man is the noblest work of
God, better keep your eye on the self-made man.
Young fellows like to court in the dark, and after
marriage they wish they'd used a lantern. We wonder
if the women candidates
will improve political tricks by kissing the men instead
of the babies. When you see a girl picking specks
of stuff off a fellow' coat, you know what she thinks
about him. Few women change their style of hair
dressing after the second baby arrives. When you
are crowing over that wonderful baby boy of yours, just
remember that some day two people will insist that he
isn't good enough to marry their daughter. Some
limbs of the family tree look good, thanks to short
skirts. A kettle full of boiling water sings, but
unfortunately, man is not a kettle. One look at the
bride is enough to tell whether a man married for love or
money. Lots of people have plenty of aim in life,
but the trouble is they don't know just when to
shoot. If you want to make sure whether a man is a
Socialist, hand him $10,000 and tell him to divide it
among his brethren. There is a great deal printed
you can't believe, especially on bottles. You never
see a woman buy a big pair of shoes in order to get the
worth of her money in leather. We used to talk
about the clothes women wear. Now we talk about
what they don't wear.
Governor. Miss Emely Emmitt, stenographer in
Governor Morrow's office, was acting Governor one day
last week. Governor Morrow was en route to new
York, Lieut. Governor Ballard is in Florida. The
Governor's Secretary was sick in bed and President of the
Senate Chas. Harris was unable to come to
Frankfort. Governor and Mrs. Morrow will be in New
York for about ten days.
Wants Tariff To Protect American Industry On
China Eggs. J.K. Ashley Writes. Somerset
Journal, Somerset, Ky., Gentlemen: Last week I
shipped three egg case machines for export to the New
York agency of The Tupman Thurlow Co., Importers of China
Eggs. In filling this order I have some
conscientious scruples in aiding and abetting competition
to the American man who has furnished me with a nice
business for several years in the sale of from two to
three hundred Egg Case Machines. Eggs are now
coming in considerable quantities from China to the
Pacific Coast States. At first large lots of some
three years previous did not compare favorably with the
domestic stock; being off in grade, package and proper
refrigeration, but our wide awake importers are after the
cheap China eggs and have installed up-to-date
refrigeration service on regular liners plying between
China and the Pacific Coast States, substituting the
regulation American package and closely grading the stock
which has recently compared favorably with domestic
stock. To my mind, the American man should be
protected by a straight up protective tariff, not that
our product is one of the infant industries but is a
universal industry of the whole American people.
Unlike so many of our overgrown corporations that have
monopolized so many lines under a protective tariff until
the Republican party even became ashamed of them.
The product of the American man is of a magnitude very
little understood by the rank and file of our people and
I could quote you statistics that would sound
incredulous. I have exported to Canada annually quite a
number of machines but competition from this source is
not detrimental as Canada has no great surplus after home
consumption is supplied and those are exported to the
mother country, leaving almost a level in price to the
United States and Canada. Very truly yours, J.K.
Women Candidates. It is being whispered around the
city that several women will offer for candidates for
various city offices. It is said that several have
ambitions in that direction.
Old Subscriber. Mr. F.K. Phelps, of Bent, one of
the good old Democrats of the county, sent us his renewal
this week. Mr. Phelps is one of the Journal's
oldest subscribers. He started taking the paper
when it was first published 26 years ago. Mr.
Phelps says he couldn't think of doing without the paper.
Store Robbed. Mr. Jean V. Smith,
receiver for U.P. Upchurch, received word Tuesday that
thieves broke into the store at Whitley City and carried
away quite a lot of goods. Mr. Smith went to the
scene with blood hounds.
Mt. Vernon Court. The Mt. Vernon Signal in last
week's issue said: Circuit Court opened Monday with
a record attendance. The grand and petit juries
were empaneled and several cases were disposed of.
Judge Bethurum is waging his usual fight on the liquor
traffic and gave very emphatic instructions to the grand
jury to that end. We feel confident that if the
good people of the county were as much interested in the
elimination of whiskey as Judge Bethurum, it would soon
be hard to find in Rockcastle County.
Commonwealth Attorney Flippin is going after the
bootleggers and moonshiners rough shod. The people
should stand by a man like this who is trying to do his
Peculiar Announcement For County Judge Made by Rockcastle
County Man. The following peculiar announcement for
County Judge was made by J.W. Rider of Mt. Vernon, Ky.,
in an advertisement that appeared in the Mt. Vernon
Signal: Good People, We Got 'Em. A car load
Flour, Lard and Coffee. You want to get yours while
the price is right to feed the babies on. Going out
of business: Lost- My job as porter at the
Rockcastle Hotel, Mollie's gone. Looking for a
job. My understanding is that the stockholders in
Rockcastle County meet this year to hire a county
job. I would like to have this job, not that I need
the pay to raise the babies on but to help educate other
people as I have been doing all my life. I must be
kept busy. I can do a little bit of anything; I've
hoboed; built railroads; worked on a farm; built
turnpikes; built houses; garages; and, oh, you stock
barn. I have seen both sides of life, have mad
whiskey and sold whiskey, got full of it and got others
full; been in jail, been out of jail; been lied to and
lied on, made some money, and lost some money, and given
away more than I have lost. Now when the day
comes round for the stockholders of this county to select
the man they want to hire as county judge, think this
matter over, and if you want to make a trade with Bill
come in or send your proxies and they will be cast to
satisfy your wishes. Yours for business and the
betterment of Rockcastle county. J.W. Rider.
The State Takes Over Stanford Road And Will Resurface and
Put It In Shape. County Judge R.C. Tartar received
word this week that the State Highway Department would
take over the Stanford Pike for maintenance and would
spend something like $20,000 on it this summer. It
is the intentions of the
department to resurface the entire road and fix it with a
bituminous asphaltum. The county will do the
ditching. Judge Tartar has had the matter up with
the State for some time and it will be good news to our
people to know that this work will be done. Work
will begin just as soon as the weather will permit and
will be rushed to completion. It is said that later
on the state will take over other roads in the County.
Massey - Hughes. Mr. Ed Massey and Miss Elsie
Hughes both of this city, were married at Oneida, Tenn.,
Wednesday afternoon by County Judge B.W. Chambers.
Mrs. Massey was visiting her sister at Cumberland Falls
and was met there Wednesday by Miss Estella Barnette and
Mr. Massey and the party went to Oneida. Mrs.
Massey is the daughter of Mr. T.J. Hughes, a popular
railroad engineer of Somerset. She has many friends
who wish her much happiness. Mr. Massey is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Massey and has been employed at the
George P. Taylor Co., in this city. They returned
to Somerset Thursday.
King of Carnival. "Bo" McMillan has been
elected King of the Centre College Athletic Carnival
which takes place in June. "Bo" is one of
the most popular
boys in school and has many friends here who send
Selling Tobacco. The Danville Messenger says: Mr.
Wm. E. McAlister of Somerset came to Danville for the
purpose of looking after the sale of 8,000 pounds of
tobacco which he is selling in one of the local
Buys Oil Property. Mrs. A.J. Sears sold several oil
leases in Allen County last week for a nice sum and
leased about 400 acres in the heart of the Allen field.
They Walk Out. It seems the prisoners at the State
Reformatory just walk out whenever they get ready.
They have no trouble in escaping. In the last year
56 have escaped from the road camps and the
reformatory. Twenty-two are still at large.
Bobbitt Candidate. Mr. Virgil Bobbitt authorizes
The Journal to announce him a candidate for Chief of
Police of Somerset subject to the will of the voters at
the November election. Mr. Bobbitt says that he did
not decide to enter the race until he was assured of a
generous support. His opponent is William
Fitzpatrick, present Chief.
Expert Witness. Attorney B.L. Waddle, of this city,
was called to Louisville last week to testify as an
expert in the Bingham Tax Case. He attended the
Lincoln Banquet Saturday night and returned home Sunday.
Red Cross Holds Meeting Tuesday And Fills Vacancies On
the Executive Board. The Executive Board of the
Pulaski County Chapter, American Red Cross, met Tuesday
afternoon and elected four new members to fill the
vacancies caused by members moving from Somerset.
Those elected were Ralph E. Hill, L.E. Meece, Somerset;
A.C. French, Burnside, and Hardin Sweeney, Science
Hill. The meeting was addressed by Miss Linda
Neville, of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the field
workers. The matter of employing a secretary to
handle the business of the Red Cross was discussed and
the Board voted unanimously to allow $25.00 a month for
this work. A Disaster Committee was appointed
composed of C.H. Talbot, O.G. Peterson and N.I.
Taylor. It was announced at
the meeting that there are 153 disabled ex-service men in
the county. The work of the Red Cross must be
carried on in peace times as well as in war times.
There is much work to do and the local chapter is kept
busy all the time helping soldiers who apply for
assistance in different ways. They help in getting
compensation, vocational training, hospital service, and
other things. The work here has been most
efficiently handled and the chapter is to be
To Build. Mr. V.D. Roberts has asked for a building
permit to erect a residence on Maple St. Mr.
Roberts will begin work at once. He is also
thinking of erecting a three story business house on Mt.
Trial of Charles I. The English History class of
the Somerset High School had a mock trial of Charles I of
England, on the 14th of February, in the History
room. An entire study period was devoted to the
trial. For several days previous to this the class
had been preparing for the occasion by selection a jury,
summoning witnesses and by appointing lawyers and
Herbert Carter, as Charles I, was brought in and
questioned by Ivan Jackson, as President Bradshaw.
Charles refused to recognize the court and was taken
away. The following witnesses were then questioned
by Tom Tibbals, as Lawyer Cook: Edith Ashurst, John Pym;
Edith Cundiff, Lord Montrose; Ruth Alexander, Bishop
Buchanan; Jane Tibbals, John Hampton; Margaret Dungan,
Jack Cade; Raymond Harkins, Oliver Cromwell. The
jury retired and Marshall Hail, as foreman of the jury,
returned with the verdict of guilty. President
Bradshaw then pronounced the sentence, and Francis
Peffer, as executioner, proceeded to do his duty.
(Charles is still living.) Mr. and Mrs. Hill and
Mrs. Owings were present and said they were satisfied
with the sentence. Visitors are always welcome and
will find some very live work being done in the Somerset
High School. The students hope they will visit the
classes. The above is printed in the hope of
enticing more inquiring visitors to come to school.
Notice. February 11, 1921. By mutual consent,
the business of the Thompson - Humble Stave & Lumber
Co., is being settled up and we hereby notify all parties
concerned that we will not be responsible for any
contracts, sales or debts of any kind unless consent is
given in writing signed by all four stockholders of this
company, the signatures of whom appear hereto
attached. All parties holding just claims against
this company must file same at our office in Somerset,
Ky., on or before March 15th, 1921, after which time they
will be barred by law. (Signed) I.D. Thompson, A.R.
Humble, Gertrude W.
Thompson, L.H. Humble.
Marriage Licenses. Marriage Licenses have been
issued from the County Clerk's office during the past
week to the following eight couples: Jesse W.
Johnson, 35, to Lucy Miller, 25; Ossee D. Rogers, 18, to
Sallie M. Leese, 18; Jasper B. Inabnit, 20 to Rosabell
Woodall, 19; Achilles Sadler, 20, to Pearl Denham, 20;
Gordon F. Bowlin, 19, to Ella Trimble, 17; Ottis
Chaney, 18 to Florence Randall, 19; Ansel Osborne, 39, to
Mary Elizabeth Gooch, 31; Ira Muse, 30, to Gladys Floyd,
Mrs. Alice Trimble returned home Tuesday night.
Miss Alta Martin is getting along very nicely and will be
able to return to her home at Stearns soon.
Miss Bertha Hamilton went to Yamacraw Sunday to nurse for
Dr. Sievres brought little two years old Alice Adkins to
the hospital Tuesday, where the left leg was amputated
Mrs. Carl Love is getting along very nicely and will
return home soon.
Geo. Davis was operated on last Saturday and had a piece
of shrapnel removed from his arm.
Elbert Stevens who was brought from Pine Knot last
Thursday shot through the abdomen, died Tuesday night.
Roscoe Wilson came Monday and had one of his eye balls
removed Tuesday. He had accidentally been shot in
W.R. Burton is suffering very badly with a broken arm and
Crawford Denton still remains very sick.
Davis Aster of Eubank was brought to the hospital last
Friday and is in a very serious condition.
Newton Boyatt returned to Stearns Sunday.