90 YEARS AGO
FEBRUARY 12, 1930
Dead Snake Thrown in Church
Greenie Mounce entered a plea of guilty in circuit court Tuesday on a charge of disturbing religious worship.
He had served 25 days in jail, so the jury gave him a $20 fine.
Mounce threw a dead snake into a church near White Lily several weeks ago while services were in progress.
Members of the congregation did not know that the snake was dead and the result was that the meeting was broken up.
Whitaker Convicted of Murder
J. W. Whitaker, 40 years old, was found guilty in the Pulaski Circuit Court Saturday on a charge of murdering Frank Patterson, 56 years old, on Little Clifty Creek near the Rockcastle County line on Dec. 2, 1928.
His punishment was fixed at 21 years in the penitentiary. The jury was out only 20 minutes in arriving at a verdict.
Whitaker entered a plea of self-defense. He stated he and Patterson had not been on friendly terms for five years previous to the killing and Patterson had threatened his life on several occasions.
He fired at Patterson only after the latter had raised his gun and aimed it at him, said Whitaker.
Named Deputy Clerks
County Clerk Onie P. Hamilton has appointed the following deputy court clerks; G. H. Dye, Eubank; Ellis Baisley, Somerset; John Casada, Pulaski; W. C. Caddell, Tateville; Vincent Wilson, Poynter; R. P. Lovins, Welborn; Claude Jasper, Route 2; J. L. Taylor, Alpine; Bailey Smotherman, Acorn; Rufus Hardwick, Quinton; James Baker, Hislope; and W. T. Reynolds, Waynesburg.
Wednesday and Thursday - Ronald Coleman in "The Magic Flame."
Friday and Saturday - Lon Chaney in "Thunder," also a talking comedy.
Monday and Tuesday - George Lewis in the all talking feature "College Love." Also talking news.
Leave for Florida
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Williams left Monday for Miami, Fla., where they will visit Mr. Williams' parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Williams who are spending the winter there.
They are making the trip by motor and will return home March 1.
Murder Cases Set
Claude Sexton, who shot and killed Leslie Merkle July 13, will be tried in the Pulaski Circuit Court Friday. Sixty-five citizens of the county have been for jury service in the case. The regular jurors were disqualified on account of the Huff case, which was just tried.
Sexton shot Merkle by mistake, thinking he was killing Raymond Huff, who had slain his father.
Sam Flynn, charged with the murder of Ira Pitman will be tried February 17.
Nifty Uniforms for Patrolmen
Members of Somerset's city police department, including Chief Robert Warren, made their appearance this week in smartly tailored blue serge suits with brass buttons and all of the trimmings.
The patrolmen have caps to match and wear Sam Brown belts. With the new suits, they carry their pistols in holsters attached to the belts.
15,000 Gallon Tank
The Gulf Refining Company will put up a 15,000-gallon storage tank on its property on West Columbia Street within the next 30 days.
This will give the company a storage capacity here of 60,000 gallons, announced District Manager W. H. Ramsey.
Mr. John D. Holton has been appointed a member of the county board of supervisors to take the place of Mr. W. T. Wesley, the latter being unable to serve.
Benelli to Build
Guy Benelli will build a handsome two-story brick addition at his confectionery on East Mount Vernon Street. The work will begin Monday.
The addition will enable him to enlarge his confectionery parlor. On the second floor will be a private dining and reception room where theatre parties, church societies or bridge parties can be taken care of.
An attractive balcony will be built in the addition.
Mr. J. V. Wesley has been appointed stenographer of the Pulaski Circuit Court.
He entered upon his duties last week.
Dye to Manage
Mr. C. M. Dye, owner and operator of the Goldenrod Poultry Farm in the Cundif Community, has been named manager of the poultry department of the Walnut Hills Farm near Georgetown and will take up his duties at once.
He has been a leader in poultry work in this county and is well qualified for the position.
Slessinger Jr., With Department Store
Mr. John Slessinger Jr., has accepted a position with the Somerset Department Store and is in charge of the store's remodeled clothing department, which has been moved to the second floor.
Mr. Norman Gover, machinist helper at the Southern Railway Shops, received a painful eye injury at the shops Thursday, the eyeball being cut.
He is at home here and his friends wish for him an early recovery.
Sit in Judge
Attorney Ben V. Smith served as County Judge Monday during the absence of Judge John Cooper.
Judge Cooper was in Frankfort for a conference with officials of the highway department.
Stone Columns Up for New Hotel
The six stone columns, each weighing 3,800 pounds, have been erected in front of the new hotel on South Main Street.
They add much to the beauty of the handsome building.
Hunt Accepts Federal Position
Mr. Fred Hunt has accepted a position with the Engineer Department of the federal government at Sayler Park, Ohio, a suberb of Cincinnati. He took up his duties there Monday.
His many Somerset friends regret to give him up, but congratulate him on his appointment.
He has been engaged in the plumbing and electrical business here.
Although 997 dogs were listed by citizens of Pulaski County with the tax commissioner last year, only five dog licenses have been issued by the county clerk this year.
At the present time, there is due to the citizens of the county for the loss of livestock through dog raids a sum totaling $1,600. These claims can be met only through the fund derived from the sale of the dog tags.
London Godsey, charged with breaking into and robbing the George Lewis store at Sloans Valley, was convicted in the Pulaski Circuit Court. A jury fixed his punishment at two years and one day in the penitentiary.
Burnside Postmaster Named
The nomination of Mr. Harold M. Hardwick, present postmaster at Burnside, for reappointment, has been sent to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.
Mrs. M. A. Vaught, 124 Griffin Ave., Somerset, is probably The Commonwealth's oldest subscriber. She is 92 years old and has been taking the paper since it was started.
Mrs. Vaught is in good health and reads the newspaper without using glasses.
Wednesday and Thursday - Reginald Denny in "The Night Bird." Also the serial.
Friday and Saturday - Jack Perrin in "Whirlwind Western," also a comedy.
Old Half Dollar
Mr. Otto Humble has a thirteen-star half dollar, dated 1809. He prizes the coin highly.
Deputy Sheriffs Cy Hines and Walter Hines, Jr., and Patrolman Jim Jasper arrested Richie Hyde at the home of Perry Haynes near Norwood Friday night.
Hyde was arrested on a warrant charging him with false swearing. He had just returned to this county from Pennsylvania when taken in charge. He was placed in jail to await trial.
Robert Inabnitt, 20, a farmer of Stab and Beulah Parkey, 17, of Conrad.
Floyd B. Adams, 19, a farmer of Mark and Dora B. Bryant, 18, of Sugar Hill.
John Hancock of Sloans Valley was arrested in Danville Friday on a charge of breaking into and robbing the store of George Lewis at Sloans Valley in January.
London Godsey was arrested on a similar charge at Sloans Valley last week. When Hancock was placed in the Danville jail, he exchanged clothing and shoes with another prisoner. The clothing and shoes he removed were stolen from the Lewis store, officers allege.
Hazel Lee Homebrew
Hazel Lee was arrested in Eubank Friday by Deputy Sheriff Walter Hines on a charge of having homebrew in her possession.
The officer stated he found 15 quarts of beer at her home. She was released on bond for her appearance in county court February 15 for trial.
New Bridge Open
The new bridge over Pitman Creek on the Crab Orchard Road is now open for traffic.
The bridge has been just completed and is quite a convenience for the people in the northern part of the county.