88 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 4, 1931
Workman Falls Off Building
Ezra Million, 21 years old, of Danville, fell off the roof of the Masonic Building at 4:15 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, struck the edge of the roof covering the Kentucky Utilities Company's repaid room, 25 feet below, bounded off and fell to the pavement on West Columbia Street, 15 feet below. He escaped with a broken nose and painful bruises.
How he escaped with his life is a mystery. Million, who is employed by C.T. Heathman of Danville, had been working on the roof of the building. He went to the edge of the building and started to lower two boxes of tools on a pulley to a fellow workman who was on the street below. Ethel Sears, who saw Million fall, said he seemed to lose his balance at the edge of the roof and grabbed the rigging of the pulley. The boom that holds the pulley broke, and down came Million and the rigging.
John Hood, employee of the Kentucky Utilities Company, had just left his car at the rear entrance of the office when he noticed debris falling and he stepped into the doorway for protection when he heard a heavy thud against the pavement and realized a man had fallen from the roof.
General Burnside Bridge to Open
The General Burnside Memorial Bridge, a state toll bridge at Burnside, will be formally opened and dedicated Nov. 12.
Attorney Ben D. Smith is General Chairman of the occasion where a crowd of 5,000 is expected.
Chamber of Commerce in all cities along U.S. Highway 27 have been invited to send representatives. Secretaries of automobile clubs in Lexington, Cincinnati and Chattanooga will lead delegations to Burnside for the occasion.
The principal speaker will be the Hon. Ben Johnson, chairman of the State Highway Commission. County Judge John S. Cooper of Somerset and Mr. F. M. Sargent of Burnside will also speak.
Music for the occasion will be furnished by the Somerset Rotary High School Band and the Drum and Bugle Corps of Pulaski Post No. 38, American Legion.
Glen Loveless was reelected councilman in the Second Ward, receiving 183 votes and his opponent, S. A. "Honey Boy" Evens 93 votes. Harrison carried this ward, the third precinct, by 63 votes over Ruby Laffoon.
Photo of Bridge
A picture of the new Burnside Bridge, taken by Garland's Studio appears in this month's issue of the Kentucky Progress Magazine.
Jeweler Elected New Kiwanis Leader
Mr. Harold Cundiff, local jeweler, was elected President of the Somerset Kiwanis Club Friday night at the annual election of officers without opposition. Kiwanian Cundiff is a charter member of the local club, has been very active in the club's work since it organized and was highly praised at the Kentucky-Tennessee District Convention at Ashland last month.
Baby Beef Show
The Annual Baby Beed Show of Pulaski Junior Club members will be held at the stockyards here Tuesday morning November 10, at 11 o'clock.
Immediately after the Somerset show, the calves will be shipped to Louisville for the fat cattle show. Five boys will exhibit 19 baby beeves here.
Coming to Virginia
"Susan Lenox", her fall and rise, will be the feature picture at the Virginia Theatre Monday and Tuesday with a matinee Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Stars in this picture are Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt and John Miljan.
This outstanding picture was shown for the first time in Kentucky at a Louisville theatre last week and crowds have been turned away daily.
Smallpox Hit Ano
Smallpox has broken out at Ano, announced Dr. E. M. Ewers, health officer, today. The patient claims that he got the disease in Somerset two weeks ago. Dr. Ewers said that it was quite possible that some of the cases here classified as chicken pox might be light cases of smallpox.
He advises parents to have their children vaccinated at once.
Dr. Gamblin Here
Dr. T. L. Gamblin of Burnside attended the speaking here Monday night. He is recovering nicely from the injuries he sustained recently in an automobile accident.
Legion Bugle Corp Formed
Tryouts were held for the newly formed American Legion Post Drum and Bugle Corps with many of the veterans volunteering.
Among those trying out in the bugling group are Sam Meece, H. M. Baker, Fleet Shoun, James Mounce, Earl Shoun, Roscoe Weddle, C. A. Bond, Esker Vaught, John Hill, Fred Thompson, Will Curtis, Oliver Newell, C.J.P. Carver, John Slessinger and Charles Smith.
Two Escape From Jail
Columbus Anderson and Alonzo Yancy, federal prisoners charged with moonshining, broke jail here Monday night and have not been captured. Anderson, a Tennessean, had been in jail once one month. Yancy, who lives in McCreary County, had been in jail three weeks.
The men used a piece of steel taken from a bed and knocked several bricks loose in the jail wall. First, it was necessary for them to dig through the bottom of the cell in which they were confined. These same prisoners broke jail here last year. Jailer John M. Weddle has offered a reward of $50 for their capture.
Coca-Cola's Mrs. Mitchell Here
Mrs. Charles Mitchell, president of the Lexington, Somerset and Winchester Coca-Cola Companies spent several days here last week. Mrs. Mitchell recently returned to her home in Lexington after a trip abroad. She was gratified with the conditions at the local plant and complimented the manager, Mr. Oliver Newell.
Arrested for Disturbing Worship
Lawrence Ware, of Pulaski County, was arrested in Somerset Thursday morning on a charge of disturbing religious worship. He was placed in jail in default of bond.
First Ridge Over Bridge
The first vehicle that will pass over the General Burnside Memorial Bridge at Burnside will be the old stage coach that was used in years gone by on the Burnside Monticello run. The coach, pulled by four horses, will carry Chairman Ben Johnson, and other members of the State Highway Commission.
Great Throngs Show Up for Morrow and Son
Former Governor Edwin P. Morrow and his son, Charlie Bob Morrow, returned to Somerset Monday night to speak in behalf of the Republican ticket and were given one of the finest receptions ever accorded any speaker in this city.
County Chairman C. L. Ross presided at the rally. Harold Cain, President of the Republican Young People's Organization of this county introduced Mr. Chas Bob Morrow, who made a forceful vote-getting speech for Harrison and the rest of the ticket.
Circuit Judge R. C. Tartar introduced Pulaski's favorite and distinguished son, Governor Morrow, who made one of the best speeches of his brilliant career.
Fire Damages Car
The Marmon automobile of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Westbrook was damaged to the extent of aboyt $200 Monday night at 6:45 o'clock when Mrs. Westbrook attempted to start the car in their garage on South Main Street near the Kenwick Hotel.
A back-fire from the engine set the car on fire, burning the paint off the woodwork and burning the wiring out before the Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze by the use of chemical tanks.
Sentenced to the Pen
William Phelps, who was tried and convicted at the October term of the Pulaski Circuit Court on a charge of holding up and robbing Girdler Norfleet, son of Dr. Carl Norfleet, near the Somerset fairgrounds during the last fair, was sentenced Saturday to serve two years in the penitentiary.
Messrs. James Edwards and E. Messamore are each building attractive five-room brick bungalows in the Huffaker Addition.
Heading to Hot Springs
Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Crawford and son, M. T., Jr., and daughter, Miss Nell Crawford, will leave tomorrow to spend a month at Hot Springs, Ark., where Mr. and Mrs. Crawford will take the health baths.
Change in Milk Routes
Following the policy of other milk plants in the country, the Somerset Creamery will operate their routes every other day during the winter, instead of running them daily.
Wednesday and Thursday - Joan Bennett in "Hush Money," and Fox News.
Friday and Saturday - Eddie Quillian in "Sweepstakes," serial and a comedy.
Monday and Tuesday - Great Garbo and Clark Gable in "Susan Lenox," Rockne in Football and Terry-Toon.
Child Dies from Alcohol
Opal Hancock, the five-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hancock, of Cedar Groce, died Monday morning at 6:25 o'clock at the Somerset General Hospital of alcohol poisoning.
Sunday morning, Opal drank about a half pint of whiskey from a bottle she took from the table in the home, it was stated by her father.
She was rushed to the hospital in an unconscious condition and all the medical skill could do was done but she never recovered.
Has Old Coin
Mr. A. C. Tartar of Somerset, Route 2, brought to this office Saturday a silver fifty cent piece coined in 1828. On the face of the coin is the Goddess of Liberty and 13 stars. On the edge of the coin are the words "fifty cents, one half dollar." Mr. Tartar has refused to sell the coin, prizing it highly.
Dr. W. G. Montgomery, pastor of the Somerset First Christian Church, went before the Church Board Sunday afternoon and asked that his salary be reduced until financial conditions in general improve. A reduction of $50 per month was accepted by the board.
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Gary Ed Cromer in 1992
Oris Winstead in 1974
Tim Burton in 1995