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JANUARY 8, 1930

Gentle movement

Mr. HB Ammerman gave up the Pontiac car dealership here and traveled to Cuba where he accepted a position in a large sugar refinery.

Historic wedding

On the first day of his tenure, County Judge John Cooper performed a wedding ceremony. The happy young couple were Palmer Burton, 17, a farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Zeke Burton of Delmer, and Mabel Beasley, 16, daughter of Mrs. Patsy Beasley of Nancy.

What depression?

The three Somerset National Banks had on deposit on December 31, 1929, $ 3,790,597.17. The resources of the institutions amounted to $ 4,651,754. 90. These figures show that despite the two serious stock market crashes in the past year, the financial situation of the citizens of Pulaski County has not been affected.

Road to recovery

Edward E. Laswell, owner of Laswell’s restaurant here, left for Miami, Florida on Monday, where he will spend a month due to his health.

Good deals galore

The Somerset department store will hold an 88-cent sale starting Wednesday.

No excuses

The traffic lanes in Somerset town center are freshly painted so motorists have no excuse to offer when they appear before the police judge.

See you soon, Slessingers

Slessinger’s closing sale begins Thursday on Main Street. Men’s ribbed union is only suitable for 88 cents each. DIY underwear 15 cents, barber towels 5 cents, nothing to lose. Come and take it.

Good prescription

While hunting west of Pulaski on December 31, Dr. RG Richardson noticed a copper-headed snake lying on the ground at his feet. Taking a few steps back cautiously, he raised his shotgun and fired, killing the reptile.

In the spotlight

Pulaski dominated the state in the amount of lime produced and placed on farms in 1929.

Santa Sunnyside

The Christmas tree at Sunnyside School was loved by everyone. Fayette Madden played the role of Santa Claus.

Time is money

Somerset jeweler Dennis Gooch will be paid $ 4 per month by the tax court to keep the town clock running.

No chicken food

Mrs. WT Wesley, Eubank, Rt. 3, breeder of dark barred Plymouth Rocks, sold four hens for $ 26.

Marriage licenses

Louis G. Sweet, 23, and Edna Marie Thompson, 15, both from the Oil Center.

Owen G. Gillentuie, 21, Byrdstown, Tennessee, and Rosa Tucker, 17, Somerset.

Lewis Adkins, 19, and Martha E. Inabnitt, 21, both from Ula.


JAN. 3, 1940

Holtzclaws here

Dr Morris M. Holtzclaw, formerly of Lancaster, has opened offices here for the practice of medicine and surgery and he and his family live in the new Jasper apartment building on Collegr Street.

Dr and Mrs Holtzclaw have two beautiful children, Ann, five, and Neil, two.

Marry the judge

County Judge Lawrence S. Hail, who earned the title of “Marriage Judge” in 1938, his first year in office, upheld his reputation in 1939 when he married 105 couples. Giving him a grand total of 227 ceremonies.

Make movements

Owens Newell purchased the North Maple Street home from Mrs. Blanch Hoskins. Earl Dunham, who now occupies the house, has been transferred to Cincinnati.

On the way to Chicago

Nathan Morris, director of The Fair Store shoe department, left for Chicago on Tuesday where he is attending the National Shoe Fair.

Sugar hill

There are even more diseases in this community.

Tom Whittaker’s family has measles and Mr. Farmer’s children have mumps.

Elmer Whitis has moved to his new home.

JNMayfield spent Thursday evening with his daughter, Mrs JB Barnes.


Tom Correll bought a calf from Sam Keeney.

Severely burned

Jewell Tucker, daughter of Mr and Mrs CR Tucker of West Somerset, suffered painful burns at her home on Thursday morning.

Mrs Tucker was not at home, so Jewell decided that she would heat some water to wash some clothes.

Instead of placing the kettle on top of the stove, she placed the poker through the bucket and hung it across the firebox of the oven. The kettle disturbed and was burnt by steam and boiling water.

Monkey affairs

Another monkey took the place of Joe, who was killed, at the Dexheimer Motor Company garage on Christmas Eve. Susie, a mischievous one-year-old pet from Earl Tarter, was “raised” to Mr. Dexheimer by her owner. Susie is an African ecologist.

Tilley Time

A New Years baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Tilley from Science Hill on Monday evening.


Estill Stogsdell is building a new well house.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barron are the proud parents of a little girl. Her name is Doris B.

Best improvement

The # 1 physical improvement in the county in 1939 was the addition of the courthouse with the new jail.

Do not sew quickly

Clothing for needy families will not be issued by County Judge Lawrence Hail on Saturday due to insufficient clothing to warrant distribution. The WPA Sewing Center has had several vacations over the past two weeks.

All wired

Many homes across the county were wired last year for the arrival of electricity.

I won’t do it again

Joseph Montgomery, a student at Science Hill High School, was scared of his life around noon on Saturday when a southbound Southern Railway freight train struck the front of the car he was driving on the way to Science Hill level. Montgomery, driving east, went over the tracks and stopped to wait for a northbound freight to pass on the outermost track. Shortly after coming to a stop, he noticed that freight was coming down the lane he had parked in. He immediately started the engine, backed the car up and began to back off the rails. The locomotive had just brushed the front of its car, but removed the fender and headlights and damaged the left front wheel. Montgomery was not injured, but it was five minutes before he could speak, friends said. In the future, he will never drive his car on the tracks and will stop while waiting for another train to pass, he says.


JANUARY 4, 1950

All in the family

Judge Gale Kelly was sworn in for his third term as a police judge on Saturday morning by his son, Ivan, a former Somerset Police Judge. It will be five consecutive terms that they have occupied the office.

Lake in our future

When the history of Pulaski County is written, 1949 will be recognized as the period of great construction. The construction of three huge road bridges and a large rail span with several kilometers of new tracks overshadowed other projects and events during the year. The improvements were made necessary due to the construction of the Wolf Creek Dam. Citizens are now eagerly awaiting the creation of Cumberland Lake which will prove to be a major tourist attraction and recreation center for thousands of people,

Residential construction has continued at a rapid pace over the past year and attractive commercial homes have been built.

The new Burnside was built by the federal government with 2.7 miles of permanent streets and a new water supply system. A truck road around Somerset was built by the state last year.

Winds of change

The severe windstorm that hit Somerset and the county on May 21 of last year will be remembered for years to come. One life was lost and property damage amounted to over a million dollars. The farmers’ new tobacco warehouse was razed and the Jellico Grocery Company warehouse left in ruins.

The Farmers Warehouse has been rebuilt and expanded, giving this community the largest leaf house in the world. The great People’s Warehouse was also built.

Call by mail

The Highway Post Office Service was inaugurated here in February 1949, with postal buses going from Somerset to Louisville and back daily.

The doctor is inside

Dr Robert N. McLeod, originally from Alabama and specialist in children, will be associated with the Somerset Clinic when it opens soon. Accompanying Dr McLeod here were his wife and three-year-old daughter, Cornelia.

They took a house at 305 Grand Avenue.

(UPDATE) Dr McLeod would go on to be known as the local authority on childcare and one of the most respected doctors in Somerset history. He is said to be a strong supporter of Somerset High athletics and a man who is never afraid to speak his mind on matters of local concern.


Ralph Waddle is back at the University of Alabama after spending the weekend at home.

Miss Evelyn Cundiff has resumed teaching at Picadome School in Lexington.

Spin the bottle

Eleven arrests were made by city patrol officers last week. All of the defendants were charged with being drunk in public.

Kill them

Randolph Scott, Fighting Man of the Plains, performs at the Virginia Theater.

The beautiful 1950 Chrysler has arrived at McIntosh Wilson Sales & Service in West Mt. Vernon.

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