April 1950 PDF Print
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 06:31

THURSDAY APRIL 1:  THE FIFTY YEAR OLD LETTER STILL UNOPENED TO TODAY:  Most people open their mail daily or at least within a few days but City Judge E. H. Smith has some sort of record in that he has a letter from his mother mailed in 1900 which still remains unopened.

FRIDAY  APRIL 2:  Let no one say that a neighborly spirit is not still evident in Glasgow---and substantial proof of it will be offered by Charley Brake, popular pharmacist at Ely Drugs.

A few weeks ago, on a trip to Florida, Charley was the victim of sneak thieves who stripped his parked car of many clothing items, his radio and numerous other articles.  But Friday night his friends came to his rescue and in a “shower” at the Glasgow Country Club re-outfitted him with clothing and other articles which were stoles as well as numerous gift certificates.    About 50 gift-bearing friends were present for the “shower” planned by Gordon Brown and the Mosby Woodsons.

 APRIL 5:  Judge Smith was in Europe at the time the letter was mailed and arrived home, the letter having followed him from France.  Judge Smith says that after talking to his mother he knew the contents of the letter and there was no point in the reading of it. 
APRIL 6:  One of the largest hauls of illegal liquor taken by officers in recent months resulted late Tuesday when 55 gallons of moonshine was netted by fourth district constables.

J.B. Alexander, Hiseville fourth district constable, and Sam Moss, Hiseville deputy constable, were the officers responsible for the moonshine pick-up. 

APRIL 7:  Papers seeking adjudication of bankruptcy have been filed by Darrell Kimball King.  Now a service station attendant in Bowling Green, he formerly operated King’s Steak House at Glasgow.  His debts are placed at $11,305.44 and his assets at $426.  King’s bankruptcy petition is the ninth filed by residents of this area since the early part of December.

APRIL 8:  WANTED INFORMATION ON A CAR SHE FIRST RODE IN HERE FIFTY YEARS AGO:  Nowadays there is no telling what kind of demands the pangs of nostalgia will create. 

Recently Omer Lewis received a letter from Mrs. Ruth Smith Hodge, formerly of Glasgow and now a resident of Florida, asking if the first car owned by his father, the late B.S. Lewis, was still in existence and if so she would like to buy it.

 Mrs. Hodge related that it was the first car in which she rode and her first automobile ride was firmly entrenched in that corner of her heart where winds of Spring blow forever.

Incidentally, this was the first automobile owned locally and was a 1900 model Rambler roadster, then made by the manufacturers of the present day Nash.  Mr. Lewis owned the Rambler from 1902-1904 and old-timers here remember with awesome thrills the sporting, belching mechanical monster of the cobblestone highway days.

APRIL 9:  Glasgow barber shops will close Wednesday afternoons beginning the first Wednesday in May, according to plans announced today. 

APRIL 12:  CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS AFFECTED BY CENSUS COUNT AND BARREN COUNTY COULD BE PLACED ELSEWHERE IF LOSS IS SHOWN:  If the population of Kentucky, as revealed by the census shows a decline as compared with other states, one congressman will be dropped from the state’s present nine.  A population loss would also call for shuffling   of congressional districts with the possibility that Barren County would be placed in another district grouping.


APRIL 14:  Five years ago Penicillin, the new wonder drug, became available at Glasgow drugstores.

APRIL 15:  County Attorney Frank Jones drilled in a second powerful gas well on the Jack Spears lease one mile west of Summer Shade this week.  Some residents have approached Mr. Jones with the suggestion that he pipe the gas into the Metcalfe county village for the convenience of homes in this area.

APRIL 16:  Plaza Theater—Friday and Saturday—“The Nevadan,” plus, Tom and Jerry cartoon “Saturday Evening Puss.”

Trigg Theater—Friday and Saturday—Charles Starrett and Smiley Burnett in “Horseman of the Sierras,” plus, Catnip Capers.” 

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APRIL 19:  Last week’s deadly frosts and below-freezing temperatures have apparently killed most of Barren County’s peaches and severely damaged other fruit and field crops.

     A check of the county’s two largest commercial peach growers indicated that the peach crop has been almost completely destroyed with damage almost as bad for apples and other fruits.

APRIL 20:  Still hear a great deal about Glasgow’s Motel.  But nothing definite until the new right-of-way of 31-E through the city is definitely determined.

APRIL 21:  Work is nearing an end on Glasgow’s new$400,000 sewer system with almost all lines now laid.  Some work is still required in sections where lines crossed sidewalks and streets and finishing touches must be added to the disposal plant on South Fork Creek. 

APRIL 22:  No decision has yet been made on the city to be visited by Glasgow High School seniors on their annual trip, although both New Orleans and Washington are being considered by the group.  Tentative date for the class trip is May 8.  Last week Mrs. Randol P. Cartwright addressed the group on New Orleans, her former home.

APRIL 23:  The Star Theater located three miles North Of Glasgow on Highway 31-E, will hold its Grand Opening for the 1950 season on the night of Wednesday, April 26, according to Manager Walter D. Aspley.  There will be two shows nightly at the theater.    The Star is one of the most modern and well equipped open air theaters in the South. 

Showing on Grand Opening night will be:  “The Noose Hangs High” starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and “The Untamed Breed” starring Sonny Tufts, Barbara Britton, and George “Gabby” Hayes.

APRIL 26:  Papers have not yet been signed for the proposed forty-five room addition to the Spotswood Hotel here.  It will require more than $100,000 to complete the job.

APRIL 27:  The Glasgow Post Office is being flooded with chain letters and post cards.  This is a violation of law.  The local office has been instructed to report these violations to the departments for investigation.  Cease mailing such matter and keep out of trouble.

APRIL 28:  Barren County will have a quota of $78,000 for the forthcoming Independence Bond Drive which will be conducted from May 15 through July 4.  Will Davis, Glasgow banker and merchant, will serve as county chairman for the campaign.

 Period for the drive to continue has been shortened considerably from that of last year and the state quota of series E bonds has been reduced to $8,190,000.  Credit for sales will continue through July 17, which will allow banks and post offices sufficient time to report to their respective Federal Reserve Banks.

APRIL 29:  A packet of old letters, receipts, and accounts, detailing a life and times almost forgotten in Barren County, was brought in to The Times office this week by Baird Chambliss.

 Dating as far back as 1821, the relics consist principally of records and correspondence of William Bird Rogers, great grandfather of Mr. Chambliss.  Along with other mementos of a bygone era, they belong to the family.

Oldest of the lot is a ten-day promissory note made out in 1821 to Paul Shirley and Company by Langdon Bagely, also a forbear of Mr. Chambliss. 

A bill sent to Mr. Rogers in 1830 by Shirley and Gorin of Glasgow listed among the items purchased over several months period six pounds of tallow at six cents a pound, a pocketbook for 50 cents, one pound of salt peter at 25 cents, a box of “pills” for 25 cents, and a curry comb for 13 cents.  The account was partly paid by 40 barrels of corn which brought $40 and by tobacco which brought $66.74.

 Of a later period is a letter written to Mr. Rogers during the early years of the Civil War.  In the letter dated 1861, the writer said “all the people here are for remaining neutral.  There is and has been great excitement….but a better day is coming.

APRIL 30:  Ted Simmons, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilma Simmons will receive a coveted honor in scout achievement next week when he attends the Tri-State Protestant Conference on Scouting at Cincinnati on May 5 and 6.  Eagle Scout Simmons was requested to attend the conference to receive the God and Country scout merit badge. Ted is the only scout in the Mammoth Cave Council to be honored with this award and is one of 10 scouts in the state to receive the honor.  







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