Family Stories

Wednesday, October 9, 1907


The Springfield Sun

Devoted to the Interests of Washington County, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 9, 1907

Did you ever wonder what the news of the day was from years ago?  What about October 9, 1907 – almost exactly 107 year ago?  This was not a year of war, so perhaps this was just an ordinary week, in an ordinary town.  Let’s see what was in the newspaper, The Springfield Sun!

The first headline that captures your attention is “Dressed in Man’s Attire, Flossie Isham Disappears”.  A fifteen year old girl, visiting the home of her grandfather, Pres Prather, of Willisburg, left a note on the back of a picture “Don’t be uneasy; I’ll be 400 miles from here by morning.”  The frantic family and neighborhood sent telegrams to Louisville, railway stations were telephoned, but it seems nothing had been seen of her.  Just as the paper went to press it was said  Mr. Herbert Eddleman had seen her – dressed in mens clothes – walking the streets of Mooresville, but had no idea she was missing!  What a fright for the family!

On a happier note the pretty church wedding of Mr. James C. Clements and Miss Robbie Simms occurred the day before at St. Dominic Church.  And Mrs. Delilah Dragoo, of the Valley Hill section of the county, has in her possession a vegetable dish “that had been in the family for 118 years.  It was brought to this country from Germany by one of her ancestors.”

Thieves broke into the grocery store of Mr. Joseph A. Shader Saturday night.  Recently the grocery of W. P. Lawrence was also burgled, and a few months ago the store of P. J. Thomas.  No clue has been found as to who has committed these crimes.

The remaining 1906 crop of tobacco was shipped to Louisville yesterday for storage, to make way for the 1907 crop.  A Board of Control for tobacco growers was formed Saturday.  The following gentleman compose the Board:  J. A. Tucker, Fredericktown; J. W. Eddleman, Mooresville; W. T. Keeling, Brush Grove; W. H. Coulter, Willisburg; Erastus Warner, North; A. R. Murphy, Mackville; Fleece Bosley, Pottsville; Harry Thompson, Springfield No. 8; Richard Smith, Springfield No. 9; W. A. Clements, Springfield No. 10; and B. B. Leachman, Kelly Shop.

There is an effort to extend rural routes by Postmaster W. A. Waters.  He is interested in having the free delivery mail service extended to every section of the county and feels “delivering mail daily to every family in the county can be established with very little cost and trouble and would prove of inestimable value and great convenience to the farmers, as well as other business men.  Several counties in the state already have this system and it is being operated almost universally in some of the adjoining states.  Mr. Waters says the greater portion of the roads of Washington County are already in excellent shape and that the remainder could be put in good condition at very little expense.”


Shultz and McElroy are touting “the best and most economical way of heating the house this winter.  With the price of coal soaring higher each day it is important that you select the stove that will give the most heat with the least fuel.”  Radiant Home and 20th Century Laurel are two of the stoves advertised!  This particular model is very decorative.

Montenegro-Riehm Music Company from Louisville has an ad – “a piano placed in your home on trial”.  Pianos are $178 and up, player pianos from $500 and piano players (that can be attached to any make piano) for $250.

Sue W. Ray advertises mandolin and guitar classes, $2 per month.  Two public concerts during the year with a contest for a gold medal at the end of the term.  She also teach beginners on the violin.


Public sale on Wednesday, October 23, 1907, of young stallions, fillies, colts, brood mares, jacks, jennetts, work mules, hogs, etc., at Highland View Stock Farm in Lebanon.  Lunch at 11:30, sale at 12:30; John B. Wathen, Jr., Captain T. D. English, Auctioneer.

Professional ads include, Dr. J. M. Burton, Dentist, “Teeth Extracted Without Pain”; Dr. W. F. Trusty, Dentist, Dental work at reasonable prices; B. D. Lake, Insurance Agent; Drs. RoBards and Hyatt; Miss Ella Adams, Nurse; T. Scott Mayes, Attorney-at-Law; Marshall Duncan, Lawyer; S. M. Campbell, Auctioneer; and John Y. Mayes, Funeral Director.

Scan_Pic1227Buster Brown Blue Ribbon Shoes at Robertson-Claybrooke, Co., are offered for $3.00, $3.50 and $4.00.  Comfort, style and durability – not many shoes combine these three essentials!

A large ad announced Springfield’s Popular Pleasure Resort – The Bowling Alley and Pool Tables – will be open for the public in a few days.  “The bowling alleys have been repaired and put in first class condition!”  I never knew that Springfield had a bowling alley, although my mother talked about the skating rink that had also closed by the time I came along!


And finally, the Cunningham-Duncan and  Company ad for their fall clothing.  Men’s suits “finest ready-to-wear clothing” for $18 to $25.  Also a $10 line of Cassimeres, Scotches and Worsteads; single and double-breasted; neat and fancy patterns and plain blacks.

And what about “The Chic” Florsheim shoe for women – at just $5.00!  Dull velvet calf, button boot, neat swing, narrow tee.  Cloaks for $3.50 to $25.00.  Carpets, dress goods, lace curtains – anything you can imagine!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane, stopping in Springfield, Kentucky, on October 9, 1907!


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