Today I searched for an old newspaper I had not read before and came across The Clay City Times. Clay City is a small town in Powell County; the population being 1,077 in 2010 – which makes it about the size of Burgin in Mercer County! This gives an everyday glimpse at the people and goings on in that small town – like most every small town in America at that time period!
from The Clay City Times, Powell County, Kentucky
Thursday, December 26, 1901
News From Snow Creek
Greely Snowden sold a cow to J. E. Niblack for $27.
W. R. Vivion, of Winchester, visited his mother several days last week.
J. W. Adams and Thomas Vivion went to Clay City Monday on business.
I. B. Scholl, of Clay City, was here Friday shaking hands with his old friends.
Miss Lucy Everman and Mrs. H. H. Vivion were the guests of Miss Maggie Wood Saturday.
Solomon Martin and Miss Sallie Elkin were married at Winchester Thursday. Marion Curtis and Miss Mattie Martin were attendants.
Miss Mayme Groves closed a successful school here last Friday, with a good entertainment and a treat for the children. Superintendent Tracy was present and made an encouraging speech to the school.
Green Spry and wife, who went to Illinois last spring, have come back to Old Kentucky.
Charley Crow and wife, of Wade’s Mill, are visiting the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Berry Stone.
Died, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Stone, December 11, Willie, aged 15 years. During the four days of his brief illness he suffered intensely, but God mercifully released him and his spirit took flight to that bright clime where sorrow and death cannot enter. After services by Rev. B. S. Burgher, the body was interred in the Poer Graveyard.
Early Friday night fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom in J. M. Kennon’s residence causing a slight damage. Early in the afternoon Mrs. Kennon went to the room and made a fire to have the room warm for the night, and when she returned about 8 o’clock, to repair the fire, she found the room filled with smoke. Fire from an open grate had popped out onto a bed nearby. In a short time the bed was ejected from the room and the fire extinguished by the bucket brigade, which responded quickly to the alarm.
Robert C. White, a Madison County farmer, and Miss Fannie Mahone, formerly of this place, but now of Clark County, were married in Cincinnati last Tuesday.
Dutch Crow and his family – five in all – have the small-pox at this place. The first case will soon be well. It is still confined to the one house and there is but little probability of the disease spreading further.