Carter County News Articles
Compiled by Glen Haney
Preface by Glen Haney "It is quite likely that no one outside of Carter County has ever heard of the town of Enterprise Kentucky. In fact, I would venture that there are plenty of people in Carter County that are unaware of its existence. Like many towns, Enterprise got its start as a railway station. As a stop on the C&O railroad it flourished for a dozen years or so, and then faded away." "Francis M. Griffith with his wife Fannie (Bush) relocated to Enterprise from Portsmouth, Ohio about 1890. Born in Greenup County, Kentucky to a modest family, he was largely self educated and widely traveled before relocating at Enterprise. It is unclear why Griffith, in his middle 30's, chose Enterprise to settle down, although from his writings it is evident that he thought the location held great potential for an up-and-comer such as himself. He found work first at Conley & Sons general store and thereafter struggled to support his family in a variety of other commercial positions. All the while, he was local correspondent to the Portsmouth Times writing of the comings and goings, births, deaths and other passings of this typical rural village. In mid 1895 the Times articles ended and I am sorry to say that I know nothing of Francis Griffith's fate. He ceased to be post master in January 1896. Sensing the end of the line for the town of Enterprise he must have departed for greener pastures. He did leave one thing in Enterprise. A cherished baby boy, who died after living only two months and is buried in the Tackett Cemetery." "In 2004, on my annual pilgrimage to Carter County I drove to Enterprise hoping to see something of the place, perhaps, a ghost town of crumbling buildings with creaking doors. Instead, I found a smooth black top road dotted every half mile or so with modern homes. No old train station, no hotel, no crumbling buildings...nothing. I drove up and down the road a few times to see if there was something that I missed however, unless the side roads yield clues, nothing remains of the Enterprise presented here. By the way, I don't take many side roads anymore ever since a farmer with a shotgun came at me a few years ago, suspecting that I was stealing parts from his tractor." "What follows are chronological excerpts of Griffins Portsmouth times articles." "As time allows I will add new articles, every week or so. I encourage anyone who can expound on any of the information or people relating to these articles to contact me, Glen Haney, or John Grace, who graciously devotes his time as Carter County site Coordinator." "Just one more thing. For those of you not familiar with the archaic word gripp or grippe that occurs often here, we now know it as the flu." "I will start with a large piece that is of chronological order because it sets the tone of the balance of the articles. The writer F.W. Griffin titled it "Enterprise, Her Past and future". Griffin is, no doubt, troubled by the downward direction that the town has taken and is looking for a course that will swing things back the other way, towards "the good old flush times". ENTERPRISE, KENTUCKY 8/25/1894 Nestled among the rugged, but fertile hills of old Carter, about two and one-half miles from the Rowan County line, lies Enterprise. It is a narrow straggling village with one principle street running through its center. Its entire length being nearly one mile. The town was laid out in 1882 and W.H. Griffey built the first house just after the depot was built. William Cooper built a large store house here, the first year of the railroads life. He also built a mammoth hotel, and for the years Mr. Cooper was the king bee of Enterprise and commanded the largest general merchandising trade between Mt. Sterling and Ashland. It is said in those days, that $100 per day was considered an average business, though some days $250 would find its way from the pockets of the people to the coffers of Mr. Cooper. Though the business done then was immense, I have yet to hear anyone say that they never got value received from Bill Cooper as he was familiarly known. Mr. Cooper is now in business in Morehead. Many that remember him say that he will never be a millionaire, because of his wonderful generosity. Bill Cooper has given to the poor enough to keep himself and his family the rest of his days. About the year 1880, James Hollan succeeded Mr. Cooper as proprietor of the Star Hotel and the owner of the large store and business. Mr. Hollan did an immense business for several years, and built a mammoth saw and flouring mill. The last venture proved disastrous from some cause, and today the old mill building and the historic Star hotel sands vacated as monuments to of the greatness of our town or relics of its ill spent fortunes. Hollan was sold out by law in 1892 and left here in a short time to Iowa where he now lives. About the year 1892 the Post Office was established here and named Jamison in honor of William Jamison the president of the Jamison Fire Clay mining Company. Wm. Jamison was appointed the first post master. Jamison was succeeded by James Hollan , who in turn gave way to Mary D. McBrayer. F.M. Griffin the present master was sworn in May 9th, 1892. Adams Express company established an office here early in the history of the town, which has had the following agents; B.S. McComas, Wm. Cooper, C.S. Conner, W.H. Tyree, M.B. Mark, M.E. Callihan, W.A. Weaver, W.J. Vaughan, W.E. Watkins, J.L. Robbins, and O.L.Shay. The C & O railroad company has had the following agents; Wm. Jamison, C.S. Conner, J.E. Cowgill, A.O. Fields, W.A. Weaver, W.J. Vaughan, W.F. Watkins, J.L. Robins, W.G. Patton, W.H. Turee, R.L. Scott, G. H. Crooks, M.E. Callihan, F.J. Guin, A.E. Ford, O.L. Shay. Fire clay has been an important article of commerce ever since 1883 though thousands of cars of staves, cross ties, shingle, tan bark, lumber and hoop poles, have been shipped to the worlds markets. At present, little else but fire clay is shipped, the Shay Bros. being the principle dealers in that article. The past of enterprise is said to be like a dream to many that remember the good old flush times of the 80's. The present and future of Enterprise is what interests us most. We want to see the town blossom as a rose and expect to see a partial return of her former greatness in the future. But the future outcome of our town lies not in the stave, tan bark, or lumber tree. Tobacco will most certainly be king, and why shouldn't it be? Our lands are the best in the world to produce the weed, and it can be purchased very cheap. In 1894 there will be ten thousand pounds raised, where five years ago there wasn't one pound raised. In less than ten years from now every foot of tillable land in this end of the county will be cleaned up, and the future will eclipse the past as far as the good old times excelled the day when it was fifteen miles to the nearest post office. Enterprise today is composed of about 100 citizens, all told, men, women and children. There are two general stores operated by Conley & Son. And L.D. O'Roark The firm of Conley & Son does an immense business. They sell hundreds of dollars worth of caps, boots, dry goods, groceries, etc. In fact you can buy anything from them from a thimble to a wagon. They have a large trade in Elliot and Lewis Counties a large many coming 20 and 25 miles just to trade with Conleys on account of the merits of their goods and their low prices. The senior member is Isaac Conley. Mr. Conley is about 47 years of age and began life as a common laborer. By thrift he has succeeded in accumulating quite a fortune. Uncle Ike is as honest as they day is long, and everybody likes him. He is a Free Mason and a Golden Eagle, being a charter member of No. 21, of this place. Stanton Conley, the son of the firm is 25 and one of the shred business men in eastern Kentucky. He is not married but lightly hinted that this can not be said of him ere the dawn of 1895. He is a prominent I.O.O.F. and K.G.E. man, and well thought of and destined to make his mark on the world of finance. L.D. O'Roark is a firm within himself and is present operating the old Geo. Cooper stand. He does not carry a very large stock of merchandise but keeps a variety equal to any other store in the country. Lan is a hustling bustling kind of man about 37 years of age and a man of good business qualities. In short a scholar and a gentleman, Republican in politics, and in religion an ardent Methodist of the Episcopal persuasion. The health of our community is looked after by two physicians. Dr. W.D. Williams came here a few years ago from Harrison County and has built up a wonderful practice. The doctor is an accomplished gentleman and popular. In politics he is a democrat and is considered a party leader. Dr. G.R. Logan came here in the earlier days of the town's history. He has a large and reliable practice and is one of the best dentists in the state. He is a native of Nicholas County and is said to be a distant relative of Gen. John A. Logan of war fame. The only place of entertainment is kept by Mrs. J.C. Shay. Her table is supplied by the best the land affords and the jolly drummer is always glad when he strikes Enterprise because he knows the inner man will be well cared for. Among the leading citizens and pioneer farmers are W.H. Griffey and A. Underwood. They have lived here for years and considered honest, upright and straight forward men. Our community also boasts of one "drummer and his grip". W.L. Hodgins has married and settled here. He believes in the future greatness of his adopted home and has purchased two houses and a lot. He is a salesman for the great Mark and Stix the great wholesale boot and shoe company of Cincinnati. We have no lawyer but have considerable lawing. Squire F.M. Bailey's court is in session once a month to settle all differences. We boast of good school privileges and although our school house is not a good one by any means, I think are citizens are awakening to the needs of a good house, and I think they will build one in the near future. Since the writer has been here such teachers as J. Milton Fraley, Miss Minta McGlone, and C.S.Gilkerson have taught the young ideas how to shoot. Preachers, yes we have one local preacher, Rev. Joel N. Fitch. Rev Fitch is a Methodist Episcopal though we often have sermons from the various other denominations. This completes the past and present of Enterprise. I hope ere another decade to see at least 1000 people here and must say I have great faith in her future greatness. Long may the upward banner move. 1/2/1892 James M. Reed died at his home on Christmas day after an illness of about two weeks. Mr. Reed was a quiet hard worker and honest with his dealings with his fellow man. He was about 50 years old and leaves a huge family of small children. John Davis another one of Carter Counties best citizens and a pioneer passed from among us to the great beyond a few days ago. 1/9/1892 The grip is prevailing to such an extent to be alarming. Whole families are prostrated and our doctors are going night and day to relive the stricken community. William Carroll died Saturday night making the third victim of the dreadful disease in this community. He contacted the disease while waiting on his father who died at Grayson a few days ago. A wife and two children mourn his loss. How uncertain is human life and how absolute certain is death. Let us live as becomes children of god and when death does come we cane have assurance of meeting our loved ones where death never enters and parting is no more. 1/23/1892 The Lawton correspondent of the Carter County Bugle twits on account of their prospect of getting the P.F.B Company's branch railroad. We have never yet claimed the road, but believe when the company takes everything into consideration our chances of getting the brickyard will come out first best. The advantages we offer come off better than any other and the company cant help but seeing them. We still have faith in the future of Enterprise. However, what is good for the goose is good for the gander and if in the judgment of the P.F.B. Company Lawton is the place to build, we will all be materially benefited thereby. Who knows how soon both villages will be joined together, under one incorporation, the first city in the county. 2/20/1892 Ira Proctor a bright and promising young man died Friday morning from Typhoid fever. His father Eber Proctor is very low with the same disease Did the groundhog see his shadow ? We are inclined to believe that his hogship is not much of a prophet anymore. We had some of the severest weather of the season last week. Pension day and payday on the railroad came together last week. Lots of money being circulated now. The trial of John Hayes for cutting Henry Smith on Christmas day has been postponed until March 10th. David Tipton and Jefferson Davis killed a large mad dog last week. Considerable excitement now prevails in this section. 2/27/1892 W.S. Gibson and family are moving to Leon where he is renting a tobacco farm. They are good people and we recommend them highly. Mrs. Will Carroll and children have returned from an extended visit to her father, John Duly and family. At 4:oclock Sunday morning a beautiful baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Conn. At 10 oclock the same morning the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Roberts was made happy by the birth of a baby girl. 3/5/1892 Henry Fielding the popular section foreman at Lawton with his wife and babies were guests of Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Williams last Sunday. Charles H. McAllister has returned from Bozeman, Montana and has concluded to locate at Olive Hill and will go into the drug business. 3/12/1892 John Fultz, a respectable working man died Friday with the Grippe. Aged about 37 years. Funeral services Sunday. Mrs. Lulu Hooper the popular teacher at Upper Tygart visited friends in town last week. Mrs. Rosa Hudgins is visiting her sister Mrs. Hector Fitch of Kilgore. 3/26/1892 David Wilson a young man of about 20 years of age, met with a very serious accident Sunday morning. He discovered where a mink had caught a rabbit in the snow and tracked it to its din and while he was waiting for it to come out his revolver accidentally went off shooting entirely through his left hand. He will be seriously crippled for life if he does not lose his hand. Mrs. Libbie Brown left Wednesday for David City, Neb. visiting relatives. Business continues to improve. Conley & Sons have placed two new large and handsome show cases in the store. Stores are springing up all around. C.W. Gee, L.D. ORoark and Johnson Offill have signaled their intent of going into business. Emerson Vest Post Master of Soldier is reported ill. Hopp Ruley is acting P.M. Wm. Adkins and C.W. Carter have rented the Jerry Richard farm and have moved thereto. 4/9/1892 T.B. Tippett & Sons of Morehead shipped a carload of forty four inch staves from this place to Liverpool England last week. George Shay, William Fitzpatrick and W. Joseph Vaughn attended singing at Soldier last Friday and Saturday nights. Calvin Young and his wife will leave for Iowa in a few days where Calvin will work at the carpenter trade. They are excellent people and we hate to see them go so far away. Stanton Conley of this place and John Conley of Soldier have been subpoenaed to Grayson Next week in a case against the Logan boys. 5/21/1892 E.H.D. Whitt, of New York City arrived here one day last week on his way home to Elliot County. Mr. Whitt left home six years ago possessed of ambition as his only stock and store, to seek his fortune in the wide world. By his good sense and close application to business he has reached almost to the top of the ladder of success and today ranks high in the worlds vast army of commercial travelers. He is engaged with the New York Hardware Company and will spend six months visiting friends and relatives. Dr. W. D. Williams lost his valuable saddle mare "Bird" to water founder one night last week. 7/2/1892 The C&O are painting their depotswater tanks and tool houses the regulation yellow. G.W. McAllister had his pension increased from four to eight dollars a month. Uncle Mac was a good soldier and desires all the pension he can get. Little Leroy White has been seriously ill for some time with a disease resembling the flux. Thanks to Dr. Williams he is much improved. 7/16/1892 Miss Kate Underwood was thrown from her horse a seriously injured a few days ago returning from The Carter Caves. Rev. H.B. Easterling of Willard, who was selling fruit trees last spring, has quit the business and is now taking pictures. He is in Soldier now where you can "git your picture tuk" at short notice. 7/28/892 A freight train killed a fine cow for David Tipton and a fine work steer for W.H. Mockabee one day last week. Berries are ripening and coming into market in large quantities. Blackberries are scarcer than last year but still bring the same price, ten cents per gallon. Mrs. Amelia Underwood is seriously ill at the home of her son Alexander. She is in her 88th year. L.S. Vincent has returned from Seattle Washington where he has been visiting his children who have been making their home wit Rev. R. E. Dunlop. He is well please with the country and expects to make his home there if he can dispose of his residence here. 8/6/1892 C.B. McCall the genial book keeper of the W.F.B. Company has purchased a fine bicycle. Charles informs us that he will be able to go try a round on the track with any of them by the time of the next fair. The new M.E. Church on Main Street is beginning to take shape. We understand that Colonel E. Hicks will do the plastering. The pulpit will be at the end near the street and the floor has a gradual rise from the pulpit back. Council met last Monday and among other business an ordinance was drafted making it an office, punishable by fine, for the removable of buckets and ladders that have lately been constructed for the use of a fire brigade. The ladders will be kept hung up on the outside of the mayor's office and the buckets kept in the rear in a convenient place. 8/27/1892 Mrs. George Stamper was bitten by a copperhead while picking beans. She walked two miles before she could summons help. Dr. Williams soon arrived and administered relief. She is now in a fair way to recovery. 9/3/1892 The "Mail Pouch" tobacco men where here last week decorating the stores and window shutters with their signs. Prof. Frank R. Abbott was taken to Grayson a few days ago and tried as to the condition of his mind. He was judged insane by the county judge and taken to the asylum. He has a wife and small child. 10/15/1892 Wedding bells have made merry hearts since our last letter. Jerry Underwood and the beautiful Erilda Erwin were united at the residence of the bride's parents on Upper Tygart. 12/10/1892 Sad news reached here from Ashland. Leroy, the one year old child of Mr.& Mrs. C.L. White, formerly of this place, died Saturday night. Roy, as he was familiarly called, was a favorite when he with his parents left here three weeks ago to move to the above city and the announcement that his dear little spirit had flown to the realms above made many an eye fill with tears. God needed one more angel boy, Among his shining band, So he bent with a loving smile, And clasped little Leroy's hand, Farewell, but not forever, For we will meet again, When we have crossed the river, We will greet thee hand and hand. 1/7/1893 George Bailey and Cassie Johnson were married on New Years day at the residence of her parents in on Tygart. Morehead seems to be a bad place for newspaper ventures. The Morehead Times only made one issue when the editor ran away with another mans wife. 2/11/1893 William Hardy, a brakeman on the C&O railroad has moved into C.L. White's property. George Shay has a yellow dog that has taken up with the local railroad crews. When "56" pulls in of morning "Ginger" boards the caboose, and if he is not discovered he rides to Aden where O.L. Shay is agent. There he will board "35" and come back and go over to Rockville and stay in a day or two. Two-thirds of "Ginger's" time is spent on trains. 2/4/1893 There is strong talk of voting on a Whiskey License here in the near future. We desire to inform all concerned that we vote no on the issue. I am told that whiskey was sold here at one time and Bedlam was a paradise compared to this as a place to live. We say vote NO. 2/25/1893 The Hollan Mill building was sold at the court house door a few days ago. Jailer John Johnson bid it in at $100. Pension week has come and gone. Considerable pension money comes through here to partially pay the boys in blue who risked their lives for our glorious union. 3/4/1893 Newt Jones writes from Oakdale, Jackson County, Ky. that it is a mistake about him getting killed. He is making staves a clearing $1.25 a day. John Mullins severely cut George Bailey on the arm a few days ago in a personal affair. This is the last time we will greet you under the Republican administration. Our predictions, lately, have been so lucky that we can make the bold prediction that Benjamin Harrison will be the last Republican President this country will ever have. 3/11/1893 George Shay is attending court in Grayson as grand juror and France Proctor as a petit juror. A lively session is anticipated as there are eighty one appearances, and ten of them divorces. 3/25/1893 Mrs. Ellen Procter, wife of Jerry Proctor, died Saturday morning and was buried in the family burying grounds. 4/1/1893 The vote on saloon license in Olive Hill resulted in an 18 to 18 tie. There didn't seem to be much effort made on either side. 4/15/1893 Forest Fires have been raging here and the damage done is incalculable. Thousand of fence rails have been consumed and Elijah Wallace lost his residence with entire contents. Mrs. Nancy Wilson, a widow, last nearly every panel of fencing on her farm while James A. Thomas, J. P. Richards and S.T. Mannin and others are great losers. The wind blew a furious gale, rending fighting the flames ineffectual. It is said the flames traveled faster than a horse could run. A light rain fell Saturday night or else the whole country would have burned up. 4/22/1893 James Underwood left last week for Sangamon County, Ill. Jim says when a man lives in the west awhile he never wants to stay here anymore very long at a time. 6/17/1893 Wedding bells rang out loud and clear Saturday evening, the happy couple being Albert Proctor and Lue White. Squire F. M. Bailey tied the nuptial knot. 6/24/1893 Jack Elliot was shot by constable Boggs in the head. The ball glanced around the frontal bone afflicting a serious but not fatal injury. Dr. C.A. Abbott has returned from Louisville where he attended the Kentucky School of Medicine. He brought his sheep skinand is ready to branch out. He has not decided where to locate. 7/29/1893 The opening of The Second National Bank of Ashland has inspired our merchants with new hope and life. Business prospects in this neck of the woods are considerably brighter. Nearly everyone talks of going to High Bridge Sunday on the excursion train. Rev. Sam Jones is advertised to be there. David and Moses Wilson are getting out a lot of hickory spokes for the Hartzell Manufacturing Company of Huntington. 8/12/1893 Thomas Erwin age about 29, died at the residence of his father on Friday morning August 1, 1893. His illness was brief but his suffering intense. Robert Stegall and Milda Skaggs were married Wednesday evening. Rev. Ruben Tipton tied the nuptial knot. 8/19/1893 Last Saturday was to have been a road working day but somehow or other the boys concluded to fight instead of work. The results were fines for both the Shays and Underwoods. Boys, working the roads may be harder than fighting but it don't cost so much. 9/23/1893 Stella Young. A few mornings ago, all that was mortal of Stella Young was placed in a burial casket and laid to rest in the O'Roark Cemetery. She was a very beautiful and sweet child and for eight or nine years had been the light of earth and the pride and joy of her parents. She was the only child of Calvin and Emma Young and for a fortnight had suffered untold misery with typhoid fever. Everything possible was done for her relief but unavailing. Little Stella was a universal favorite and her death has cast a gloom over this entire neighborhood and sorrow over her death is sincere. Dr. W. B. Williams is visiting his parents near Cynthiana. The doctor feels the loss of his wife very deeply and is undecided what to do in the future. We sincerely hope he will not conclude to leave this place altogether for we could not afford to lose him. 11/11/1893 At a called meeting of the Knights of the Golden Eagle Saturday night the following officers were appointed. F.M. Griffin, Stanton Conley, W.H. Livingston, J. Russell Wheeler, W.D. Williams, Stephen Hooper, O.L. Shay, I.S. Conicy, W.L. Hudgins, Thomas Moreland, J.S. ORoark, Amada Shay, William Kidwell, David Tipton, I.W. Hargett, Lennie Evans, and J.D. More. 11/18/1893 Mrs. J.R. Evans died Saturday at 11:A.M. She was buried Monday in the Bowen Cemetery. 12/2/1893 Mrs. Harriet Yates of North Newberg, Maine and Mrs. Martha Dickerson of Dayton, Ohio are guest of their father John R. Evans. Their mother was buried a few days before their arrival. Conley and Sons shipped a large coop of turkeys to the Cincinnati markets Monday. 12/16/1893 Mrs. America Patrick has returned home from West Virginia where she spent several weeks visiting her sons. She was robbed of some 30 dollars in the waiting room at Kenova. Walker and family, who left here several years ago, and have been living in Texas for some time, are returning to this country. They are coming overland and when last heard were somewhere in Arkansas 12/23/1893 The C&O Railroad has stopped the local freight trains from carrying passengers, which makes travel very inconvenient, especially for the drummer and his grip. There is still an opening for a blacksmith shop here. A good smith could make it pay by locating here. 1/6/1894 S.M. Wylie has moved to Grayson and formed a partnership with J.N. Hubbard for the practice of law. Death entered the happy home of Lemmie Evans Saturday morning and took away his young beloved wife. The community mourns with him. 3/3/1894 Born to R.M. Griffey and wife on the 23rd, a fine daughter. Mrs. Dianna Chambers of Franklin County Ohio has purchased the J.P. Gee property and has moved here. James K. Morris and wife have dissolved their partnership and will live separate hereafter. ********************************************************************************* ******************************* NEW ADDITIONS ****************************** ********************************************************************************* 4/28/1894 J.M. McBrayer has moved with his family to Morehead where he will enter into the law practice with George Whitt a prominent attorney. Dr. W.D. Williams and his fair bride have returned from their honeymoon trip and are now at home to their friends. 5/26/1894 Charles M Griffey expects to start for Oklahoma next week to grow up in this country. The long haired preachers [Mormons] struck this place a short time ago but did not succeed in converting anyone to their curious belief. 6/9/1894 A.M. Shay hurt himself in the mines a few days ago. The Shay brothers have had considerable bad luck lately yet they ship immense quantities of mountain product. In fact, they are the life of our village. 7/14/1894 The fourth of July has come and gone and everybody blessed with the privilege of spending the day in Enterprise returned home well pleased. Considering the inconvenience of railroad travel the crowd here was immense consisting of over 1000 orderly and well behaved citizens to celebrate the grand and glorious day. When train 21 pulled in Wednesday morning it was met by the Morehead Cornet band and the crowd was taken to the bent grove, the band leading followed by officers and members of Enterprise castle No. 21. At the grove the audience was treated to speeches by Rev. D.H. Reid and Hon. J. B. Wilhoit of Grayson. Dinner was served on the ground to over 500 people and no one went away hungry. There was plenty and plenty to spare. J. Russell Wheeler was grand marshal of the day. A.L. Shay presided over the ice cream stand, W.L. Hudgins the lemonade, Issac Conley the watermelon and Sam Shay the lunch stand. Tom Rose and Hayes Shay ran a dance hall over the depot and kindly donated the entire proceeds to the K.C.E. boys. 7/28/1894 A.M. Shay says he ask for his girl one day last week. Her parents must have said no because I see no preparations for a weeding. Hayes Shay and W.D. Razor are prime movers in an effort to organize a base ball club. So far they have not succeeded. 8/4/1894 School teachers in this area; Mary Bowling, Lawton; Emory Evans, Upper Tygart; William Durham, Soldier; J.M. Farley, Marvin Ridge; Leah Shay, Enterprise and W.T. Cooper, Limestone. Wirt Newman Griffin the six week old baby of postmaster Griffin is growing nicely and is gaining one pound a week. [Postmaster Griffin is the writer. The baby would die a few weeks later]] Dr. Smithfield Keffer, of Leon spent the Sunday in town the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joe. N. Fitch. Gus Labor was cut on the hip with a knife a few days ago. Strange to say he doesn't know who did it. Base ball fever has struck our town a hard lick. Several of our boys are down with it. Olive Hill beat them 50 to 16 a few days ago. 9/22/1894 Great excitement prevailed here a few days ago over the supposed appearance of a bear in Proctor's hollow one mile south of town. Issac Shay was out squirrel hunting when he heard something sniffing in the bushes. He fired one shot in the direction of the noise and fled for home. The whole town turned out in alarm, armed with double barrel shotguns, revolvers and axes and after a close search the boys returned home without any bear meat or any trophies of their hunt. Hayes a killed two squirrels, but he left them in the woods. There are a great many conjectures as to what he did see in the woods. 12/1/1894 Lincoln Perry died a few days ago at the residence of Ruben Tipton from wounds received from a horse falling on him. He was badly crushed. F.M. Griffin is meeting with good success with the old Star Hotel property. This concludes the Enterprise articles.
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