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Newspaper Abstracts

Submitted by Kellie Scott

Dec 19, 1901 - Clay City  Times
From the Winchester Democrat, Saturday night 2 or 3 negroes came to town, got drunk, and headed home on Colby Pike.  One of them Ed Wesley, about 20, or Black Annie as he was called was found frozen to death the next morning near the home of S.P. Hoskins


November 12, 1902 - Clay City Times
Oldest man in the world Elijah Bledsoe ( colored) died near Harrodsburg this morning.  He claimed to be 133 and there is no little doubt.  It is said he married over 13 times and was the father of 74 children. 


1903 - Clay City Times
Aunt Edie Bryant (colored) died in Trigg Co age 108.  She was born in Culpepper Co. VA and came to Ky as a slave in 1805

Jan 28, 1904 - Clay City Times
Lewis Radford, A negro charged with murdering a negro woman at Guthrie Sat. night, was lynched by a mob of his own.  The body of the woman was found on the roadside.

May 26, 1904 - Clay City  Times

John Hathaway (colored) was sentenced to hang at Winchester for the murder of Etta Thomas.  They had lived together in Breathitt Co and she refused to move to Winchester

June 23, 1904 - Clay City  Times

Sam Douglas (colored) was run down and killed by a train.

August 10, 1905 - Clay City  Times

Oliver Garrett (colored) drowned while bathing in the river.

Oct 19, 1905 - Clay City  Times 

Negro Sam Hisle hangs in Winchester today for assault.

November 29, 1906 - Clay City  Times 

John Rooney, a prisoner in Beattyville jail, killed Charles Boyd, negro prisoner, in a fight over a card game.

March 19, 1908 - Clay City  Times
Joseph Fletcher, the oldest negro man in Eastern KY and probably in the country is dead at his home in Camargo.  Age 116.  He used tobacco for 110 years and whiskey for 100 years.  Ex-slave of Judge Fletcher

August 12, 1909 - Clay City  Times 

Wallace Miller, negro, attempted to assault Lula Wadlington, 11, in Trigg Co.  A mob lynched him in the courtyard,

1910 - Clay City  Times 

John O'Rear an old colored man was found frozen to death Friday




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