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Museum Musings

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By The Staff

*Cynthiana Democrat, June 1896 -- “When W. H. Wilson died the trotting horse interests of the county received a blow from which they never recovered. There is plenty of good stock left but low prices have discouraged the people.”

*Log Cabin, Jan. 4, 1902 -- “Uniform Rates for Electric Lighting - Beginning Jan. 1, 1902, our rates for electric lighting as shown by the meter will be as follows, viz: Residents 15 cents per 1,000 watts; Hotels, Boarding Houses, Churches, Lodges and Public Buildings, 12 cents per 1,000 watts. A discount of five percent will be allowed on all meter bills paid on or before the 10th of the succeeding month in which the service was rendered. Meters will be furnished by the company free of charge. Original outfit of lamps free. All lamps broken or lost must be paid for by the customer at the rate of 25 cents each. All meters and lamps remain the property of the company. It will pay all persons who close earlier than 10 o’clock by an economical use of their lights to go on the meter basis. The company reserves the right to put in a meter any time or cut off the current to prevent fraud or abuse. We have endeavored by diligent inquiry of and correspondence with various electric light plants situated in Ohio and throughout Kentucky to obtain a basis for a fair, reasonable and just rate for both the company and the customers and after taking everything into consideration, the price of coal, etc. have adopted the above rates. By order of the board of directors, the Cynthiana Electric Light Co. by William Addams, President, C. M. Compton, Superintendent, Cynthiana, Ky., Dec. 19, 1901.”

*Franklin D. Roosevelt -- “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

*Meeting of Town Board of Trustees of Town of Cynthiana, Aug. 11, 1859 -- “It is ordered that the Town Marshal have the graveyard lot cleared and cleaned of weeks, undergrowth and all trash, leaving grass, shade trees and such shrubs that have been planted by friends and relatives of deceased persons over graves - that said Marshall employ some trusty and reliable man, under a contract by the day, to do the work.” (George Slade note- It took many years to get this accomplished when in 1992 a number of concerned volunteers banded together and did the job).

*Copied -- “E-mail rushes to and fro since paper letters seem so slow, but we prefer the status quo: This was sent by escargot.”

*1953 -- “Around - The Curve - Lickety-Split - It’s A Beautiful Car - Wasn’t It - Burma Shave.”

The Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, 124 S. Walnut St., is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment by calling 859-234-7179. There is no charge for admission.