Museum Musings

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By The Staff

* Cynthiana Democrat, Nov. 30, 1950 - “Raging Blizzard - Snowdrifts in Rural Areas as High as 12 Feet - A raging blizzard Satuday night resulting in snow drifts as high as 12 feet in some rural areas, left Cynthiana and Harrison County locked in the heaviest snowfall since January, 1936. With the exception of the L & N Railroad all transportation facilities serving the city were brought to a standstill. Many residents who had taken advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to drive to Knoxville to the annual Kentucky-Tennessee football classic were stranded in route to their homes. All roads connecting Cynthiana with other Central Kentucky cities were reportedly blocked Sunday. The greatest amount of snowfall, a total of 11.1 inches, was recorded between 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday by Marshall Hill, U.S. local weather observer. However, the total snowfall from Thursday night until noon Monday was 18.6 inches, Hill said. Stranded tourists filled the Harrison Hotel to overflowing. Many local families took people into their homes.” (Feel any cooler now?)

* Winslow Homer - “The brilliant poppy flaunts her head amidst the ripening grain, and adds her voice to swell the song that August’s here again.”

* The Cynthiana Kentuckian, Sept. 11, 1969 - “Lee Sparks of Cynthiana Super Valu, appeared before the Cynthiana City Commissioners and requested and was granted permission to begin construction on his new Super Valu store to be located on south Church Street. Sparks presented blueprints and floor plans of his proposed building before the commission.”

* Cynthiana News, June 6, 1867 - “Married - At the Burnette House in Cincinnati on Monday evening June 3 by the Rev. W. A. Fisk, Mr. C. W. West to Miss Nannie, eldest daughter of the late Dr. H. W. Frazer, all of Cynthiana, Ky.”

* Cynthiana News, June 15, 1854 - “We have heard it reported by many persons that they had never traveled on a new road, that the cars run as smoothly as they do on the Cov. & Lex. R. R With such men as Messrs. Wellman and Moore as Conductors, persons will find it very pleasant and agreeable to travel this route.”

* Aug. 6, 2010 - Happy, happy birthday greetings to Viola Jefferson who will celebrate her 103rd birthday on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. You’re a special lady.

* Mark Twain - “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Before school is in session again, there is still time for some quick outings. Visit the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, South Walnut Street, on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. No admission charge.