Museum Musings

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By The Staff

* Log Cabin, March 24, 1906 - “Interurban Road - An engineering corps composed of the senior class in civil engineering of the State College, Lexington, has begun a survey for an interurban line from Lexington to Cynthiana by way of Russell Cave turnpike. The work being done under the supervision of Mr. W. A. Newman and under direct charge of Mr. Nesbit. The parties who are having the work done are reported to be Eastern capitalists, but Mr. Newman declined to give their names. The proposed line will run through Centerville, Jacksonville, and Broadwell to Cynthiana. The expenses of having the survey made will be over a thousand dollars, so that it would seem that those who are having it done are in earnest in their purpose to build a line if the survey proves that the line is practical and will prove profitable.”

* Cynthiana News, June 6, 1867 - “Shannon and Turtoy are discussing the propriety of building a three story brick on the ground now occupied by their tin shop on Main Street. We hope they way conclude to build.”

* Eric Morecambe - “My neighbor asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn’t take it out of my yard.”

* Cynthiana Democrat, May 4, 1939 - “Members of the Harrison Fiscal Court, forced to rescind an appropriation of 60 cents for a mirror for the women’s restroom at the courthouse by the objections of Squire William McClure, went down into their own pockets and supplied funds for the mirror at the meeting Thursday afternoon. ‘If the county makes this appropriation’ declared McClure, we may be forced to supply lipstick, rouge, powder, and other toiletries. I would rather pay for the mirror myself than to take the money from the poor taxpayers.’ The magistrates and County Clerk chipped in to pay for the mirror.”

* Cynthiana Democrat, July 31, 1947 - “E. M. Crabtree, of Boston, Mass., has recently joined the staff of the Hobson Book Press and is serving as an assistant to U. R. Bell in editing pamphlets, circulars, and related work. Mr. Crabtree was graduated from Amherst College receiving his degree in English. He is a veteran of World War II and served in Africa and Italy.” (Our museum collection includes a number of books published by the Hobson Book Press. Yes, there was a book press in Cynthiana.)

* Lucy Maud Montgomery - “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” (Can you literary buffs name Lucy Maud Montgomery’s best known works?)

* City Council Minutes, March 30, 1861 - “It is ordained that J.W. Peck be allowed $3.50 for padlocks furnished for Graveyard.”

* 1938 - “They’re Off - He Cried - And Felt His Chin - Twas Just Another - Easy Win For - Burma Shave”

Congratulations students - another year of hard work. We welcome you to visit your local museum, Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, 124 S. Walnut St., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - something of interest for everyone.