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Museum Musings

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By Robin Smiley

* Cynthiana Democrat, June 14, 1928 - “Commissioners Meeting - The Mayor was authorized to sign a contract with the Kentucky Electric Development Company of Louisville for an option on the ‘Keller’ dam for one year with the privilege of purchase at $3,000.”

* Log Cabin, Jan. 15, 1909 - “Public Sale - Saturday 16, 1909. At 1:30 p.m. on the above date at Frisbie & Smith’s business place, I will sell publicly some household furniture, three feather beds- Phaeton, two sets harness, saddles, a few plows, and a number of other things too numerous to mention.”

* Copied - “I thought how many had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears? How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom isn’t free.”

* Log Cabin, March 24, 1906 - “A public library for Cynthiana now seems practically assured. Those behind the enterprise have been in correspondence with Andrew Carnegie, and it is expected that he will give $10,000 for this cause. The city council has agreed to furnish $1,000 per year for maintaining the library and Mr. Carnegie has written for the final papers in the matter.”

* Cynthiana Democrat, Aug. 16, 1945 - “Harrison County farmers, desiring to hire Prisoner of War labor through the Harrison County Farm Bureau, will probably find this labor available by today from a camp to be set up on the Clintonville Pike near Paris, according to Stanley Wilson, farm labor assistant here. One of the handicaps encountered last year, that of the necessity of hiring men in groups of 10, has been overcome this year in that as small a group as five may be employed. The rate of pay is 45 cents per hour, the same as the scale prevailing during last year’s harvest season. If Harrison County is to get its proportionate share of this prison labor, points out Mr. Wilson, it is necessary for interested farmers to register at the County Agent’s office, thereby indicating the number desired and the approximate time they will be needed.”

* John F. Kennedy - “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”

* Cynthiana Democrat, July 31, 1947 - “J. D. Brunker, who was in the employee of A. Goldberg & Sons, resigned that post to accept a similar position as clerk with Lerman Bros., assuming his new duties Monday.”

* 1950 - “Twinkle, Twinkle - One Eyed Car - We All Wonder - Where - You Are - Burma Shave”

Cynthiana - Harrison County Museum, 124 S. Walnut St., is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - A place to enjoy, visit, learn, reflect, express gratitude, pass time, share, be inspired, muse.”