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Museum Musings

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By The Staff

* Cynthiana Democrat, Oct. 1960 - “Who will buy Monticello and why? These are the questions in the minds of many Cynthianians two days before the palatial residence comes under the auctioneer’s hammer Saturday. The sprawling three-story, 27 room Victorian mansion will be sold by Cummins, Renaker, Whalen and Smith realty and auction firm at 10 a.m. on the premises. Monticello, built in 1883, is a Cynthiana landmark and was once a ‘showplace of the Commonwealth’ by the late Dr. Henry Bromley, who with Mrs. Bromley, held it until their deaths. Thomas Jefferson Megibben, wealthy distiller, racehorse breeder, legislator and largest Harrison County landowner of his day built Monticello. He named it for Thomas Jefferson’s ‘Monticello’ in Virginia.”

* Cynthiana Democrat, July 26, 1917 - “Hot Specials - If your straw hat comes from us, you’ll be satisfied. Hundreds of satisfied customers in Cynthiana are satisfied wearers of Hopkins Straws - we’re sole agents for this famous make in Harrison County. Our courteous salesmen take pleasure in helping you make the proper selection - M. Goldberg & Son.”

* Edward Everett Hale - “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

* Log Cabin, April 12, 1918 - “(WWI) Volunteers Wanted - The Harrison County Draft Board has been ordered to select three men from Harrison County to go to the mechanics school at Indianapolis on April 15. Mechanics of those families with automobiles are wanted. If the board has not received three volunteers by tonight, three men will be selected from the eligible men in Class I.”

* Cynthiana News, March 8, 1853 - “We are informed by Mr. Southgate, one of the engineers on our railroad, that daylight was put through the tunnel at Section 15 in the lower part of the county for the first time on Tuesday last, and that the workmen are busily engaged in reducing it to proper grade for the reception of the rails. This is the last tunnel on the line of road from Covington to Lexington. In a very short time we may see workmen engaged in our immediate vicinity laying down the rails and then, following in their wake, the snorting of the iron horse.”

* Stanley Horowitz - “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

* 1959 - “The Draftee - Tried A tube - And Purred - Well Whaddya Know - I’ve Been Defurred - Burma Shave”

The Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, 124 S. Walnut St., is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 859-234-7179.