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Poole, Ky. - 1895

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Poole, Ky. - 1895

Posted: 1080434847000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1116900943000
Surnames: Dickey, Melton, Lisman, Cates, Abbott, Thornberry, Nance, Boone, Stone, Sisk, Duvall, Jeffries, Allen, Stephens Black, Poole, Harrison, Bradley


Editor Bee:

"Poole's Mill," the former name of this enterprising village was dubbed "Poole" by the reform element in the present administration. This, however, is not the only thing that has been "cut short," the last year or so.
Poole is on the Madisonville and Henderson road, ten miles north of Dixon, fourteen south of Henderson, and eight miles west of Sebree; and has a population of, perhaps, three hundred.
For the size of the place, and the amount of business transacted, there can not be found in Kentucky, a village where there is less gossip, less bickering. "Every one a business, and every one to his business" seems to be a kind of unwritten law here adhered to by all.
Messrs. DICKEY Bros., and D.F. MELTON, our dry goods and grocery merchants, do an immense business in their lines, and when you walk into their business houses, you think of the "Dry Goods Emporium" advertisements sometimes seen in newspapers.
John LISMAN, whom we will pit against the U.S.A. as a laugher, does the leading business in the drug and grocery line, he has, however, in R.D. CATES, our P.M. a keen rival. Matt ABBOTT, the leading blacksmith, is held down by G.W. THORNBERRY, who does a grocery business in connection with his shop work.
Dutch THORNBERRY and Lige MELTON are the tobacconists of the place, each having purchased about 200,000 pound of tobacco this season.
The Poole's Mill Patent Roller Mill, a product of "Wheeler enthusiasm," and the pride of this section of the country, has an immense local custom, and does a fair foreign business.
But we do not live by bread alone. The mutual growth of our young is in charge of Prof. I.G. NANCE, Principal of Poole's Mill Academy. One of the Academy's most successful terms closed last Friday. This is one of the few schools in Kentucky that has a Republican Faculty.
Drs. THORNBERRY and BOONE look after the needs of the sick and register the births, deaths, etc.
We have two churches occupied by four denominations (no friction here, either), namely, the General Baptist, preacher in charge, Wm. STONE; Missionary Baptist, Elder SISK; Methodist South, REV. DUVALL; Christian, Elder JEFFRIES.
There has been quite an emmigration from here to Livingston County recently. Two weeks ago, Will ALLEN and family moved there. Last week, Frank STEPHENS and family moved, and Lynn ALLEN has bought a farm over there but will not move there until fall. Cheap land is inducement, Mr. STEPHENS having bought 195 acres of good land for $1,800.
This place, Bro. BLACK, is the Gibraltar of Webster county Republicanism.
This was the home, it will be remembered, of Col. James M. POOLE, who was assassinated in Henderson in 1864. We love our country, that is why we cling to Republican principles, and in the coming contest we are for President, Benjamin HARRISON, for Governor of Kentucky, William O. BRADLEY; and for Representative in the next Legislature any Republican who wants the honor of being a member from Webster county of the first Republican Legislature in Kentucky since the "war."
There was a real, live Democrat in this place some time ago. He looked awful lonesome. His kind are so few, of late. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Democratic nomination for Representative, and was interviewing Democrats along that line, when he could find any. MUCK

(Source: Earlington Bee, Thur., May 9, 1895)

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