Child 'too busy' for Barkley; inmate escape - photo

Pictured are employees of Mayfield Sweet Feed Mill in 1970.

75 Years Ago Oct. 6, 1945

“Too Busy” two-year-old tells Mr. Barkley — Senate Majority Leader Barkley got the brushoff from two-year-old Frances Hoover, whose daddy is a soldier in the Philippines.

Frances was busy scribbling a memorandum on a scratch pad in the outer office of Senate Secretary Leslie Biffle, where she was a visitor, when the majority leader entered.

“Come here, Honey,” said Barkley invitingly.

“ Too busy” was the reply from Frances, giving the Senator a cool look.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 8, 1970

Fire damages drive in restaurant near city — The local Rescue Squad answered a fire alarm at Wonderburger Drive In restaurant about three miles north of Mayfield at 11:40 p. m. Wednesday.

Rescue Squad Chief Frank McClain said his group confined the fire to the barbeque pit area at the restaurant. The fire began in the barbeque pit, McClain said, and heavily damaged that portion of the business.

25 Years Ago

Oct 6, 1995

Man sought in crimes caught in Mississippi — The 22-year-old Marshall County man wanted in connection with the assaults this week of two western Kentucky women has been arrested in Mississippi.

Daniel Miller is accused of assaulting a Marshall County woman on Wednesday evening, and then on Thursday morning allegedly assaulted a second Marshall woman. During the attack the victim’s husband came home and fired shots at the suspect as he fled.

Miller fled to Mississippi where he was caught after ramming a female’s vehicle and following her to her home. Police allege that the suspect fired a shot at the female as she entered her home. Miller was located a short time later and taken into custody.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 5, 2010

Controversial pastor may come to Mayfield — The Rev. Terry Jones, the controversial Florida pastor who made headlines when he proposed burning Qurans on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11 may visit Mayfield in the near future.

Jones said he is considering organizing a rally in Mayfield as part of his church’s national Stand Up America tour and scheduling a book signing for his recently published novel, Islam is of the Devil, at the Goode News Shoppe.

“We were contacted by one of your Mayfield citizens about some trouble there after you denied the building of a mosque,” Jones said. “We thought it might be good to come support… to come to Mayfield.”

Editor’s Note: The visit was canceled by Jones citing schedule conflict and little interest shown by the people of Mayfield.

5 Years Ago

Oct. 6, 2015

Postal box vandalism treated as federal crime — Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, the Mayfield Fire Department, Mayfield-Graves County Emergency Medical Service and Mayfield Police Department responded to a postal collection box that had caught fire on North Eighth Street. Tony Gooden, the supervisor for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service office in Louisville and Evansville, Indiana, said Monday that he had not been informed of the incident, but that his staff would be investigating any fire that might have occurred.

1 Year Ago

Oct. 11, 2019

Control panel believed to be cause of inmate’s escape — A nearly 20-year-old control panel malfunction is believed to be the cause for a Graves County Jail inmate’s escape Sunday morning.

According to Jailer George Workman, Darius Harrison, in jail accused of armed robbery of a local convenience store was reportedly in the jail kitchen when he heard a noise that the storage room door had unlocked. Harrison left through the door that led outside.

“You Read It Here First” was compiled by Mayfield Messenger circulation manager Mike Clark. All these stories can be found on microfilm in the genealogy room at the Graves County Public Library.