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Lexington patrolman captures two screech owls, 1949

Patrolman Al Sharpe with two screech owls he captured in Mrs. James P. McGerty’s apartment at 110 Hanover Avenue in June 1949. Patrolman William Riley, right, and two other officers responded to McGerty’s call about 4:30am after she heard loud noises in her living room. As she cautiously opened the door, “a great feathered thing swooped by me,” she told police. Patrolman Sharpe placed the birds in a bird cage and later released them near the police station. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Kentucky vs Vanderbilt Homecoming game, 1946

Bill Moseley (35), University of Kentucky fullback, pictured breaking through the Vanderbilt line for a five yard gain in the Homecoming Day game October 19, 1946 at McLean Stadium in Lexington. Attempting to grab Moseley is the Commodore’s star end, John North (57). The Wildcats won the game 10-7 in Coach Bear Bryant’s first season. The team finished the year with a record of seven wins and three losses (7-3 overall, 2-3 in the SEC). UK takes on Vandy for Homecoming this evening at 7:30pm at Kroger Field. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Lexington businessman Alex Campbell, 1981

Beginning in October 1981 The Lexington Leader published a five-part series on Lexington’s 10 most influential citizens. Included in the second part of the series was Lexington businessman Alex Campbell, along with Lexington Mayor Jim Amato. Campbell was photographed on the site of what would become Triangle Park, across from the new Lexington Center and Rupp Arena. Campbell thought the triangular lot was a perfect site for a park and fountain, the city agreed but didn’t have the $1 million to fund it. With the help of several friends in the business community Campbell raised the money and established the Triangle Foundation, which they grew into an endowment fund used to fund capital-improvement-type civic projects. Since the development of Triangle Park, the foundation has created Equestrian Park at the Bluegrass Airport, Thoroughbred Park and the Woodland Skate park. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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First African-American students enroll at UK, 1949

Marking the first time in it’s then 84 year history, the University of Kentucky, on June 21, 1949, accepted enrollment of African-American students. Among the first to register were Augustus Mack, center, vocational agriculture teacher at Douglass High School and to his left, Mrs. Arnetta Neal, Douglass elementary school principal. Both entered the UK graduate school for masters degrees in education. The students’ right to attend the school was established three months earlier in a federal court ruling. The court ruled in the suit of Lyman Johnson, Louisville, against the University. Johnson sought admission to the graduate school to pursue a course leading to a doctors degree in history. He was among the 23 enrolling. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Mt. Sterling Court Days, 1979

Margie and Richard McIntosh of Georgetown, Ohio manned their tables at Court Days in Mt. Sterling on October 13, 1979. The annual gathering started in 1794 when the circuit judge came to town to try criminal defendants. People came from miles around to sell crops, trade horses, mules and other farm animals, and to swap goods and services. Guns and knives were among the top items traded. It continues to be one the largest outdoor festivals in Kentucky. This year, it runs Friday through Monday. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Pumpkin shopping, 1981

Linda Dunn inspected the pumpkins for sale at Balltrip’s produce stand on East Main Street at Walton Avenue on October 6, 1981. The stand, owned by Herman and Sina Balltrip had been open for three months and was selling pumpkins from $.75 to $2.00. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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New fluoroscope at Good Samaritan Hospital, 1949

Helen Cassell was fluoroscoped by the new Chamberlain Multiplane Fluoroscopic Unit at Good Samaritan hospital in June 1949. X-ray technician Alice Grinnell was operating the machine. The unit, which cost the hospital $10,000, was to be of great value in examination of orthopedic an bronchoscopy patients. The fluoroscope was used to observe shadows cast by objects in the path of X-rays. They had been in use for some time but this new machine, unlike earlier models that were mounted on the floor, was mounted on ball bearings in the ceiling and could rotate around a patient. At the time, even the Mayo Clinic did not have one. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Checking Keeneland’s totalizator board, 1947

N. E. Green, electrical technician, is shown testing one of 250 number indicators used in display numbers on the totalizator board at Keeneland prior to the 1947 Fall Meet. The 2018 Fall Meet gets underway today, post time for the first race is 1:05 pm. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Eastland Bowling Lanes first 300 game, 1967

Mrs. Pauline Huffman accepted a check for $300 from Pat Collins, manager of Eastland Bowling Lanes after she rolled the first sanctioned 300 game in the lanes history in September 1967. Huffman had been bowling for 25 years and was averaging 169. She also was to receive gifts from the Women’s International Bowling Congress which was expected to be a diamond ring and maybe $1000 from the makers of her bowling shirt. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Working in the garden at Ashland, 1953

Working in the garden at Ashland, the home of Henry Clay in September 1953, were Mrs. Walter Hillenmeyer, Mrs. W. C. Lawwill, Miss Daisy Hume and Mrs. William Worth. The Garden Club of Lexington undertook the garden as its main project late in the spring of 1951. Mrs Lawwill was named chairman of the committee. After accepting a plan for a parterre garden designed by Henry Fletcher Kenney of Cincinnati, and after selecting the location of the garden area, a bulldozer was put to work to clear off the land. The contour specifications were carefully followed, and a garden 180 feet long and 105 feet wide was staked out. During the previous two summers thousands of tourists from all over the United States and from some foreign countries have visited the memorial. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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