From our files, Dec. 11
100 YEARS AGO — 1916
Every housekeeper should see that the the front of her home is put in order and be an example to her neighbors by having her trash ready for the city wagon when it goes by. This will also save the expense of having your trash hauled away. Watch the schedule for the day on which the wagon will visit your street and be ready by 10 o’clock. The streets to be cleaned this week are as follows: Tuesday, Walnut and Beatty Avenue; Wednesday, Broadway, First and Second streets; Thursday, East Main Street and Highlands; and Friday, Third, Fourth and Fifth streets.
The local police in Danville have in custody, a man who likes the work house and doesn’t want to leave. William Hibbert said he comes from Tennessee and went straight to police when he arrived here and asked to be put in the work house. He claimed that he was in need of help and that he did not have a single living friend to call on. The police took him, clothed and fed him, and then put him to work. Now he likes the work house so well that he says he doesn’t want to leave.
Mr. C.R. Reed, who lives on Stanford Pike out of Danville has stated that he had still been unable to find any trace of his 14-year-old son who disappeared two weeks ago. The lad came to Danville and was seen here by several people He was last seen at the Danville depot, but those who saw him say he did not board a train.
Lancaster resident William Hoskins was fined $100 and given 30 days in jail for firing his pistol on the highway in violation of the Sabbath. At the same time, his wife was given a fine of $50 for drawing a deadly weapon on another. Both were sent to jail. they came here about a month ago from Berea and opened a soup house and fruit stand near the L&N depot.
“Big Foot” John Engleman was found in Lebanon and was charged with assaulting Mitchell Dotson of Lincoln County. Dotson is still in the City Hospital in Danville where he a a portion of his skull removed.
75 YEARS AGO — 1941
A telegram has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walters of Wilmore, formerly of Harrodsburg, that their son, Elmer Walters, was killed in the raid on Pearl Harbor. Young Walters, who enlisted in the Navy May 27, 1940, was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma. Word of his death was also sent to Miss Margaret Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Atwood Campbell, of Danville, who is the fiancé of the sailor who was one of the first Kentucky casualties of the war with Japan.
A radiogram received here by Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Breeding of North Second Street, Danville, announced that their daughter-in-law, Mrs. C. B.Breeding, and her two children had come through the raid on Pearl Harbor unharmed. No word has been received however, on the two young men stationed there, Bob Breeding on the submarine Swordfish, and his brother, James Breeding on the Navy oil tanker, Neosho.
Bennie J. Sheene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sheene of Danville, is in the Naval Air Service and is located in Cavite, P.I., which is the big Naval Air Base in the Philippines. It is being bombed almost daily by the Japs. This young man is only 17 and volunteered for service. He sent his parents a large picture which shows him sitting atop the engine, while 23 of his friends are sitting on the wing of one of America’s giant bombing planes. He is well known to many of the Danville golfers, as he was one of the fine caddies at the local course before joining the colors. He is a fine patriotic young man and his friends here will hope for him to come through the war without a scratch. His proud father accompanied the U.S. Fleet when it left Hampton Rhodes Va. Dec. 16, 1907 and returned Feb. 22, 1909. This trip was ordered by former President Teddy Roosevelt.
The Red Cross campaign for an American War Relief fund will open with a parade Monday morning. The Danville High School band will march through the downtown streets and Red Cross flag twirlers and a group of High School Junior Red Cross girls dressed in uniforms representing the different branches of Red Cross service will also take part in the parade.
50 YEARS AGO — 1966
Pine trees that were planted by game club members on the Boyle Fish and Game Club refuge a few years ago are now big enough to make a beautiful Christmas tree. Persons wishing to buy a tree have been asked to contact caretaker M.F. Mitchell, and he’ll point out the ones that are ready for market. The buyer can cut his own tree and haul it away for $2.
The annual reduced-price Christmas subscription tickets at the Danville Library have gone on sale for $2 each. This ticket entitles the holder to use the facilities of the library for 14 months instead of the usual 12 months.
An Air Force B-59 bomber, returning to its base after a seven-hour practice bombing run, slammed into a hillside east of Hustonville, killing all three crewmen. The plan came to earth with a “screaming popping sound” and then disintegrated. Scraps of wreckage were blown 400 feet from the scene. An Air Force spokesman said the plan was in a steep and violent right turn and appeared to stop in the air. The bomber, which was not armed, appeared to have dug a 10-foot deep hole in the hard clay hill before exploding on the farm. The blast tore open a crater about 30 feet deep and 60 feet across. Jim Pyle Sr., said the aircraft hissed by his house at about 25 feet. “I heard one of these jet engines,” said Pyle’s son. “That’s what scared the devil out of me. There was a terrific sonic boom just as it went over the house. The shock wave knocked the dishes off the window sill.”
Ollis Fitzgerald, a Class A mechanic employed in the Danville plant of Corning Glass Works, was presented a check for $1,128 as an award for a suggested modification to glass cutting equipment in the Tube Finishing Department. When asked what he planned to do with this award money, Fitzgerald replied, “With two children in college, this cash was spent before I received it!”
25 YEARS AGO — 1991
Those in charge of this year’s Danville-Boyle County United Way campaign started out with a feeling of dread — the $325,000 goal set for the year was $51,000 more than raised last year. That feeling has changed to one almost of disbelief as figures show this will be a banner year, probably exceeding the goal by over $50,000 and setting a new record.
The 22nd performance of “Nutcracker Ballet” by students of the Cooper School of Dance will be presented at Danville High School. The free performance, which has become a Christmas tradition in Danville, will last about two hours. Deanna Baker will dance the part of Clara. Nancy Himes will play her brother Fritz. The magic doll is Sarah Wray and the harlequin dolls are Leslye Menshouse and Caelin Osborne. Matthew Osborne plays the mouse king and Ben Price is the nutcracker. Leslie Hickey dances the Snow Queen and Joy Vanoy plays the Sugar Plum Fairy. Other dancers include Emily New, Emily Dykes, Kara Murphy, Erin Dykes, Sara Durham and Kelli Norvell. Instructors are Shirley Cooper Sheene and RubyAnn Cooper Gaskin, daughters of the founder, Imelda Cooper, who died in August.
David Croshaw of Perryville is set to be the first University of Kentucky student to graduate with a major in agriculture biotechnology, a program first offered in 1988.
The Salvation Army is in need of some people to adopt a host of angels, which are hanging on trees at the Danville and Harrodsburg Walmart stores, Roses and K-Mart, which represent mostly clothing needs for underprivileged children. With only two days left before the distribution of clothing, as well as toys and food, more than 200 angels have yet to be adopted. “We have plenty of food, toys and other gifts. But we have a tremendous need for clothing,” Capt. Jacquelynne Kelley, head of the local Salvationist office said. “We had the names of 433 children on the angel trees but only about 200 angels were taken.”