From our files, Jan. 8
100 YEARS AGO — 1917
Clay Sutton, of Lancaster, was in Danville yesterday and sold his crop of tobacco here. He is one of the most prosperous farmers in Garrard County. Mr. Sutton is one of the best cartoonists in Kentucky, and if he would only devote the time to it he would make a wide reputation. He has just drawn one of our townsmen, Col. I.M. Dunn which has caused much laughter and shows up the colonel in great style.
Snow began to fall Friday night and continued all through Saturday, breaking out in a fresh place on Sunday. Careful measuring places say the average depth is 20 inches. The roads in Central Kentucky have been impassable, though some of them today are “broke” and a good team can draw a wagon over them. In Danville the greatest trouble has been caused by the blocked streets and sidewalks. The trains are running very late. Many people are predicting a great flood when the snow melts, but let’s nurse our present troubles and not climb the next hill till we get to it.
The city council will have a meeting for the special purpose of considering the long-talked-of building of permanent streets. Several property owners have made the request. It is costing the city much money to keep the mud holes filled on Main Street, and even with almost constant work along this line, that thoroughfare is converted into a typical back-woods roadway every time a heavy rain falls.
Erastus Holliday, of Washington County, who buys hides, got in bad last week by an act of kindness. A boy brought him a domestic cat hide for sale, and not bothering about the price, as it was Christmas time, he handed the urchin $1.50 for it. Evidently the boy spread the news of his good luck around because in a few days about 150 cats’ hides had been brought to Mr. Holliday, and people went around slaying all the cats they could find — many of them being valuable pets for which the owners would not have taken a goodly sum.
75 YEARS AGO — 1942
Arrangements have been made for the “Brotherhood Day” flower sale next Saturday, for the benefit of the blind and shut-ins. The attractive artificial flowers to be sold by local volunteers are made by the blind and shut-ins who find happiness in such employment. Headquarters will be at the Police Court, second floor, at City Hall in Danville. Mrs. R.G. Willmott, will give flowers and instructions to those who come Saturday morning to lend a hand selling them.
As part of a series of pictures on “Pioneers of American Medicine,” Dean Cornwell of New York City, has been in Danville making many preliminary sketches of the interior of the McDowell Home. This picture, which will be the fourth in the series, is being done as all previous ones were — with the sketches made on the exact spot. The current picture will show Danville’s Dr. Ephraim McDowell in consultation with Jane Todd Crawford, just before he successfully performed the first ovariotomy in medical history.
Four persons have been permitted to buy tires and tubes by the Local Tire Rationing Board No. 11 during the week of Jan. 10. Granted tires were Arthur Tuttle, Danville City Engineer, one tire and one tube; Otis Whitis, Danville coal dealer, two tires and two tubes; S.D. Martin Danville junk dealer, one tire and one tube; and James Zimmerman, Danville garbage hauler, one tire and one tube.
Because of the wartime emergency, freshmen teams at Centre College are being abolished, according to Athletic Director J. Quinn Decker. In fact, Decker said freshmen teams in all sports would be abolished.
Of interest to many young men in Danville, it has been announced that the age limit for enlistment in class V-5, the Naval Reserve flight training class, has been reduced from 20 to 19. Chief Petty Officer J.J. Fredericks, in charge of the local recruiting station at the post office building in Danville, said the Navy needs many more trained fliers.
50 YEARS AGO — 1967
A business, in which four generations of the family have actually been employed, passed formally from the second to the third generation when Glynn Burke Sr. sold Burke’s Bakery & Delicatessen on West Main Street, to his elder son, Sam Burke. Neither Burke’s Bakery nor the bakery business, however, are new to young Sam. Following his graduation from Junction City High School, Sam served in the Navy Air Corps. When he was discharged in Feb. 1946, Same returned to Danville and took his place in the family business. Even though they sold the bakery, Mr. and Mrs. Glynn Burke will continue to run their popular Danville Cafeteria right next door.
At a meeting of the First Baptist Church, Second and Walnut Streets, a financial committee was set up to receive funds from donors toward rebuilding or replacing the church structure which was completely gutted by fire on Dec. 26. Cecil Cohen was elected chairman. It will be at least a month before any decision can be reached on the status of the church building.
It has been 40 years since Danvillians had to pay an automobile tag tax, and they are finding the reimposition of such a measure very distasteful. Back in 1922, the old records indicate an effort was made by the city council to pass such an ordinance, but it failed. Eventually the ordinance passed in 1926 as was in effect for one year, then it was dropped.
25 YEARS AGO — 1992
Kentucky’s official Bicentennial Medallions are on sale at two Danville banks. Since the state is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, a portion of the proceeds will be used by both the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission to fund historical preservation projects and by the Danville-Boyle County Bicentennial Commission for local projects.
It may not be home cooking, but surplus military rations are keeping elected officials and prisoners alike happy in Casey County. In December, Casey Fiscal Court recommended the jailer serve homemade biscuits and buy food in bulk to save money on food for the inmates. Now an even better and cheaper way to feed prisoners has been found in the state surplus department in Frankfort. “Any food that is good enough to feed the fighting men and women in the military is good enough for the prisoners,” said County Judge Executive David Johnson.
Walmart and its employees made good on a promise and presented a check for $1,289 to the Boyle County Spouse Abuse Advisory Committee to help pay for opening an office in Danville. The office will be a satellite office of the YWCA Spouse Abuse Center in Lexington.
Students at Stanford Elementary School will not receive academic credit for attendance, even though the Board of Education approved the innovative approach last month.