From our files, Feb. 4

Published 8:41 am Saturday, February 4, 2017

100 YEARS AGO — 1917

A large auto furniture truck owned by the Rochelle & Smith Transfer Company of Louisville was completely destroyed by fire about five miles out of Harrodsburg. It was on its return trip to Louisville after delivering a load of goods in Mercer County. The two men driving the truck were helpless to prevent the ruin of the truck. They climbed over a fence and watched the conflagration and they walked some distance to McAfee Station and caught a train for Louisville. It is said the loss was about $4,000.

Headline: United States on verge of war: Germany will resume U-boat tactics which is bound to bring war with this country: Great anxiety at Washington

Advertisement for The Danville Laundry & Dry Cleaning Co.: You always send us the shirts, collars, etc — your men folks would not be seen in public in home-laundered linen — but towels, sheets, pillow cases, spreads, napkins, tablecloths and the hundred and one other things we call “flat work” you may still be a little bit doubtful. You may think the care of these properly belongs at home, but why? Don’t you know that we can do your entire washing better, more sanitary and just as economically as the washerwoman? Phone 71 for the wagon and let us demonstrate.

Since the epidemic of measles has about disappeared, attendance at the city schools is about back to normal.

Recipes from the Home Department — Ground steak with spaghetti: Fry one pound of ground steak and three sliced onions together until almost done. Have one pound of spaghetti cooked then mix in one can of tomatoes, the meat mixture and salt and pepper. A little chili added is very nice; Meat from soup bones: Before thickening your soup or putting in vegetables, take out a large bowl of the liquid. Take the meats from the bones and chop until fine and season with catsup and spices. Pour over the liquid (which should be thick enough to jelly when cold) pour into molds and serve cold in slices.

75 YEARS AGO — 1942

A display of guns owned by J.H. Lynch of Danville is in the Hub Department store window and has been attracting considerable attention. They are part of a valuable collection assembled by Mr. Lynch, which will be sent to Detroit on Monday where they will be used in a Victory Drive display. Later, they will be sent to many of the bigger cities throughout the central United States. One of the most interesting guns was used during the Battle of Manila during the Philippine Insurrection 43 years ago this week. Other rifles on display include a handmade Tennessee match rifle; a Kentucky Lancaster rifle made in Pennsylvania for the pioneers of Kentucky; a .70 calibre rifle used in the  Civil War; a “brown bess” gun used by the Pilgrims; a German Mauser used in the first World War; and a 1873 model Winchester used by train robber Bill Miner. Pistols include a Texas Pygmy; a French Brawl that is said to be the mate to the gun that was used to assassinate President Garfield. The helmet on display is a German victory helmet that the Kaiser designed for a group of selected troops who were to lead the German victory parade into Paris during the first World War. However, the Germans were never able to capture the French capital and the Germans had no use for the helmets.

Twenty two men left here Wednesday and Thursday for induction into the U.S. Army under the Selective Service Act. This brings the number of men who have gone from Boyle County to 148.

All Danville and Boyle County schools will close February 16 to allow those who must sign up under the Selective Service Act that day to register. All males who had attained the age of 20 by December 31, 1941 and those who had not attained their 45th birthday on Feb. 16, 1941, and who have not registered must register by Feb. 16.

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

Apparently a large portion of the local residents have been depending for years on the whistles of the Danville Laundry & Dry Cleaning company to get them out of bed at 7 a.m., remind them of the lunch hour at noon, and that it’s quitting time at 5 p.m. But that has all changed now, because the working day at Danville Laundry is now an 8-hour instead of a 9-hour day.

The Boyle County High School majorettes performed for the first time at a basketball game Friday night. The girls did a routine to “Tijuana Taxi”. Majorettes are Kathy Browning, Linda Preston, Brenda Craig, Jo Anne Reynolds and Becky Leffew.

Boyle County Fiscal Court has been trying for several months to prevent the dumping of trash along the sides of roads. They believe that they now have provided facilities, which should prevent such dumping in the future. The county has opened a free county dump, open to all, accessible and is under supervision. There have been times when the court made drives to prevent roadside dumping and merely told the “dumpers” not to dump on the roadsides, but they couldn’t tell them where they could get rid of their trash. Now, the admonition to cease littering our roads is given with the remedy to use the dump, by going to Ky. 34 to Parksville, turn west in front of the Pierce’s Store, onto state road number 1822, where the way is then marked, travel 1.1 miles and at the second “dump” sign turn right, go .2 of a mile and you are entering the general dump area. One-tenth of a mile further you enter the dump.

25 YEARS AGO — 1992

A group of Boyle County homemakers are busy working on a new quilt that will depict places in the county from frontier days to the present. When the quilt is completed, it will be displayed across the state along side 119 other quilts made by Kentucky’s county homemaker organizations as part of the state’s Bicentennial Celebration this year. The quilt was designed by Edna Ponder and includes the handiwork from nine homemaker clubs. The squares on the quilt illustrate the old Danville and Junction City railroad depots, historic churches and buildings, the Governor’s Circle in Constitution Square, the high schools, Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, Willis Russell House and balloons from the Great American Brass Band Festival. After being on display around the state, the group hasn’t decided where to permanently keep it. Ponder said, “We want to hang it somewhere where people will enjoy it.”

Everyone from prisoners to high school dropouts to those seeking computer skills can benefit from the Urban League Training Center. “We’re the only people who provide help within the jail,” said jacqueline Allen, coordinator of the Danville Urban League Center, located on Main Street. The Life Skills program for inmates is one of four programs offered by the Danville center. The others are Dropout Recovery, Computer Training and Basic Skills/Typing. The Urban League programs are open to low-income persons eligible for help from the Jobs Training Partnership Act.