From our files, March 11

Published 1:51 am Saturday, March 11, 2017

100 YEARS AGO — 1917

Dr. Ganfield leaves today for New York where he will work for the interest of Centre College in regard to the celebration in 1919 of the 100th anniversary of the college. It is planned to make this event one of the greatest ever held West of the Allegheny Mountains and it is expected that many men of national prominence will be on scene for the celebration.

C.P. Cecil Jr., grocer, is advertising how to cut the high cost of living while still living high. Concerning delivery: Did you know the highest cost the grocer has to contend with is delivery? Try giving your order for all you need at one time. Country people do it. Why is it you do not try it? Have your list made out when you phone. That saves time. Do not let children that cannot reach the phone or be understood order over the phone. They say “Mamma says send so and so” then hang up the phone and never give the name. We cannot tell who Mamma is. Then you blame us. Your husband forgets to order, but swears he did, then he asks us to rush it there because “he knows he will catch h—-,” but he does say he forgot. We stand the “cussing.” These are only a few of our troubles.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Coffey has sold her farm to Mr. B.F. Robinson. The farm contains about 100 acres and lies on the Lebanon Road about two miles from Danville. Mr. Robinson will get possession at once. Mrs. Coffey and her excellent family will move to this city to make their home where they will receive a cordial welcome. They are might good people.

75 YEARS AGO — 1942

Transferring the title of Danville’s airport, the Goodall Field, from City Council to the Chamber of Commerce has been approved. Some time ago the airport was given to the city by the trade board in hopes of getting government aid for improving the field. No government aid has been obtained and the council thought it best to give the airport back to the Chamber of Commerce. In other city business, it was announced that the city’s master street building program would begin soon. Financed jointly by Danville and the WPA, it will cost about $72,000 and is designed to cover the city’s street building program for a period of years. The first unit to be constructed will be the sidewalks along North Third Street and the paving of Alta Avenue and putting in sidewalks there too.

Three Danville youths being held in Huntsville, Tennessee, on charges of stealing bicycles here, are also wanted for robbery in Somerset. The youths are wanted by local police for the theft of three bicycles at the Maple Avenue school. Plans are being made for their return to Danville for trial.

Farmers interested in growing hemp will meet at the Boyle County Courthouse on March 14. Hemp contracts and narcotic applications have already arrived at the county office and will be discussed at the meeting. It is expected that 1,000 to 1,200 acres of hemp seed will be produced in Boyle County this year, as already 58 farmers have contacted the county agent’s office indicating they will grow more than 800 acres. Bottom land is preferable for growing the crop, however, satisfactory results have been obtained on good upland. The hemp seed is now in storage at the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative in Lexington. Seed cannot be obtained until the contract is accepted and the narcotic permit approved.

Lincoln County Sheriff Sherman Anderson is investigating a report by Pvt. James Wood Deatherage, about 21, that two men robbed him of $40 and then branded a swastika on his chest. Deatherage, who lives at Roland about a mile from Stanford, reported he got a ride with the men near Stanford on the Danville road. He said the men knocked him unconscious then robbed him. When he recovered, he found the Nazi insignia branded on his chest. The youth was given first aid at the Stanford hospital. Sheriff Anderson said the soldier was only able to give a vague description of the assailants. Doctors are unable to say whether the brand was inflicted with acid or by flame.

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

Lawrence “Cat” Hogue, 41, of Beech Street and a taxi driver for Yellow Cab Company of Danville for the past six years, was struck three times over the head with a metal pipe, stabbed three times in the abdomen and once in the back, then robbed by two passengers that he had taken to Coulter’s Lane in West Danville about 1:30  Saturday morning. His condition is described as fair.

For the sake of safety and reducing runs by the Danville Fire Department, an ordinance has been submitted to city council that all motor vehicles in Danville are to be equipped with carburetor air filters or the owners can expect a fine between $10 and $100. The carburetor air filter is a device that comes on all cars nowadays, but some old cars don’t have them, or have been taken off. Mechanics said that the filters are often removed so that the motorist can create more noise with the vehicle.

 A demonstration of “External Heart Massage” and information on cardiac arrest will be presented to members of the Danville-Boyle County Rescue Squad by Dr. Philip Rothrock of Danville. All members of the squad are urgently requested to attend this meeting since it is rarely possible to have a physician to present one of the necessary lectures.

25 YEARS AGO — 1992

The Louisville firm that manages Danville Manor Shopping Center plans to announce by the end of the month which store or stores will be leasing the space soon to be vacated by Roses Department Store. Plans are to divide the building into up to five separate stores. Roses, announced last week it would be closing its Danville store within three months. Roses has been in Danville Manor for 12 years. The previous occupant was Britt’s Department Store.

Six of the eight area school districts were closed and several roads had icy spots today as a lengthy warm spell was broken by a late-winter blast of cold air and dusting of snow.

A rental car that was stolen from Stuart Powell Ford last March has been recovered in Texas. The man who rented the 1990 Ford Festive, had lived in Danville, and never returned the car. The police department is asking that the man be returned to Danville to be tried. Police are also investigating the possibility that he was involved in thefts in several other states.

The Harrodsburg City Commission got its first look at a model for a new city park along Main Street, and now must decide whether it wants to spend an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 to build it. Among the park’s features would be a “water wall”, a stage, a granite sculpture, a “sitting wall” and a wide variety of greenery. Harrodsburg First purchased the site of the proposed park from Jerry Newby and is deeding it to the city. The property is where the Discount House was located until it was destroyed by fire and is now vacant.