From our files, April 22

Published 9:16 am Monday, April 24, 2017

100 YEARS AGO — 1917

The destruction of sheep by the worthless curs of Boyle County continue to force our farmers to sell their sheep. Yesterday, Dr. H.M. Marsh, in order to have a little peace of mind and a secure night’s rest, sold his entire flock to H.D. Stiles at $20 a head for the ewes, with the lambs thrown in. Dr. Marsh, as all sheep owners in this county, has been compelled for weeks to bring his sheep to an enclosure as near his residence as possible, and then sleep with one eye open on account of the ravages made by dogs.

As there is a pressing need for more food stuff during the war most people are planting larger gardens and in many instances in back yards. Many complaints have been made to Harrodsburg officials about not enough people are helping to plant, even when offered good wages. The officials already have their eyes on a few of the town ornaments who apparently toil not neither do they spin. Each person must do his part to increase the food production and if some fellows won’t work for the wages people can afford to pay to put in gardens, then the officials will act and make them work for the city for free. Citizens are requested to give the names of everyone who refuses to work to Chief Smith.

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In the suite of J.G. Cecil vs. C.C. Bagby, etc, executors, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of Mr. Cecil giving hime $1,050. Mr. Cecil alleged in the suit that his father, the late Granville Cecil, without his consent, took two of his horses, sold one of them and burned the other.

It has been ascertained that about $3,000 more is needed before work on the new hospital can begin. Here is the place to put some money where it will be of untold benefit to humanity. See Mr. C.N. Smith or Mr. G.W. Welsh and make a contribution.

75 YEARS AGO — 1942

Details of the fourth registration under the Selective Service Act to be held next Monday were announced by the local Selective Service Board. All men between the ages of 45 and 65 years will be required by law to register that day. All men can register at the Danville schools, Kentucky School for the Deaf and the local board office in the post office building. In the county, men can register at Junction City High School, East End School Parksville high School; Perryville High School, Forkland High School, North Rolling Fork School and the Mitchellsburg school.

A company of Kentucky soldiers from Harrodsburg was among the national guardsmen, unofficially estimated to number about 3,000 left behind on Bataan peninsula in the Philippines when the Japanese finally crushed the heroic resistance of the defenders, the War Department has disclosed. This spring as part of Harrodsburg’s national guard tank company and the nation’s war army, they became the first Kentucky military unit to go into the battlefields of the second World War. When last heard from through press reports which mentioned their gallant conduct, they were with the Philippine army of Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, desperately defending the last American positions on Bataan peninsula. Ominously, no word has reached home of their whereabouts since Bataan fell. Meanwhile, their friends and relatives are fighting a battle against the strain of waiting and not knowing and of not being able to act.

Tom Gray was arrested in the cemetery in Danville late Tuesday afternoon. Upon seeing the man carrying a large sack Sheriff J.C. McGinnis, who had heard the man was in the habit of taking chickens, asked him what was in the sack. Gray replied that it contained green vegetables, and proceeded to pull several bundles from the bag. But a hole in the sack betrayed him as Sheriff McGinnis spotted a chicken through the hole. Gray was accused of stealing two chickens and a bird dog which was with him.

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

Good service and excellent treatment rendered to a patient many years ago at Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital brought an unexpected return from the patient’s father, who was grateful and remembered the institution in his will. The administrator of the estate of William M. Word, of Russell, Kentucky, who died last fall, presented a check for the residue of his estate for the amount of $18,429.93 to the hospital. Although a search has been made of the hospital’s record, it was impossible to trace the patient identified as Mr. Word’s son, who may have merely been treated in the emergency room when no records were kept there.

Showing at the Kentucky Theatre Wednesday through Saturday: “A Fistful of Dollars” staring Clint Eastwood. “It’s the first motion picture of its kind. It won’t be the last! In his own way he is, perhaps the most dangerous man who ever lived!”

More than 40 civic leaders and citizens heard a discussion of the proposed Urban Renewal historical project in the West Main-Walnut street area in Danville. A study has shown that 67 percent of the property in the area, outside historical buildings, was substandard. The area being discussed is generally on Main Street from First to the Brunswick Billiard Hall, back to Walnut Street, including parts of Second Street and Constitution Square and extends nine building east of First Street on the North side of Walnut. An official pointed to the need of the development and the difficulties surrounding it without a give and take attitude of those affected and of the citizens who should reason from the position “what is best for the future of the city?” He also said, unless relocation plans are made in an acceptable manner, the project would fizzle out before it advanced very far.

25 YEARS AGO — 1992

News of murder shocks quiet Parksville. Curious residents, some with police scanners, spread word of the murder of Eli S. Baugh, 73 of Harberson Lane, soon after they heard the police and rescue sirens. Baugh was fatally shot once in the head after two men came to his door, explaining they had a flat tire and needed to use the phone. Baugh’s wife, Thelma Mae, was seriously injured by a second shot after she came to the door and saw the men stealing her husband’s wallet, police said.

The Danville Kroger store is celebrating its grand remodel opening at its location in Ridgefield Shopping Center. This is the third celebration since Kroger came to Danville in 1955.

Ralph Nader, America’s consummate consumer advocate, urged Centre College students to turn away from television and give more of themselves to the community. “When you’re 65, 70 or 75…when you look back what are you going to say to your children and grandchildren when they ask, ‘What have you done?’” Nader said finding time shouldn’t be a problem since the average person watches 25 hours of TV a week. “That’s a lot of time for potential civic activity,” he said.