From Our Files: July 1

100 YEARS AGO — 1917

Dave McGinnis, who lives out on the Lexington road, whose character for truth and veracity is above reproach, stated to a reporter that following the storm of wind and rain on that part of the road in front of the Cecil home was covered with small frogs. Where they came from he could not tell, he only knew they were there by the millions.

There is much complaint from Danville citizens, especially those having gardens, about the large number of dogs prowling about town. One gentlemen says they held a dog convention in his garden one night last week and destroyed all his tomato vines. It is probable that not one cent tax had been paid on the canines. Why not place a tax of $25 on each dog in town? A good one is worth that, while in this way the worthless ones could be killed.

The Fair Store, opposite of the Boyle County Courthouse on Main Street is having a big closeout sale. Special bargains include: Ladies Union suits, 23 cents; ladies muslin underwear, 23 cents; muslin and satin petticoats with lace or ruffles, 49 cents; men’s collars, 9 cents; men’s suspenders, 23 cents; men’s silk top hats, cool and breezy, 43 cents.

75 YEARS AGO — 1942

Several nice improvements have been made for the accommodations of swimmers at Lake Herrington. At the Gwinn Island Camp the road from the main highway leading to the camp has been improved considerably. This makes is nice now that everyone should be trying to save tires. Lane’s Camp down at Kennedy Bridge has been attracting numerous swimmers who are seeking to dodge the heat wave. Same is true for Forbes’ Camp across from Lane’s The water has been rather cool so far this year.

The largest crowd yet to attend a send off party for the 66 men leaving here for service in the U.S. Army under the Selective Service Act was on hand early this morning to bid the boys good luck and they boarded buses heading to Fort Thomas. During the ceremony a pick-pocket circulating in the crowd removed a brown pocketbook containing about $80 from the pocket of J.E. Wiseman. No clues as to the identity of the snatcher were learned. Those leaving this morning was the largest number yet to leave from Boyle County.

Danville had a scare at noon yesterday when the courthouse bell, the town whistles and the engines in the railroad yard all sounded off as signals for the nation-wide effort that the Retail Merchants launched at noon for starting their giant Bond-Stamp sale. Even though The Advocate-Messenger had carried the story about the drive being launched in this manner, those who read it had forgotten it and there was general alarm, and pandemonium brook loose in Danville. The center of all the excitement verged on the local telephone office where so many frantic calls were received that the switches were blown and pandemonium broke loose at the telephone office too. Some people thought it was an order for a black-out due to Germans and Japs had flown in or were on their way in.

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

Danville citizens who have a beef, a laudatory remark, an intense interest in a particular program or who are just plain interested in the welfare of the city are invited to meet with city officials and city employees at city hall next Thursday night for a “sound off”. The bars are down and the meeting is open to everyone.

Fireworks will be shot at the Kentucky State Hospital for the benefit of patients and the public is invited on the Fourth of July. The Star-lite Drive-In Theatre on Shakertown Road is also following its annual custom of having a fireworks display.

Luther B. Gresham, 43, a native and former resident of Lincoln County who was living in Cincinnati, Ohio, and who sustained a gunshot wound in the chest on June 14 during Cincinnati’s race riots, died on Sunday morning. A 17-year-old has been charged with the shooting. The funeral will be held at W.L Pruitt Funeral Home in Moreland. Burial will be in the Moreland Cemetery.

25 YEARS AGO — 1992

Wal-Mart’s request to rezone 20 acres at the Danville bypass and Hustonville Road for a new store was denied by the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission. The panel voted 8-1  to reject the request to rezone the property from agricultural-residential AR-1 to highway commercial HC. The property is owned by Mitchell Clark. In her report, planning director Jennifer Bush said the rezoning should be denied because it disagrees with the Land Use Plan which says that if the Clark property is rezoned, it should be to multi-family residential R-3.

Boyle County Fiscal Court voted at a special meeting against participating in a $6.65 million regional park development plan proposed by the Recreation Board. The court voted 6-0 against the park. The Sigwald property on Perryville Road has been mentioned as a possible site for a regional park. In a prepared statement written by Judge-Executive Mary Pendygraft, she states, “since Boyle County is small in area and in population, we do not feel we should burden the county government with a multimillion dollar debt service to pay for the park plan.” The court, however, left the door open for considering other park development plans that are much less costly and smaller in scale.