From our files, Aug. 19
100 YEARS AGO — 1917
Yesterday morning the deal between the trustees of the Queen & Crescent Railway Company and the Messrs. J.A. and R.T. Quisenberry for a 54- acre tract just west of the depot was closed for a selling price of $44,250. The property will be used for making improvements in its facilities. The deal insures the bringing to Danville much more business and permanent location of the division. The citizens of Danville made up $750 of the money to reach a final settlement of the matter.
Another splendid box left the local chapter of the American Red Cross last Thursday. This one contained patients’ clothing. Included this time was four dozen hospital bed shirts; 21 dozen handkerchiefs, two dozen bed socks, four dozen pairs of pajamas, all pink and blue and stripped, like we have heard the soldiers want and half dozen blanket bath robes.
The second call for men from this county has been issued, and the names appearing below show who will be taken for Uncle Sam’s examinations.
If you cannot fight at the front, you can send a book to the man you are sending to do your fighting for you. The Danville Library Association has signed up to do its part in connection with the national movement to send books. Poorly printed, uninteresting, out-of-date books are not worth sending to the men. Give them clean type and books in fair condition. If you write in each book your name and address, the soldier who reads it will know that someone in Danville, Kentucky is his friend and stands ready to help him.
75 YEARS AGO — 1942
A hurried call for 72 more men for Army service was received last night by the local Draft Board to leave Danville on Sept. 1, which is only 12 days off. This is coming pretty fast as only yesterday the call for 80 men was answered. One of the boys who returned for the customary two weeks visit back home before leaving for good stated last night, “all a man had to have was two eyes, two arms and two legs to be taken into the service.”
The good ladies of Boyle County, God Bless ‘Em, are coming in the front in a war-winning stride in the matter of saving grease. This week alone, and the campaign is just getting under way, they have delivered to various meat and grocery stores 2,000 pounds of grease, which has before now, been thrown away. One lady alone sent in 50 pounds today and this shows a keen, war-winning attitude upon her part. The grocery and meat stores that are receiving this grease are paying for it 4 cents per pound. The government needs this grease just about as bad as it needs old iron, metals and rubber, for it is turned into glycerine and glycerine is one of the chief ingredients of explosives.
Danville police today received new uniforms according to Police Chief Tom Clark. The caps are white summer caps and the shirts are gray. The trousers are blue and are the same color of their former shirts and caps.
The possibility of coffee rationing appeared closer today as the government ordered further restrictions on deliveries to dealers because of the shipping shortage between the United States and Latin-America.
50 YEARS AGO — 1967
Three brothers in a pickup truck on a road beside the tracks of the Southern Railway System were injured when 31 cars of a freight train derailed at South Fork, three miles south of McKinney Friday afternoon, and one of the railroad cars toppled on to the vehicle. Lilliard Ray Thompson, 32, of Middleburg, was pinned in the crushed truck. His brothers, Otis Thompson, 46 of Hustonville, and William Thompson, 42, Middleburg, were reported to have walked away, but were in the hospital by Friday evening.
Members of the Danville High School Band will beet on Wednesday morning for the first rehearsal of the 1967-68 school year, with this session marking the beginning of a local band camp which will last for nine days. Edward Clark is band director. The camp is being held at Danville High School. Members are reminded to take their lunch with them each day and to wear white clothing every day. The DHS band includes 48 marching members and will perform at all home football games.
Green Acres water and sewer systems, an over-the-sidewalk canopy, hot-rodding on Hudson Avenue, the electrician exam, and an annexation plan gave Danville city councilmen quite a lot to discuss during their meeting.
25 YEARS AGO — 1992
Danvillian Lola Bourne has grown a 2.93-pound tomato in her small garden on Perkins Avenue. According to Bourne, all it took to grow the vegetable this size was a little attention and a little Miracle-Grow. She says she has no future plans for the tomato and thought about going to the library to look up the current world’s record to see if her’s was close. Then, she said, she’d probably just give it to her son and his family. “I could never eat that much tomato myself.”
Kentucky’s assessment of schools in Danville, Casey County, Harrodsburg and other districts suffered an unexpected setback — the loss of test materials in a fire on a Federal Express truck. The fire, which occurred last spring near Clintonville, Penn. destroyed materials from 79 schools. From Danville, transitional tests were destroyed from the eighth grade at Bate Middle School an fourth grades at Toliver, Jennie Rogers and Hogsett elementary schools. The handling of the case following the fire seems to clearly be a fiasco.
Forkland is about to get a new bridge with an old look. Contracts for the construction of a wooden covered bridge over Little South Rolling Fork are expected to be awarded in a couple of weeks. Bids without a cover are also being taken, but officials prefer a covered bridge. The wooden structure will replace an old bridge near Penn’s store that usually gets washed out when there is flooding in the Forkland area.