From our files, Sept. 2

100 YEARS AGO — 1917

The citizens of Danville and Boyle County are endeavoring to show their appreciation of the men who have enlisted in the service of their country. There is a program being carried out and there is a spirit of genuine patriotism on every hand. During this program, the Danville stores will also close. They readily contribute to every patriotic or charitable undertaking.  There is a prevailing atmosphere of sadness. These men are the pick of our country. They show by their eagerness to go that they are brave and willing to risk their lives for their country. Slackers, take a look at them! They will leave tonight and tomorrow will go to their respective commands. In a few weeks they will probably be in France. As to their return to Boyle County, let us hope and pray for the best.

It does seem that drivers of automobiles could on the Sabbath day cut out the blowing of horns when passing houses of worship. On last Sunday, both morning and evening, the racket was unusually great. Joy riding on Sunday is bad enough, but the blowing of horns is most too much. A few fines for disturbing religious worship would turn the trick.

E.T. Perkins, who was shot at Harrodsburg yesterday by Rastus Holliday, died last night. The trouble occurred in the courthouse yard and came up over Perkins letting Holliday’s boy ride in a buggy.

In running along the portion of Main Street in Danville that is now torn up, the large traction engine and roller mashed into an old well. One wheel went into the excavation and it required the strength of another big engine and several trucks to pull it out.

Since automobiles have become so thick, it is very important that some sort of rules should be adopted governing the movement of vehicles. This is especially true with the drivers of delivery wagons and other horse drawn teams. All should be made to keep to the right. Only competent drivers of horses should be allowed on the wagons, as well as on the machines. To have a nice car scratched by a wagon driven by some cheap driver is aggravating. When the new Main Street is completed, it will be used twice as much, and in fact will be crowded.

75 YEARS AGO — 1942

Mrs. Glenn Shearer and Miss Dot Swain were associate hostesses at a Coca-Cola party at Old Crow Inn this morning honoring Miss Margaret Steiger. Thirty guests were included.

An eye-witness account of the sinking of a German submarine was given by Danville soldier, Morris Powell, U.S. Army Air Force, who will soon begin training as an aviation cadet. He reported that while on on patrol duty his plane spotted a German U-boat on top of the water. A radio message was sent to the submarine, telling the Nazis that if they would surrender and follow into port no depth charges would be dropped. The sub’s commander failed to heed the advice and started to submerge the U-boat. Depth charges were dropped, Powell said, and that he had the pleasure of seeing the submarine “blown all over the ocean.”

Advertisements are requesting all citizens to give their scrap metal for the war effort. “Throw your scrap into the fight! Half of every tank, gun and ship is made from scrap iron and steel.” Scrap iron and steel is also needed for all machines and arms of war. Other scrap of metal, rubber, rags, manila rope and burlap bags are also needed for making bombs, fuses, binoculars, planes, jeep tires, gas masks, barrage balloons, surgical supplies, wiping rags for guns, insulation for wiring and parachute flares. What is not needed at this time are razor blades and glass.

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

The Church of God, located on West Green Street, will hold a baptismal service at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon on the Shelby City Road just below the trailer camp, where there is a small stream. The Rev. A.R. Smith is pastor.

Dr. and Mrs. James Laughlin and their two young children, Mark and Linda, of Lexington Road, escaped unhurt Saturday night when their small plane crashed landed in Goodland, Kansas. Dr. Laughlin, a veterinarian and owner of the Animal Medical Center on Lexington Road, next to where they live, was taking his family to visit his parents when the accident occurred.

The Worship Committee of First Christian Church is planning the program for the laying of the cornerstone for the new church, will will take place on Sept. 17. On Sept. 10, a group of pictures will be taken following the morning worship service on the front steps of Danville High School, in the auditorium of which the congregation has been meeting since its church building on West Main Street was razed by fire. The pictures will be placed in a metal box to be laid under the cornerstone of the new church.

The first annual Boy Scout Olympics Day will be held in Danville at the Henry Jackson Park and sponsored by the local Jaycees. The all-day program will begin with a full-dress parade beginning at Constitution Square and ending at Henry Jackson Park. Two local marching bands will also be in the parade. An interesting schedule of olympic events to test the skill of both Cub and Boy Scouts are scheduled. The day’s activities will close with a campfire and awards ceremony.

25 YEARS AGO — 1992

A Boyle County company that makes heavy equipment will add about 40 jobs here when it moves production from Korea to its U.S. Plants. Terex Corp. announced that its Clark Material Handling Co. subsidiary will move production of its 2,000 to 10,000-pound capacity internal combustion forklift trucks from Korea to its plants in Danville and Lexington. The Danville plant produces I.C. trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds and tow tractors.

Children at several area schools must take assessment tests again to make up for those destroyed last spring or lost by the testing company, said education officials.

The question of whether Boyle Countians will be able to vote on a multimillion dollar park plan will be answered next week. Boyle Circuit Judge Stephen Shewmaker announced following a brief hearing on a motion by Boyle County Clerk John B. Nichols to dismiss a suite filed against him by Boyle County Fiscal Court.

The first-ever Miss Herrington Lake Beauty Pageant will be held at Sims Mid-Lake Marina, owned by Bill and Carol Sims. The Simses have a Labor Day celebration every year at the marina, but this year decided to add a beauty pageant. The contestants will be judged on swimsuit and casual wear and answer a question on stage. The contestants, who either live or have boats on Herrington Lake are Malia Caroline Birk, Meg Dorough, Cindy Omvig, Keri Brewer, Kattie Catlett, Laura Lea Currens, Laurie Goodwin and Christina Nickles.