From our files, Sept. 23

Published 1:27 pm Monday, September 25, 2017

100 YEARS AGO — 1917

Advertisement for Stout’s Theatre in Danville: “A Curtain of Fire”, British War Films show the thing you’ve read about in the World War. Now see how it’s done. The most vivid, startling pictorial record of the titanic struggle ever made. See British War films and see the huge guns in action! Guns! Guns! Guns! The way batteries are hidden from the foe. Admission is 15 cents and 25 cents on Thursday.

Don’t sweat and fume if your train is late. The roads are busy hauling soldiers and troop trains have the uninterrupted right of way over mail and all other trains.

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Bowman Myers, of Danville, a popular student at Transylvania College, has obtained an appointment to go to France as an ambulance driver and will soon leave. He is not yet 21 years old.

75 YEARS AGO — 1942

Police Chief Tom Clark reported that a man broke into C.N. Southwood’s tin shop on East Main Street before daylight and attempted to steal two shotguns, a rifle a quantity of shotgun shells and pistol cartridges. The robber fled with the approach of the police car, which had been summoned by telephone from the residence of Chief Clark, across from Southwood’s store. The chief and his men pursued the thief who dropped most of the loot and disappeared into a vacant lot.

Entertainment and educational facilities plus “all the comforts of home” are offered the visiting soldiers at the local U.S.O. House on West Main Street. Mrs. Dudley Bryant, official hostess of the house, said the boys may come between 9 in the morning until 11 at night. The home-like atmosphere is made with sofas and easy chairs, two writing tables and a cheery coal fire burning. A card room that holds three card tables and library filled with books is open for the soldiers and there is a kitchen with a soft drink dispenser. Other comforts include newspapers, magazines, hot baths and places to lie down to rest. Music is furnished by a juke box, a victrola and two radios. Parties for the soldiers are planned for twice a week. Notices of the parties are bulletined at the U.S.O. House and at each of the barracks at the Darnall General Hospital.

Five hundred chickens and one brooder house were lost by fire at the Bunny Inn on Maple Avenue. The explosion of a coal oil heater in the brooder house caused the fire. Luckily, firemen were able to save another brooder house in front of the burning structure and one behind it, which together saved 1,000 chickens.

The Kentucky Highway Commissioner has announced the Highway Department has agreed to assume maintenance and improvement control over three streets in Danville. The streets are among those in 19 Kentucky cities the department has agreed to take over. The Danville streets being taken over by the state are: Main Street from Maple Avenue to McGrorty Avenue; McGrorty to Lexington Avenue out to the city limits; and Perryville Street from Maple Avenue to the city limits.

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

Kentucky State Hospital employees who were recently recognized for 20 years of service were Ben Kurtz who retired in April, Virgie Carrey, who retired in February, and Lucille Jones, who is still employed at the hospital.

An open meeting has been scheduled for the purpose of electing a permanent board and the establishment of a Danville YMCA. Jerry Boyd, publicity chairman of the group wanting a local YMCA., said city leaders believe that Danville will have an effective and dynamic YMCA here and he urges all interested people to attend the meeting.

Athletic Director Briscoe Inman, of Centre College, has announced family tickets will cost only $10 and will admit an entire family to all of Centre’s home football and basketball games during the 1967-68 school year.

Mrs. Dorothy Camenisch, Extension Agent in Stanford, recently attended a workshop on new developments for home furnishings. Some of these included soil-releasing finishes on permanent press materials; “cushion-back” floors and drapery linings that give special insulation against cold, heat and noise.

25 YEARS AGO — 1992

About 50 deaf residents assembled at the Boyle County Courthouse to express their concern about their ability to reach authorities through the 911 emergency line. A teacher at Kentucky School for the Deaf, said it took her four calls to get through to 911 last March when her mother had gotten ill.

Ten retired men, known as “the Whirlpool gang,” are working on a Habitat for Humanity home on Cowan Street. They retired two years ago when Matsushita Floor Care Co. bought Danville’s Whirlpool plant. They are Dan Tate, Darrell Smith, Joe Simpson, John Myers, Ken Nelson, Am Braunecker, Roger Nordin, Ray Schaefer, George Ricci and Dick Lough. However, Tate said his wife is sometimes on the team on an honorary basis. “We have to have some brain power with all this aging brawn,” he said.

Brenda Cochran of Liberty, showed everyone how to be a champion apple peeler during Casey County’s apple festival’s peeling contest. She won the event with a continuous peel that measured more than four feet in length. Twelve peelers participated.

The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man arrested a few weeks ago on charges of kidnapping, terroristic threatening, alcohol intoxication and failure to pay, after paperwork mixup allowed him to walk away from the courthouse. He was to serve a 10-day sentence for the alcohol intoxication charge first. However, after the man appeared in district court, a bailiff released Sims thinking he was free to go because he had not received a “holder” on the man from the deputy jailer, which was supposed to notify the bailiff that the inmate should be returned to jail after appearing in court. The man was supposed to appear again in court three days later on other charges, but he didn’t show up.