From our files, Oct. 21

Published 4:55 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017

100 YEARS AGO — 1917

William Likens, a 16-year-old boy who lost his left arm wants to work. He lives on South Third Street in Danville. If you phone 880 they will have him come to the phone.

News from Junction City — Miss Lilla Keane gave a social for about a dozen of her schoolmates at her hospital home on Friday night: James Coppage bought the old shingles from the east half of the Christian Church roof for kindling and re-use: The Q&C Railroad fence men have built a new fence on both sides of the railroad north of Junction City and now stock, especially hogs, cannot get on the tracks and get killed.

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Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, a campaign will be conducted to secure members for the U.S. Food Administration. Each individual is asked to save 1 pound of wheat flour, 2 ounces of fat, 7 ounces of sugar and 7 ounces of meat each week. Or, one wheatless meal a day and one meatless day a week. This effort made in one home, multiplied by the 23,000,000 homes in the U.S. will give food enough for our Allies and ourselves.

Z.B. Tucker, who conducts a tonsorial parlor (barber and shave shop) in Harrodsburg was host at the first “horse meat” dinner ever served in that town. The guests were all men and all said the horse steak was fine. They say they will never again have any prejudice against eating horse meat. Mr. Tucker ordered the meat from the horse-flesh market recently opened in Cincinnati.

M.F. Germann, the clever Lebanon Road farmer has demonstrated beyond any question that he is one of the most successful hog growers in the county and can excel everyone in growing corn that that makes the hogs. Germann has a sample of his corn on display at Farmers National Bank for you to take a peek at. It is so superior that other samples that had been on exhibition were taken down by their owners.

75 YEARS AGO — 1942

The Redbud Farm of Robert Gwinn, located about two and a half miles from Danville on Shakertown Road, was sold to L. Herbert Sullivan of Pennsylvania for $18,750.

Coffee, tires and sugar may be hard to get in the next few months due to rationing, but there’ll be no shortage of turkeys out on the Norvell farm, one mile east of Perryville. This year with the demand from Uncle Sam for more foods of all kinds, John and A.L. Norvell, brothers and farmers, have raised about 500 turkeys for marketing. John Norvell, who is also the tobacco warehouse manager of Burley No. 1 operated by M.F. Germann and Sons, has more than 250 turkeys on his place. And his brother is raising a flock on his farm. They are partners in a 200-acre tract that also produces tobacco, corn and livestock. Billy Norvell, 16-year-old son of John, works at the farm after school and his sister, Jean, 12, adds her bit along with her mother and little Tommy, 2, who will be doing more as the years go by. A.L. Norvell has two sons, Kenneth Pruitt, 11, and Donald Keene, 9, who also help raise their turkeys and Mrs. “Alfie” does her share.

Two Civil War cannons weighing 6,000 pounds each, from the Lebanon cemetery, together with 37 cannon balls, were brought in from the Darnall General Hospital and turned in to the William Silliman & Son junk yard for the war’s scrap drive. Seven more cannons are to be donated

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

Miss Lisa Gibson celebrated her fifth birthday on Oct. 13 at her parents’ home on Cloverdale Drive. The 13 guests enjoyed games on the lawn and a birthday cake and Kool-Aid were served. Children helping Lisa celebrate her birthday were Beth Ann Ransdell, Rodney Overstreet, Robyn Newby, Jill and Joy Martin, Tammy and Ann Clay Arnold, Tommy Johnson, Andy Robinson, Kim Allen, and Sherry, Danny and Bridget Collier. Everyone received a tiny basket of candy and a Devil’s Tongue whistle.

Lt. Myra D. Halcomb, a member of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, spent several days in Danville with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Roscoe Halcomb Sr. of Perkins Avenue before leaving last Thursday for California, en route to the Vietnam area. She will be serving one year in the U.S. Navy Hospital on board the USS Repose which is currently off the coast of Vietnam.

Miss Ginger Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Sanders of Graham Road in Green Acres, Danville, and a student at Wesleyan College, has been chosen for membership in Naiads, a club formed of synchronized swimmers who are selected on the basis of excellence in form swimming.

25 YEARS AGO — 1992

Boyle County High School honored William Gravely of Harrodsburg, Saturday night by dedicating its annual marching band contest to him — much to his surprise. Gravely, 68, started one of the first bands in Boyle County at Perryville High School in the 1950s. It toured the other four high school in the county, Junction City, Forkland, Parksville and East End, to inspire them to form their own band, he said. Some of the schools, however, saw the performances more as a way for Perryville to needle them about having something they didn’t have. “I’ll never forget the reception we got at Forkland,” Gravely said. “Their students showed up with pie pans and beaters and played right along with us. I believe we outlasted them, though.” Gravely also worked at Harrodsburg from 1948 to 1968, then went to Danville High School in 1968 and directed both bands. He stayed at Danville until 1980, then became the band director at Bate Middle School. He retired in 1984.

“I know how pleased West would be to see a dream come true in our community theater finally having its own home,” said Dorothy Belle Hill, about her late husband, West T. Hill, founder of the theater company that bears his name. He started the theater group seven years before his death in 1987. The board of West T. Hill Community Theatre spent nearly two years raising money to convert an old auction block building at 117 Larrimore Lane into a 110-seat theater. The group had rented part of a basement in a building owned by Centre College on West Walnut Street and put on plays in what it called the Black Box Theatre. The Larrimore Lane building cost $45,000 and the board set a goal of $125,000 to raise for the building and renovations.