From our files, Jan. 6

Published 9:10 am Monday, January 8, 2018

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

January first is always called moving day, but judging by the many wagon loads of household goods crossing town, nearly every day has been moving day. There is much more moving than ever before noticed here in Danville.

The Department of Labor has designated the week of Feb. 5 for the registration of all unnaturalized Germans in America. The police, postmasters and all United States authorities will assist in doing the work and complete information concerning each alien will be obtained, including photographs and finger prints.

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Thomas McGraw bought W.R. Picket’s cigar stand at the Gilcher Hotel. The cigar stand has been a success and carried a fine line of high class cigars, which will be continued by the new owner, Mr. McGraw.

Coal dealers everywhere are urging the people to use as little fuel as possible and make every lump of coal burn to the limit. We are not out of the woods yet, so use every precaution toward saving.

The Red Cross bazaar held at the Messenger office on Saturday was a great success. The women disposed of all the articles before noon and could have sold much more. The receipts were about $33.

Why not organize a company of home guards in Danville? There are men enough here who tried to enter the army and were turned down on a slight defect who could enter the home guards. There are likewise some men in Danville who are well versed on military matters to take the company and soon have it in good shape.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Edwin Carpenter, 26, a Bardstown jeweler, was awarded the title of First Father of 1943 in a contest sponsored by The Advocate-Messenger. The baby, Robert Joseph Carpenter, was born at 8:35 a.m. on Jan. 1 and was the first baby born in Boyle County in 1943. This is Mr. Carpenter’s third child. For his own comfort he will receive a smoking stand from the Baugh and Garner Furniture Company. Freeman Furniture Co., the Hub Department Store and the Cinderella Shop have contributed baby garments to give the “First Father” a start toward clothing his infant son.

A loosening of restrictions for surgical dressing workers has been announced. The decision to ease up on former regulations was made after a visit to the local workroom by the area Red Cross inspector. In the future, in order to push more work through and secure more workers, volunteers may wear their uniforms under their coats, or put them on over their dresses when they reach the library building where the workroom is located. Nail polish need not be removed unless it is chipping off and falling on the dressings.

William Gentry, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, from Harrodsburg, has been listed by the War Department as a prisoner of war of the Japanese in the Philippines. The Lieutenant’s father, James Thomas Gentry, also lives in Harrodsburg. First Lieut. George Alger Van Arsdall has also been listed as a prisoner. His wife lives in Harrodsburg.

Master Sergeant Clyde D. Harmon, U.S. Army, has arrived in North Africa where he is a member of an armored division. The news was contained in the first letter received since September by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Harmon of Perryville.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Stuart Powell, Perryville native, who for the past seven years has been president and general manager of the Powell-Hester Motors, Ford Dealership in Lancaster, has assumed his duties here as general manager of the Danville Motors Ford dealership. Mr. Powell, 39, is the son of the late Henry Powell of Perryville, who at one time owned and managed garages and automobile dealerships in Perryville, Lawrenceburg and Harrodsburg, and Mrs. Henry Powell, who still makes her home in Perryville.

Pfc. Stanley “Butch” Lawson, of Perkins Avenue, the 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Lawson, was chosen to march in the Rose Bowl Parade with members of the 29 Palms Base Band of the United States Marine Corp in California. Not all members of the band participated in the parade. During the performance, Pfc. Lawson played the French horn, however, he is also qualified at playing the cornet and trumpet.

Sale of the Moreland School property, declared surplus by the Lincoln County Board of Education after students were transferred to Hustonville, is being negotiated.

Several persons were evacuated from the Clark Apartments at Fourth and Walnut streets after a fire of undetermined origin was discovered in the large building. Firemen were able to contain the blaze to an upstairs hall and bathroom closet.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

The latest addition to the Danville Police Department is Lars, a German shepherd, under the direction of his handler, Officer Charles Parks. Lars was bred in Czechoslovakia and trained in Germany. He has just completed a month-long training program with Parks at Advance Canine Academy in Bowling Green.

More than 30,000 Elvis Presley commemorative stamps were sold on Friday in Boyle, Mercer, Lincoln, Garrard and Casey counties. Some people waited in line for as long and 1 1/2 hours. “Everyone is all shook up over Elvis,” said Lancaster Postmaster Linda Ueltschi. More than 18,000 of the 29-cent Elvis stamps were sold in Danville with about 5,500 sold during the first hour. The Harrodsburg post office sold around 4,000 Elvis stamps in 20 minutes.

All female employees at Casey County Courthouse received a somewhat unusual Christmas gift — bathroom scales — from County Judge-Executive David H. Johnson. He said that most everybody makes a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. “I  just wanted to assist my friends with the resolution.” The men got after-shave lotion and a ballpoint pen. Johnson said he had not received any thank you notes yet.