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From our files, Feb. 2

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

Editorial repartee: An editor received this letter from a fresh youth: “Kindly tell me why a girl always closes her eyes when a fellow kisses her?” To which the editor replied: “If you will send us our photograph we may be able to give you the reason.”

The Keenon brothers in Harrodsburg are having their troubles these zero and near zero days. They have lost, because of the cold, 15 pigs, a $75 cow and are threatened with the loss of a $250 mule. To complicate matters their telephone has been out of commission and their coal supply has given out and the ice covered roads have made it impossible for them to get into town and take their chances with the multitude of getting more.

Danville has the Anaconda Club which is one of the oldest in America. Its history dates back 77 years. The Woman’s Club is the most distinguished body of women the town has ever gathered in one organization. The most recent club in Danville is the Limit Club, which is an organization of Patriotic men and women who are pledging themselves to buy the limit of the U.S. Government’s latest and best securities — $824 of War Savings Stamps. Their aim is to secure 100 members at once. About 10 members have already been secured. Join today and give your name to your postmaster or your banker.

When 15 or more men were being examined at Camp Travis near San Antonio, Texas, recently the medical officers discovered many of them had a string about their ankle which held a silver dime. The officers asked the reason. “Don’t you know that’s for good luck. you can’t get shot as long as you wear a lucky dime.” The questioner said, “Well, why wear it around your ankle? Why not wear it around the neck or carry it in your pocket?” The man answered, “That’s to guide your feet in the right direction.”

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Burke gave a celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary on Tuesday night. There were over 40 guests and they had their youth renewed in those old childhood games of plate, skip my Lou, find the ring, etc., until 12 o’clock came without their noticing the flight of time.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Four Danville barber shops have announced that all haircuts will be 50 cents. The shops making the announcement are Ideal Barber Shop, R.E. Martin; Sanitary Barber Shop, J.E. Seal; Third Street Barber Shop, C.M. McGlone and City Barber Shop, G.M. Richardson.

Advertisement: Now more than ever it is vitally important to read the grocery ads. Point rationing will soon be a part of every American’s everyday life, and by reading the advertisements regularly appearing in this newspaper, it is possible to plan a systematic buying schedule … We understand that some stores will not only advertise price, but also the number of points these items are worth.

My Dear Editor, Five fires were reported in Danville recently. All of them fortunately were small ones. All of them have been accounted for except the one at the home of the minister of the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. Being a preacher and having once had a parsonage fire caused by spontanious combustion in my sermon file, I am wondering whether the fire department has considered this as a possible cause of Dr. Wilkinson’s fire. Signed – A fellow minister.

War is war and anything may happen. But it is a bit dramatic when two boys from Danville meet somewhere in Brazil. Private first-class Benjamin T. Curlis Jr., formerly of Rosemont Avenue, and Private Roger Clark, U.S. Army, formerly of West Broadway, had the casual meeting as Roger “passed through” Brazil a few days ago. Private Curlis reported that Clark is in good health and enjoying his work as a bombsight repairman. Curlis is the son of Mr. Ben Curlis, an employee of Mattingly-Rapier Chevrolet. His brother Joe is a Danville High School student.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Seaman William Wray, with the United States Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wray of High Street, recently participated in the destruction of nine enemy supply craft off the coast of North Vietnam as a crew member aboard the heavy cruiser USS Newport News.

Four Lancaster barber shops upped the price of their haircuts this week. They will now be $1.50, shaves will cost $1 and tonics, 40 cents.

The final act of a Garrard County soldier was to distinguish himself in fighting in Vietnam and he Defense Department has presented posthumously the Silver Star to his parents. The soldier was Army Private First Class Eugene Naylor, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Naylor of Lancaster. He was fatally wounded last Oct. 22. Part of the citation read: PFC Naylor’s platoon was crossing an open rice paddy when it received intense automatic weapons fire and was pinned down. The point man was wounded in the first volley and fell far in front of the rest of the platoon. Seeing the plight of his wounded comrade, PFC Naylor left his covered position and began crawling toward him. He had reached the wounded man was pulling him back across the paddy when he too was hit by enemy fire. Then the enemy launched an assault with grenades. Turning back attempts to extricate himself from the exposed position, he took the enemy under fire and began inflicting increasing casualties on their advancing force. His steady, accurate fire thwarted the enemy attack and enabled his platoon to withdraw to better positions. PFC Naylor was mortally wounded as enemy soldiers overran his position. His selfless and unflinching gallantry are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military services and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the U.S. Army.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

After taking a second look, Danville’s beautification committee decided to stick with its first idea of replacing the trees that line Main Street between Second and Fourth streets. The plan calls for the following: removing existing trees and plant 12-foot ginkgoes 50 feet apart, instead of the current 25-foot distance; eliminating flower planters and plant flowers in the spring in bare spots left when trees are planted farther apart. During the winter, bare spots will be covered by grates.

Former Episcopalian priest, historian and riverboat captain, F.W. Bill Kephart has died. He was employed at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill from 1981-1992 as manager of River Operations and Special Projects. He developed the “Dixie Bell” riverboat program and initiated many other programs and special projects at Shaker Village.

Although the ordination of the Rev. Jo Garnett will not change the job she has held for eight years at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, it has caused controversy in the local Baptist association. Garnett, the church’s education minister, was ordained Jan. 24 by her church. She and the Rev. Dr. Tim Noel, pastor at the church, said the problem currently is not with the Southern Baptist Convention or the Kentucky Baptist Convention, but with the South District Baptist Association, a group of about 28 churches in Boyle, Garrard and Marion counties.