From our files, Feb. 17

Published 11:22 am Monday, February 19, 2018

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

The personal effects of Morris F. Goode, who accidentally drowned at Cape Haitian, Haiti on Nov. 12, 1917, while serving the country with the 64th Company U.S. Marines, were sent to his father, S.G. Goode, who is superintendent of the Danville Work House. Among them were several odd souvenirs, which the boy had collected during his travels. Mr. Goode brought to the Advocate office a peculiar Indian relic, a sea bean, an odd looking stone and a bathing cap, which he prizes very highly on account of them having belonged to his son.

Cheer up! You have two chances — one of being drafted and one of not; and if you are drafted you have two chances — one of going to France and one of not going; and if you go to France you have two chances — one of getting shot and one of not; and if you get shot, you have two chances, one of dying and one of not; and if you die — well you still have two chances.

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Because of the war, the government suggests economy of kitchen utensils. To mend a hole in graniteware, work a piece of putty until perfectly soft, then take a piece of it large enough to cover the hole and put one piece on either side of the metal, pressing together inside and out, smoothing the edges. Place the vessel in a slow oven and bake until the putty is a deep brown. For containing water, the vessel will be as good as new.

As a result of an operation to remove his tonsils so that he might be eligible to serve in the United States Aviation Corps, J.H. Wood, the clerk at the Tyler Hotel, is believed to be in critical condition at the home of his parents in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Wood was formerly the clerk at the Gilcher Hotel in Danville. While at the examining board, Wood was told that he was physically fit except his tonsils needed to be removed. He had the operation and returned to work. While waiting to hear from the government, Wood became ill due to pus getting into his lungs and on Saturday his condition was considered so grave that his father was summoned by Wood’s friends and the young man was taken home. Mr. Wood is well known in Danville and has many friends who hope and pray for his recovery.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

A total of 110 more births than deaths occurred in Boyle County during the calendar year 1942. Births from January to December of 1942 was 303; deaths during the same time was 193.

Ladies: Save your silk hose to contribute to the school-sponsored salvage drive. Children in Broadway and Maple Avenue schools will collect and count the stockings at school.

“The farmers of Boyle County will expend every effort to meet all the requirements and quotas set up by the government for this year,” said Bernard J. Griffin, president of the Boyle County Farm Bureau. He said the farmer is facing obstacles though including increasing production by at least 15 percent; a shortage of labor; and a decreased amount of feed for farm animals.

The motion picture “Kathleen” starring Shirley Temple has been selected as the attraction for the Monday morning “Tin Can Movie.” The youngest children will be admitted at 8:30 on presentation of 20 tin cans each. High school students can attend the 10:30 show. And any adult may attend by paying the 20-can admission.

The response of the public is solicited in the rummage sale on Saturday in the Dunn building on Third Street under the sponsorship of the Democratic Woman’s Club of Boyle County. The proceeds of the sale will be used to outfit soldiers’ kit-bags which are contributed by the Red Cross to every serviceman going overseas.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

A fire yesterday morning at the Huntwood Motel on East Main Street destroyed all the contents of one unit of the motel.

A Moreland native has been promoted to an assistant directorship of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Joseph Spears was named assistant director of the plant pest control division, agricultural research service of the USDA.

Danville will amend its parking ticket ordinance to make it mandatory that officers writing parking violations give the date, place, time, tag number, state and make of the auto, along with the officer’s badge number.

A Brotherhood Banquet will be held at First Baptist Church Second and Walnut Streets. It is being sponsored by the Danville and Boyle County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The guest speaker will be William Goodwin, former coach at Bate High School who is now the public relations director of Kentucky State College in Frankfort.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

The Salvation Army will launch a major fund-raising drive at the beginning of next year to finance construction of a facility to house programs for local youth. It’s goal will be to raise $750,000 for the building.

Academy Award Nominees include — Best Picture, “The Crying Game”, “A Few Good Men”, “Howard’s End”, “Scent of a Woman” and “Unforgiven.”

Before Mercer County can use the Enhanced 911 system, it has a big problem to address — its addresses — a postal worker told Fiscal Court. Almost all of the addresses in the county may have to be changed.

Owner of Herrington’s first fishing camp has died. Katherine Niblack Biggerstaff, 92 died in Stanford. She and her late husband, David Biggerstaff, were owners of Biggerstaff’s, which is now known as Camp Kennedy. The Biggerstaffs owned the camp from 1926 to 1937. David Biggerstaff then co-owned Gwinn Island with Dick Davis from 1937-1946.

Charles Onstott was presented a special lapel pin during his retirement ceremony at Danville City Hall. Onstott was recognized for his more than 20 years of service as a city representative on the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission.