From our files, Week of Feb. 25
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
A small quantity of yarn has been received by the Chairman of Knitting, Mrs. Kinnaird, which will be given out to experienced sock knitters. Only socks are needed now according to orders from Cleveland and the yarn on hand is only suitable for socks for our soldiers. Those calling for yarn are asked to observe the following hours and days, because Mrs. Kinnaird cannot give all of her time to this task; Please go or call only and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 10 and 4.
Every soldier is card indexed now so that Uncle Sam will be able to keep track of every soldier, sailor and civilian attached in any way to his armed forces. The card index will permit prompt handling of all casualty lists. Not only will we over here know who over there has been hurt of slain, but we will know where that American boy lived and his nearest living relatives. This system will do a lot toward heading off the wave of casualty lies which pro-German propagandists spread in America. In this system each soldier will wear about his neck underneath clothing, a small aluminum tag giving his name and company.
The leading merchants of Danville will close their stores tomorrow from 2:30 to 3 o’clock in order that all employees may have an opportunity to hear Hon. E. T. Franks on “America and the World War.”
John Sharp of Lincoln County died Sunday afternoon after a few days of having pneumonia. He leaves his wife and 12 boys and one girl. Mr. Sharp ran for sheriff of Boyle County four years ago on the Republican ticket. Two of his boys and the girl also have pneumonia and last Sunday their auto turned “turtle” and injured two of the boys and a hired man.
Ernest Chrisman, a most deserving young man of Danville, has taken the agency for “Birch” cars. He went to Chicago last week and drove the six-cylinder car, making the distance of 450 miles in less than 20 hours and in making the trip only used two quarts of oil and 25 gallons of gasoline. The Birch car is a very attractive car and Mr. Chrisman will demonstrate it in Danville in the next few days.
75 YEARS AGO — 1943
A total of 5,850 people registered on Monday and Tuesday for War Ration Books No. 2 at the city schools. Students will return to school on Thursday. The corps of teachers on duty throughout the city were commended for the efficient and painstaking manner in which they have handled the work of registering the large number of applicants. School registrations for the ration book were: Maple Avenue, 1,522; high school, 1,502; Broadway, 1,442; and Bate, 1,384.
Mr. R.M. Pittman, aged resident of Cornettsville, and formerly lived in Danville, has read the Bible through 39 times since 1936. Afflicted and unable to work, Mr. Pittman considers reading the Bible his solace and gives most of his time to it. Mr. Pittman claims Boyle County as his home, since he has lived here almost continually since 1880. However, he is now living with friends in Perry County.
Sergeant Franklin Sallee is a prisoner of war in the Philippine Islands, according to a telegraph from the War Department that was received by his mother, Mrs. Sarah Sallee, of South Alta Avenue. An unusual circumstance obtains in that Private William Sallee, another of her sons, hasn’t been heard from in quite some time. He is also in the Philippines, and is thought to be a Japanese prisoner.
Private Clifford Abbott, 36, of Parksville, was seriously injured in action during the battle period of Feb. 7 in North Africa. He had been a member of the U.S. Army for about a year. Before joining the Army, Abbott attended Parksville High School and was employed by the filling station owned by his brother, Floyd Abbott in Shelby City. Abbott’s wife is living in Parksville with their two children, Edna May, 10, and Clifford Jr., 8.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
The new First Baptist Church, Second and Walnut Streets, will have a open house today. Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Ford are the official hostesses and will be in the reception line in the front hall. Usher boys will be in charge of tours through the new building, in which the first services were held on Dec. 24, 1967, one year from the date of which the old church was destroyed by fire. Two of the front windows in the church are made from glass that was saved from the remains of the burned church. It was noted by a trustee that the glass was redesigned and there was only enough for the two windows. All other windows are made of a stained plastic-type glass. A painting in the baptistry was done by Professor William Summers who said he copied it from a magazine scene of the Jordan River.
Harrodsburg High School Band Director, William Gravely, who is considered among the top state band directors may take a director’s post in another town, which has not been identified publicly. He annually receives several offers and has thus far turned them all down. Band directors are perhaps the hardest teachers to replace, some educators say.
The appointment of the Central Blue Grass Citizens Band Radio Club, 102 Baughman Avenue, as headquarters of a newly-formed Radio Emergency Associated Citizens Team serving the Danville area on a round-the-clock basis has been announced by the organization’s national offices in Chicago. The Danville Central Blue Grass Citizens Band team is part of a nation-wide movement called “REACT” which has grown out of the rapidly increasing popularity of two-way Citizens Band radio.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
People using walkie-talkies illegally are interfering with police communications in Junction City. Police Chief “Tex” Smith suspects the interference is coming from the Junction City Rescue Squad or the city or county fire departments because some members have access to the police frequency.
Stanford City Council is hoping the old CSX railroad depot will be a bustling center of activity again. Using a previous study, Mayor Jack Withrow estimated it would cost about $150,000 for renovations. Some of the ideas for the depot would be for a restaurant, shops, community center and office space.
David Shewmaker, of Mercer County, sat down to lunch at New York’s Windows on the World restaurant on the 107th floor of 1 World Trade Center to celebrate the end of a month-long training session with 100 other Dean Witter employees. Shewmaker said the entire floor was rocked by an explosion in the complex’s basement garage. Within minutes smoke was bellowing out of the elevator shaft and workers led people to the stairwell. Shewmaker said he worried a panic from either above or below him would cause a disaster. But the thousands in the stairway maintained their composure and waited as people from lower floors entered. When the flow log jammed, someone would yell up for people to stop, which they did, he said.
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