From our files, March 10
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
The school at Mitchellsburg closed last week. Misses Gladys Tucker and Ethyle Westerfield were the teachers. Alex Broyles, of Brumfield, was the only pupil that attended the entire term and he was awarded a knife for good attendance.
At a meeting of the Board of Education in Danville, a superintendent of city schools will be named… It appears that the members of the board could do no better than selecting Prof. J.A. Carnagey, who has been superintendent here for the past four years. During his administration the schools have prospered and the modern new high school is among the best in the state…We do not know how the board members feel about the matter It may be that some unfavorable criticism has been made of Prof. Carnagey’s work, but that is perfectly natural, as no man who does his duty can please everybody.”
Lost: Monday morning between Lexington and Main Street on Broadway or Third Street, $25 in currency. Return to the Advocate office and receive a reward. Lost: or left in a store in Danville, umbrella with handle engraved, E.M.C.
Lucien Ewing and Sherwood Rue, two well-known young men, will leave today for Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville, having passed the required exam and called to the colors by Uncle Sam. Ewing is a son of Mr. and Mrs. D.N. Ewing of Parksville. Rue has been connected with Stout’s Theatre for several years. This makes 42 drafted from Boyle County so far.
John VanWinkle has been appointed as the Boyle County Supervisor of the Government Bureau to enlist boys from ages 16-21 for farm labor this year, and all teachers are requested to help direct those ages 9 to 16 to help with back yard, vacant lots and school gardens to supply homes with vegetables this summer and fall.
75 YEARS AGO — 1943
Eighty nine volunteer workers in the Red Cross surgical dressings project completed a total of 9,615 sponges and bandages in two working sessions on Tuesday. About 50,000 more surgical dressings remain to be finished in Danville before March 15.
Farmers in Boyle County intend to grow only 491 acres of hemp this year, according to the War Production Survey. If goals are to be met, farmers must grow more hempseed, and an official is urging that farmers come in and sign their contracts. The goal set for 1943 is 800 acres.
A search across eight states for John Charles Tanner, 12, of New York City, ended last night when the lad who had thumbed a ride from Mt. Vernon to Danville, was turned over to a Danville policeman. John had been heading southwest across the United States in the hope of securing a job as a mess-boy on a merchant ship.
An aura of mystery surrounds the death of Charlie Southwood, 59, who was found this morning on the Second Street dump. The man who had his throat cut, both wrists slashed and four small stab wounds above his heart was discovered by Henry Kidd, a resident in that area, who had gone out to see why his dog was barking. Mr. Southwood’s muddy hat, several papers and his watch were found. He was lying on his back. A trail of blood said to show evidence of a struggle, extended over Second Street on Duncan’s Hill and across the creek. Hand and knee prints were on the south bank of the creek, leading over the fence next to where the man was found. A coroner’s jury decided the man came to his death by his own hand. The sheriff said, “We feel confident that Mr. Southwood killed himself, but we shall continue to investigate the matter.”
Private Lucien Yankey, grandson of Mrs. Annie Roney of Perryville, is one of four Kentuckians held prisoners of war by the Japanese government in Taiwan.
After many years in the same location at 110 South Third Street, The Advocate-Messenger Company and Simpson Printing Co., now located in the Bosley building, will move during April into the Mannini building at 308 West Main Street. The new headquarters are being completely remodeled. The front office will house the business and news departments. Behind them will be the job plant and the newspaper equipment. The press will be located in a separate building joining the main office. Due to wartime restrictions, many gadgets had to be dispensed with, and only the bare essentials were used. Many more improvements will be added after the war.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
The Comprehensive Care Center of the Southern Blue Grass Region is in full operation at 205 Beatty Ave. with the employment of a professional staff. Arrangements were made so patients in the county needing hospitalization for emotional disturbances may receive care at the Ephraim McDowell Hospital. Some of the problems the center is concerned with are mental retardation, marital conflicts, nervous disorders and alcoholism.
Army Private First Class Larry T. Hasty, 20, son of Oscar Hasty of Stanford, has been assigned as a mechanic with the 560th Light Maintenance Company near An Khe, Vietnam.
Within a week, the first occupancy, for training purposes only, will take place at the new Randall’s Hall-Mack bathroom accessories plant on U.S. 127 north of Harrodsburg. Next Monday, about 18 people will begin training in one section of the new foundry and at two-week intervals 18 others will start training under a grant from the Labor Department. About 175 people will be trained as polishers, machine inspectors assemblers and materials handlers.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
A defense lawyer asked Judge Stephen Shewmaker to drop charges against seven people indicted last week on drug charges because the foreman of the grand jury that indicted them was also the supervisor of the detectives ho investigated the case. Shewmaker denied the motion but gave the attorney 10 days to file supporting cases to show that Danville police Capt. Joseph Gilliland’s position as foreman compromised the credibility of the grand jury.
Mercer County hopes to buy more than 100 acres along U.S. 127 for a new recreational park. The Dallas Dean family has agreed to let the county select 100 to 125 acres for the part from the property it owns near the Mercer County Airport. Dallas Dean Inc. will sell the property for $2,000 an acre, “an extremely fair price for prime land, which this certainly is,” Mercer County Judge Executive Kenneth Kirkland said. “Mr. Dean is doing this because he believes it is in the best interest of the community.”
The Boyle County Fiscal Court agreed to meet with the Danville City Commission, Danville-Boyle County Recreation Board and Friends of a Park later this month. Danville Mayor John Bowling called the meeting because he thinks it’s time for the four groups to come together and see what each is doing. Last year efforts were made to buy property on Perryville Road. The Friends of a Park was formed last year by people wanting a multi-purpose park. Boyle County Judge-Executive Mary Pendygraft said now is the time to discuss the issue since the budget will be prepared soon.
Wal-Mart appears close to announcing where it intends to build a larger store in Danville, and indications are it could be across U.S. 127 from the first site considered. One of the locations apparently is the 34.71 acres between Jane Trail and Popplewell Lane.
By JoAnn Hamm Jacobs Hall Museum Staff Agnes Best White grew up on a farm near Perryville as one of... read more