From our files, March 31
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
Saturday, April 6, will be a big day in Danville. This will mark the first anniversary of America’s entrance into the great world war. At 2 o’clock in the afternoon a parade of 600 public school children together with the 350 children from the state school for the deaf and those from Bate School, will march carrying appropriate patriotic banners for the third Liberty Loan Drive. Prizes will be given to first, second and third place classes which the judges deem excellent in marching, neatness of appearance and appropriateness of the banner carried.
Junction City is not to be outdone in patriotic work. The latest work is the organization of a Thrift Society in the high school. These youngsters are organized and are liberally buying Thrift Stamps. Much credit is due to Prof. E.L. Grubbs and his assistants. We very much wish that many of the rooms in our public schools would follow this example and encourage the children to save and help the government.
About 25 business and professional men of Danville met at the Gilcher Hotel Friday evening for the purpose of considering the advisability of organizing a board of trade or similar organization in this city. Senator Jay W. Harlan was chosen temporary chairman of the meeting and J.C. Alcock, editor of The Messenger, was selected at temporary secretary.
Naylor Isaacs, about 8 years old, son of Edward Isaacs who lives on the Danville Pike about three miles from town, shot himself while playing with a revolver and died less than an hour later. The child was playing with a pistol which belonged to a man employed on the farm.
Gov. Stanley vetoed the bill passed in legislature prohibiting the teaching of German in our public schools. Gov. Stanley said, “… How much more helpless would we be to combat sabotage and incendiarism in mills and factories or the propagandist and the spy, lurking in every nook and corner, without some knowledge of the German language?
75 YEARS AGO — 1943
Members of the Victory Fund committee and the War Savings staff in Boyle County will unite their efforts in launching the Second War Loan campaign. The quota for Boyle County will be $423,000 in the biggest financial undertaking in the history of this county. The national quota has been set at $13 million.
The 500-acre Lakeview Farm on Lexington Road overlooking Herrington Lake, which was recently purchased by Freeman Keyes of Chicago, will be devoted principally to the raising of American saddle bred horses, a fine Aberdeen-Angus herd and a flock of registered sheep.
The much-expected inroad of prostitution — leaving Lexington where Army officials and police have virtually eliminated vice — has not come to Danville, according to Police Chief Tom Clark and President John Jackson of the county board of health. Chief Clark reported that only three women have been arrested in the past few months on charges of prostitution. “We have been keeping an eye on the situation expecting just what everyone else thought would happen, that Danville would get the bad condition following the Lexington cleanup. However, this hasn’t happened. We are glad to report that Danville is in good shape at present, being plagued only by a few drifters who aren’t allowed to stay in the city as soon as we find out they are here,” Clark said.
Three sets of brothers were included in a group of 41 men from Boyle County who left here on a special bus for Fort Benjamin Harrison Indiana. The brothers are: William S. and George Perros, Oscar W. and James Flynn Vest, and Charles and Lloyd Reynolds.
Private George E. Chumbley, son of Mrs. Lola Chumbley of Harrodsburg, is one of five soldiers from Kentucky being held as prisoners of war by the Japanese at at unnamed camp.
Assistance in 19 war activities and civic projects is being given this year by the students of two Danville elementary schools reported by Mrs. Edna Lanier Tolliver, principal of Maple Avenue School, and Miss Jennie Rogers, principal of Broadway school.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
The first completely equipped and spacious laboratory in the Danville Sewage Treatment Plant is now in operation and sessions on instructions and demonstrations on the use of the lab equipment have been planned for the operators of the plant.
Mrs. William Ingram, 19, of Crab Orchard, recently graduated from Automation Training INc. in St. Louis, Missouri. ATI is one of the oldest and largest data processing training institutions in the United States.
The Candy Stripers of the Ephraim McDowell Hospital were installed during a meeting at the home of Mrs. E.R. Purdom. The installing officer was Mrs. Bernard Morgan, president of the hospital auxiliary. The new Candy Stripers are Malinda McWhorter, Linda Russell, Katie Bright, Karen Carmickle, Vickie Neal, Donna Young and Angie Deering. Dr. William Pesci will be the speaker at the group’s next meeting. Mrs. George Silliam assisted at the social hour.
The annual Teacher Appreciation Day event at Danville High School will be held in the school cafeteria. The teachers of the school will be the guests of the parents. The Rev. Ivan Shelburne, pastor of First Christian Church. Parents of seniors are to bring chicken; juniors’ parents to bring vegetables; sophomore parents bring a salad, and parents of freshmen to bring desserts.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
Danville businesswoman and community leader Jeannette Davis, has been named Outstanding Business Leader of the Year by the University of Kentucky chapter of a national business honorary. Davis, is chief executive officer of AdMart International and chairwoman of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.
The effort to develop a recreational park in Mercer County got a $50,000 boost this week. The donation came from Ralph and Ruth Anderson, who are members of the advisory council formed by the city and county governments to work on the park project. The Andersons live in Cincinnati, but also spend a lot of time at a farm they own in Mercer County.
The Child Development classes at Boyle County High School have 10 openings for children ages 2 to 5 in their on-site playschool.
Now that it owns the old train depot, Stanford is interested in acquiring more land from the railroad and three local property owners to use in developing the landmark. The city will offer CSX Railroad $5,000 for about two acres around the depot. CSX had offered to sell the property for $35,000, but Jess Correll, a member of the depot committee, said he believes the railroad will consider a counter offer from the city.