From our files, April 07

Published 6:20 am Saturday, April 7, 2018

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

Last Tuesday, Page Bailey of the Dixville area in Mercer County, cut his hand and put turpentine on the injury. He also soaked the wrapping in turpentine. Then he lit a cigarette. The bandage took fire and his hand was very badly burned.
The Boyle County Board has been called to furnish three men to go to Indianapolis on April 15, 1918, and take a two-month course of training at the government’s expense, fitting them to serve in Army positions requiring knowledge of automobile driving and repairing. Anyone desiring to volunteer must do so by April 12. The men taking this course will have great personal value in working their way ahead in the Army and in civil life.
The colored school house in Perryville was totally destroyed by fire from an unknown cause. Last Friday was the last day of school and no one was known to have been in the building since that time. The bucket brigade was soon on the job after the alarm was given, and while the fire fighters were unable to save the building, they succeeded in keeping the fire from spreading to nearby houses. The loss is about $800 with no insurance.
Mrs. Lucy Damron Reynolds, 87, born Feb. 28, 1831 died April 6, 1918 at her home in Junction City. Her life covered an important epoch in the history of time and perhaps no woman made a greater impression for good during this period than did “Aunt Lucy” as she was affectionately called. She was an unusual woman in many ways. Her remarkable physical abilities was a marvel to her friends; she was past 86 years old when she began a second time in her life to do “her bit” for freedom. Aunt Lucy was often seen busy with her needle on relief work and hospital work for the Red Cross.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Probably no young man from Boyle County has been closer to the heart of the present war than Chief Electrician’s Mate, C.B. Breeding, of the U.S. Navy, who is home in Danville on a 30-day emergency leave. Engaged in submarine warfare for much of the period since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Mr. Breeding admits having spent 40 days confined in a submarine. A vitamin deficiency which resulted from the experience put him in the hospital.
The purchase of 36.78 acres adjacent to the Kentucky School for the Deaf to enlarge its farm was made possible when Gov. Keen Johnson approved the appropriation of $9,500 from the State Treasury surplus. The additional land lies on the east side of South Second Street between the school property and the tract of land purchased by the city for the sewage disposal plant. None of the land in the new purchase will be plowed this year. It is now in alfalfa which will be allowed to reach maturity to be harvested. Out of the 200 acres occupied by the school buildings, farm, garden and playgrounds, a total of 70 to 80 acres has been devoted yearly to garden and farm crops.
Wanted: Old or broken phonograph records! We need your help in getting old discarded records. From these new records can be made. Bring them to any Montgomery Ward store and we will pay 2cents for each 10-inch and 3 cents for each 12-inch records.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Memorial services by various groups and individuals in this area are planned for today and Mayor Eben Henson has ordered flags to be flow at half mast for the rest of the week in memory of the civil rights leader who was assassinated in Memphis last Thursday night. The mayor’s proclamation designated April 7 as Martin Luther King Day in Danville. Irving Birdseye, president of the Danville Ministers’ Association has asked that all churches in Danville include a memorial to Dr. King during their worship services this Sunday.
The Advocate-Messenger is beginning a new series of photos titled, “Guys & Dolls” featuring area children in appealing poses. Contributions to the column are welcome and photos will be returned after use. The first subjects in the series are Lisa and Missy Edwards, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Edwards of Danville.
Plans are complete for a meeting of women 21 and older to be held at Danville High School girl’s gym. Discussion of organizing a women’s physical fitness program will be conducted by Jerry Boyd, representative of the Danville YMCA. The woman’s program will be comparable to the mens’ program which now meets on a regular basis for healthful exercises and recreation.
Miss Elizabeth Tunis, who has served for over 50 years as the librarian at the Danville Library submitted her resignation at the regular library board meeting. Miss Tunis, who became the librarian on April 1, 1918, and who has served under four board chairmen, has worked continuously in that position and has been the only staff member at the library.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

R.R. Construction of Nicholasville took down the old railroad bridge near the U.S. 27/150 intersection where the tracks were abandoned a few years ago.
The Danville School Board of Education was given a quick review of some hard decisions it may have to make over the next several years. Choices ranged from maintaining the status quo to eliminating one school and regrouping students to setting up teacher teams that would include one certified teacher supervising several uncertified assistants. Superintendent Bill Grimes said it would have to look at ways to cut the cost of operations. “I don’t see any hope of new revenues.”
The case of a murdered Parksville farmer and junkyard dealer drew near its close when Boyle Circuit Judge Stephen Shewmaker sentenced two men to life in prison. Larry Wayne Jones, 28, of Lexington, and Connie Dale Baker, 37, of Harrodsburg each received the sentence for the fatal shooting of Eli Samuel Baugh, the attempted murder of his wife, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary. The sentences leave no possibility of parole for 25 years.
Sue Vogt has seen thousands of patients as a nurse at the Boyle County Health Department, but she still remembers the 14-year-old girl who came to her office, for the first time, with a newborn baby Accompanying the new mother were the baby’s 28-year-old grandmother, 42-year-old great-grandmother and 56-year-old great-great-grandmother. “That was five generations,” Vogt said. “They each had their child at age 14.”

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