From our files, April 14

Published 6:26 am Friday, April 13, 2018

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

A.B. Robertson & Bro., one of the largest stores in Danville, will be in charge of the Danville Red Cross Chapter on April 19. About 20 prominent ladies will be selected from the many active workers in the Red Cross organization to wait on the customers and do all of the selling of goods. Ten cents out of every dollar taken in during the day will go to the Red Cross and the remaining 90 cents will be used to buy Liberty Loan Bonds. This is a patriotic move by this well-known firm that should be appreciated by every citizen of the city and county. It is another of the many ways that one can help the government without it costing anything.
The moral wave which is spreading over this entire country has struck Danville and S.G. Goode, workhouse keeper, makes the pleasing report that there is not a prisoner in the Danville Work House. This is an unheard of occurrence. Of course, this cannot be attributed entirely to the moral wave. Our country and city officials are ever vigilant and have made it hard on all transgressors of the law and too much praise cannot be given the. Keep up the good work gentlemen.
A unique train consisting of several cars will reach Danville on April 18 at 2:30 p.m. and will remain here for two hours. Specimens of the guns, shells and bombs used in actual warfare as well as gas masks and other military equipment, offensive and defensively will be the outstanding features. Ten or 12 wounded French, Canadian and English veterans will accompany the historic relics to explain their use. Thre will also be a military band from Camp Zachary Taylor which will furnish music for the multitude of people from Danville and the surrounding country who will want to take advantage of this opportunity to see something that has never been shown in this city.
Rev. H.G. Turner pastor of the Danville Methodist Church, and one of the most active workers selling Liberty Loan Bonds for the government received the following letter: “H.G. Turner: Other people have a right to their views on Liberty loan. You are getting in shape to get your mouth mashed. X.Y.Z.” Dr. Turner says that a man who is game enough to mash a man’s mouth should not be cowardly enough to write a man an anonymous letter and that he will give the author of the letter $500 to acknowledge that he wrote it. Dr. Turner is one of the most patriotic citizens in Danville and has made many strong speeches on behalf of the Third Liberty Loan campaign. The Messenger is not surprised that he makes some enemies, for a man that does his duty in as fearless a way as Dr. Turner may expect to arouse the evil spirit in some people.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Leland “Cotton” Wisner has completed a course in aerial photography at Lowry Field, colorado and has been transferred to Colorado Springs. Private First Class Wisner is the youngest of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Wisner of South Fourth Street. Other sons of the Wisner family, all members of the Army Air Forces are Robert, photographer for the Tenth Service Group in Syracuse, New York; Oscar an instructor in Texas; and John, who is undergoing pre-flight training in Arkansas
The parents of Private Robert Vernon Cloyd, U.S. Army are rejoicing today in the near-miracle which has virtually given them back their solider son from who they had heard no word since December 27, 1941. A telegram received from the War Department informed the lad’s mother that he is a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippine Island. The last message received from the young solider who was 20, was shortly before the capture of Manila, 16 months ago. He wired: “All OK. Seasons greetings” He belongs to the National Guard unit from Harrodsburg. Private Cloyd attended Harrodsburg High School and was later employed with his father who operated a commercial truck line out of Harrodsburg and Danville.
Showing at the Kentucky Theatre: “Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man”, starring Lon Chaney and Bela Logosi: “The Lone Prairie” starring Russell Hayden: and “3 Hearts for Julia” featuring Lee Bowman, Richard Ainley and Marta Linden. Also showing will be selected shorts of the latest war news.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Ground was broken on Easter Sunday for the start of construction of the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church Educational Building. Those who were pictured during the ceremony included: J.R. Boyd, Billie Hastie, Herb Acton, C.L. Scott, The Rev. Austin Roberts, Mrs. W.T. Montgomery, Marshall Whitehouse, Evan Edmiston and Earl Hatfifeld.
Deputy Sheriff Charlie Martin was not hit by any of the three bullets which struck his car door Saturday night while he was attempting to investigate a parked car on the south side of Mitchellsburg Knob. According to Martin, he had opened his car door and was reaching for a flashlight in the rear seat of his vehicle when the bullets were fired and hit his door. Martin said three people were visible in the car which got away.
Cadets of the Danville High School Air Force Junior ROTC Squadron returned from the extensive tour of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with first-hand knowledge of the complex operations of the large base. The cadets were able to see cluse up specific accomplishments of technical and operational duties. Of special interest to the group were the displays of the pre-World War II aircraft and the modern space program.
The Farmers National Bank of Danville, an 89-year-old financial institution which has just undergone a complete expansion and remodeling of it s building on Main Street will have an open house on Saturday. There will be guided tours of the interior, including the second floor, which houses he directors’ room, and the basement, with its various areas devoted to use by the 26 employees.
Frank E. Westerfield, 90, the oldest member of the Indian Hills Christian Church, was honored with a birthday party at the church following the prayer meeting service. Mr. Westerfield and his wife, Clemmie, live on Lexington Avenue. During the service Mr. Westerfield talked about his life and faith and said he attributed his longivity to “Temperance in all things,” and his “Faith in the Master.”

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

Boyle County Fiscal Court voted to commit $200,000 for the purchase of land for a regional park. The donation is the firsts triggered by last month’s joint meeting to get local governing bodies and citizens working together to develop a multipurpose park. The city is expected to make its own commitment at its next meeting.
Hustonville’s new police chief has resigned saying he could not work with a mayor who won’t let him do his job. “I have found that to work here, your hands are tied. It’s not what you charge someone with, but who that person is,” said Terry Meadows, who had been Hustonville police chief less than a month.
A kindergartener has prompted a new policy on isolating children at Woodlawn Elementary School after he walked off the Boyle County schools’ central campus. The boy was picked up in West Danville by a relative after the child had been placed just outside the Woodlawn gymnasium for misbehavior. The gym teacher checked on the boy at 10:50 a.m. after placing him in the hall. The boy apparently left a few minutes before the end of the class at 11 a.m. After leaving Woodlawn, the boy headed toward the house of his grandfather, who was driving down Nichols Street when he saw the boy. The mother called the school at about 11:10 or 11:15 after the boy had been picked up by his grandfather. The new policy means teachers may not leave children unwatched, even when pulled from a class for disciplinary reasons. The incident shows the potential problem of leaving children alone in school.

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