From our Files, May 12
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
One of the biggest things ever pulled off in Danville will be the great parade next Saturday afternoon in the interest of the American Red Cross campaign, which will start May 20. The local committee has arranged to have hundreds and perhaps thousands of citizens of Boyle County in this great parade.
A representative of the J.P. Frank Grocery Co., of Danville, announces the arrival of a car load of sugar yesterday. They are expecting two other cars any day and hope to have an ample supply for all their customers during the fruit season which is just beginning.
The local board has been authorized by the War Department to accept voluntary enlistments in the following branches of the service until May 20. Only men within the draft age and physically qualified for general military service will be accepted. All enlistments must be made through this board. White men needed; railroad brakemen, firemen, conductors, hostlers, stable men and mule packers. Colored men needed; bricklayers and carpenters.
Advertisement for The Old Bank in Perryville: Just a word to the boys. There is a wise old proverb which runs about like this: “If a man is not handsome at 20, strong at 30, wise at 40 and rich at 50, he never will be.” If this be true, then why not with the bloom and strength of youth, be wise at 20 and start a bank account … and be rich at 30.
75 YEARS AGO — 1943
Advertisement for Flash Dog Food: With the strict rationing of all meats your dog can’t possibly have the necessary vitamins unless you feed Flash Dog Food. We sell this in 5, 25 and 50-pound bags. Try it. Your dog with thrive on it. Buy it at Fant’s Garage & Tire Shop.
Advertisement for Dr. Pepper: “Fateeg-A-Jeebies” is an alias for hunger, thirst and fatigue. A cold, sparkling Dr. Pepper is your best bet to beat ‘em. Dr. Pepper is a liquid bite-to-eat; a quick-acting pepper-upper. Help yourself to keep bright, alert and snappy. There’s taste delight and keen satisfaction in every luscious swallow. Rush to the soda fountain or cooler daily at 10, 2 and 4. Dr. Pepper is rationed, yes, but it’s still 5 cents, still worth searching to find.
Business attended to at the Danville City Council meeting includes: A letter of appreciation was received from Lydia W. Terrell and Mrs. Robert C. Terrell for naming Terrell Drive for the late Robert C. Terrell. City engineer Tuttle recommended the city install a drainage pipe on Dr. Porter’s property on North Third Street to alleviate a water condition there during heavy rains. It was recommended that a spring be filled on North Third Street to prevent water overflow. A 60-foot wall was recommended built along the Ad Durham property on Lexington and Fifth to prevent the ground from washing away. The city council of 1927 made an agreement with Durham to protect the property in the event erosion began as a result of building a sidewalk.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
Mrs. George White entertained with a birthday supper party at her home on Tenikat Drive in honor of her daughter Kathy, who was celebrating her eighth birthday. The theme of “Mistress Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?” was carried out in the decorations. Invitations were extended to Tammy Thompson, Debbie Sharpe, Judy Girdley, Elizabeth Richardson, Sherry Rousey, Kathy Reid, Cindy Rice, Lisa Merrick Holly Henson, Mindy Stephens Judy Sharpe and Martha McDaniel.
The first of a series of discussions of the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders will be held at the St. James. A.M.E. Church on East Walnut Street. The meetings are being sponsored by the Danville Minister’s Association. The report answers questions about the riots that occurred last summer in Newark and Detroit. The purpose of the series is not only to explore the Commission’s Report, but its implications for Danville. Major emphasis will be placed over the primary question, “What can be done to prevent it from happening here?”
The City of Danville’s proposed budget for 1968-70, a monetary outlay of $551,000 which is estimated as needed to operate the city, is taking shape in a 56-page brochure, and city officials will be studying this document for the next two weeks. City administrators said 95 or 96 percent of the money received by the city will be used for the regular, routine operations. The remainder can be expended, as far as it will go, on improvements, repairs and possible equipment.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
In a split vote, the Danville City Commission approved spending $12,215 to make sidewalk improvements in front of the old Chevron station on Main Street. This leaves about $18,000 in the Main Street improvement fund, which is not enough to replace the older trees between Second and Fourth streets.
Goodall Field became Stuart Powell Field when the Boyle Fiscal Court and Danville City Commission approved the name change. King Pruitt, vice chairman of the airport board, made the name change request on behalf of the airport board to recognize Powell’s efforts the past 25 years to upgrade the airport. “Many of the industries coming to Danville for the first time come in private airplanes,” Pruitt said.
Danville city commissioners will now get an automatic pay increase each year. They voted on and passed an ordinance putting in place yearly cost of living adjustments for the commissioners and mayor based on calculations made by the state. Current salaries are $4,550 for commissioners and $7,550 for the mayor. While elected officials cannot raise their salaries while in office, state law does allow them to take cost of living adjustments. Boyle Fiscal Court routinely increases magistrate salaries based on the price index.