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From our files, June 16

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

James Coulter, of Parksville who has the contract to do the grading for a long siding on the L&N railroad is showing his patriotism by temporarily suspending the work for a few days in order that his workers can assist in saving the wheat crop. This is a most commendable act by Mr. Coulter and the workers.

Clay Southern, who lives on Persimmon Knob, was badly burned last Saturday night. It is alleged that he and Richard Tolliver were engaged in a crap game and were using a bottle filled with coal oil in which a wick was used to furnish light. It is claimed that Southern and Tolliver became involved in a difficulty and Tolliver grabbed the improvised lamp and struck Southerland on the head and the burning fluid set his clothing on fire. Dr. Pittman of Perryville said the burns were very serious, but he thought he would recover. His head, shoulder and arm were badly burned and the flesh would slough from his wrist.

Cheerful letters from home will go a long way to prevent shell shock among American soldiers said Frank Parsons, director of the local civilian relief for the Red Cross He urged such letters to keep the men in good spirits and good morale. He said we must take the American home to the men in the trenches.

To my customers: I regret to state that after the first day of July, I will be compelled to drop all my customers who buy less than one quart of milk at each delivery. There are many valid reasons for doing this and I am giving you ample notice that you will not be inconvenienced. Thanking you for your past patronage and hoping you can arrange to use one quart. Sincerely, Fred Burton, dairyman.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

After the first of July, one of the show windows of the Advocate-Messenger will be reserved for photographs of Boyle County men in military service. The other window will be used for patriotic, civic, business and other displays, the first of which will be one of Victory garden products. Local residents who have a Victory garden vegetable unusual in size, appearance, color or variety are requested to lend it for showing.

Efforts are being intensified to gather heavy metal and tin salvage, with the governmental need for tin increasing and collections slowing down. Two tin shipments to date total 70,450 pounds. Boyle County is still short of its 56-pounds-per-person quota.

Private James William Sallee, son of Mrs. Sarah Sallee of Alta Avenue, is a prisoner of war of the Japanese according to a telegram sent to his mother from the War Department. This is the second time Mrs. Sallee has had to  face the fact that a son was a war prisoner. Early in April she learned that Sergeant H. Franklin Sallee was a prisoner of war in the Philippine Islands. Private Sallee had not been heard from since Dec. 21, 1941. With his brother Sgt. Sallee, he was a member of he Harrodsburg National Guard and left for the Philippines in October, 1940. Another son is service is Chief Petty Officer John D. Sallee, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. She has been a widow since her youngest child was 2 months old. Her son David is an employee at local garage, and son George is a farmer in Boyle County. Her only daughter is Mrs. Bugg of Adams Street in Danville.

Advertisement from The Hub department store: Buy war bonds first above everything else. Buy what you need only. If you do not need it, put that money into war bonds. Use your stamp No. 18 if you need shoes. Select them early and do not wait until the expiration date in October, but please, buy shoes ONLY if you need them. Remember, stamps must be attached to the ration book, loose stamps cannot be accepted.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

There is no visible indications that the contract for the second section of the Danville bypass will be let in June of this year, as originally planned. There are positive indications that the first section, now under construction from the Harrodsburg to Perryville Road will be finished on schedule and could be open by September 1.

Burgin has outlawed all types of air rifles (BB guns) and officers have begun a program of enforcement against the weapons. Police have been told by city government to seize all such guns.

For the first time in its history, Danville has a Junior Woman’s Club today. Dedicated to several civic projects the group was installed by Mrs. Tom Hinshaw and Mrs. Mary Jo Young, both of Elizabethtown. The 14 charter members announced that the organization would sponsor a Miss Danville Pageant in 1969.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Robinson Sr. have accepted seven awards, including the Silver Star, won posthumously by their son, Sgt. Nathan Robinson, of Harrodsburg, after his death Feb. 25 in Vietnam. He died while on a reconnaissance patrol in the Bihn Chanh sector while assaulting the enemy with a machine gun.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

The Garrard County Fair expects to pack in 8 to 10,000 people next month for a performance by country music sensation and hometown by John Michael Montgomery. He grew up in Garrard and Jessamine counties and has agreed to perform on July 1. Admission will be $10 and includes carnival rides and other entertainment.

The Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission has decided to tackle the issue of how many residential lots can be allowed in land zoned agricultural-residential. A concern the commission has is that the process of buying large tracts at auction and then dividing each tract into five or fewer tracts is one way of avoiding stiffer development requirements. With that type of development, residential areas could spring up throughout the county without owners seeking residential zoning.

Successful resolution of a petition in Boyle Circuit Court could bring a total savings of $6 million to 15 Kentucky cities. The cities, including Danville, are asking for approval to refinance a debt owed the County Employee Retirement System. The debt comes fro action by the 1988 General Assembly, which required all cities with pension plans to become part of the retirement system. The transfer also made the cities liable for “unfunded pension obligations,” of the amount of money needed to meet standards for adequately funded pensions. The law putting cities in the pension fund also required he state pension fund to let the cities pay off he debt over 30 years. The interest, which can fluctuate, is now 8-percent. In Danville’s case, the debt still owed is $1.07 million.