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From our files, July 28

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

Many good residents of Boyle and Lincoln counties have gone to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to work work with the M.W. Kellogg Company which is handling the pipe work for the big government nitrate plant there. Residents here will be glad to learn that, under the able leadership of J.Frank Lusk,  Supt. at Muscle Shoals, and formerly of Hustonville, the 330 employees there have donated in the last 30 days $1,900 for the purchase of a Red Cross ambulance. It will be presented to the Baltimore, Maryland, chapter of the Red Cross where Mr. Lusk’s sister is managing director. It will be used for transporting wounded soldiers from arriving ships to the local hospitals and for relief work in general.

Six splendid milk cows, from which August Beck of Ottemhein has sold hundreds of gallons of cream to the Stanford Creamery, were struck by lightning and killed Wednesday afternoon. The cows had gathered under a hickory tree for shelter and the tree was struck by lightning with the above results.

Mrs. J.B. Willis has sold Crab Orchard Springs hotel to a syndicate of Louisville businessmen. The price received for the resort was $60,000. The businessmen propose to make the famous old resort a second French Lick. It is said that close to $100,000 will be spent in improvements. The water has a nation-wide reputation for its curative properties. The present season seems to be a good one in spite of war and other handicaps at this time.

At exactly 1:05 p.m. yesterday, a frightful wreck occurred on the Southern Railway at Junction City, when a fast northbound freight car collapsed when it was partially across the Louisville and Nashville intersection. A crossbar on one of the freight cars suddenly broke, throwing this car off the track and causing five cars to double up, jump from the track and crash into the south end of the passenger depot. One of the cars plowed itself two feet into the crushed stone platform of the depot and then tore out the corner of the building where a half dozen people were seated waiting for trains.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Advertisement: Hello Women of Danville! Come aboard the U.S.S. Recruiting Cruiser, the traveling WAVE recruiting trailer for the U.S. Navy. Learn from our crew, WAVES and sailors how to get into the Navy’s branch for eligible women between the ages of 20 to 35. See exhibit of Japanese relics collected on Guadalcanal by U.S. sailors. We’ll be here all day Monday and Tuesday tied up at Main and Third streets.

Danville’s trio of would-be jailbreakers made another attempt of Jailer J.B. Williams’ jail and came mighty close to getting away. Their latest efforts were not planned with the same attention to detail as the previous attempt, but they were rougher. When Williams opened the cell door for Ed Shouse, who was working on the plumbing of the jail, they overpowered the two men, tied them up in the cell and made tracks for the outside doors of the jail. Fortunately, Jailer Williams had the foresight to lock both the front and rear doors, and before the prisoners could get away, the shouts of the jailer and his companion had brought help. Miss Elizabeth Williams, the jailer’s daughter, forced one of the prisoners to abandon his effort to escape through the front door. With fiery determination in her eye, she told the prisoner through the peephole, “Don’t you dare try to come out this way.”

The names of 1,600 Boyle County men and women serving their country during this present war have been painted on the Roll of Honor signboard erected at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. Space for the Roll of Honor board on the downtown parking lot was given by Mattingly-Rapier Chevrolet Company.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Though a lot of emphasis is being placed on youth in most activities at the Boyle County Fair and Horse Show, the older folks have not been forgotten. A local horse show event has been slated for riders who are 50 years old or older. All of the rules have not yet been published, but indications are that the qualifications will not be strict and almost any four-legged animal of the horse family can be entered and shown.

The 8th annual Boyle County Feeder Calf Tour and banquet had the largest attendance and was the best one thus far, according to Paul Hamm, Area Extension Beef Specialist. The purpose of the tour was to observe the beef herd management practices used by farmers. This year’s steak banquet was attended by about 150 local beef farmers and their wives. They were entertained by the Kentucky Belles, an all-girl quartet including Irene Rawlings, Kathaleen Brewsaugh, Phyllis Bodner and Willma Jean Shannon.

Boy Scout No. 326 held its Court of Honor at the National Guard Armory. During the meeting Gary Huffman and Gary Craig were promoted to Eagle Scouts.

Animals including a skunk, goats, raccoon and some fish, combined to make the county fair’s pet show the biggest and best yet. A shetland sheepdog named Sir Lancelot owned by Russ Brown was the overall champion in the show. Chuckie Stallard’s eight baby guppies were judged the smallest in the show. A raccoon named Bandit was the most unusual and was shown by Renee Marshall for her brother Wally. Debbie Bonta’s well-dressed dog Penny was the winner. Cutest pet was Jacques, a poodle owned by Anne Bacon.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

A Florida man who had been arrested for alcohol intoxication died Tuesday night after he escaped from a state police car and jumped 80 feet from the Kennedy Bridge into Herrington Lake. His body was pulled from the 200-foot deep water early in the morning after dragging operations were begun.

Two people want the houses on Woods Drive and Toombs Court again called Batewood Homes. Rachel White, director of the Danville Housing Authority, said the housing project now called “South Second Street site” needed a name change because of negative connotations. “The city renamed the streets. The city was never involved in renaming the project,” said City Manager Edward Music. The Batewood Homes sign has already been removed. Mayor John Bowling said as far as he knew the name was still Batewood Homes. The streets serving houses in the project off South Second Street were renamed about two years ago to honor Edward Toombs, the long-time chairman of the board, and the Rev. J.E. Woods, former pastor of First Baptist Church Second and Walnut streets. The name Batewood was given to the community center and the park that is between the houses and Clark’s Run Creek. The Bate in Batewood refers to Joseph Bate, a noted black educator for whom Bate MIddle School is named. The “wood” refers to Rev. Woods. Neal Gordon, head of the local Human Rights Commission, said members of the black community have asked that the housing project go back to the Batewood name instead of the South Second Street site of the heritage of the names of Bate and Woods.

Showing at Danville’s Cinema 4: Last Action Hero; Made in America; Hocus Pocus; Son in Law; and An American Tail.