From our files, August 11-12
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
The colored citizens of Stony Point and vicinity gave a rally Sunday for the benefit of widow, Maggie Griffin and her six children. A total of $60 was raised. The money will be used for fuel and winter supplies. This is a very worthy undertaking by the colored people of that community and they are to be commended. A number of white people also contributed to the fund.
An all-day sewing for the Red Cross will be held by the Daughters of the Confederacy with Mrs. Logan Wood on Wednesday. This chapter has promised to make 500 comfort bags by Sept. 1. Will all members please make an effort to come and help in this work? Come early and even if the day is warm, forget the discomfort by being busy for the Boys over there who are fighting in the heat and every other trying condition, but gloriously doing their best.
Even those who have been doubtful or pessimistic about the Moonlight Schools are now convinced as to their value and worth. Last Monday evening, Miss Ethel Rupley, the Boyle County agent, went over to Salem school, located on the knob just back of Mitchellsburg, and opened a very successful school. Ten people who didn’t know a single letter were taught to write their names and to read the first page in the Moonlight School reader. They were very enthusiastic and each pledged to bring someone else the next evening. The colored school in Danville, under the supervision of Prof. Bate, opened with 18 students and many more will enter.
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75 YEARS AGO — 1943
The Legion of Merit has been awarded posthumously to Colonel Raymond T. Lester of Danville, who lost his life when his aircraft was forced down over the desert near Cairo, Egypt. Surviving members of Col. Lester’s family who live in Danville include his mother, Mrs. Jeff Lester and his sister, Miss Juanita Lester; a brother Ben Lester; uncle, Powell Lester; and an aunt Mrs. Joe Hignight.
A new religious group called the Church of God has begun work on Earl Street in Danville, and will hold an all-day meeting on Sunday. Brother Henry Robertson is pastor of the group. Although the new group bears the same name, it is not affiliated with the Church of God on North Fourth Street of which the Rev. Proctor E. Barber is pastor.
Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Canon of Bowling Green announce the marriage of their daughter, Ann B. Canon, to to Mr. John Peter Frank Jr. Mrs. Frank is a graduate of Western Kentucky State Teachers’ College and is currently a senior in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Kentucky. While at WKU, she was a member of the Studio Club, English Club and College Chorus. At UK, she is a member of the University Glee Club and Y.W.C.A. Mr. Frank is a graduate of Danville High School where he was a member of the Science Club, Radio Club, Hi-Y and high school band. He received a bachelor’s degree from Centre College, where he was a member of the Deinologian Society, Glee Club, English Club, German Club, Centre Colonels’ Orchestra and feature editor of the Cento. After leaving Centre, he became a radio engineer at several stations, radio supervisor and supervisor of trade and industrial education in the Danville city schools and instructor of radio in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He is currently an instructor of physics at the University of Kentucky in connection with the Army specialized training program.
Danville gasoline dealers report that gas sales have zoomed since the rumor has gone around that gasoline rations would be cut. Friday night the Office of Price Administration curtailed the value of A, B and C gasoline ration coupons from four to three gallons.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
The Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission is meeting to discuss requests for zoning changes on Hustonville Road. One request is to rezone property extending about 193 feet north on Hustonville Road and 175 feet west on Cloverdale Drive from R-1 to Highway Commercial in connection with a planned development project for a service station. A second request is for Hustonville Road at the intersection of Danville bypass to be rezoned from agricultural to commercial.
A strange tree with purple blossoms and pods containing small seeds may be a Paulownia tree, according to Mrs. Wes Hill of Danville. The description sounds as if the tree may be of the same variety of two now located at the McDowell House in Danville, she said. The trees are often mistaken for Catalpa but actually are of Oriental origin.
A total of 151 arrests were made by the Danville Police Department, with 103 convictions obtained, during the month of July. The arrests compare with 140 made in July 1967, when 116 convictions were obtained. The largest number of arrests in the motor vehicle violations category involved 11 people who were caught running stop signs; 10 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated; nine arrested for running red lights; seven arrested for speeding, plus other traffic arrests.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
The Garrard County Courthouse will be off-limits to the public at night because of recent acts of vandalism. The fiscal court tentatively adopted a new ordinance that makes it illegal for people to be around the building, steps, sidewalks or parking area from nightfall to daybreak. Profanity has been written on the building, benches have been stolen and the American flag has been desecrated over the past couple of months.
Carroll Rousey got his driver’s license in 1957, but he waited 34 years to buy the car he wanted back then. “I turned 16 years old in 1957, but I never did have a ‘57 Chevy,” the Mercer County man said. In 1990, he heard about a classic car auction in Lexington and went with the intention of buying the car of his dreams. His wife Rowena changed his plans. “As soon as we went in there, she saw a white ‘58 Chevy hard-top and she fell in love with it.” Rousey, who lives at Golden Arch Farm on U.S. 127, bought his ‘57 Chevy the next year, and has kept on buying. Today, he owns three ‘57 and two ‘58 Chevys, as well as a 1955 Cameo pickup truck.
The impact of the Ky. 34 bridge and proposed improvements to Perryville Battlefield historic site were just a few of the concerns aired by the group charged with updating planning goals for the county. They have revised goals that cover areas such as general land development, transportation, economic development and residential development. Among other concerns were the need for a second bridge over the Chaplin River in Perryville, planning for commercial development along the new U.S. 127 in Junction City, and maintaining a strong farm economy.