From our files, August 18
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
Your interest and cooperation is most respectfully and urgently solicited to encourage the improvement of musical education. The National Education Report of 1916 showed that 90 percent of all high school pupils don’t continue their musical studies, so they should have the opportunity to choose music as an elective course. Danville High School has adopted a feasible plan for this action. By using an organized and corrected school text on music, parents and educators are assured that the student in music will attain the same mental advancement as he would in any other subjects.
Will those who have work out please send it in as soon as finished. Inspection must be made and alterations, if any, and the time is growing short in which to finish Boyle County’s quota. Let every woman who can give even an hour or two come to the work room on Third Street next Thursday and Friday afternoon to help. The following quota must be ready for shipment by Sept. 1: 100 chemises; 150 boys’ shirts; 150 boys underdrawers; 150 pairs of bed socks; 250 pairs of trench slippers. Socks which do not measure up to the requirements will be returned to the Red Cross Chapter to be re-knit. Socks measuring less than 10.5 inches length of foot will not be accepted. Socks with pointed toes will not be accepted. They must be toed off with 20 stitches, 10 on front and 10 on back needle.
Advertisement: The old-time mixture of sage tea and sulphur for darkening gray, streaked and faded hair is grandmother’s recipe, and folks are again using it to keep their hair a good, even color, which is quite sensible, as we are living in an age when a youthful appearance is of the greatest advantage. Nowadays, though, we don’t have the task of gathering the sage and the mussy mixing at home. All drug stores sell the ready-to-use product, Wyeth’s Sage and Sulphur Compound. It is very popular because nobody can discover it has been applied. Simply moisten your comb or a soft brush with it and draw it through your hair. My morning the gray hair disappears.
On Aug. 24, the 240-acre farm of J.L. Butler, located in Lincoln County near the Boyle County line, 5.5 miles from Danville, will be auctioned. At the same time, a lot of livestock and farm implements will be sold. The sale starts at 9 o’clock and dinner including old-fashioned burgoo will be served free of charge to the large crowd expected to attend.
75 YEARS AGO — 1943
An impromptu treasure hunt conducted by members of Boy Scout Troop No. 25 at Sunnyside Pool netted the boys a class ring, about $2.50 in dimes and pennies and a number of currently valuable bobby pins. The unscheduled treasure hunt happened when the boys, with scoutmaster M.S. McDonald, were unable to buy tickets to go swimming since the pool was bing drained and cleaned. Being disappointed, the lads begged to have a pseudo-swim while the pool underwent a two-hour emptying. The finding of the articles lost in the pool was a natural result. The Scouts were allowed to keep the coins and hair pins, but the ring was kept at the pool office in hopes of returning it to its owner.
All young women who have admittance cards to the U.S.O. house, and those who are interested in obtaining cards, are requested to meet at 8 o’clock at the U.SO. building on West Main Street and meet with Mrs. H.H. Price.
Back in May 1942, when he was 15, Charles Franklin Dexter of South Third Street in Danville had the urge to beat up the Japs, which led him to fake his birth certificate and join the Navy. Eventually found out and honorably discharged as underage, Charles is home, sober and more settled. Charles intends to return to high school and more fully prepare himself to face life and later re-enlist with the Navy.
Boyle County’s tobacco crop of about 3,500 acres is being rapidly cut and housed. Although this acreage is 400 acres larger than was grown last year, observers believe the crop will be no larger than last year’s when it goes to market.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
Miss Lois Jean DeLong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard DeLong of Waveland Avenue was recently honored with a birthday party. Those attending were Darrell Lee Coffman, Joe Best, Timmy Smothers, Billy Joe Parkey, Joe Matherly, Brad Jones, Saber Dedee Nolan and Karen Rogers. Refreshments of ice cream, cake and Kool-Aid were served.
Educational television media workshops for Boyle and Danville teachers will prepare all local instructors involved for the initiation of the 1968-69 school year for the educational television program for students is taking place. A grant of $18,000 earlier this year from the Corning Glass Works Foundation is allowing the KET to become effective this year.
Dancers from the Cooper School of Dance will be special performers at the Kentucky State Fair. Students from Danville includes Lisa Durrett, Christi Phelps, Vicki Richards and Sherry Chambers. The group is the only such non-professional group to occupy a featured entertainment at the 1968 fair.
The Boyle County Chapter of the American Red Cross, for the second consecutive year, is joining with other chapters in a nation-wide project to make and fill gift bags to be distributed to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen, who at Christmastime this year will be stationed in Vietnam. The ditty bags are to be made of dark cotton in order that they will still be serviceable after the contents are used.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
Bobby Preston of Garrard County came out of retirement to reclaim his title of world champion tobacco cutter. Preston, 38, has won the annual World Champion Tobacco Cutting Contest 11 of the 12 years that Garrard County has hosted it. People who have observed Preston’s technique over the years say he works with machine-like precision, with little wasted motion. Preston out-shined 14 other competitors to claim $300 in prize money. He cut 215 sticks of tobacco in 46.8 minutes.
A 1918 Ford “Skeeter” that has been in the Joe Rousel family since 1923 has been rebuilt twice — once in 1923 and now, 60 years later. In 1923, Rosel paid $20 to Mr. Ely for the old touring car. Rosel and his grandfather John Nosko, removed the car’s body and rebuilt it with a “Skeeter” body, which is defined as a modified hot rod version without fenders. Rosel salvaged enough pipe to help rebuild the cr. the front windshield is a piece of beveled glass from an old funeral carriage. “Grandpa did the woodwork and I got the piece of tin for the hood,” Rosel said. For 10 years, Rosel drove the car everyday to Danville, where he worked for Clarke Plumbing.
The head of the state NAACP soon will be asking eight Kentucky high schools, including Boyle and Casey counties, to look for new nicknames and to eliminate any other symbols of the Confederacy they may use at their schools. The NAACP is asking schools to voluntarily drop the use of “Rebels” and “Confederates” as their nicknames.
Without the ice, crowds and fights, hockey has skated into Danville. Since April, Michael Sherwood, Chip Hundley, Todd McShorter, Norman Godby and Jon Jennings have been a team, roller-blading around their own blacktop rink — the Food Lion parking lot in Danville.
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