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From our files, September 29

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

Women are needed at the Elks Club on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to make surgical dressings. Very few women have been helping in the past few weeks. The dressings are very much needed. Is every woman in Danville doing her whole duty? Let your own conscience answer.

The Red Cross Rummage and Stock sale will be held at Beech Point, the home of Robert Darbyshire, located on the Danville and Hustonville Turnpike. Give your runt pig; give us your scrub calf; give us clothes; give us implements; empty your garret and rob your cellar. We will sell your discards, your diamonds, your scrap iron. We take everything but “no.”

The worst disappointed young man we have seen in many days was young William Montgomery. He enlisted in the service 18 months ago and was a member of Supply Co., 138th Field Artillery, at Camp Taylor for about six months, and was then sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he remained about one year. For several months his health has not been good and the climax came this week when he was honorably discharged on account of disabilities. Mr. Montgomery pleaded with his superior officials to allow him to go across, but they were obstinate, knew his physical conditional better than he did and sent him home.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Members of the Jewish faith in Danville will celebrate their 5,704th New Year, Rosh Hashanah, beginning at sundown tonight and continuing through sundown tomorrow night. Their places of business will be closed all day Tuesday.

The first edition of the Centre College Cento has been published with a staff predominantly feminine. Reflecting the demands of war on Centre enrollment, the staff this year is composed of a lady editor, business manager, women’s editor, advertising manager, circulation manager and 11 women reporters.

A sharp decrease in the amount of fines collected in the Boyle County Court since the last term in April is a total of $843.04. The figure represents a reduction of $1,203.04 from the total of $2,066.08 in fines collected during the comparative period one year ago. The decline is in proportion to a decreasing number of crimes which may be because of the war, gasoline rationing and the manpower shortage. Gasoline rationing has lessened the opportunities for young people driving around and getting into trouble, and the manpower shortage has presented constructive employment for many.

A bonfire rally was held on the Maple Avenue school grounds for the forthcoming Danville-Somerset clash. After climaxing speeches by several members of the Admiral team and Coaches Ernest Woford and Orin Teater, the entire student body present marched down Main Street to the Kentucky theater singing the DHS school song and yelling cheers. The theater allowed the students to see the current attraction, “Mission to Moscow” at a reduced price. The cheerleaders and football players were admitted free.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Mrs. Gertrude Sledd, who retired from her teaching career in 1961 after giving 46 years of her time and ability to the profession, is one of four people on the November ballot for election to the Danville City Board of Education. Mrs. Sledd taught at Bate High School from 1915 to 1917, at Lincoln High School in Paducah from 1917 to 1919, and returned to Bate where she taught until her retirement seven years ago. She said, “Education is more than books — it includes other factors, common sense or good judgment and a respect for the rights of others.”

A Danville business that has been in the same families since it was founded in 1895 has been sold. New ownership started managing the Danville Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company after it had been owned, managed and  operated by the Lyons and Nichols families for 73 years at its location on North Third Street. The new owners are John Short and James Naylor who operate the Ideal Cleaners on South Fourth Street and a similar one in Stanford.

S.C. Alexander, Paul Benedict and Charles Onstott have announced that a modern mobile home site will be developed off Baughman Avenue at a cost of about $125,000. The development will occupy a little more than 17 acres and when finished, there will be 117 spaces with sewer and water connections.

The grand jury of the September term of Boyle Circuit Court has recommended that a new jail be built to house both city and county prisoners and that the workhouse be abolished.

Boy Scout Troop No. 103 of St. James AME Church played an active role on Scout Day, which was held in connection with the United Community Fund campaign. Troop members are Jimmy McElroy, Willy Kelly, Danny Kelly, Ralph Smith, Kerry Kenley, Frank McElroy (assistant scoutmaster), Walter Smith, Lonnie Kenley, Clyde Simpson, Lanny Lockett, Steve Bowman, William Riffe, Charles Mayfield, Henry Ewing, Marvin Swann, Jerry Jones, Mike Faulkner, James Bartleson, Ron Mayfield and Joe Kelly (scoutmaster).

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

A magnetic resonance imaging device (MRI) will be in a building in Southland Plaza on Hustonville Road. The building the MRI will be in is between RESPRO and McDowell Home Health Care. It is the first MRI ever to be located in Danville.

A small group gathers every week to worship together and pray that a new Presbyterian Church of America will be established in Boyle County. Organizers have hopes that within a few years the church will have its own facility and eventually be able to open a Christian school. The church, which calls itself conservative but not old fashioned, considers homosexuality a sin and is against abortion.

When you love animals as much as Zeke Goggin does, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time, hands or legs for all of them. His pets include three cats, a dog, a pony and a calf. Zeke said the calf is named Albert and was born on March 14, which is Zeke’s birthday. A little research in the library showed that is Albert Einstein’s birthday too.