From our files, Nov. 3
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
The public sale of Mr. J.R. Barnes’ livestock on Hustonville Pike last Saturday was well attended and bidding was spirited. A pair of 4-year-old mules sold for $330; milk cows sold from to $56 to $80; calves from $15 to $24; and brood sows, $26 a head.
Someone who has a piano, which is not in use, would do a very worthy deed to give or loan the piano to the Maple Avenue School. The piano would not be abused and only used during music periods by teachers. An influential woman, who is much interested in Danville’s City Schools, gave a piano for the Broadway School, and is therefore, helping to further the musical education of many children who are to be our city’s future citizens.
The latest news from local boy Miles McDowell, indicates that he is probably now overseas. He has been transferred from a small sub-chaster to a sub-destroyer. Two of the officers are his close friends. Miles’ twin brother, Sam, is somewhere in France. His letter of Oct. 13 states that it is about as cold where he was as it used to be when he would go to the knobs to get chestnuts or when “Tilly” would make her good old pumpkin bread.
The sheep-killing dogs are still at work in Boyle County and sheep farmers are powerless to do anything. Frank Logan, lost 47 of his flock of 58 sheep to the dogs Wednesday night. Mr. Logan’s loss is to be about $1,000. Owners of dogs, regardless of whether or not they are sheep-killers, should keep them up at night. The new dog law will require this when it takes effect on Jan. 1, but the owners should be interested in saving the sheep of the country by complying with the law now.
Warning to shoppers: Merchants must NOT take on additional help for Christmas trade nor can merchants increase working hours, according to the rules of the War Industrial Board. They are made to conserve labor, light and fuel. It therefore behooves each person to plan their Christmas shopping thoroughly. The local merchants, Uncle Sam and Santa Claus have formed a partnership. Do you part and do it now.
75 YEARS AGO — 1943
A plan of expansion which will double the size of the local Goodall plant after the war has been announced by Samuel Schuchter, production manager of the Goodall Company, who spoke to the Lions Club. He state that the plan war to have been put into effect before the war, but subsequent events made it impossible.
Modifications in shoe rationing regulation will release certain types of shoes for sale as non-rationed beginning Nov. 8. Shoes which contain no leather and which have a sole made and fastened to the upper by a vulcanized construction, such as tennis shoes, gym shoes and sneakers are released from rationing.
The largest real estate transaction in many years was completed with the sale of the building and property at the corner of Third and Walnut streets occupied by Kroger Grocery Company. M.B. and Fred Jones, operators of Jones Supermarket, bought the property from Evan Edmiston, Jennings and Harmon Realty and Auction Company and the price was private. It was reported that the property was purchased as an investment. The Kroger lease on the building, which was completed in August of 1941, is for five years. Originally the old McKee Hatter property, one of Danville’s oldest landmarks, the Third and Walnut Street corner and adjoining lots were purchased several years ago by Evan Edmiston from McKee Hatter. Mr. Edmiston razed the 12-room house and erected the supermarket building for the Kroger company.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
The congregation of First Christian Church will hear, for the first time today, their new organ, which has just been installed. The Moller Organ Company installed the organ which was ordered two years ago. There are 18 ranks with 1,086 pipes. It is electro-pneumatic with wind in the console operating the combination action with couplers. Director of Music at the church is Mrs. E.C. McWhorter.
The 13th annual Ephraim McDowell Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar will be held on Nov. 14. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the sale of a wide variety of attractive handmade and hand-decorated items will continue until 4:30 p.m. or until all of the items are sold said bazaar chairman, Mrs. Louis Beto. Funds made through the bazaar will be used, as they have been each year since 1956, to provide some necessities or to fill requests by the Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital.
Danville City Police Sgt. James Ryan Sr. has died from the six bullet wounds he received while investigating a break-in at the Servomation offices on South Fourth Street. No arrests have been made in connection with the break-in and shooting incident. Sgt. Ryan, who had planned to retire on Jan. 1, 1969, was a native of Tennessee and was born on Christmas Day Dec. 25, 1903. He had lived in Danville since 1925, and had been with the Danville Police Department since Feb. 1942.
Nixon is elected 37th President of the United States.
The Danville Parking Development Corporation has been granted a charter in Kentucky and stock is being sold in the new organization. Danville merchants and others interested expect to sell $100,000 in stock. The purpose of the corporation is to buy property and develop it for downtown parking in the city.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
The winners in the Danville City Commission race are not expected to change the direction this city is going, however, the race did have two surprises. Longtime commissioner John Forsyth was defeated and newcomer Alex Stevens knocked Commissioner Bunny Davis from his traditional place as top vote-getter.
A write-in candidate for mayor of Perryville said the mayoral election on Tuesday was held unfairly and it appears he has a state law to back him up. Ray Kuszmaul, a declared write-in candidate who lost his bid to unseat Mayor Phelps “Peck” Evans, said there were no pens inside the booth for voters to use to write in candidates’ names, and he claims there should have been. Boyle County Clerk John B. Nichols said that in the past, voters had used the pens to deface the machines, so they were removed. But pens were available at the clerk’s desks for voters to use. A spokesman for Secretary of State Bob Babbage said there is a state law that requires the county clerk to provide pens inside the booth.
Local merchants had a very good sales season last Christmas, but concerns over the economy might have shoppers a little worried this year. The closing of the Thom McAn and Clark plants here, plus other layoffs have merchants especially concerned. But Barney, the popular purple dinosaur character that so many children love, may help some area merchants during this holiday season. The manager of Judy Cox, the manager at Goody’s said the store has Barney animals, lights, lamps and other items. “And they are all selling real well. Barney might come to our rescue this season,” she said.
After working more than a year a group of community leaders has come up with a set of goals for Boyle County. The 2001 report, which is a Strategic Area Development Program for the county, is five pages of goals and objectives that cover the areas of the economy, human resources, infrastructure, transportation, environment and natural resources, justice, organizations and governance. Some of the 65 objectives listed include: continue the development and marketing of all industrial zoned properties; complete a survey to tell stores where shoppers are coming from; continue to promote the growth of the tourism industry; pursue the development of more overnight lodging; encourage farmers to find alternatives to raising tobacco.