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From our files, Dec. 1

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

In order that each Kentucky county shall have a complete record of the part the county had in the war, each county has appointed a historian to collect information. It will be put in permanent form and kept by the county clerk. Dr. Fayette Dunlap has consented to act at county historian for Boyle County. He asks the cooperation of the families and friends of every enlisted man in the collection of this data. It should be distinctly understood that the information called for does not apply to drafted men, only to volunteers. It should be stated that the drafted men’s records are complete and are in the hands of the Draft Board and is available at any time and will be put in the same footing at that of the volunteers.

Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Walker Sr. returned Wednesday from Pineville where they had been for the past two months visiting their son. They expected to return home some time ago, but were prevented from doing so on account of the quarantine at Pineville, where the influenza has been raging for some time.

The following quota must be finished by Dec. 20 as it has to be inspected and packed and in the warehouse on Dec. 31, hence it can be seen that every woman is needed in order to get this amount of work done in time: 315 chemises; 300 operating gowns; 165 men’s shirts; and 225 pinafores.

Our hats off to Sheriff M.J. Farris Jr. who is undoubtedly the best sheriff in the state. When his books closed last Saturday he had collected in full all property tax in Boyle County, making a clean sweep, which is considered remarkable.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Christmas Savings checks totaling nearly $40,000 were mailed out today by the Farmers National Bank. As usual, almost all of the savings represent deposits made by Boyle County residents. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the local financial institutions cooperation with the nation-wide Christmas Savings Plan. A year ago, 1,000 depositors received checks for a total of $45,377.50 from the Danville bank. Five years ago, $25,000 was distributed to 730 depositors; and 10 years ago, $15,000 was accumulated for holiday spending by 500 depositors at the Farmers National Bank.

Clarence “Shorty” Spoonamore, manager of the Boyle Pharmacy, has been in the business for your health at his current location since March 1, 1937. A graduate of Louisville College of Pharmacy with the class of 1923, Mr. Spoonamore rolled up 17 years of service as a pharmacist with Spoonamore’s Drug Store, owned by his eldest brother, M. “Doc” Spoonamore before the Boyle Pharmacy came into existence. Clarence went out for himself when he bought from R.C. English, half of the Farmers Bank Building. After a month he established his present quarters where he has enjoyed a prosperous business. The Boyle Pharmacy is jointly owned by Clarence and his brothers M.D. and Clay Spoonamore.

Fire of undetermined origin broke out just after dark last night near the residence of the Rev. and Mrs L.M. Omer at Faith Mission and burned through the Knobs around Parksville until early this morning before being brought completely under control. The Omer residence, Log Cabin Manse, was endangered by the flames. About 35 men from the neighborhood and Robert Campbell, principal of Perryville High School, with a group of young men he had rounded up, fought the fire. Mrs. Omer expressed appreciation for the work of those who helped keep the blaze under control while the Rev. Omer was confined to bed with a cold.

Interest and attendance grow each Sunday at the Mission of Duncan and Randolph Hill. On Sunday, the Mission elected Milford Gray as superintendent, Johnetta Cooper organist and Ruth Gray secretary. The sermon which was delivered last Sunday by Rev. Lewis Faulkner was instructive and appropriate, was enjoyed by all. The theme, “Ye are the Salt of the Earth” was clearly explained.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Three warrants were served Sunday afternoon at the O and L Store at Walnut and South Third streets and soon thereafter the store closed for the day. The three warrants were issued against the business, manager and cashier who were charged with having made sales on Sunday. Five more merchants were also served with warrants later in the week under the Sunday Closing Law. The businesses involved were Spoonamore Store; Gem Store; Freeland Pharmacy; Super-X and Begley Drug.

Recommendations have been made that the assessment of some Danville properties be increased and notices of that proposed increase have been sent to the affected property owners by Tax Assessor Ellis Preston. Preston said he was requested by the city administrator to effect a re-assessment of city property. He said that professional appraisers would have charged probably $40,000 to make the study and recommend the change. Instead, the board of city tax supervisors met in special session for seven days and studied and evaluated every piece of property on the Danville tax rolls. It is understood that similar evaluations and studies have been made in most of the cities in Kentucky in order to bring the assessments up to 100 percent of the market value. Following their extensive study, some changes were made and property owners affected were notified. The changes would result in increased income to the city of Danville for the amount of $25,000 per year.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

In a 8-by-10-foot room at the Boyle County Health Department there is an X-ray machine, a TV monitor on a stand with instructional videos; a piece of equipment used for lab testing, a file cabinet, a small desk and chair and a lawn mower. “This is sort of a multipurpose room,” said Pete Yankey, administrator of the department. They do X-rays and lab work in there; office work and tuberculosis clinics. The diagnosis by the state Cabinet for Human Resources said the facility has numerous deficiencies and the Bluegrass Area Development District said the building is one of the 10 worst county health department facilities in the state. The cure will be a new 8,000 square-foot building.

Centre College is seeking a court order to stop a hearing that challenges the housing of students on St. Mildred’s Court. Centre has students living in a duplex and a four-unit apartment house on the street. Neighborhood residents questioned the right of the college to put the students in the apartments, which are in a predominately single-family neighborhood.

The city is purchasing a display case to show off artifacts found during an archaeological dig in 1984. It was required because the city had a federal grant to help build the water storage tower on the Danville bypass; Archaeologists found evidence of that the hilltop served as a campsite for prehistoric Indians.