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From our files, Dec 8

100 YEARS AGO — 1918

School began at the Junction City High School Monday after being closed due to the influenza epidemic. They hope to get in at least two weeks of solid work before Old Santa Claus comes. Mrs. Edna Baucom received one of her Christmas presents early, as the school board has purchased a new desk and revolving chair for her high school room.

Quite a large number of the young men who have been mustered out of the Centre College S.A.T.C. this week wish to remain here as students in the college, but many of them will need employment to help pay expenses. Among them are many who are willing and well-equipped to do most any kind of work, including clerking in stores, farm work, attending dairy cows, running autos, etc. If you are in position to assist these worthy boys do so at once and it will be appreciated both by them and the college authorities.

Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Feather are still unable to hear from their son, R. Clifford Feather, who was seriously wounded in France last July. The last they heard from him, he had been removed from one hospital to another. Clifford Feather sailed for France on the same steamer that John King of Moreland did. Mr. and Mrs. Feather have made every known effort to hear from their boy and are at a loss to know why they do not succeed. John King was killed by a bomb in a hospital in France.

Next Monday, Beckwith & Hutchings will open a cream station in their store. The highest cash prices will be paid for cream. Your cream will be tested while you wait and your check will be paid on the spot. You save all the worry of churning by selling your cream. We furnish cans. You can bring your cream to us in buckets. We will pay 68 cents per pound for butter fat on opening Day.

75 YEARS AGO — 1943

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sheene of North Fourth Street, have received a message from their son, Benny J. Sheene, who is now a prisoner in the Philippine Island Military Prison Camp 1. His parents hadn’t heard from him since Oct. 1941. He is a seaman 1-c, U.S. Navy. The last person known actually to have been with the lad is Jack Stephens, serviceman now visiting in Danville, who spent a shore leave with Benny at Manila just two weeks before Pearl Harbor Day. Benny’s message was typewritten on a postcard and stated that he is in good health; not under medical treatment; and well. To his family he sent love and asked them not to worry.

An exhibit of weapons of war will be on display on Dec. 17 in the Goff building, known as the old Martin building on South Fourth Street next to Martin’s grocery. All the weapons on view will have been made wholly or in part in the Cincinnati Ordnance District. Featured in the exhibit will be the famous “Bazooka” which has had huge success in smashing every type of enemy tank and pill box. Two sound films will be shown, “Kill or Be Killed” and “Booby Traps.”

The assistance of the Chamber of Commerce in establishing an indoor recreation center for the youth of Danville was solicited by a group of Danville High School students and the Rev. T.J. Liggett, pastor of the First Christian Church, who appeared before the board of directors. Bobby Bright was spokesman for the young people’s group, which included Betty Lee Green, Gloria England and Melvin Veatch Jr.

The additional feature of a voice-recording device will be offered to the members of the armed forces by the Danville USO and will be available in time to permit voice recordings to be sent home as Christmas presents. The records which will be used are about six inches in diameter and are arranged for a recording on both sides. Each side will register for about one and a half minutes.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Circuit Judge Delbert Eagle ruled that the City of Danville could not prosecute the O & L Store and two of its employees for violation of the Sunday closing law by remaining open Sunday, Dec. 1. Judge Eagle gave a lengthy opinion on the case, stating that the city had singled out one violator for prosecution and had not interfered with a number of other stores and businesses which operated in Danville on the same Sunday and which had operated previously on Sunday, some of them for years.

About five or six houses in Danville, many of which were in Green Acres, were forcibly entered during Thanksgiving holiday. All break-ins were reported and officers are investigating the occurrences and none of the stolen items have been recovered. There have been numerous rumors, some of them even calling names, about the break-ins. There have been fantastic stories told and bandied about among those given to such things. It is suggested that there are laws that frown upon and deal severely with persons convicted of starting false rumors or passing them on in the form of gossip. Characters can be defamed by such action on the part of individuals and those hurt have recourse through the laws for whatever damages a court of jury fixes.

25 YEARS AGO — 1993

Friday has been declared Mickey Harmon Day by Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder to recognize the  jailer’s 30 years of service to Boyle County. Harmon’s term ends Dec. 31. He did not seek re-election. Over the past 30 years, Harmon has been deputy sheriff, sheriff, deputy property valuation administrator and jailer.

The Boyle County Board of Education voted to use grant money to hire a nurse to oversee various health programs. Superintendent Tom Mills said schools have to comply with so many health-related programs that it was decided to hire a professional to help.

Louise Shackleford, a sales clerk at Hub Frankel Co., doesn’t mind the Christmas rush. “I like to meet people,” she said. Shackleford has been working at Hub Frankel for almost 42 years. She began working in the basement of the West Main Street department store in menswear. She still works in the same department, but now on the first floor near a rear entrance to the store. Styles have changed since her first day of work on Jan. 2, 1952. She marvels at the variety of blue jeans for sale today. Her co-workers have changed too. “Joey wasn’t even born when I came to work,” she said of Joe Frankel Jr., one of her bosses. He now has two boys of his own. “Whenever they come in, they always hug me,” Shackleford said. At age 81, she has no plans to retire. “It’s a lot of work. But I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”