From our files, Dec. 29-30
100 YEARS AGO — 1918
William Brown, who is alleged to have shot Louis Jackson on Christmas night on Stanford Pike in Danville, made his escape and has not been heard from since the shooting. Jackson was operated on at the local hospital and is in critical condition. The trouble arose over a crap game, the amount of only 25 cents being in dispute. The officers are on the trail of Brown, but so far they have been unable to locate him.
It has been announced in several newspapers that the internal revenue offices in Kentucky would be consolidated after July 1. The state would have only two offices for collectors of the Internal Revenue Service. One will be in Lexington and the other in Louisville. Danville residents will take steps to rescind the order to remove the collector’s office from Danville because it would not only mean a big loss to the town, but cause great inconvenience to hundreds of people in this area of the state.
The Danville Buick Company is installing a battery charging plant in their garage on Walnut Street that will charge 32 storage batteries at once, which will be of great convenience to the motorists of this town. L.B. Conn, the proprietor, is also installing a vulcanizing plant for retreading and sectional repairs. He will work 10 employees and be in position to take care of the needs of automobile owners in a prompt and satisfactory manner.
The handsome new Methodist Church at Stanford will be dedicated on Jan. 5. Many delays have been caused to prevent the dedication of this church before this time, but everything is in readiness now and a large crowd is expected. Many Boyle County people are expected to attend the service.
75 YEARS AGO — 1943
The canteen for servicemen aboard trains running through Danville will be operated at the railroad depot on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, said Mrs. J.L. Ewing, commander of the Navy Mothers Club of Boyle County, sponsors of the canteen. Volunteer helpers to prepare and serve the eatables are needed, as well as quantities of food including, sandwiches, sandwich fillings, cookies and fruit. She requested that workers and donors come to the Maple Avenue cafeteria between 9 and noon tomorrow. Over 2,000 servicemen were fed in the five-night period of the canteen’s operation last week.
Patients and employees at Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital were the recipients of surprise Christmas gifts. The patients received their rooms and all services free on Christmas Day and all employees were presented with passes to the Kentucky Theatre. The patients were notified of their Christmas presents from the hospital through cards which appeared on their breakfast trays on Christmas morning. The cards read: “This is one day that everyone would like to spend at home, but due to circumstances you are prevented from doing so. The trustees, management and employees of Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital are desirous that this day here be as near like home as possible. We cannot have a Christmas party for 50 people in 50 different rooms, and due to the shortage of merchandise and unusual conditions of this war-torn year, in a spirit of good will toward all — we want to announce that there will be no charges made for your room and room service this Christmas Day. Best wishes for a pleasant Christmas and a speedy recovery.”
If your filling station attendant asks to see our gasoline ration book before he sells you gasoline, don’t take offense. He’s merely complying with the mileage rationing regulations for your protection. Putney Guerrant, chairman of the Boyle County War Price and Rationing Board said that filling stations and other establishments selling gasoline have been instructed to take the steps necessary to prevent illegal transfer of gasoline. To avoid being in violation, the filling station operator should: ask to see the purchaser’s ration book; be sure that the correct ration sticker is displayed on the car; be sure vehicle make and license plate number is the same as described on the cover of the ration book; deliver no gasoline unless there are enough valid coupons to cover the purchase.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
Mayor Eben Henson has received an invitation from the Inaugural Committee requesting his presence at the inauguration of Richard Nixon as president of the United States and Spiro Agnew as vice-president on Jan. 20, 1969.
The five-room frame house on North Alta Avenue, property of the Catholic Church, was sold at public auction to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Niehause Jr. for $9,250.
Danville City Police Judge A. Jack May will speak on “Women in Law” at a meeting of the Harrodsburg Women’s club.
25 YEARS AGO — 1993
1993 year in review: Big Yank in Lancaster and Thom McAn and Clark Equipment in Danville all announced their upcoming closings: Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center announced plans for a $12.6 million expansion and renovation project that will enlarge its outpatient and emergency services: Wal-Mart announced it was going to build a supercenter in Boyle County: Danville City Commission and Boyle County Fiscal Court each promised $200,000 to help buy land for a community park: A June 4 storm left the Danville area littered with fallen trees and damaged buildings just a week before the arrival of thousands of tourists for the Great American Brass Band Festival.
More than $100,000, a crucial security gate and 10 General Education Development certificates are among the legacies of outgoing Boyle County Jailer Mickey Harmon. Inmate uniforms, a new computer system and a fresh coat of paint will become Chris Hill’s legacies, the new jailer said Saturday after his first day on the job.
Megan Bowling is tickled pink to know she helped name a crayon in Crayola’s new set of colors. “Tinkle Me Pink” was among the suggestions she submitted for Crayola’s contest to name 16 new colors. The 15-year-old Danville girl was one of several people who submitted the winning name, but she was not chosen the grand prize winner for the name. The winner had the top written explanation of how he chose the name. “You think, ‘Oh this is my original. Nobody else will think of this.’ You’d be surprised.”