From our files, March 16

Published 7:28 pm Friday, March 15, 2019

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

One of the boldest acts in the forgery business in this community in recent years was alleged to have been pulled off in Danville last Saturday afternoon, by a young woman named Elizabeth from the west end of Boyle County. On Saturday afternoon, she wrote a check for $19 at the Pushin Bros. store and signed it “Thos. P. Reed” and purchased $10 worth of merchandise and received $17.75 in change. She then went to the Kahn jewelry store and bought a gold wrist watch with her name engraved in the case. She then returned to Pushin Bros. and bought a silk dress with a check where she signed the name Abe Alverson. While waiting on some alterations to the dress, Pushin Bros. made their afternoon deposit where the signatures were pronounced forgeries. It was also found that she had used a forged check to purchase a set of furs at Welsh and Wiseman Co. False pride, the desire to live beyond their means has blighted the life of thousands and brought distress and disgrace to many people. This applies to all colors and creed.

The sign posts on Main Street in Danville frequently “get in the way” of careless automobile drivers. Someone driving a “Flivver” on Sunday night ran into the post at the intersection of Main and Fourth streets and broke the red globe and damaged the post. The city policeman secured the number of the machine and will make an effort to get the name of the guilty party.

The Danville Oil and Gas Development Company was incorporated yesterday by a number of Danville citizens and will at once start drilling for oil and gas in Lincoln County where the managers have leased about 150 acres.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

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An old fraud which is always talked about but never before has been reported in Danville virtually stole the life savings of a sick man. A woman dressed in most modern fashion and driving what the man called a “a long shiny automobile” came to his home to “bless” him. The woman asked if he had any money, and suspecting nothing underhanded, he said yes. She asked him to let her hold the money and bless it, so he did. After saying a few unintelligible words, she wrapped the money in an old rag and told him to put it back into the sock, where he had been storing it. She also cautioned him not to look at the money until Monday or the spell would be broken. He took the bundle and pushed its contents down into the sock and put it inside his shirt, then told the woman goodbye. Tuesday morning the man went to the sheriff’s office and told them someone had stolen his money. All he had found in the sock was newspapers bound together with a rubber band.

The Danville Advocate-Messenger will begin receiving the news of the state, the nation and the world from the Associated Press by leased news wire.  Teletype equipment is being installed in the Advocate-Messenger’s office. These teletypes are automatic typewriters which are connected with the leased news wire of the AP and operate 60 words a minute.

The Trapp Family Singers, world-famous musical group, will appear Thursday night in the chapel of the Woman’s College of Centre College in one of more than 65 concerts being presented by the family during its fourth transcontinental American tour. Heiresses to an old Austrian title, the eight Baronesses include the Baroness Maria Von Trapp and her daughters.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

Sgt. Warren D. Horn, formerly of North Fourth Street in Danville, is on duty at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand.

Dear Editor: I was delighted to read the letter … and editorial …. regarding the condition of Hustonville Road. Up to now, nobody has noticed this end of town except at tax-collecting time. … Other times the maintenance crews, the clean up crews, and all other crews sent out by the city are so busy manicuring Main Street and Lexington Avenue they don’t know any other place exists. … The people in the south end did not want to become part of the city, which consists only of Main and Lexington, but they were railroaded in anyway.

Dr. Thomas Buie of Lexington, warned in an address at Centre College that “drug users are potentially dangerous people because drugs produce alterations in the central nervous system and in the perception of the individual taking them.” An overflow crowd of students and townspeople heard the address. It was the largest Centre convocation audience to date. Dr Buie cited three major reasons for students’ interest in drugs: Circulated reports that drugs would increase creativity; society has become too dependent on tranquilizers and antidepressants so readily prescribed by doctors; and curiosity among students, many of whom are bright but anti-social.

25 YEARS AGO — 1994

Three juveniles allegedly have served as henchmen for a Perryville man in a two-year old theft ring recently broken up by the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office. The 15-year-old boys allegedly shoplifted property from several department stores and gave it to the man, who paid them $10 for every $100 stolen item from Kmart, Goody’s, Watson’s and Walmart.

The green, white and orange bars of the Irish flag hailed family to the Kerbaugh home for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. If one word described the annual breakfast at the home of Quinn Kerbaugh, it’s green. Green butter on toast, green scrambled eggs, green milk and green orange juice. “The real fun for the kids is to go to school and tell everybody they had green eggs at Gran’s,” said Kerbaugh, who has 10 grandkids.