From our files, May 25

Published 8:26 pm Friday, May 24, 2019

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

George Potter has been mustered out of the military service, having returned from France about two weeks ago. He has taken back his position as cashier in the freight department of the Southern Railway in Danville. He brought back from the battlefields many interesting souvenirs, including different kinds of coins and a dead German’s skull. They are on display in the show window of Parks and Hendren on Main Street.

A deal is being considered by Syndicate Amusement Company of Lexington with a representative of the Chamber of Commerce of Danville for the erection of a modern and up-to-date theater building in Danville that will cost about $50,000. If it’s built, it will have a seating capacity of 1,000 and will be modern in every way. It was also reported that an addition to the Gilcher Hotel and many other improvements in Danville are being considered. One of the greatest needs in the city is more houses and since there is little probability of building material becoming lower in price, it’s hoped that those intending to build will do so at once.

You often hear it said, “It must be seen to be appreciated.” This expression certainly applies to the sign painting done by L.H. Ramsey and his crew from Lexington, who are in Danville this week. Samples of their work can be seen on the buildings of the Willis-Robinson Motor Co., Bland Stagg Lumber dealers and Tribble Herndon and Mills. Ramsey is an artist, see him at the Gilcher Hotel.

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The Pathe Weekly and Universal Film Company will be in Danville June 7 through 11 to make moving pictures of all the events connected with the Centre Centennial. All notable visitors, the Academic Procession, the big Carnival Parade and coronation ceremonies will be photographed and shown on the screen in every small town and city of the United States. This will be a big advertisement for Centre. Collier’s Weekly, Leslie’s and the New York Times will have their staff photographers here to take the leading events and will have write-ups of the proceedings.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

The Begley Drug Company opened its seventh store in central Kentucky with the latest being in Junction City. H.G. Lee of Lancaster will be manager. Byron Begley and Mr. Morgan will serve alternately as pharmacists. The Junction City drug store is located in a building which stands in front of the brick and stone warehouse, also owned by the Begley Drug Company. The ground floor houses a large quantity of its drug supplies. The second and third floors of the warehouse have been leased by the Frye Products Manufacturing Company of Detroit ,which will make automobile seat covers.

F.W. Wells has sold his fishing camp, known as Wells Landing, with all equipment, located at Herrington Lake Park, to Edgar Mefford of Lexington. The price was $4,500.

Corporal Warren Ashbrook, a former resident of Danville is the first Boyle County serviceman known to have been photographed with the wife of the President of the United States, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. She posed for a photo with Ashbrook when they met at Galapagos Island where he is currently stationed. A former student of Junction City High School, Corporal Ashbrook entered military service in 1942.

The Memorial Day parade and service will be held at Bellevue Cemetery under the sponsorship of Boyle Post No. 46, American Legion. Music will be furnished by members of the aircrew detachment at Centre College with the Detachment Band. The students will march from their school grounds to town and join the paraders in the city, continuing with them along the line to the cemetery.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

Fourth-graders at the East End School in Danville posed for a photo wearing their aprons they had completed as part of their first 4-H sewing project. They were Rebecca Taylor, Karen Clark, Beverly Devine, Sheila Henderson, Sherri Yates, Theresa Coulter and Joanne VanHook. They will be modeling their new aprons in the Boyle County Style Revue scheduled for June. 3.

Danville City Council paid $1,610.81 to contractors Nash and Stewart for repair of the Terrell Drive swimming pool, which was incurred last year after a leak was found. Operation costs of this pool have declined since 1965, when they were listed as $2,798.07. This money was for maintenance, manager and lifeguards, painting, chemicals and chlorine, electric and pump repair. Receipts for 1965 and 1966 totaled $700. Total costs for the year 1966 came to $2,201.92, with receipts at $500. The pool was closed in 1968 due to repairs.

The restored Shakertown at Pleasant Hill will present its first program of entertainment by co-sponsoring with Centre College’s drama program this summer. Under the direction of Dr. West T. Hill, Shakespearean scenes and music will be performed in the old Meeting House for 10 weeks this summer.

25 YEARS AGO — 1994

The Danville City Commission voted unanimously against buying a horse-drawn trolley in Ohio that needs a lot of repairs. But before the meeting was over, Mayor John Bowling said he had found another trolley that was motorized and was located near Pikeville. However, the commission voted 3-2 not to inspect his latest find. Commissioner Nancy Caudill said she had received more calls about the trolley than any other issue since she came on the commission.

When the Hub Frankel department store held its 90th anniversary sale this month, the chamber of commerce decided this was an appropriate time to honor the store, since May is also National Small Business Appreciation month. A plaque honoring the store’s years in Danville was presented at the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon held at 213 on Main. Chamber President Carl Metz said the Hub name suits the store. “When main streets throughout the country are suffering so badly, it is wonderful to have the Hub as an anchor for Danville.”