From our files, August 17

Published 4:38 pm Friday, August 16, 2019

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

Miss Frances Karrick Parks won the handsome set of $35 silver, for being chosen the prettiest lady on the Perryville Fairgrounds last Friday. She is a daughter of the late Stuart Parks and Mrs. Parks, who before her marriage, was Miss Sallie Calvert. Both of her parents are dead and she lives with her grandfather, W.H. Parks in Perryville. Miss Parks graduated from Perryville High School this year and is quite talented and popular.

Dr. W.A. Ganfield, president of Centre College, returned from Washington D.C. when he went to invite President Woodrow Wilson to speak at Centre in October. Ganfield and other officials who accompanied him, were told by the president that it would give him much pleasure to be in Danville, and if there was any possible way for him to come, he would do so.

John Dickson, who is about 50, was attacked by an unknown highwayman last night, while he was watching the watermelon patch of Robert House, three miles from Danville on the Blue Grass Pike. Mr. Dickson was alone in a tent on the grounds lying on a cot, when a man rushed in and attacked him with a rock. The attacker fled the scene when Mr. House and his brother came running to help. He immediately called Marshall Herring of Hustonville who owns a bloodhound, and asked him to track the criminal.

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It has just been announced that plans are underway to open a fine summer resort at Munday’s Landing on the Kentucky River at the home of the late Col. Jack Chinn. The dwelling now contains about 30 rooms. More rooms will be added, as will several cottages and a big clubhouse. One of the finest natural bathing beaches on the river is at this place.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

An increase of $11,961 in the child care service project which includes Maple Avenue and Bate nursery schools in Danville, has been approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to a telegram received at the Advocate-Messenger office. Both nursery schools have been operated here under the supervision of the Danville Board of Education. They are open to children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old of working mothers.

County health officer Dr. P.C. Sanders said his office has received many complaints from people suffering from hay fever and asthma, due in part from people not cutting down their weeds. There is a city ordinance requiring weeds to be cut down, so it is believed that no one desires to break the law, nor aggravate the intense hardship inflicted upon people who are allergic to the weeds.

The sale of furniture and personal property of Mr. and Mrs. Ben McMakin at Happy Valley farm was one of the largest auctions held in Boyle County for several years. Chief interest centered around three beautiful chandeliers. The largest of those was purchased by Freeman Keyes, owner of Reverie Knoll Farm for $600. The two smaller ones were sold to M.C. Minor for a total of $550.

Ladies Night was observed last night by members of the Rotary Club who entertained as guests their wives and other ladies at the Caldwell Presbyterian Church near Parksville. Dinner was served buffet style by the ladies of the church. Singing and games including horseshoe pitching followed the meal.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

The city administration received an alternative revenue raising proposal from local industry officials who are opposing the payroll tax. Industry would assess a $2 per month garbage collection fee; increase occupational fees 50 percent; and increase the price of cemetery lots 100 percent.

Despite strong protests and complaints registered at three hearings, the Danville City Council Tuesday night gave first readings and approval to a sweeping annexation ordinance. The City of Danville passed the ordinance to pull it out of its budget and financial difficulties. The idea has been maintained right along to take in the industrial plants that have been located beyond the city limits.

Boys of all shapes and sizes invaded the Danville High football field as the Little League football program had its first meeting of the 1969 season. Much to the surprise of everyone involved in the program, close to 300 young grid hopefuls were on hand along with a large number of interested parents. It was a much larger than expected crowd which caused a problem with issuing equipment.

The Lexington Avenue Baptist Church will highlight its history as a church on Sunday with the dedication of its new educational building.

25 YEARS AGO — 1994

Super Shot Saturday will be held on Saturday as a way to encourage students to get their required immunizations. The Super Shot day is geared to elementary students and sixth-graders, but anyone who needs updated shots can participate. The Danville school system is providing bus transportation for its students. Pickups will be made at Burckley Homes, Shakerpoint, McIntyre and Batewood. The Super Shot Saturday is being sponsored by the Danville schools, Even Start and Families First.

Lexington Avenue residents have balked at needing permits to make repairs and improvements to their homes. About 25 residents attended a hearing by Danville’s Architectural Review Board that was set to tell people about the board and what the benefits would be. Former Mayor Roy Arnold said, “Why does someone tell me what to do with my property? … Stay out of my business. I’m tired of being told not to smoke here and that I have to wear a seat belt.” The review board was formed after the Heart of Danville asked the city to adopt an ordinance that would make it possible to preserve historic buildings in the city.