From our files: Nov. 23

Published 5:57 pm Friday, November 22, 2019

100 YEARS AGO — 1919


In Stanford, Lincoln County Sheriff H.C. Baughman, Deputy R.T. Lewis and Chief of Police George Wood, attracted quite a crowd when they poured 124 quarts of whisky they had confiscated during the last few weeks, down the sewer on Lancaster Street.

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Clay Loyd Spoonamore, who came to make his home with Mr. and Mrs. Clay Spoonamore one day last week, is quite a lively youngster and has proven himself to be quite popular. Numerous gifts have been received by the little fellow and Dad, who is employed at the Spoonamore Drug Store, is the happiest man in the city.


Thomas McGraw, wholesale dealer in tobacco, chewing gum, etc. of 235 Main St. in Danville, just received a letter from Wm. Wrigley Jr., Company of Chicago, saying that a box of chewing gum will soon be delivered to him by aeroplane. This is the first time that chewing gum has ever been delivered commercially in this way and the citizens of Danville, as well as Mr. McGraw, are to be congratulated upon the fact that the Wrigley Company chose this city as one at which it will deliver the gum by aeroplane. J.P. Frank and Co. and The Daily Messenger will also be given a box of chewing gum.


Welsh & Wiseman Co. advertised for shoppers to get an early start on their Christmas shopping. Items that would make wonderful gifts included: dolls, Parisian Ivory, mahogany candlesticks, smoking stands, Sheffield Silver sandwich trays, hand-beaded bags, ostrich feather fans, silk umbrellas, silk underwear, corduroy bath robes and kimonos, automobile robes, Indian blankets and hundreds of other items. “Do your Christmas shopping early and avoid later disappointments.”


Some boys got to scuffling in front of the new barber shop of James Osborne Saturday night and knocked the barber sign into the large front window glass and broke it entirely out.


75 YEARS AGO — 1944


Corporal Jack Weaver, son of G.W. Weaver of Caldwell Street in Danville, has been awarded the Purple Heart decoration for slight wounds received when he was shot in the back during an engagement in August with the United States Army in France.


Danville sergeant helps make Thanksgiving homey for U.S. girls in Italy: Danville’s Sgt. Juanita Brown, of 484 West Walnut St., was one of the WAC non-commissioned mess officers who planned Thanksgiving extras for the girls in their battalions. Turkey, cranberry sauce, dressing and mashed potatoes shipped from the U.S. was standard fare, but each mess sergeant was free to interpolate her own idea of luxury from the food items she had managed to save. Dinner was served after their usual working schedule. The functional clothlessness of Army mess hall tables gave way to elaborate decorations, which were souvenirs purchased in Italian shops and carefully guarded trinkets which had been included in packages from home.


James Grasham, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Grasham of Dillehay Street, has been wounded while in action on a destroyer in the South Pacific theater of action. Both arms are in casts and he’s confined to a hospital ship.


J.O. Bohanan, modest, good citizen of Danville, was a Good Samaritan a few days ago while visiting his brother in Cairo, Illinois. Soon after landing his two-passenger Aeronca plane, Bohanan learned that a sick woman living across the street from his brother was seriously ill and needed a blood transfusion, and they were actively seeking blood donors. Bohanan immediately offered free plane rides to anyone willing to have their blood typed in an effort to match the patient’s and to supply the blood. Six or seven high school girls promptly accepted the offer. The patient was last reported as doing fine.


50 YEARS AGO — 1969


The Hub Frankel advertised several gift ideas for holiday shopping. “Come in, bring your list, select your gifts, and enjoy leisurely shopping.” Gift ideas included: a porcelain enamel fondue pot, giant wooden fork and spoon set, a brass scale of justice, tile trivets, ashtrays and George Washington and Queen Elizabeth bedspreads.


Byron Crawford, owner of Gregory One-Hour Cleaners on South Third Street, announced he will open a second location at the Danville Plaza Shopping Center.


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The Danville City Council will have the first reading of an ordinance to rescind the payroll tax and another will be given first reading to rescind fire, water and other services outside the city limits.


The Kentucky Department of Parks Commissioner has entered into a contract with the Danville Urban Renewal Agency which insures expansion of Constitution State Park. The State Parks Department has agreed to pay the Urban Renewal Agency the appraised value of the property to be acquired or the sum of $101,096, whichever is the lesser amount.


25 YEARS AGO — 1994


Faced with the problem of finding qualified help for the starting wage the county offers, the Boyle Fiscal Court plans to tackle its personnel policies and procedures. The court raised the pay of a position at the animal shelter from the minimum wage of $4.25 an hour to $5.25 because of finding help. The person hired will clean the shelter and act as part-time dog warden, which requires carrying a weapon.


A few years ago, the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign aimed at urging local citizens to shop at local stores. It was called “Buy Boyle.” A few local retailers believe they still face an uphill battle — as in up the U.S. 27 Camp Nelson hill toward Lexington — in keeping local shoppers at home. One of them recently stated, “We need to remind shoppers that it is ‘Buy Boyle’, not ‘Bye-bye Boyle.'”


Danville is spending $72,000 for two economic development specialists to figure out just what the community needs to develop a plan for economic development. Over the next six months, the consultants will meet with community leaders, study the community and come up with a plan for marketing everything from industry to tourist attractions.