From our files, Jan. 11
100 YEARS AGO — 1920
- Plans for a four-day tour of central Kentucky by an advertising fleet of 50 motor trucks, representing nearly all truck dealers in Lexington, have been made by the Central Kentucky Motor Truck Dealers’ Association. The fleet will leave Lexington Monday morning on Feb. 16 and will make a four-day trip visiting the following towns: Nicholasville, Frankfort, Lawrenceburg, Salvisa, Harrodsburg, Danville, Stanford, Lancaster, Paint Lick, Richmond, Winchester, Mt. Sterling, Sharpsburg, Carlisle, Millersburg, Cynthiana, Paris, Georgetown and back to Lexington. In each town, some talks will probably be made by a member of the Truck Dealers’ Association.
- Several residences in different parts of Danville came near to being robbed Saturday night by unknown persons. They entered one house and attempted to enter others. The residence of Mrs. Thos. Price on East Main Street was broken into and $1.45 was taken from the trouser pocket of her son, Willie Price, and some meat and other food were taken from the kitchen. The thief was frightened away when Mrs. Price went to answer a telephone call.
- The Boyle County Board of Education is making plans to build a modern school building at Parksville. It will be constructed of brick and will be two stories, 72 x 30 feet, costing between $8,000 and $10,000. The building will be erected so it can be added to later on if the space is needed.
- Very few crimes and violations of the law have occurred since prohibition all over the country went into effect. The grand jury of Boyle County adjourned yesterday after returning only 10 indictments. This remarkably small number has caused many favorable comments upon the question of prohibition. The following crimes were reported to the grand jury in Boyle County: uttering a cold check for $13.50; hog stealing; stealing an overcoat; horse stealing; malicious cutting; malicious shooting; maliciously striking someone; assault and battery; and keeping a disorderly house.
- Clarence Singleton is now playing with the orchestra at Stout’s Theatre every afternoon and night. Singleton is a student at Centre College, plays the violin with remarkable ability, and adds a great deal to the already fine music at the opera house.
75 YEARS AGO — 1945
- Danville Mayor Henry L. Nichols will be the guest speaker on Monday night at a session set by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Danville at Lane’s banquet hall. The organization abandoned its original plan to meet at Old Crow Inn. The subject of the talk will be “The City of Danville: It’s Past Accomplishments and It’s Post-War Plans.”
- The War-time Citizenship Committee of the Danville Kiwanis Club will sponsor a book drive to collect books to be sent to men hospitalized in the Pacific area. Stationed with a medical battalion in the Marine Corps, Captain Frank M. Powell, of Danville, is the American Red Cross field director on the Hawaiian Islands and is the father of a son and daughter in the armed forces. Powell wrote to a friend in Danville that he was seeing his stock of books running low due to damp weather and their constant reading by patients in the field hospital. Believing residents in his hometown and county would be interested in sending books, he came up with the idea of asking each person here to contribute one book and leaving them at Kay’s store on West Main Street. Mr. Kays has generously agreed to accept all books.
- The official opening of Danville Tire & Service Co., at the corner of Alta and Stanford avenues will be on Jan. 15. The new owners — Howard Stigall, Brady Knight and Fred Turnbull — are a group of well-known Danville businessmen and pledge speedy, efficient service by men who are veterans in private care and truck servicing. Included in the facility is a remodeled restaurant, which has been newly painted and new fixtures have been installed, including a refrigeration unit. It will be open day and night for the convenience of the customers.
- The NAACP will meet Monday night at St. James AME church. Both men and women are urged to attend and become members.
50 YEARS AGO — 1970
- A photo shows a gigantic snowball that was made on East Lexington Avenue by a group of current and former Danville High School students. The crew who put the large ball together were David Fraser, John Stagg, John Ransdell, Wayne Kinsel, Joe Brown and Theo Cotton.
- Photographed were several students who were lined up with their sleds for a simultaneous start down the snow-covered Danville High School football field slope. They were Jerry and Delmer Royalty, Carolyn Boss, Dennis Berry, Mary Joe Weiderick, Richard Daughtery, Rentea Bodgen, Patrick and Martina Simms, Jerry Swift, Debbie Swift, Joyce Meyers, Sam and John Clarke, Ben Kerbaugh, Stephen Myers, Mike Kerbaugh, Billy and Todd McAnley, Kathy Swift, Freddie Turnbull and Mary C. Martin.
- Walter Clem, who served as Boyle County sheriff and had previously served as jailer, has been named a captain of the Boyle County Patrol and county dog warden by the Boyle Fiscal Court. Clem will have his office in the old police building at 118 N. Fourth St., where Danville Police Chief Everett Kidd was located before the new municipal building was ready.
A special study group from the Danville branch of the American Association of University Women will meet to discuss drugs and drug abuse in Boyle County. Guest speaker will be Miss Gay Doucette. The meeting will be held at the home of Mary Ashby Cheek on North Third Street.
25 YEARS AGO — 1995
- Danville’s city commissioners got a taste on what is required under the ethics ordinance that was adopted in November. Members were required to disclose their financial interest when the city considered several projects. One of them was improvements to a parking lot between Second and Third streets, where several owners including the city, are involved. The agreement includes 35 parking spaces to be added and the lot will be available for public events such as street dances. Nancy Caudill and George Cunningham own buildings that back up to the parking lot, and Mayor John Bowling owns stock in Bank One, which also owns property affected by the paving.
- The Perryville Enhancement Project has acquired the first piece of property in its plan to enlarge the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Thelma Stines sold her 4.5 acres and house, which is adjacent to the current park, to the project. The Stines property on Whites Road is one of about 15 that the project hopes to purchase to enlarge the battlefield and build a museum and visitors center in town.
- With a little steeple-like structure on top of it, the building on Toombs Court looks like a tiny church, but it is the newly renovated Bate Community Center. Local housing officials and residents hope the renovation of the building reflects a revival of the neighborhood it serves, Bate-Wood Homes.
- Bruce Montgomery, former Kentucky parks commissioner and Danville civic leader has died. “He always had the community in mind and heart,” said John Stigall, president of Central Kentucky Federal Savings and Loan where Montgomery had served on the board for 34 years. He was chairman at the time of his death, a position he had held since 1970.