From our files
100 YEARS AGO — 1920
Mrs. A.S. Darbishire has stated to the public that because of abuse of the privilege of bathing in Collette’s swimming hole, near her yard, has forced her to close it to bathers, also anywhere along the creek through Beech Point on her farm near Junction City.
J.J. Vandaripe, of Perryville, has a half dollar made in 1818, which makes it 118 years old. The coin was plowed up on the farm of L.G. Hankla on the Chaplin River about 15 or 20 years ago. Mr. Vandaripe prizes the coin very highly because of its age and because it was made the same year his father was born.
Lee Preston, of Danville, with his wife and two children were violently thrown to the road one mile this side of Nicholasville when an axle on the side car of their motorcycle broke, which caused the machine to fall on them. They were all taken to Nicholasville, where their wounds were dressed. The two children, ages 2 months and 2 years, escaped without injury, but Mr. and Mrs. Preston were severely cut and bruised.
On May 30, at 3 p.m., Memorial Services will be held at the Danville Cemetery so that everyone may attend. Please bring flowers. All soldiers’ graves are to be decorated, Federals and Confederates alike and veterans of Spanish-American War, Mexican and World War and any other war in which Americans have been engaged.
Work on the reconstruction of the State Aid Road between Perryville and Springfield stopped yesterday when 12 workmen went on strike. They have been working 10 hours a day for $3 and demanded from County Road Engineer Chas. B. Arnold that they be required to work only nine hours at the same salary. Their demand was refused and they quit, causing the work to stop temporarily. Arnold said the men will go back to work in a few days or he will have other men take their places. Currently there are about 120 men working on the roads in Boyle County. They were given an increase in wages about six or eight weeks ago, when they received $3 a day instead of $2.50 a day. The county road engineer does not believe that the county can afford to make another raise at this time.
75 YEARS AGO — 1945
The 7th War Loan campaign of Boyle County is virtually at a standstill. To date, a total of $384,465.50 has been raised toward the goal of $800,000. “The local situation is desperate,” said the campaign chairman.
Advertisement from the Boyle County Better Citizenship Committee: Have you registered so you can do your part in successfully voting local option in Boyle County at the June 19 election? Records reveal the truth (about alcohol and alcohol sales.) Paintsville and Johnson County had 1,234 arrests for drunkenness. In Salyersville and Magoffin County, drunkenness has decreased under the local option prohibition. In the wet year of 1935, there were 791 arrests for drunkenness. In the dry year of 1943, there were only 114. There are 700 people in Johnson County infected with venereal diseases, and most of these infections are contracted while victims are under the influence of booze.
For sale, a chicken farm on seven acres one mile from Harrodsburg, eight miles from Danville and five miles from Darnall Hospital. There is a six-room house and caretaker’s cottage on attractive grounds. Splendid opportunity for returned veteran. Will sell furniture, garden tools and stock as the owner is leaving for California. Contact Henry Hicks on Bellow’s Mill Pike.
Thousands of impatient anglers are anxiously waiting for midnight Tuesday, May 29 when fishing will again be opened in all public waters of Kentucky. They have been closed for fishing for a month in which time the fish were given an opportunity to spawn without being disturbed.
50 YEARS AGO — 1970
The Board of Trustees of Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital has authorized the installation of a 10-channel autoanalyzer at a cost of $93,150. The use of such equipment will speed up laboratory tests and provide a more complete analysis at less cost per patient.
Ambulance service by the funeral homes of Boyle County will end this weekend. James Preston Jr., Captain of the Danville-Boyle County Rescue Squad has sent this letter to the residents of Danville and Boyle County. “The Danville-Boyle County Rescue Squad will remain in service with our two emergency ambulances… Our 20-man squad has taken many hours of training for all emergencies. Standard and Advanced first aid cards are held by all members of the squad. To better serve the people of Boyle County, the service of the squad is free to all people. We do not receive any pay and two men have to leave their jobs to make a call. If the people of Danville and Boyle County will use this service in emergencies only, we will try our best to make the calls as fast as possible.”
The unique medical career of the “Fabulous Jackson Family of Danville” was further emphasized at the annual Honors Day at UofL when John Jackson, the youngest member of the family of four boys, won the dean’s award for constant pursuit of excellence. John’s father is Dr. Chris Jackson, who is superintendent at Outwood Hospital at Dawson Springs, Kentucky. Since the elder Dr. Jackson graduated at Danville High School, Centre and at Louisville, he has watched with pride as his four sons followed in his footsteps: Chris Jr., who is a practicing surgeon in Danville; William Mack will open an orthopedic service in Danville in July; Elmer is serving in the U.S. Navy at Midway Naval Station now, and John will intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas next year.
25 YEARS AGO — 1995
“Many times we overlook the singular importance that the central business district (downtown) represents to the livelihood of this entire region,” said Mike Perros, manager of Hilliard Lyons. “What is in downtown represents the commitment of Danville and Boyle County people to this community.”
The great, and near great, rubbed elbows at the premiere of “Pharaoh’s Army” a film by Danville native Robby Henson. Jess and Ella Mae Wilson attended because their coon dog and chickens were in the film. Will Lucas, who will be a freshman at Danville High School in the fall, made his acting debut in the movie and was enjoying star status at the premiere. When he entered Newlin Hall at the Norton Center for the Arts, he was greeted with applause and cheers.