From our files, May 29, 2020
100 YEARS AGO — 1920
This newspaper has been requested to correct the statement in the Junction City newsletter to the effect that Mr. Pete Weisinger called on Miss Minnie Scott on Sunday. Our correspondent must have been misinformed and we are glad to make the correction.
The consolidated school system, which has proven such a benefit in other states and in certain parts of Kentucky where it has been tried, will be tried out in the West End of Boyle County during the coming school term, which begins on July 5. A number of schools will be consolidated with the high school at Perryville, which is the west end capital of Boyle. Should the experiment prove successful, it is believed that consolidation of the schools in the county will follow rapidly next year.
The Chamber of Commerce had a busy meeting the other night. Dr. Fayette Dunlap told the Chamber Board that something should be done to have swimming in the waterworks pool stopped, as the practice may cause the spread of disease in this community. No one seemed to know just what should be done, if anything, and it was suggested that Dr. Dunlap take the matter up with the State Board of Health. The Chamber secretary was instructed to write to the Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph company, to request a telephone pay station be set up at the railroad station in Danville. It was reported that the traveling public is denied the use of the telephone in the office there and people frequently want to use a phone.
At auction, 1,050 acres on the Danville, Lebanon Pike near Mitchellsburg, belonging to R. H. C. Mitchell estate sold at good prices. The home place with improvements was bought by Robert L. Mitchell at $100 per acre. The unimproved knob land sold in separate tracts to different men from $15 to $41 an acre. This same class of knob land in the same neighborhood sold five years ago at $4 per acre.
Fifty acres adjoining the city of Danville at the end of North Third Street, belonging to J.A. Quisenberry, has been leased by the Danville Country Club for the making of a golf course and park. The club, of about 85 members, hopes to increase its membership to at least 150. The club has also leased G.W. Chesnut’s residence on North Third Street, adjoining the grounds. It will be remodeled and used by the members for outings, dinners and as general headquarters.
75 YEARS AGO — 1945
The local Youth Recreation center will close for the current season at the end of the play period on May 31. Located in quarters above the Danville Laundry and Dry Cleaning company’s offices on North Third Street, the recreation center has operated for a second highly successful season catering to teenage students of city and county high schools and providing acceptable recreation for after school periods and special occasions. Because of the hot weather, other activities offered to the youth, and the fact that many will leave town or seek other diversions such as swimming, the Youth Recreation Center will close until the fall season.
A new production quota representing the needs of general and station hospitals in Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, has been assigned to the Boyle County chapter of the American Red Cross. The quota, which is large and is required promptly, includes 1,000 bedroom mules, 1,000 bedside bags and 1,000 washcloths. All fabric is being cut and made ready for finishing by volunteer workers who can pick them up at the Red Cross office on West Walnut Street. The washcloths are to be made with crocheted edges. The bedroom mules’ (slippers) patterns and soles can also be picked up at the office. Bedside bags are for hospital patients to hold their small articles. They will be 10 by 15 inches and are secured with string in order that they may be tied to the beds.
First Sergeant Clyde D. Harmon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Harmon of Perryville, has been liberated from a relocated German prison camp, originally Stalag 3-B south of Frankfurt. He was returned to Allied Military control and he wrote in a letter to his parents that he is back with the U.S. Army receiving plenty to eat, enjoying a comfortable place to sleep and expects to be assigned to a plane soon for his return trip home.
50 YEARS AGO — 1970
Mr. and Mrs. Henry V. Pennington entertained at their home Saturday afternoon for friends and family of Miss Susan Friedli and J. Thomas Hensley. The wedding of the honored couple will be an event on June 27 in Bowling Green.
Mrs. Phyllis Smallwood Emerson, 32, of Danville, was named women’s valedictorian at Centre College graduation exercises Sunday night. As a housewife and secretary, she enrolled as a Centre freshman in June 1967, 12 years after she graduated from Memorial High School in Lincoln County. Continuing as a housewife but reducing her secretarial work to part-time, she proceeded to complete Centre’s regular four-year program in three school years and three summers. Mrs. Emerson is the daughter of Mrs. Lester Smallwood of Waynesburg.
Mrs. Mary Tompkins Fields, R.N., and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tompkins of Duncan Hill in Danville, received an associate in applied science degree during graduation exercises at Kentucky State College. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and was voted Mrs. Nurse of the Year. Mrs. Fields is also a graduate of Danville High School.
Preliminary population figures for the 1970 census, show that the City of Danville rose from an official 1960 census of 9,010 to an estimated 11,486 in the 1970 census
25 YEARS AGO — 1995
There are no firm plans about what will go in the Federal Building at Main and Fourth streets, even though the city commission voted on May 9 to acquire the building for a museum. Two possibilities have been mentioned: a brass band museum that is tied to the annual Great American Brass Band Festival, and a museum that would show what was happening in Danville during the time of the Civil War Battle of Perryville.
Perryville has been selected as a site June 29 for the first day sale of a stamp and related memorabilia. The primary sales site will be at Gettysburg. Perryville was selected to be part of first-day activities because it was recently recognized as one of the country’s most important Civil War sites.
Advertisement: BellSouth Mobility, located on Perryville Road has extended unlimited calling hours to 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weeknights, and all weekend from 8 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday all for $14.95 a month. Also on sale is a Motorola Flip, that has a one-year warranty, 60-minute talk time and automatic redial for $49.95. Accessories include: a cigarette adapter, $35; and battery charger, $32.