From our files
100 YEARS AGO — 1920
Mrs. Charles Rankin, who lives on Lexington Pike near Camp Dick Robinson, was driving a Buick roadster, when she skidded in the oil on the street at the corner of Second and Broadway. Her vehicle struck a one-horse wagon, filled with corn cobs. The occupants, Claud Hill, A. Woolidge and Clay Potter, all 12 years old, were hurled from the wagon but escaped serious injury in a miraculous manner. The Potter boy suffered a bruised and skinned knee. The wagon was overturned and was badly damaged.
Misses Effie Wills and Dorothy Minning and Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Spoonamore visited High Bridge and Nicholasville yesterday. While at High Bridge they had a thrilling experience on the bridge. They had decided to walk across the bridge and were held up near the center by a freight train which had stopped. A brakeman came rushing by yelling, “Ladies, the rear end of the train is on fire, and I’m on my way to inform the engineer!” There were more thrills and excitement and the Danville group was rescued in daring fashion by the brave and in daring fashion, by one fair girl, who is too modest to pose as a heroine. The fire proved to be only a hot box and all ended well. The group went on to swim in a pool in Nicholasville before returning home and they reported a most enjoyable day.
Elwood Montgomery, not quite 20 years old and son of Mrs. Jennie Montgomery Anderson, of Danville, was lost with the U.S. Collier Cyclops during the world war and to this date, there has been no trace of the missing vessel. During the war, the naval collier Cyclops disappeared while in West Indian Waters, and if the cause of her disappearance is known by our government, it has been carefully kept secret.
Robert Beasley, 32, was arrested Monday evening by Workhouse Keeper Goode on the corner of Second and Walnut streets. Beasley shot Arthur Ray Sunday night at his home when Ray went there to see his ex-wife and demanded his two children. Beasley, who runs a restaurant on Second Street, was placed in jail on a charge of shooting and wounding. He is being tried this afternoon.
75 YEARS AGO — 1945
V-E Day, May 8, which marked the Allied victory in Europe in 1945, found Staff Sergeant Smith A. Baughman of Danville and Moreland, on the job, helping to ready more combat planes and equipment for immediate action wherever they may be needed. Baughman is the husband of a Danville woman and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones A. Baughman of Moreland. He is one of the crack Air Service Command team who pitched in to back the air assaults that helped knock Germany out of the air.
Pfc. Claude F. Toney, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Toney of Junction City, was wounded in action in May at Okinawa. The young serviceman was admitted to the hospital on May 15 for gunshot wounds in the head, and is reported making a good recovery. He enlisted on Dec. 16, 1943 during his senior year in high school and has been overseas since April, 1944.
An ordinance prohibiting the keeping of livestock inside the Danville city limits is being enacted following the protest of a number of city residents.
A relisting of all available rooms in this area for the use of relatives visiting patients at the Darnall Hospital is being made by the Boyle County Chapter of American Red Cross. At least 20 to 30 room reservations are required daily to care for the number of visitors o patients at the Army installation, and 50
to 7e are needed for weekends. Rooms are needed for colored as well as white.
Arrangements have been completed for the opening of an office of the United States Employment Service in Danville. While the primary purpose of the new office will be to provide effective placement and counseling service for veterans, it will also furnish service to all workers and employers. The office will be located in the old Elks building at 524 West Main Street.
50 YEARS AGO — 1970
A tremendous crowd attended the auction of the Tyler and Mabel Campbell property on Russell Street. Mrs. Anna Daugherty paid $13,050 for the home after spirited bidding.
Plans for a legal hunt in Boyle County in an effort to reduce skunks and red fox in the community are being finalized. These animals have been found to be rabid in several instances during the past few weeks. A meeting has been scheduled in Junction City where people can register to participate in the hunts and discuss rules. The number of red foxes and skunks seen during the hunts must be reported and those killed must be turned in for rabies exams. The program is under the direction of the Department of Fish and Game.
National news: Four hippie-type clan members who disrupted proceedings at pretrial hearings became models of decorum at the opening of their trial on charges of murdering actress Sharon Tate and six others. Shaggy-haired Charles Manson and three women followers in gaily colored dresses watched quietly as jury selection began. The three women, their long hair falling over their shoulders, giggled and smiled at fiends in the spectator section.
Permanent financing for the construction of 92 new apartments for low and moderate income families has been granted for Danville and construction on the new units will start in early July. The buildings will be located on an 8-acre tract known as Heather Hills, 1 and 2, between the end of Main Street and the Running Creek Golf Course on the old Raleigh Crook farm.
25 YEARS AGO — 1995
“Sewing is on the upswing in the ’90s because I think people are fed up with the prices in the store, and I think they want to show off their creativity and sewing is one way to do that,” said Mary Hixson, Garrard County extension agent for home economics.
After three Emergency Medical Services ambulances broke down on Friday and the county received an estimate of nearly $80,000 to refurbish an existing ambulance, the Boyle County Fiscal Court decided to buy at least one new ambulance.
All eight area school districts will benefit from a settlement in an antitrust lawsuit against three dairy companies accused of rigging bids on school milk contracts for a decade. The companies formed a cartel and carved out for themselves areas of the state in which they would have no competition, according to the Attorney General. Under the agreement, the companies, Pet/Land-O-Sun, Flav-O-Rich and Southern Belle, will pay nearly $8 million to 65 school districts. Boyle County will receive a lump sum of $69,933 and installment of $15,623 over three years; Danville will receive a lump sum of $51,189 and installments of $11,436 over three years.