From our files, June 19, 2020

Published 12:12 pm Friday, June 19, 2020

100 YEARS AGO — 1920


Doctor Spoonamore, the local druggist, has just purchased a Nash Sport car of the latest type from Bethurum Motor Company.

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The Stanford American Legion team wants a game with the Danville team. Why can’t the Boyle Post of the Legion get up a baseball team here? Many of the war veterans in this section have their Saturday afternoons off and would enjoy playing. There are quite a few of the local Legionnaires who have held down regular positions on the Centre and town teams and little difficulty should be experienced in organizing a club.


Many of the business men of the city are taking an hour off every afternoon and go out to Dix River for a dip. They say Atlantic City has nothing on Dix except a boardwalk and exorbitant rates.


J.A. Henderson, who operates a shoe repair shop in Harrodsburg, and who is well known in Danville ran the following notice in the Harrodsburg Herald this week. The formal declaration of war on the feathered tribal will go into effect on July 1. “On July 1 until October 1, all chickens caught in my garden will be killed. I am willing to endure them nine months out of the twelve, but for three months they must be kept out.”


The City Restaurant is being enlarged in order to handle their trade. The back partition is being torn down which will make it possible to add 10 more tables in the dining room. The same clean, high class service will be rendered by the management.


The large business house on the corner of Fourth and Main Streets, occupied by Willis-Williams Motor Company and C.A. Manning, liveryman, sold for $34,000. It is reported that the new owners of the corner will raze the old frame building and build a modern six-story office building and business house sometime next year.


75 YEARS AGO — 1945


An average of 700 cancer patients each month are being admitted to veterans hospitals all over the country, which is about 9,000 a year, according to the American Cancer Society. Posts of the American Legion are very much concerned over the trend. The great majority of those patients being admitted are veterans of World War I.


Housewives can lighten their meal planning job in these days of meat scarcity by occasionally turning the Sunday dinner into a picnic affair. If you have an outdoor fireplace, the entire family will enjoy watching frankfurts, hamburger, cold cuts or canned meats being grilled over an open fireplace. But if you’re low on points of some of these meats and they are out of the question, you can use low-point meats or cheese spreads that would make tasty sandwiches.


With tin requirements heavier than ever and reserves down to a dangerously low level, lower than at any time since the Pearl Harbor episode, the War Production Board is asking Kentuckians to collect larger quantities of tin cans in the future.


The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will resume hearings next week on the appeal of Dowling Distillers Inc. if Burgin, for a renewal of its license. The license was refused by the distilled spirits administrator on the grounds that Robert Gould, principal stockholder in the distillery 


50 YEARS AGO — 1970


For the first time in more than 100 years, Boyle County has one of its own citizens as circuit judge of a district embracing this county, when Gov. Nunn named Danville City Attorney H.V. Pennington,  as the first judge of the new 15th judicial District of Boyle and Mercer counties.


Two improvements at The Advocate-Messenger began today with new capabilities for receiving instantly news photos from all major points of the world, and the installation of new computerized typesetting equipment. The new Photofax equipment puts the Advocate newsroom in touch with fast-breaking news events around the world, with special emphasis on Vietnam, Cambodia and the Middle East. High quality photographs are transmitted by sound to a receiving set in the newsroom. Transmission time is about eight minutes per photo. The old-style typesetting required an operator setting type to  insture that each line was exactly the same length in order to fit the columns. The chore was time consuming and costly. With the new Compugraphic system, the computer does the work by use of a tape into which codes have been punched by a recorder. The computer figures the length of a line, divides the words evenly and inserts hyphens where a word must be broken. It then activates a typesetting process which is several times faster than the old method, setting type about 25 lines a minute.


On Saturday, the Danville Lions Cub will conduct its first glaucoma clinic in Danville at the Trinity Episcopal church. The clinic is made possible by the Kentucky Society and for the Prevention of Blindness and is free to the public.


25 YEARS AGO — 1995


The sixth annual Great American Brass Band Festival was bigger and better than ever. And according to George Foreman, co-founder of the event, what pleased him the most was not the size of the crowds but who was in them. He said, “One thing that I’m really happy about is that there appeared to be a lot more African-Americans in attendance then ever before. … It’s a very unscientific measurement, but it really did look like there were more blacks than we’ve ever had and that’s really something that I’ve wanted to see.”


A marketing strategy for the Danville-Boyle County community calls for a restructuring of the way economic development is handled. The action plan targets economic, tourist, retirement, non-profit, film and agriculture developments. The logo prepared for possible use by the community is “Ready for You.”


The clock that spired atop an old barn on the old Minor property on Lebanon Road for many years is now on the ground. The clock and cupola were removed about two weeks ago from the barn and are beyond repair. Parts of the dilapidated clock and cupola will be used in constructing a replica. When finished, the reproduction will be located on the Boyle County Industrial Foundation property at the Lebanon Road site.