From our files, July 17, 2020
100 YEARS AGO — 1920
Hill Top farm, of 232.5 acres, just three and a half miles from Danville on the Hustonville Pike, belonging to W. E. and Herbert McAnly, was sold yesterday to W.L. Nield of Lincoln County for $52,500. The farm was formerly owned by Col. J.H. Baughman.
Theodore Bryson was arrested yesterday by Sheriff Farris Jr., on a charge of breach of the peace. He was tried this morning and fined $20 and costs. Bryson was in a car that was in a collision on Fourth Street and was charged with using abusive language.
Miss Martha Darnaby, the county truant officer and employee of the Boyle County Chapter of the Red Cross as acting nurse, has received a copy of the new state law compelling all children between the ages of 6 and 16 to attend school. Miss Darnaby said there are many families in this county who are not observing this law. Also, as district nurse, she is trying to give every child a physical exam. Among those thus far who have been examined, she has discovered that 50 % have physical defects that can be remedied by taking the child to a doctor or a dentist.
When Fred Griffith started to cut the corner at Second and Main streets late Saturday afternoon, he failed to notice Clara Gray, of Davistown, was crossing the street. Clara was struck head on by the machine but was able to keep on her feet for a short distance before releasing her hold on the radiator. She was dragged several feet before the car stopped. Outside of being badly shaken up and a few bruises, she escaped injury.
Bruce Montgomery, who is working in Brownsville Tennessee was slightly injured when he was kicked by a mule. Bruce had started to crank his “flivver” in front of the courthouse there when he lost his balance and fell under a mule, which had been hitched to a post near the machine. The mule kicked him several times about the knees, before he could roll out of the way. Bruce came home to Danville to have his father look over his injured legs.
A blind child of Mrs. Leonard Peavler, whose husband runs a sawmill on the edge of the knobs near Mitchellsburg, came to her mother several times a few days ago and said she heard a snake crawling. Mrs. Peavler reassured her, but the child was persistent in her warning. That evening when Mrs. Peavler went to the kitchen to make supper, as she stooped over a flour bin, a huge rattlesnake dropped from the loft across her hips. She shook it off and the men rushed in and killed it. The reptile had eight rattlers and a button. Its presence showed that the blind child’s hearing could detect what others missed.
75 YEARS AGO — 1945
Purple Hearts for wounds received during the struggle for Iwo Jima have been awarded to 11 Kentucky Marines, including Sergeant Hurstle C. Abbott of Junction City and Private First Class Harvey W. Sexton Jr. of Harrodsburg.
Corporal Max C. Stephenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Stephenson of Hustonville, and one of two brothers in military service, is one of 1,200 soldiers of the Fifth Army chosen by the University of Florence, Italy, to attend college there. His selection was a signal honor for Corporal Stephenson, who was the only man accepted from his company by the university. A graduate of Centre College with the class of 1942, the young corporal ha three Bronze Stars to his credit
If it had not been for the work of Eighth Air Force Service Command, more than 15,000 additional replacement bombers and fighter planes would have been required to maintain the sky power of the Eighth Air For in the war against Germany. Personnel of the Command included Captain Howard Price Hunt of Danville. Captain Hunt, son of Frank M. Hunt of Danville, operated the Crook-Hunt Motor company prior to entering service in June, 1942.
The Danville Yankee’s local colored baseball team will go to Bardstown on July 22 to play a strong Bardstown team. This game promises to be a thriller. Last Sunday the Danville team beat a fast Lebanon outfit by a score of 9 to 8. Manager Bunny Davis says he will start H. McCowan, Tucker, Baughman, Gray, Payne and Chenault. The team will leave Danville from Second Street at 11 o’clock.
50 YEARS AGO — 1970
County Judge Gilbert White, and Mrs. Brenda Kellam, director of Boyle county Commodity Distribution, issued a statement saying it is a federal offense to sell, trade or willfully destroy government commodities. The two officials noted that persons receiving such foods should take only those which their family can use and that those caught disobeying the rules and regulations are subject to federal prosecution.
A new cross for the steeple at First Christian Church is being made in Campbellsville and will be placed with the help of a derrick atop the steeple. The old cross will be kept in the church archives.
The Mormons will have an open house presentation of Worlds Fair Displays at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 312 North Third Street on Tuesday. The displays will be the same type as are found at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in a number of Worlds Fair Exhibition. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been active in this community for several years. Land on the north side of Lexington Road, just beyond the country club, has been purchased as a construction site in the future of the new Mormon Church.
Cheerleaders from Danville High School attended the annual summer clinic at the University of Kentucky. They were Jackie Webber, Kelly McKeehan, Lynne Mekus, Nita Cooper, Barbara Baughman and Honey Bun Caldwell.
25 YEARS AGO — 1995
Three children set a fire inside an old clothes dryer Sunday night in a vacant building on Duncan Hill. Firefighters put out the fire at the old Ponderosa Club about 9 p.m. The building was full of smoke but there was no damage. The building had been left unlocked and had become a dumping ground for property like the dryer.
The public will have a chance to comment on Boyle County’s plan to start a building inspection program soon. Fiscal court was briefed by one of Danville’s building inspectors on how the city’s program works. The court is in the beginning stages of drafting guidelines for a building inspection program.
Hub Frankel department store, which has been a major shopping spot in downtown Danville for 91 years will close at 4 p.m. on July 19. Merchandise that is not sold may be sold at auction this weekend or given away.
Sadie Query teaches cogging classes twice a week at the Senior Citizens Center for a group called the Sassy Steppers. The only criterion for participating on the dance team is being over 60 years old. “It’s a time for old codgers to get together and hoot and holler,” Query said.
Development plans for Deerfield Plastics and Bob Allen Motor Mall were approved by the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission. Deerfield Plastics on Lebanon Road will build a second 0,000-square-foot addition at its location on Lebanon Road. Bob Allen is planning to have a satellite dealership business on property on Ben Ali Drive between Pizza Hut and the bypass.