From our files, Jan. 8, 2021

100 Years AGO — 1921

George Essman, the Austrian, who is charged with committing assault and battery on his daughter, had his trial in Judge Rice’s Court in Lincoln County on Tuesday and was held over to the circuit court for $500. He was also held in a peace bond of the same amount. Joe Zubra, another foreigner, was also charged with similar charges against the girl. It is reported that Essman sold his daughter to Zubra for 10 cents a pound, or $15. It seems that he grew tired of his bargain and sought to make her unhappy by beating her. She went home, where she was beaten by her father and he sent her back to Zubra, her husband. Squire Simon Petry testified that the unnatural father was delivering a fearful beating to the girl when he came to her rescue. Zurba, denies that he bought the girl and claimed that the $15 he gave up was for her wedding clothes. The selling of the girl was not brought out in court, but it will likely be thoroughly investigated.

Work has begun on the collection of the income tax for the year 1920. Every single person whose net income for 1920 was $1,000 or more and every married person whose net income was $2,000 or more is required to file a return under oath before March 15. The income tax also applies to women. Husband and wife must consider the income of both, plus that of minor dependent children.

The Danville Community Worker’s room will be open to the public on Thursday to allow the inspection of the bathroom, which has been installed in connection with it for the benefit of the children of Danville, some of whom have never had a bath. Towels, wash cloths and soap are needed.

A reduction in rates at the Gilcher Hotel have been announced. The new rates are $3.50 and $4 per day and all meals are 75 cents, including Sunday dinner. Rates had been $4 and $4.0 and meals had been $1. The reduction will be well received by the patrons of this popular house.

75 years ago — 1946

George Longworth, whose mother is Mrs. George Longworth of Danville, is currently serving as a military policeman on guard at the war crimes trials of suspected Japanese war criminals now being held in Manila, Philippine Islands.

Returning servicemen who have brought certain types of firearms home with them or have sent them home are required to register their war trophies and are subject to heavy penalties for failure to do so. Not all of the thousands of firearms brought home by the returning veterans are required to be registered, but owners of the trophies should consult local Alcohol Tax Unit officials.

A Danville city official took part in the recent state controlled European Red deer hung in Bernheim Forest. It seems the local hunter saw a “covey” of five deer huddled in a promising spot and he let fly with several shots, but he missed all five animals. It’s likely the few friends who have found out about this little episode will no longer say, “You couldn’t hit the side of a barn.” They may say, “You couldn’t hit the side of five deer stacked in a row.”

The last shipment of canned foods from Boyle County to the starving people of Europe, following a final turning in this week of all such goods on hand in store and homes will be made in one week. All grocers who have supplies of canned foods, which were contributed through their receiving stations for the Victory Foods Collection are requested to take the gifts to the Danville Fire Department.

50 YEARS AGO — 1971

Plans for a new $7.5 million medical concept to be built halfway between Danville and Harrodsburg were discussed by about 80 people at the Danville Municipal building last night. The Bluegrass Science, Education and Research Foundation, Ind. is sponsoring the plan. The board of this corporation is made up of six doctors each from Boyle and Mercer counties. The concept would be known as the Ephraim McDowell Medical Center and the hospital in the project would be known as the Haggin Memorial Hospital. Plans indicate that the present Haggin Memorial would be used as an extended care center and that disposal of the present facilities of Ephraim McDowell Hospital would be made. The facilities furnishings in the Danville institution would be moved to the new hospital at the center.

The old Danville High School has been torn down to make way for a new art center for Centre College. The college acquired the property several years ago when Danville abandoned it and moved into new facilities on East Lexington Avenue, the former site of Kentucky College for Women.

25 YEARS AGO — 1996

A snowfall between 8 and 12 inches covered the area over the weekend. Winds also caused drifts on man roads. Boyle county fire trucks racing to a fire on Caldwell road had to fight snow drifts before they could reach the fire. A tractor and front-end loader eventually got the fire trucks through and the fire appeared to be limited to one wing of the home.

A Boyle County man was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and driving under the influence following a domestic dispute. The man allegedly shot out a television screen at his home with a 12-gauge shotgun after an argument with his girlfriend. When a Sheriff’s deputy arrived, the man was attempting to drive away and ran off the side of the road into a snow bank.

The American Internet User Survey has found that nearly 4% of the U.S. population surf the internet. Users spend an average of 6.6 hours a week on the net, according to the survey. America Online is the most popular internet access method, serving 30% of users. The survey found that the average internet user is 36 years old and are mostly college educated.