From our files, May 21, 2021

100 YEARS AGO — 1921

Our Junction City correspondent the other day said that persons who travel in autos should avoid trying to pass others without blowing their horns, as an accident occurred near Danville Saturday because of trying to pass a car without warning.

The barber shop and pool room of James Osborne at Junction City was entered about 11 p.m. Wednesday and considerable was booty taken, consisting of cigarettes, electric clippers and motor, hunting knife cigars, cakes, etc. Three men were arrested in a Stanford hotel and are being brought to Danville by Chief of Police Rains, of Junction City and will be placed in jail here on a charge of housebreaking. The men had walked to Knob Lick, where they expected to catch a freight train. Going to sleep on the railroad track, one of the men was struck by a passenger train and rendered unconscious. In some manner, the other two men got him to Stanford where they were found and arrested in the hotel.

On Monday, May 30, it will be Memorial Day, a day set apart for the decoration with flags and flowers, the graves of all who served as soldiers, sailors and marines during the Civil War, the Spanish American War and the World War. Our ranks are thinning out very rapidly. Let us show to the world that we are truly Americans and no nation on earth can come here and whip us.

75 YEARS AGO — 1946

Help wanted: Reliable woman to care for baby. Must be free to travel. Apply to Mrs. McMillan in trailer at The Maples Service Station on Harrodsburg Road: 2 waitresses, apply in person to Plirls’ Bar-B-Que on Perryville Street: Someone to wash two pair Venetian blinds. Call 427 or come to Room 5 at Farmers National Bank at once.

Handsome new gates and a 50-foot low stone wall, flanking the entrance to Hill Dale cemetery for Colored residents on the side of Duncan Hill Road, will be dedicated on Memorial Day in special ceremonies which will climax nearly eight years of work on the part of the city of Danville. The masonry walls, semicircular and arching for a distance of 25 feet on either side of the gateway to low cornerstones at the far ends of each, are constructed of a special rock called Kentucky marble, brought here from Wilmore. The city supplied all of the rock and other material needed, while the contractors furnished labor on the project which cost about $1,000. The iron gates, ordered some time ago, are expected to arrive here by May 20 and will be hung in time for the Memorial Day program. The program is being planned by Mrs. Sadie Jones Turner, Craig Toliver and other Colored residents who have worked a long time for a cleaning and beautifying project for Hill Dale. The gate posts and lugs have been placed in readiness for the gates.

Serving with the Army Air Forces in Kelsterback, Germany, Pfc. Earl T. Pendygraft, husband of Mrs. Myrtle Pendygraft of Danville, is helping to rebuild the vast Rhein-Main airfield into the principal European terminal for overseas flights from the United States to occupied Germany.

An ordinance creating a city planning commission empowered to define the business, industrial, and residential sections of Danville was unanimously voted by members of the city board of council. The planning commission is set up under a plan whereby the mayor selects four members from the citizens at large and one administrative official.

50 YEARS AGO — 1971

The fire on North Third Street last week recalled to a few remaining old timers, a similar fire that occurred in exactly the same location in 1927. It was recalled that both fires started in the same room — which was Stout’s Theatre in 1927 and was a vacant room Tuesday. In 1927, there was one old fire engine, one paid fireman and about four volunteers. Tuesday night there was an efficient paid fire department with modern equipment, including an aerial ladder, which was credited with preventing the spread of the blaze.

Gifts for your graduate can be found at Britt’s: Schick portable hard hat hair dryer that comes in its own case, $29.95: 8-track stereo car tape player, $39.88: 12-inch portable black and white TV in a woodgrain cabinet, $59.88: Royal portable typewriter, $34.88: Coronet electric typewriter with case, $119.88: Keystone instamatic 125 camera set, $12: Clairol electric hairsetter, the campus essential for jiffy hairdos, $17.88.

TV schedule —  Friday night: Flintstones; Daniel Boone; Walter Cronkite; High Chaparral; Nanny & the Professor; Andy Griffith Show; and Love American Style. Saturday night: All in the Family; This is your Life; Andy Williams; Mission Impossible; Lawrence Welk; My Three Sons; and Mary Tyler Moore Show.

25 YEARS AGO — 1996

Officials of the Wilderness Trace Family YMCA and the Kentucky School for the Deaf met at the school to try to resolve an issue that threatened to rupture their 10-year association in which the YMCA has rented KSD’s swimming pool for its summer programs. According to KSD Superintendent Harvey Corson, the issue was discrimination against qualified deaf individuals by the national YMCA organization.

Pet Peeve: The people who don’t use the crosswalks to cross South Third Street at the hospital. They don’t look left or right, the person said. Their guardian angels must be working overtime.

A park with a swimming pool was a top priority the last time there was a Danville election, and it still is. The 10 candidates seeking the four seats on the Danville City commission said the pool and park is on their minds. Two other areas that concern the candidates are improved relations between the city and county governments, and tackling drainage problems.