From our files, May 27
100 YEARS AGO — 1921
Members of the Danville Country Club held a meeting at the Elks Club when rules governing the playing of golf were discussed. Among the things decided upon was the amounts caddies may charge for services. No member of the club may pay a caddie more than 20 cents for each time around the course and must not pay more than 15 cents for lost balls.
One of the Sunday attractions in Danville yesterday was Mr. Bris Conn’s airplane, which flew over the city several times taking passengers. Mr. A.T. Coates, son of Prof. T.J. Coats, president of the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in Richmond, was the pilot. The plane was brought from Stanford to Danville on Saturday in just seven minutes. A large number of Danville residents took advantage of seeing Danville from the clouds and all report a wonderful experience.
Dudley Bryant was host Saturday night to the young people who have Saturday night storm parties and have a good old-fashioned time in the home. It sounds good to many of the older folks to be having parties in the home. A home dance is the thing. If we could only get back to the old home entertaining instead of taking all our pleasures to the hotel, to tobacco barn and the automobile, how much it would mean to the youngsters of today.
Swimming in the Dix River is mighty good these days, according to enthusiasts who frequent the river almost daily near Dillehay’s club house. Many college students are taking advantage of the rare swimming weather and many town people have taken the first plunge of the year.
Mrs. Sophia Craig, teacher at Stony Point, three miles from Danville on Lexington Pike, has received an appointment of a six-week training course at Tuskegee Institute, the great colored school founded in Alabama by Booker Washington. Mrs. Craig will leave on June 2 and will take a course in methods of teaching.
75 YEARS AGO — 1946
The full effect of the nationwide railroad strike which began Thursday was being felt today by the Southern Railway in Danville, where five northbound and fie southbound daily passenger trains and an estimated daily average of 50 to 60 freight trains failed to run.
The Rev. James W. Edwards, 86, of Parksville, who was for many years the Boyle County coroner, died after a several-week illness. He was born Feb. 22, 1860 in Kentucky and lived his entire life in Boyle County. He was an ordained minister and member of Parksville Baptist Church and was widely known as “Boyle’s Marryin’ Parson.” Edwards married thousands of couples at the local courthouse.
Edwards set a record once when over 10 years ago he performed three ceremonies at this Parksville home within 60 minutes. Each couple came independently of the others. As a young man, Edwards conducted revivals in this area. He recalled that he broke the ice many times after revival meetings to baptize the new converts. Once after her broke the ice with a fence rail, he baptized 36 in one ceremony. Among the thousands of marriages was for a woman who outlived three husbands. He officiated at four weddings in which this woman was the bride . Two of her marriages were to the same man whom she had divorced and was marrying again. The youngest couple ever to be joined by Edwards was a 16-year-old farm boy and a 13-year-old girl.
50 YEARS AGO — 1971
Danville Firemen collected $2,160 in the Crusade for Children, sponsored by WHAS radio and TV in Louisville. The three-day collection, made in front of the fire station on West Main Street at 6 p.m. Saturday and four “boots full” of coins, cash and checks were taken to Louisville. The money was escorted by Chief Hubert Preston, Fireman Butch Dismuke, Auxiliary fireman Jack Farmer and J.D Wilson, and Bill Blair of the resque squad.
The first Tri-State Appalachian Folk Festival, focusing on the arts and crafts from the heart of Appalachia — West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee — is scheduled for June 4-6 at Pioneer Playhouse in Danville. Banjo and guitar picking, old time fiddling, Western and Appalachian style dancing, story telling and poetry reading highlight a continuous schedule of entertainment planned for the three-day festival. Workshop sessions will also be available for the performing artists and spectators interested in learning folk art from leaders in the field. John Jacob Niles, Jesse Stuart, Lee Pennington and the Buckskin Pioneer Dancers are participating in the festival.
The Danville Manor Merchant Association is presenting a free kiddie circus on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Danville Manor Shopping Center. The only charge will be for kiddie rides. Coupons can be obtained from the merchants at the shopping center. Coupons are free to any child who brings their parents to the store. Rides are 20 cents each with coupon. Elephant rides are 30 cents. Free circus performances will be twice daily, at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Mechanical rides will be open from noon until 9 p.m. daily.
A piano recital was presented by the pupils of Mrs. Merlyn Reynierson at the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church last Sunday afternoon. The students were Tammy Arnold, Ann Clay Arnold, Robin Barnes, Jimmie Lou Begley, Jane Boyd, Ann Coomer, Sandy Cheatham, Betty Camic, Karen Clark, Kim Devine, Kent Devine, Debbie Fox, Dawn Fitzgerald, Sherri Goggans, Debbie Hill, Julie Lentz, Martha McDaniels, Dick Moores, Marla Muncy, Pam Norvell, Sandy Norvell, Wes pruitt, Kim Rush, Karla Rush, Michelle Ramsey, Kellie Ramsey, Sheryl Smith, Doug Stallard, Randy Sheene, Chuck Stallard, Christi Sheene, Lisa Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Cyndy Whitehouse, Kenny Wall, Jackie Walters and Wendy Weiskerger.
25 YEARS AGO — 1996
A half-inch pipe fitting on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s line on Ky. 49, north of Liberty, came loose and allowed natural gas to escape for awhile. There was no explosion, just noise and there was no damage or property loss.
University of Kentucky Coach Rick Pitino said he is considering an offer to be coach, general manager and part owner of the New Jersey Nets. Pitino, who guided Kentucky to its sixth national championship last month, said conversations with his agent and the Nets have heated up in the last few days.
High winds uprooted trees, knocked out power, and caused injuries as a strong thunderstorm passed through the area. Danville Police Officer Tony Gray was trying to clear a downed tree on Baughman Avenue when a limb went through his cheek. Gray drove himself to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center where he was stitched up and released. Winds also lifted and overturned a large section of aluminum bleachers at the Boyle County Fairgrounds. The bleachers were bolted down and set in concrete. The wind lifted them up and set them in the truck pull track.