From our files, July 7
100 YEARS AGO — 1921
Harry Richard, of Lexington, chief engineer of the Lexington Aviation Company, is in Danville making arrangements to secure a landing field. He was successful in securing a landing place on the farm of James F. Epperson, out on the Hustonville Road, about one mile from Danville. Epperson will remove all growing crops from the landing place.
Letter to the editor: Gentlemen, I noticed where you want concrete pavement from my residence on Second Street to the City School, this includes my property. … I would like for the street committee to come and see what good pavement and gutter I have. I also see where you want a permanent street in front of me. This is a beautiful square on North Second. I have had all that concrete pavement to pay for since my mother died. I have paid for this with my needle and now to have them come along and order it torn up,after years of hard work on my part. I have no income except from my needle, I am broken down in health, and there is an invalid boy, 19 years old, whom I help to care for, as everyone in town knows. I ask you councilmen if you do not think it better to protect the lone woman than to make streets for joy riders to ride on. – Miss Lula Rogers
Due to the excessive heat, which has run for over 40 consecutive days, there is an ice shortage all over the country, and the Danville Ice and Coal Company has announced that is important for people in Boyle county to save a much ice as possible. The local company has refused to supply ice to many of the large cities, but has supplied ice to surrounding towns. There is no immediate danger of Danville being without ice, but everyone should conserve a much of this necessity as possible.
Tot Frank, Danville’s premier baseball pitcher, has received a very flattering offer form the manager of the baseball team at Flint, Michigan to pitch for that club. Tot was recommended to the Flint manager by one of the noted National League men who has seen him work. He has not as yet made up his mind as to whether or not he will accept the offer.
75 YEARS AGO — 1946
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50 YEARS AGO — 1971
Advertisement: Mattingly Rapier Chevrolet Company, three-day Clearance of 75 good used cars! 1970 Belair, $2,495; 1969 Nova, $1,795; 1968 Chevelle, $1,695; 1967 Chevrolet Impala, $1,495; 1966 Impala, $795; 1970 Mustang, V-8, $2,495; 1968 Torino, $1,495; and 1967 Mustang, V-8, 3-speed, $1,195.
Letter to the editor: Concerning the library tax which has been pushed on the people without a vote, I would like some answers. Since when does a library have to have movies and a record player; and if I bring my children there, can they play it? Can they also see the movies? What happened to the money left in the trust for the library? A city library should be self supporting. Since there are libraries in churches, all county and city schools, colleges and most homes in Danville, I don’t see that the city needs a library, especially if the taxpayer must pay for it without a vote.
Alcoholism far outweighs the problem of drug abuse in Danville, but dangerous drugs do exist here and are used to some degree., This was the consensus formed at the open forum on alcohol and drug abuse at city hall. About 60 people attended the forum. Jerry Police Captain Bill Arnold said he feels that a serious problem is convincing some officials that drug abuse exists in Danville and could mushroom into a critical problem. He feels most people do not want to get involved in reporting illegal use of drugs to law enforcement officials, so there often is little that these officials can do to curb its use.
M-Sgt. James A. Wheeler, one of Danville’s most decorated Vietnam veterans, has left for his second tour of duty in Vietnam after spending a 30-day leave with his mother, Mrs. Margaret Wheeler of E. Walnut Street. Sgt. Wheeler has received the Silver Start, the nation’s third highest medal for gallantry in action; Bronze Star, with two oak leaf clusters; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal; four Good Conduct Medals; two National Defense Service medals; Combat Infantry Badge; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry BS; Vietnam Medal of Honor; Presidential Unit Citation; Meritorious Service Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Medal with five battle starts; the Drill Sergeant’s Badge and other decorations.
25 YEARS AGO — 1996
Wade Wiggins, a music teacher in the Danville school system, will serve as interim director of bands for the city schools while officials search for a permanent replacement for Tim Blevins. Blevins recently resigned the post to take over as director of bands for the Boyle County system.
The Boyle County Fiscal court voted to buy three new ambulances for $76,875 each. Fiscal court plans to borrow the money to pay for the ambulances and will receive a $20,000 grant each of three years from the state.
Danville’s police and fire chiefs are retiring Oct. 1. Fire Chief Donald Harp has headed the department since 1985 and Michael Lam was named police chief in 1989. Harp also serves as public safety director, coordinating both departments.
Harp, 44, became a firefighter in 1973 and Lamb, 43, started in the police department in 1974 as a dispatcher.
Norman and Agnes Bartleston will be watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on TV as closely as anyone. Their 17-year-old granddaughter, Tao Lanita Bartleson of Atlanta, is a member of the dance team. Opening ceremonies are elaborate productions and the content is closely guarded. All the Bartlesons now is that her group dances immediately after Gladys Knight performs. Tao is the daughter of Delphine Bartleson Chenault and lived in Danville as a young girl. She will be a high school senior this fall.