From our files, July 18

Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Jessee received a message this morning from the War Department at Hoboken, New Jersey, stating that his body of their only son, Sergeant Frank Jessee, had arrived in New York and asking for shipping directions. He was killed July 23, 1918. He was a brave boy. Soon after the late war was declared he voluntarily enlisted in the service. In a few months he was sent across and lost his life in the battle of Chateau Thierry.

Mrs. A.L. Snodgrass and daughter, Miss Minnie Snodgrass of Augusta, Kansas, arrived in Danville yesterday and are the guests of Mrs. M.T. Minor and Mr. Minor at their beautiful home, Lynwood, out on the Lebanon Road. These brave ladies drove six days to get here, with Mrs. Snodgrass at the wheel. They came the entire way without accident or car trouble, which is remarkable considering the long distance. Women with nerve are needed this days and Mrs. and Miss Snodgrass possess this.

Notice to Danville property owners: Within a short amount of time, the concrete base on Broadway between Fourth and Fifth Streets will be laid and after this street is completed, no cutting or excavation will be allowed for five years, and even after that time only according to such regulations at the city may invoke. It is therefore important that each and every property owner take prompt steps to see that his water, gas and sewer connections are sufficient for now and future needs as may be reasonable anticipated for some years to come and these connections are now in good working order. By acting promptly now you will avoid much annoyance and expense in the future.

Spraying cows with a simple homemade fly repellant is being used successfully by many Kentucky dairymen to protect their animals during the summer. Such a treatment not only gives relief to cows but also prevents the switching of tails which causes a large amount of bacterial contamination to enter the milk pail. The remedy is composed of two gallons of crude petroleum, such as is used for spraying hogs for lice, and one gallon of fish oil. These ingredients may be obtained at any drugstore and can be mixed at home by dairymen.

75 YEARS AGO — 1946

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50 YEARS AGO — 1971

With the cooperation of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, the Danville Division of Employment Service and Department of Economic Security, will initiate a community “wage and skill” survey this week. The surveys will be mailed to all employers in Boyle, and the larger employers in Mercer, Garrard, Lincoln, Casey, Marion and Washington counties. The survey seeks to obtain employers’ current manpower needs and estimates of future needs. The survey also asks what occupations in which they have experienced difficulty in securing qualified workers.

Boyle Post 46 of the American Legion has invested more than $6,000 over the years for hospital equipment for free use by the public. Crutches, wheelchairs, walkers and other such equipment has been supplied by the Post with only a single obligation to the user – return the equipment when not in use or notify the post that it is no longer needed. Some users have been negligent in this respect, so much so that a lot of equipment that is urgently needed is laying neglected and forgotten in somebody’s attic. A person who has used such equipment and is now through with it is asked to notify any Legionnaire or bring it to King Pruitt and he will pick it up and take it to where it is needed.

Leo Hill and David Sherman, both of Danville, have been commissioned as Kentucky Colonels by Gov. Louis B. Nunn for outstanding performance of duty in conducting a field problem for the University of Kentucky Reserve Officers Training Corps. Hill and Sherman, are both captains in the army reserve. Captain Hill is the Tactics Committee chief with the Third Brigade, 100th Division Training in Lexington. He and his instructors conducted a leadership workshop with the students given a specific situation and required to solve the problem. Sherman is the Company Commander of Co.  1st Batallion, 3rd Brigade, Danville. He and his company served as the supporting element for the field exercise.

25 YEARS AGO — 1996

Margie Dievert, a food service manager with Danville schools, said that more than 3,000 meals were served during the summer feeding program’s first two weeks, compared with 1,900 last summer. The meals are prepared in Toliver elementary School cafeteria and distributed around noon Monday through Friday to several sites in the city’s public housing complexes. Children who are eligible for the city schools’ free lunch program may take part in the summer feeding program.

Area officials are preparing to bite the bullet. In this case, the bullet is a $9 million slug aimed at a financially-troubled insurance program operated by the Kentucky Association of Counties. The program – KACo’s All Lines Fund – was the subject of an order from the state insurance commissioner. Under the order, all counties and other units of government that have gotten their insurance coverage from the fund will be subject to assessments in oder to make up a $9.4 million deficit that was uncovered in a recent audit conducted by the insurance department.

Hogsett Elementary School was vandalized and extensive damage was done. Danville police detectives Bob Williamson and Larry Downs are investigating the incident. A person or persons gained entry through an unlocked restroom window. Windows were broken, TVs and computers had been knocked off their supports and onto the floors, audio-visual equipment was damaged and fluorescent lights were taken out of a box and smashed.