From our files, Aug. 13

BY BRENDA EDWARDS

Contributing writer

100 YEARS AGO —1921

M.G. Weisiger will begin construction of a modern opera house on his Clemens House lot next to the Boyle County courthouse. The building will have a width of 80 feet. Alfred Joseph of the Joseph & Joseph architects in Louisville will take measurements and data needed to draw plans.

The Perryville Fair begins with the largest first day crowd in the history of the exhibition. President J.C.B. Harmon and Secretary Purdom said they are doing everything in their power to make the event a success and make everyone present have an enjoyable time. Workers are busy getting ready for floral hall exhibits. A lot of stock is on the grounds and entires are assured of being the best ever. Old fashioned country ham and fried chicken dinners, along with side shows and amusement features are offered. Governor Edwin P. Morrow promised he would come to the fair and present a silver service, donated by Mrs. Hub Muir, to the prettiest girl at the fair.

“First Down, Kentucky”, a football story about Centre College, was the talk of the town. Noted author Ralph Paine, announced the book will appear in five parts in the Popular Magazine. “While Paine does not use real names of the football players, he tells many real stories of their lives and gives facts concerning the history of the “wonder seven.” After the story runs in the magazine, it will be published in a book.

75 YEARS AGO — 1946

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50 YEARS AGO — 1971

Danville teachers are getting a salary increase from $5,900 to $9,500. “The salary schedule, which is contingent upon the availability of state funds” provides for a $150 increment for each year of experience and a $450 differential between ranks. Custodians also got a five cents per hour raise. A new vocational class also was approved.

About 95 percent of property owners affected by the proposal of Junction City to annex Shelby City and area have signed a petition protesting the action. The anti-annexation group is completing the canvass in the area. A meeting has been set to discuss further plans to fight the annexation.

Boyle Fiscal Court adopted a new fee schedule for pauper burials effective immediately. The new rate allots for the burial of an adult with out Security benefits or insurance to be refunded to the county from individual funeral homes. The $150 fee includes the lot, clothing, casket, digging of the grave, setting up a tent and other expenses.

25 YEARS AGO —1996

Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens Center received a $25,000 Faith in Action grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant will enable the center to reach more people on the waiting list for meals, respite and transportation for the doctor.

Vehicle owners in Perryville gets a tax break. The Perryville City Council repealed the city’s vehicle sticker tax. Automobile owners in the city limits will save $7.50 for each vehicle they own.

Larry Vaught was named sports editor of The Advocate. He succeeds his father, Bill Vaught, who served as sports editor for the newspaper for many years. Larry began working for the Advocate part-time in 1971 while attending the University of Kentucky. A few years after he graduated, he joined the newspaper full time.