From our files, Oct. 20

Published 1:45 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2021


100 YEARS AGO — 1921

• Colonel Halstead wired the War Department, that the Fifth Corps Area and the Commanding General at Camp Knox will be marching on the main streets of Danville. The column of doughboys headed by their commander with the band playing and the colors whipping the breeze will be marching amid the cheers of the local people.

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• Stout’s Theatre, home of high class moving pictures with the “Centre Five” the best Jazz Orchestra in the South, furnishing the music, will feature Peal White in “The Mountain Woman.”

• The Harvard special will leave Danville for Boston in a couple of weeks. The marked improvement in the Centre College line has rekindled the hope that Centre will down the Crimson clap. Reservations is open for reservations.

• Banks Hudson of Danville, who has 400 acres of hemp on his Milledgeville Pike farm, said the crop was damaged fully 25 percent by the fall rains.

75 YEARS AGO — 1946

• Gasoline prices in Danville went up from 21 to 23 cents a gallon.

• Boyle County school children will participate in a contest sponsored by the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association which offers two prizes in each county in the Burley district in Kentucky for the best essays in the graded schools. The topic “Why Father Should Sign the Tobacco Contract. First price for each county will be $5 and second prize is $2.50.

• Mr.and Mrs. Watkins of Lancaster had a miraculous escape from death in an automobile while driving from Harrodsburg to Danville. He was driving in a buggy when a Ford machine, said to be driven by a Mr. Tewmey of Harrodsburg, came from behind them and struck the buggy as it passed. The horse and buggy did a complete somersault and was thrown over a stone fence and down a 10-foot embankment. The buggy landed in some trees. The Watkins couple escaped with minor bruises and the horse escaped with few injuries.

50 YEARS AGO —1971

• The City Federation of Colored Women’s Club hosted the Kentucky Association of Colored Women’s Clubs at First Baptist Church. “Club Women and the Generation Gap” was the theme. The evening session was at the home of Helen Fisher. Willa Mae Ball hosted a breakfast for the group.

• The Danville-Boyle County United Community Fund campaign, is seeking to raise $69,000 for 11 local agencies. The funds will help with essential health, welfare and recreational services.

• Lewis Porter, dairy manager of Happy Valley Farm, Danville, was winner of the Kentucky 4-H Alumni Award. He received a plaque. He was a 4-H’er in Illinois for eleven years with his dairy project. After moving to Danville, Porter organized the first community 4-H Club in Boyle County.

25 YEARS AGO – 1996

• Thelma May was honored during National Homemakers Week for her 67 years as a member of the Lexington Avenue Homemakers club. She began canning vegetables and fruits in 1915, and helps others in the club with her experience in homemaking. She taught school at Parksville Elementary at age 18 and later married Luther May. Her advice for her long life is to stay active. At 91 years old, she still works in her garden and exhibits her jars of fruits and vegetables at Boyle County and Kentucky state fairs.

• A 2-year-old Boyle county child was diagnosed as having an illness caused by E.coli, a toxic form of a bacteria that in most forms is harmless. The bacteria usually comes from undercooked ground meat. Mark Reed, environmentalist with the county health department, said the cases appears to be isolated.

• A new brochure promotes the Danville school system. It has been prepared to make it easy to get information about schools to families considering moving here and to distribute to the community.