From our files, Oct. 27

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, October 27, 2021


100 YEARS AGO — 1921

• Railway officials are disappointed to learn not enough passenger were secured to take the special train to Boston for a football game between Centre College and Harvard. However, several ardent admirers plan to drive to Boston for the game.

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• Boyle Fiscal Court had a large number of bidders, who are placing bids for the reconstruction of four and one-half mikes of road between Danville and Perryville beginning at Salt Salt River and running to Perryville. Bids when figured up will run just under $40,000.

• Mr. and Mrs. J.R.Morgan of High Bridge were awakened the other night by hearing a disturbance among the chickens. Upon investigating they found a large cowsucker snake had crawled into the news with a chicken that was setting and proceeded to devour the eggs that were under her. Succeeding in this without being interrupted we’re started on the young chicks that were in the house, and, but for the prompt action by Morgan, would have made quick work with them. Morgan killed the reptile which was s-over six feet long.

75 YEARS AGO – 1946

• Tobacco farmers representing five counties are seeking a 15-percent reduction in handling charges to use tobacco warehouses in Boyle County. J.B.Harmon, Bernard Griffin and J. Lee Murphy, secretary, composed the committee appointed by Boyle County Farm Bureau to seek the reduction. Delegates from Lincoln, Casey, Pulaski and Wayne counties attended the session. Warehousemen present for the meeting were Jack Bosley, M.G. Germany, John Bright, Andy Hendren and Ansel Hendren.

• J.C. Overstreet, a Boyle County farmer of Forkland produced a corn crop that yields 159.7 bushels to the acre, putting him first place in the county Corn Derby. County agricultural agent John C. Brown said Overstreet’s yield is expected to be one of the highest in the state. Julian Gentry of Parksville was second with 117.8 bushels per acre, and Richard Caldwell of Harrodsburg Road was third with 92.7 bushels per acre.

• Soap is a scarce commodity these days, but it is at 10 to 1 bet you’ll see some on All Hallow’s evening when spirits and wraiths and other spooks will be out between sunset and daybreak. Police are asking pranksters to enjoy themselves t the limit and also requesting they refrain from destroying valuable property.

50 YEARS AGO — 1971

• The Boyle County Medical Society will host a reception at McDowell House to observe the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. Governor Louie B. Nunn will issue a special proclamation calling attention to Kentucky for the famous pioneer surgeon and the original old home on Second Street where surgery was performed.

• More than 800 tags for dog license have been sold in Boyle County. Walter Clem, dog warden is in charge of the sales that are due June 1.

• Boyle County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in September as compared to 4.4 percent the month before. More than 133 Boyle Countians now have jobs than August.

• Articles of incorporation for a 17-county Bluegrass Area have been signed, City Manager Samuel W. Garnett, said. Boyle County Judge Gilbert L. White represents the county on the board.

25 YEARS AGO —1996

• Political masks top the list of what’s hot for Halloween. Clinton, Dole and Perot are among the offerings, along with Al Gore, Rush Limbaugh,Newt Gingrich and Hillary Clinton. Some of the masks sell for $18. Traditional costume favorites, for adults are flappers, gangsters, harem girls, French maids, and famous pairs such as Anthony and Cleopatra or Batman and Catwoman.

• Boyle and Danville High School bands have qualified fo regional competition of the 1996 Kentucky Marching Band championships. The regionals will determine the 74 bands that will move on to state competition.

• Twelve people have started the process of forming a bank in town. Heritage Community Bank has set in motion steps to open a bank with state approval and deposit insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Martin D. Durig will be president of the proposed new bank on West Main Street. This the first new bank here since Bank of Danville opened in the 1960s. Organizers also are Madar Bux, John B. Caywood, JimCox, Gerald Lee Edwards, Sam M. Harper III, Sarah S. Hempel, John D. Hukle ,Elizabeth C. Johnson, James R. Overstreet, Chester Maxey and Larry Scott.

• Detective Larry Downs was chosen as the city’s new police chief, and deputy Fire Chief Wendell Body was named fire chief by Danville City Commission. Thee commission set the salary for each at about $35,000. They succeed former police chief Mike Lamb, and former fire chief Ronnie Harp.