From Our Files, Dec. 21, 2021
Published 1:00 am Tuesday, December 21, 2021
100 YEARS AGO —1921
• A fire started early in the morning in the boiler room near the water office in City Hall and did damage between $1,000 and $1,500 before it was extinguished. H.E. Woolfolk, superintendent of the water company, discovered smoke in one of the rooms and summoned help. the fire originated near the furnace and damaged the floor.
• Centre College crowned its football ovation of the West with success by splashing to a 38-0 victory over the University of Arizona. Rain fell throughout the game and the field was churned into a mass of slipper slime. Several thousand people rain-coated and huddled under umbrellas, stood throughout the contest.
• Realizing the need of a tobacco warehouse in Danville for the Burley Tobacco Cooperative Marketing Association, 24 of Boyle County’s most prominent tobacco growers and citizens purchased the tobacco warehouse on Walnut Street from W.E. Fenner, and resold the building to the Cooperative Association.
• J.E. Davis has leased a building at Third and Main streets and is filling it with stock and will open one of the most up-to-date drug stores in this section.
• Danville High School Alumni defeated DHS basketball team in a hard fought game that ran into an extra period. The score was 27 to 25.
75 YEARS AGO —1946
• A fire at a large two-story frame house, “Swiss Heights”, on Stanford Road, was contained to the roof which was heavily damaged. No damage was insured within the building from smoke, ceilings and walls were ruined by water falling from the roof. Neighbors came to the site and removed and saved all the furniture. Danville firemen also were dispatched to help.The house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gander.
• Centre College saw its enrollment of young men and women students exceed by nearly one-fourth, the highest registration figure ever recorded at the school. It also has the largest and strongest faculty in its history.
• Lloyd C. McBee of Danville was elected worshipful master of Franklin Lodge No. 28, F&AM, at the annual session held in Masonic Hall, Robert T. Robinson was elected president of the supper club formed by the Masonic bodies in Danville. All Masons in the local area are invited to become members.
• Gethsemane Baptist Church planned a New Year’s Eve Watch Night” service. An ordination service, special preaching and singing will follow and the observance of the Lord’s Supper will conclude the service.
• The HUB department store was going modern in Danville. It was changing to a modern, scientifically designed department store, one that is expected to excel any in the Bluegrass section of Kentucky for artistic design and modern arrangement. The store has been serving the community since 1922. It employs 30 people and when the present management took over it had 30 employees. J.N.Frankel is president of the store; Jacob Bear, vice president; and W.S. Frankel, secretary-treasurer. The remodeling is expected to be completed in May.
50 YEARS AGO — 1971
• Boyle Fiscal Court discussed the revision of voting precincts and plan to take action at the next meeting. The 15 precincts in the county have not been changed for years and five of them have more than 700 registered voters. A committee was set up to work out the redistricting plan.
• Eight Danville High School students have been selected to take part in the 1972 Kentucky All-State Chorus in April. They are Melanie Murphy, Michel Ramsey, Dana Leigh, Christi Carter, Bill Howell, Gregg Neikirk, Gary Baker, and Jeff McGill.
• Leonard Coulter, former Danville High School student, and a sophomore at Morehead State University, scored 25 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the championship game at the New Castle Holiday festival. He was named most outstanding player. Tom Stewart, a DHS grad, also scored 15 points for Georgetown in the Quincy, Ill., basketball tourney in Quincy, Ill.
• Paul McCrystal was honored for more than 33 years of public service at Kentucky State Hospital. He was maintenance and plant supervisor, having stated in 1942 when it was an Army hospital.
25 YEARS AGO — 1996
• Local firefighters investigated a fire that destroyed $160,000 worth of vending equipment, owned by Williams Food Service, bringing the minimum loss from the fire to $285,000. The building owned by Mike and T.M. Montgomery, was valued at $125.000.
• Danville City Commission voted to sell its water and sewer maintenance building for $217,101, to Centre College. The college plans to use the building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, as a ground shop and use the land another property the college owns in the area for parking.
• Danville Rotary Club celebrated its 70th anniversary with over 175 people in attendance at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. David Birney, a retired Episcopal bishop, and Pierce Lively, an attorney and judge for the Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, were given Paul Harris Fellowship awards in recognition of years of high ethical standards and “service above self” through careers, Rotary membership and volunteer activities in the community.