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Published 10:13 am Tuesday, September 13, 2022

100 YEARS AGO — 1922

• David N. Zimmerman, a native of Danville and former owner of a printing business in Danville, was honored on his retirement as assistant postmaster at the Lexington post office. A friend Wood Dunlap said Zimmerman reminded him of a postage stamp, “with a job until it was completed.” Zimmerman began his career as an assistant postmaster in March 1907.

• W.C. McAfee, chief of the clan in Kentucky, announced the fifth annual reunion of the clan would be held at Providence Church. The McAfees of Boyle and Lincoln counties are scattered throughout Kentucky.

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• Plans for a motor truck service were made to carry the mail between Danville and Louisville as Southern Railway trains have discontinued the service. Danville Postmaster L.E. Rue was notified of the emergency plan.

• G.B. Daugherty of the Rolling Fork section said his neighborhood is dryer than it has been in the memory of the Fork’s oldest inhabitant. Stock water was scarce, crops were severely damaged and grass is about burned up. Rolling Fork River is almost dry and there was no water in ponds.

• Three men died as the result of a rain storm in Boyle and Washington counties west of Perryville. William Pope was killed in barn near Danville and two other people from Washington County west of Perryville, were killed by lightning. Telephone lines were damaged, fruit trees were uprooted and several barns were destroyed.

75 YEARS AGO — 1947

• Boyle Fiscal Court approved plans for construction of the viaduct over Southern Railway Systems tracks the West end and sent them the state Highway Department for approval. Danville City Council also plant approve the work.

• The local six-day campaign raised 1,500 cans of food for flash flood victims in southeastern Kentucky as part of the American Red Cross drive. Congregations of local churches also assisted in the food drive and other necessary items.

• A Welcome Service Inc. was organized with Sara Marguerite Jackson as hostess. She will welcome new residents and also new mothers, brides, babies and special groups. A bonus of free gifts, donated by local merchants, will be given to visitors.

• Danville’s high-flying Yankees stunned baseball fans when they ripped part a top-notch Campbellsville diamond 14-6. This was Danville’s fifth straight game without a loss. Pistol Pete McCowan had seven hits during the game.

• Jack Durham, former Kentucky Advocate city editor and sports writer, was named sports editor of the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas. He also served in the Army Air Forces and was police reporter on the Salt Lake City Tribune.

50 YEARS AGO — 1972

• A resolution that approved a neighborhood development plan for Danville was passed by Danville City Commission and submitted to the Federal Housing and Urban Development Agency. The plan was to acquire 10 properties on Carr Street, and five properties on Green and South Third Street near Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital. Cost was estimated $275,000, and to improve north of Russell Street.

• Shakertown was designated as a National Historic Landmark during a ceremony at Pleasant Hill. Secretary of Interior Rogers C.B. Norton presented the official certificate to trustees of the restored Shaker Village.

• Volunteers who helped out at Kentucky State Hospital in 1971-72 were recognized for their work, and hours spent were: Donna west, 380 hours; Anna West, 576; Margaret McConnell, 177 hours; John Floyd, 131; La Le User, 16 hours; and Debbie Boring, 225 hours.

• There were 2,243 students enrolled in the Boyle County schools. Superintendent Roy Camic announced. He said about 50 more students are expected to enter school later. Danville Superintendent E.R. Purdom said 2,650 students have enrolled, about 50 more than last year.

• Gary D. Huffman and David W. May , both of Danville, were among the 1,300 freshman cadets to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy class of 1976. May is a 1972 graduate of Boyle County High and Huffman is a graduate of Danville High.

• Garland Bradshaw of Danville, one of the all-time great show horse trainers and exhibitors, was recognized at the Kentucky State Fair Horse Show in Louisville. He developed many champs, including the four-time five-gaited winner Lady Carrigan.

25 YEARS AGO — 1997

• Local business people were coping with 11 day old the strike by Teamsters Union members against United Postal Service. Business owners were concerned with not receiving merchandise on a timely  manner.

• Sellers and buyers got an early start with the three-day 450-mile yard sale along U.S.127. Buyers were out a day early to check out the merchandise along the highway in Boyle County.

• The Great American AirFest planned in September  in Junction City expected to have between 20,00 and 25,000 people in the town. Greyhound buses were expected to help shuttle people in to Boyle County High school parking lot to be transported to the airport bay for the festival.

• Danville schools officials announced they are preparing for the 1,965 students in the to arrive for the fall classes in the high school, middle school and elementary schools.

• Danville native Captain Richard E. Trayner, a Navy veteran, sailed aboard the USS Constitution during the ship’s historic voyage that marked the 200th anniversary of her launching at Boston Harbor.

• Centre College was highlighted by Money Magazine for the eighth consecutive year “as one of the top colleges in the nation offering a best value in a college education.”Centre was the only college in Kentucky to appear in the top 100, ranking 83rd on the list.A.T.