From our files – Sept. 2022

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, September 28, 2022

100 YEARS AGO — 1922

• Nineteen machinists were working in the Southern Shops in Danville. The quota was 106. A railroad official said the positions would  be open to fill the quota.

• Danville city schools opened with 884 in attendance, an increase of about 50 over last year. The high school had 287 students and Broadway and Maple Avenue elementary schools had 597 between them, according to Professor L.C. Bosley.

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• An old foundation was discovered during the excavation of the famous “Five Thousand Dollar Flower Garden” across the street from The Advocate office.

• Phil Chinn, formerly of Harrodsburg, paid Carroll Reid of Hustonville ,$8,500 for a thoroughbred colt. Chinn took the colt to the Saratogo sales and the baby racer brought the highest price of the season – $17,000.

• Centre College, with 287 men enrolled as students, reached its capacity with the present teaching force. The students  are enrolled in the college of arts and science. The college has 16 professors with two more was to be added for mathematics and biology and geology classes.

75 YEARS AGO — 1947

• Additional mail service was offered patrons on West Walnut, Beech and Cowan streets in Wes Danville and Duncan Hill, Danville Postmaster James H. Bean announced. Most of the patrons in the newer territory have erected mail boxes.

• Enos Swain, editor of the Advocate-Messenger has been appointed as a member of the public relations committee of newly organized Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which has offices in Louisville.

• Ernest Wolford, coach at Danville High School, and director of the city’s three playgrounds, talked to the Kiwanis Club about the need and importance of recreation in a community the size of Danville. He said the playground activities were successful at Maple, Neighborhood Home, and Bate grounds.

• Plans to create a 2,000-acre game preserve east of Danville was abandoned as a failure, said Lee Chrisman, president of theBoyle County Fish and Game Club. The club had raised a number of quail for planting on the area. Failure of one property owner to join with 25 other land owners to make his land available was blamed for the collapse of the program.

50 YEARS — 1972

• A goal of $73,900 was set for Danville-Boyle County United Community Fund campaign to support seven agencies. Perryville Rescue Squad was add to the list for funding.

• Milton Scarborough and Eric Mount of Centre College won the B Division doubles of the Labor Day Weekend Tennis Tournament in Lexington. Mount also reached the semi-finals of the A singles’ division.

• Telephone operators in Danville and Harrodsburg accepted $400 in pledges during a telethon for the Daniel Boone Council of Telephone Pioneers of America.

• About 350 students enrolled at Kentucky School for the Deaf and 30 more were expected before for the fall semester.

25 YEARS AGO — 1997

• Matsushita Home Appliance Corporation celebrated its merger with Matsushita Microwave Oven Co. and the production of the company’s 10 millionth vacuum cleaner.

• Danville was raising its water rates for the first time since 1985 for out-of-town customers, Rates for city residents has not been raised for 16 years. Proposed rates called for a $4.05 per month hike.

• Heritage Hospice created a video about the organization for the deaf and hard of jeering audience. Andy Baker, director, said the organization wanted to reach out to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

• Louise Dearborn created a 6-by 8-foot  scene, made of an array of colorful fabrics that captured the spirit of Perryville on the morning of the historic October 1862 battle. Each scene told story of what was going on that day.

• Hospitals in Danville and Harrodsburg were affected by a national blood supply shortage and the American Red Cross said it was in need of immediate infusion of blood for the two facilities.

• Twenty-nine Boyle County properties were considered for listing on the  National Register for Historic Places. Listing on the Register recognizes a property’s archaeological, architectural or historical significance and provides a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects.Fiona