From our files – Oct. 2022

Published 1:47 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2022

100 YEARS AGO — 1922

• Southern Railway officials and representatives of the strip king Shopmen came to an agreement to end the strike. However, the shopmen in Danville voted to continue the strike until further instruction from Union hands.

• A new book on the formation and ratification of the Constitution of the United Sates was “more thrilling than romance and challenges.” Written by the Rev. E.L.  Powell, pastor of First Christian Church in Louisville.  The book “Constitution Day, September 17, 1922, and Its Meaning to the People of the World” the book went on sale.

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• Roads between Danville and Atoka, Hustonville Road to the Lincoln County line, and Stanford Road to the Lincoln County line were the most serious in need of  repair.

• Parking of automobiles from the center line to thesis of Main Street became effective. 

• The people Danville did not seem to understand the territory covered by what is known as the “Silent Zone” in town. The zone was from the residence of Judge W.A. Tribble, the Gilcher property on Third Street, and extended to Green Street, from Second to Fourth and Walnut and from Second to Fourth. It was near the hospital where the patients were disturbed by the noise.

75 YEARS AGO — 1947

• Boyle County’s booth won first place at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Visitors called the booth “the most beautiful” among the 41 counties which displayed booths. Prizes included $125 for  first in an industrial display, and $10 cash for ninth place as an agricultural exhibit. It was sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and the Boyle County Farm Bureau.  Merchants displaying their products were General Shoe Corporation, Caldwell Stone Company, Fry Products Company, Anderson and Spillman, Goodall Company, and Dr Pepper, Royal Crown and Coca-Cola bottling companies.

• Three hundred spectators enjoyed donkey softball game between the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and Wallace Fisher Post which ended in a tie.

• Christopher H. Purdom, a member of the Purdom family in Boyle County, and former superintendent  of the Lancaster schools, was honored by the  National Government, Republican of China with the Beast Order of  Yun Hui Medal. The award was in recognition of meritorious services performed during World War II when Purdom as assistant Naval attache for Air to the Chinese Government at Chungking.

• Jim Pyles of Junction City and Richard Smith Jr. of Valley Station opened the Junction Standard Metals Company, which purchased all types of scrap metal,  iron, automobile batteries.

50 YEARS AGO — 1972

• The Rev. Ivan Shelburne talked about the importance of the United Community Fund for Danville and urged volunteers to first give of themselves and then ask others to help. Speaking  at a United Way gathering for the 1972 kickoff breakfast, Shelburne said the fund is meeting the needs today and not tomorrow.

An area  chapter of the CowBells Association was organized in Boyle County. Local members were Mrs. Joe Ambugey, Mrs. Carl Walker, Mrs. Sam Hayes and Mrs. Walker Goggin, all of Danville; Mrs. A.B. Oldham of Junction City; Mrs. Douglas Brown of Burgin  and Mrs. Scott Rogers of Lancaster. The organization works for the betterment of the beef industry.

• Helen Fisher became the first woman chairman of the Danville Human Relations Council. Others elected we’re Thomas A. Spragens, vice chairman; Ella  Pryor, secretary-treasurer; and Margaret Caldwell, board member.

25 YEARS AGO — 1997

• Thirty-one businesses and organizations and 200 volunteers gathered for the United Way’s 3rd annual fundraising Day of Caring. The volunteers visited 18 sites and performed tasks included weeding, trash pick-up, fencing, painting, sorting, scrubbing and crafting.

• Kendra Wise, daughter Kenneth and Charlotte Wise, was crowned homecoming queen at Boyle County High School.

• The steady rain did not stop the 19th annual Constitution Square Festival. Between 8,000 and 10,000 festival goers attended the three-day event. Many of the 80 craft booths sold out of their goods.

• The  Bluegrass Regional Recycling Center that handles material collected in  Boyle, Garrard, Mercer and Lincoln and 13 other Kentucky counties won national recognition. The award was presented at the National Association of Development Organizations in Anchorage, Alaska.

• Boyle County Board of Education approved a $2.7 million improvement project and additions for 1998. It includes the science and physical education facilities, technology additions. It includes four science labs at the middle school, and gymnasium at Woodlawn Elementary.