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Published 1:36 pm Monday, November 7, 2022

100 YEARS AGO — 1922

• The local Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau decided to built a spacious stockyard in Danville to try and recoup business that once thrived in the town. Madison Lee headed the efforts for the Farm Bureau. Several attending said they remembered when Danville was literally lined with cattle, horses, mules, hogs and sheep on Court Days, but that  business had gotten away.

• Ten thousand football fans congregated in Eclipse Park in Louisville to watch the Centre College football team win over Washington and Lee College. The score was Centre, 27, and Washington and Lee, 6.

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• The Board of Trustees at Centre College decided to spend $25,000 to upgrade the athletic facilities.

• Danville City Council ordered the chief of police to have warrants issued and served on all who had not paid their occupational tax. This included stores, professions and especially tax drivers and automobile owners, who failed to pay the supervisory tax.

• The new Stout’s Skating Rink opened with music by Centre Six and an overflowing crowd. There were not enough skates to go around.

75 YEARS AGO — 1947

• Centre College hosted a four-day inauguration and homecoming program when Dr. Walter A. Groves took over as the 17th president of the college. Seminar speakers included Gov. Simeon Willis, who spoke about “Law and Politics”. An open house was held at Young  Science Hall was included in the events.

• Ground was broken for the half million-dollar viaduct project.

• Additional money was added to bring the  total to $6,775  for the Community Fund Drive. That was about half of the money needed for the $13,500 earmarked for budgets of the Family Welfare Association, Boy Scouts and Salvation Army.

• Boyle County 4-H  Beef Club  placed second in the  carload of beef category  behind Garrard County members who took first place honors. Boyle’s load sold for $38 per hundred pounds which set a record. The other two loads brought prices from $36.35 and $31.50 per hundred pounds for the Boyle club.

• Approximately 600,000 pounds of burley leaf tobacco were laid down on the floors of Danville’s three tobacco warehouses in preparation of the annual sales to begin.

• Four persons became  ill after after a hog and cow in the Hustonville Road section went mad within a few days as a result of  a rabid dog. The people were required to have an immunization.

50 YEARS AGO — 1972

• The United Community Fund exceeded its goal of $73,900. Harold Crawford, UCF general chairman, reported $74,202.54 was raised. It was used  to help support by the following agencies: Salvation Army, Red Cross, Family Services, Boy and Girl Scouts, Rescue Squads, Family Services, Muscular Dystrophy.

• Arthur Gocke was  named new police judge in Junction City. He  filled the position after the resignation of Chester A. Young, a part time police officer.

• Danville City Commission approved an Open Housing ordinance that  said junk vehicles and appliances, referred to as a “public nuisance”,   must be removed from private property  by the owner.    

• The  annual Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar made more than $4,000. The event was held in the basement at Centenary United Methodist Church.

• Tobacco warehouses began to fill with this year’s crop in preparation of the first sale. The three  local warehouses —Peoples, Farmers and Burley were busy as farmers rushed to get their crop on the floor.

25 YEARS AGO — 1997

• Danville firefighters caught the Christmas spirit and began to prepare to the annual “Toys for Tots” drive. The drive began in the early 1980s by former Fire Chief Russell Phillips to provide toys to brighten Christmas for local children.

• Danville purchased eight new trash containers at the recommendation of the beautification committee. Each container cost $1.061 and was to be place downtown.

• A Third Floor Museum opened in Jacobs Hall at Kentucky School for the Deaf. It was set up like a classroom may have looked years ago, with wooden desks, an old typewriter, and other antiques. Other memorabilia included an old school bell.

• Students John Raines III and Taylor Satterly were named “Principals for a Day” at Hogsett Elementary School. The reward was for top salesmanship at the school’s fundraiser for students in grades kindergarten through third grade. Taylor said the job was  “too hard” while John said “it was fun.”

• The public was asked what its dreams were for a new 125-acre park. This was a planning tool Patrick Hoagland, a consultant at Brandstetter Carroll, was hired to develop a master plan design.