From our files – Jan 2023

Published 8:15 am Tuesday, January 24, 2023

100  YEARS AGO — 1923

• Congressman A.W. Barkley  of the First District made plans to formally open his campaign for governor as a Democrat in Danville on Court Day in February.

• Centre College trounced the Kentucky Wesleyans by a score of 33 to 25 in the first game of the season.

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• R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company purchased 40 million pounds of better grades of tobacco from Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association. That amounted to 90,000,000 pounds of tobacco bought by the Reynolds company.

• J.C. Caldwell was elected president of Farmers National Bank and W.C. Anderson was named vice president.

• Boyle County Sheriff W. Logan Wood, was elected treasurer of the newly organized Kentucky Sheriff’s Association.

50 YEARS AGO — 1948

• Stanley Kozarski resigned  as head of the Industrial Arts department and mechanical drawing manager training at Danville High School. Bowing Green native  David Rigsby, 25, replaced Kozarski.

• Danville City Council considered buying the Kentucky Utilities gas franchise and also named Neal Gordon as city engineer.

• After being postponed several years due to the war and a year due to shortages in building materials, Kentucky School for the  Deaf has a  new modern and efficient kitchen.

• Dr. Branham B. Baughman of Frankfort, presented a Ibach piano to Lexington Avenue Baptist Church in memory of his parents Mr. and Mrs. John S. Baughman.

• The Perryville Chapter of Future Homemakers of America voted to adopt a German Homemaking club and sent it a large supply of needed material for class use. Many of the German schools were destroyed by bombing.

• Advocate Editor Enos Swain delivered newspapers to Junction and Parksville subscribers on the worst day of the season. He had to borrowed a  vehicle, pair of chains for his vehicle, and a pair of oversize shoes. He had car trouble and smashed the back of car when someone gave him a push. Swain also reminded the subscribers that 3 cents for the paper delivered to their door was not an exorbitant price, especially in the snow and ice. He also said it was not easy for the little carrier boys to plow around in the slush and snow either.

75 YEARS AGO — 1973

• Consolidation of Standard Oil Company’s sales territories in the state resulted in construction of a new bulk plant here to serve a six-county area. The plant was located on Beatty Avenue.

• James A. McAfee, former principal at Danville High School, joined the staff of Kentucky Department of Education in the Bureau of Instruction. He worked with high school principals statewide to consultant for secondary education.

• Elaine Jacobus of Danville was appointed to the Kentucky Advisory Committee on Day Care operators.

• The Kentucky Feeder Calf Association and the state Cattleman’s Association merged into one organization, The Kentucky Beef  Cattle Association. Jere  Caldwell of Danville was named president of the new organization.

25 YEARS AGO — 1998

• Restoration of historic places in Perryville were discussed  by the local Foundation for Historic Preservation, historical society and Perryville Preservation. Several places in Perryville were in need of restoration including  Karricks-Park House, old Perryville business block on  the west bank of the Chaplin River.

• An anonymous donor gave $1 million in honor of former Centre president Thomas A. Spragens and his wife, Catherine. Spragens was Centre’s president for 24 years and was instrumental in the completion of several major building projects. The gift was to endow a new scholarship.