From our Files

Published 11:56 am Monday, February 6, 2023

100 YEARS AGO — 1923

• For the first time in many years, Danville did not have a snow during the winter.  The area south of Danville got snow, and Somerset got five inches. “Children who received  sleds for Santa Claus here were certainly outta’ luck.”

• Boyle County Farm Bureau called a mass meeting to act on an announcement the State Tax Commission was increasing the Boyle tax assessment by $1 million.

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• More than 80 people attended the Rube Carnival at Stout’s  Rink, Manager Frank Vernon said. The Rubes came in droves and the makeups were enough to get them places in Barnum and Bailey fun carnival. Every type of rural character was represented in the event. The best Rube’s were Daisy Gates, Tom Hoover, Louis Crouch, M.M. Peaveler, Mae McKenzie and Red Roberts.

• Danville was expected to attract a large crowd when Congressman Alben W. Barkley  of Paducah, planned to open his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of Kentucky.

• Danville High School basketball teams scored a double win in the gymnasium in front of a capacity crowd. The girls team defeated Junction City girls by a 6 to 1 score while the boys in a thrilling overtime affair bumped Monticello 28-25.

75 YEARS AGO —1948

• Young sportsmen were invited by Boyle County Fish and Game Club to compete in the big-crow-shoot in March. Prizes totaled $250 were to be distributed. Club  President Lee Chrisman said youngsters had to be members of the junior clubs to compete.

• John Hill Bailey was named chairman of the Boyle County Red Cross fund drive in March.

• Danville High School basketball team added the fourth straight victory of their record of nine wins and six losses. The team outscored Monticello by a 10 points with a score of 61-51.

50 YEARS AGO — 1973

• First steps were taken towards a new juvenile detention center for Boyle County.  Funding came from federal revenue sharing.

• Dean Edgar C. Newlin, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, was honored with a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

• Kentucky School for the Deaf resumed classes after a two-week recess due to an outbreak of flu. Principal John Hudson said 50 students were absent but staff members were in good shape.

• Agreement was reached for Heck’s Inc. to open a discount store in the new shopping center on Hustonville Road. Construction began for the 43,429 square feet building and a three-acre parking lot.

• Junction City Rescue Squad got a new $10,500 ambulance. Boyle County Fiscal Court paid half the cost after Junction Mayor Jerry  High showed magistrates more than half of last year’s transports in the county were made by the Junction squad.

25 YEARS  AGO — 1998

• The Danville-based National Guard assisted stranded motorists and  people with medical emergency after a heavy wet snow covered the area. They also helped people  without power, food, fuel and medicine and provided generators to those with power outages, and dairy farmers.

• While the snow covered the area for days, weather forced delays in funerals, caused delays in newspaper and mail deliveries, kept the police dispatcher busy with calls about roads and wrecks.

• A five-year comprehensive financial campaign by Centre College raised more than $76 million for endowment, scholarships and capital improvement projects.  The campaign raised more than $16 million over its goal.

• Danville and Boyle County officials looked over master plans for the multi-purpose park on Perryville Road between Boyle county school property and Woodlawn children’s campus. The park was planned for development on 125 acres that was part of the Georgeanne Sigwald farm.