From our files

Published 10:04 am Tuesday, April 4, 2023

100 YEARS AGO — 1923

• Farmers  Deposit Bank opened  in Perryville with J.B. Harmon as president and C. E. Kemper as cashier.

• Steel, sand and cement was ordered for the new Centre Stadium and more donations from Centre Alumni continued with increasing forces for the stadium project.

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• The old E.J. Curlely Distillery Plant at Camp Nelson was torn down and over 1,000,000 feet of lumber and other materials from the plant were available for sale.

• A rock crusher at the W. Carpenter quarry resumed operations and was turning out large quantities of high grade metal by a full force of workmen and spread on county roads.

• Sister Mary Settles, 86, the last member of the once famous Shaker Colony at Shakertown, died at her home. She was the grandmother of Mrs.J.W.  Mitchell and Grover Settles of Boyle County. She came to the Colony in 1853, a widow with two children, and was a teacher.

75 YEARS AGO — 1948

• Danville High School Debate Club received an invitation to become a member of  the National Forensic League, one of the oldest debate clubs in Kentucky, Principal Andrew F. Young, announced. The DHS club participated in 60 debates in 1948.

• Joseph Franklin Watts of Perryville reenlisted in the Regular Army and assigned to the Third Armored Division for training. He served during  World War II as a communications officer.

• Bernard J. Griffin of Lexington Road, was elected president of  Boyle County Purebred Livestock Association. Ed Kubale, was named vice president and Ed Kubale was named secretary of the group. All were Angus breeders.

• The body of  Private Charles L. Hatchell, 29, who died Nov. 26, 1944, during a battle in France,  was returned home to Danville.  He was one of three brothers of Mr. and Mrs. Price Hatchell of Danville who went in the Army overseas during World War II. Private Hatchell also was survived by his wife, Nell, and a four-year daughter Donna June.

50 YEARS AGO — 1973

• A fire completely destroyed Halls’ Radio and TV Sales and service in Greenleaf Shopping Center. Firefighters from Danville and Boyle county were at the scene for three hours. Fire Chief Russell Phillips said it was the worst fire in the city since Danville Laundry in 1971. Raymond Hall was owner of the shop and W.B. Massey owned the building.

• St. Asaph Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Danville was recognized as one of the first chapters

in Kentucky to contribute to the National DAR drive to restore two rooms in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

• A team of 42 educators from the State Department of Education and nearby schools looked at the Boyle County schools as part of a pilot “Contractual Accreditation” program that involved a self-study by local schools.

• Dr. John Furbay, nationally known speaker, talked about community and human relations at a meeting sponsored by Danville Council on Human Relations.

25 YEARS AGO — 1998

• Plans were made to build a multipurpose park at a cost of $7.5 million. Danville-Boyle County Recreation Board Director John Drake said the figure did not include an aquatic center nor a building with a gymnasium.

• Tom Mills, superintendent of Boyle County Schools for five years, resigned saying he was going into private business.

• Marvin Swann Jr., president of the Danville Independent Board of Education, was elected state director-at-large of the 28-member of Kentucky School Board of Education. He is a graduate of 1973 Danville High School.

• Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission prepared to launch a 12-month zoning restructuring process. The decision to revise the ordinance was because new trends and buildings virtually unheard of during the last revision in 1988, have come to Danville.

• Kentucky School for the Deaf observed open house in Jacobs Hall for  its 175th anniversary. It featured a classroom displays depicting the school’s history.