From our Files

Published 1:00 am Saturday, April 22, 2023

100 YEARS AGO — 1923

• Local residents were surprised by the freezing temperatures when the mercury stood 15 degrees above zero — a drop of about 40 degrees in a few hours.

• Former U.S. Senator Frank J. Cannon was scheduled to deliver addresses at Centre College and Kentucky College for Women and during a union meeting of churches at First Christian Church.

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• The annual luncheon given by the Woman’s Club of Danville at Kentucky College for Women was a successful and enjoyable affair. Speakers included local president Mrs. George R. Spilman and state officers.

• The old mill on Hanging Fork, erected 110 years ago was demolished.

J.H. Bright operated the mill. George W. Doneghy, editor of the Advocate, wrote a book of poems about “Old Hanging Fork and Other Poems.”

75 YEARS AGO — 1948

• Members of the Navy Mothers Club No. 532 of Boyle County planned a party on Memorial Day for patients at the Veterans Hospital in Lexington.

• Carnation Milk Company made plans to locate a whole milk receiving station in Danville. The compoany took options on two downtown lots on South Second Street and Dillehay Street.

• Harold Hoskins was elected president of the Boyle County Fish and Game Club. Other officers elected were Ralph Cress, vice president; Glen Creech, secretary, and Charles Kriener, treasurer.

• Representatives of the Polk & Co. of Detroit, Michigan, began work on compiling the 1948 edition of the Danville City Directory.

50 YEARS AGO — 1973

• Boyle County Courthouse and Jail Complex were named to the National Register for Historic Places.

• Julie Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Williams of Pleasantwood Drive, was chosen as Queen of the 99th Kentucky Derby at the Fillies Club’s 15th annual Derby Ball in Louisville. Steve Shewmaker of Harrodsburg was her escort.

• Boyle County Rebel baseball team posted its 15th consecutive win without a defeat by downing the Garrard County Golden Lions 10-2. Eddie Johnson was the winning Boyle pitcher.

25 YEARS AGO —1998

• Centre College prepared for a candidates debate for seven Democratic candidates for the U.S. 6th District House of

representatives. The winner was to replace Rep. Scotty Baesler, D-Lexington, who was running for U.S. Senate.

• Dana Reising of Danville and Gordon Deshon of Lancaster were preparing to gain membership in the “50 Staters”, a group whose members have run a marathon in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

• Boyle County Public Library added two new Internet accessible computer thermals for public use.

• Fire destroyed Pitman’s Auto repair business on Short Acres. Owned by Thomas Pitman, the fire began while Pitman and his helper Bob McDowell were working on a vehicle outside the business.