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Published 6:16 am Wednesday, June 7, 2023

100 YEARS AGO — 1923

• A new stadium to seat sixteen hundred people at Kentucky

School for the Deaf was completed.  The stadium was erected especially for the Centennial Celebration. Governor Edwin P. Morris was among dignitaries who attended.

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• Paul Hensen of Pearce, Greely and Hensen engineering firm inspected  the local water plant to determine what a replacement would cost. Plans were underway to build a 250-foot dam near the mouth of Dix River which would cover the current water plant.

  R.W. Gwinn, R.D. Cobb, John B. Harmon, J. Baughman, Logan Caldwell, C.R. Martin and James T. Ware were tentatively selected as directors for the proposed stockyards for Danville.

• Sarah Selby was appointed by Kentucky College for Women to represent the college at the Young Women’s Christian Association Conference which convened at Blue Ridge in North Carolina.

75 YEARS AGO — 1948

• Mayor Henry L. Nicholas told Danville Kiwanis Club members the city’s goals were to build a better community without increase in city taxes. He also said he city came through the war and entered post-war with flying colors and was the only place that did not have serious financial worries.

• Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company included a new classified section to its directory. During the past year 316 telephones were added in the city bringing it the service to 3,869 in service.

• Boyle County Softball League prepared to launch a 72-game schedule for eight teams in the league. Games were scheduled Tuesdays and Fridays in June and July.

• Todd Duncan, widely known black concert artist and radio and motion picture star, was a visitor in  Danville where he was reared.

• A Community Croquet Court that included neighborhood players opened between East Main and East Walnut streets. The neighborhood project offered fun, exercise, fresh air, and a chance to find community spirit during war time.

50 YEARS AGO —  1973

• Voting in Boyle County was light on this election day, however 5,650 Democratic voters turned out for the polls.  County Clerk John B. Nichols estimated earlier that only 6,000 of the 10,000 registered Democrat voters would go to the polls.

• The Air Force Junior ROTC program at Danville School was canceled after six years.  Stephen M. Campbell, a senior, received a four-year ROTC scholarship from the Air Force was the ninth DHS cadet since 1867 to win one of these scholarships.

• The first phase of the drive of $1 million locally for Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital showed more than half the fund subscribed, for a total of $510,000.

• Charles A. Thomas, Robert Baughman and Kathlyn Hoffmeyer were honor with a dinner  at Kentucky School for the Deaf. Thomas served as a vocational teacher for 32 years; Baughman was  supervising teacher of the vocational department;  and Hoffmeyer has in the school since 1951. She worked in the  school laundry since 1963, and Kerry Hall dining room.

25 YEARS AGO —1998

• Clifford T. Dunne was named director of Families First, the Family Resource and Youth Services Center for Danville Independent Schools. He worked in the  schools as head of the program initiated by the Kentucky educational Reform Act. He replaced Jane Boyd, who retired.

• Boyle County  High School seniors James H. Belcher and Rachel E. Wilson were named National Merit Scholarship finalists.

• Elizabeth Perkins, a Centre College professor, wrote “Border Life” after researching done with settlers in the Mid-1900s. The book is a collection of nearly 400 interviews completed in the early to mid-1900s by John Dabney Shane of Cincinnati.

• John Roush, president-elect of Centre College challenged the graduating class to “dream very large” and never lose their dreams to cynicism.

• Charles H. Hayden lived 75 years on West Walnut Street. The day before he celebrated his 102nd birthday his name was placed on a sign “Hayden Ave.” James Johnson, who was developing land nearby, named the street after Hayden gave the land nearby to Johnson.