From our Files
Published 10:16 am Tuesday, July 11, 2023
100 YEARS AGO — 1923
• Magistrate Joseph Bonta of Junction City said Boyle County was ready with the state’s help to build a highway from Danville city limits to the Lincoln County line.
• Boyle County Agriculture Agent Charles L. Taylor resigned to take a position to do agricultural work at Western State Normal School in Bowling Green. Charles F. Miller replaced Taylor.
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• Engineers of the Dix River Power Company and Danville officials discussed the proposed new water plant that was to be larger than the current one and be located closer to town. The power company agreed to build the plant if a dam is built.
• Virgil Reed bought an interest in Danville Motor Company Ford dealers. He resigned his position with Spoonamore Drug Company.
75 YEARS AGO —1948
• Over $100,000 was spent for construction, remodeling and decoration of Gilcher Hotel and Begley Drug Store on Main Street. The most noticeable change was the outside appearance of a marquee was added over the hotel entrance.
• The first 1948 Ford car in Danville, viewed by 15,500 people, was on display at Danville Motors, South Fourth Street. Mrs. Earl Hatfield of Wilderness Road purchased the vehicle from James M. Norvell.
• Danville turned on a television receiving set and received moving pictures for the first time. More than a thousand people attended the demonstration by Bryant’s Speciality Shop and saw pictures pulled from Cincinnati’s WLW television transmitter. The program was a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.
• Flags in Danville were flown at half-mast during the arrival of the body of Billy Thompson, a hero of World war II. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Thompson of Alta Avenue.
• Charles A. Thomas of Kentucky Avenue, an instructor in the printing department of Kentucky School for the Deaf, was elected president of the Kentucky Association of the Deaf.
50 YEARS AGO —1973
• New radio equipment was installed at Danville Police Department and financed by the Kentucky Crime Commission.
• Ann Keith Burckley of Maple Avenue was selected to be a dancer for the production of “The King and I” at Pioneer Playhouse. She was a former homecoming queen and captain of the Danville High School cheerleaders.
• Batewood Home playground team won the tract meet. Batewood had total of 103 points while Perryville ended up second with 38 points; Junction City had 31 points; Paula Heights, 29 points, and Caldwell Manor, 14 points.
• Dr. Adam Neikirk, of Danville, and minister at Berea Christian Church in Harrodsburg, was awarded a doctor of divinity degree by the University of Bible Institute in Tennessee.
25 YEARS AGO —1998
• The Heart of Danville hosted an old-fashioned community picnic and concert at Weisiger Park. Dixville Flyers performed music. Fireworks also were featured at the Boyle County Fairgrounds.
• John Roush began his tenure on his 48th birthday as president of Centre College.
• Patriotic music played on kazoos and a 400-person formation of the American flag marked the local Governor’s Scholars of July 4 celebration at Centre College.
• The City of Danville adopted a $17 million budget for the 1998 fiscal year that included all the funds the city handles. The biggest project was improvements to the sewer-treatment plant.