From our files

Published 12:53 pm Thursday, August 17, 2023

100 YEARS AGO  — 1923

• Alben W. Barkley, a Democratic candidate for 1st District congressman, carried Boyle County by a large majority, but failed to win the state. J. Campbell Cantrill won the Democratic nomination in Boyle and went onto win the state election.

• Government and most other local offices and businesses announced closings  to honor the late President Warren G. Harding during his funeral services. Danville newspapers sponsored a memorial service at the  courthouse in memory of Harding.

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• J. Curtis Alcock was editor and publisher of The Danville Daily Messenger, and  George A. Joplin Jr. was city editor.  I.G. Jackson was superintendent of the  job department. The cost for one year subscription was $3.

• Residents living along the proposed highway from Danville to the Cumberland River were enthusiastic and of a cooperative and active spirit.

75 YEARS AGO — 1948

• A light  vote was recorded in  the  23 precincts in the Boyle County Primary as it was across the state.

• Ruth Mae Banister,  a local pastry maker died. She had baked pies and pastries for local shops and church and civic organizations. She was 63  years old.

• Local missionary Mary McCann Hudson, the first teacher of Bible in the Danville schools,  left for Belgan Congo where she  planned to be a missionary.

• Local farmers planned a trip to the annual Field Day of the Agricultural Experiment Station at University ofKentucky.

They saw experimental tobacco, corn and other farm crops  and farm animals.

• The new telephone directory reached the names of 4,000 patrons. More than 4,000 new directories were delivered to homes and offices.

50 YEARS AGO —1973

• More than 400 Kentucky School for the Deaf alumni attended the KSD Alumni Association meeting at the school. Mary Ann Goodman, a 1971 graduate was chosen as the first queen at the second annual Alumni Day  meeting.

• E.O. Richardson, 87, a  local barber on Third Street, died. He owned the barber shop, founded by his father, for many ears.

• A dog show and pet  shows opened the three-day Boyle County Fair  and Horse Show on the RECC grounds off Hustonville Road.

• Danville’s total crime index ranked in the middle compared to other cities of the same size. The city’s total crime index was 273 compared to the other towns.

• “Fire on the Mountain”, a musical comedy of the Kentucky Mountain people, opened at Pioneer Playhouse.

• More than 50 local members of the Kentucky Club joined 350 others for the club’s annual convention in Chicago.

• Some of the stolen merchandise, including a tape recorder,  record players, rings, jewelry, and  fishing tackle that was stolen on five break-ins, were recovered by Boyle County Sheriff’s Department.

25 YEARS AG0 —1998

• Danville-Boyle County  pLanning and Zoning Commission approved seven plans for new development  and other projects for new development and got three other projects on their way.

• Boyle County Jail and Emergency Medical Services saw an increase in expenditures increase in the past year, caused by more inmates in the jail, and new ambulances and more paramedics for the EMS.

• Bate High School Reunion drew alumni from across the United States. The school named for former Professor John W. Bate, founder of Danville’s all black high school which operated from 1915 to 1964.

• David Anderson, distinguished assistant professor economics at Centre College, and students at Centre gave Northpoint Training inmates a chance to look to the future and start on skills to make their futures productive. The program was funded through  grant from 3M Foundation.

• Raymie Long, who struggled to rescue a man from a burning house, got a commendation from the Danville City Commission and Fire Department. An employee of Dana Corp., Long was  recognized for his “heroic efforts performed in the unselfish service to his fellow citizen.”