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Published 1:57 pm Friday, December 15, 2023

100 YEARS AGO — 1923

• Tobacco averaged $21 per hundredweight at Peoples Tobacco Warehouse as wagons poured into town from 14 counties in Central Kentucky.

• Dr. Charles Koher held a clinic for trachoma in Casey County where he made examinations of over 300 students and operated upon 41.

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• E.B. Henson of Danville, a Centre College graduate, who was station in Austin, Texas, with a large force of  Prohibition Enforcement under him, was transferred to Kansas City.

• Tevis & Ingram of Danville were awarded a $200,000 contract for road construction in Laurel and Rockcastle counties.

• Danville Ice & Coal Company advertised coal as a sensible Christmas gift and urged people to send a ton of coal to the  local hospital, a church and Community House.

75 YEARS AGO — 1948

• Neal  M. Gordon, city engineer of Danville, was appointed state chairman of the American Public Works Association in Chicago, Illinois. He coordinated state activities of the association. Gordon formerly worked at the Kentucky State Hospital and Darnall General Hospital duirng Word War II.

• More than 200 friends of Maple Avenue  School witnessed the presentation of a Christmas program “Everywhere, Christmas Tonight’’ written directed and produced by the sixth grade teachers.

• Venus Ramey Murphy of Stanford, the 1944 winner of the Miss American Contest,  gave birth to a nine-pound son at a Lexington hospital. She named him Joseph Murphy III after his father.

• P.J. Clark, Boyle County attorney, was elected as one of the vice presidents of the Kentucky County Attorneys Association.

• Centre College Chorus and Orchestra and Danville High School Glee Club planned Christmas programs during the holiday season.

• For the first time in its history, the city of Perryville was lit up with the glow of Christmas with masses of colored electric lights strung up in the downtown area. The local Lions Club strung the lights.

• Danville churches and homemaker clubs shared a task of giving patients at Kentucky Hospital a happy Christmas. Each patient was given a Christmas bag of fruits, candy and a small gift.

• The cafeteria of the new parochial school on East Main Street was initiated with a chicken dinner tendered for 250 guests who came to the big auditorium-like room.

50  YEARS AGO — 1973

• Farmers received more than $4 million for the 4,488 head of calves in seven graded auction feeder calf sales held at Boyle County Stockyards. It was the most successful auction for the Boyle-Lincoln County feeder calf sales.

• Charles A. Thomas was named president of the Kentucky Home for the Aged and Infirm Deaf Inc. James Royster was elected secretary and James B. Beauchamp, treasurer.

• Miss Terry Rye, daughter of Betty Rye of Danville, was crowned as Boyle County High School’s 1973 Snow Queen. She was a member and reporter of the FHA Chapter.

• Boyle Fiscal Court discussed plans for a new jail with Donald B. Shelton and his associate Steve Sherman of Lexington.

25 YEARS AGO — 1998

• Ephraim McDowell Hospital made plans to open a primary care and diagnostic center near the U.S. 150 and U.S. intersection in Stanford in the coming year.

• Sam Belcher opened Sam’s Place in Junction City to enjoy pizza and listen to music and which led some customers to dance. However, the city had an ordinance that required “dance halls” to have a permit.

• Matsushita workers spend a day as volunteer bell ringers at some local businesses to help raise money for Christmas gifts distributed by Salvation Army.

  Boyle County school staff met with local police to discuss safety concenrning handling emergencies during a series of discussions as part of the county’s “safe school” program.

• Planners in Perryville voiced options on how to tell the story of the Battle for Kentucky to future generations.