From our files

Published 9:27 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024

75 YEARS AGO — 1949

• The New Year holiday began with “Watch Night” services in local churches and 30 merchants and  businessmen announced closings. The Advocate did not publish a newspaper.

• The Sub-Deb Club hosted an open house for 60 guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Erskine on Hustonville Road.

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• Fires on on Green Street, Beatty Avenue and Wells Landing Road kept firefighters busy. There were no injuries  and only minor damages except for the one on Wells Landing Road.

• Thomas L. Raines, son of William Raines of Danville, participated in a week’s maneuver conducted by the 78th Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. He joined the Army in June 1948 and was assigned as cannoneer in his unit.

• The Danville Chamber of Commerce made plans for the “Biggest Banquet Ever” for March, President Joe G.Davis announced.

50 YEARS AGO — 1974

• The cost of postage stamps for mailing a letter went up from 10 to 13 cents, the  sixth increase in the last 17 years.

• David L. Chenault III was the first baby born at Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital. He arrived at 11:32 a.m and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Chenault of Danville. The infant weighed six and half ounces.

• The past year was a wet year for Danville, Local weather observer R.P. Coldiron recorded 49.80 inches of precipitation, 3.64 more than the normal of 46.16 inches.

• The golf team of Don Janzen, Herb McGuire, Julian Mitchell and Charlie Muprhy, won the fourth annual Cognac Open Golf tournament at Danville Country Club. A large turnout of about 50 golfers competed in the tourney despite of snow flurries, frozen grounds and temperatures in the 20s.

• Boyle County real estate was sold for $17 million in 1,057 deeds  filed in 1973 in in the county clerk’s office of John B. Nichols.

25 YEARS AGO — 1999

• Junction City Police Chief Butch Phillips who arrested five people during a routine traffic stop found an alleged interstate counterfeit money ring involving more than $6,000 in fake U.S. $100 bills and five suspects.

• BellSouth residential customers had the option of bridging the miles  between and their family and friends with a new service called Area Plus.  That allowed customers to make unlimited local calls throughout and expanded local calling area doe $38 a month.

• Students got their Christmas vacations extended by a day due to the weather’s wintery mix of precipitation with bitterly cold temperatures.

• Local officials began work  to complete applications for state grants through the Renaissance Kentucky Program. Danville was one of five Kentucky cities to rank at the gold level of 41 cities to participate in the program.