From our Files

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2024

100 YEARS AGO —1924

  • Postmaster L.E. Lee announced rural mail routes 1 and 2 began. Route one went from  West Danville to Perryville, Parksville and Lebanon roads. The second area was from Hustonville Pike to the Lincoln County line. It also went to Harrodsburg and Faulconer Pike to Shakertown Pike.
  • The Perryville Fair Association was reorganized with new offices and R.W. Purdom was named president. Vice presidents were J.C.B. Harmon, C.E. Kemper and  John Hayes; H.C. Mullins, secretary; R.C. Mays, assistant secretary; and Briscoe White, treasurer. The fair was set for August.
  • James Martin disposed his interest in the Faulconer and Martin, haberdashers, to E.P.  Faulconer Jr. after Martin and Carl McWaters bought out the jewelry business of V.W. Lawrence.
  • State Representative J.H. Baughman of Danville, played the role of peacemaker when he broke up a fight between Sergeant-at-Arms C.W. Longmire, and a Louisville news reporter in the house chamber in Frankfort.


75 YEARS AGO — 1949

  • One-hundred and fifty Boyle County farmers studied the use of methyl bromide in sterilizing tobacco to eliminate weeds in plant beds.
  • The U.S. Naval Reserve Electronics Unit at Centre College was rated second best among 200 units in the Ninth Naval District. Roy Ellis, lieutenant senior grade and associate professor of physics at Centre, is electronics Warfare Company at Centre.
  • Battery “A”, 441 Filed Artillery Battalion of the National Guard in Danville was invited to the Kentucky Derby to act as honor guard for the governor and other dignitaries attending the derby.
  • Danville High School Debate Club won 21 out of 29 debates, tied one and lost seven. Nettie Belle Perkins of the DHS English Department accompanied the group.
  • Baugh & Garner furniture store on North Fourth Street celebrated its 28th anniversary as a local business with store-sale.
  • The Ladies’ Auxiliary of Wilderness Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, named Jean Reynolds local chairman for the annual Poppy Day sale.
  • The local Junior Chamber of Commerce named a committee to establish a recreation center for teenage groups of girls and boys.

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50 YEARS AGO — 1974

  • Boyle Fiscal Court entered into a contract with Harney Construction of Wilmore for a new jail to cost $466,868.
  • Perryville gets a $19,000 grant to construct a sewage treatment project.
  • Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge in Forkland planned to plant 3,000 white pine and autumn olive seedlings, establishing a new hiking trail and other conservation work at the refuge.
  • The Children’s Theatre, directed by Ruby Ann Burckley, presented its first production, “The Last of the Leprechauns” at Pioneer Playhouse.
  • Jack Cocke and Company of Mobile, Alabama was awarded a $36,745 contract for a new fire truck.
  • A grand opening was held for a new Pic “N” Pay Shoe Store in Danville Manor Shopping Center.


25 YEARS AGO — 1999

  • St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with Irish tunes on fiddles and old music at Grayson’s Tavern in Constitution Square. The 12-member Constitution Square Fiddlers Group included 12 musicians who played fiddles.
  • Boyle County got  $2,000 to clean up illegal dumps and dispose of old tires during the first Commonwealth Cleanup Week.
  • A committee was named in Perryville to help collect information on people, churches, businesses, schools and older families  in the Perryville School District for a new history book.
  • Curves for Women opened a new fitness center for those wishing to lose inches and increase lean tissue on South Fourth Street in Danville.