From Our Files

Published 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2024

100 YEARS AGO — 1924 

  • Richard Gentry sold the famous Gentry farm on Harrodsburg Road to his nephew Peter Gentry Caldwell. The land sold for $218 per acre. It was the largest real estate deal that had been made in months, in Boyle County.
  • Dr. W.F. Hatfield opened a modern, sanitary barber shop on Fourth Street, north of the Danville Motor Company. All the latest equipment was ordered and ready for opening. It was known as Hatfield’s Fourth Street Barber Shop.
  • A thunderstorm in West Lincoln County destroyed a hemp stack that belonged to Banks Hudson of Danville.
  • J.E. Pollitte risked his life to save a four-year-old child belonging to E.R. Pike from a burning building on West Lexington Street.
  • The local Children’s Home Society raised $5,000 from 316 donors.


75 YEARS AGO — 1949 

  • The Advocate Messenger offered a $25 cash prize to the writer of the best letter on “Danville Needs of a Park and Recreation Area.”
  • Holy Week services were scheduled at noon Monday through Friday and sponsored by the local Ministers’ Association and included pastors and ministers from Centre College.
  • Laundrymen from all over the state attended the two-day 54th anniversary celebration and open house at Danville Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Company on North Third Street. John M. Nichols and brothers Sam and Henry Lyons were the owners.

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50 YEARS AGO — 1974

  • A new swimming pool and gymnasium built on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus was named the Charles A. Thomas Physical Education Building. Thomas retired after 32 years of service as a teacher at KSD.
  • Eben C. Henson, director of Pioneer Playhouse was the writer and director of a Centennial Pageant at Eastern Kentucky University. Constance Phelps, also of Pioneer Playhouse, was choreographer.
  • A great horned owl, a bird seldom seen in Boyle County, was discovered in a woodland near the Parksville Knobs. Davis Edwards of Parksville found the nest and bird in an ash tree while walking in the woods.
  • Danville High and Boyle County high students received numerous superior-ratings in the State Music Festival at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond. Danville also got more high ratings than any other group participating. Boyle received more superior ratings than in the history of the BCHS band program.
  • Vernon Newton of Airport Road was killed, and his wife and grandchild were injured when a tornado knocked their house from its foundation and demolished it. Several people were injured in Lincoln County.


25 YEARS AGO — 1999 

  • John Paul Works, who was charged with the murder of Harrodsburg Patrolman Regina Nickles, was moved to Boyle County Circuit Court.
  • The W.G. Feather and Son general merchandise store in Parksville, established in 1915, closed its doors. The store operated seven days a week for 84 years. Bruce Feather sold the business to Warren Westerfield Jr. and Warren Lanham.
  • A new organ, funded by an anonymous donor, was installed at The Presbyterian Church on West Main Street.
  • Leo Hill, president and CEO of Inter-County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Danville retired after serving 32 years. He was replaced by James L. Jacobus, who was vice president of member services at Inter-County RECC.
  • Judith S. Spellacy of Scott County was named principal at Edna Toliver Elementary School.