From Our Files

Published 2:00 pm Monday, April 22, 2024

100 YEARS AGO — 1924

  • The Christian Church was taxed to its capacity to hear evangelist Dr. E.E. Violette, and hundreds were turned away. His topic was “God’s Greatest Gift to Man.” There were 32 additions to the church.
  • Danville and other Kentucky cities were eligible to get $2,000 from the Harmon Foundation in New York. It was for recreational purposes and playground equipment.
  • Movies at Stout’s Theatre featured “The Humming Bird” starring Gloria Swanson, and “Long Live the King” with Jackie Coogan.
  • Miller Lee sold his 251-acre farm on Lexington Pike to Dr. Thomas R. Griffin of St. Petersburg, Florida, for $40,000. Griffin’s son, Bernard lived at the farm.
  • Improvements were made to the interior of the City Restaurant, owned by Miko Perros, who met guests with a happy smile and friendly handshake.
  • Boyle Fiscal Court donated $500 toward the $5,000 asked of Boyle County by the Kentucky Children’s Home Society.


75 YEARS AGO — 1949

  • Retired businessman Charles L. Klein, 89, of Winchester told the history of the local laundry at the 54th Anniversary Celebration of the Danville Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Company. Klein helped John M. Nichols pick the location on North Third Street for the business.
  • When Wellington Cooper of Gwinn Island Fishing Camp placed an advertisement in the Advocate for a sale of 1948 Martin outboard motors for $130, he knew he would get results, but was unprepared for the avalanche of interested answers he got. He moved all six of the motors in a flash!
  • Mrs. P.J. McNamara, chairman of the Boyle County Cancer Committee, said more people were dying of cancer and that the death rate was on the rise. She counted the 24 deaths from cancer in 1948.
  • Willian Irvine Kirkland, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Kirkland of Danville arrived at Camp Breckinridge to train with the 101st Airborne Division.
  • Boyle County churches held pre-Easter programs leading up to Easter Sunday. The traditional community-wide services were scheduled each day for the community at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street.

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50 YEARS AGO— 1974

  • National Guardsmen, who had been on duty for three days helping in the storm damage in Boyle and Lincoln County areas, were deactivated. Plans were made for a 29-hour Radiothon with a goal of $100,000 to help tornado sufferers in Boyle and surrounding counties. Several local clubs, businesses and a church also collected clothing and appliances for the victims.
  • Holy Week services were scheduled at noon Monday through Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Main Street. Local church pastors and Dr. Gordon Winsor of Centre College were speakers.
  • Grayson’s Tavern was the first restored building in the Urban Renewal project in the Second Street area to be open to the public. Several other historic locations were to be restored or renovated in that area of Danville.
  • Construction began on the Charles A. Thomas Physical Education building on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus. It was the first of four buildings planned on the campus.
  • Debra Bogie was crowned Miss Danville in 1974 at the annual Scholarship pageant sponsored by the Danville Woman’s Club. After being crowned, she was blinded by tears and lights and walked off the stage into the orchestra pit. She was not hurt.


25 YEARS AGO — 1999

  • The Great American Brass Band Festival planned its 10th anniversary with appearances of the Olympia Brass Band and ragtime pianist Scott Kirby. Both were from New Orleans and had participated in each year of the event.
  • A tractor truck turned over on its side on KY 300 and caused a small leak of diesel fuel. No one was injured.
  • Boyle County Jail workers got a 50-cent per hour raise. Starting jail employees were paid $7 an hour, compared to $8 or $9 an hour for industries according to jailer Chris Hill.
  • The city of Danville got $25,000 from the state government to help with any environmental clean-up needed at the site for a new post office.