From our files, week of June 26, 2020
100 YEARS AGO — 1920
Miss Woods will appreciate it if the people of Danville, who have rooms to rent to college students in September, will notify her at once by mail only, giving rates and full information. The demand for rooms is very heavy and there is an immediate need for listing of all available rooms.
Danville Buick co. purchased the property at First and Main streets, which was recently purchased by the Bethurum Motor Co. for $7,000. The Bethurum Motor Co., has leased the corner at Fourth and Main streets from the new owners for one year. The Buick Co. will erect a modern garage on this site and will start work immediately. They will have 177 feet frontage on East Main Street and 80 feet on First Street.
Advertisement for Farmers National Bank: We like to help young men! The young man is an object of particular interest to this bank. We want to help him to get a start and then to get ahead. … When we see young people who seem to appreciate duty, who have ambition and energy, then there is pleasure in watching them and in helping them.
Danville’s new Sterling siren fire alarm has been erected on top of city hall and will be tested out in the next few days. The siren stands only four feet above the building but can be heard for about a mile and a half when sounded. It resembles a claxon, only it bows from both ends. The horn will be operated by the electric light plant. The new fire alarm was purchased by the city for $500 from a business in Rochester, New York. It is thought that the siren will be wired up by Friday.
75 YEARS AGO — 1945
The Advocate-Messenger, in cooperation with the American Red Cross and Sunnyside Park swimming pool, will offer free swimming classes in July to the boys and girls of Danville. The classes will be held in the mornings at the big sanitary pool at Sunnyside Park and are open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 17. Miss Jean Guthrie, who has just completed a Red Cross course for swimming instructors at Camp Y-Noah in Ohio, will be the instructor. She received instruction in water safety, canoeing, boating, swimming, diving and first aid.
Freeman Furniture company has entered into a contract to air condition its store on West Main Street. Loose rock wool ( a type of insulation) is being hydraulically pumped into the roof and wall sections, thereby air conditioning the second and lower display floors of the building.
Private Hilton Ray Bratton, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bratton of East Main Street in Danville, was recently awarded the Combat Infantryman badge. Bratton’s unit is a part of the victorious outfit commanded by Lieutenant General Alexander Patch. The first American Army to taste combat in World War II, the Seventh was born at sea on D-1 of the Sicilian invasion. After sweeping the enemy out of Sicily in 37 days of hard, fast fighting, the Seventh became the Mystery Army of the European theater until revealing its power in the invasion of southern France.
50 YEARS AGO — 1970
Seventy three of a record 455 who responded to the first Lions Club Glaucoma clinic that was held on Saturday have positive reports. It was stressed, however, that a positive result doesn’t mean that glaucoma is present, but it does indicate further attention is needed.
Miss Regina Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thelma Turner, was crowned Miss Debutante of 1970 at the bi-annual ball given by the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the National Society of Phi Delta Kappa at the Armory on Friday night. The affair is staged every other year for the scholarship fund. In second place was Mis Marva Valanda Burris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Burris. Miss Janice E. Greene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Greene placed third. The scholarship was awarded to Gwendolyn Riffe, daughter of Mrs. Carrie Gash.
Kentucky Attorney General John Breckinridge said that property owned in Danville by Centre College cannot be taxed so long as the income generated by the property’s rental is used solely for educational purposes.
Mrs. Lucille Bruce, circuit court clerk for Boyle County for many years has been named to the newly created committee for the purpose of suggesting, considering and proposing legislation for the improvement of the courts, the court system and the judicial process.
25 YEARS AGO — 1995
Feature movies at Cinema 4 Danville that are showing this week are “Pocahontas”, “Congo”, “A Little Princess”, “Die Hard” and “We’re Back”. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children and for all shows before 6 p.m.
Centre College has recently completed a three-year research project with the national Aeronautics and Space Administration in the field of solar physics. The project has focused on solar magnetic fields.
A group of children who have been intimidating and attacking others in Danville are being watched closely by police and the juvenile court. Police Chief Michael Lamb told the Danville City Commission, that some in the group face charges ranging from robbery to terroristic threatening to sexual abuse. “They pick out a victim or two and seek money in a very intimidating way,” Lamb said. “We know who these people are, and we feel it is restricted to these 10 to 15 people.” Complaints against the group have included incidents at the Danville Cinemas, West main and South Fifth streets and the area around Toliver Elementary School.