From our files, Sept. 18, 2020
100 YEARS AGO — 1920
Warren Sebree, who formerly operated a piano store in Danville, was found guilty on an embezzlement charge from the Chase Hackley Piano Company of Michigan. He was sentenced to four years in the penitentiary for defrauding the company out of $2,000 while he was their agent in Danville three years ago.
Eleven rules have been made by the upperclassmen which the unsophisticated Centre freshmen must adhere to. The mandates include: no smoking on campus; no walking on the grass on campus; must be off the streets by 9 o’clock; hats must be tipped to all college professors; all freshmen procure red bow ties and white cotton socks; they must not visit Breck Hall after 9:30 p.m.; freshmen must take a retiring attitude in the presence of upperclassmen; freshmen must not be seen in the vicinity of or at Kentucky College for Women under any circumstances whatsoever; when skull caps arrive, freshmen must wear them on all occasions; all freshmen are to meet on the post office steps on Sept. 22 promptly at 7:30 p.m. and bring $1.50 to pay for their skull cap; no freshmen can leave any athletic game, whatsoever, before the game is over. All violators of any rule will be summoned before the Sophomore Discipline Committee and punished accordingly.
The various committees working on plans to improve the monument grounds in the Perryville Battlefield have decided to celebrate the great battle of Perryville on Oct. 8. The place of the gathering will be determined later. A committee appointed to investigate the right of way for a public road from the main pike to the monument grounds reported that the land could be purchased for $150. This is in addition to the ground for the roadway that Charles Powell will donate. The question of more ground around the monument was also discussed and Mr. Bottom agreed to give 10 feet more space around the cemetery in exchange for the old right of way through the grounds.
A rumor is going around to the effect that in order to vote in the coming election women must pay a poll tax. We do not know who started a rumor like this, but there is nothing in it and we hope that no one will be misled in this way. Every woman 21 years old and older will be entitled to a vote in November’s general election and we urge everyone to take advantage of the privilege. Women living in Danville will be required to register before they can vote. Registration Day here will be on Oct. 5. All that is necessary to register is the name and address, age will not be required. Women in the county will not have to register
75 YEARS AGO — 1945
Pfc. William Gordon, of Junction City in the 11th Airborne Division was among the first troops to enter Tokyo. Gordon is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Gordon.
Two sons were sacrificed to World War II by Mrs. Sarah Sallee of Stanford Avenue who sent three boys of her family of five children to service with the armed forces. Both of her sons were prisoners of the Japanese. One died in Japan and one drowned in the China Sea.
Second Lieutenant Hugh Ferguson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ferguson of Detroit, and nephew of Mrs. Sherman Stockton of Lexington Road in Danville, was the pilot of the giant fortress that flew the trip and dropped the atomic bomb at Nagasaki. Ferguson, 21, has visited Danville many times with his aunt and Mr. Stockton. It is believed, but not confirmed, that Ferguson was also on the first atomic bombing of Hiroshima. His giant superfortress was one of two companion ships to the B-29 which actually dropped the world’s deadliest weapon. His plane carried scientific observers, recording equipment and a New York Times’ correspondent.
Four Harrodsburg soldiers have been liberated from Japanese prisoner of war camps, according to the Army ar casualties report released today, following the notification of the next of kin. The Mercer County men freed after long terms as prisoners of war were Private William E. Blacketer, Pfc. Grover C Brummett, Private Cecil VanDiver and Staff Sergeant Maurice Wilson.
50 YEARS AGO — 1970
The Constitution Week observance here began yesterday and will continue through Sept. 23 and a proclamation urging all citizens to pay special attention during the week to the Federal Constitution and the advantages of American citizenship has been signed by Mayor Roy Arnold. The St. Asaph Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution especially calls attention to the wisdom and foresight the founding fathers displayed in writing and adopting the Constitution.
Dumping trash on a highway in Boyle County cost a Whitley County man, formerly of Boyle, $70. The man, who has been visiting in Boyle County, was cited for dumping a load of trash on Johnson Branch Road, within a mile of the county dump. Judge White issued a warning to all persons concerning dumping on the highways and roads. He said that dumping must cease and that anyone caught dumping will be fined heavily.
A meeting for all senior citizens in Danville and Boyle County has been scheduled to give their opinions about the needs for various areas of their lives. The program is part of the Older Americans Community White House Forum
The Danville Free Pre-school, a community based program of free preschool education, presently sponsored by three city churches and staffed by volunteers, is preparing for its second year beginning on Oct. 5. The program is open to any children of the city financially unable to attend private kindergartens and who will be five years old by this Jan. 1.
25 YEARS AGO — 1995
Oktoberfest will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Stuart Powell Field at the Boyle County Airport.
The TV show Rescue 911 will have a production crew in Stanford this week to film a segment on Stanford Police Officer rad Oaks, and his fiancee, Priscilla Kennedy. The couple were seriously injured June 4 when the dune buggy they were riding in flipped three times near the city lake. Oaks suffered a broken neck and collar bone and Kennedy had a dislocated hip and compound leg fracture. The show will re-enact the accident and the couple’s rescue. Doubles and stunt people will be featured in the scenes. Oaks said he contacted the show after his release from the hospital to see if it would do a story. “I just wanted the EMS to get some credit,” he said.
Getting students from school to jobs is the goal of a federal program introduced to Boyle County employers this morning. School-to-Work is being tried this year in Kentucky and seven other states and will give grants to schools with ideas about preparing students for careers. The labor market, which includes Boyle, Mercer, Anderson, Jessamine, Woodford and Franklin counties has received $360,000 in federal money.