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August 12, 2003

100 years ago - 1903

Miss Maud Gray, who has been a valued operator in the Danville telephone office, since the time it was a small exchange of 50 subscribers, has resigned to take a more lucrative position with the exchange at Bowling Green. The exchange never had a better operator and her place will be hard to fill.

Ed Flanagan, who has been connected with the Singer Manu-facturing Co. at Lexington for some time, has been made manager of the Danville office and took charge of business today. He formerly lived in Danville.

Speed Frye, one of the workhouse prisoners, fell while at work at Mr. Timoney's rock quarry. He fell from the top of a rock crusher and it may be fatal. He was released from the workhouse to the home of his father.


The Shelby Manufacturing and Canning Co. of Junction City will begin work on tomatoes. This is a new enterprise for Junction City, which only contracted for 80 acres of the crop. Despite a drought, the crops are said to be good. Next season, the company also will can peas and corn.

It seems that the merchants and others along Main and Third streets have gotten into a careless way of throwing paper, straw and all sorts of filth on the streets. It is recommended that stores put a barrel in front and instead of sweeping the filth into the streets, put it in the barrel where it will be carried away by the city for free.

In the fire of the Curry Grocery Co. at Junction City, it was impossible to get the books from the safe. The safe was in the hottest part of the fire, but it came out unwarped and the books were not scorched. The company has not decided whether to rebuild. Nat Curry, the company's president, said that he will continue to employ eight traveling salesmen and furnish the trade from his branch house at Harrodsburg. The four men traveling the L&N Railroad will be laid off until a decision about rebuilding is made.

75 years ago - 1928

Parking at High Bridge and diving from the bridge will not be permitted, according to State Highway Commissioners. Signs will be posted in the area. During the summer, bathers, boat operators and spectators have gathered around the bridge and parked along the side of the road. Traffic usually is congested, prompted the change in rules.

Patterson Brothers, who own a big store at Kings Mountain, have opened a second store at Moreland with E.L. Thompson as manager. The stores are offering some big bargains to celebrate.

The greatest event in the history of Danville for black citizens opened when the grand lodge meeting of the United Brothers of Friendship. About 3,000 people are expected to attend. There will be a grand parade with four brass bands.

A modern school building of 14 rooms will be erected on Maple Avenue in time for occupancy in the fall of 1929. The school board is making plans to hire an architect. A foundation will be started this fall. The school will be built so that other units can be added. It will be two or three stories high and the architectural design will be Colonial. The school board includes John S. VanWinkle, president; Dr. C.E. Allen, vice president; and members J.L. Smith, John H. Meier, Dr. John D. Jackson and Dr. William H. Smith.

Mrs. Scott Ballard won the blue ribbon for the best-decorated car at the Stanford Fair. The Pontiac that she and her family drove was one of the most artistically decorated that anyone had seen. Mr. Ballard is in charge of the Oakland and Pontiac division of the Danville Motor Co. Mrs. Ballard received second place on an Oakland last year.

50 years ago - 1953

About 500 adults and children turned out to watch a talent show put on the by city playgrounds. Kendall Hays and the Hillbilly Trio won first place. The group includes Hays as pianist and vocalist; Ernest Cannon on the mandolin and Durrett Vanarsdale as vocalist and guitarist. All are from Perryville. Their prize was a $5 gift certificate to the Gem Supply Store.

A 17-year-old farm girl from Mercer County will enter college on a $1,000 scholarship from Kentucky Farm Bureau. Mary Alice Gash of Salvisa was valedictorian of her class and received the citizenship award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her mother is a widow and there are seven children in the family.

Andrew F. Young, principal of Danville High School for six years until he resigned in June, will take a similar position at Harrodsburg High School. He succeeds T.J. Norris, who was named superintendent. Young came to the United States from Europe at age 15 and attended school in New York. Don R. Rawlings was named principal of Danville High School, where he has been a member of the faculty for four years.

The Danville High School playground team won a swimming meet at Sunnyside Pool. Junction City's playground was runner-up. Rice Mountjoy, manager of Sunnyside, said the pool was donated for the event.

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