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August 18, 2003

100 years ago - 1903

A crusade is being started by the good women of the state against the selling of the deadly cigarettes to minors and habitual users. An endless chain has been started in which each lady that receives a postal card urging her co-operation in the matter is to write three more to friends. Several ladies of Danville have taken the matter up and written several hundred cards to mothers and wives urging their help in the undertaking. The state legislature will be appealed at the coming session to make such laws that will aid those interested in prohibiting the sale of these coffin nails.

J.T. Cecil has sold his grocery and meat market on Main Street, next door to Meier and Huffman, to G.T. Carpenter of Mercer County. Carpenter has been selling meat in Danville for the past year, bringing it all the way from McAfee in Mercer County to Danville twice a week.


The Boyle County Teachers Institute adjourned after an interesting session at the Danville courthouse. Superintendent Rawlings and Professor Grinstead were untiring in their efforts to make the session pleasing and instructive. The many trials that beset the life of a young teacher were thoroughly discussed and valuable suggestions given by some of the experienced teachers. Professor Hendricks is credited with arousing a greater interest in the teachers library. It was decided to increase the institute fee to purchase books. It was decided to hold the institute's next meeting at Sycamore Church.

After protracted negotiations between Camp Nelson Academy trustees and Dr. MacDonald, the transfer of the Camp Nelson buildings and farm was completed. Camp Nelson now will be conducted as a farm school for the industrial training of colored youth. The black school in Danville may be consolidated with the work at Camp Nelson and the name of the Rev. James A. Boyden of Danville has been mentioned in connection with the principalship of the new enterprise.

The large steam roller the city recently purchased has arrived. The big machine will run off a flat car with steam up. E.F. Kepple of Springfield, Ohio, an expert machinist, is in Danville to explain how the machine works. The first road it will be used on is Sixth Street, better known as College Avenue.

75 years ago - 1928

J. Rice Mountjoy, the new coach at Danville High School, is taking his team out for a week's camp at Brooklyn Bridge. He is a protg of Centre College and his friends are expecting much of him.

The sale of snuff is on the increase. Boyle county is one of the best markets in the state outside of Louisville. A local snuff salesman for this territory sells more than 60 tons of snuff a year. Figure this at a dollar a pound and you will see that his sales amount to more than a hundred thousand dollars a year. Some people think that snuff is little used nowadays but the statistics show otherwise.

James Ashe, a respected poor man, who lives alone in his little home between Perryville and Mackville made a rare and rich find - the handsome sum of 1,800 silver dollars. Ashe was walking through a field communing with nature. He was accompanied by his dog and the dog scared up a young rabbit that fled to an old hollow stump for refuge. Ashe paid little attention to the episode until the dog started barking and refused to leave the stump. Ashe planned to flush the rabbit out for his dog to chase. He started removed the contents of the old stump and discovered the top of an old kettle. He found discolored metal and cleaned a piece off to discover it was a silver dollar. Many of the dollars bore dates after 1853.

The city council adopted an ordinance approving the removal of all gas tanks and air stands from pavements of Danville. This is in line with the policy of leading towns of the country. An ordinance also was adopted to define the business zones of Danville. This applies only to oil stations and not other lines of business. The zoning allows Gulf Refining Co. to build an oil station on the southeast corner of the McGrorty property. There was a lot of opposition, but the council decided it was appropriate because of a garage and lumber plant across the street.

50 years ago - 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Phillips of Junction City think they may be the oldest couple in the county. They think they certainly are the oldest in Junction City. Mr. Phillips was 93 on May 8 and Mrs. Phillips is 84. They have been married 69 years and are the parents of 10 children, five of whom are living. They have a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born in 1860 in Boyle County, Phillips has lived here all his life and still is able to work around the house and cut his own kindling.

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