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September 22, 2003

100 years ago - 1903

Initiates in fraternities at Central University had permanent brands as part of their rites. The fraternities require that in one of the degrees the candidates be branded with the mystic symbol of the order. This is usually done with iodine or some other equally harmless and transient stain. On this occasion, the master of ceremonies was mixed up in his chemistry. He used a strong solution of silver nitrate, which left an indelible black trail that ate its way through the skin. The next morning, there were three young men whose resemblance to Texas ponies was remarkable.

Fifty new Krag-Jorgenson rifles from the United States arsenal at Rock Island, Ill., arrived and will be distributed to members of Co. G. The old Springfields will be done away with and the new guns will be used by the state guard in the future. The commissioned officers of the local company have received their new regulation uniforms, which were made by a Cincinnati firm. The color is an olive brown and hardly can be seen at a distance of more than 100 yards.


Dana Gibson, the Boston sketch artist, will surrender part of his honors to a young lady from Danville. Miss Maude Montfort, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Montfort, is gaining a reputation in this line of work. The show window she created at the store of druggist J.S. Wells has created a lot of attention. Some of her specimens are the best ever exhibited in this city and would be admired wherever shown.

Boyle Woolfolk's friends will be glad to learn that he is becoming one of the best tobacco salesmen in the country. He again has been promoted by the Monopole Tobacco Co., where he has worked for three years. He has been placed in charge of the city of Boston, which is one of the best territories in the United States.

A telephone message from Stanford says there is more typhoid fever in that city than ever. J.S. Hundley, father of A.E. Hundley, is very low, and his daughter, Miss Mary, is not expected to live. Mrs. Joseph Severance also is dangerously ill, and the chances are against her recovery. About 25 other cases are reported.

75 years ago - 1928

Tevis and Ingram, local contractors who seem to be able to do anything from building a bridge to installing heating for a home, are erecting a new laundry at the Kentucky School for the Deaf. The legislature approved the funding for the facility.

Third Street has been treated and oiled and will be one of the finest streets in the city. The short stretch of Green Street between Third and Fourth was given an oil coating and the boulders that poke their heads up are to be crushed and smoothed down.

Many residents of Moreland are returning to the old-time sport of fox hunting. There are several fine packs of hounds in the section. James Hughes, Chandler Brothers, Sherman Coy and Richard Curtsinger own some of the best. The Moreland group plans to attend a big state meet at Springfield. The adjoining knobs have plenty of sly, old foxes. Looking for a fat hen, they often visit the adjacent farms.

Wyoming's former governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, will speak on behalf of the Democratic ticket at the Boyle County Courthouse. Delegations of ladies from the counties of Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer plan to attend. Ross is vice chairman of the National Democratic Committee and takes a prominent part in all affairs of the party.

50 years ago - 1953

A celebration of the 91st anniversary of the Battle of Perryville is being planned by the Perryville Lions Club. High school bands will furnish the music. The Lions Club has given time and cash to work on the renovation of the battlefield, which had been neglected and even had monuments defaced by vandals. The club took over the project of cleaning the grounds, working on restrooms and placing picnic tables, benches and cooking grills at the park.

Maple Avenue's Safety Patrol was back on duty. Members were Larry Boyd, Mitchell Ferrell, Ronnie Lewallen, Lt. Chad Wright, Charles Bandy, Capt. Curtis Lynn, James Rigsby, Jerry Moddrelle, Nelson Taylor and Kenneth Pierce. One of the patrol's duties is to place a safety sign on the street when pupils are crossing the street and to help little ones cross safely.

National Kids Day will be observed with a free picture show at the Kentucky Theatre. The price of admission will be one old toy from each child. They toys will be taken to the Danville Fire Department where firemen will work on repairing them to be distributed at Christmas through the Salvation Army. In addition to watching cartoons, the children will receive comic books and suckers. Danville Kiwanis sponsored the program.

A goal of $25,102 has been set for the annual financial campaign of the Community Chest of Danville and Boyle County. Agencies to be included with the amount allotted to them are: Boyle County Family Welfare Association, $10,630; Salvation Army, $5,690; Boy Scouts of America, $3,500; American Cancer Society, $2,500; United Defense Fund, $500; and Emergency Fund, $2,282.

25 years ago - 1978

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