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September 29, 2003

About $100,000 in improvements have been made in Danville over the summer. This includes the large buildings that are nearing completion at the School for the Deaf and the Farris building on Third Street, which is ready for a roof. This will make part of Third Street one of the most attractive in Danville. The Masons who are building a hall over the third story of this structure will have one of the best equipped lodge rooms in the state. The date stone, made by Mr. S.D. Van Pelt., and put in the east side of the temple, is an excellent piece of work.

The college boys gave Carrie Nation an ovation when she arrived in Danville. The bus on which she made her triumphal entry to the city was lined and packed with boys who cheered until they were hoarse. Nation stopped at The Gilcher, sold hatchets until she was tired, and refused to sell any more. She snatched a few cigarettes from the mouths of the boys, gave some timely advice, and promised to go to the college and make a speech. After that, she left for the home of her relatives at Camp Dick Robinson. She will return to speak at the courthouse. It is her first appearance in Danville. Admission will be 10 cents. Half the proceeds will go to the Women's Christian Temperance Union.


A club of about 30 young ladies was formed at Mrs. W.S. Center's. It will give weekly chafing dish parties. One of the features of the party was a tissue paper hat-making contest, which was won by Miss Pearl Faulconer. The booby prize was won by Miss Lillian Bohon.

The Danville Ice and Coal Co. has sold its grocery and meat business to Jesse W. Embry, a young businessman. The company has had an excellent grocery and meat business for several years. Embry has been working for them. The owners, Mr. Glore and Bryant, will move to the Shuttleworth farm to live. They had a great success with the company, but had too much business. They will run the farm and continue the ice factory and coal business.

Dr. Charles P. Harvielle of St. Louis is opening an office for practicing medicine. He will be located over Center and Co.'s store in the rooms formerly occupied by Roehrs and Schafer. Dr. Harvielle is the son-in-law of Dr. Steele Bailey of Stanford and will move here with his family. He has practiced for several years in the hospitals of St. Louis.

There will be plenty of music at Welsh and Wiseman's store. On the third floor there will be a radio concert and Kincaid's Orchestra will render music on the first and second floor.

To celebrate the fall season, merchants will host a downtown gala until 10 p.m. A brass band will parade through the streets, dispensing stirring music. The most gorgeous window displays ever seen will be opened up to the public. All the windows will be lighted in a most attractive manner. The Hub decorators have gone to a lot of hard work as have the Wiseman artists and Lawsons. Look to Foley's store for one of the finest of the grocery stores. Dunn Brothers will have a fine radio concert that evening. Tom Parks plan to close the evening with a grand ball at the Coffee Shoppe.

The Admiral machine is well-oiled and works beautifully. The football team showed its ability by defeating Springfield 77-0. Before the game was two minutes old, Ray Wooldridge took the ball near the middle of the field, evaded three would-be tacklers, and galloped 30 yards down the left sideline for the first touchdown. Hendren accounted for three touchdowns and an extra point. He and Wooldridge worked together like a pair of scissors.

The Danville Real Estate Board was organized with a meeting with D.F. Thompson as president and W.H. Owens as vice president. Mrs. Walter McMakin was named secretary-treasurer. Members of the board are Cabel Arnold, Walter Dunn, Rex Edwards, Joe Edwards, William B. Martin, Joe Gover, and E.G. Guttery Jr. The board will strive to raise the profession's standing.

A committee from the Danville and Boyle County Historical Society put a bronze memorial in the first post office building on Constitution Square. Mrs. Login Goggin, Mrs. Ott Jones and R.E. Puryear were on the committee. The plaque noted that Thomas Barbee was named the first postmaster in 1792.

John Robinson, superintendent of the Danville city schools, was speaker for the Danville Kiwanis Club. Robinson noted that a document from 1893 sets up an outdated method of distributing school funds and that many district suffer because of it. In one district, $140 per child is received. The lowest is $40 per child. Danville received $41 per child last year, $1 from the lowest. Teachers salaries also are affected. Some districts average $700 a year for teachers while richer districts get $2,700. Danville's average was $875.

The Dixie Photo Service on West Main Street is celebrating its second anniversary. It is owned and operated by Frank Brown. He came to Danville from Florida, where he had lived 27 years. Brown also spent a period in California where he worked with Walt Disney drawing portions of the Pinocchio cartoons.

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