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October 20, 2003

100 years ago - 1903

Danville will lose one of its most enterprising mercantile firms. B. Salinger and Co., the Green Front Store, will close after four years in business. Gus Salinger has made arrangements to go to into the wholesale clothing business at Cincinnati. This means the store must close out its stock as quickly as possible. The Green Front Stores have been in business for 20 years in leading cities in Kentucky and Indiana.

While on his way to school, Spears Frye, the 12-year-old son of Arch Frye of the Internal Revenue office, was overtaken by a 13-year-old boy. Hot words passed between the two, and the 13-year-old was stabbed. The two had some trouble at the Danville Fair. The wound was made with an old pocketknife but it was a deep wound.

Manager Rogers of the New Gilcher has converted his cigar stand and register desk into one counter. It will make it much more convenient to wait on customers.


Property owners on East Main Street, just beyond the city limits, have begun work on a macadamized road that will run from the town limits to the McRoberts farm. It is almost impossible for pedestrians to travel this road during bad weather and people living in that section were compelled to stay indoors during the winter months or wade through mud. At certain times of the year, delivery wagons were unable to reach the houses in this section.

The football team of Central University disbanded and lovers of the sport will not have the pleasure of witnessing any games on the home grounds. The team wanted to take a player on the team's Southern trip but the faculty refused because the student had been absent from college for several weeks. The team refused to travel without Parrish and voted to disband.

The Chasse des Fees Hop Club was organized for the winter with about 35 names on the list. George McRoberts was elected president. Other officers are: Morgan Sparks, vice president; W.V. Richardson, secretary; and James A. Monks, treasurer. The first dance will be given later this month.

75 years ago - 1928

Much complaint has been made about an old house being moved through Third Street. The house is being moved to make way for the new Baptist church on the Engleman lot. The moving has proved inconvenient to many citizens. The movers are inexperienced and have been very slow. In such work, the experience of the late Charles Baldwin is missed. North Fourth Street has been closed for three months for reconstruction.

Madison J. Lee, the new superintendent of the Kentucky School for the Deaf, grew up on a farm outside of Danville on the Lexington pike. He is a graduate of Centre College, class of 1909. He taught in the college preparatory school in Danville while studying for his master's degree. Augustus Rogers, the superintendent before Lee, recognized Lee's fitness for work at the deaf school and encouraged him to train at the Normal Department of Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. Lee has been with the school since he graduated from that training in 1911. In 1924, he became a principal. Lee has been active as a coach at the school and organized a Boy Scout Troop there.

The Danville City Council renamed L.E. Herron as workhouse keeper. Luther Wheeler, the popular groceryman on Stanford Avenue, also submitted a bid. Herron's bid was accepted because of the high class way that he kept the streets.

50 years ago - 1953

About $600 will be used to purchase cafeteria equipment at Camp Dick Robinson High School. The money was raised at a Halloween carnival that attracted several hundred people. The highlight of the program was the crowning of the king and queen. Winners were Barbara Huffman and Teddy Garrison for the junior class and Linda Ballard and Delbert Eagle for the seniors.

A chorus formed by members of the Shakertown Road Homemakers Club will present a program over radio station WHIR. Mrs. W.C. Grass, president of the club, will introduce the chorus and explain the role of recreation in the club. Mrs. C. Nevil White is director and accompanist for the group. Selections will include "The Riddle Song"; the Kentucky folk song, "Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?"; and "God Bless Our Home." Chorus members are: Mrs. E.E. Thompson, Mrs. W.B. Poor, Mrs. J.H. Robinson and Mrs. Lee May, all sopranos; Mrs. T.F. Montgomery, Mrs. Warren Griffith and Mrs. Tony Hartwell, second sopranos; and Mrs. S.C. McConnell, Mrs. Grass, Anna Marcum and Mrs. Rex Edwards, altos.

Plans to organize a Danville community theater are being made. Ian Kirk, a director at Pioneer Playhouse, is in charge of an organizational meeting. The theater will be back financially by Pioneer Playhouse. The playhouse will lend its facilities. A location for the new group has not been chosen.

Juniors at Danville High School will sponsor Hobo Days. During the period, students will work after school at odd jobs at Danville homes. The name Hobo Days is from hobos who work for whatever their employers think their jobs are worth.

25 years ago - 1978

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