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November 24, 2003

100 years ago - 1903

C.N. Smith, chief of the Danville Fire Department, offered his thanks to everyone who helped with a fire at the corner of Main and Fourth streets and said that he pities everyone who did nothing but snarl complaints. "Please remember that each fireman, after the alarm is turned in, must get up, dress and go to the engine house, get the machine out, attach to a hydrant, run the line and take positions to fight the fire. Anyone wishing for better service should vote to put on a tax to have a paid fire department of at least four men at each engine house to stay there night and day." The fire began at Benge's Livery and the contents were destroyed. Price Hawkins' shooting gallery was destroyed. Other buildings damaged were John Weisiger's livery stable, Kentucky Supply Co., Freeman Furniture Co., I.G. Adler's harness shop, and the shoe shops of A.J. Veatch, W.C. Griffin and Frank Hanigan. One of the worst features of the fire was that 26 horses were burned alive and the screams of the horses were terrifying. Ben Smith was the hero of the fire as he broke into the stable and saved the fire team just a minute before the roof fell in.


Bell Brothers have sold their meat market to Mitchell and Tuggle, who will move their meat store from the rear of Durham and Cecil's grocery to the stand opposite the post office. The new firm is well known in Danville. Bell Brothers have not decided what business they will engage in.

Increases in pensions have been granted to a few local people. They are: Henry Reed, black, 12th artillery, from $8 to $12; Keater Smith, black, 100th U.S.C.T., from $8 to $10; and Elzy Carrigo, 4th Ky. Infantry, from $6 to $8.

A report from Mitchellsburg is that the knobs are on fire in back of Brumfield and several hundred acres already have been laid waste. The guilty parties should be apprehended and punished. A Mitchellsburg resident said that someone set a fire on his property and he and several neighbors spent two days trying to keep it from spreading.

75 years ago - 1928

Ralph Gilbert, congressman for the 8th district, was assured that two of his major projects would be funded. The first is the erection of a new federal building and post office in Harrodsburg. A lot at the corner of East Lexington and Main streets to be used as a post office site was purchased by the government several years for $9,000. Through Gilbert's efforts, $180,000 has been appropriated for a building. The purchase of Perryville Battlefield as a national cemetery was the second project. An appropriation of $5,000 will be used to purchase the site and erect a monument to the fallen Union soldiers. The state already has built a monument to the Confederate dead. J. Curtis Alcock, state representative, pushed through a bill calling for a $5,000 road to be built to the memorial and for the grounds to be cleared.

Santa Claus is due to arrive in Danville. His arrival will be heralded by a calliope playing music of the season. He will be at Danville High School with an Eskimo helper and six reindeer.

Miss Mary McKittrick, who was called the granddaughter of Harrod's Fort, died. She descended from Mark McGohon, one of the defenders of the fort. A tall, thin lady, she was a link between the past and present. For 30 years she was a school teacher, riding horseback to the school house and carrying her books in a carpet bag that hung from her saddle. When the fort celebrated a sesqui-centennial in 1924, she impersonated her grandmother McGohon and many photos were made of her spinning at her grandmother's spinning wheel that had been in the original fort 150 years ago. When a replica of the fort was built, she loaded up a wagon with the household items of her grandparents and sent her treasures to furnish the Mark McGohon cabin.

The Broadway School spelling match and candy sale was a great success. It drew 75 spellers, both young and old. The winners were: Duncan Clark, grade school group; Allen Edwards, high school group; and Lillie Cocanougher, adult. The entertainment reaped $26 for the Broadway PTA. The school is trying to raise money because it operates a penny cafeteria in the basement. The school board has given $2,100 for the enterprise, but the PTA has to pay for eating tables, utensils and appliances. More than 400 children eat each day.

50 years ago - 1953

Baugh and Garner Furniture Co. is conducting one of its big sales. At the close of the sale, Sen. Vernon Richardson, Rep. J.C. Alcock and Mayor W.O. McIntyre will select one of the days as the lucky day. People who bought furniture on that day will have it presented to them for free.

Sales for the season will open at Burley Tobacco Warehouse on Nov. 30. Only about 25 percent of the normal quantity of burley tobacco was on the floor due to a prolonged dry spell. Tobacco has been coming in. The Burley warehouse unloaded 154,000 pounds in one day for a total of 400,000 pounds on the floor.

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