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December 01, 2003

100 years ago - 1903

The Danville Company of state militia will make a trip to Frankfort to attend the inauguration of Gov. Beckham. The entire state guard has been ordered out and the men will have the chance to uphold the reputation they gained in Jackson County and West Point. About 45 members intend to go. The uniform will be regulation blue and no member can go who is not properly uniformed and equipped. Capt. Richardson said no one is required to go.

During the cold weather, there has been a barefooted and bareheaded man who slowly walks around the streets. He gave his name as Rev. Clayburn Martin and says he lives on South Fourth Street and that he appears as he does because 19 years ago he had a vision. He saw himself standing amid large congregations preaching. Last year, he had another revelation in which he saw himself standing on the streets barefooted and bareheaded. He has not worn a hat or shoes since and is reaping a good living by selling his photos. He is a believer in the Dowie faith and has a flock who believes he possesses supernatural power.


Armstead Haselden, who lives about three miles from Danville on the Shakertown Pike, discovered a large golden eagle near his house. He thought it was waiting for an opportunity to swoop down and capture a chicken or a turkey. He fired three shots at the bird but only succeeded in shooting out a large feather from the bird's wing. It measured 23 inches in length. He said the eagle looked as big as a turkey gobbler.

Jailer Fitzgerald arrived from southern Kentucky with one of the escaped prisoners in tow. Two prisoners escaped by sawing out of the Danville Jail. The other prisoner still is loose. The captured prisoner was found about 10 miles from a railroad station. The other prisoner said he wanted to join the army and go to the Philippines.

75 years ago - 1928

William A. Young, who has managed the Joseph Spandara Fruit Co., is closing up his business and moving to Hamilton, Ohio, where he will work with Ohio Casualty Insurance. His friends will miss him. He has been active in the community and is on the board of directors for the Danville Kiwanis Club.

About half a million pounds of Kentucky's brown gold were on the floors of Danville's four loose-leaf tobacco warehouses as the first sales opened. Probably the largest crowd that ever followed a tobacco auctioneer in Danville trooped along behind Walter Dunn as he officially opened the local market at Peoples Tobacco Warehouse No. 1 on Perryville Street. The price range during the first hour of selling was 8 cents per pound for a basket of greenish-red trashy tips to 42 cents a pound for the top grade. Farmers praised the road system leading into Danville, saying they had less trouble this year than ever. Danville's eight macadam roads, radiating in all directions, have proved a great incentive to tobacco growers in this section of the state.

A Pullman car on rubber tires, a motor bus equipped with sleeping berths, diner and observation parlor, rolled into Danville. The bus marks a new era in motor coach transportation. It has berths for nine passengers. It is equipped with radio, phonograph and electric fans. A bathroom with a toilet and shower bath is located next to a kitchenette.

Danville merchants are observing the formal opening of the Christmas season. The colored lights have been strung up Main Street and will be turned on at dark. Decorating the city in the real Yuletide manner has been the custom for the past two or three years. Small cedar trees have been decorated and placed in front of businesses.

At a meeting of the city council, some residents expressed an interest in extending the roadway electric lighting from Maple Avenue to Old Wilderness Road and on Second, Third and Fourth streets to Broadway and Walnut. Merchants will help pay the cost. The latest plan called for placing lights on concrete poles about 15 feet high.

50 years ago - 1953

Lucille Baldwin has opened a gift shop in a 120-year-old home at 425 W. Broadway. The mansion, which had been in the Gill Family from 1852 until 1952, was the residence of the late Emma Weisiger. It has been reworked to make it usable as a business. Mrs. Baldwin has combed the East to find the pieces she desired for her shop. Fine old pieces of antique furniture are in the living quarters and shop. She has a pottery room and one for fine china and crystal.

A campaign to raise $1,000 in Boyle County for construction of the Kentucky Leadership Training Camp of Future Farmers of America, was launched at Parksville High School. J.B. Gentry of Perryville and Roy Arnold, chairman of the drive, spoke about the needs of FFA.

Henry L. Nichols retired after 16 years as Danville's mayor. Nicholas, who is in his 60s, served 10 years as city councilman before becoming mayor. About 60 people gathered for an appreciation banquet. City Judge W.L. Prall served as toastmaster.

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