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January 05, 2004

100 years ago - 1904

Boyle County's assessment shows the value of property to be $7.8 million. The assessment was divided into magisterial districts and the city of Danville. Danville's assessment accounted for more than $3 million of the total. Last year, the assessment was about the same.

The Thistler mill burned to the ground with all of its contents. About 6,000 bushels of wheat were stored in the elevator by the neighbors. Mr. Lear, the current owner of the property, also had a good amount stored. The loss is estimated at $25,000.

Chief of police Logan Wood and night policemen Dunn and Moore each received handsome canes. Mr. P. Mannini had the canes made for them at Martinsville, Ind. The canes were of black hickory and were made by a man who specializes in the work.


The Walnut Hill School, taught by Miss Addie Martin, closed. The prize in map drawing was awarded to Stephen King. Other awards were: writing, Jesse Dillinger; attendance, Lucy Campbell and Edward Lester; and spelling, Stephen King and Claude Peel.

Professor George Nevin Brandon, who has had charge of the musical department of Caldwell College, has been forced to resign because of his health. He will be replaced by Frederick C. Mayer, a talented young musician. Mayer has been a member of the faculty of the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and the Cofler School of Music in Dayton, Ohio.

A.W. Carpenter met with an almost fatal accident while traveling from his home in Lincoln County to Turnersville. His horse became frightened and unmanageable. He jumped over the side of an unbanistered bridge, throwing the buggy on Carpenter and brusing him from head to foot. Carpenter considers himself lucky to have escaped serious injury.

75 years ago - 1929

The French Brothers Bauer Co. of Cincinnati, one of the largest companies of its kind, will open a modern plant in Danville to receive sweet cream from farmers and dairymen within 15 or 20 miles of the city. The price will be 51 cents at the farm gates. Motor trucks will be used for picking it up at the farms. The company has been in business for 87 years in Cincinnati. Farmers are expected to add more milk cows to their herds.

The Gulf Refining Co. will open a new service station at Main and McGrorty streets. The new station is the latest in service and adds to the beauty of the east end of Danville. A.T. Bodner will be in charge and the station will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. H.G. Poetter, local distributor of Gulf products, says it is built for serving the public in a convenient and speedy manner.

The volume of business at the post office broke records, but postmaster L.E. Rue and his force had the decks cleared before Dec. 24. During December, the office sold 87,000 one-cent stamps and a total of 112,729 stamps of all denominations. About 5,970 letters were mailed during Christmas week. About 350 pieces of mail were improperly addressed and could not be delivered. The flu season has hit the office, causing three workers to be out sick.

The Junction City girls basketball team defeated the Danville Admarines. The Junction City team trailed until three minutes remained. Bowles ripped one through the net from the back of the free throw line. Whitehouse retaliated for Danville, and the locals were leading 11-10 with a minute to play. Johnson, a Danville guard, was called for charging E. Wilson, a foul-shooting ace. Wilson sent a foul shot through the net. During overtime, the Junction girls showed real brain work in freezing the ball and passing out of bounds until the final whistle blew.

50 years ago - 1954

An old-fashioned box supper and womanless wedding are being planned as part of the entertainment to benefit the Danville High School Parent-Teacher Association. Proceeds will be used to purchase instruments for the band members. The wedding will include several prominent businessmen. At this time, Louis "Pat" Humphrey is cast as the bride and Don Rawlins, the high school principal, will be a bridesmaid. The high school chorus will offer music for the program.

The Dix River Bridge on U.S. 27, five miles north of Stanford, collapsed under the weight of an empty truck. The driver, James Reeves of Detroit, was not injured but was pinned in his vehicle for an hour. His empty vehicle weighed 15,000 pounds and the bridge had a 13-ton limit. It crashed through the 75-foot span into the river 30 feet below. The 60-year-old, one-lane bridge caused many bottlenecks for motorists. This was the third Kentucky bridge to collapse in recent months.

Don Hacker, band director at Danville High School, will be the guest speaker at the Danville Rotary Club meeting. In charge of the band since August 1953, he will speak about the poor condition of the band. It has a low number of members, its instruments are in bad condition and support is at a low level. He says prospects for improvement are good, with 40 students in training at Jennie Rogers.

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