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January 12, 2004

100 years ago - 1904

Several gentlemen are trying to organize a basketball team. A room will be rented, probably the old Masonic lodge room, and the boys want to arrange for games with neighboring towns. Basketball is one of the most popular indoor sports going and nearly every town and college plays the game in the winter. Eugene Lee and Marvin Adams are at the head of the local movement.

The first of a series of subscription dances, which will be given by the Junior Hop Club, will take place at the Gilcher Hotel. Several young lady visitors are in the city and the affair will be an enjoyable one. The music will be furnished by Professor Lane's orchestra.

The Green Front has turned over its entire stock of goods to Capt. T.D. English, the well-known auctioneer. The sale will continue until everything is gone. Salinger Brothers have gone into the clothing manufacturing business in Cincinnati.


The quarterly meeting of the Central Kentucky Medical Association will be held at the Gilcher Hotel. Dr. Spurgeon Cheek will open the discussion with a paper on "The Treatment of Diseases Other Than by Remedies." Dr. J.B. Kinnaird of Lancaster will speak on "Surgery and the Surgical Pathology." Dr. J.D. Jackson of Danville will speak about "Ottis Media, Acute and Chronic, Its Causes and Treatment." Officers also will be elected for the coming year.

Janie Farris, who caused such a sensation near Hustonville with her spiritualistic performances, has been suffering from total blindness. She said that her spirit mother had told her to rub camphor on her eyes and she would see again. The camphor was applied and her vision was restored.

75 years ago - 1929

The Kentucky Theatre "goes sound" this month with the last word in tone reproductions, the improved Vitaphone. After months of preparation, the scientific department of the Western Electric Corp. has completed the special sound machines for Kentucky. In addition to installing the Vitaphone, the Kentucky will have a Movietone, the Photophone, the Victophone and the Radiograph.

The Dix Dam is one of Mercer County's great attractions. About 160,000 people visited it last year. Sundays especially brought big crowds, with the average being 5,000. Officials are always glad to show visitors around. Hillenmeyer and Son of Lexington will landscape this year. They will remove all traces of early work such as shacks and debris.

J.E. and J.W. Isham will sell American Eagle airplanes for a factory in Kansas City, Mo., and the American Eagle Rock, which is made in Denver. The Isham brothers plan to give flight instruction in the spring.

Stout's Theatre is installing a Photo-Tone machine and it will be in operation when "A Woman of Affairs" is shown. The new instrument is described as being the most modern machine of its kind. It reproduces the sounds of the picture, such as the rustle of skirts and singing.

Stockholders of the Nicholas Detergent Co., manufacturers of Nic-o-Lite, a washing powder for laundries, have sold their holdings to H.R. McCleary of McCleary Brothers in Memphis, Tenn. The detergent has been made in Danville for several years and distributed to laundry owners in 12 states. J.C. Caldwell was president of the company.

50 years ago - 1954

The annual Mothers' March for Polio will be held at the end of the month. The march is limited to an hour so that the mothers volunteering to make the canvass will be obliged to spend only a minimum amount of time away from their families. Captains already selected are Mrs. J.L. Helm for Perryville and Mrs. Dan Montgomery for Junction City.

Dr. P.C. Sanders, health officer of Boyle County for 32 years, was elected for his ninth consecutive term of four years. At the same time, George Webb was re-elected Boyle County sanitarian, Allene Kirkland as health nurse and Viola Fetterman as clerk-typist.

Nina Frances Russell, the 16-year-old daughter of Mrs. Elmer Clay Anderson of Liberty and a junior at Liberty High School, won the Miss Rural America title in the National Rural Electric Association beauty contest in Miami. She lives on a farm at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Ada Combest.

A large number of committee members and other individuals are selling tickets for a banquet for Henry L. Nichols, former mayor of Danville. After a meal, Enos Swain, editor of The Advocate-Messenger, will speak. Tickets are $3 each and buying tickets early is suggested, as seating capacity is 175.

25 years ago - 1979

Vonnie Popplewell of Lexington Avenue retired after a 43-year career teaching piano and organ. After moving to Danville in 1922, she began taking lessons when she was in second grade. She said she always liked music and "cried until my parents got me a piano." Having four recitals a year and teaching 60 to 80 students a year resulted in her doctor suggesting that she slow down.

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