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January 26, 2004

100 years ago - 1904

Burglars broke into the Danville post office by prying the lock off the grated iron door at the rear of the building. The office has a large iron vault in which all valuables are placed at closing time. The only item missing was some change in the cash drawer. The mail had not been disturbed, according to postmaster Linney. Tracks in the snow showed that the same party of thieves traveled to Boyle Bank next. They even tried the front door to the bank. Despite a determined effort, they were unsuccessful.

The boarding department of Caldwell College now has 40 pupils, which is the largest number in years. Since Christmas, new boarders include Virginia Bennett and Annie Caldwell, both of Boyle County; May Day of Athol, Miss Needham of Booneville; and Lydia Edelen of Frankfort.

W.S. Griffing will be the new manager of Blue Grass Grocery. Griffing lives in Lexington but he has been connected with the grocery's Shelbyville store for years. He replaces J.W. Wesley, who has not decided what he will do. Cyrus Gover still will work at the store.


W.R. Clelland of Junction City, one of Boyle's best Democrats, received a notice from Rep. Reed of Boyle County that his name has been favorably mentioned by the governor for the position of gatekeeper at one of the asylums. He probably will get the appointment at Lakeland as there recently was a vacancy. Clelland is the brother-in-law of Rep. H.L. Stevens of Clark County.

Oswald G. Villard, the millionaire editor of the New York Evening Post, has been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Cabel Breckinridge. During his stay, he decided to purchase a building lot on Lexington Street from J.T. Rinehart of Stanford for $1,900. He plans to build a handsome home in the spring not for himself but as an investment.

75 years ago - 1929

Interest is growing in the Kiwanis-Rotary gymnasium class at the Kentucky College for Women. An unusually enthusiastic group has attended and when the flu releases many prospective members, the class should have about 25 members. Calisthenics are getting more popular and those attending are seeing results. The volleyball games are more interesting and bring a lot of enjoyment.

The Danville Chamber of Commerce entered a campaign to raise funds to erect a shaft in McDowell Park as a tribute to Theodore O'Hara, a native of Danville. O'Hara wrote "The Bivouac of the Dead" and "Daniel Boone, the Old Pioneer." The bivouac was written as a tribute to the Kentucky soldiers who fell in the battle of Buena Vista and whose remains were interred in the Frankfort cemetery in 1847. O'Hara's father, Kane O'Hara, came to Danville from Ireland to escape religious persecution. He was a teacher in the Danville Academy.

The Kentucky Electric Development Co. of Louisville completed negotiations for the purchase of the ice plant at Liberty. A deal was closed at the same time for the purchase of all rights, equipment and franchises in Middleburg and Yosemite from the Kentucky Service Co. The Liberty ice plant supplies Casey and Russell counties with ice. The company plans to install a hydro-electric unit on the Green River in Middleburg. The transmission line will be eight miles long and will allow the company to provide electricity to new areas.

A state official will meet with Sheriff John W. Webb and County Clerk John B. Nichols about the problem in Danville with unlicensed dogs. Before the grand jury meets in April, a book with the name of every dog owner in the county will be prepared. A house to house canvas will be made to determine who needs to buy a license.

50 years ago - 1954

Jimmy Abbott, who is almost 5, collected more cash for the Mothers' March on Polio in Junction City than any other canvasser. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Abbott saw his mother take a polio can and prepare to go on the march. He begged to accompany her, but was told no. As soon as his parents left, he picked up a can and conducted his own canvas, stopping at every house whether or not the porch light was burning. He explained that the cash was needed for sick boys and girls, and since he had an official container, his pleas were rewarded. He received $9. More than $1,900 was collected by the mothers in Danville, Junction City and Perryville.

About $300 in cash and several checks were stolen from the safe at Swiss Sanitary Milk Co. at East Main Street and Stanford Road. The break-in was reported by Paul Camenisch, who operates the business with his brother, John. Chief of Police Tom Clark was investigating.

At Burke's Bakery, a polio cake has been iced with coins. Glyn Burke says the money will be counted and given to the local polio drive. The public has done a great job of icing it.

The Danville High School band will receive $254 that was raised through an auction of box suppers and a womanless wedding. There were 36 box suppers auctioned at an average of $4.93 each. Earl Caywood gave $9 for one dinner.

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