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February 09, 2004

100 years ago - 1904

I.C. Rucker of Paint Lick, the father of slain night operator W.B. Rucker, has offered $200 in addition to the sum already offered for the arrest and conviction of the murderer. This makes a total of $1,550 that has been offered. The railroad is offering $1,000 and the state is offering $300. Boyle County added $50. The railroad is paying detectives to ferret out all clues, but the assassins did not leave a mark to be traced. Police sent an officer to Georgetown to arrest a man. The man was found working in a hemp field. Several relatives and neighbors verified that the man had not left home for more than a week.

Four degrees above zero is the coldest temperature for this winter. Five years ago, a cold snap made the mercury drop to 14 degrees below zero. A similar snap occurred in 1895 when the thermometer dropped to 15 degrees below. The coldest days for the last 50 years were: Jan. 10, 1856, 22 degrees below zero; Jan. 19, 1857, 24 below; Jan. 1, 1864, 20 below; and Jan. 5, 1884, 19 below.


A Lexington woman who was staying at the Gilcher Hotel was injured when she mistook the open elevator shaft for her room door. The fall was about 20 feet. When she started to fall she caught hold of the rope that holds the elevator and blocked her fall. Dr. Cheek was called and determined that no bones were broken. After a short rest, she went to the opera house where a declamatory contest was being held.

A terrific wind and rainstorm struck partly tearing the roof off the Kentucky Institution for the Deaf. The storm also damaged the Christian church in Crab Orchard and the Christian College building in Hustonville.

75 years ago - 1929

The Danville Kiwanis voted to provide money to feed about 50 underprivileged children at the Broadway Graded School lunch room. The school's PTA had been feeding the children. The Kiwanis have not decided how they will raise the money, but maybe selling tickets to the picture show. If additional funds are not raised the money will come from the general treasury. The club's major objective is the underprivileged child.

An expert dairyman from Wisconsin decided to locate in Danville because of an advertisement the Danville Chamber of Commerce placed in the Kentucky Progress Magazine. The man, D.C. Hawkes, will have charge of the fine dairy herd of Guy Hundley on the Harrodsburg Pike and also be general manager of the Purity Dairy Co., which recently formed to handle dairy products in the city. Hawkes will open a milk depot in Danville where all milk will be cooled, bottled, and delivered. Hawkes has a family of a wife, four sons and three daughters.

Lewis B. Herrington, president of the Kentucky Utilities Co., was in Danville for the transfer of the Dix River Dam and other properties of the Kentucky Hydro-Electric Co. to the Kentucky Utilities Co. The Dix River development, with its 95 miles of steel tower transmission lines, large lake, power house and development at Lock 7, cost the Kentucky Hydro Electric Co. $7 million. Kentucky Utilities furnishes 212 communities in Kentucky and Virginia over 1,600 miles of transmission lines.

A crowd saw "The Flight of the Hours" at the high school. The pageant portrayed the progress and development of women. Groups dressed in costumes appropriate to the period and nationality they represented were brought in by the "Twelve Hours." For a finale, they all appeared on stage and sang "America the Beautiful." The principal parts were: Mrs. W.H. Robertson as "Spirit"; Mrs. W.P. Caldwell as reader; Miss Marlene Crawford as American girl; Miss Lula May Bruce as "Understanding"; Mrs. C.P. Cecil Jr. as "Justice"; and Mrs. Henry Jackson as "Love."

50 years ago - 1954

Maple Avenue School's fine new gymnasium, with a floor 85 feet long and 70 feet wide, was used for the first time. It features a large stage with a 36-foot opening and red velvet curtains with the Maple Avenue insignia on them. The gym serves the double purpose of being a place where children may stay during bad weather and where all pupils or their parents may meet for special programs. The gym is equipped with folding steel chairs with rubber feet and 750 to 800 people may be seated there.

An observance of Black History Week will be held at Bate School, Principal William Summer announced. The week began in 1915 when Carter G. Woodson found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and the Journal of Negro History. While he was studying for a doctorate at Harvard University, he was upset by the distortions and neglect of black history. Music for Bate's program will be furnished by the school's chorus and band.

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