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February 16, 2004

100 years ago - 1904

M.J. Farris is the proud possessor of a Colombian $5 bill, which Dr. T.T. Eaton sent him. It resembles money used by the Confederacy. Dr. Eaton is quite a collector of coins and he has exhibited in Danville a "Widow's Mite" and other valuable coins that he brought back from Jerusalem.

J. Wesley Robards, of Harrodsburg, an old Confederate who fought through the four years of the war under several noted generals, will raise a company of about a hundred men to leave for the seat of war in the East. He wants to help Japan and has transportation arranged. He has been corresponding with Mikado for some time and the ruler has offered a big price for the American soldiers. He thinks they are the greatest fighters in the world and says he will be able to whip Russia easily if he gets enough.


Charley Lyne, the popular manager of the Western Union Telegraph, suffered burns to his mouth and tongue after swallowing ammonia. He had been using listerine for a sore mouth and also had a bottle of ammonia on the dresser. He was in a hurry to get back to the office after supper and grabbed the ammonia bottle by mistake. A large swallow of coal oil from the lamp provided temporary relief, but his mouth will be sore for some time.

The price of flour still is on the rise and no telling where it will stop. The scarcity of wheat and the war news are responsible. The poor man will have to do without it before long and eat corn bread. Flour is selling at $5.50 a barrel and meal is at 65 cents a bushel.

Burglars still are at work. William Kemper, who lives on Green Street, locked his house and went to a restaurant. While he was gone a trunk containing his clothes and $60 in cash was taken. The dairyman at the deaf school saw the trunk in a field with his cows. An examination showed the thieves had overlooked the money that was hidden at the bottom among the clothing.

75 years ago - 1929

The Goodwin Brothers Bottling Works of Crab Orchard and Nehi Bottling Work of Danville will consolidate. The company will be known as Nehi Bottling. A new building will be constructed on Stanford Avenue near Snowden Furniture Co. W.E. McCandless is president and manager and W.U. Goodwin is secretary-treasurer. H.P. Picketts has the contract for the new building. Nehi Bottling was established about two years ago.

Fleming's Beauty Shoppe on South Third Street has installed a Coombs Motor Exerciser. The machine is excellent for massaging sore or flabby muscles. It is recommended as a general exerciser. Fleming will give free treatments as a way to acquaint people with the machine. The machine is recommended for those who are bothered with headaches, backache, neuritis, rheumatism, poor circulation, stiffness or excess fat.

A farmer on the Lancaster pike was shot and killed by his neighbor at Sullivan's Billiard Hall. The shooter surrendered immediately after the shooting. Witnesses said the man came in the pool room and had a short conversation with his neighbor. The neighbor fired six shots and reloaded. Dr. Smith said there were nine bullet holes in the body.

The A.I. McDowell farm of 101 acres was sold for $136.50 an acre. It was one of the best sales and largest crowds to attend a Boyle County sale in several years. All of the personal property belonging to the estate and some shares in the Boyle County Stockyards were sold. The farm is on the Danville-Perryville pike, two miles from Danville. Fox and Mannini Realty Co. handled the auction.

50 years ago - 1954

Ed Kubale and his brother, Rube, won the Kentucky state championship in the DeKalb corn-growing contest. Their yield was 162.52 bushels per acre on their Boyle County farm. Despite the drought, the young farmers, sons of Edwin Kubale of Lancaster Road, were among more than 5,000 contestants from the United States and Canada. The Kubales also raise purebred black Angus cattle, sheep and tobacco. Jimmy Sullivan and Dick Dean were rated second in Boyle County in the same contest with a yield of 138.32 per acre.

Marvin Crawford, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., the husband of the former Edith Louise McClure, of Danville, finished the best of the non-Scandinavians and first among the Americans representing the United States in the Nordic Combined Competition in the International Ski Meet in Falun, Sweden. The best jump of the meet was made by Sverre Stenersen of Norway for 240 feet while Crawford's best jump was 234 feet. Mrs. Crawford is the only daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George M. McClure Jr. of South Fourth Street.

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