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February 29, 2004

100 years ago - 1904

The residence of Mrs. Bell Sleet of Perryville caught on fire, but the heroic work of the Perryville bucket brigade kept it from being a complete loss. Fifty dollars will cover the damages.

Guy Hundley suffered a sprained ankle when the front axle of his buggy broke. He was driving along Walnut Street on his way to school when the axle gave way, and he was thrown to the ground.

The warm rains of late have brought the wild ducks to the creeks and rivers. Several fine mallards already have been bagged by the local gunners. The jack snipe almost has been exterminated, as he is seldom seen in this part of the country now.


The Danville company of the National Guard will be inspected by a regular officer. The company has resumed its regular drills after a break of several weeks during the cold weather. It hopes to be well up in the art by the eve of inspection.

While sawing timber that was cut from the Perryville Battlefield, W.J. DeBaun of Perryville ran his saw against a grape shot that had imbedded itself 18 inches in a large oak. This is twice in the last two weeks that he almost ruined his saw by hitting metal that has been in the trees since the 1862 battle. DeBaun has cut hundreds of lead balls in two, weighing about an ounce. He also has encountered pieces of bomb shells and grape shot. He is going to send them to the World's Fair to be placed in the Kentucky building as specimens from the battlefield.

Dick, the well-known coon dog belonging to Gib Green, is dead. He was out with a party of coon hunters and the party had just entered C.P. Cecil's woods. The dog struck a hot trail. He followed it several yards and then seemed to get lost. After several minutes, the party found the dog on the ground in a dying condition. How he met his death is a mystery. Green thinks it must have been a skunk for the dog was found near the den of one of these animals.

75 years ago - 1929

A.B. Marshall has earned the name of "hamburger king" as well as Hero of Sand Cave. He came to Danville nine years ago to open a lunch counter and choice location on South Fourth Street, across from Martin's Sanitary Grocery. During his first month, he purchased only 100 pounds of hamburger meat or about 3 pounds a day. Today, he buys meat from three companies and they furnish about half a ton a month. During January and February of this year, he sold 2,094 pounds of hamburger. He is a citizen to be proud of, as he has never failed to contribute to good causes. When donations were sought for the Kentucky College for Women in 1926, he promptly gave $100. He always gives to the Red Cross, tag days and the like.

According to statistics from the Internal Revenue Bureau, about 105 billion cigarettes were smoked in the United States in 1928. If the country's population is 120 million and Danville has 5,099 people, then dividing 120 million by 5,099 gives 23,537. To discover how many cigarettes were smoked in Danville, divide 105 billion by 23,537. The result is 4.4 million were smoked in Danville. This number would be accurate if Danville smoked its share of the total smoked.

Kentucky Utilities authorized a program calling for spending $60,000 over two years for improving and beautifying Dix Dam properties. The improvements will consist of a tourist camp, roads, paths and planting of many trees and shrubs. Walter Hillenmeyer, nurseryman, is in charge of the project. The tourist camp will allow visitors to the dam to spend the night if they desire. A stone entrance will be built where the road to the lake leaves the public highway.

The Danville Chamber of Commerce purchased an old log cabin that was located on property recently sold by Alice Johnson to the Danville school board for building a high school. The cabin is a duplicate of Danville Academy, which was established in 1785 by the Rev. David Rice. The log schoolhouse will be located in the park and equipped as it was in pioneer days. The cabin is more than 100 years old.

50 years ago - 1954

A typewriter that was stolen from the pastor's study at First Presbyterian Church was recovered from a Lexington pawn shop. It was the second typewriter recovered by local police of the three stolen in recent break-ins. The others were taken from Maple Avenue School. Area pawn shops are being checked. Police Chief Tom Clark and John Isham, a detective with the Kentucky State Police, are investigating.

Elisabeth, the office mouse at The Advocate, was introduced in the capacity of commentator. She is a pert character with pink ears and a long tail. Her first comment was on a vote in the General Assembly for members to receive a $600 tax-free stake. She also thought the legislators spent too much time deciding whether the golden rod or redbud should be the official state flower because that didn't make a lot of difference to "starving" school teachers, falling bridges, understaffed institutions and burdened taxpayers.

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