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March 07, 2004

100 years ago - 1904

The Danville Orchestra will suffer a severe loss in the absence of June O'Bryan. He left to make his home in Bowling Green. He was responsible for the orchestra's organization and was one of the most accomplished musicians among the members. He played lead violin.

Legislators voted to give the Kentucky School for the Deaf $22,239. The school will use the money in several ways. It plans to install an electric light plant in the institution's new power house, build concrete pavements on the grounds and enlarge the dining room. The school's superintendent originally had asked for $12,500, but when a Joint Committee on Charities visited the school and they decided a new lighting plant was needed.

R.D. Bruce, who receives all the hemp delivered to the firm of Cogar and Davis, told a funny story about receiving a load of hemp from a prominent Boyle County grower. A mule was tied to a beam pole behind the wagon, as animals often are led this way. Bruce paid no attention to it and gave the signal for the driver to pull on the scales. Bruce noticed that the weight was about 600 pounds more than usual. He was confident the scales were broken until he walked around the rear of the wagon and saw the mule pulling back with all his weight.


Dr. McFerran Crow of Versailles met with the city council to negotiate for an electric light plant. He represents a big Eastern syndicate. He plans to build a car line from Danville to Junction City in connection with the light plant.

The new craze, box ball, will be played in Danville. L.S. Bradley of Harrodsburg in installing a box ball alley in the Weisiger building on the corner of Fourth and Main streets. The game is similar to bowling and expected to replace that popular game.

75 years ago - 1929

The United States Army Band, founded and sponsored by Gen. John J. Pershing and recognized as the outstanding musical organization of the world, will give two concerts in Danville. The Danville Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the performances by agreeing to pay $1,400. At least 1,500 people will need to attend the performances for the club to not lose money. The band will represent the United States in the International Musical Festival at Seville, Spain.

Carl Moberly, who conducts a fur business on Campbell Street in Lancaster, has purchased $6,000 worth of furs from Garrard County trappers. Among the specimens are opossums, coons, minks, red fox, weasels and a few muskrats. The prices of skunks run from 75 cents to $3; opossums, 90 cent average; coon skins readily sell for $6; while he pays $15 for the red fox; $10 for minks; and $1 each for weasels and muskrats. He has bought about 60 red fox skins, but the skunks, coons and opossums seem to be more abundant. Moberly sells all of his stock to T.Y. Shaw of Crab Orchard, who is the largest fur dealer in Central Kentucky. He has handled more than $60,000 worth of skins during this season. There are a number of trappers in Garrard County and proceeds form one man's catch alone runs to nearly $1,000. The men find a good living from this unusual occupation during a time of the year when other work is not available.

Plans have been completed and construction is scheduled to begin in 30 days on what promises to become one of the finest hotel resorts in Kentucky. The picturesque, old stone building located at Camp Nelson on the Kentucky River will be converted into a handsome lodge by the recently organized Daniel Boone Lodge Co. Many smaller lodges will be built along the river. If the present plans matures, the resort, to be know as Palisades Park, will open by July 15. The main lodge will contain 50 bedrooms, all with baths. Another 25 to 30 stone and log cabins will dot the cliffs of the river and each contain three or four rooms with all modern conveniences.

50 years ago - 1954

The marvelous powers of the transistor, an electronic device smaller than the eraser tip of an ordinary pencil, were described by Col. E.B. Williams during a talk to the Danville Kiwanis Club. Col. Williams is with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. He was introduced by J.J. Isaacs, manager of the local telephone office. The transistor does the job of the old radio vacuum tube, but is small, making Dick Tracy's wrist radio a real possibility. Using transistors in TV sets instead of tubes makes it possible to cut the weight of TV sets from 150 to 200 pounds to about 27 pounds.

A total of 325 boys and girls have signed up for 493 projects in the Boyle County 4-H Club. These will be highlighted at Spring Rally Day. At this time, project groups are meeting in the area of foods, clothing, room improvement, good grooming and home and yard improvements.

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