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July 25, 2004

Danville is the home of a black artist who is climbing the ladder of fame. Robert Mitchel, a son of the late Jordan Mitchel, left Danville about 14 years ago to seek his fortune in the west. He settled in St. Louis and has been making a living with his considerable talent for drawing. He owns a fine studio in that city and employs two assistants. He has exhibited his work in Danville on several occasions. His pastel and crayon work is said to be very fine.

G.M. Siler returned from Cincinnati where he completed arrangements with the Wiedemann Brewing Co. for opening a wholesale beer house. He is building at the old toll gate house on Buckeye Pike. He can sell in any quantity over 5 gallons. He is meeting opposition for opening the business in a prohibition district and the county clerk will not issue a license.

John Kane, who was a member of Morgan's Cavalry in the Confederate Army, died at Harrodsburg after a bout of pneumonia. He was captured during the war and imprisoned for a year at Camp Douglass. His last request was that he be buried in the Confederate lot in the Harrodsburg Cemetery. He learned the carriage painting trade at the old Manwarring stand on Second Street and worked in that establishment for years.


After a recent inspection of Lexington streets, which have been oiled with crude oil, the city council is considering using this method. Lexington streets are much like those in Danville. The pikes are constructed of limestone which makes a very dusty street in the summer and a very muddy one in the winter. Sprinkling with crude oil helps settle the dust and keep water from soaking into the streets and leaving them muddy. There have been complaints about the smell and the mess it makes on clothes. At this time, merchants are paying $125 a month for sprinkling of the streets.

Ira M. Barnett sold Dr. R.A. Jones of Stanford an Oldsmobile. This is the second auto to come to Stanford. Danville has not joined the ranks of the auto fraternity, but a number of people are thinking of untying their rusty old purses and becoming up to date.

Professor Robert Murray Bear, professor of education at Centre College since 1925, resigned to become an associate professor of education at Dartmouth College. Roland G. Will will take his place. Will served at Kent State before coming to Centre in 1927.

One of the largest realty firms this side of Lexington was formed in Danville when D.F. Thompson and A.L. Gates joined W.L. McCarty and L.R. Hughes of Stanford in organizing Danville Realty Co. The offices will be located in the rooms formerly occupied by the Herald-Post office on North Third Street in the Wiseman building. Thompson is a prominent farmer who owns 250 acres on Stanford Road. Gates will be charge of all sales and McCarty and Hughes will devote their attention to land deals. Mrs. A.L. Gates will move her delicatessen shop into the new office. She has been operating in the storeroom formerly occupied by Crooks and Ware Drug Store.

Miss Helen Schimpff, supervisor of the city playgrounds, talked about the success of the program at a meeting of the Danville Rotary Club. She said an average of 50 or 60 children are taking advantage of the program.

The committee form the synod of the northern branch of the Presbyterian Church met at the Pennybaker Home for Girls at Shakertown and it planning the church's takeover of the home. The Pennybaker home's board includes Col. E.H. Gaither, Mrs. H.C. Wood, Mrs. T.O. Meredith and Mrs. C.S. VanArsdall.

Two Boyle County babies captured two of the top awards in the annual baby show held at the Mercer County Fair. Horace Huffman, 9-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace W. Huffman, won first place and a blue ribbon in the class for prettiest baby under age 1. Anne Shannon Bacon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Booker Bacon, took second place in the prettiest baby girl in the age group.

Albert Mahan, assistant fire chief at Junction City and temporary chief of the volunteers, has secured 33 applications of volunteers. The new volunteers will being training to put the new fire truck in operation when it arrives in late August. The Jaycees still need $7,500 to pay off the $19,500 truck.

A group of picnickers had their car broken into while they were spending the day in the knobs near Parksville. The car was parked near the swimming hole on Tank Pond. About $65 in cash and a Gulf credit card were taken. A note was found that said, "$10 fine for overtime parking."

E. Buford VanArsdal, president of the Mercer County Fair and Horse Show for 27 years, was honored as part of opening ceremonies. The 84-year-old became associated with the event in 1919 and resigned as president in 1947. At that time, American Horseman magazine said he has brought the fair from obscurity to nationwide fame.

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