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August 10, 2004

None of the contracts for the contemplated improvements on the water works plant have been signed. As soon as a few final details can be arranged, the work will begin. H.E. Woolfolk, who is in charge of the work, has been called to go to New York to confer with William Fuller, the consulting engineer. The contracts will be given to The Ambursen Hydraulic Construction Co. of Boston to do work on the dam, the Southern Roofing and Paving Co. of Louisville for the masonry and the Continental Jewell Filtration Co. of New York for the piping and filter equipment.

Improvements at Caldwell College will include the installing the "ideal adjustable desk and chair." The desk and chair is intended for one pupil only and is constructed with established laws of hygiene as it corrects the tendency of school children to have bad posture. In addition to the seating, slate black boards will be placed in all the rooms as will new charges, globes and a series of Johnson's mounted wall maps. Mrs. Tipton again will be in charge of the primary department.


The lighting committee, composed of E.H. Fox, R.D. Bruce and Dr. J.C. Bogle, opened the bids for an electric light and power plant. Mayor Fisher presided over the meeting. It looks as if Frank E. Snyder of St. Louis presented the best bid.

A thief entered the back porch of Robert Harding's house and helped himself to a freezer of sherbet. A half gallon of the toothsome dessert had been left in the freezer. A tramp had called at the home and asked for something to eat and it is supposed that he got the sherbet.

Dr. S.P. Grant, who is gaining a reputation as a gardener, brought a stalk of corn to the newspaper office that had five stalks growing from it. They were all about the same size and full matured with an ear on the extreme end of each stalk. It is likely that Dr. Grant will forward the corn to the agricultural exhibit at St. Louis.

75 years ago - 1929

Central Lodge No. 8 of Danville will bring Coe Brothers Shows, one of America's finest carnival companies to the city for a week. The company carried five riding devices, 10 shows and music. Odd Fellows sponsor the carnival and the money will be used to help keep up the old people's home at Eminence and the Orphans Home at Lexington. The carnival will be located on the Evans' lot on Perryville Road. This location was selected because it is away from the railroad and the dangers of the switch engines. The attractions will include a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, dangler, Rock Road to Dublin and the Hi Up.

Twenty women attended ladies night at the playground. They played such games as Farmer in the Dell, Cat and Rat, Teacher Ball, Relays and Newcomb. After the fun and exercise, they all adjourned to the outdoor platform of the Maple Avenue School building for a watermelon party. A similar night will be conducted for men. The idea is that to playing the games is the only way to learn if the children are enjoying it.

The fall festival committee is at work for the October event at Peoples Tobacco Warehouse. Sterling Towles and Vernon Richardson are in charge of publicity. Mrs. G.O. Ballard is chairman of entertainment.

Spoonamore's Drug Store on the corner of Main and Third streets is installing a modern White Knight soda fountain. The fountain was purchased from J.T. Wilkerson, a representative of Peter, Neat and Richardson Drug Co. of Louisville. French Brothers Bauer ice cream will be used at the fountain. Refrigeration will be installed by Rufus Lipps, local Frigidaire dealer. Milk and milk products will be purchased from the Purity Dairy Co. of Danville.

50 years ago - 1954

J.H. Biles, former superintendent of the Danville city schools and a former math professor at Centre College, has been elected as a member of the faculty of Danville High School to teach general science and math. He recently retired from Caldwell Stone Co. Other new teachers are Isabel Bell, second grade at Jennie Rogers; Genola Arnold, third grade at Jennie Rogers; Cora Moore, seventh grade at Jennie Rogers; Mildred Mogen, third and fourth grades at Maple Avenue; and Wanell Nield, sixth grade at Maple Avenue.

About 12,000 people from Boyle and 12 other counties served by Inter-County Rural Electric attended the 17th annual meeting and electric farm show on the REA lot. This was the largest crowd ever. Ada Combest of Liberty, a student at Liberty High School, was the winner of the 12 girls entered in the beauty contest. She is a cousin of Nina Russell, who won in 1953. Runner-up was Mary Helen Hundley, 16, of Perryville, and third was Shirley Arnold, 16, a student at Lancaster High School.

According to a financial report for the Danville school system, Superintendent John E. Robinson earned $3,973 and another $1,773 for serving as secretary to the board. Josephine Cummins earned $1,909 as attendance officer and another $224 for travel expenses. Mary Hogsett earned $2,305 as secretary to the superintendent.

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