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August 29, 2004

The franchise for lighting the city of Danville by electricity and building a street railway through Danville was awarded to Frank T. Snyder of St. Louis, Mo. The largest crowd seen in the city hall for some months was in attendance. Dr. J.C. Bogle said that Snyder's bid and one by George Pettit Jr. of Princeton were being considered.

The Spotswood Specialty Co., which has been doing business at Harrodsburg since it was incorporated seven years ago, will move to Lexington. The company has secured a fine location on Main Street next to the post office and will enlarge its plant considerably. The company has grown too large for the town of Harrodsburg. They already have two traveling salesmen on the road. Woodford Portwood, a Danville boy, is one of the right-hand men in the mechanical department.

The Southern Roofing and Paving Co. of Louisville has completed two concrete silos for Jerry Caldwell. The silos will last a lifetime and in a few years should take the place of the wood silos throughout the country. These are the first of the kind to be built in this area.


A mammoth cabbage weighing 11 pounds was received from William Scomp of Parksville. This indicates that the land around Parksville could be made to raise almost anything with a little fertilizing.

Charles Fosdick, the expert gardener at the State School for the Deaf, has found a bug that is destroying his tomato vines. The insect is unlike any he has ever seen. It bores into the vine close to the root and in a short time kills it. A vine was pulled up several days ago and sent to Lexington to be examined by the state college experts. They gave Fosdick little satisfaction as to what kind of bug it was and he has arrived at the conclusion that the newcomer is nothing more than the "woggle bug" that everyone has been talking about.

75 years ago - 1929

The Danville City Schools threw open its doors to the largest number of pupils that ever registered. Records at Danville High School, Maple Avenue and Broadway graded schools showed a total of 1,232 pupils. The largest increase was at the high school, which added 81 pupils. Enrollment at each of the schools is: high school, 582; Maple Avenue, 266; and Broadway, 384. When the pupils at Bate School are added, the enrollment should reach 1,500.

Fire badly damaged the gasoline station of Tom Matherly at the city limits on Lexington Pike. The building belongs to F.W. Peel of Lexington. The locks on one of the pumps were broken and 10 gallons of gas was stolen. The gas station has been broken into three times in the last six months.

The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the ladies auxiliary lodges of Danville held a picnic at High Bridge Park. A splendid supper was served, consisting of all kinds of good things to eat, fried chicken galore and cakes. After eating, those attending retired to the dance pavilion where they were greeted by a trio of musicians, a violinist, guitarist and pianist.

Dr. O.W. Boatman of Crab Orchard died in the Danville and Boyle County Hospital of injuries when his car was hit by an L&N train while he was making a call near Crab Orchard. His car was struck at the Josh Howard crossing. There is an unobstructed view of the track 300 yards in both directions and it is believed that Boatman was in deep thought and failed to observe the approaching train.

The Danville Kiwanis Club has established at Centre College a scholarship for one Danville boy. The boy must be a graduate of Danville High School and will be selected by a committee. President Oliver Kays will appoint the committee.

50 years ago - 1954

Sam B. Dexter of Caldwell Manor, a trooper with the state police, was assigned to Lebanon. He will serve as executive assistant of a new post established there. The new post will cover Washington, Marion, Taylor, Casey, Green, Adair, Russell, Metcalfe, Monroe, Cumberland and Clinton counties. Dexter has been a trooper since 1949.

The nine playgrounds in the city and county closed for the season. Total attendance was 35,082 compared to 37,313 using the parks last year. The drop in attendance was attributed to a larger amount of rain and the weeklong closing of North End playground because of scarlet fever in the area. Playgrounds and their directors were: Bate, William Davis and Dolores Revely; Bate-Wood, John Prewitt and Doris Routt; Parksville, Lloyd Gooch and Peggy Shackleford; Perryville, Jack Seltsam and Merle Stewart; Junction City, Frank Yeager and Wilma Huston; North End, Bob Fowler and Mary Ann Clarkson; Jennie Rogers, Jim Clarkson and Doris Tumey; Caldwell Manor, E.G. Plummer and Sue Eberts; and Salvation Army, Chris Jackson.

The six schools in the Boyle County system will open Sept. 7. A small increase in enrollment is expected. About 1,800 students are expected and that number will increase to 2,100 before the school year ends. Extensive work has been done on Forkland, East End, Perryville and Parksville schools.

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