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October 04, 2004

Mary Tracy was the victim of a peculiar accident. She had gone to the Blue Grass Grocery to make a purchase and was examining a patent cigar cutter. In trying to figure out how it worked, she caught her finger in the machine and had about a quarter inch taken off by the sharp little knife that clips off the ends of cigars. The accident will handicap Tracy, a stenographer, because it happened to the index finger on her left hand.

Ed Nelson and a crew of men are wiring the Gilcher Hotel so that connections can be made immediately when the new electric light plant is installed. Electric fans will be placed in the dining room and office and electric fire alarms will be placed in each room.

"Uncle" Gib Dorum, who probably is the oldest resident of Danville, told The Advocate that the last two months reminded him of times 60 years ago. He has been carrying water from the creek to his home on Green Street because of the dry weather. The supply on his end of the city is short. The waterworks are too far from his home to be tapped and he is in a bad fix.


The Advocate will give a $4 cash reward for the best dozen ears of corn left at the office between now and November court day. It will give $2 in cash for the second dozen best ears and a one-year subscription for the third best. The contest will be decided by a committee of three farmers. All corn will be numbered and displayed at the courthouse with the exhibitor's name.

William Holsclaw will start running a transfer wagon. He will put one in use at present and if the business justifies it, he will run two in the future. The city should support another enterprise of this kind and Holsclaw will find it profitable in connection with his livery stable.

A.B. Jones of Alum Springs will be the proprietor of a new brokerage establishment in the Farris building on Third Street, just south of the East Tennessee Telephone office. The office will have private wires to the stock exchange in Chicago, Cincinnati and New York.

75 years ago - 1929

One man is dead and two are wounded and in jail after a gun battle between the men and prohibition officers near Brumfield. About 40 or 50 shots were fired. A fourth man escaped. One prohibition officer is wounded. The battle occurred when prohibition agent E.B. Henson of Danville, John Boswell, a Parksville constable, and Hugh Turner and Cleve Pike, both of Danville, parked their car in the culvert on Lebanon Road to wait for the rum runners. The men with the whiskey rammed into the prohibition agent's car and the gun battle began. About 30 gallons of liquor were in the car.

Nine people were injured when a broken rail caused a Louisville and Nashville passenger train to plunge off the tracks at Cedar Creek, south of Stanford. None of the victims were unconscious or in critical condition, according to Dr. D.Y. Roberts, the railroad's chief surgeon. The injured were from Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Georgia and Kansas. Wreckers were sent from Corbin and Louisville. Passengers who escaped injury were put on the four forward coaches and the train left for Louisville.

The 67th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville will be observed but a large crowd is not expected. The Perryville School will be dismissed for the day. Community singing will be followed by short talks by W. Vernon Richardson and J. Curtis Alcock. All veterans of the Civil War, both of the South and North, are invited to attend a lunch on the grounds. The celebration will be held in Perryville Christian Church if the weather does not permit holding the exercises on the battlegrounds.

Closing day of the Boyle Fall Festival featured a Mother Goose parade and a baby show. The day before was school day and Mrs. Luther May directed the program. Fifteen-minute stunts were given by each of the eight schools entered. Broadway School took first place with a pageant called "Mother Goose Land." Maple Avenue was second with "Twins of Many Lands." The School for the Deaf was third with "The Echoes of the Night," a remarkably well-acted play featuring several dances.

50 years ago - 1954

About 60 pupils in the three lower grades at Maple Avenue School studied fire prevention. They visited the Danville Fire Department and heard about fire prevention from Bob Theimer, a city fireman. Teachers Mrs. Boyd McDowell, Miss Virginia Dorton and Ernestine Mullins accompanied the children. The children liked meeting Pat, the fire department's popular Dalmatian.

A special election has been called by Judge S.R. Cheek Jr. for the purpose of naming three trustees to govern the newly created Boyle County Fire Protection District. Those who filed for office are: William Balden, Bluegrass Pike farmer; Donald Overstreet, farmer in Forkland; and Harry Potts, Caldwell Manor, pharmacist at Begley Drug Co. The trustees may assess a tax not to exceed a dime per $100 as property is assessed for county tax purposes.

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