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October 10, 2004

Junction City was the scene of a pistol duel between a prominent merchant and a farmer from Alum Springs. Neither man had serious wounds, which was a miracle because the duel was fought at such close range that one man's clothes caught on fire. The other man had a bullet in his hand and one in the foot. The fight began when the farmer, who had been drinking, became boisterous in the merchant's drug store and dared him to come out. The merchant, being a fearless man, grabbed his pistol and they went outside and started shooting.

Milton, a distiller and lumber dealer living between Hustonville and Bradfordsville, died from blood poisoning. He ran a small splinter into his arm several weeks ago and thought nothing of the wound, but after a few days, blood poisoning set in and he had his arm amputated. He died from the operation.

Pupils in Mrs. Griffing's classes at Elmwood Academy who made the honor roll are: Misses Alice Vandaripe, Nannie Rawlings, Sarah Mitchell, Pattie and Mary Prewitt, Ada Harmon, Sadie Campbell and Sarah Robinson. The honor roll is based on punctuality, good deportment, good lessons and studying at home.


The waterworks company at Harrodsburg will shut down because of low water in Salt River. No water will be furnished except for fires. A severe drought has caused the river to be almost dry. Stock water is scarce and county farmers are hauling water for miles. Most of the water in Harrodsburg for private families is supplied from cisterns, but many of them are dry. Unless it rains, there will be much suffering.

The Mission Band of the Second Presbyterian Church enjoyed an outing to the knobs. The day was spent gathering chestnuts and playing outdoor games. The party was chaperoned by C.H. Rodes, L.E. Rae, Mary Fisher and Bessie Fales.

Caldwell College students will have a box party. All the young women are to bring a box lunch for two. The boxes will be auctioned off and bought by young men who are present. The entertainment is provided by the college's senior class. Each woman should put her card in the box she brings.

75 years ago - 1929

Henry G. Poetter, local manager of the Gulf Refining Co., was elevated to the highest position in the Boyle post of the American Legion by being named commander. He succeeds L.M. Hilliard, who oversaw the legion and auxiliary's state convention last summer. Poetter is a member of the Danville Kiwanis Club and the local Boy Scout organization.

A livestock judging team from Perryville won second prize at the Kentucky State Fair and now is representing the state at the National Dairy Show in St. Louis. Wallace Coffey, one of the team members, is expected to win a scholarship. He had the highest score at the state fair. If he receives a scholarship, Coffey says he will use the money to attend agricultural college. Coffey already has six Jersey cows that earn him a profit of $50 a month. He tilled three acres of tobacco, which earned him $600, and he has nine head of swine.

The first meeting of the training course for Boy Scout leaders was held in the Centre College gym. Those present were: J.C. Purley, Franklin Ransdell, James Graham and Garnett Dean, all of Harrodsburg; Allen Morris, Paul Henry and Cromley Broaddus, all of Lancaster; and Milton S. Durham of Danville. Scoutmaster Allen Morris won the fire-by-friction contest.

An Army general visited Perryville Battlefield with J. Curtis Alcock, chairman of the battlefield commission, about taking over the national cemetery and erecting a monument on the grounds to honor the Union soldiers. Congress has approved $5,000 for a marker for the soldiers and for taking over the cemetery.

50 years ago - 1954

A second Boyle County Jamboree will be held with the proceeds benefiting charitable projects in the community. The event will be staged in the old livery stable on South Fourth Street near Main. The program will feature fiddlers, singing, old-fashioned music and stage shows and skits, spiced with humor. More than 20 performers will appear, including a number of radio and TV stars.

Edna Lanier Toliver, teacher and principal of Maple Avenue School for 28 years, was honored as a highlight of National Business Women's Week. Mrs. Amelda Cooper, president of the Business and Professional Women's Club, explained the club's choice. Toliver met and married her husband while teaching in New York. After his death, she returned to teaching and raising their only daughter, Margaret.

Eugene Patterson's suit against the state for injuries he received when a truck he was driving plunged through Brooklyn Bridge on U.S. 68 on Nov. 30 was continued. Patterson was driving a truck for King Foods of Lexington. He filed a suit for $50,000, but the 1954 legislature set the amount he could recover at $15,000. The driver said he had injuries to the head, body and limbs and suffered permanent disabilities.

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