A local 30-year-old man placed a phone call to Jailer Fitzgerald this week and asked to be locked up. He told the jailer that he was the culprit who burned John Weisiger's barn a few nights ago. He said the crime had been weighing heavily on his mind and he couldn't stand it any longer. Jailer Fitzgerald was dumbfounded at first, but after questioning the man for a few minutes decided that he was telling the truth and placed him in custody until he could be arraigned before County Judge Nichols.
Hon. Harvey Helm, of Lincoln County, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 8th District, was in Danville for several hours, en route to Harrodsburg to attend the fair. Helm speaks very enthusiastically in regards to his chances, and says he will win by a safe majority.
75 YEARS AGO - 1931
Two young men who were visitors in Danville the other night found that it doesn't pay to stop for "prohibition agents" unless they are sure they are officers. While driving along the Danville Pike a short distance from Lebanon, a large car containing two men forced them off the road. The men said they were dry agents and wanted to search the young men's machine for liquor. After searching the car, the strangers flourished guns and robbed the young men of about $400.
Action has been taken by the Danville Club to get a United States Weather Bureau established here. The club has appealed to Senator Barkley of Paducah to use his influence in getting a station in Danville. It is generally agreed that such a bureau would be of great benefit to the city and county. Manager Tom Parks of the Gilcher Hotel has agreed to allow the installation of the instruments at the hotel.
Although crop prospects are excellent and farmers and businessmen are in an optimistic mood, the Boyle Fall Festival will not be held this year. Directors of the festival decided to postpone the affair until 1932. Plans are under way for making next year's festival the biggest ever staged.
Police declared war on double parking on Main Street following explicit instructions from the city council, which held an adjourned meeting at the city hall. Under the new edict, no cars must be left double-parked by the drivers although autos may be stopped for the discharge or taking on of passengers. The action was seen as a big step toward solution to Danville's traffic problem.
50 YEARS AGO - 1956
The board of directors of the Danville Chamber of Commerce designated Aug. 8 as "Eben Henson Appreciation Night" and will honor him at the Pioneer Playhouse on that date. The directors urged all members of the board and Chamber of Commerce to make an effort to be present at the playhouse when H.C. Harmon will present Mr. Henson a certificate of appreciation for the efforts and time he has extended during the last several years in promoting the best interests of Danville.
The Herrington Lake Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, started last weekend and many outstanding prizes are to be awarded to the winners of each category. For the fourth month in a row a fishing derby is being held at one of Kentucky's major lakes. Outstanding prizes will be given to persons who catch the largest black bass, white bass and crappie.
Jan's Shoes, Main Street's newest retail merchant, will observe its grand opening tomorrow, for one day only. The new store is located in the newly renovated and reconditioned shop formerly occupied by the Kahn Jewelry Store, adjoining Begley's Drug store in the Gilcher Building. The store slogan says that better, popular-priced shoes will be featured and that Jan's is a style shoe store featuring the latest in fashionable shoes in Danville for men, women and children.