Advertising in The Advocate is showing that the Christmas rush is on. Danville stores have never before been so attractive and they rival in quality and variety of the large stores in Louisville and Cincinnati. The financial scare is over, industries are reviving and the country is in a healthy condition for trade. Local shoppers, especially those from nearby towns, will save time and money by reading the merchants' announcements in the newspaper so they can get the most of the few hours they have to spend in town.
75 YEARS AGO - 1932
Reports have been received from Liberty that four suspects have been arrested in connection with the wholesale chicken theft on Chelf Ridge last week. The first clue turned up with the help of Hustonville's bloodhounds. Farmers living on Chelf Ridge were enraged by the theft of their property and have been working diligently with the officers on numerous clues. Many of the stolen fowls already have been returned to their owners. The last arrest was made in the southern section of Boyle County.
The Mercer Fiscal Court has given $200 to the Mercer Board of Education to buy school books for poor children in the school district. The court unanimously voted to divide the road money into five equal parts and use it equally in Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5. District 6 is in the Harrodsburg area.
The first annual Christmas Community Program will be presented at the Kentucky Theatre on Sunday afternoon. Representatives from every choir in Danville have been rehearsing at Danville High School for the event. In addition to the carolers, there will be organ music, violin duets and vocal solos performed by the splendid musicians in town. "A real treat is in store for everyone whose heart and mind is attuned to the spirit of the season."
With more than 2,000 tobacco growers, citizens of Danville and spectators formally opened the 1932-33 tobacco season when the cry of the auctioneer boomed out on the floors of Peoples House No. 2 where the first sale was held. There was about 170,000 pounds of burley on the floor and it was believed that it would all be sold that first day. The average prices were between $12 and $13 per hundred pounds. At noon, the high basket was $25 per hundred, while the low basket was sold at $2 per hundred.
50 YEARS AGO - 1957
Mrs. Phil Thompson, of Lancaster, found a monkey sitting in her garage doorway. He was basking in the sunshine, ringing the bell around its neck and scratching its head. A couple of weeks ago, a deer was on the Town Square leaping over cars. Is it possible that Lancaster is being turned into winter quarters for a circus? The deer could belong to Santa Claus, but who does the monkey belong to? There hasn't been a man with a hurdy-gurdy in town.
Considerable damage was done to two rooms and part of a third in a one-story frame house behind the Coffee Cup restaurant when a fire broke out. Danville Fire Chief Alex Upton said the fire appeared to have started on the lower floor and traveled up through the attic. The home was occupied by Jim Sargent, but he wasn't at home when the fire started.
Paul Camenisch, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Camenisch of Alta Avenue, was named a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, according to Don R. Rawlings, principal of Danville High School. Camenisch is the only DHS senior to be named.
The annual Christmas sale of memberships to the Young-Rodes library has begun and will continue throughout the season, according to Elizabeth Tunis, the librarian. The holiday rate for subscription cards and renewals is $2 for 14-month membership. Regular subscriptions are normally $2 for a 12-month period.
25 YEARS AGO - 1982