55 years ago...
Crab Orchard High chorus members Margaret Nantz, first alto, Phyllis Howard, second soprano, and Sam Whitaker, second bass, sang with the 800-voice All-State Chorus in Memorial Coliseum on the University of Kentucky campus. Nantz was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo Nantz and Howard was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Howard, all of Crab Orchard. Whitaker was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Whitaker of Stanford.
Unsportsmanlike fishing. A large, valuable pond, only one of several on the Maret Hackley farm to withstand last summer and fall's dry season, was drained by men digging trenches. The men dug the trenches to let the water run loose from the 150' x 300' pond so they could wade in and knock the floundering fish in the head. Game Warden Sam Embry estimated it took the men or man about a week of hard digging during the night to dig the trenches — five 8' x 20' trenches to be exact.
The Stanford FFA Chapter rented 0.38 acre of land for a chapter project. The land was to be used to grow strawberries. The FFA boys were setting out 1,500 plants.
Stanford residents were warned to keep their chickens and other fowl penned up or else face a $10 fine. Police Chief Henry Fields said it was unlawful for any person owning or controlling chicken or other fowl to permit same to run at large or stray on the premises of another within the city limits.
Walter McKinney and son, J. W., had twin Holstein calves at their farm near McKinney. The two calves, sired by artificial breeding, had almost identical black and white spots. Twin calves were somewhat common, but identical twins were rare. The Experiment Station at Lexington was considering taking the calves to study.
Mr. W. H. Watts, living on U.S. 27 near Halls Gap, had received a good report on his dairy farm. Watts sold Grade A and was the only one from Louisville to Somerset listed, said Mrs. Watts.
The Hustonville Baptist Church installed a new electric organ in the church. The organ was donated by the Burton family.
75 years ago...
The 1933 Chevrolet Standard Six full-sized automobile, which featured a Fisher Body, no-draft ventilation pointed radiator, beaver-tail back, skirted fenders, adjustable visors and real mohair upholstery, was in stock at Cullip-Davis Motor Co. for as low as $445.
Hungry for money. Thompson Baker, who lived near Kidds Store near the Lincoln-Casey line, left a $5 bill in his pants pocket while he slept only to wake up $5 short. Rats had apparently gnawed into the pocket while he was sleeping, got the bill and ate it.
90 years ago...
The Lincoln County Fair Association directors voted not to have a fair in 1918.
Julian Riffe of Hustonville was on the Lincoln when it was torpedoed by a German submarine.
The people of Lincoln County gave over $10,000 in the Red Cross drive. The quota was $7,500.
Prof. F. L. Stepp, who figured prominently in colored teaching in Lincoln County, died on Sunday, June 26, 1918.
Robert Nunnelley of the Peyton's Well section traveled to Louisville to enlist in the service of Uncle Sam.
J. W. Acey was building a brick addition to the St. Asaph's Hotel which was to be used as a barber shop.
100 years ago...
Anderson Carr Jr. was fined $20 in Judge W. A. Tribble's court for slapping his sweetheart, Carrie Bartleson.
A petition was being presented to the Hustonville City Council asking that an ordinance be passed requiring all Main Street property owners to build concrete pavements in front of their places.
120 years ago...
Tragic mistake. John Delaney, a railroad brakeman from Rowland, decided to sit on the tracks one day while waiting for a train that was late. Unfortunately, for Delaney, he fell asleep across the track while waiting and the train arrived. He lost an arm and a leg when the train ran him over.
R. E. Barrow, whose business it was to supply ice in and around Stanford, ran out of ice. He was trying to find more left over from winter in the Great Lakes area.