The monster Mallet engine to be operated between Danville and Oakdale has left the factory in Philadelphia and will arrive in Oakdale some time next week. Shortly after that it will be seen in Danville. This engine is a fraction less than twice the size of the largest engines now on the tracts.
75 YEARS AGO - 1934
In completing three periods of six weeks each, the FERA Sewing Center has made 600 dresses and 400 shirts for school children according to Mary Dudley Powell, welfare director. These garments have been distributed among school children in Harrodsburg and Mercer County. An average of about 15 women have been employed each day in the project. The Sewing Center is located in two rooms in the basement of the Mercer County courthouse and a number of women have been given employment with this project.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Federal pioneer memorial at Harrodsburg, which is sometimes called, "The Jamestown of the West." Thousands of Kentuckians converged on the town for the ceremony and to hear President Roosevelt speak. Mrs. Roosevelt also attended the event. She left New York at midnight, following a banquet, boarded a tri-motored plane making two fueling stops in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and reached the Danville airport at 7:05 a.m. Mrs. Roosevelt and her companion were taken tot he Gilcher Hotel where they rested and had a fine Kentucky breakfast. Afterwards the two were whisked to the local rain station where they joined the President's special train and then went on to Harrodsburg for the big doings.
50 YEARS AGO - 1959
Danville factory workers and the Danville Retail Merchants Association favor changing to fast time and decided to follow the Danville City Council on the time question. The council at it last meeting voted to put the city back on Central Standard Time. In the same meeting the association had protested the action and accused the council of acting contrary to the wishes of a majority of the citizens they were elected to represent. The association stated, " the Retail Merchants Association accede to the action taken by the City Council in regard to the time question, but in doing so this organization wants to call attention to the fact that it believes the council acted in a manner that is contrary to the wishes of the majority of the citizens of Danville and that further, it is our belief that the council made no effort to learn the wishes of its citizens prior to its actions.
Danville's police department controversy reached a new peak as disillusioned councilman Buddy Baer mailed his resignation to Mayor Roy Arnold. Baer said he was not in agreement with the council's intentions toward the police department reorganization. Full disclosure of the issue in question is unclear because most council sessions dealing with the police department have been held behind closed doors. "I cannot endorse the council's actions concerning the police department when justice fails to uphold the officers" Baer said.
Danville's oil drilling team of O.N. "Kelly" Sellers and Leon Woodrow, will sink a wildcat hole on a 2,000-acre lease in the Scrub Grass Creek area near Mitchellsburg within two weeks. Chances of finding oil or gas of commercial quantities are slim they said but admitted that the possibilities are fair.
25 YEARS AGO - 1984