100 years ago — 1910
It seems the hobble skirt will force itself into prominence. On Saturday, one of the most serious accidents yet accorded the “nufangle” shackle was reported; one of the young girls of the junior set fell down stairs and received a slight sprained ankle. A few days previously, the same young lady, practicing how to get in and out of a buggy by stepping up and down from a chair, fell and received a few bruises.
Professor and Mrs. Max Marcosson of the Kentucky Institution for the Deaf chaperoned Misses Katherine Martin, Amy Fowler and Cary Willis, who are pupils at the institution, on a nutting expedition to the knobs near Junction City. They made the trip on foot. Prof. Marcosson is one of the charter members of the K.I.D. Walking Club, and is a great believer in the pastime as one of the main roads to healthful conditions and long life.
With a huge knife, whetted to a razor edge, Jack Hall beheaded Isiah Rogers near the intersection of Main and First streets about 9 p.m. It was at first thought that he used a corn knife, but later developments showed it was as huge pocket knife as large as a dirk. Hall claimed that Rogers was abusing Lillie Breckinridge and that he asked him to stop and that Rogers kicked him and drew a knife. They had engaged in a skirmish and a crowd gathered to watch, but the men reconciled and walked away. Later, Hall was seen in the moonlight to draw a huge knife from his coat and delivered one stroke that clipped Rogers head from his shoulders with the exception of a small piece of skin. Police went to his Stony Point home where his parents said he wasn’t there. An officer climbed into the little, dark garret and found Hall crouched in an obscure corner. He was then arrested and taken to the Danville jail.
75 years ago —1935
Ordinances ordained by the Council of the City of Danville include: Peddlers of goods, wares and merchandise, not including butter, eggs and milk, are required to have license at $25 a year and $12.50 for six months; Hucksters in the business of a hawker, for each wagon, cart or vehicle are to have a license for $25 a year; to sell citrus fruits or bananas from a truck or vehicle is $50 a year. To operate a pinball machine, it will be $5 for each machine per year.
The raspberry industry in Boyle County probably owes its existence today to W.T. Cozatt of Parksville. He will soon be 83 years old and has produced 51 crops of raspberries in succession. It is interesting to note that Mr. Cozatt in successfully marketing the produce of his first crop among neighbors and then marketing his second crop at Danville 49 years ago to Gilcher Brothers, who subsequently contracted to purchase his entire crop for the next five rears, established the fact that raspberry growing could become a profitable industry in Boyle County. Mr. Cozatt was the only commercial grower until 1929 when several other farmers got into the business when they wanted to divert some of their lands from tobacco crops.
50 years ago —1960
The TV listing for Wednesday and Thursday nights beginning at 5 p.m. include: Wednesday; Windy and Popeye, Shorty Stout Show, Deputy Dawg, News and Weather, Woody Woodpecker, T-Bar Ranch, The Aquanauts, The Dangerous Robin, Wagon Train, The Price is Right, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bob Hope, Naked City, Shotgun Slade and Jack Paar. Thursday night; Country Music, Julius Clark, Huckleberry Hound, The Real McCoy’s, My Three Sons, The Witness, Hawaiian Eye, Death Valley Days, The Witness, Bat Masterson, Lockup, Zane Grey Theater, Tombstone Territory, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ann Sothern Show, The Untouchables, The Groucho Show, The Jim Backus Show, Phil SIlvers and the June Allyson Show.
The annual bazaar given by the Ephraim McDowell Hospital auxiliary at First Christian Church was the most financially successful event ever held. The group netted more than $1,500 from the sale of various articles and at the luncheon, which was attended by about 200 people.
The City of Danville Flag Contest, sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, has received about 40 entrants, and according to a spokesman for the club, the response has been good. Judges will be Jack Kellam, Mrs. Dudley Guerrant, Judge S. Cheek Jr., Jackson Guerrant and Mayor Roy Arnold.
25 years ago —1985
Eddie Sutton thinks coaching the University of Kentucky basketball team is the best job in the roundball sport world. According to Larry Vaught, The Advocate-Messenger assistant sports editor, that’s why he’s had no second thoughts about leaving Arkansas for Kentucky eight months ago, despite a recent investigative story by the Lexington Herald Leader about improper cash payments and gifts given to former Wildcats. Sutton also said he wants to make sure he stays “clean” at Kentucky and that he didn’t want help from boosters in recruiting or coaching.
State Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, said he is co-sponsoring legislation for the 1986 General Assembly session that could permit prayer in schools. The bill would allow students to observe a moment of silence of not more than 60 seconds during the first class of each day. Napier said the bill doesn’t specify what the students should do during the silence, but a student would be allowed pray if he wanted to. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that setting aside time specifically for prayer in public schools is unconstitutional.
The Advocate-Messenger has a new plant, built and furnished and filled with ample work space and up-to-date equipment needed to put out a newspaper — including a press that can print more pages at a faster rate than the old one. The press and other new equipment will also allow the newspaper to greatly expand its use of color. “We are in a building purposely designed for efficiency,” said editor and publisher Mary Schurz. The new building handles the flow of work in a “front to back” manner. Information comes in the front door and the newspaper leaves by the back door.