100 years ago — 1911
Joe P. Nave, a well-known resident on Walnut Street in Danville had the usual two sets of teeth in his childhood days, but the last set of “permanent” teeth disappeared many years ago. He was, in fact, glad for it for they had been aching dreadfully for a long time. But some months ago he thought he had a severe case of toothache and consulted a local dentist. The examination showed that Mr. Nave was cutting a third set of teeth. At the present time he has only one fully developed new tooth and he is as proud of it as a boy is of his first pair of red top boots.
Chief of Police W. Logan Wood was called to Caldwell College to investigate the desperate acts of a band of prowlers who took five doors off their hinges at the new building. Two of the doors were found. New doors will have to be made at once unless the stolen ones are recovered. The water also was turned on in the swimming pool at the gymnasium, and while no particular damage was done, considerable financial loss was sustained by the waste of water.
Attorney J.H. Anglemeyer from Joplin, Mo., arrived at the home of Mr. J.Q. Calvert in Perryville. Mr. Anglemeyer is locating the heirs of the Calvert estate in Baltimore, which is said to aggregate several million dollars. Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Pipes and Mrs. Hundley, of Gravel Switch, will come to Perryville today to discuss matters with the attorney because they are also heirs. The Calvert estate was leased 100 years ago for a period of 99 years and that lease has just expired. The property at the time of the lease was worth very little, but the city has grown up around it and the same property has become extremely valuable. The property will now be divided among the numerous heirs scattered over the United States.
75 years ago — 1936
Doris Jean Frankel, sixth-grade daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Frankel, was declared Boyle County’s representative to the annual Statewide Spelling Bee as the result of the local spelling contest held for the Danville and Boyle County graded schools. Miss Frankel correctly spelled the word “audience,” which gave Danville schools their first claim on the county spelling honors.
The Kentucky School for the Deaf has operated for more than 100 years as an independent and non-political organization. Now, the state institution, according to plans, is to be placed under the state educational board as part of the proposed state reorganization program. John Robinson, Boyle County representative, said he was going to prepare an amendment that will place KSD in the education department. Madison A. Lee, superintendent of KSD, said of the plan, “Don’t put this school, that is entirely different from anything in the state, under this autocratic department. I believe the school would collapse if you did. ... To place it under this department, the most undemocratic in the state, would take away the unselfish motives of its board. You might as well build a stone wall around the school and appoint a warden,” Lee said.
50 years ago —1961
Traffic was virtually at a standstill in Danville Saturday afternoon as the result of a blowing, swirling and practically blinding snowstorm which quickly moved into the area. In what was the most abrupt weather switch of the winter season, the temperature dropped here from a high of 70 degrees on Friday afternoon, to 38 degrees by 7 a.m. Saturday and proceeded to fall to 29 degrees by the afternoon, at which point highways and streets, covered with slushy snow began to freeze.
Danville High School girls are active in several intramural sports programs in Danville. The intramural basketball program of the Girl’s Athletic Association began its round-robin schedule with three games being played at the high school. There are 12 bowling teams with about 20 girls participating on Wednesdays. Swimming competition will begin in March and will be held at the K.C.W. pool. Ping Pong will also be added to the girls’ sports program in March.
The Bate Bulldogs, looming as a strong contender for 45th district tournament honors closed its regular season with a win over McCreary County in the Jennie Rogers gymnasium by a score of 62-52. It was the eighth consecutive win for the Bulldogs, who have shown remarkable improvement during the later stages of the season.
25 years ago —1986
Texas Eastern pipeline crews continue to work in the area following last Friday’s explosion in Garrard County. At least three sections on pipe in Boyle County are reportedly in the process of being replaced. A spokesperson for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, said that sections of the pipeline off Chrisman Lane, along Airport Road and where the line crosses U.S. 150 are also being repaired and replaced. “They are making a lot of repairs and inspections in the area because they have their crews there,” the spokeswoman said. She explained that the repair work that had been scheduled for later this year but is being done now in light of last Friday’s rupture.
Danville native Larnelle Harris has added the second and third Grammy Awards to his collection. Harris received a Grammy for best gospel performance by a male with his solo “How Excellent is Thy Name” and one for best gospel performance by a duet with Sandi Patti with the song “I’ve Just Seen Jesus.” Harris, son of Oscar and Ida Harris of Danville, couldn’t attend the ceremony to accept the awards because he’s on tour with the Gaither Trio. Harris won his first Grammy Award in 1984 for best gospel duet, also done with Sandi Patti.
The airport board in Boyle County has voted to give the Boyle County Fire Department’s Engine 4 unit an acre of land to erect a metal building and parking lot. Engine 4 currently is sharing space with the Junction City’s volunteer fire department under somewhat cramped conditions. “It’s important for them to have this facility for this end of Boyle County and also as a backup for Junction City,” said airport board chairman Stuart Powell. The Boyle County Fire Department will be allowed to build a 2,400-square-foot metal building on the northwest part of the airport land, close to the entrance of the new administration building.