100 years ago — 1912
In St. Clairsville, Ohio, during the Veterans of the 98th Ohio celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, Ky., an old soldier told of a member of Company H of that regiment who was the only man who ever caught a cannon ball during the war and lived to tell the tale. Hiram Culp was that man and was with his fellow soldiers on the battlefield when a cannon ball came toward him at a terrific speed. Members of the company expected to see him cut in two by the ball. Instead, unable to get out of the way, Culp caught it in his hands and, though they were badly burned and he was bruised when the force of the ball knocked him down, yet he was not seriously hurt. The ball had bounded from an elevation which it had struck after being fired from the Rebel gun and the greater part of its force was spend by the time it reached Culp.
Mrs. Helen Lane has been fined $300 for killing her husband about two weeks ago. Richard Williams, Mrs. Lane’s divorced husband from Flat Rock in McCreary County, arrived upon the scene shortly after the jury’s verdict and rendered and signed a three months’ replevin bond guaranteeing the payment of the fine. Mrs. Lane now has been released and is free.
The market, run by C.P. Cecil Jr., is advertising potato chips for 10 and 15 cents a package, asking, “Did you know you can buy them cheaper than you can cook them?” However, they must be placed in a hot oven before serving. Cecil’s market is located at the corner of Third and Main streets and the phone numbers are 59, 81, and 94.
The Boyle County Fiscal Court ordered the immediate removal of the fire house and stable from Main Street. One reason for the removal is to give ventilation to the work house. Another reason is that the stable located prominently on Main Street where hundreds of people must pass is a nuisance. However, the tax payers do not want to spend any more money on the old work house. They think the work house is as much a nuisance on Main Street as the fire department and they will not be satisfied with anything but a new building as a modern building can be erected back of the court house cheaper than the old can be repaired on the high price lot which should be sold.
75 years ago — 1937
Bulletin: The day after the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville in the War Between the States found the National Park Service in Washington considering acquisition of the field for a national military park, according to an Associated Press dispatch to The Advocate. The park services Advisory Board, which will meet Oct. 28, will study the report on advisability of the matter.
Several nights ago there was a round-table discussion of how to spend $25,000 that the Chamber of Commerce has impounded. Most of the people wanted an auditorium for the city of Danville, while some wanted a play ground. Many folks would like to see the auditorium built atop the Gilcher Hotel, where heat and an elevator are already available.
50 years ago — 1962
The oldest person at the Perryville Battlefield celebration was Dr. George M. McClure, who observed his 101st birthday on Sept. 18, 1962. Dr. McClure was 13 months old when the battle of Perryville was fought in Boyle County on Oct. 8, 1862.
An unexpected gift of $53.68 to the Henry Jackson Park fund has been received from the Danville Division of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, Mayor Roy Arnold announced. The money was raised and donated to the park for installation of lights. The local division held a picnic recently and raised the money. In a message to the city council, the division said that the park would be used by a number of clubs and organizations of deaf persons who would need the lights in order to converse. Mayor Arnold said the donation was a big help and the lights would certainly be installed in the picnic area next year.
There are 20,000 doses of the Type 1 Sabin Oral polio vaccine on hand together with the necessary sugar cubes, and medicine droppers for use with babies. The amount of vaccine here is sufficient to give one dose to every man, woman and child over six months of age in this entire county and everyone is urged to go to the nearest clinic site this afternoon to get the dose. The Sabin Oral polio vaccine if NOT a shot — it is a dose of three drops on a cube of sugar which may be chewed or sucked. It is tasteless and odorless.
25 years ago — 1987
Nuclear waste would become a common site on railcars coming through Danville if the federal government proceeds with current plans for handling the high-level nuclear waste from power plants. Six shipments of high-level nuclear waste have gone through the state by truck since 1984. No shipments have yet been made by rail.
Under proposals before Congress, as many as 115 rail shipments could pass through the state in a year. With Danville on the north-south rail line which joins a rail line coming from Louisville, much of the nuclear waste could come through here.
A recent spate of criminal activity at the Mercer County Courthouse has given new meaning to the county’s “Good Time” inmate work release program. The prisoners, it seems, have been having all the fun recently while enjoying an unsupervised run of the courthouse.
“Something had to be done. They are making us look like fools, stealing the courthouse right from under our noses. It’s ridiculous,” said Deputy Sheriff Ralph Anderson.
Though there have been occasional thefts and other problems since the county began using inmates to maintain the building, incidents during the last week convinced most officials that the program has gotten out of hand. One of the incidents brought to officials’ attention was when Anderson said he entered the courthouse about 11:30 p.m. and discovered a male inmate, a woman and three children playing music and “having a party” in the jailer’s office downstairs in the courthouse.
Another incident was when several marijuana plants were stolen from the courthouse’s evidence room after a window to the room was broken. Police traced a trail of marijuana leaves to the home of a 15-year-old boy who had been seen talking with inmates in the courthouse parking lot on several occasions.