From our archives, Oct. 29 – L’Avocat-Messager



100 years ago – 1921

• Plans for the celebration of the Armistice were completed by the Danville Woman’s Club in conjunction with Boyle County Post, American Legion, for a public celebration of the Armistice on November 11. The event was scheduled for noon in front of McDowell Park. Former Danville and Boyle County servicemen in uniform will march behind the Danville Marching Band. Carlisle Minor, president of the Boyle Chapter American Red Cross, will be the emcee.

• Ten thousand people from all over Kentucky were expected to attend the Central State football game. All 6,000 tickets for reserved seats have been sold. They will have lunch on a train from Lexington to Danville. Many will stay for a dance after the game.

• Center College students sold a book, “First Down, Kentucky,” The History of Old Center Soccer Players, written by Ralph Paine, who came to Danville to gather facts for the book. Soccer star “Bo” McMillan is the hero of the book, and the rest of the team are given prime spots. The price was $ 1.75 a copy and was on sale at the Danville Daily Messenger office.

• All Danville Churches Unite in Union Prayer Meeting Mary Harrison of Lexington spoke about the disarmament conference at the Christian Church meeting.

• Voters in Boyle County have been asked by George Colvin, Superintendent of Public Schools, to vote yes on two proposed school amendments in the next election. The amendments provide for removing the post of public school superintendent from politics and allowing the superintendent to succeed, and the other provides for aid for the education of students in poor counties. If the adoption of the amendments carries the state, the legislator will be authorized to pass new laws covering the subjects.

75 YEARS AGO – 1946

• The Boyle County Chapter of the American Red Cross has requested assistance with an urgent request from National Headquarters for 10,000 Christmas on the High Seas gift packages. The project provides the transport of embarkation ports with gifts for men spending Christmas at sea.

• The Danville Kentucky State Hospital Guild, which represents half of the patients at the Shakertown Road facility, was started with 10 volunteer workers to assist with 30 patients. Ms. Frank Medaris, president of the guild, will oversee the project. The group will help patients write, write letters, read, play and sing.

• Boyle County youths will present 64 calves to the County 4-H Baby Beef Club competition. Cattle will be on display by local youth at the 25th Annual Kentucky Cattle Show and Sale at Bourbon Stockyards in Louisville. Cash prizes totaling $ 3,728 were to be distributed among the exhibitors of the 4-H club.

• An exhibition of children’s books, in conjunction with National Book Week, is on display at the Young-Rodes Library. Young people, parents, teachers and others interested in children’s literature are invited.

50 YEARS AGO – 1971

• Three incumbents and one former member were elected to a two-year term on the Danville City Commission by the voters in the election. AJ Exon led the ticket with 1,623 votes. Ronnie G. Logue received 1,220 votes and HT Gibson received 1,299 votes. George Harlan was re-elected with 1,106 votes, Fred F. Stone had 1,092 votes and Joe Marshall was sixth in the race with 989 votes.

• Robert Baughman of Stanford has been appointed interim principal of the Kentucky School for the Deaf. He succeeds W. Winfield McChord Jr., who assumed his new role as superintendent of KSD. Baughman was a supervising teacher in the professional department at KSD.

• The local United Community Fund recognized Parks-Belk employees for their 100 percent participation in the UCF campaign. Every employee has contributed.

• The grand opening and open house took place at the Danville Transportation Center, North Second Street. The center serves the Greyhound and Trailway bus lines in Danville.

• John Fetterman, originally from Danville, Louisville, is the author of an article in a recent issue of “National Geographic” on the “People of Cumberland Gap”. He also wrote a book “Stinking Creek” on the Highlanders, published in 1967.

25 YEARS AGO – 1996

• County clerks in the region expected a good turnout in the general election. “I think we’re looking at a good turnout here – at least more than the 52% the Secretary of State is predicting statewide,” Boyle Clerk John B. Nichols said. He said 410 postal ballots were returned, more than the record 402 in the 1992 presidential election.

• Barry W. Muniz has created his own line dance steps. The 51-year-old Danville resident started choreographing dances about two years ago, adding rhythm in some places, extra steps in others. He was not always interested in the music that line dancing traditionally uses. “I hated country music. I loved rock and roll. He changed his mind after his mother, Sadie Query, who teaches line dancing, persuaded him to attend her class.

• Danville Presbyterian Church scheduled an open house and invited the community to visit the newly renovated and expanded building. Built in 1784, the first Presbyterian church west of the Alleghenies, and the shrine was erected in 1831. The renovation included the shrine, the addition of Fellowship Hall, a new kitchen, an activity room, an elevator and automatic doors for the disabled, modernization of existing offices and educational spaces and creation of a landscaped interior courtyard. Joanie Lukins and Irvine Fox co-chaired the renovation committee.

• Ephraim McDowell Auxiliary Bazaar will have evening hours for the first time in its 40th year of history. Kathy Simpson, president, said hours were changed based on demand. She added that the attendant wants to accommodate workers with the new hours. Besides the food, the event will include a Christmas stall and a country store.


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