From our files, June 18
100 YEARS AGO — 1921
Clayton Robinson, the young farmer living on Blue Grass Pike, five miles from Danville, had a narrow escape from instant death late Saturday afternoon when a large locust tree fell across the Ford car in which he was riding on Gentry Lane. The tree was blown down during a heavy wind storm. Just as Robinson got under the tree it fell across the top of his automobile, crashing down upon him. The back of the front seat was crushed and Robinson was thrown against the windshield. Both of his arms were broken and his throat was slightly cut by glass.
Miss Julia Allen, popular and talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Allen of Danville, will leave on Aug. 20 for San Fransisco from where she will sail for Nanking, China, where she goes as a “living link” from Danville Christian Church. For the next year, Miss Allen will be in the language school at Nanking, after which she will teach in China.
The world famous Crab Orchard Springs is enjoying a fine opening this season and everything bids fair for the most successful year in its history. Crab Orchard Springs is one of America’s most remarkable mineral water resorts and is located in Lincoln County. This summer’s schedule includes the Governor’s Grand Ball; Bathing Suit Ball (in costume); parlor recitals; A. Jim Carner, with silver cup for the best lady rider; a special dinner in July; a baseball game and the Great Fox Hunt with Dr. Casey’s stable of trained horses and hounds.
Advertisement for Wrigley’s P-Ks: The new sugar coated chewing gum that everybody likes should be chewed after every meal. The delicious peppermint flavored sugar jacket around peppermint flavored chewing gum will aid your appetite and digestion, polish your teeth and moisten your throat.
The Danville City Council passed new resolutions to building and paving more streets in Danville. Broadway between Fourth and Fifth streets, will be paved ith sheet asphalt.
75 YEARS AGO — 1946
The South District Baptist Association will bee Sunday afternoon in West Danville church to organize a new church which will be known as Gethsemane Baptist. About 20 people have already made known their desire to unite with the prospective church, and the group, although as yet not officially recognized, has already acquired possession of the building. It’s the general opinion that a church is vitally needed in West Danville where the community already has over 1,000 residents and is strill growing.
Two men arrested in connection with the armed robbery of Miss Emma Weisiger and Mrs. Hager Burdette at Weisiger’s home at 425 West Broadway were held to the September Grand Jury of Boyle County Circuit Court under $25,000 bond each. In default of bonds, the pair were remanded to the city and county jail. During an investigation one of the suspects led officers to a board shack in Mason County where he lived, and where $3,000 worth of Miss Weisiger’s jewelry was found. The men entered the home Saturday morning, bound and gagged Miss Weisiger and Mrs. Burdette, and held them at gun point as they ransacked the house. The fled 90 minutes later with $42, the jewels and Miss Weisiger’s car.
A survey of Highway 34 from Danville to Highway 27, which will be converted into a military 4-way route through construction now in progress was promised for the early fall or winter by the state highway department.
50 YEARS AGO — 1971
Although a thunderstorm and driving rain cut short the activity of the second annual June Dairy Month ice cream giveaway in Danville and Perryville. Between 3,600 and 4,000 cones were handed out from buckets of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and maple nut ice cream at the court house in Danville and the tourist information booth in Perryville. Ten min-maids, working in groups of five, handled the giveaway to promote the use of dairy products. The mini-milk-maids were Marcia Johnson, Brenda Jackson, Dee and Jane Kubale, Molly Kreider, Dottie Spears, Barb Bottoms, Jenny Jackson, Melanie Hamm and Pam Eubank.
The Boyle Fiscal Court voted for the second time to refuse to recognize a petition that asked for the creation of a county library district and the levy of a tax for its support. There were four “no” and one “yes” votes and one magistrate abstained. Two days later, the fiscal court voted in favor of creating the tax district with five yes votes.
Three people faced unusual charges in a Boyle courtroom and each was fined $100 and costs and given 30 days in jail, but Judge White suspended all the penalties. A mother and daughter were charged with illegal disposition of government donated food and a man was charged with making available the distribution of Federally donated food. Judge White said they were the first such cases in his court.
25 YEARS AGO — 1996
Childhood jamming has turned into an increasingly successful musical pursuit for The Fletcher Brothers. The country music group, Mitchell Fletcher on bas and lead singer; James Fletcher on lead and acoustic guitar and tenor vocals; Jon Fletcher on percussion and baritone and high tenor vocals; and keyboardist and bas singer Mark Allen, started out as a three-piece ensemble in 1974 and has seen a number of fourth parties over the years. Allen joint the group about six years ago. The group plays primarily around the state when the members, who maintain other full-time jobs, can have concerts scheduled by their mom, Suzanne Fletcher.
The Whimsy in Weisiger summer entertainment series kicks off on the Fourth of July with a bluegrass and country concert by Brushfire in Weisiger Park. The remaining concerts will be held at the park. In case of rain, performances will be held in the district courtroom of the Boyle County Courthouse. Other performers will include Never Late for Dinner (Danville’s bluegrass and country band); The First Baptist Male Choir; and The Dixville Flyers. The series is sponsored by the Heart of Danville.
Local thefts from cars are up from last year, and thefts of yard maintenance equipment have increased even more. Danville police records show there were 36 thefts of property from vehicles between April 1 and June 12 — up from 16 for the same period last year, which is a 125% increase.
Throughout the summer, the Boyle County Public Library offers fun, free events and activities for its patrons to participate in.... read more