100 years ago — 1912
At the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Council of the City of Danville Dr. J.C. Bogle of the city Health Department appeared and stated that the city’s milk supply should be guarded by the Council. He said that no cow’s milk should be used without the animal being subjected to a tuberculin test. He also opposed the marketing of butter in open baskets, where dust and germs might be blown up on it.
In other business Councilman Cecil moved that the city buy a fire truck. However, Councilman McRoberts thought it might be a good idea to wait until the self-starter attachment is made to fire trucks. Following the discussion the motion carried to purchase a truck.
Also, the Civic League appeared before the council and asked that the location of Jockey Row be removed from the corner of Second and Main streets. The petition was tabled.
The Council Treasurer reported that he only had $302 in the treasury. Mayor Wallace said the city would have to borrow money a little earlier than heretofore.
Some of the old fellows around Danville who are using Buckingham’s dye for their whiskers and wearing boys’ caps to make them look young ain’t foolin’ anybody but themselves. The newspaper isn’t calling any names, and isn’t going to either.
75 years ago — 1937
Fake telephone calls, phoney messages, soap candy and every well-known farce of any kind was the order of the day today as April Fools or “All-Fools” Day was ushered in. The farces began early as many folks were called out of their beds to answer a buzzing telephone only to hear on the other end of the line something that brought forth epithets and other forms of language unbecoming a gentleman.
Danville police were called to quell a “riot” at a local restaurant early this morning only to find it was an April Fool joke. A liquor dispenser was wakened early by a message that his store had been looted during the night. Half-dressed and out of breath when he arrived at his place of business, he found only an April Fool’s notice tacked on the door.
Members of the congregation of the First Baptist Church paid off the entire church debt, amounting to more than $6,000, at a mass meeting held at the Broadway church, announced the Rev. H.B. Kuhnle. When Mr. Kuhnle came to the pastorate here from California in March 1935, the church owed more than $6,000. He quickly made plans to eliminate the debt within 11 years. However, during the past 18 months, much effort has been put forth and enough funds have been raised to clear all church obligations and leave a substantial fund in the treasury.
Alleging that the city of Danville was negligent in maintaining its streets, James Ghormley, of Illinois, has filed suit through his attorney, C.C. Bagby of Danville, against the town for $25,000 in connection with the death of his wife.
The petition states that Mr. and Mrs. Ghormley were riding through Danville on Sept. 28, 1936 and when his car passed through the intersection of Third and Walnut streets a depression in the street caused his wife to be injured.
Mrs. Ghormley was admitted to the Danville and Boyle County Hospital suffering from an injured vertebrae. After one month here, she was discharged and taken to her Illinois home. According to the suit she died on March 9.
50 years ago — 1962