100 YEARS AGO
William Gill and John Taylor Upton first met near the Fort in Harrodsburg where the jockeys meet to swap horses on county court day. Upton had some trouble with a small boy named Preston. It seems that Preston had a bull dog which he urged onto Upton. Upton was bitten by the dog and proceeded to chastise Preston severely when Gill stepped up and asked him why he didn't attack someone his own size. Upton then directed his attack upon Gill, who drew a knife. Upton whipped out his six-shooter and began firing. Five of the shots went through Gill's body. Then Upton's son ran up and received the sixth bullet but was not seriously wounded. Upton was promptly arrested.
The whole thing carries out the contention of Judge Charles Hardin who believes that very few killings would take place if the carrying of pistols was prohibited. It ought to be a penitentiary offense for a man to carry a pistol. Then, even if he whipped out a gun to shoot, as is usually alleged in self-defense, he would know that he would have to go to the penitentiary.
The big 30-passenger automobile which was put on the road from Lancaster to Nicholasville early this year is proving a great convenience to the people living on that road. They do not have to drive six or eight miles to a railway station. Now they can just stand at their front gates and wait for the car — like folks in the city, to get to the stations where they board the trains. People on that road have known that the one thing needed in their neighborhood was some means of getting in touch with the great wide world.
Deputy Sheriff W.S. Embry arrested Henry Gilpin, who lives near Boneyville, on four indictments of selling whisky and one for adultery. When officer Embry went into the man's house to arrest him, he saw the man's little 7-year-old daughter, who had been horribly burned on her side in an accident a few weeks ago. She was lying in a filthy bed and it appeared that she had barely enough to eat and practically no attention at all. Mr. Embry said he had never seen a more extremely pitiful case. Gilpin was taken to jail under a $300 bond and Mr. Embry then reported the condition of the child to County Judge Bailey, who refused to interfere in the case on the grounds that he has no authority to take the child away from its only parent.
75 YEARS AGO
Danville is going to have a "Black Maria!" In other words, when police arrest someone, they will be given a ride in a patrol wagon! The City Council will vote to replace the current police cruiser with a combination patrol wagon and emergency ambulance. The patrol wagon can be used in hauling drunks and other offenders to the county bastile, or the city workhouse with the advantage of knowing that they are securely locked inside. In the event of an accident, the car may be quickly changed into an ambulance with stretchers to carry the victims.
Kenneth Phifer, representing Centre College placed second in the Kentucky Inner-Collegiate Oratorical Contest. Taking as his subject, "uo Vadis: America?" Mr. Phifer pointed out that at a time when many of the great nations have already renounced the principles of individual liberty, which has been for so long the tradition of America, the United States is facing the question of which way it will go now. Will we exchange our ideas of individual liberty for economic security? He concluded with a plea for the reaffirmation of those principles America has made the symbol of its greatness.
After working three months shining 450 pairs of shoes to earn $45 to buy a bicycle with all the extras, Dudley Dearlinger, 14, had it stolen from its parking space at the Harrodsburg High School. It was discovered that his bike had been sold to Herbert Lane in Danville for $4. Lane agreed to make restitution by giving Dudley a reconditioned bike and $8 at the first of the month. Failing to receive the money, Dudley and his father came to Danville, and through police Chief McCanter, he got his payment.
50 YEARS AGO
A terrific basketball game was played when Danville's Admirals and Bate's Bulldogs tangled in the finals of the 45th District Tournament. When the thrill-packed, hard-fought and well-played game was over, the basket bombing Bulldogs had won with a score of 65-61 in overtime. This marked the first 45th District championship for the Bulldogs since they entered the meet seven years ago in 1957. Bate was the surprise team of the tourney. Members on the Bate Bulldogs team are Chester Coulter, George Hamilton, Wilbur Johnson, Theodore Davis, Bobby Walker, Steve Mayes, Anthony Gray, James Munford, George Fields, Terry Bruce, Kenneth Marshall and Coach Emmett Broadus.
25 YEARS AGO
Allen Burns, co-owner of Arby's restaurant of Danville, made a special presentation on behalf of the restaurant chain at halftime of the Kentucky-Georgia basketball game in Lexington. A plaque recognized former UK star Kyle Macy as the "favorite Wildcat" of Kentucky fans. Macy, who graduated in 1980, earned the distinction through results of a poll taken at Arby's restaurants in central Kentucky. Another former UK star, Jack Givens, accepted the plaque for Macy, who could not attend the ceremony. Burns said Kenny Walker, Class of '86, came in second and Dan Issel, Class of '70, came in third. Nearly 30,000 votes were cast over a six-week period.
The state Cabinet of Human Resources held a party for KAMES (Kentucky Automated Management and Eligibility System) complete with the song "Happy Birthday" at the offices in Beaumont Plaza in Harrodsburg. The system, which has streamlined the state's food stamp program, first was implemented in Mercer County a year ago and has been such a success that it now is used in all of Kentucky's 120 counties.
Thunder and lightening provided an appropriate backdrop for a stormy meeting of the Garrard County District 1 fire board, but even the rain couldn't put out the sparks flying between the board and firefighters. All but a handful of the district's volunteer firefighters stripped off their coveralls and turned in their pagers during the three-hour meeting after the board refused to reinstate Colby C. Arnold as their chief. Arnold, who resigned in late December because of differences with the board, had been elected chief again by a majority of the firefighters.