100 years ago — 1912
The express business at the Danville depot is the heaviest in years, and a force of men is necessary to transfer the shipments. Five hundred crates of vegetables shipped from the southern states were transferred yesterday from the Queen and Crescent to the Southern Railway. Shipments almost as heavy are made daily. Strawberries will begin moving the first day of May from the Tennessee territory and the outlook is for the biggest yield in years.
The largest crop of tobacco ever grown in Boyle County will be planted this year. Farmers who have never grown the weed in the past are preparing to cultivate a large acreage. Practically no hemp at all will be produced, that crop having been almost entirely supplanted by tobacco.
The establishment of the loose leaf market in Danville doubtless will result in Boyle County becoming one of the leading tobacco-producing communities in the state.
Sheriff Fox received an emergency call from the Faulconer Station area where a bloody fight was in progress — again. He chartered an automobile and made a record run to the scene of the fray.
Anderson Seeright was shot in the head with a shotgun by Robert Maupin, and Sam Jackson was firing a .44 at Maupin but missed him. A number of other skirmishes occurred and the whole aspect indicated bloodshed and the participants had been drinking red liquor and were desperate. Sheriff Fox said the trouble in that area usually begins during a crap game.
75 years ago — 1937
W.S. Dunn of Danville has purchased the rights of the Dr Pepper Bottling Works for this area. He also purchased the old Ne-Hi Bottling Plant on Stanford Avenue, where his new bottling operation will be established.
The machinery, trucks, bottles, boxes, filtering system, and cooling equipment have been ordered and will be installed by June 15. Two trucks will be started at first, and others to follow as the territory is completely covered. Dr Pepper has been sold here from the Lexington agency and has been popular. It has been on the market for 30 years and sells like wildfire where it was first made in Waco, Texas.
Dr Pepper is a different drink and will be made from natural flavors and pure cane sugar.
Col. M. Dunn, who also is working at the plant, said he has been using this water as a health tonic for a number of years and is delighted with it. He feels that Dr Pepper has aided his digestion and is an added touch to his diet.
In a survey of the 193 students in the men’s department of Centre College, it was discovered 27 of them are planning to go into the field of medicine; 23 want to be lawyers; 20 will be teachers; and 11 are seeking the field of ministry. Other professions listed were: teaching with athletic coaching as a sideline, 9; bacteriologists, 5; dentistry, 4; journalism, 5; industrial and commercial chemistry, 4 each; engineering, aeronautics, agriculture and the mortuary business, 3 each; social and civil service 2 each; metallurgy, music and radio, one each; and one desires to enter theU.S. Naval Academy. The rest want to enter the general business field, including grocery, tobacco, textiles and insurance.
During a meeting of the Danville City Council a new fire truck was purchased for $9,234 from the Crook-Hunt Motor Company. The new truck will be delivered in the near future meets the requirements of the Kentucky Actuatorial Bureau. It will be the “quad-type” truck with a booster tank and hose reels, capable of carrying two 1.2-inch connections from a connection — one for 200 feet and the other for 300 feet. The truck will also include 1,000 feet of hose, 240 feet of ladder, a traffic light, a bell and a siren, chemical tanks and axes. About six men will be necessary to man the vehicle.