100 YEARS AGO — 1912
The oldest drug stand in Central Kentucky is no more. When J. Beecher Adams vacated the building on Main Street this week it ceased to be for the first time in 52 years a drug stand. Its first occupant was Capt. A.S. McGrorty. Prior to the fire of 1860 which swept away the greater part of the town, a drug store had been located on this site for 20 years. The present building was erected after the fire and Capt. McGrorty was its first occupant. Then came Samuel & Warren, Lillard & Stout, Major E.W. Lillard and lastly J. Beecher Adams.
Workmen tearing out the brick wall to connect the store with that of the Chesnut-Salter Hardware Company plainly detect the odor of drugs in the brick taken from the center. The arch connecting the two rooms will be completed this week. It is taken for granted that the room will be a most healthful one if there is anything in medicine as the walls are thoroughly doped from absorption covering a period of two generations.
75 YEARS AGO — 1937
Another child marriage was written into the records of Kentucky Saturday night around 9 o’clock, when the Rev. J.W. Edwards, Boyle’s “marryin” parson united Andrew Lunsford, 21, of Boyle County and Lorella Sims, 14, at his home in Parksville. The child bride stated her parents were Mr. and Mrs. W. Sims of Mercer County. Lunsford gave his parents’ names as Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lunsford of Junction City.
W.S. Dunn, of the Danville Dr. Pepper Bottling Co., is going to attend the National Bottlers Convention in New Orleans to view the displays of the latest in bottling machinery. The growth of Dr. Pepper in this territory and the steadily increasing demand for other beverages produced by the company — namely Dr. Herring’s Ginger Ale, Orange Kist, Grape, Strawberry, Lemon Cheer Up and Honey Maid Root Beer — necessitates the installation of larger capacity machines.
50 YEARS AGO — 1962
“The newspaper business is unique in that the Constitution guarantees it immunity from government interference and regulations that affect other businesses,” said Enos Swain, editor and general manager of the Advocate-Messenger for the past 18 years. Swain said the newspaper in Danville was first published in 1809 and was called “The Western Olive Branch” and contained more worldwide news than local events.
Commenting on changes, Swain said the modern newspaper writing of today would seem like a foreign language to a reader of just 50 years ago, chiefly because of many new words like radar, transistor, television, stereo, data processing, automation and others.
The Danville City Council voted to purchase a new cruiser for the police department. The council accepted the low bid from Danville Motors for a 1963, 4-door for $3,145 with allowance of a $1,200 trade-in.
The council also approved $859.75 on a fire hose washer, dryer and turntable for the fire department. This represents the city’s half of the cost, the other half being paid by the Boyle County Fire Protection District. Previously, firemen had to dry the hose in a tower at City Hall, a procedure that required a long time.
25 YEARS AGO — 1987
The veterans monument in front of the Boyle County Courthouse has been unveiled and U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins was on hand.
“I did not realize the feelings this monument would bring out in this community, the memories it would stir or the pride it would engender,” said Boyle County Judge-Executive Mary C. Pendygraft. “All these names are familiar to most of us. We knew these brave men or their families. It’s very emotional for me,” she said.