100 YEARS AGO — 1912
Fighting as though possessed with superhuman strength, Central University from Danville held the strong Vanderbilt football team and won with a 23-0 verdict last Saturday on Vandy’s home field.
At Eddyville there was a peculiar coincidence in connection with the electrocution of James Ellis, convicted of the murder of Squire Heath and Marshal Beatty at Burnside several months ago. Ellis spent several months in the Danville jail on account of the high feeling that existed at Somerset following the atrocious crimes. Since the electric chair has been perfected, it is a rare thing if one bolt does not produce death. In this strange case two heavy bolts were required for Ellis. It seems like Providence ordained that he should suffer two deaths in extenuation for the two lives he took. Relatives sent Ellis’ coffin through Danville to Eddyville last Monday, and the remains passed through Danville today en route to his old home, where interment will be made.
The Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs (meeting) will be held in Danville Nov. 29 and 30. There will be about 400 delegates, as practically every county will send one or more representatives to the Danville meeting. The sessions will be in the First Baptist Church on Walnut Street and a big banquet will be given in the St. James Methodist Church.
The Winslow Jewelry company is establishing a large business of clocks. The company has received an order from O.C. Williams, Chicago, for 75 clocks as well as a similar order from the Herman Voss Company of Milwaukee. Clocks were manufactured in the factory, formerly operated by Mr. Winslow, in Columbus, Ohio, and now Mr. Winslow has brought 10,000 clocks with him to Danville. As soon as he disposes of his present supply, he expects to start a factory in Danville for the manufacturing of clocks.
75 YEARS AGO — 1937
The spirit of Thanksgiving prevailed in police court and two old offenders were given suspended sentences of 30 days in the work house after they each accepted to take castor oil. When arraigned,the men, Charlie Daniels and William Carpenter, both agreed to take castor oil and Chief of Police J.L. McCarter got the oil and the pair downed it in apparent relish. Daniels also promised to bring rabbits for the court and other officials. Both men had been charged with drunkeness in a public place.
Due to increased costs of operations and lack of interest on the part of readers and advertisers in the Saturday issues of the local newspapers, The Advocate-Messenger will not publish papers on Saturdays beginning this week. Due to the enormous increase in newsprint paper and other printing and publishing costs, the newspaper will go on a cash-in-advance system for subscriptions when the city carrier subscription price will be changed from a yearly basis to 10 cents a week.
Danville will observe Thanksgiving Day with the closing of stores, banks, courthouse, city hall and post office. A unity church service will be held at Trinity Episcopal and will be the feature of the local observance of Thanksgiving. Several ministers will participate in the public service. The offertory will be divided between the Red Cross and Welfare Association.
50 YEARS AGO — 1962
Beginning Saturday night, Nov. 24, and continuing every Monday night and every Saturday night through Dec. 22, stores that are members of the Retail Merchants Association of the Danville Chamber of Commerce will remain open until 8 p.m. The participating merchants also have agreed to keep their stores open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. every day in the pre-Christmas week from Monday, Dec. 17, through Saturday, Dec. 22. On Christmas Eve day, the stores will close at 6 p.m.
An allocation of spaces for a 44-week clerk-stenographer course has been received by the State Employment office in Danville. Those eligible to apply are women between the ages of 19 and 22, and unemployed female heads of families who have had at least three years of gainful employment.
Mrs. R.P. Coldiron has reported a bicycle owned by her ill 6-year-old granddaughter was stolen off her front porch. Mrs. Coldiron said the little girl has become extremely upset over the loss of her bike. The wheel is marked on the front with the words "Huffy" and "Impala," and since it was recently repaired by her grandfather with a new pedal and new tire, the pedals and tires don't match, making it easier to identify.
25 YEARS AGO — 1987
The Casey County War Memorial Hospital board of trustees has voted to keep the facility open for six months after discussing problems with finances and with maintaining an adequate nursing staff. A board member said the hospital will remain open as long as the hospital can meet the payroll. In an effort to solve the immediate financial problems, the Casey County Fiscal Court agreed earlier to loan the hospital money to help make payments to vendors.
The first year Tom Duffy came to Danville, the Admirals won eight games and were ranked fourth in the Class AAA. Duffy has continued to build on this momentum and now has the Admirals in position to win their second state championship in the last four years. For that reason, Duffy again has been named The Advocate-Messenger Coach of the Year in voting by area football coaches. The Danville mentor won the same honor in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1984. In 1984, Duffy also was named the State Coach of the Year when he guided the Admirals to a perfect 13-0 mark and Class AAA championship.
The superintendents of the three school systems in Mercer County are meeting to discuss the further study of merging the school systems. Harrodsburg's superintendent is arranging the meeting with Mercer's and Burgin's superintendents.