100 years ago — 1911
Several months ago, workmen drilling a well on Col. George F. Anderson’s farm found an old coin about 20 feet down. Mr. Anderson sent the unusual coin to the National Museum of Washington City in hopes of having it identified. On Saturday, he received the coin with an explanation that the coin was made 200 years before Christ during the reign of King Ptolemy. The coin is more than 2,100 years old and the mystery is how it reached a point 20 feet beneath the earth. The indications are that this country was visited by people from the old country long before the days of Christopher Columbus. Mr. Anderson was told that the coin is worth $1,000.
Lincoln County may soon go through the throes of a local option election if certain plans mature soon. A meeting of number of men who favor the opening of saloons was held a few days ago, but no definite action was taken toward the drafting of a petition for an election. As soon as those who are leaders of the “dry” forces learned of the “wet” meeting, they also held a little meeting of their own and decided that steps would be taken to keep Lincoln County dry. It has been just three years since Lincoln voted out saloons and under the law, this length of time is necessary before another election can be held on whether or not to re-admit them.
The news of the mad dog that attacked Perryville last week has been written about in the Louisville Courier Journal. The city newspaper said that about 700 dogs in that town will have to be destroyed, which will leave Perryville a dogless town, which they ought to be. When 700 cowardly town curs permit themselves to be thrashed into ribbons by one wild-eyed country dog, it is high time to obliterate the whole posse comitatus and set about securing a new breed.
75 years ago — 1936
Mrs. Josephine Fleming Linney was replaced today as bookkeeper and clerk in the Danville water office at city hall after several years of competent and efficient service. She was penalized and replaced through the vagaries and vicissitudes of politics and loyalty. Mrs. Pope Underwood, the daughter of councilman Tom Eason was hired in her place. The employment of Mrs. Underwood, is seems, was brought about as a means of appeasement for Mr. Eason, who submitted his resignation when other members of the waterworks committee balked at hiring his daughter (Mrs. Underwood.) His resignation was not accepted.
The discontinuance of the general public mailing letters at The Gilcher Hotel’s letter box and front desk has been requested by the local postmaster. These are for the hotel guests only. The public’s use of the hotel’s mail slot has caused an unwarranted burden upon the management.
Special used car offers in February by Woods Cars include: 1934 Chevrolet Town Sedan, $450; 1934 Tudor Sedan that looks new with only 15,000 miles, $425; 1932 Chevrolet Coach, $250; 1932 Chevrolet Special Sedan with a trunk, six wheels and upholstery, $340; and a 1931 Chevrolet Special Sedan with fender welts and good paint, $285.
50 years ago — 1961
The Danville Public Health Department has announced that the X-ray Mobile will be at Genesco today and at Junction City tomorrow. Other locations are Palm Beach, Corning Glass and Perryville, later this week. All food handlers and teachers are required to have plates made.
The Danville Branch of American Association of University Women heard a presentation about the status of women internationally. Mrs. Blanche Hodgkins, assistant professor of French at Centre College said the women in France are most interested in their home, husband and children. She also stated that there is no discrimination against women in the work place, and that they have been allowed to vote since the end of World War II. Mrs. Hilmar Thorup, said the Danish women also were centered in keeping a nice home in order. Danish women have been allowed to vote for many years and in 1953 the constitution of Denmark was revised so that womenare allowed to rule. Suzan Samii, a Centre student from Tehran, Iran, spoke about the condition of women in her home country. She said that since 1930 women have been forbidden to wear veils, that the girls attend separate elementary and high schools, but do attend college with young men. Women are not allowed to vote in Iran, but can work in offices, but mostly they are homemakers.
25 years ago — 1986
Mayor John Bowling will make good on a campaign promise when he holds the first Citizen’s Forum in City Hall. Bowling plans for the monthly forum to be a one-on-one event where citizens can ask for help, make comments, give compliments or complain. Bowling said he will try to answer most comments and take notes and then channel the requests to the appropriate people, either the commission or the city manager or engineer, he said.
Beginning with the May primary, Boyle County voters will be using computerized voting machines. The machines will be another “first” for Boyle County with the primary being the first time computerized machines will be used in every precinct in a county during an election in Kentucky.
Tony Gilliam, a Garrard County resident, was rewarded by the C&H Rauch jewelry company for reporting his finding of more than $12,000 worth of jewelry last month. Gilliam, an unemployed carpet layer, said when he went to Sugar Creek to wash his truck, he saw it was frozen. He was milling around the creek bank when the jewelry caught his eye. He then took the jewelry home and immediately called the sheriff’s department. Authorities said the jewelry somehow got misplaced between the C&H Rauch office in Lexington and the company’s Manchester store, but how it ended up in the Three Forks of Sugar Creek area is still a mystery. The company is conducting its own investigation. The shipment had not been reported missing by the company when it was recovered.