100 YEARS AGO — 1912
The Messres. Lowell, who have earned the well-deserved reputation of making their Gilcher Hotel one of the best hostelries in the country, and who want to continue improving its service, have determined to adopt on Feb. 1 the European plan. Under the new regime, rooms will be 75 cents and $1. Breakfast and supper will be served a la carte at popular prices, and the regular 12 o’clock dinner for 50 cents.
This European plan will be given a 30-day trial, and it is believed will result in more satisfactory service, and in giving Danville a much more up-to-date hotel.
Lincoln County went onto the list of pauper counties of Kentucky last year, with its expenditures exceeding the revenues by $772.21. This is a reversal from 1910, when Lincoln County paid $708.14 into the treasury. Out of the 119 counties in Kentucky, there are only 34 that are self-supporting. Casey County is also a pauper county by $16,000. Boyle County had a surplus of $15,000, Garrard County had a surplus of $9,000 and Mercer had a surplus of $13,000.
Notwithstanding the fact there are so many pauper counties, a reckless member of the legislature has introduced a bill to create another county.
Hon. Francis Breckinridge Douglas, Boyle County’s representative in the lower house in Frankfort, has introduced a bill for appropriating $125,000 for the establishment of a tuberculosis hospital. When the ravages of the great white plague, as demonstrated by statistics in the past in Kentucky is taken into consideration, surely everybody will agree it is high time something should be done toward ameliorating conditions and helping to preserve human life from the decimating touch of this dread disease.
75 YEARS AGO — 1936
January Boyle Circuit Court closed and 11 persons who were convicted were brought before Judge Kindrick Alcorn for formal sentencing. The last case was the one involving Bee Alcorn, who was charged with stabbing Robert Frye in the heart last Saturday night at the train depot. She plead not guilty to willful murder, but plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. A jury gave her a recommended sentence of 12 years.
Flooding is occurring around Kentucky, and Danville and Boyle County has a watershed of about 420 square miles. Lake Herrington is the drainage point for this section and the water has maintained a depth of about 250 at the dam. Today, five gates at the spillway were open and the level was being kept at a desired depth. Since Jan. 1 the total amount of rainfall in this area is 12.45 inches.
State highway department trucks are busy transporting boats from Herrington to Frankfort where the flood is threatening a number of lowland residents.
Both roads leading from Danville to Louisville including the Bardstown route and the Shelbyville detour are impassable, as well as the road to Nashville.
Radios and newspapers joined last night in denying wild rumors that Dix Dam was giving away.
The G.F. Vaughan Redrying plant in Danville is now running full blast with about 400 employees, 300 of whom are women. It is said the plant may run until late in the spring, as it is so far behind in the redrying and stripping process.
50 YEARS AGO — 1962
A sock-hop will be held at the National Guard Armory beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday night following the Danville High School basketball game as the next special event in the 1962 New March of Dimes campaign. A feature of the dance will be the appearance of Nick Clooney of station WLAP Radio-TV in Lexington.
Centre College women students are leaving the Centre Women’s Division on East Lexington Avenue and are moving into one of the two residences just completed on the new women’s campus being developed across West Main Street from the main Centre campus. Founded as Henderson Female Institute in 1854, the Centre Women’s Division is being permanently abandoned this week so demolition can begin soon and a new Danville High School will be constructed on the site.
Russell Cotton of Perryville Road was cited and presented a handsome trophy as the winner of the National DeKalb Corn Growing contest in 1961. Russell’s yield of 206.78 bushels per acre was the largest ever grown in the Boyle County DeKalb five-acre corn contest.
Russell Cotton is rated one of Boyle’s outstanding young farmers and operates three farms owned by Virgil Kinnaird Jr., has a dairy herd of about 70 Holstein cows and a modern dairy set-up, raises 12 acres of tobacco, 75 acres of corn and silage, and 200 acres of hay and small grain. He also feeds out about 50 head of beef steers each year.
25 YEARS AGO —1987
Construction of a new headquarters building in Burgin for Warnke Ministries Inc. is scheduled to begin in March, launching what the organization hopes will eventually become an educational center for young adults. A spokesperson for the ministries said the new administration building is only the first phase of a “tremendous undertaking” that potentially will include dormitories, classrooms and recreational facilities.
A plan to develop an exclusive compound of high-priced homes primarily for people in the thoroughbred horse industry — the first subdivision of its type in this area — has been unveiled. H.T. Stiff, owner of Blythwood Farm at the intersection of Bluegrass Pike and Gentry Lane, said his plan calls for the construction of 28 to 40 homes in the $200,000 to $500,000 price range on an 80-acre wedge of his 411-acre farm.
During a public hearing on his request to rezone the tract from agriculture A-1 to single-family residential R-1, several property owners in the area turned out to voice concern about the plan. They contended that the road leading to the site would be too narrow to handle the additional traffic and that it would be wrong to put a subdivision in the middle of prime and still producing farmland.
Allison Abrasives company is considering locating a factory in Lancaster if an agreement can be reached to purchase the former York Casket Co. plant. The factory on Industry Road has been vacant since May 1984, when the casket factory closed.