100 YEARS AGO — 1912
The large mercantile establishment of W.C. Surber in Junction City was broken into and robbed. Several pairs of shoes, a lot of flour, and other articles were taken. The burglars gained entry by breaking out one of the large glass doors. Several days ago, one of the doors was broken accidentally and had planks up until the arrival of more glass.
Mr. Surber said it looks like the burglars ought to have knocked the planks off and saved the other glass door. He has posted a sign on the front of his building, “Burglars and Thieves, take notice. Do not break the glass doors; if you can’t get the plank off, call at my residence on Shelby Street and get the key.”
There appeared in the Louisville Times a picture of the wonderful entrance of the cave located in the heart of Perryville. The article said the entrance of the beautiful cave and spring extends under Main Street and the spring empties into Chaplin River. The other route extends for half a mile toward the south. This spring was included in the walled fort that the first settlers built in 1782 as a protection from the incursions of the Indians. The cave’s entrance covers nearly a quarter of an acre, and is now owned by W.H. Parks, whose residence is a few feet away. This cave is greatly admired by visitors in the winter and spring.
Danville Police Chief W. Logan Wood raided a crap game Sunday morning in the vacant room above Jones’ Grocery on the corner of Main and Second streets. Seven gentlemen surrounded a table eagerly watching the dice spin over the board when they were interrupted by the chief. They all were fined $20, but because they didn’t have the cash, the men were sent to the workhouse, where they will help make big rocks into small ones for the next three weeks. Other fines given from this event include $100 to the man who was running the game; $10 to a man for being drunk and disorderly; $5 fine to a man for being disorderly on the Sabbath; and a man was fined $50 for giving liquor to a girl.
75 YEARS AGO — 1937
The Bate Bulldogs, runners up at the Negro State Tournament, have left for Tuskeegee, Ala., where they will seek greater basketball laurels. Tuskeegee is the largest of Negro schools and was founded by Booker T. Washington.
The Bate boys will profit greatly by being the guest of such an outstanding Negro institution. Accompanying Coach Goodwin on the trip were Capt. M. Sleet, J. Coates, H. Andrews, M. Spears, T. Sleet, G. McKitric and R. Doram.
Jesse Stuart will address a convocation at Centre College on the subject of his poetry and interest in the Kentucky hills and mountain folk-lore. The public is invited to attend Mr. Stuart’s lecture and admission will be 40 cents.
Born in 1907, near Riverton, Ky., Stuart says, “My father’s people were feudists, killers, drinkers, country preachers, Republicans and fine soldiers. My mother’s people, the Hiltons, were country school teachers, moonshiners, rebels and Democrats.”
The purchase of The Park, a well-known soda fountain and confectionery on West Main Street, by Joe Stone, has been announced. Mr. Stone has worked at The Park for 18 years, under six managements. The Park is one of the most popular places in the city for Danville’s younger set.
Steel fencing for the two and a half acre tract on Stanford Avenue, the site of the Goodall Company’s branch factory, has arrived and is being erected. Building on the structure is to begin soon. The structure will be 82 by 200 feet, with a wing, two stories and have a full basement.