100 years ago — 1912
Watch for ghosts, gobblins, old witches, black cats and college boys on Halloween. The night will be fittingly celebrated, according to vague rumors afloat. The police force always is increased in order to keep down rowdyism.
R.C. Gerlach, of Germantown near Junction City, is making a great success growing ginseng. A few days ago, he sold 400 pounds of the undried herb for $650. Last season, he sold 475 pounds for $736. These crops were harvested from less than an eighth of an acre of land. Mr. Gerlach planted his first bed 10 years ago. He is only 22 years old and has just completed the finest residence in Germantown, and made all the money from ginseng. He has the largest ginseng farm in Central Kentucky and is one of the few who have not dropped out of the business.
The quietude of an unusually calm Sunday was rudely broken shortly after 6 o’clock by three shots which were fired by John Clark at Ed Voris in front of the electric light building on Main Street. Despite the fact that the shooting took place at close range, none of the bullets took effect.
Another blot was cast upon the criminal history of Boyle County when Robert Gibson was killed yesterday. Mr. Gibson was quietly sleeping in his room when someone opened the window and crushed his head with a rolling pin. The assassin has not yet been apprehended. It is thought that the perpetrator is Sam Cobb, who has mysteriously disappeared.
75 years ago — 1937
The new Baugh & Garner Furniture Store will throw open its doors on Saturday, Oct. 30. There are three stories and a basement in the building. The first floor has the office and a showing of furniture that will open the eyes of those who will be attending opening day. You can go either up or down on a commodious elevator to the third floor or the basement, both of which are filled with handsome furniture. The second floor is devoted to eight ultra modern apartments. The building on Fourth Street will still carry the name of “Weisiger” in honor and respect for the builder, the late Malcolm Weisiger.
The following dairymen of Danville and Boyle County will increase their milk prices to 12 cents per quart and 6 cents per pint, effective Nov. 1. Wholesale prices will be 10 cents per quart and 5 cents per pint: Swiss Sanitary Milk Company; W.E. Scott; J.A. Prall Jr.; J.D. Erskine; G.H. Hatfield; W.C. Wilkerson; Parks Dairy; E.H. Edwards; Mrs. Hugh Robinson and W. Devine.
The purchase of the new $10,000 pumper and ladder truck by the City of Danville from the International Harvester Co., will more than repay residents of this community for cost of the equipment through a reduction in fire insurance rates. The truck will augment the present equipment and increase the efficiency of the local fire department.
50 years ago — 1962
A total of 18 miles of new 30-inch diameter pipeline will be constructed north and south of Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation’s compressor station near Danville. To the south of Danville, a loop line constructed during the summer of this year will be extended southward another 8.5 miles. Another loop also constructed north of Danville this summer, will be extended farther north 9.5 miles. All construction is expected to be done during next summer.
At Bate School, James Richard Jones and Rose Elizabeth Lewis were crowed Homecoming King and Queen. The Bate football team won its homecoming game against Mt. Sterling DuBois with a score of 38 to 19. The cheerleaders who helped cheer on their team were Betty McCowan, Anna Simpson, Ann Faulkner, Mary Napier, Anne Singleton, Delores Napier and Nancy Jones. Thomas Smith was the drum major.