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10 years ago, 1998
A fire at the Old Mill Shop on Seventh Street leveled what one family had spent more than 100 years building -- possibly an electric fire caused by "malfunctioning of wiring..." Wendy Rutledge and Inez Harris, working side-by-side in City hall for several years, were named joint employees of the year... Births: Brandon Alexander Hobbs, Jacob Alexander Barker, Caitlin Lee Armstrong, Matthew Ryan Collins, Aaron Griffin Coomes, Katherine Grace Crawford, Tiffany Ann Grasch, Cody Wyne Allen O'Daniel, Ruth Josephine White, Thomas Adoniram Ransdell, Morgan Brittany Rossetti, Helen Nicole Vogel, Jared Michael Whelan, Caitlin Lee Armstrong, Abigail Louise Betts, Connor James McMullan, Brianna Marie Beckham, Robert Thomas Harris... I'm one: Bryana Louise Lewis, Tanner Gene Bell, Teresa Lynn Milliner...
Deaths: Angela Kaye Wilson Aldridge, 34; Bernice Bentley, 78; Willie Mae "Bill" Todd Brandford, 72; Robert D. "Doug" Edwards Sr., 75; William Luke Jewell, infant son of Gary Brent and Beth Sherrill Jewell; Marion Gaddie, 60; Paul Husband, 79; Albert LaFollette, 76; Ruth Harkness Walters, 76; Kenneth Edwin Brock, 72; Arcie Mae Stigers, 72; Ida Raymer Morton, 100; Dorothy Wallace Moss, 90; Vaden B. Tingle, 73; Curtis Tuttle Sr., 63; Brenda Saye Quire Travis, 50; Leilani Weiss Reynolds, 52; Harmon Shuck, 76; Lucy Ford, 102.
15 years ago, 1993
Cam Cooley, 1984 graduate of Shelby County High School and a culinary and pastry arts student at Sullivan College in Louisville, displayed his pastry work at the Cincinnati Culinary Salon, where he won three awards, including a gold medal and a "Special Judges Award" for a butter sculpture called "the Creation..." This October marked the 20th year of the Shelbyville Porkfest... Pam Wessel, outreach coordinator for the Center of Women and Families, won the Woman of Achievement award given by the Shelbyville Business and Professional Women's Club... Janie Roberts was crowned the 1993 Shelby County High School football homecoming queen... Births: Henrik Lawrence Oetinger, Casey Jo Wade...
Deaths: Lawrence Hayes Spence, 74; James P. Wooten Jr., 86; Othna Ann Murphy Hammond, 98; Mary Gladys Sutherland Collett, 78; Ronnie L. Cox, 46; Duncan R. "Ricky" Owens, 40; Elizabeth Wheeler Wills, 87; Louis S. Myers, 80; Mary Gladys Sutherland Collett, 78.
25 years ago, 1983
Shelbyville was chosen for filming of a PBS movie reenacting an 1895 Cincinnati barbershop for a national Public Broadcasting System movie to be released next year. A barber scene would be recreated at Crane's Barber Shop on Main Street... Shelby County girls turned in their best cross-country performance of the season when they defeated Bullitt Central, Western Hills and Nelson County in a four-team meet at Clear Creek Park. The team members were Sarah Bland, Tanya Evans, Carla Aldridge, Rachel White and Lori Bohannon... Shelby County's cross-country team defeated Nelson County, Bullitt Central and Western Hills to raise its non-invitational meet record to 10-2. Scoring were Bobby Aldridge, second for Shelby County clocking 17:46. In third was Chris Jennings coming in eight seconds behind Aldridge, Todd Heady was fifth at 18:13; Scott Dunn, seventh, at 18:13, and Sophomore Lee Wolpert finished eighth at 18:59... Carolyn Thompson was crowned queen during halftime of the Shelby County homecoming game... Vicky Sanford was a member of the Kentucky 4-H dairy judging team who were honor with fourth at the national 4-H dairy judging contest... Little Miss Wal-Mart winners were Casey Tindle, Little Miss; Jennifer Dutton, first runner-up and Jamie Loving, second runner-up...
Deaths: Forrest Casey, 72; Miss Catherine Wise, 74; Kenneth Lee Glass Sr., 34; Betty Rucker Franklin, 80; Robert C. Maloney; Mrs. Esther Mae Davis, 76; Harvey Cleveland Brewer Sr., 62; Bessie Wright, 93.
40 years ago, 1968
Miss George Ann Carpenter was presented the Business Women's Club Annual woman of the Year award... The city of Shelbyville received a $33,000 fire truck, and it was placed in service along with the 1947 American France and the 1952 Ford trucks... Miss Nancy Shannon was crowned Homecoming Queen at the Shelbyville Red Devils field during half-time... Karen Duvall of Finchville was a member of the 4-H dairy judging team awarded first place honors in the Ayrshire breed during the North American Show activities in Columbus, Ohio... Births: Brian Pigg, Beron Brady and Dereck Preston Brady...
Serving our country: Army Private First Class Maurice A. Waits, 20, was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division near Lai Khe, Vietnam, as an infantryman... Technical Sergeant Kenneth P. Conn graduated from a U.S. Air Force technical school in Mississippi. The 1953 graduate of Shelbyville High School served during the Korean War...
Deaths: Edward S. Kingsolver Jr., 38; Mrs. Anna Beatrice Gilpin Hughes, 57; Mrs. Lulie Hedges Gee, 81; Mrs. Martha Wheeler Denton, 46; Mrs. Nettie Dihlinger Black, 89; Willis J. Brown, 70; Leslie N. Hall, 69.
50 years ago, 1958
Mrs. Frances P. Scofield, secretary of the Boy John Rebekah Lodge No. 30 of Shelbyville, received the Decoration of Chivalry, the highest honor the Department Council of Kentucky, Patriarchs Council of Kentucky, Patriarchs Militant Odd Fellows, can bestow upon a Rebekah... Miss Katherine Casey, student at Memphis State University, was named to the staff of the Tiger Rag, the campus newspaper... Births: James Thomas Phillips, Cynthia Lee Briscoe, Mark Bass Vaughan...
Marine Pfc. Bobby R. Aldridge was participating in a major field firing exercise with the First Marine Brigade based at the Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, T.H. More than 2,800 Marines were taking part in the exercise in the Island of Oahu, largest island of the Hawaiian group...
Deaths: Mary Louise Johnston, 9-week-old daughter of Arlie and Stella Mae Gaines Johnston; Alfred S. Wathen, 70; Lee Ellison, 60; Jess K. Wise, 60; Wills Jacoby, 67; John Shelby Spaulding, 64; Charlie A. Noel, 75; Mrs. Lillie Ma Hedges, 60.
60 years ago, 1948
Major Bernard Whitehouse, formerly of Shelbyville, arrived in Japan and was assigned as a pilot of the C-54 Skymaster of the 317th Troop Carrier Group located at Tachikawa A.F.B. near Tokyo... Harry L. Hastings, 77, native of Shelbyville, died at his home in Louisville... William Kesler, 88, died at the home of Dave Cox of Bagdad... Mrs. Sallie Busey Johnson, 74, wife of Walter D. Johnson, died at her home near Hempridge.
80 years ago, 1928
The home of S.M. Long Sr. was entered by unknown parties and a diamond ring, gold necklace and pearl necklace belong to Mrs. Long, valued at about $2,000 and a pocketbook containing $6 in cash were stolen... Lester T. Milton was awarded a $200 scholarship in the College of Agriculture at University of Kentucky by the Gray Von Allmen Company of Louisville... Dr. J.A. Neblett was knocked down and rendered unconscious by an automobile at 8th and Main Street in Shelbyville... Mrs. Charles L. Cook sold his 4-year-old gelding, "Red Moon," to an Eastern party for $1,500... John L. Donaldson, retired farmer, died at his home on Bland Ave... Joseph McLelland Hardesty, retired merchant, 63, died suddenly at his home of heart trouble.
85 years ago, 1923
The Shelbyville Senior Class began the publication of a newspaper under the direction of Roy Watts, editor-in-chief; Horace Hays, assistant editor; Effie Howser, literary editor; Sam Hinkle, sports editor; Thomas Catlett, art editor; and Catherine Finnell, business manager... Deaths: Mrs. Carrie Meeks, Mrs. Mary Bryant Van Cleave, Mrs. Bettie McGaughey, Mrs. Johnson Taylor, Thornton Johnson Sr., Dr. H.B. Innes, Capt. Daniel Webster Owens, William B. Offutt, Hollie Verna Hundley, Richard Stucker, Mrs. Lydia Crosby Payne, James Newton Claxton, Mrs. George W. Morris.
90 years ago, 1918
Dr. F.L. Lapsley sold the 232 acre farm on the State pike, five miles west of Shelbyville, which he purchased from John A. Rodman to E.P. Ransdell of Sanders for $55,000... W.E. and G.W. Thomason's farm of 246 acres, known as the Knox place, was sold by S.K. Riner and Co., to J. Chester Turner at $145 per acre... The quota of the Fourth Liberty Loan Bonds to be held by Shelby County in the campaign just closed was $514,000... Mrs. Ora Davis Sanders, 89, died at Kings Daughters Hospital... The body of James H. Trimble, who died at the Lake Training Camp, was brought here for burial... Theodore (Top) Lewis, well-known farmer, 71, died at his home north of Simpsonville.