Look Back: March 19, 2010

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1955: Purnell Meat Packing plans to erect plant east of Simpsonville

By Sharon Warner



Information was gathered from previous years of The Shelby Sentinel, The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News. You can reach the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com.

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10 years ago, 2000

Close to 50 volunteers met in the Shelby County High School cafeteria for the Relay for Life kickoff. A goal was set for $50,000 for the Shelby County event....If everything goes as well with the New Holiday Inn Express off Mount Eden road as the ribbon cutting ceremony the hotel should be a smashing success....Alicia Marie Tinsley was awarded a $24,744 scholarship to the University of Louisville, where she would attend in the fall....After an emotional, intense victory in the regional semifinals against Oldham County, the Shelby County Lady Rockets returned to action and didn't suffer a letdown. Coach Jim Wright's squad won regional championship, 72-51, over Scott County....Births: Trenton Wayne Taylor, Gary James Pearson....I'm one: Tyler Scott Thomas McAllister, Tara Victoria Lin Adams, Abigayle McKensie Queen....Deaths: Audra Mills Calvert, 99; Margaret Elizabeth Black Burrus, 81; Alexander Louis Lotz, infant son of Tom and Anne Lotz; Nellie Pauline "Jackie" Thomason Gordon, 75; Rev. H. Sheppard Musson, 84; James Roland Thompson Jr., 73; Eunice Marie Payne Reed, 73; Margaret Lamb Stucker, 86; William L. Sames, 76; Reaka Franson Daniel, 83; Glenna Russell Pidgeon, 81.


15 years ago, 1995

Living Waters Christian School won its first-ever Kentucky Christian Athletic Association Boys State Tournament by mere tenths of a second, 79-77, over Owensboro Majesty. Ben Hardin was named Most Valuable Player of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association Boys State Tournament and also KCAA's Mr. Basketball....The team's coach, Bob O'Nan, resigned, citing time constraints.... Living Waters' varsity cheerleaders won the KCAA championships for the second consecutive year; the JV squad swept the championships also....A new West Middle School was at the top of the list for new school facilities. A planned was approved to expand East Middle and move Northside students into the old West Middle building.... Rebecca Ann Jackson was honored by the Isaac Shelby Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution for her winning American history essay. Sam Beckley received the DAR community service award....Bagdad Roller Mills honors retirees for 50 years of combined service. Mary and Bill Johnson for 22 years, and Jack and Stella Lewis for 29  years....Birth: William Joseph Kelley.... I'm one: Jessica Lauren Tipton....Serving our country: Marine Lance Cpl. Jon B. Hammons received the Navy Good Conduct Medal....Deaths: Margaret "Maggie" Stewart, 89; John Arthur Bolin, 65; Martha Lucille Lisby Cotton, 67; Anna Phillips Tingle, 72; Martha Ann West Boyd, 85; Geraldine Scobee Radcliff, 81; Pamela Sue Lisby Young, 46; Donald E. "Tom" Middleton, 68; Lawrence L.D. Hughes Jr., 71; Alice Judy Ingels Dowden, 99; Edith Loraine Porter, 82; Lucille Peed Henry, 97; Lillian Stamper Lowry, 77; Edith Kesler Carwile, 85; Ethel Hedges Kaze, 87; Betty Ann Nutter Brewer, 57; Dorothy Gaines Hartford; Alice Richardson.


25 years ago, 1985

Governor's Square was the focal point for cruising in Shelbyville because "there's nothing else to do," according to young people who were interviewed....Two requests for exceptions to Shelbyville's 90-day moratorium on downtown construction were turned down by the city council. The council voted to reject a request to install a front door in a building on Main Street and a request to allow construction of a two-unit apartment building on Clay Street....A Shelby County school bus was involved in an accident that resulted in a dump truck overturning at the intersection of KY 395 and Benson Road near Bagdad. No one was injured....Kentucky Post 12 assigned two new troopers to the Shelby-Spencer County area - Trooper Terri M. Rock and Trooper Danny Reed....Libby Claypool agreed to chair the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital bike-a-thon in Simpsonville.... Mitch McClain and Randy Mann joined Jacobi Sales as new salesmen.... Washing Warehouse Outlets, a Louisville-based retailer of low-cost brand name dry goods and sporting goods, announced plans to locate one of its stores in Shelbyville....Country Charm Crafts, located in the log cabin on the same lot as Chatham Station, opened for business....Goodyear celebrated its 70th birthday.... Holder and Holder Mortuary was scheduled to open according to one of its co-owners, the Rev. Ronald Holder of Clay Street Baptist Church....C.P. Nash Jr. passed the real estate exam and officially became a real estate salesman for W.A. Smith Realty....Images Full Service Salon purchased a new Sun Tana system tanning bed. They had purchased the first tanning bed last July....Carla Aldridge was nominated by Shelby Christian Church's sponsor, Jeffery E. Hugus, to represent her church and Shelby County High School in the Society of Distinguished American High School Students....Births: Hanna Elizabeth Gash, Ruby Marie Lewis, Joshua Matthew Tucker....Deaths: Gladys Frain Connor, 66; Lillie Spaulding Hammond; Rosa Parks Hornbeck, 57; Phoebe Pearl Muncy, 80.


40 years ago, 1970

Michael T. Orem was initiated into the fraternity of Pershing Rifles of Company R-1 at Eastern Kentucky University....Mitchell H. Payne was initiated into the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi social fraternity at Western Kentucky University....The Shelby County Rockets held on to beat Eminence, 65-62, at Henry County High to give them the Eighth Regional Tournament championship....Serving our country: Navy Seamen Jerry A. Aldridge and Navy Seaman Jerry A. Aldridge were serving aboard the destroyer USS Robert L. Wilson with the Sixth fleet in the Mediterranean....Deaths: Alvin B. Weaver, 83; M. Casey, 87; Rev. Sherley Woods, 63; James Anthony Watson, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Riley Watson Jr.


55 years ago, 1955

E.A. Howser, Ray Weller and Ralph Flood purchased at auction the Edgar Thompson farm of 40 acres, located on Seven Mile Pike, for $20,000....A new electrical appliance store, managed by "Doc" Perry opened at 539 Clay Street, directly back of Baker and Kaspar....Coach Evan Settle guided the Red Devils through three tough games in the region tournament and earned the right to play in the State Tournament. This was the fourth trip to the "Big Tournament" for the Shelbyville team....Deanie Payne, president of the FHA, was named the Homemaker of Tomorrow in Shelbyville High School.... Dr. R.J. Trimble, formerly of Shelbyville, returned and opened an office at 609 Main Street....The F.B. Purnell Meat Packing Co. of Louisville announced plans to erect a 6,000-square-foot plant on a 16-acre tract east of Simpsonville's city limits....Births: Debby Margaret Gibbs, Ralph Alan Poole....Serving our country: Corporals Paul A. Wilson and Ted Igleheart met on the street in Tokyo. Both were on R&R leave in Japan. Wilson had been on Okinawa since January 1954 and Igleheart was stationed in Seoul, Korea....Earl E. Brown Jr., engineman third class, USN, was awarded a Good Conduct Medal while serving with Boat Unit One, Naval Beach Group One in the Far East....Deaths: Hettie Gordon Elder, 67; Mattie Lee Abrams, 64; Cleeda Nichol Rayburn, 31; Robert Preston Thurman, 79; Linda Margaret Habermann, 63; Elaine Coleman, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman L. Coleman; Mary Little Hobbs Keck, 89; Julia Booker Clendenin, 71; Rev. Harry L. Bell, 64; G. Barret Moxley.


60 years ago, 1950

The protracted spirit of lawlessness that has been rampant in Shelbyville and Shelby County for two months, practically without interruption aroused the ire of many representative citizens who insisted that immediate measures be used to stop it. Several volunteered their services to assist the law officers in curtailing the criminal epidemic....The two-story frame residence occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Marion Stucker on U.S. 60, about 4 miles east of Simpsonville, was destroyed by fire....Three rape cases had occurred in Shelbyville within four months - a record breaker. Women and children were afraid to walk the streets after dark and all houses were securely locked....The residence of Clarence Ritter, located a mile east of Shelbyville on U.S. 60, was entered by thieves and three pistols and rifles were taken....J. Hayden Igleheart was elected president of the Rotary Club. Dr. C.E. Palmer was named vice president; Coleman Wright, secretary-treasurer; Edwin Hall, assistant secretary/treasurer and Mark Scearce, sergeant-at-arms....The supervisors of the Shelby County Soil Conservation District - Max Rouse, J.L. Coots, H.C. Rankin, Edward Lee Terhune and Dudley Scearce - were on a program over WHAS to tell about the activities of the District....Roy Taylor Hutchinson of the Finchville 4-H Club topped the 4-H Club tobacco project group in Shelby County for the 1949 crop. He had six-tenths of an acre of BB 14, which weighed 1,180 pounds and averaged $51.73 per cwt. for an income of $1,017 per acre....In the first year of consolidations, Shelby County schools did well in basketball. Simpsonville went to the finals of the regional, and Bagdad won in the first round....Another Missionary Message was brought to the Buffalo Lick Baptist Church when Amelio Giannetta, born in the southern part of Italy, spoke to the congregation....Ethel Lou Bumpus and Frances Wilma Burkey died after a car driven by a Illinois man collided with the rear of a gasoline transport trailer, then crashed into a concrete wing wall on a culvert and overturned. The accident occurred one mile east of Shelbyville in front of the C.R. Ritter place and both vehicles were going west....Other deaths: Omar Butler, 80; Robert W. Norton, 68; Dora Deen Rucker, 56; Ed M. Harnsberger, 87; Mrs. H.H. Ross, A.L. Cook; A.E. Riley, 92.


70 years ago, 1940

Tourists returning from Florida reported 18 inches of snow in Georgia and that fruit in Central Florida was killed by the freeze....Edith Boswell was elected senior representative to the May court, an honor awarded for scholastic standing....A farm 5 miles south of Shelbyville, near Logan's Station and owned by J.C. Bright Jr., was sold at auction for $16,684.50....Harold Smith, a Simpsonville basketball player, was chosen by a secret regional tournament committee as a member of the all-tournament team during a game at Carrollton....Deaths: Louisa Nancy Graybeal, 82; Myrtie Carolyn Hardesty, 53.


85 years ago, 1925

After a score of years in Shelbyville in the dry goods and ladies ready-to-wear business, J. Salinger sold his entire stock subject to invoice to Gus Loeb of Lexington....S.J., J.J. and Maurice Montgomery of Georgetown, purchased of R.E. Lechleiter, the Glacier Ice Company of Shelbyville....Nan Perkins and Russell Rogers bought from M. O'Sullivan, a residence on Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets for $3,000.


90 years ago, 1920

A tobacco barn in the warehouse addition, belonging to Mark A. Wakefield, was sold at auction to C.L. Walters and Harry Ware for $1,450....The two-story frame residence on the farm of James E. Agee, 4.5 miles north of Shelbyville, was destroyed by fire....John K. Todd was elected exalted ruler for the Shelbyville Lodge and Elks. Other officers elected were H.B. Kinsolving Jr., esteemed leading knight; James C. Ray, esteemed loyal knight; Louis Ruben, esteemed lecturing knight; and Will Knight Smith, Tyler...Deaths: Benjamin O. Ratcliff, 73; Fannie Baker Green; Clara B. McGeary; Belle Miles Wilson; Lizzie Harrod Varneman; Susan Stuart Johnston; May Etta Littrell Roberts.


95 years ago, 1915

Eulah McMurry was appointed assistant postmaster at Simpsonville....Mr. and Mrs. W. Bertram Wallace received congratulations upon the birth of twins - son and daughter....Kate Sharp Shannon, wife of John S. Shannon, died at her home on East Main Street.