Looking Back: April 22, 2011

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1956: Car leaves highway, crashed into home, lands at bed

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, 2001

Shelby County Chapter 170 of the Eastern Star celebrated its 90th birthday at the Masonic Hall; 50-year members were honored....Kim Sage-Sowder was the new principal at Heritage Elementary and as an educator she considers that her passion and her calling....Charles “Mark” Cunningham Jr., 19, took a big chance when he turned down two college scholarships. He was holding out for a chance to get into the U.S. Navel Academy in Annapolis, Md....Nathan Knopf, Shelby County High School outstanding swimmer, signed with Auburn University....Rhonda and Steve Bradley opened A E-Z Storage and Tan on Frankfort Road, with help from their daughter, Tia....When West Middle School sixth-grader Thomas Colbert was accepted to take part in People to People in Australia, his former Simpsonville Elementary teacher, Kathy Housley decided to join him....The Shelby County High School girls’ tennis team came back from spring break and returned to form, gaining a 4-1 win over Carroll County on a very windy day....Births: Charity Hope Coulter, Tait Thomas Cox, Charles Hunter Watson, Ja’kuri Shaunzae Thompson....I’m one: Katelynn Ann Cox....

Deaths: Lou Blandford Finnell, 93; Joe D. Gaines, 80; James G. Hawkins, 85; Earl Puckett, 80; Jessie “Chick” Hampton, 91; Anita J. Johnson, 59; Donald G. Marsee, 67; Caroline Emma Quinlan, infant daughter of Jody and Suzanne Quinlan; Sallie “Peggy” Moore Harp, 62; Ila Smith, 70; Raymond I. Curtsinger, 90.


15 years ago, 1996

Kristen Paige Barnett was named to the dean’s list at Milligan College for the fall semester 1995....David Frederick Redinger was named a James B. Angell School and received class honors at the University of Michigan’s annual Honors Convocation....Josh Buffolino signed his national letter of intent to run track and cross country for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons....Shelby County High School Rockets braved the rain to rack up five first-place finishes to win the third-place trophy (91 points). The Lady Rockets placed 5th in the Shelby County Invitational....Birth: Tiandra Le'Shay Taylor....I'm One: Cody Austin Edward Peyton....

Deaths: Richard J. Koerner, 76; Christine Marie Meriwether Manley, 73; Esther Lee Highfield, 92; Norman L. Hulker, 71; Sterling (Pete) Spurr Jr., 65; Irma Stewart Milton, 95; Elizabeth Maude Morgan Byers, 91.


25 years ago, 1986

The city passed a 1 percent occupational tax five to one....The Shelby County High School academic team members were heading to Governor's Cup competition....Lee Ann Payton was second runner-up in the Miss Carousel USA Beauty Pageant and Talent Show in Louisville....Else Matthews and Ann Hayes designed arrangements for the “Art in Bloom” festival sponsored by the Alliance of the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville....Jeannie Gaines was injured in a fall at a cheerleading clinic at Shelby County High School....Paul Grasberger, manager of Wal-Mart, was working with men to secure the Pepsi hot-air balloon on hand for a demonstration in the Midland Center parking lot, when a rope, attached to the balloon's basket, tangled around his leg and lifted him into the air. "There was this sudden burst of wind and I had the misfortune of being where that rope could get my ankle," he said....Jimmy Willard, a local Realtor and auctioneer, dressed as Uncle Sam to help the Shelbyville Board of Realtors kick off American Home Week....Births: Stephanie Mae Singleton...

Deaths: Edith Mae Thompson, 51; Katherine Tucker McAtee, 78; Francis Pritchett, 52.


40 years ago, 1971

The Shelbyville Business and Professional Women’s Club sponsored two representatives to Kentucky Girls State held on the campus of Morehead State University. Representing Shelbyville High was Linda Perry and alternate Jennifer; from Shelby County High School, Marilyn Kay Martin and alternative Sara Lynn Collins....Mrs. Bruce Daniel was elected vice president of the State Retired Teacher’s Association....

James B. Hays, 62, former president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau and prominent farmer died at the King’s Daughters Hospital after a long illness....Other deaths: Kenneth David Parsons, 20; Col. Leon L. Morton, 87; Herman Edward Rucker, 36; Carrie Jackson Robertson, 82


55 years ago, 1956

Lucien L. Kinsolving, prominent young attorney of Shelbyville, was appointed by U.S. Sen. Earle C. Clements as chairman for the 4th congressional district in the senator's campaign for the Democratic nomination for re-election....Attempting to open the basement door and failing, thieves took a claw hammer and shattered the front door glass to enter the Western Auto Store across from the post office, taking two .22-cal. Pistols – one a chrome barrel and the other blue steel – a loss of $60....Burley tobacco was supported at not less than $47.20 per hundred pounds, $1 higher than the support rate for the 1955 crop....Briggs Lawson was one of 25 members of the State Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation Services appointed by Gov. A.B. Chandler....Three children in the Ralph Ritter residence on U.S. 60 at Eastwood were knocked out of bed by a careening automobile. The early-morning visiting vehicle skidded across the lawn, climbed several steps, slammed into the front door and rammed through the living room and a wall before coming to rest against the bed. The car was going east on the Shelbyville Road about 60 miles an hour when tire blew out at the intersection at Beckley Station Road....Top winners at the 16th annual Daffodil Show of Shelby County Homemakers were Mrs. Sterling Foster and Mrs. Henry Long....Isaac Shelby chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, dedicated a marker to Joseph Thompson, soldier who settled in Shelby County on a land grant after the Revolutionary War....Carl Garner has started his duties as State Fair Horse Show manager, and is concentrating on plans to tie the exhibition in with the expanded program of the new Fairgrounds....A blond youth with a crew haircut, driving a car with Shelby County license held up Bobby Shouse, 18, attendant at Love’s Service Center and got away with $46 after locking Shouse in the washroom....The Shelby County Red Cross drive raised $6,132.88 of its $7,575 goal for the year....Patrolman Sam Morris, assigned to parking meters, resigned and was succeeded by William Robinson, who was serving as a fireman....

Serving our country: Lt. Col. William D. Wood was promoted to the temporary rank from major in the Air Force. After flying 19 missions over Germany his plane was shot down and he was a prisoner of war for several months....Army Pvt. James W. Finnie, 26, and Pvt. James P. Moffett Jr. is scheduled to leave the U.S. for Germany as part of Operation Gyroscope, the Army’s unit rotation plan....Army Pvt. William H. Reardon Jr., 26, took part in a 10th Infantry Division river attack exercise in Germany....Deaths: William Jones, 83; Joel Clubb, 49; Medora Dean Cogswell; Helen Louise Smith; Harry B. Lindenberger, 82; William G. List, 81; Sarah Bell Hammond Jamison; Cecil Erskine Railey; Cordelia Hieatt Herndon.


60 years ago, 1951

Thomas Maxedon was transferred from the management of the Trail and Mills Theatres at Morehead to take over the duties as manager of the Shelby and Burley Theatres in Shelbyville. He succeeded Eric Hammel who resigned to take over his business, L. Strauss store in Louisville....Thieves entered Clyde Hall Supply store by breaking through the skylight and took about $75 worth of fishing equipment....An award for "meritorious service in the interest of polio care, education and research" was given to Ralph Howerton of Shelbyville and Bruce Sweeney of Simpsonville, co-directors of the Shelby County 1951 March of Dimes....The body of a newborn infant was found near Graefenburg....Birth: Perry Scott Nation....

Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hay died of suffocation when fire destroyed their home on U.S. 60, a short distance west of Frankfort. Origin of the blaze was unknown....Other deaths: Alice Helm Mahuron, 87; Solomon Hopkins, 62; Allie H. Morgan, 80; Mrs. Elbert Lighter, 91; Lyle M. Hawkins, 54; Patterson J. Hower.


70 years ago, 1941
Mrs. Sam B. Wilson was one of the five hundred lucky winners of a $25 United States Government Savings Bond awraded in the sixth and final week’s $100,000 Super Suds Slogan contest sponsored by the Colgate Palmolive-Peet Company in New York City....Helen Wentworth was the winner in the Banking Contest tryout held at the Henry Clay High School and Louise Turner was the runner-up....Births: Patricia Lucille Johnston, Harold Paul Morris....Deaths: Florence Hieatt, 80; Margaret Buckman, 85; Matilda Katherine Rucker, 48; Rev. Joseph W. Hagin; Edward Joseph Schleigh, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Schleigh; Nellie Webb.


75 years ago, 1931
Mr. and Mrs. June Jamison of Finchville received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter at the local hospital....Mr. and Mrs. Pryor Hower announced the birth of a son, Tommie Rogers....Dr. and Mrs. Ben Hollis announced the birth of a daughter at St. Anthony’s Hospital....Mr. and Mrs. Avery Brace received congratulations upon the birth of a son at King’s Daughters Hospital.


85 years ago, 1926
Mrs. George Sacrey and Mrs. George Yager were delegates to the Ky. Conference Missionary Society in Winchester....Marvin Marksbury was awarded first honor in the oratorical contest on the Constitution of Shelbyville High School; Marshall Van Meter won second honor. Marksbury would represent the high school in district debate and the winner in State Contest in Louisville....John C. Reasor purchased the grocery business located at Tenth Street from C.M. McKenzie....Deaths: Martha Wade Duncan;


90 years ago, 1921
Downs and Moore sold at auction the 112 acre farm of Proctor Brown, two miles from Pleasureville to Ed Parker for $154 per acre....Deaths: Pack Bright, 66; Bertha Sewell Herrell, 19; Joseph H. Maddox, 92; Rev. Willim Stanley, 89.


95 years ago, 1916
Rev. W,R. Yokely of South Carolina was called to the pastorate of Burks Branch Baptist Church....Hon. George L. Pickett was appointed by Gov. Stanley as member of the State Tax Commission....Officers elected to the Women’s Club were Mrs. W.L. Franklin, president; Kathrine Goff, first vice president; Mrs. W.A. Fitch, second vice president; Louise VanDyle, secretary; and Elizabeth Hansbrough, treasurer.