Looking Back: April 27, 2012

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1952: Woman brutally beaten with hatchet

By Sharon Warner

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



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10 years ago, 2002

Rebounding from a knee injury, Rocket Taneisha Johnson signed to play basketball for Morehead State next season. In the photo with her were (standing from left) coaches Dana Smith, Kelly Cable and Jim Wright. She would also represent Shelby County in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star games in Owensboro and Indianapolis this summer....Cornerstone Christian Academy Principal Derek Coleman resigned his position, the same night board chair Debra Aldridge announced her resignation....Kim Rice, West Middle School’s new principal, was the first African-American to hold that title in the Shelby County school district....Maria Horn, 11, and John Paul Horn, 8, received awards at the annual statewide convention of the Kentucky Junior Historical Society in Frankfort....Brian Silverhorn signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball for Georgetown College....After 20 years at the corner of U.S. 60 and Old Finchville Road in Shelbyville, the Huber Tire Store relocated to 550 Old Mount Eden Road....Brittany Refro was the first-place girls winner in the Shelby County Optimist Club’s oratorical contest with the topic “If I could change the world.” The first-place boys’ winner was Grant Allard....Kenneth Soto, 10, and Benjamin Soto, 8, two Cub Scouts from Shelby County, placed in the top four finishers at the Scout-O-Rama Pinewood Derby races at Churchhill Downs....Samantha Newton (center) signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky as her parents, Samuel and Lena, looked on....Births: Madeline Elizabeth McCubbins, Blake Alexander Bruner, Jesse David James Mitchell, Jacob Ryan Rogers, Benjamin Thomas Miles, Jayna Grace Kelchi Jackson, Brianna Destiny Nicole Shuck, Aislynn Rae Loving and Eric Lee Ritchey....I’m one: Alexis Shae Hornung, Amya Elise Jones, Madison Abigail and Sydney Lauren Ellis....Rev. Thomas A. Page, 55, was killed while jogging with the Shelby County Road Runners. The former minister at Eminence Christian Church was trying to cross KY 55 in front of The Budd Company. He lived and worked in Vincennes, Ind., and had been visiting with friends in Simpsonville....Other deaths: Wesley Thomas “Tom” Morgan, 75; Woodson B. Duvall Jr., 79; Thomas W. Keeling, 66; Johnny “Chief” Lewis, 81; Anita Mobley Kemper, 77; Nora Frances May, 87; James A. Owen, 81; Ernestine Rodgers Ruble, 84; James Bryan Snider, 42; Pauline Beach Thomas, 86; Norman B. Yeager, 69; Margaret E. Crawford Anderson, 87; Mary Charleston Hughes Hunter, 66; Charles D. Peak, 79; Laurence Douglas Wells, 78.

15 years ago, 1997
Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Dunn
, a mathematics teacher at Shelby County Middle School and the 1996 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, was among six Eastern Kentucky University graduates to be inducted into the University's Hall of Distinguished Alumni during special ceremonies....Tim Long and Jim Murphy, both graduates from Shelby County High School and the University of Kentucky, were among the pilots taking part in Thunder Over Louisville, the kickoff for the Kentucky Derby Festival....Excavation was to begin during the summer on a 33.6-acre tract next to Weissinger Hills Golf Course that eventually would feature hotels, restaurants and service stations....A 3-year-old boy, his mother and a Shelby County volunteer firefighter all suffered burns in a house fire on Burks Branch Road....James E. Miller of Noland Road in Simpsonville bought Medical Management Consultants and renamed the firm Pro-Med Billing Services....Shelby County Trust Bank was awarded the United Way of Kentucky 1997 President's II Award for its enthusiastic support of Metro United Way – Shelby County, during the United Way of Kentucky annual meeting....Deaths: John A. Perkins, 83; Charles William Marlow, 66; Floyd Travis, 82; Leon Quire, 73; Guy Hundley, 94; Joseph D. McMillan Sr., 77; Howard Cleveland Ware, 73; Ethel Mae Miller Wells, 97; Josie Elizabeth Buckley, 83; Michael Lee Booth, infant son of Timothy Booth and Rebecca Harley; Gayle Thomas Wood, 80.

25 years ago, 1987
Finalists in Shelby Rural Electric's Rural Electric Youth Tour included (from left) Lorie Reesor, Cathy Lilford and Angie Wakefield....After spending 49 days recovering from surgery, Shelbyville's first heart transplant patient, arrived home from a Richmond, Va., hospital. "You actually die and are reborn," said Harold "Doc" Payton. He sounded healthy and was very positive about his continuing recovery....Edsel Boyd, 24, joined the Shelby County Soil and Conservation District as a soil conservationist....Ronnie Harris joined Craig Realty Co. as a salesman....Stephanie Renee Manica, a freshman at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, modeled for Wilberforce Chamber of Commerce in Dayton with the possibility of being on television in a Miss Black America Pageant....Sarah Moffett, an IV technician for United Medical Center, was named Employee of the first quarter....Carol Masters opened a beauty salon in her home near Waddy....Jon Hall won the "most awesome" trophy, Jared Satterwhite the "most unique" trophy and Jared Green was declared "most boy built" during the Pinewood Derby of Cub Scout Pack 270....Local government and school officials, students and teachers broke ground for the new Simpsonville Elementary School. Simpsonville had a ground-breaking ceremony for the three-room addition to the school....Births: Andrea Faye Sienicki, Elizabeth Tate Bennett....Deaths: Marvin "Buddy" Huffman, 36; Singleton Brooks, 85; Thelma Cox Foster, 85; Thomas "Bud" McKinney, 64; Scottie Williams Sr., 70; Leonard Eugene Marshall Sr., 40; Clifford Barnes Mischler, 54; Derwood Bruner, 80; Leonard C. "Pete" Radcliff, 72; Mary Butts Cook, 90.

40 years ago, 1972
The winners of the Shelby County Booster Club awards presented at the Shelby County Basketball Banquet were (from left) Doug Thurman, Kay Martin, Kenny Clouse and Wayne Ashby. Not present for the picture were Karen Husband and Charlene Bohannon....Disaster struck two leading businesses in Shelby County. A fire raged through the Ohio Valley Aluminum Plant (formerly Briel Industries). With its new burglary alarm system sitting outside of the store, waiting to be unwrapped and installed, the new Begley Drug Store was the scene of another break-in and robbery....Mike Casey, Simpsonville, was one of eight players and three alternates named for the 64-man Olympic basketball training camp on June 12-26 at the Air Force Academy....Serving our country: Pfc. Wayne A. Stratton was stationed with the 143rd Signal Battalion in Frankfurt, Germany, with the U.S. European Forces....Deaths: Rebecca Garrett Robertson, 89; Lillie Mae O’Nan Smither, 84; Nellie Ann Sacra Roberts, 95; Katharine Smith Howey; Ruth Duncan Ellis, 79; Mattie Bryant Young, 92; William Howard Ragsdale, 79; Sherilyn Jenine Nutter, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Nutter; Catherine Thomas Baker, 34; Julia Smith Bryant; Keller McCarty, 80.

55 years ago, 1957
Paul W. Long
turned over the agency to his assistant, Paul Curtis Hardesty. He had been representative of Southeastern Greyhound Lines and Western Union Telegraph Company in Shelbyville since 1927, when the bus station was located in the Louis Ruben building next door to Citizens Union Bank....Jane McCoy was elected president of Kentucky Association of Pep Organizations (KAPOS), an affiliate of the K.E.A., organized about four years ago....Amos Gordon was appointed the agent for this area with Ashland Bottled Gas....A new bridge was proposed across Clear Creek at Second Street to replace the obsolete Third Street Bridge and to eliminate a sharp curve....Ben G. Matthews was elected secretary-treasurer for the Kentucky Younger Lawyers at the Kentucky State Bar Association meeting....Henry Gray received a rating of superior in the State Music Festival sponsored by the Federation of Music Clubs at Lexington....Mail deliveries in Shelbyville, as in the rest of the country, were cut off because of the Post Office Department's money troubles. This was the first radical change in mail deliveries since the War measure of cutting the two daily deliveries to one. The lobby of the local Post Office was open so that patrons could get their mail, but all windows were closed....Judge Ralph Mitchell was one of 10 Centre College alumni to be nominated by the Alumni Association Executive Centre Alumni, as alumni director for four year terms....Ted Igleheart, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, was admitted to the bar to practice law in Kentucky....Evelyn B. Anderson and Gayle Long were among hog consignors who sold in the top price bracket, ranging from $17 to $17.80, at Clay-Gentry Stockyards in Lexington....Scout Troop 187 won one of the top awards in the Scout-O-Rama held at Freedom Hall in Louisville....Auldon Edwards was elected a director of the Kentucky Association of Organization Executives....Births: Jill Barnes, William Houston Miller....

Deaths: Flurry S. Meek, 69; Allen Cline, 71; Charles K. Osborn, 91; Lee A. Bohon, 72; Samuel Curtis Blackwell, 88; Rhonda Kay Jeffries, 2-year-old daughter of Rowland and Emma Jean Cotton Jeffries; Claude J. Unseld; Ben Franklin White Sr., 75; Mary David Haggard Montague, 79; Nancy Jane Downey, 90.

60 years ago, 1952
The grand opening of the Western Auto Associate Store on Main Street opposite the Post Office in the Adams Building was held. Lee Lipman won the bicycle; Roy Van Meter was the winner of the .22 rifle; and Irene Gray won the pop-up toaster....Lizzie Jan Lighter, 65, was brutally cut and beaten with a hatchet at her home. It was believed the attacker attempted to rob her, and when discovered, he brutally beat her....Birth: Lucian Lee Kinsolving II....David Luther Johnson, 81, well known retired merchant, died at his home in the Highlands...

70 years ago, 1942
Among the winners in enterprise tests at the field day for Future Farmers at Jeffersontown High School were Billy Nash of Shelbyville and John Barnett of Bagdad....John M. Sturgeon Jr., former well-known tobacco warehouseman of Shelbyville, was asked by C.P. Summerall, president of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., to attend the inauguration of Herman Lee Donovan as president of the University of Kentucky as the official representative of The Citadel. He graduated in the class of 1909.......Mrs. J.M. Burton purchased five building lots that adjoined her property on the Eminence Road, from W.G. Terhune for $1,000. She planned to build on all five lots in the fall....Barbara Peterson of Simpsonville was awarded first prize in the annual public speaking contest sponsored by the banks of Shelby County. The subject was "Your American Duty – To Buy Defense Bonds..."Serving our country: Brien Risk entered the U.S. Army, Hospital Corps, Nov. 27, 1941, and was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., until he left in February for overseas. He was a graduate of the Shelbyville High School and attended the University of Louisville....Deaths: Benjamin C. Perkins, 91; Harriet Mason Briley, 51; Forrest M. Middleton, 57; Allen Hieatt, 76; Mary Adair Hall, 80; Cecil Nation, 7-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Nation; Margaret Catlett, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Catlett; Mary Erhman Gunn, 52.

80 years ago, 1932
Rotary club officers elected were president Chalmer B. Caudill; first vice president W.T. Baker; second vice president Joe B. Bell; directors L.C. Sullivan, Paul H. Thompson and Rev. Angus N. Gordon; secretary-treasurer L.G. Smith; and sergeant-at-arms Will Hanna....A large barn on the farm of Irvin Shaw, three miles west of Cropper, with the contents of 80 barrels of corn, 3,000 pounds of hay and a lot of farming implements were destroyed by fire of an unknown origin. Two horses, a calf and hogs were also burned with a loss placed at about $3,000, partially covered by insurance.....A large stock and feed barn belonging to Mrs. M. Scruggs was destroyed by fire an unknown original with a loss of about $1,500....Births: Sarah Ruth Roberts, Byron T. Blakemore....Deaths: James Stratton, 82; Bettie Jean Williams, 9-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams

85 years ago, 1927
Simpsonville won the countywide debating tournament on the subject of the Curtis-Reed Bill….Robert Buchanan sold his one-third interest in Hall, Buchanan and Ruff's store to Dempsey Poe....A Rothchild & Son purchased the R.M. Brown building from Alice Hegan Rice of Louisville for $25,000....The county board of education sold the old Clay Village schoolhouse and lot to W.G. Lawson for $4,300.... Otho H. Vardeman, being held on charges of embezzlement from the People's Bank & Trust Co., tried to escape from the "cage" in the courthouse but was caught by jailer Ben Bryant....Ernest Van Arsdale, formerly of Shelbyville, was elected to head the Interstate Public Service Co., which has  headquarters in Indianapolis....John E. Brown of Shelby County was a candidate for Democratic nomination for state senator in the 21st District, composed of Shelby, Henry, Oldham, Trimble and Carroll counties....J. Frank Beard, farmer, died at his home near Logan Run....An automobile accident at Big Bullskin Bridge resulted in the death of Bernard Marcell....Captain William Gaston, 86, pioneer banker and father of the State Fair of Texas, died at the home of his son, Robert K. Gaston.

90 years ago, 1922
The farm of D.B. Lighter of 105 acres, three miles north of Shelbyville, was sold to D.T. Long for Mary Crenshaw at $135 an acre....Richard W. Nash purchased the residence of Rev. Eugene Bell and 4 acres of land, one mile west of the city on the State Pike, for $10,000....Birth: Roy Fielding Neel....The Kentucky Grand Lodge of Masons purchased three farms, 111 acres of land in all, on the State Pike between Crescent Hill and St. Matthews at a cost of $72,500 as a site for the new Masonic Widows and Orphan Home. Approximately $1 million was subscribed for the erection of the home....Deaths: Martha Gowen Spaulding, 62, wife of A.S. Spaulding, died at her home on East Main St.; Elizabeth Louise, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Austin.

95 years ago, 1917
At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Deposit Bank of Cropper, the following offices were elected: P.C. Bird, W.J. Thomas, Peter Hower, W.C. Davis, B.A. Thomas, J.W. Haddox, B.O. Radcliffe, H.P. Perry, E.T. Pollard, J.C. Thomas and B.F. Washburn....Rebecca Allen Wakefield, wife of John D. Wakefield, died at the home of Mrs. Morry Wakefield, where she and her husband, had been visiting.