Looking Back: April 9, 2010

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1995: Roach's death ends an era in newspapers

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

Jenna Leigh Colston received six titles in the New Star Discovery Pageant held at Best Western in Frankfort - personality plus, best advertisement, sweetest smile and best headshot....Don and Gerry Benningfield decided to close the Big O Tire Store in Shelbyville after 17 years and concentrate their efforts on their store in La Grange....Births: Savanna Rene Bechstein, Dustin Cole Clausen, Larry Austin Engler, Kaleigh Elizabeth Jolly, Caroline Elizabeth Dahl, Edwin Herrera-Jimenez, Cheyanne Maria Shuck....Deaths: Lois Sorrell Demaree, 69; Gilbert Mullis, 63; Evelyn Hockensmith Cubbage, 85; Chandra J. Doyle, 47; William Curtis Johnston, 73; Benjamin Perkins White, 91; Willard H. Lindberg, 83; Lavena Robinson Watts, 68; Karen Campbell, 46; Biagi Gonzales, 86; E.W. Brassfield, 87; Loyd Jones Caudill, 77; James McMichael Jr., 48; Theadora Myrtle Ryan, 86.


15 years ago, 1995

Bennett Roach retired at the age of 75 after nearly 40 years in the newspaper business. He retired again at 85 after 10 years as public relations director for the Burley Tobacco Growers cooperative. He retired again at the age of 92 after writing his Whoda Thot It column for nearly 50 years for The Sentinel-News. He died at the age of 93 after a one-day illness, playing golf the week before and upset that a hernia forced him into the hospital for what was to be minor surgery....Rebecca (Becky) Lynette Warner, 17, was selected to be a finalist in the 1995 Kentucky National Teen-Ager Scholarship program held at the Galt House in Louisville....Winners in the Young Authors contest, Division 1 through 12,  were Nicholas Knopf, Thomas Shaver, Blair Morse, Julie Stewart, Katherine McCardwell, Amy Head, Christina Shemo, Naomi Hamilton, Samantha Klopfer, Chris Jackson, Chris Greenwell, Matthew Tyler Anderson, Hannah Jo Palmer, Christopher Leet, Jamie Ethington, Kate Young and Lisle Smith and Kate Young....Births: William Ryan Baumgartner, Andrew Tyler Ivers, Nicholas Holbrook Shouse....Deaths: Tom Bemiss, 49; Mary Ann Hoffman Rogers, 70; John L. Roberts Jr., 74; Cathy Layne Hall Shouse, 41; Martha Puckett Riddle, 90; William H. "Nash" Harris, 66; Alice Porter Bowles, 89; Kevin Michael Gribbons, 15; Laura Danielle Hargadon, infant daughter of Mike and Edna Hargadon.


25 years ago, 1985

Ann Igleheart Young, secretary for Moffett Realty, has become a sales associate for the firm....Gregory Scott Kuhn of Finchville has been awarded a Kentucky Wesleyan College Presidential Scholarship....Anthony Wilder of Cub Scout Pack 133, Centenary United Methodist Church, earned the Arrow of Light award....Holder and Holder Mortuary is open for business on East Main Street....Wright Elementary PTA sponsors a basketball shoot-out to raise funds for the school....Beta Sigma Phi sorority elects Sue Ward as Sweetheart Queen. Other candidates were Jane Roberts and Sarah Cunningham....Birth: Lewis Powell Miller....Deaths: Edwin S. Phillips, 65; Mrs. Willie Mae Barnett, 70; James McDaniel "Mott" Miller, 50; Nancy D. Rivers, 84; Verna Whitaker King, 73; Sara West Casey, 70; William "Bill" Rogers, 68.


40 years ago, 1970

Wilanna J. Brown was the winner of the RCA portable television given away by Biagi's during the store's annual anniversary sale....Leon S. Sparrow, son of Virginia O. Sparrow of Eminence, has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force....Lowell Ashby and Loyal Stoner of Shelby County and Burch Kinsolving of Shelbyville make the All-State Honorable Mention basketball team in the 8th Region....The Cropper Elementary and Northside Elementary PTA groups win the Gold Seal and Gold Leaf awards during the 5th District Conference; Shelbyville High School won a Gold Leaf award....Birth: Robert Hampton Riggs Jr....Serving our country: Pvt. Ronnie Lee Smitha arrived in Germany for 18 months tour of duty....Scottie E. Nethery was promoted to staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force....Deaths: Russell Crooks Richardson, 14, son of Newton P. and Alice Crooks Richardson; Harry I. Bird, 82; Maynard Scott Marcum, infant son of David Scott and Sharon Carpenter Marcum; Thelma M. Collett.


55 years ago, 1955

The Shelby County Hereford Association elected Harry Wills as president of the association....Another theft ring was reported by Sheriff Sam Wood around central and western Shelby County.... Shelby students win high ratings in regional music festival in Louisville....Victor McCall, stationed in Germany, has been promoted to Airman First Class....Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ireland announced the birth of a daughter....Serving our country: A/2c Garnett L. Ruble, stationed at Lages Air Base, Azores Islands, was selected as Airman of the Month for February....Deaths: John Roger Hance, 76; Clyde Gibbs, 63; Mrs. Scottie Baxter Chilton, 67; Alice Griffith; Zepora Spoon Marshall; William Clark Crawford, 51; Annie T. Cook, 78; Herbert Ray Tinsley, 33.


60 years ago, 1950

The Upper Room Bible Class of the First Christian Church, under the leadership of Robert F. Matthews, presented the 24th annual sunrise Easter service at the church....Powell Puckett, former little All-America football player at Murray State College, announced his resignation of Georgetown Garth High School's football coach. "My resignation was being submitted because of the filthy conditions the students in physical education are forced to face," he said....A charter was granted by Methodism's General Board of Lay Activities in Chicago to a new organization of Methodist Men at the Centenary Methodist Church in Shelbyville and W. Forrest Smith was named president. J.C. Lawson was secretary and the Rev. Lloyd F. Moody was pastor....Sibyl Puckett, program chairman of the Business and Professional Women's Club, arranged a radio program which was given over Frankfort Station. George Ann Hanser played the piano, Mrs. Charles Connell Jr. played the piano, and Julia Cotter sang. The final number was a cornet solo by Charles Connell III, accompanied by his mother....Martin Baskett of Eminence  purchased a one-third interest in the Big Shelby Warehouse. The other owners were W. Lester Gibbs and Austin L. Moore....Dr. R.J. Trimble was nominated at the Kentucky Optometrist Association as one of 15 men selected from optometrists over the state, to be presented to the governor from which five men would be selected for the state board....Thirty-two Shelbyville boys and girls received ratings of superior, excellent and good in the Louisville Regional High School Music Festival at Gardencourt....Births: Gary Sewell Bailey, Duanne BonDurant Puckett....Lloyd Roberts, 45, farmer of Bethlehem and Mrs. Bain Kelley Sewell, 32, of Bethlehem were killed in an accident at the intersection of Hwys. 22 and 23, beyond Smithfield, when a Dr. Pepper truck and car collided. Roberts' wife fractured her skull, broke her arm and leg and had lacerations. She was in critical condition at King's Daughters Hospital....Katie B. Beauchamp, 74, former publisher of The Spencer Magnet, died at her home in Taylorsville after an illness of several months....Other deaths: John Thomas Foster, 76; Jacob M. Owen, 75; Dallas Clayton Moore, 59; Larkin Simpson, 91.


70 years ago, 1940

An estimate that cold weather and heavy rains caused $20,000 damage to Shelby County roads was "none too high," according to C.H. Proctor, county road engineer, after an extensive survey of local conditions....W. Forest Smith was elected president of the Shelby Rotary Club, succeeding Philip Moesser....Deaths: Amanda Zaring Kemp, 79, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Roy K. Newton; Ella Bohannon Estes, 61, wife of Elliott B. Estes; William L. Frederick, 36, son of Mrs. Willard Harlow; Sallie McKinney Lackey, 79, mother of Mrs. B.O. Beck.


75 years ago, 1935

Deaths: Martha Moxley Golson; Creel Brown Sr., 70, brother of Graham Brown; Sara Tichenor Sayles at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.T. Conley; Sue Payne, widow of Peter Payne; Ira Pyles, 65, at his home on Eminence Pike.


85 years ago, 1925

The firm of A. Rothchild celebrated its 60th anniversary....Founders Day was celebrated at Science Hill School, marking the end of a period that covered a century of years....Deaths: Millard Fillmore Jesse, 73, prominent farm of the county; A.J. Massie, 81, retired farmer near Clark's Station; David O. Wright, 47, former resident of Shelby County; Crystal Smith, wife of Perrin Smith; Mary E. Price, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Price; LeGrand Coots, 80, at his home on Bland Avenue.


90 years ago, 1920

Capt. J.M. Puckett of Shelbyville was appointed State Immigration Agent to succeed Michael McAuliff with headquarters in Louisville....Shirley Scearce sold his farm of 46.5 acres and improvements, located five miles east of Shelbyville on the Benson Pike to John McNear for $12,000....N. Ruben bought of Dr. W.T. Buckner his 2-story residence on Third St., near Washington for $6,500....Deaths: Cornelius Joseph Sullivan, 15-year-old son of Mamie Dubourg Sullivan....Mary E. Morlan died at Simpsonville....Hesekiah K. Robinson, 39, died at his home on Smithfield Pike....Margaret Lynn Doss, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Doss died suddenly....Orville Lee Shuck, 22-month-old son of Clarence Shuck died at home on Zaring Mill Pike.

 95 years ago, 1915

George Jones' residence on his farm near Connor's Station was burned to the ground with loss placed at about $4,500....A barn on the placed owned by Anna Murphy and her sister, Nellie Brown, just south of Shelbyville, was burned....A two-story frame residence near Simpsonville owned by Kate Hogan and occupied by S.L. Kerr, was burned together with all its contents....Emma Lewis died suddenly at her home near Bagdad....Mattie Morton, 75, widow of J.B. Morton, died at her home near Harrisonville....Daniel O'Leary, a well-known street and road contractor, died at his home at 2nd and Main streets of heart trouble.