Looking Back: August 3, 2012

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1927: Armstrong Hotel sold at public auction

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, 2002
Adam Ruiz, director of Centro Latino, contracted with Laura Wills to help develop and teach Hispanics in the area a cultural competency curriculum....In just her first year at the Falls City Junior Classic, Candice Wiley had to tee it up with the boys in the 11-and-under division. She won all her matches on the seventh hole, including the championship match....For fun, Katherine McCardwell wrote a history of women’s education in Shelbyville. This drive helped her become one of 8,100 National Merit Scholarship winners across the nation, receiving a $2,500 scholarship to help pay tuition at Oberlin College in Ohio....Sabrina Dezern Bailey opened her personal training studio, Body by Bailey, and said one of her first jobs was to disabuse people of the notion that weight loss and body toning will happen quickly....Kirby Chambers Hoetker D.M.D. opened Pediatric Dentistry of Shelbyville off Midland Boulevard, geared toward making trips to the dentist as pleasant as possible – right down to GameBoys velcroed to the chairs....Births: Jamie Elizabeth Myres, Derek Evert McGill, Felicity Brooke McDonald, DaCorious Cortez Demart Bailey....I’m one: Kaelin Van, Katie Michelle Grigsby, Mahayla Leann Stucker....Deaths: Aundrea R. Coleman, 17-year-old daughter of Ronesa Coleman; David T. Drew, 24; Robert L. Jackson, 67; Ruth Black Marx, 87; Owen Simpson, 74; Charles Forest Douthitt, 83; Sidney Lee Hedges, 43; Bobby Harold Lane, 58; Virgie Lee Phillips, 68; Ollie Watts, 91; Prentice W. Seacat, 88; Brenda L. Tingle, 61.

15 years ago, 1997
Charles Rietzel and Bernice Lefler were crowned senior king and queen in the second annual contest sponsored by the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency....Police were called to Wal-Mart about an intruder described as heavy-set with dark hair and running wild throughout the store on four legs -- an Angus heifer....The new $2.5-million Shelby County Detention Center was announced to be ready for occupancy on Aug. 25....Jesse Baxter was ordained as a minister for First Baptist Church. He took over as minister of the Henderson House, a mission of First Baptist Church at 712 Main St. in Shelbyville, after Marvin Byrdwell retired....Earl Adkins switched gears when it came to his choice of color, from red to green, for farm equipment when he became a partner in Shelby Supply Co. Inc., along with founder of the local business, Joe Burks and his son Mark Burks....Charles Adams was the Section 5 winner with his essay on "How Banking Benefits our Community" in the Kentucky Bankers Association PEP essay contest....Births: Mattie Lin and Ann McKendry Caulder, Bobbie Ann Nichols, Devin Matthew Douthitt, McKyah Ann Blankenship, Colin Reed Shassberger, Tyler Dale Hawkins, Taylor Douglas Hughes, Bradley Wayne Samples, Kara Michele Wiley.... I'm one: Joshua Javier Ramirez, Demarcus Tre'shon Raisor....Deaths: Larry Edward Ellis, 55; Jeptha Barnard Bright, 70; Nannie Hawkins Barbour, 89; Marvin Wallace Newton, 93; Mary Etta Smith, 85; Retha M. Johnson Snider, 77; Martha Agnes O'Brien Snider, 85; Chuck Quertermous, 64; Kenneth Thomas Stivers, 84; Annabelle Austin Bender, 73; Gladys Lillian Bishop Miller, 88.

25 years ago, 1987
Nathan Chowning
placed second among 72 entries in the Lexington Baby Derby. He was dressed for his theme "A Cool Summer Night" as a penguin in an igloo....A car fire on Interstate 64 netted more than the usual smoke and flames. The Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department washed down the smoldering 1978 Ford Thunderbird, and water hit an innertube container, which fell, spilling out packages of marijuana. Approximately 100 pounds were found....Richard Linhart, a veterinarian, moved to Shelbyville and opened a practice, Premier Veterinary Service, in his home....Penny Taylor was the new manager of Kroger in Governor's Square shopping center....Best Western Shelbyville Lodge was sold by Watson Properties to a single owner from Miami for $1.65 million, and new owner Louis Downs said an expansion would be coming the next year....Ronald E. Waldridge was re-elected to the board of directors of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians....The Budd Company presented $1,000 to four charities. The company promised to donate $200 to charities chosen by five guests who uncovered buried gifts at their groundbreaking....Shelbyville Mayor Neil S. Hackworth volunteered to serve as the 1987 United Way campaign chairman in Shelby County....Crews were busy paving the way for future expansion at the Old Mason's Home of Kentucky on U.S. 60 East, creating a 26-car parking lot in front of the home and a 2-way road to a 120-car lot behind the building....Birth: Brandice Elaine Clemmons....Deaths: Donna Marie Maxey Smith, 46; Mona Ivers LeCompte, 52; Lora Shaw Acree, 93; Corinne Puckett Simpson, 90; Mary Elizabeth Green Doyen, 64.

40 years ago, 1972
Janet Sherrard
was crowned the 1972 Shelby County Fair Queen....Tracy Tindle was named grand champion of the babies 1 year old and under. Runner-up was Amy Rucker....Brenda Miller, Shelby County's Master Homemaker, was named the Louisville Area Master Homemaker and is eligible to compete for the title of state Master Homemaker....Charlotte Cox was the winner of the African violet show at the Shelby County Fair....Serving our country: Jerry Wakefield was chosen “Soldier of the Month” at Fort McPherson in Georgia....Deaths: Ernest J. Jamison, 57, of Graefenburg was killed instantly at the International Paper Co., in Versailles when three bales of paper fell on him. He was working alone when 1,400-pound bales stacked four high fell over for no apparent reason causing multiple skull fractures and massive internal injuries....Other deaths: Joseph T. Shuck, 77; Lydia Wanega; Cleo Robinson, 87; Lillian Wade Marshall; Olen Davis Ellis, 81.

55 years ago, 1957
Floyd I. Fairman,
vice president of Kentucky Utilities Company who had been with KU since 1926, was elected president. R.M. Watt, president since 1935, was named chairman of the board and chief executive officer....Fire destroyed the interior of the Shelby Office Equipment Company at the corner of 8th and Washington streets with an estimated $32,000 of damage. The blaze started from defective wiring in the basement of the building....Officers of the Jaycette's were Betty Thompson, president; Peggy Ethington, first vice president; Sally Biagi, second vice president; Thelma Miller, secretary; and Josie Moffett, treasurer....Business and Professional Women officers were Mrs. W.P. Anderson, president; George Ann Carpenter, first vice president; Mrs. Robert Harper, second vice president; Mrs. Graham Hardesty, treasurer; Carolyn Hyatt, recording secretary; Elizabeth Cook, correspondent secretary....Lucille Million was appointed editor of the Kentucky Christian, a monthly magazine of the Christian churches in Kentucky....Mrs. Walter Swetnam started work in Shelby County as assistant home demonstration agent in training....Edgar Vaughan Jr. received his 30-year service award announced by the state highway department....A bull got loose at the Angus show at the Shelby County Fair and caused a flurry of excitement and minor injuries before it was caught and returned to its stall....Russell Smith, former manager of Home Outfitting in Eminence, replaced John Rhodus as manager of the Shelbyville store....Births: Cheryl Ann Long, Frederick Woodson Tichenor, Tevis Cazedessus....Serving our country: S/3 French L. Smoot arrived home from Germany, where he completed his two years military service. He served 16 months in Germany and while there played the trombone with the Army Band....Robert D. Reardon, machinist’s mate fireman, USN, was serving aboard the escort destroyer USS Cony with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean....Deaths: Virgil White, 74; Mary E. (Starks-Harrison) Gordon, 91; William H. Baker, 79; Nancy Harris Flood, 91; Susie Kelly James, 83; Mrs. Linden James.

60 years ago, 1952
W. Leonard Ballard was appointed business manager for the King's Daughters Hospital....Morton Webb, Mayfield purchased the interest of I.H. Lee in the Lee McClain Clothing Manufacturers....Birth: Katherine Bruce Kinsolving....Virginia Graham Miller, 27, died at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital in Louisville. Her infant son, Robert, who was born July 18, died on July 22 at Children's Hospital, Louisville....Other death: Thomas T. Snider, 58.

70 years ago, 1942
The First Christian Church called the Rev. Wayne Bell to fill the pulpit in the absence of the Rev. Giltner....A thief who entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beard Doss, State Pike West, by cutting a screen, escaped with a watch and a book of war savings stamps....Thomas M. Beard, Shelbyville distributor and operator of a wholesale beer distributing agency, was named chairman of the executive committee of Brewing Industry Foundation, Kentucky Committee....Mary Louise Foust was the winner of a $25 war bond for her slogan to help keep Charlestown Powder workers pepped up for top production. "Wishing Won't Win – Work" was her slogan....W.P. Deiss Jr. completed his pre-medical studies at the University of Notre Dame and was qualified in physical tests and received a commission as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps....Birth: Joe McMillan....Serving our country: Tech. Garnett Russell Kelley sent word to his father, Fred Kelley of Eminence, that he had landed safe in Great Britain and was well....J.C. Greenwell, instructor in the U.S. Air Corps, San Angelo, Texas, was promoted from second lieutenant to first lieutenant....Pvt. Paul L. Ford was stationed at the Naval Air Station base somewhere in Alaska....Mr. and Mrs. S.V. Greenwell received word from their son, PFC Irvin Greenwell, who was with the U.S. Coast Artillery, where he had landed safely somewhere in Alaska....Deaths: Birdie Rose McClain Bohannon, 63; Margaret C. Williams, 61.

80 years ago, 1932
Owen Bros. Hardware Company, which had its quarters on Main Street, moved to a building at 5th and Washington....W.A. Secrest was promoted to the position as assistant manager of the local Lerman Bros. Department Store....Deaths: Lloyd F. Williams, 37; Ella Mae Cheek, 15-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Cheek; infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordan Logan; J.S. Baskett, 30; Nettie Rockwell, 69.

85 years ago, 1927
The famous old Hotel Armstrong was sold at public auction by Riner-Hanna Auction Co., for the State Banking Commission, which was winding up the affairs of the Peoples Bank & Trust Co. The bank and hotel were sold to H.T. Ransdell....Shelby County Rural Letter Carriers' Association officers were Roy D. Money, president; C.P. Clark, vice president; Rodman Hansbrough, secretary-treasurer....Deaths: George E. Smith, 30....Charles L. Stout, 66.

90 years ago, 1922
The Redpath Chautauqua began its 7-day meeting at the Shelby Graded School Grounds....The will of Mrs. Warner S. Kinkead was permitted to probate in Louisville. She left her entire estate, valued at $24,000, to her daughter, Clara Louise Kinkead....Master Commissioner C.F. Beard reported two sales in settlement of the following: Lillie Burk vs. Burk & c., a tract of land containing 27.5 acres near Mount Eden, to V. Snider, for $700. Citizens Bank vs. J.C. Oder, a home and lot on 6th Street, to J.C. Warford to $4,625....Births: Martha Jean Hornbach, J.W. Eades....Deaths: Joseph M. Donohue, 82; Sallie Hall Wills, 60.

95 years ago, 1917
Local buyers were paying $2 per bushel for new wheat. The crop was yielding much better than was expected and the quality was good.