Looking Back: August 6, 2010

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1940: O.S. Kenney Jewelry sold to Scearce

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

A 10-year-old Shelbyville girl who was critically injured by a shotgun blast in July was apparently a victim of mistaken identity....Garbage collector, recycler, educator, deputy sheriff, arborist, environmentalist, gardener - Kathy Ranard wears all these hats and more in her position as director of the Shelby Clean Community program....Shelby County police, fueled by rumors of drug trafficking, found a street value of $28,000 of marijuana during a sting operation on the Veechdale Apartments in Simpsonville....Raymond T. Williams and Brent Hatter, Shelbyville's newest fire officers, became sergeants after passing a battery of tests....Dallas Roberts was awarded the prize of visiting WHAS radio personality Terry Meiners, after he was given the "Amazing Achiever Award" by the radio station....Kate Fox, a 2000 graduate of Shelby County High School placed second in the essay contest for the Kentucky/West Virginia district Optimist Club....Births: Jordyn Alexis Hunter, Dane Stuart Kidwell, Drew Michael Mershon, Lauren Shae Nethery, Hailey Mariah Stone, Jacob Bryan Thompson....Deaths: Mary Lawrence King Birdwhistell, 85; Bertha Elizabeth Gaines, 64; Ruby Richardson Houghlin, 91; William L. (Billy) Peyton, 66; Howard Clark Husband, 64; Larry William Warren Sr., 52; Harmon Kenneth Rice; Joseph Adrian Carroll, 87; Rachel Lee Waters, 79; Stanley Ingram, 69; Harmon Kenneth Rice, 73; Dorothy Huffman Coleman, 91.


15 years ago, 1995

Emily Meredith Riggs was awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio....Shelbyville native Chuck Radcliff was named honorary Colonel, Aide de Camp, by the Kentucky State Police....Robbie Houchin aced the 185-yard No. 14 hole at Weissinger Hills Golf Course using an 5-iron....Karen Clark and Sharon Purdom joined the staff at Shelby Fitness Center, Clark as receptionist and Purdon as account specialist/officer manager. Judy Cresap was promoted to childcare supervisor....Kennett Payne and Deborah Payne, grandchildren of Emma Ellis, toured Great Britain with the Berea Festival Dancers....Police Officer Matt Hedden of the Shelbyville Police Department helped save a house from being destroyed by fire until the fire department arrived. No one was home when the fire broke out on Bayberry Drive. Darrell Waits was at work at Landmark Web Press and his wife, Barb, who also worked there, was shopping in Louisville....Births: Zackary Tyler Cook, Lauren Elizabeth Dale, Katelyn Michelle Montgomery....I'm one: Robert S. Phillips....Deaths: Sue Bartlett Kunz, 49; Marshall Lynn Bright Sr., 50; Roy L. Bowles, 72; Bernice "Bea" Snider, 70; Isaac Roger Miller, 66; William Lee Walker, 83; Sara Elizabeth Smith, 75; Ruth Stanton Willis Radcliffe, PhD, 83; Linda Temple, 51; Mary Kate Long, 89.


25 years ago, 1985

The Shelby County Farm Bureau discussed what plans it might have for the PCA building, which it contracted to buy. President Paul Hornback said the bureau should take possession by Sept. 1....Beverly Henson, 37, was named the new director of the local Big Brothers/Sisters....Sgt. John Witt, 31, and a 10-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was reassigned to the Internal Affairs Section....The Shelby County Farm Bureau confronted school Supt. Otis Reed Jr. about the school board's decision not to fill a vacancy in the vocational agriculture program at the high school, which was created with the resignation of Jerry Oak....A Louisville man was charged in connection with the theft of $2,600 worth of silver from St. James Episcopal Church in Shelbyville....Mount Pleasant Baptist Church called the Rev. Rodney Groff as pastor for the Todds Point congregation....Margaret Wilborn, first vice president, and Claudia Crawford, president, represented the Shelby County Woman's Club at the Fourth District meeting held in Bardstown. The Shelby County Woman's Club received awards from the state federation for Educational Enrichment, Family Economics Promotion, Crime Reduction, and an award sponsoring students in Special Olympics....Boy Scout Troop 164, Centenary United Methodist Church, advanced six scouts in a summer Court of Honor. Matt Wilborn was awarded his Star rank, and Stephen Walker and Dave Sharp were awarded their First Class Rank. Receiving the second class was Drew Backer, Clayton Brooks, Jason Heath and Walker....John W. Ellis joined Fessel, Siegfriedt and Moeller Advertising Inc., as vice president, account executive in the firm's Louisville offices....Diane Haggard joined the staff of Susan's Hair Design at 713 West Main....Births: Bradley William Matthews, Corie Lynn Kirchdorfer, Stefanie Rosetta Tingle...Deaths: Mazie Goodwin Abrams, 67; Mrs. Robert O. Denham, 57; Bernard Clark; Rev. Virgil Fryman, 57; Rev. O.S. Gardner, 79; James E. Lisby Sr., 65; Mrs. Ann Carter Smith, 69; Corinne Murphy Barr, 65; Mrs. Effie Flood Smith, 87; Deborah Ann McRoberts, 24.


40 years ago, 1970

South Central Bell Telephone Company honored Helen T. Henry with a five-diamond pin, a symbol of almost 25 years of service....Robert E. Torsch has been appointed General Sales Manager of Roll Forming Corporation....Jack's Sunoco Service Station in Simpsonville was robbed by two armed men driving a late-model car....A flurry of break-ins hit Shelbyville. Thieves broke into the White Cottage Restaurant, Dr. Charles Chatham's dental office and attempted to break into Wilson's Service Station...Deaths: Joe Dedman, 84, prominent realtor and auctioneer, died at King's Daughters Hospital...Other deaths: Frances Radcliffe Muth, 84; Lillie Marlow Eakins; Albert M. Comer, 87; Martha Reiss Marcum, 42; John Patterson; Doris McClease Phillips, 53; Mildred Riggs Montgomery, 45; Latha Broughton, 79.


55 years ago, 1955

Jean-Pierre Burgat, French agriculture student, visited Shelby County for six weeks as a guest of Shelbyville Rotarians....George W. Gill Jr. was chosen to serve as master of hounds for the six-day National Foxhunters Association field trials and bench show at Dublin, Ga....On June 1 a 3-year-old heifer gave birth to her first calf which was later vealed. Then on August 1 she produced another little Holstein, two months after the first one on the farm of Atwell Smith in the Todd's Point neighborhood....Shelbyville Fire Department assisted in a brave rescue when "Corky," the Cocker Spaniel dog belonging to Mr. and Mrs. James Stewart was taken from a well at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Gee on Washington Street. The water was 20 feet deep....Mrs. C.D. Cook of Waddy, member of Waddy Homemakers Club, won Gladiolus Sweepstake trophy and Runner-up Sweepstake trophy in the Homemakers Flower Show....Birth: Wallace Clarke Southall....Serving our country: Army Pvt. Joseph H. Newton, son of Edwin T. Newton, graduated from the Military Police Center at Camp Gordon, Ga....Kenneth E. Stoops, 18, completed his Air Force basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base the "Gateway to the Air Force..."Army Pvt. Wallace King Jr. took basic combat training with the newly activated 3rd Armored Division at Fort Knox....Pfc. John A. Quire, 22, completed a week of special training at Fort Crockett, Texas....Eugene J. Riester Jr., 17, completed his Air Force basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, the "Gateway to the Air Force..."Pvt. George Bentley Jr., 25, took part in "Operation Gyroscope," and was stationed in Germany with the 86th Infantry Regiment....Deaths: Bessie Meek Darlington, 73; David Norwood, 19-year-old son of the Rev. Darrell J. Norwood; Grover Strange, 72; Carrie H. Green, 81; Lula Wright Lyons, 78; Hattie Young Alford; George Albert Bergen, 84; Lewis S. Ford, 66; Beverly E. Ross, 97.


60 years ago, 1950

A forecast that the per-acre yield of burley tobacco in Kentucky and Tennessee this year would be the lowest in five years was made at a tobacco export association meeting near Gilbertsville....The Simpsonville FFA members carried off top honors in dairy projects at the fair. The grand champion Holstein was shown by Henry Cecil Smith and the grand champion Guernsey by Cottrell Brothers. Henry Cecil Smith was judged the best showman exhibiting dairy animals and Robert Green, Waddy, showed the grand champion baby beef, Ed Cox of Waddy had the grand champion Jersey....Roy Dorsey, native of Shelby County and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dorsey, was elected principal of the La Grange High School....One of the largest real estate transactions in recent years in Shelby County was consummated by The Barnett Agency. The late Charles F. Woolridge farm, located four miles south of Shelbyville on the Mount Eden road and which contains 403 acres of land, was purchased by Dr. B.F. Shields of Shelbyville....E.S. Kingsolver with the Barnett Real Estate Agency sold the Omar Sharp Farm containing 240 acres, located in the Hempridge neighborhood to J.E. and Howard Lawson of the same neighborhood....Deaths: George Stockton, 88; James Robert Coleman, 79; Max B. Bohm; Kate Purvis, 77.


70 years ago, 1940

The jewelry business formerly operated as O.S. Kenney Jewelry store was sold for Clarice Kenney to Marcus Scearce....Deaths: Josephine Poole Waldner, 76, wife of Frank Waldner; Carolyn Arnsparger Moore, 73, mother of Oscar L. Moore; John C. Diebel, 76; Samuel L. Bell, 71; James Lisby, 59, husband of Ethel Payne Lisby.


75 years ago, 1935

The Shelby Sentinel was holding its distinction of "largest" circulation of any weekly in Kentucky....200 men were employed at the CCC camp.


85 years ago, 1925

The winners of the prizes given by the Strand Theatre for the correct solution of the cross-word puzzle printed in The Shelby Sentinel were: Mrs. Howard Harbison, Louise Weakley, Mrs. J.P.F. Crockett and Kate Ryan....More than a thousand citizens attended the opening of the local office of the Kentucky Utilities Co. An open house was kept all day and electrical appliances were explained by Manager D.J. Niemeier....The Presbyterian Sunday School went on its annual boat trip up the Kentucky River with approximately 175 attending....Deaths: John T. Ballard, 91, died at his home on East Main Street; Louise Beard, 13-year-old daughter of Edgar A. Beard, formerly of Shelby County, died at the family home in Louisville; Mabel Sewell Byers died at her home in Pleasureville.


90 years ago, 1920

Rev. D.T. Foust, former pastor of Salem Baptist Church, suffered a concussion of the brain when a large barn on Hunter Sanford's farm, on which he was working, was blown down by a wind which attained almost cyclonic velocity....A large stock barn on the farm of Amanza Money, near Finchville, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground with a loss of $2,000....J.D. Wimp has resigned his position as manager of the Home Telephone Company after a service of 13 years....A. Jacobs returned from a two weeks trip to Chicago and New York City....Death: Rosa Kuhn, 76.


95 years ago, 1915

The first two miles out of Shelbyville on Mount Eden Pike and the first mile from Henry County on Eminence Pike were opened....Howard Meehan was thrown from a delivery wagon in a runaway accident, escaping with slight injuries....W.S. Barriger was selected as one of the judges of horses at the Bluegrass Fair....Henry Maddox bought from J.T. Riner 41 acres of land opposite the Old Mason's Home for $260 per acre....Mr. and Mrs. George N. Smith of Bagdad were receiving congratulations upon the birth of a daughter....Deaths: Walter M. Wright, 44, brother of Circuit Clerk Frank R. Wright of Shelbyville died at his home in Louisville; Mollie Goins George, wife of Capt. Richard George, 82, died at her home at Simpsonville; Capt. Jack Harding died at his home at North Pleasureville; Susan Long Ramsey, 60, wife of Councilman T.J. Ramsey, died at her home in Shelbyville.