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Looking back: Dec. 27, 2013

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1958: 8 schools participate in soil essay contest

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, 2003

Capt. Travis C. Delk of Shelby County was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious achievement as the commander of the 647th Quartermaster Company and theater airdrop officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom…Thieves hit the BP service station on Buckcreek Road in Simpsonville and took more than $9,000 in cash and merchandise….Winners in The Sentinel-News’ Santa letter-writing was Steven Renfro, a Wright Elementary student, and the art winner was Sarah Myres, a student at Simpsonville Elementary….Births: Jacob Calvin Ford Perkins, Ju Juan Cornelle Rucker, Audrey Michelle Sapp, Dylan Michelle Sparks….Deaths: C. Hunt Garner, 55; James William “Brother” Allen, 63; Eva “Tootie” Drury, 74; Gladiola Smith Flinchum, 87; Retta Willoughby Tapp, 69; Phyllis Hawkins, 50; Violette Morris Howse, 80; William T. Jennings, 51; Glady Whitehouse Nethery, 81; Harold T. Swindler, 82.

15 years ago, 1998

Brittany Edelson was the new Shelby County Extension agent….Two Kentucky Department of Highway employees from Shelby County were among the local and state government employees from across Kentucky this year to receive the “Roads Scholar” designation from the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky. They were Carl Henry, county foreman, and Ricky T. Rice, highway district crew foreman….Winners in The Sentinel-News’ Santa letter-writing and art contest were Eizabeth Sames for art, and Chelsea Sutton wrote the winning letter, both are Southside Elementary students….The women’s committee of Shelby County Farm Bureau was among 23 recognized….Retired teachers and Shelby County Public Library employees wrapped 800 books donated to area school children through the Reading Reindeer project….Births: Kyle Davis Maciel, Angel Marie King, Brian Scott Nethery II, Sarah McKenzie Russell, Meghan Ann Wood….Deaths: Magdalena “Maggie” Hood, 31; Anna Woods Roberts, 77; Shirley Riddle Sanford, 71; Letty Ware Mount, 91;

25 years ago, 1988

First place winner in The Sentinel-News Santa letter-writing contest was Sarah Fouts and the art contest winner was Chris Byrdwell. Second place went to Mark Roberts and Brandon Floyd....Shelbyville's first kidney treatment center opened at 30 East Main Street in the old Druthers Restaurant building....Chester Barnes, 34, was critically injured when he slipped feet first into a grain auger and was trapped inside a silo. An employee, who lived on the Breezy Acres Farm on Bullskin Road on the Shelby-Henry County line was working about 30 feet up inside the silo when he slipped trying to step over the auger that forces the grain downward....Birth: Brittany Jo Cheak….Newlyweds, Christian Perry, 18, and William "Pete" Ayers, 17, died in an automobile accident....Other deaths: Rosaline Yocum, 33; Emma Fry Raymond, 89; Ruth Elizabeth Rice, 74; Alex "Jack" McCarty, 91; Susie White Ashby, 63; Johnie Spaulding, 69; Vernon P. Hulett, 76; Gerald D. Stone; Sam Hahn; Christine L. Cottrell; Jane Harris Hardin,

40 years ago, 1973

Dr. B. Wyman Porter was appointed to serve as coordinator for this area for the 51st annual Southern Educational Congress of Optometry at the Marriott Motor Hotel in Atlanta....Rev. Fred T. Moffatt Jr. received the Doctor of Ministry degree at commencement exercises at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville….Greg Miller and Mike Quincy, both Shelby County Rockets football players, signed to play at Kentucky State University the next year….Nellie Corn, manager of Crestview Nursing Home in Shelbyville, was elected as a director of the Central District of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities….Donald R. Bruther joined Albert Moffett Real Estate….Burley tobacco rode high, wide and handsome around the dollar mark on the Shelbyville market. But it failed to climb to the historic, all-time record of $1.08 established on the local loose-leaf auctions 54 years ago....Deaths: Maude Lea, 85; Christine Ware, 49; Anna Bell Wortham, 87; Cleo Miller Hazelwood, 89; Ruth Thomas Weissinger, 87; Frank R. Morris, 55; Arthur Gilbert Thompson, 63; Millie Johnson Stivers, 91; John B. Logan; Mrs. Pryor Phelps.

55 years ago, 1958

A fire threatened all the west end of Shelbyville when a large warehouse, six homes and four boxcars were destroyed, entailing a loss estimated at between $150,000 and $160,000....The home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Masters, located between Peytona and Halfway House, was destroyed by fire....William L. Duvall of Finchville was one of nine University of Kentucky Air Force ROTC cadets who received ceremonial wings in recognition of having soloed in the flight instruction program....Harvey Lee Duvall, Finchville, was selected as the "Outstanding Farmer of Shelby County" by the Shelbyville Jaycees....Eight Shelby County Schools and 208 school pupils participated in the county-wide Soil Conservation Essay Contest titled "Kentucky's Future – Soil and Water Conservation." Schools participating were Gleneyrie, Bagdad, Lincoln Institute, Simpsonville, Finchville, Buck Creek, Henry Clay and Mount Eden. Alfonso Trowell of Lincoln Institute won first place in the county, and Finchville won the school prize by writing the greatest number of essays....Deaths: Alice Brown Maddox, wife of J. Herbert Maddox; W.R. Easley, 79, retired merchant; Lizzie Graves, 82.

60 years ago, 1953

The new chimes at Christian Church added a Christmas note to downtown….The Business and Professional Women’s Club was organized in Shelbyville….Deaths: John A. Crabb; Green Warford; Robert B. Fry.

80 years ago, 1933

The Tevis Cottage was the location of a new tearoom, operated by Mrs. Wilson Hinkle….Deaths: George A. Finley; George W. Haymaker; Mrs. Morry Beard; Fred C. Graybeal; Edwin H. Bodkin; Carrie B. King.

85 years ago, 1928

The seven high schools in the North Central District, New Castle, Shelbyville, Anchorage, Kavanaugh, Carrollton, La Grange and Lawrenceburg, were represented at a district meeting held at the Hotel Armstrong in Shelbyville....Charlie Stewart sold his house and lot in Indianapolis to Pius Roemelle for $1,100....Deaths: Charles Sauer, 23; Ellen Bush Scobee, 61, widow of Joseph Scobee; infant son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. White; Arthur Wallace Bullock, 73; Elizabeth Clark Bird, 83, widow of Philemon Bird.

90 years ago, 1923

The Woman’s Club planted shrubs and trees in the park in front of the courthouse….Deaths: Sam L. Pearce; William Henry Milton; Shelburn Hardesty; Sarah Pickett; Mrs. D.F. Hankins; Jesse Tillett.