Looking back: December 16, 2011

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1986: Mount Eden house fire kills two children

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, 2001

Rob Rothenburgerretired from his job as Shelbyville Fire Chief and decided to run for county judge-executive for the Republican ticket because he was “disenchanted” with county government. Tom Becherer, a long-time high school football coach, filed in the Democratic party....Shelby County was one of four counties – two in Kentucky and two in Tennessee – who shared in a $538,000 grant from the United State Department of Agriculture designed to help Hispanics gain access to health care....Shelby County native Tracy Bond Bird won the first two rounds of her match on the Jeopardygame show, amassing more than $54,000 from the two episodes. She could not reveal how much she won, players are required to sign a 12-page contract agreeing to give back all of their winnings if they reveal how much they won on the show before it aired....Saddlebred horse show pioneer Helen Crabtree was honored by Equestrian USA with a permanent trophy that resided in the organization’s headquarters in Lexington....Births: Logan Hunter Hooks, Emily Grace Shouse, Jessie Lee Wainscott, Joshua Dale Mullins....Deaths: Thomas Barker Jr., 73; Teresa L. Brooks, 43; Edward W. “Ham” Gaddie, 86; Clara Ruth Bowen Higgins, 84; James Cecil Jackson, 62; Lariace D. “L” Jones, 21; Samuel Marwedell Lyons, 74; Leon McKinney Sr., 54; Elizabeth Ann Kephart “Punkin” Willhoite, 66; Callie Cornish, 89; Barbara Jean Ashby Ulloa, 52; Ray Thomas Moffett, 76.

15 years ago, 1996
After more than 21 years as a Shelbyville police officer, John Miller was named police chief to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council....A Shelby County deputy jailer was fired after he drove an inmate to Louisville on an unauthorized trip and the inmate escaped....Tim McClure likes to get his hands dirty. The Simpsonville resident was the new horticulture extension agent for Shelby County. He owned and operated Buck Creek Perennials before assuming the new position....Births: Charles Michael Joseph Barnett, Hunter Lee Moore....I’m one: Tyler Shawn Fleming, Madison Lynette Hardin....Deaths: Mildred Bunch Bruce, 74; Anthony H. "Sonny" Hays Jr., 67; Edwin Maurice Sea, 62; Melvin Gene Stamper, 69; Margaret Ayres Wakefield, 91; Mildred Summers Baxter Whitaker, 77; Forest LeRoy Washburn, 62; Rudolph Collins, 74.

25 years ago, 1986
The new Simpsonville Elementary was given the green light by the Shelby County Board of Education. "We're relieved that some action has been taken," parent Sandy Cottrell said. "We're due [a new school].”...The congregation of Highland Baptist Church gave Rev. Bill George and his wife, Lou, tickets to the Holy Land to mark his 10th year as pastor....4-H and FFA members from Shelby and area counties, were tested on their tobacco skills at the annual tobacco show and sale. Sylvia Nation won the grading contest in the 4-H division and David Jenkins was deemed best in the FFA division....U.S. Marine Cpl. Melody Willard Dodge was notified by the Pentagon that she was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal for exemplary performance and patriotism above and beyond the call of duty....The Kentucky Commonwealth Attorneys Association elected Ted Igleheart its president for 1987....Four new members elected to the board of directors for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce were Willie Nichols of Leggett and Platt, Mike George of Republic Bank, Else Matthews of Image Tree and Charles Kramer of Midland Food Services. New officers were Kristian Coulter, president; Lee Bryant, president-elect; Mike Barnett, vice president....Birth: James William Duncan....Robert Allen Nethery, 12, and his 9-year-old sister, Stacie, were killed in a home fire south of Mount Eden in Spencer County. Their father, Allen, was listed in stable condition at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville with first- and second-degree burns on his right arm and hands after he attempted to save his children. Their mother, Eugenia, was not at home when the fire began....Other deaths: Mary Lee Wilson, 75; Vernon Robinson, 55; Ben G. Louden, 84; Dixie C. Peyton, 37; Laura Frances LaFollette, 69; Edna Irene Gilman, 84;

40 years ago, 1971
Morton M. Webb
and Robert Logan were elected directors of Shelby County Trust and Banking Company....Huber Tractor Company was named Outstanding Power Choring Dealer at the annual Jamesway dealer sales meeting in Louisville....After 36 years Jim Turner retired from Standard Oil Station at 11 East Main....The National Merit Scholarship Program awarded a letter of commendation to Mary Biagi Duffy for her outstanding performance on the National Merit Qualifying Test in 1971....Serving our country: Charles K. “Charlie” Matthews returned from Vietnam after 1 year of service....Deaths: Clarence L. Proctor Sr.; William F. Lee, 75; Jack E. Hedges, 53; Emmett Harrison Slucher, 53; William Busey Frye, 71; John Will Cheak, 85; Allie Whitehouse Young, 75; Garland Brewer, 61; Richard Edward Dempsey, 5-week-old son of James and Janet Hawkins Dempsey; Marcellus Scruggs, 88.

55 years ago, 1956
The Shelbyville burley tobacco average dipped 41 cents to $65.32. There were 927,460 pounds sold for $605,788.60....Jack Frazier was elected cashier of the Bank of Shelbyville. He had occupied a similar position at the Bank of Simpsonville for eight years....Paul Ratcliffe was elected chairman to succeed Howard Pearce on the Democratic precinct committee. William Hays was re-elected secretary, and George T. Perkins was re-elected treasurer....Ross Shipman was elected chairman of the Shelbyville Cemetery Company board to succeed the late Henry O. Moxley....Two offices in the state organization and two plaques recognizing interest and activity in the local club were awarded to members of the Bagdad Ruritan Club. Wesley P. Newton was elected governor of the Bluegrass District. Julian K. Wood, president of the Bagdad Club, was named secretary/treasurer of the state organization....Serving our country: Sp/3 James T. Brown Jr. arrived from Germany for a 30-day leave with his wife and family here. He had been in Germany for 13 month and had to return there at the end of his leave....Pfc. Bobby Perkins, who was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, for almost two years received his discharge and resumed his position at the local A&P store....Jerry B. Rhodes, aviation ordinance third class, USN, with Anti-Submarine Squadron 32, arrived at Piracus-Athens, Greece as part of "Hunter-Killer Group-2.”...Deaths: Elmer Harris Doe, 71; Mary Babbitt Barnes, 57; Mary Love, 75; James Wise, 77; Charles Louis Lay, 79; John Thomas Byrnes, 73; William Byers, 78; Dr. Helen B. Wolcott, 89.

60 years ago, 1951
Patrolman Forrest O. Beckley, who resigned his post with the Shelbyville Police Department, took over his new duties at the Bourbon Stockyards in Louisville....The home of Allie Shouse in Mount Eden was struck by lighting. His daughter, Geneva, was hit and stunned after which her neck and face were swollen and stiff. Her brother, also stunned by the stroke, was unable to walk for a few hours....Briggs Lawson was the 1952 Kentucky Easter Seal chairman....Emmett Hedges, 47, an employee of the Southwestern Tobacco Company, was the victim of a hit-and-run driver at Second and Main streets....328 highway department employees received service awards – Edgar Vaughan Jr. received a gold pin for his 25-year service award....Nora Stucker was named the March of Dimes director....Births: Wayne Allen Stratton, Rebecca Sue Thurman....Two teenagers were asphyxiated, one fatally in the Clay Street parking lot next to Wise Transfer Line. It was believed they were waiting for the car to warm up when the fumes escaping from a broken exhaust pipe overcame them....Lee R. Hardesty, 68, of Mount Eden was killed instantly when struck by a Southern Railway passenger train en route from Danville to Louisville....Other deaths: Jasper Newton Kelley, 67; Lester Buford Devine, 57; Richard Charles Bennett, 78; Lucy White Perkins; J.W. Harlow, 95; Mary Ann Brown, 80; C.N. Satterly, 60.

70 years ago, 1941
Ben Allen Thomas Jr.,
a student at Transylvania College, being a senior, played his last game against the Georgetown Tigers....Dr. F.L. Lapsley was re-elected as county health officer for a period of four years....Two paroled convicts were taken back to La Grange Reformatory by Col. W.S. Johnson, district probation officer, and Deputy Sheriff Ralph Howerton. Both were held to the February grand jury and, if indicted then, will be returned to this area for trial. They were returned for parole violation and several other charges....The word "war" certainly means terror and distress, and Shelbyville was made to realize it more clearly as Roger Allen Palmer was on the ill-fated U.S.S. Oklahoma, which the Japanese Foreign Office reported was sunk by their planes....Congress unanimously voted war against Germany and Italy and even more speedily declared war on Japan after President Roosevelt requested such action against "the forces endeavoring to enslave the entire world."...Birth: Charles Lamarr Wash, George Hightower….Deaths: Benjamin Preston, 64; Mrs. Lloyd H. Miller; James Wood Adams, 75.

80 years ago, 1931
The George W. Gill Realty Company sold the farm of Katie McPherson of 123 acres located near Figg’s Store to L.T. Brooks for $4,500 cash....Dr. E.B. Smith was elected president of the Kentucky State Homeopathic Medical Society....Births: J.T. Wright III, Carla Jean Strange....Deaths: Sarah Roberts Zilhart, 72; Samuel Thompson, 61; Woodford Hall, 92; Mrs. John Diem, 65; Harry Jones, 70; Mettie Vaughn Long, 60; Carol Leona Ritchie, 26.

85 years ago, 1926
The Midland Trail was closed for reconstruction at the eastern city limits of Frankfort, traffic being detoured over two detours, eastbound vehicles taking the Steadmantown Lane and westbound the old Taylorsville road....Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Long announced the birth of a son, David Marshall, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lexington....Ann Eliza Cheak, 74, wife of John S. Cheak of this county, died at King's Daughters Hospital in Frankfort....James C. Brewer, 15, of Bagdad was hit by an unidentified automobile near Cairo, Ill., and died in a Cairo hospital a few hours later.

90 years ago, 1921
Mrs. Ed Wise purchased the residence property of Lee Thomas Morgan on Brown Ave. For $5,600....The garage building at 4th and Main occupied by Skinner, Long and Graham, was sold at auction to Allen M. Bond for $9,650....E.C. Wood sold his residence property to Grover N. Wise for $10,000....Birth: James Stewart Shipman....Deaths: Isaac Jones, 70.

95 years ago, 1916
George W. Robertson, 80, died at his home near Waddy, after a short illness....Mary A. Coleman, widow of Robert Coleman, formerly of this county, died at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville....Phobe Guthrie Crawford, widow of Judge J.W. Crawford died at her home in the northern part of the county.