Looking Back: December 18, 2009

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1969: 'Mitch's Midgets' are looking good

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, 1999

George Nichols II was the newly elected president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners....Holt Trip, Simpsonville Elementary fifth-grader, won first place in an essay contest sponsored by the Shelby County Humane Society....The Shelby County Conservation District post contest winners from Simpsonville were Stacey Page, Holt Trip, Kelly Fowler; Heritage, Rebecca Hinkle, David Liebman, Amber Smith; Northside, Corey H. Todd, Kirk Hill, Jordan R. Cottrell; Wright, Monique Beach. Essay winners were Virginia Prather, Shawn Crowe, Nicholas Knopf, Clayton Largen, Michael Heyser, Jordan Howard, all of East Middle....Matt Smith was the new owner at the Sonic drive-in....Births: Noah James Dean Bruner....I'm one: Sarah McKinzie Russell....Deaths: Lewis David Adams Jr., 59; Jonathan Carroll Adams, 8-year-old son of Tony and Marcia Nolin Adams; Marvin Edison Ballard Sr., 50; Nellie Kingsolver Devary, 83; Robert Burns Belwood, 87; Ellen Nugent Spinks Crum, 92; Nannie B. Lewis Oglesby, 77; James Allen Lyvers, 35; Orene Runner, 90; Edna Smith Ricketts, 88; Truman Goodwin Miller, 73; Anna Foster Lupshu, 80; Bruner McIntosh, 81.


15 years ago, 1994

Bobbie J. Brenner, city clerk/administrator of the City of Shelbyville, was accepted as a member in the IIMC Academy for Advanced Education of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks....K.C. Crahan and Bruce Nunley joined the brokerage firm of Hilliard Lyons and opened the company's first office in Shelbyville....Bob Pearce of Pearce Motors was elected president-elect of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association for 1995...."Gold Medal Winner, Third Quarter 1994" winner was Fifth Third Bank...Births: Kirstin Nicole Dugle, Seth Taylor Moore, Brooke Elizabeth Renfro....I'm one: Krista Alanna Stucker....Deaths: Asa Marshall Chasteen, 72; Pearl Fazio Gardner, 69; Carl J. Harlow Sr., 98; Ethel Webber Martin, 95; Josephine McElfresh Anderson, 74; John E. Hawkins Sr., 53; Elmore "Bo" Middleton, 76; Pearl Green McAllister, 71; Robert L. Proctor, 72; JoEllen "Jody" Resch, 47; Elmore "Bo" Middleton, 76.


25 years ago, 1984

The Shelbyville Tobacco Board of Trade released the fourth week of sales after the market closed for the holiday break with a sales report of 4,905,202 pounds sold for an average of $187.97....Shelby County High School girls varsity cheerleaders won first place at a contest at the YMCA in Frankfort for junior varsity cheerleaders. Members were Holly Creamer, Lori Fry, Wendy Palmer, Nancy Becherer, Ann Marie Borders, Diana Cottrell and Beth McIntosh....New officers of the Shelby County Democratic women's club were Susan Stratton, president; Sarah Shupe, first vice president; Carrie Dean, second vice president; Stella Lewis, third vice president; Joanna Freels, secretary; Libby Igleheart, treasurer....Jim Porter was hired as a new agent at the Farm Bureau Shelby County office on KY 53 South....Birth: Katie Lynn Williams....Deaths: Betty Roberts Howerton, 56; Christine Fry Merchant, 85; John Ernest Brown, 77; Susanne Wilson Beales, 88.


40 years ago, 1969

The third week of tobacco sales for Shelby County sold 16,673,636 pounds for $11,713,806.08 for an average of $70.25....The Tygrett Insurance Agency, owned and managed by Frank A. Tygrett and his son Richard A. Tygrett opened new offices in the Boyd Green building on Washington Street and planned an open house....Whatever they are called - "Mitch's Midgets" or the "Runnin' Rockets," Shelby County's young basketball team was looking good. The Rockets won their sixth consecutive game as they rolled over Scott County's visiting Cardinals, 69-46....June G. Davis joined the staff of the Kentucky Society for Crippled Children as director of organizational development....Birth: John Franklin Souder III....Serving our country: Marine PFC Issac F. Sanford was serving with the First Military Police Battalion, Force Logistic Command (FLC) in Vietnam....Deaths: Alberta Bowers Perry, 82; Mary Ann Taylor, 72.


55 years ago, 1954

The Shelbyville Red Devils took to the warpath and scalped Bagdad, 78-57....Birth: Janet Lynn Sherrard....Charles E. Young, boilerman first class, USN, returned aboard the destroyer tender USS Piedmont completing a tour of Far Eastern Duty....Deaths: Hattie Holmes Catlett, 83, mother of Mrs. Ibra Franklin and Delbert Catlett; Flora Isabel Taylor, 92, widow of Reuben M. Taylor; Mrs. F.E. Dixon, a chiropractor in Shelbyville with her husband who died here; Ezra McGaughey, 62, father of Christine Cook, Stanley and Lister McGaughey; William B. Ritchie, 68, brother to Shirley Cochran, Mrs. Noble Rogers and Ben Ritchie; Mamie Ann Siegel Hollaway, mother of Mrs. Dillard Johnston; Mary H. Reed, 76, sister of Duward E. Duval; Bee Doyle McCarty, 81, aunt of Mrs. James Price; Clarence Blockson, 72, husband of Fannie Dadisman Blockson; Sarah Francis Palmer, mother of local residents Ezra Palmer and Mrs. James Willard.


60 years ago, 1949

C.T. Shouse, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Shouse, was the winner of a 3-foot, full-grown purebred Spanish donkey, plus $5 to buy donkey food, after his "I Wonder" letter was chosen as a second best out of 2,523 entries....Ben Allen Thomas, president of Falls Cities Cooperative Milk Producers Association, and owner and operator of three large dairies in Shelby County, was elected president of the American Dairy Association of Kentucky....William A. Scearce was appointed a member of the Agricultural Committee of the Kentucky Bankers Association....Deaths: Harve K. Stucker, 75, at home of a son, Claude Stucker; Gertrude Case, 49, wife of Jeff Case; Elinor Perrin, 99, the last surviving member of the family of Dr. Joseph Perrin, who for many years was a practicing Simpsonville physician; Jennie Ransdell Scrogham, 81, mother of Bernard and Ray Scrogham; Ann T. Duvall Rodman, wife of Hiram Berry Rodman; Mortie W. Hundley, 54, brother of Mrs. James R. Hundley; Loula Lea, 72, wife of Charles Lea; Ollie Thomas Goodlett, infant son of John Thomas and Mildred Walker Goodlett; Judge Bower Broaddus, closely related to Mrs. Robert Matthews, and Mrs. Broaddus was a sister of Edmund Noland.


70 years ago, 1939

Mrs. John E. Brown was re-elected a director of the Kentucky Society for Crippled Children....Lottie Adams and Ben Matthews won first places in senior and junior high school public discussion contests, respectively, at Shelbyville High School....William H. Hays was chairman of the Shelby County chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; Paul F. Schmidt, vice chairman; Lloyd Pollard, treasurer; A.L. Townsend, secretary. Other members were Coleman Wright, Wade McCoy and Ernest Scearcy....Hello world: John David Brown, John Stuart Mathis....Deaths: Alice Watkins, 84, widow of Thomas Watkins; Cordelia Margaret Wayne, 34, wife of B.O. Wayne; George A. Cook, of Mount Eden who celebrated his 101st birthday Oct. 23.


75 years ago, 1934

The commission of Mrs. W.C. Hanna as postmaster of Shelbyville expired with an official note sent to Washington fixing the date for examination to be held for applicants here....James Guthrie Long, a Shelby County farmer boy, became the biggest figure in athletics at State University. He was elected captain of the "Wildcats" football team for 1935....The city council passed an ordinance to eliminate coal peddler racket. It required a $240 license of all dealers in coal who had no local office or place of business here.


85 years ago, 1924

At Shelbyville High School was an Older Boy's Annual District Conference, opening with a banquet given by the Exchange Club with about 200 delegates from high and prep schools and boy's Hi-Y Clubs in the district attending....Giltner Brothers shipped a carload of livestock to the Hawaiian Islands, including a saddle stallion, Aberdeen-Angus and Hereford bulls for their old customers in the Islands....In a Quaker Maid grocery ad the following were included: pound loaves of bread, 6 cents; Shredded Wheat, 10 cents; picnic hams, 16 cents per pound; potatoes, 26 cents per peck; Primrose Creamery Butter, 47 cents for pound.