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Looking Back: December 2, 2011

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1986: Tobacco market opens with $2.4 million in sales

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
John Mark Blair
won a $5,000 scholarship from the Kentucky Coal Council for his essay to promote the study of Kentucky coal and the production of electricity from coal. “Coal has been the center of my family’s history,” he wrote….Local law enforcement officers were trained to use new Global Position System devices, which would pinpoint the position of anything from car wrecks to pot fields....Gregory Jacobs took over the Fifth Third Bank branch office – Shelbyville’s only one – tucked away next to Wal-Mart on Taylorsville Road for two years and on Main Street before that....Robbie Murphy was named manager for Citizens Union Bank’s new branch near Weissinger Golf Course. The bank received the first Olive Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Kentucky Bankers Association....Births: Alyssa Nicole Bryant, Juliet Marie Stucker, Christian Alexander Whisman, Sylvia Jane Waldridge....I’m one: Courtney Stangle....Deaths: Harry Shields McKinley Jr., 66; Mable Stevens Thomas, 74; John “J.S.” McGinnis Sr., 81.

15 years ago, 1996
Demand for tobacco was at an all-time high, and after the first-day sales reflected good news for Shelby County growers with an average of $1.92 per pound. Prices in the Globe and Big Top warehouses in Shelby County went as high as $1.95 a pound on opening day, more than 1.2 million pounds were sold locally that first day....Wright Elementary established a committee to gather information on whether the school should adopt a uniform policy for the next school year. The committee was a group of six parents, three of whom were opposed and three in favor of the policy....Kitty Sharber taught journalism and English literature at Shelby County High School so she was quite familiar with the classic The Deerslayer. Sharber had hit two deer in her life – two days in a row. Kentucky State Police Trooper Chuck Reed told Sharber there were 11,000 accidents in Kentucky involving deer the previous year. She never would have dreamed she would become two of the 1996 statistics....Births: Caitlan Elizabeth Corbin, Thomas Wayne Payton Jr., Madison Aubury Pumphrey, America Rubi Silva, Dustin Sean Uhlman, Kevin Edward Wade, Mason Gunner Fish....I'm one: Zachary David Wilson....Deaths: Marvin Bowman Sr., 65; Sister Sallie Harrod Chesher, 90; John ReFalo, 94; Mary Hazel Ritchey; Clara Mae Tinsley, 74; Nora Wathen Hays Weakley, 94; Annie Pauline Williams, 82; Luella Geoghegan Williams, 62; Betty Miller Potter, 71.

25 years ago, 1986
Shelbyville's first-day burley prices, which fell almost two cents below opening day prices in 1985, didn't do much to boost the morale of tobacco growers. Shelbyville sold 1,512,613 pounds of tobacco for an average of $1.58 per pound for a total of $2,397,775.54. Last year the average price per pound was $1.60....Tom Wathen and Larry Ebelhar opened The Nickel Stop at the corner of 10th and Washington streets, the former site of Larry's Shell Station, which offered groceries and beer as well as Chevron gasoline and other products....Jimmy Massey, 35, was named senior vice president at Shelby County Trust Bank....Jerry LeCompte joined William L. Land Real Estate Inc. in Eminence....Snow Hill Food Mart celebrated it grand opening with Bob Bingman as manager....Lula Grubbs went on an early Christmas gift at C&H Rauch Jewelers after she won a $1,000 shopping spree -- one of 10 winners at the 10 C&H Rauch stores in the area....Births: Karen Marie George, David Andrew Hawkins, Stuart Christopher Baskett, Jeremy Wayne Martin....Deaths: Katherine Moss Duvall, 82; Mary Elizabeth Raymond, 76.

40 years ago, 1971
Betty Joan Nethery
received an expense-paid trip to the Chicago conference as a prize for her achievement during the National 4-H Club Congress program....Ralph Mitchell was appointed as chairman of the Sixth Congressional district race in Shelby County for Democratic nominee William P. Curlin Jr....Shelby County High School Rockets players of the week were John Parker and Chuck Druin....Deaths: William Tate Bird, 75; Mark A. Wakefield, 86; Maude Harris Overall, 78; Mrs. James William Rutherford, 70; Major Elizabeth Hansbrough, 79; Martha Lee Campbell, 58; William Henry Smith, 39; Rhoda E. Jewell Monroe, 66.

55 years ago, 1956
The Shelbyville Tobacco Market smashed an all-time opening-day record price average in launching the 1956-57 auction season. Two sets of buyers paid $527,189.31 for 864,288 pounds for $61 per hundred weight, up 91 cents from the last year's opening....Legionnaires and guests attended a surprise dinner at the First Christian Church to honor J. Michael Casey, who for 25 years was adjutant of J. Franklin Bell Post, No. 37, and who served the legion through the years....The Farmers Home Administration announced the arrival of William J. Cox of Campton as Assistant County Supervisor in the Shelbyville office....Serving our country: Pvt. James H. Bruner, 24,  was promoted to the rank of private first class. He left for overseas duty in Korea September 1956 and was a heavy weapon infantryman with Company M of the division's 32nd Infantry Regiment....Deaths: Lucille Thompson Weakley, 68; Sallie Hiner; Douglas Jefferson Smith, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Smith; Robert Tapp, 64; Charles Edward Mathus, 69.

60 years ago, 1951
Ground was broken for a new Pilgrim Chapel Church in Middleton Heights. The pastor of the 6th Street chapel was Rev. R.D. Christman....Births: Mary Helen James, Charlotte Dianne Hibbs...Serving our country: Pfc. Boyd J. Clubb was in combat in Korea. He was a graduate of Simpsonville High School....Sgt. Roy N. Davis of the U.S. Marine Corps returned to the United States after two months of military training in San Juan, P.R....Deaths: Curtis Wright Young, 39; Thomas Allen Courtney, 81; Anna Mae Cotton, 57; John Mastin, 80; Bernice Williams, 71; Terry Lee Purdy, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Harry Tyler Purdy Jr.; Charles Robertson Weakley, 72.

70 years ago, 1941
Helen Craig was crowned queen of Louisville's Christmas Parade Festival....The Armstrong Insurance Agency and Guy Downs Realty Company moved to their new building on Main Street, between 7th and 8th....Virginia Bowles, 20, was named as Kentucky's 1941 outstanding girl in "all around" 4-H homemaking projects, received an all-expense trip to the 20th National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago....The Charlie Taylor property, approximately one mile north of Shelbyville, was auctioned to R.B. Blakemore for $2,550 and the house to J.E. Wills for $1,500....George Van Huss was named the new manager at the A&P store....J. Chester Turner sold a 155-acre tract from his farm on the Fox Run Road to T.J. Lewis for $100 an acre....William Edward Wise left for Montreal, Canada to take up his new position in the Civilian Technical Corps and will be a technician for the British government. He will be sent to England or some part of the United Kingdom....Serving our country: Corp. W.W. (Bill) Gregg, 22, first gunner, bombing squad stationed at Bangor, Maine, was ordered to Newfoundland for 20 days maneuvers....Deaths: John Taylor Upton, 61; John Morris Sheets, 24; Cora Puckett Hedden, 69.

85 years ago, 1926
Mrs. Eugene Freer, well-known in this county, died at the home of her son, Henry Freer in Omaha, Neb.

90 years ago, 1921
D.E. and J.H. Lisby sold to Ludlow Cook a farm of 60 acres and improvements on the Pearidge Road near Southville for $6,000....The E.H. Wise farm of 368 acres was sold in five tracts. The home tract averaged $117.64 per acre....Death: Lovella, 11-month-old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Minor Parido.

95 years ago, 1916
Farm sales included the E.L. Sloan farm, three miles north of Eminence to Judge O.L. Oster, of Eminence; Peter Hower's farm of 117 acres, sold by Riner and Lapley to W.R. Brooks and E.A. Davis; W.M. Brown's farm on Smithfield Pike sold by C.J. Brown to George Carpenter; C.M. Hill's farm to J.C. Durrett; Taylor Proctor farm, sold by John T. Ballard and Son, to T.L. Webster....R.E. Lachleiter was elected treasurer of the Kentucky Ice Manufacturers Association, which was in session in Louisville....The Shelby County Telephone Company decreased its capital stock from $120,000 to $60,000.