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Looking Back: Feb. 27, 2009

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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.  

If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can't identify, send it in and we'll ask our readers for help.

  10 years ago, 1999

Joey Heady was named technology coordinator Shelby County school system....Jennifer J. Fay was selected to participate in the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership: 1999 Jefferson County Middle Schools, a special program to increase parent engagement and student achievement in the county's middle schools....Not only did the new after-school program at West Middle School give students an alternative to going home alone, it gave them an opportunity to improve their grades -- while having fun at the same time....Joseph Edward Burks III and Stephanie Graney, both eighth-graders at West Middle School, were the winners in the annual essay contest sponsored by Isaac Shelby Chapter Daughters of American Revolution....Willie Willard received a plaque and a diamond ring for selling more than 200 cars and trucks in 1998 for Swope Auto....Births: Sarah Elizabeth Tipton, Robert Shane Tindle, Natalie Megan Najjar....I'm one: Deion Michelle Cochran....

Joseph Anthony Biagi, 75, who served as attorney for the city of Simpsonville for more than 27 years, died at Jewish Hospital in Louisville....Other deaths: Joseph Anthony Biagi, 75; Cecil Kincaid Sr., 72; Dorothy McClain Lamb, 67; Robert Slaughter, 87; James Dillard Norton, 81; Anna Jane Wright, 66; Paul Joseph Bohn, 88; Fred Chatman Sr.; Alma Lawrence Cook, 91; Arthur Thomas Ebersbaker, 87.

  15 years ago, 1994

Farmers from as near as neighbors to as far as Idaho assessed parading cattle, oblivious to the barn mud and ice-hard air carrying the smell of raw farm sewage. Kim Sanderlin of Sanderlin Farms watched his dairy cattle and equipment being sold from the family farm on U.S. 60. and another dairy he held with the Sutton family on Benson Road. It took two days to sell the 400 Holsteins and various equipment of the two dairies combined....Shelby County was No. 1 in milk production in the state of Kentucky for 1992. But Roy V. Catlett, Shelby County's agricultural extension agent, said the county could lose that distinction when the next census is taken because many dairy farmers had sold out in the last two years....Tina Ball retired as Simpsonville clerk after 20 years of service to the community....Members of the Shelby County FFA Chapter joined about 417,000 other members in the United States in celebrating National FFA Week....Chrissy Jones was the new principal at East Middle School....Bobby Cowherd became the Shelby County Fire Protection District's first full-time paid employee after being chief of the Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department for the past year-and-a-half....Bonnie Adams ended her 44-year career as a licensed practical nurse, working with Jewish Hospital Shelbyville....Births: Hope Ann Patton, Rachael Dawn Thomas....

Deaths: William "Pete" Floyd, 65; Myrtle King Baker, 90; Mable Hulett Aynes, 74; James Byron Adcock, 81; Marguerite McAlister, 86; Margaret Smitha O'Nan, 67; Marshall "Newt" Davis, 77; Jean Sanford Kelley, 66; Curtis Preston "Ted" Hall Jr., 82; Ola Belle Morgan, 82; Harry T. Franklin, 82.

    25 years ago, 1984

A long-awaited centerpiece for Veterans Memorial park was placed by crews from Pridemore Construction. The seven-foot-tall statue depicts an American soldier in uniform. Carlo Roppa, an Italian sculpture living in Macon, Ga. was commissioned to make the piece....Deborah L. Medley was chosen to head the Shelby County Youth Service Bureau (YS) by Fiscal Court....Mary Taylor Hall, mother of Gov. Martha Layne Collins, was named an honorary mother of Kentucky for 1984 by the Kentucky Mothers Association....Albert E. Dix was elected to the board of directors of The Cumberland....Wayne Waits, 39, was promoted to general manager of Logan's Textile Rentals....Doug Thomas was serving as interim manager of the Montgomery Ward store in Shelbyville....Patty Bottom joined Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. as personnel assistant....Dr. Charles Chatham Jr., a Shelbyville dentist for 30 years, sold his practice at 627 Washington St. to his associate of two years, Dr. Mark Reams DMD....Earl Long retired from Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission as a water treatment plant operator for nearly 30 years....Mark Jennings earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers -- the Eagle Award....Births: Afton Nicole Ruble, Amanda Leigh Burke, Laura Beth Gash, Ginger Leigh Evans....

Deaths: Marvin Lefler, 53; Mrs. Evelyn Peach Sampson, 59; Elizabeth Hudgins, 74.

  40 years ago, 1969

Champions of the 1968 4-H Project were Joyce Kalmey, Joyce Reed, Janet Kalmey, June Giltner, Glenn Sageser, John Kalmey, Dale Arnsparger and Freddy Duncan....Members of the Shelby County High School Drama department worked under the direction of Bob Shy to win the Regional Drama Festival by portraying the story of "Hello Out There." They were Judy Casey, Mike Cheak, Daryl Henry, Jerry Miller, Bob Hamm, Jim Barnett, Steve Croxton, Allan Stodghill, Dixie Briscoe, David Scearce, Becky Martin. Scearce and Briscoe were chosen as the Festival's Best Actor and Actress....William Ford was named the Outstanding District YFA Member of the Year at a Young Farmers Banquet at Boone Lodge-Cedarmore....John Ward Montgomery Jr. of Shelbyville portrayed the role of Hero in the Transylvania Theatre Association's presentation of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the winter-quarter drama production....Cecil McGee was elected president of the Kentucky 4-H Leaders Council....Cropper Ruritan officers for 1969 were Clarence T. Smith, president; Ross Tipton, vice president; Bob Cain, secretary; R.B. Belwood Jr., treasurer; and James Hanna, director for three years....Birth: Richard Anthony Goss....

Army Sgt. Edwin H. Hardesty Jr., 22, was killed in action in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam....Other deaths: Renzel L. Cowherd, 63; Harold Ray Turner, 43; Mrs. Mary Bruce McGinnis, 84; Howard Lee, 63.

  55 years ago, 1954

Robert Frazier McDowell of Simpsonville was awarded a Certificate of Merit and granted a junior membership in the Holstein-Friesian Association of America....Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Houchens; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Roberts; a son, Gary Lynn, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kingsolver....

Mr. and Mrs. Zack Harper received word from their son, A2-c William Harper, that he had arrived at Sidi Slimand Air Base in French Morocco in North Africa and was part of a rotation duty....Airman Second Class Edward T. Sanford was among 1,567 passengers from the Far East that arrived in Seattle aboard the General S.B. Buckner....Forrest L. Williams was promoted to corporal while serving with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea....First Lieutenant Harold E. Rogers, one of two flight instructors missing in a training plane from Webb Air Force Base, Texas, was found dead in his wrecked Army plane after a search of several hours. A Korean veteran, the 30-year-old, had been in the service for nine years....Other deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth Cull Davis, 80; Rufus Floyd Wheeler, 66; Jimmy Washburn, 36; Thomas Hartwell Botts, 69; Mrs. James Prescott Martin; Chord Williams, 79; Ben H. Hornback, 84.

  60 years ago, 1949

Approximately 1,500 persons attended the Roll Forming Corporation's formal opening and were addressed by Robert F. Matthews, mayor of Shelbyville; Louis Ruben, president of the Chamber of Commerce; and Barlow W. Brooks, Roll Forming president....Shelbyville ended the 1948-49 season by taking a 46-31 verdict over Frankfort, giving the Red Devils their 17th victory in 24 games....Birth: Thomas Lynn Ritchie....Deaths: Dr. Walter V. Cropper, 62; Clarence Miller, 70; Mrs. Lucy Threlkeld Igleheart, 79; Henry Clinton McClain, 72.

  70 years ago, 1939

Ben Allen Thomas was tipped as a "certainty" to become president of the Falls Cities Cooperative Milk Producers' Association for the sixth consecutive year....Despite a small crop by some 50,000,000 pounds and better quality, the 1938 burley tobacco auction season closed by registering a price decline of $1.05 as compared to 1937s season. Total sales were 352,993,471 pounds at an average of $19.02.. Hello world: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Puckett announced the birth of a daughter, Judy Mason....Mr. and Mrs. Ormsby K. Hackley received congratulations upon the birth of a son....Death: Isaac Shawhan, 77.

  75 years ago, 1934

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Milburn received congratulations upon the birth of a son, Revel Thomas at their home in the Harrington Mill neighborhood....Mr. and Mrs. Busey Frye announced the birth of a daughter, Mary Lou at the King's Daughters Hospital....William Earl Dempsey of the Olive Branch neighborhood died at the King's Daughters Hospital....Jim M. Mahuron, retired farmer, died at the home of his son, Joe Mahuron.

  85 years ago, 1924

The Downs-Moore Realty Co. sold Carlton Youngman's and Stewart Waugh's farm of 130 acres on the Hempridge Pike, six miles from Shelbyville to William Turner at $67 per acre....Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Fielder received congratulations upon the birth of a son, J.W. Fielder Jr....Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Scruggs was a daughter.

  90 years ago, 1919

A grand total of 7,097,980 pounds of tobacco were sold on the Shelbyville loose-leaf market during January with an average price of $31.73 per hundred....Henry P. Poynter, cashier of the Bank of Shelbyville, died suddenly at his home on Washington St.

  95 years ago, 1914

Mr. W.H. Mitchell of Cropper sold at the Shelby Warehouse an acre and half of tobacco that netted him $435....George A. Hill sold 55.5 acres of unimproved land on Mulberry to George Stapleton for $85 per acre....Mrs. Sarah Jane Gregg, wife of W.T. Gregg, died at her home.