Looking back: Feb. 7, 2014

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1919: Acclaimed solider J. Franklin Bell dies

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, 2004

Three inmates of the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women were indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury for allegedly threatening to blow up the western Shelby County prison….For the second year in a row, the Shelby County Suburban Fire District received an assistance grant. The $79,486 grand was part of $750 million Congress appropriated for direct assistance to firefighters for the fiscal year 2003….With mostly younger swimmers in the water, the Shelby County AquaRockets took third at the first Rocket Invitational….Marty Biagi, Shelby County High School standout punter/kicker, made his college decision official when he signed his letter of intent for Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va….Traci Hunter joined Coldwell Banker Larry K. Rogers….Births: Cassady Paige Donoho, Grayson Riley Kost….I’m one: Dallyn Jeffry Sloat, Gracie Keegan Scrogham….Deaths: Elizabeth Byrd Sullivan, 86; Louise Davis Barnett, 87; Les Beagle, 72; Mary Jane Brewer, 77; Robert Brewer, 80; Gertrude Cain, 92; Cora Rayney Coleman, 93; Bess Catlett Hutchison, 82; Robert “Bob” Marsh, 76; Charles Smitha, 78; Lillian Davis Sparrow, 91; James Alex Thomas, 40; Kenneth J. Ashby, 77; Anna Elizabeth Tipton, 87; Nannie Florence Polsgrove Black, 85.

15 years ago, 1999

Promoted at Citizens Union Bank were Lucy Harp, vice president; Lydia Turner, vice president; Sandra Twyford, vice president; and Bobbie Totten, cashier and assistant vice president….Twelve-year-old Katie Kramer always loved her long blonde hair. She had it cut to donate to Locks of Love, a non-profit group that provides wigs for ill children....The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the 1999 basic quota for burley tobacco would be cut by 28.8 percent. The national quota for this year crop was 452.9 million pounds, down from 1998's 637.8 million pounds....Christina Shemo was the winner of the Optimist Club essay contest.... Tony Carriss, Shelby County magistrate, was elected and sworn in as a director of the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association....For one of only a few times in the program’s 9-year history, a Moses Ruben Fund grant was rejected. Shelby County High School's School-Based Decision Making Council declined a $5,000 grant it received to start a day care at the school....The Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America, joined more than 300 other Boy Scout councils in the national observance of the Boy Scouts of America's 89th anniversary....A Shelbyville potato chip maker that once employed 300 persons announced plans to sell its assets at a public auction. The auction came more than a year after Louise’s Fat Free Potato Chips filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1997....Curtis Head, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound punter/kicker, signed a national letter-of-intent to play football for Marshall University….Births: Kaylee Nicole Fromich, Dalton Christopher Lutes, Mallory Faith Miles, Bailey Elise Rock....I'm one: Ryan Andrew Barbour....Deaths: Bernice L. Hedges, 83; Pauline Minish Rice, 85; Robert Lee Smith, 85; Louise Gibbs Easton, 85; Sylvester Harlow, 81; Marguerite Frances Jones, 82; Earle Reginald Nethery, 86; John Gilbert Ruble Jr., 73.

25 years ago, 1989

The new library board of trustees sworn in by Shelby County Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton were Carlen Pippen, Don Swindler, Mary Robertson, Emily Thomas and Vivian Overall....Agnes Graybeal and Catherine Hundley, longtime employees of Lerman's-Lincoln Department Store, retired as the store closed its doors. Agnes was a 38-year-employee, and Catherine had worked there for 20 years....John Tyler, a sixth-grade student at East Middle School, won the school's geography bee....Max M. Heath, vice president/executive editor of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., was named to the U.S. Postal Service Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC)....Carolyn Snook was named the 1988 Employee of the Year by her co-workers at the Crestview Health Care Center...Shelby County students chosen as members of the 1989 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) All-State SATB Chorus were Alicia Watkins, Julia Cordell, Tracie Greene, Debbie Ruble, Jeff Hall. They will perform as a part of the 31st annual In-Service Conference on Feb. 1-4 in Louisville....Births: Chantel Thornton, Preston Lee Hurrle....Deaths: Frances Whitman Samples, 85; Verna T. McAtee, 81; Irene Adams Hedden, 86; Nancy Collette Williams, 23; Michael A. Vessels, 29.

40 years ago, 1974

William “Buddy” Aultman was named editor of The Oldham Era, the weekly newspaper at La Grange, after long-time editor Jim Goranflo announced his retirement….The Shelbyville burley market completed the year’s sales with 17,933,691 pounds being sold for $16,835,687.15 for a season average of $93.88….Named directors at Citizen’s Union Bank were Thomas Barker, Walton Buckman, C. Thomas Craig, Edward B. Hayes, John S. Mathis, Stewart F. McBrayer, Herbert S. McDowell, Leroy S. McMullan and Middleton Phillips. Named directors emeritus were C.A. Randolph, J.C. Johnson, R.S. Shannon, W.F. Randolph and H.B. Duvall….Landmark Community Newspapers, with which The Sentinel-News was affiliated, announced the acquisition of The Carroll County Times,  a semiweekly newspaper published in Westminster, Md….For the second year in a row, King’s Daughters Hospital was the recipient of a $1,000 donation from the Brunswick Foundation Inc. to recognize the contribution the hospital made to the community….Briggs Lawson was named to the planning committee for the National Easter Seal Society 1974 convention to be in San Antonio, Texas, in November….Deaths: Lawrence Hutcherson, 21; Jerry Lee Nation, 18; E. Henry Vance; Roy G. Hundley Sr., 72; Mrs. Everett Temple, 68; Francis Marion Metts, 79; Emma Metts, 72; Mrs. Eugene Beverly Robertson, 89.

55 years ago, 1959

Betty Deene Hower was selected as a member of the Dolphins Club, a swimmers’ organization at Christian College, a junior college for women….The Simpsonville Christian Church was one of 23 rural churches of Kentucky to receive a certificate in Lexington at the Town and Country Church rural fellowship dinner….The Shelbyville City Council purchased a lot at 11th and Main Street from the L&N Railroad for $9,500. A new fire station and city hall were to be built as soon as the money was available….Ben Allen Thomas, 68, got the third annual Golden Sheaf award….Roy C. Hardesty was awarded a Conservation District Dealers award for supporting the district program in 1958….The Shelbyville tobacco market was the third largest in the world in volume of sales. The season closed with a total of 21,900,492 pounds for a total of $14,725,498.25, an average of $67.23 per hundred….Deaths: Richard K. Prewitt; Curtis M. Figg; Lucien Young; Zack Harper; Lottie Wilson Rogers; Eddie Russell Riddle; Harry W. Goodman; Leslie Shuck, 64; Fred Gordon; Arthur N. Duncan Sr.; Laura Newton Grubbs, 80; Anna Blackburn Etherington, 64Louise Davis.

60 years ago, 1954

Briggs-Hower clothing store, founded in 1865 by Capt. Abe Rothchild, and one of the oldest firms in Shelbyville, celebrated its 89th anniversary....Shelbyville's Jack Green, All-American guard of Army's great 1943-45 football team, was named Tulane University’s line coach....Births: Ellis O. Atkinson III, Cathy Sue Sharp....Airman of the month for the 316th Troop Carrier Group at Sewart Air Force Base in Tennessee was A-1C Harold E. Frazier, a helicopter mechanic with the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron (Rotary Wing)....Birth: Cathy Sue Sharp....Deaths: Samuel Kelley, 81; James Logan Johnson, 89; Louise Winlock Duvall, 86; William Corbin Jackson, 64; Ruth M. Pulliam, 80; Lou McChord Watson, 84; Linda Carol White, 2-month-old daughter of John Willie and Martha Tindle White; Nannie Lou Young, 65; William Moore Lyle, 78; Johnnie Andrew Hedges, 72.

70 years ago, 1944

Mrs. W.P. Deiss was elected president of King’s Daughters Hospital board….Serving our country: Pvt. Eugene Shaver, member of a crack infantry division, which took honors in summer maneuvers, underwent special desert training at Eagle Pass, Texas; Capt. Mack Walters’ whereabouts was unknown to his parents for two years, until the War Department lifted its censorship enough to announce he was stationed on Ascension Island, midway between Africa and South America; Aviation Cadet Duncan Nuttall started pilot training at Eagle Pass, Texas….Shelby County had three female bus drivers: Mrs. Joe Tipton, Cropper School; Mrs. Marvin Bowles, Finchville; and Mrs. Jess Shelton, Simpsonville....Birth: Jerry Davis Hawkins….Deaths: Newton Agee; Rev. J.H. MacNeill; Charles M. Cowles; Fred Wright.

80 years ago, 1934

Katie Morris, 84, the last member of a once large local family, died at the Christian Widows and Orphans Home in Louisville....Other deaths: Esten A. Searce, 61, retired farmer; John C. Crosby, 65, father of James Crosby; Marcellus W. Webb, 82, retired painter and carpenter, brother of Mrs. Brose Waller at Simpsonville; G.T. Duvall, ex-president of Bank of Finchville; Mrs. Benjamin Washburn, 90; Rev. M.T. Chandler; John E. Whitaker; Edwin F. Robertson; Thomas Goodwin.

90 years ago, 1924

A&P opened a new store at 4th and Main streets….J.E. Young bought the Bartlett and Cook garage business at Simpsonville….Deaths: William Foree Offutt, 27; William Martin Sr., 77; Sarah Harlow, 69, widow of Lewis Harlow; Allen Daniel, infant son of the Rev. and Mrs. R.C. Goldsmith; Mrs. Mattie Daniel; George Ann Hockersmith Hamilton.

95 years ago, 1919

The newest fad was horn-rimmed and tortoise-shell….Some 468 new cases of the flu were reported, of which 47 were in the city and 421 in the county….Tobacco prices were $12 to $77 per hundred….Shelby County’s most distinguished soldier, Maj. Gen. J. Franklin Bell, 63, former chief of staff, died in New York. He was born in the Pope’s Corner neighborhood, clerked in a Shelbyville store and graduated at West Point. After graduation he served under Gen. George Custer in the Indian wars….Other deaths: W.R. Reeves; Annie Livesay; Mary R. Riester.