Looking Back: February 10, 2012

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1942: Ensign Karl A. Oliver dies in Navy air crash

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, 2002
Etta Murphy-Coleman joined the staff of Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors as a funeral assistant and after-care specialist....Shawn Willard passed the Kentucky state examination for apprentice auctioneer and joined H. Barry Smith, Realtors and Auctioneers....The Shelby County Rockets won a nail-biter, beating rival Oldham County, 81-80, with a last-second put-back....The SCHS girls’ basketball team got a big regional victory, beating Scott County, 59-52, in Georgetown....The Cornerstone Bulldogs jumped out early on Oakridge and cruised to a 76-39 victory....Shirley Parrett won the teller of the year award for the second consecutive year at Citizens Union Bank; Roy Edwards won the lending officer of the year for the second year; Donna Miller was named bank employee of the year....Births: Hannah Noel Reinhart, Austin Wayne Richard, Jorge Uriel Villa-Gaona, Kerstan Jean-Marie Melton, Cameron Clinton Roberts....I’m one: Marcus Ethan and Caleb Douglas Collins....Deaths: William F. Bourg, 78; Bobby Wilson Yates, 69; Dortha May Scrogham McGaughey, 78; Samuel A. Cardwell, 67; Joseph Barbati Sr., 80; Gilbert Clark, 86; Thomas Jordan Jr., 68; Joyce Ann LeCompte, 64; Flora Lucille Newton, 85; Dr. Shelby Thomas Powell, 80; Lillian Roberts, 83; Otto D. Ryan, 64; Patsy Carol Samples, 42; Charity E. Vaughn, 87; Ralph Bryant Dyke, 63; Clara Jane Jesse, 74; Pauline Clemmons, 82; William Morris McClain, 68.

15 years ago, 1997
Shelby County's Marine Corps Junior ROTC shooting team placed third for the second consecutive year after firing a 1,376 out of a possible 1,500 points....Tony Green, Shelby County freshman, scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Rockets to an 80-54 Homecoming victory over Grant County....Shelley Hays was crowned Shelby County High School’s basketball Homecoming queen during half-time of the Rockets’ beating of Grant County....When Chase Foster was in first grade, his parents couldn't convince him to try karate. After watching too many Chuck Norris movies, "I was afraid I was gonna get beat up," he said. Less than five years later, 11-year-old Chase successfully completed testing and became the county's 11th black belt in American Tae Kwon Do....For the third consecutive year, the Shelby United States Swim team won big in Nashville. Sharks' swimmers Bradley Baxter, Cam Chenault, Brett Grigsby and Lucien Kinsolving won the 200-yard freestyle and 200 medley relays in the boys' age 10-and-under division....Birth: Bethanee Renae Buckler, James Anthony Nation....I’m one: Kathryn Leigh Tipton….Deaths: Hugh Annibale Biagi, 76; Delbert Michael Fisher, 67; Paul Dean Gilbert, 58; Eldora Rebecca Harris, 51; Lydia Armstrong Richardson, 93; James Vernon "Doc" Perry, 73; Georgia Williams Stoops, 77; Martha Nation Hartford Richie, 69; Elizabeth Lockhart Sams, 82; Cody Scott Chappell, 10-year-old son of Trisha Cunningham Chappell and Scott Chappell; Oakley J. Kendall, 72.

25 years ago, 1987
Bob Dempsey,
(from let) Eddie Williams, Peggy Foster, Wesley Morison and Connie Burgin were awarded plaques for 10 years of service at Valley Industries....Matt Axline, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound Shelby County senior defensive end, committed to continue his football career at the University of Louisville....Shelby County Fiscal Court voted to apply for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to finance land preparations for the Budd Company’s locating in Shelby County....Holly Creamer, a Shelby County High School senior, was crowned Homecoming queen. She was escorted by Chris Gaither....Colonial Halls, a long-term care facility, was rated "superior" for an individual level of care under Kentucky's nursing home reform law....Margie's Hallmark Shop was named a Gold Crown Store by the Hallmark Corporation....O.J. Jennings III was promoted to colonel in the United States Army Reserve....15 years ago The Sentinel-Newswas born. The birth was from the merger of Shelby County's two weeklies – The Shelby Sentinel, founded in 1840, and The Shelby News, founded in 1886....KAREFREE Tours, a non-profit travel organization, was formed and will give any profits to the Multi-Purpose Senior Citizens Program to enhance government funding of services to the elderly....Max Heath, vice president of public affairs of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., was installed as president of the Kentucky Press Association....For the last three-and-a-half years no team has dominated 8th Region girls basketball like the Oldham County Colonels. Their dominance continued, but just barely, as a gutty and undersized Shelby County club fell a basket shy of upending Oldham County, 53-52, before 500 fans in Buckner....The Shelby County girls’ junior varsity tasted the same fate as their varsity teammates by losing a 1-point game at Oldham County – 24-23.... Kountry Market in Village Plaza shopping center changed its name to IGA....Births: Amelia Conn Perkins, Benjamin Lukas Marsh....Deaths: Rev. Everett L. Branham, 82; Samuel David Newton Jr., 85; Cloudie Jaggers, 80; Edward "Moley" Johnson, 86; Ralph S. Hedges, 83; Gladys Dexter Hedden, 93; Cecil Coleman Richardson, 47; Dorothy Mae Pittman, 55.


40 years ago, 1972
The new sanctuary of the First Christian Church was dedicated with Dr. Tom Giltner (from left), Rev. J. Edward Cayce, Dr. James A. Moak and Dr. Wayne Bell take part. Giltner, Bell and Cayce all occupy the office of president of state associations of their denomination in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky....The Shelby Newspublished its final issue after merging with The Shelby Sentinel. The new staff at The Sentinel-News will be editor-in-chief Sally R. Fay; managing editor Mabel Oats; associate editor Bonnie Burks Gossage; and advertising manager, Gerald Johnson. The publication will reach some 8,000 subscribers....Shelbyville Postmaster Alwyn Miller and his lobby display in December were pictured in the January issue of Postmasters Gazette, a publication of the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S....Shelbyville Standard Oil dealer Ed Garrett received his certificate of training after completing an intensive training program at Standard's service station management training center in Louisville....Debra Wheeler, Shelbyville High School,and Mary Duffy, Shelby County High School,were recipients of the Isaac Shelby Chapter DAR awards....Bernard B. Davis joined the Louisville law firm of Handmaker, Weber and Meyer as counsel....Serving our country: Pvt. Gregory K. Willard qualified as light and heavy equipment operator at Fort Riley, Kan. He enlisted on Feb. 19, 1971 for a period of 3 years, and reinlisted for an additional year to be spent on Okinawa....Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert A. Easton battled the winter, the sea and the "enemy" in exercise "Snowy Beach" being conducted off the Maine coast aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Albany....Deaths: Tommy Harrod; Allen Cole Williams, 54; John Thomas Waits, 45; Clarence Smither, 63; Ettie Harden, 78; W.I. White, 82.

55 years ago, 1957
George N. Busey was elected president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau. Other officers were E.L. Bailey, vice president; Guthrie Jesse Jr., secretary; and Ben Allen Thomas Jr., treasurer....Judy Robinson, Henry Clay School, received a certificate of merit from The Courier-Journalfor her essay on "How Fish and Wildlife Can Benefit My Community" in the state essay contest....Ben Allen Thomas, prominent Shelby County farmer and president of Western District Warehousing Corp., was elected president of the newly organized Southern State Sheep Producers Council....Bennett Roach, publisher of The Shelby News, was elected chairman of the board of directors of Kentucky Press Service....Subscribe to The Shelby Sentinelfor $2.50 per year in the county....Jane Kaye Smith was named the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow in Shelbyville High School; also named was Linda Lee Martin, Waddy High School....The Shelbyville PTA celebrated its 25th anniversary....Mrs. Robert Matthews Jr. was named chairman for the Shelbyville Heart Fund....Fulton Smith was appointed manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water Commission, to succeed John T. Royalty, who resigned....Burgess Parks, principal of Cropper School, was elected by the Scott County Board of Education as superintendent of schools in Scott County....Shelbyville Jaycee President Jack Royce was one of three men elected to the board of directors of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce....Births: Brenda Kay Lindenberger, Samuel Carroll Tracy, James Marrs McWilliams....Serving our country: Machinist's mate fireman apprentice Robert D. Reardon returned to his duties in the U.S. Navy after spending some time at home. He was stationed in Norfolk, Va., and was to leave soon for Cuba for 6 weeks duty, then to the Mediterranean for about 6 months....Pfc. James H. Bruner, 24, and Spec. 3 Clay Freeman L. Coleman, 27, were assigned to the 7th Infantry Division in Korea....Marine Pvt. John W. Chatmond arrived at Gibraltar with the reinforced 2nd Battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment and will take part in an extensive training program, practicing amphibious landings in various countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea....Deaths: James T. Henderson; D.A. Sachs Jr., 70; Louise Hanna; Virginia Payton Wilkerson; Harry Perkins, 83; Neal Deweese; Cecil B. Herndon, 68; Mrs. Stanley Reid; Walter Stanley Gordon, 68; William Herbert (Herbie) Gaines, 16-year-old son of Charles and Martha Lewis Gaines; Mary Knight Newton, 77; Jesse Reid Shelton, 74; John David Black, 31; Leonard B. Rutledge, 60; Edythe Hall Gibson, 75; Hall Edward Wayne, 79; Harold Sanford Faught; 42.

60 years ago, 1952
A tenant house in Martinsville belonging to Mayor Robert F. Matthews was destroyed by fire. Another belonging to Mrs. R.A. Newton was badly damaged....The Barnett Real Estate Agency reported the sale of 350-acre farm in Nelson County, 2 miles south of Bloomfield, to C.J. Broaddus  of Henry County....George B. Van Huss, manager of Southern States Shelbyville Co-op, returned from a 2-day farm service conference held in Louisville....Deaths: Louis M. Overly, 25.

70 years ago, 1942
The Shelbyville Tobacco Market closed after selling one of the finest all-around crops ever raised. The average attained was $29.39, which ranked the market among the tops....William Lee Shannon, former captain of the football and basketball teams of Shelbyville High School, was appointed teacher of science and physical education and assistant coach....Alex Veech of Finchville was selected as Master Farmer of Kentucky for 1941....Birth: Carole Anthony Smith...The Shelby SentinelSalutes: Pvt. J.T. Floyd enlisted April 5 in the U.S. Army and was in the 38th Division, Signal Corps, stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss; PFC Davis Shouse, who was radio technician in the U.S. Army, was with the 141st Armored Signal Bn. Company B, Fort Knox; 1st Lt. Elliott Beard of the U.S. Army was stationed in Antigua, British West Indies....Ensign Karl A. Oliver of the U.S. Navy was killed in his airplane which crashed in the ocean off the coast of North Carolina. He was the husband of Margaret Mayhall Oliver....Other deaths: W. Henry Maddox, 65; Jake McClure (Uncle Jake), 77; Carrie E. Dowden, 70; Lena Roberts; Horace Gordon, 69.

80 years ago, 1932
The 76 degrees of Feb. 6 broke the record....Farm Bureau directors were A.B. Veech, Rudd Coffman, John E. Brown, Harrid Bird, Robert M. Giltner, T.M. Hall, Mrs. M. Luther Hall, James H. McAcree, Mrs. A.L. Hanna and Sam D. Weakley....Births: Barnett Demaree, Shirley Ann Brockman....Shelby Countians in the war zone in China were William McMakin, Marine Corps; Lt. Logan McKee, U.S. Navy; Rev. Charles Logan and Charlotte Linton, missionaries....Deaths: Pleasant Travis, Frank Staton, Lou E. Petry; Lena Dorsey Johnson, 59; William Tolbert Epperson, 33.

90 years ago, 1922
D.E. Lisby sold for Scearce Bros. a 128-acre farm with improvements, 5 miles from Shelbyville on the Mount Eden Road, to Charles Skelton and H.L. Vawter for $11,000....A frame warehouse belonging to E.P. Hall and its contents, 25,000 pounds of tobacco owned by E.W. Williams of Bloomfield, was totally destroyed by fire....Undulata Farm of 1,285 acres was divided among the five children of the late Mrs. Harry Weissinger....Wade Lyons of Simpsonville purchased the residence of Owen Clark on Adair Ave. for $7,500....Birth: Clinton Hugh Smith....Deaths: Mattie Lee Reed, 37; William Dedman Nichols, 73; Martha Lindsey Stanton, 85; Leah Adams Weakley; J.W. Shelburne.

95 years ago, 1917
Shelbyville Nest of Owls elected the following officers: Past president, Joe Roberts; president, Bert Davis; vice president, Henry Harris, invocator, Ezra Goyen; warden, Cleveland Johnson; treasurer, Luther Hall; secretary, R.H. Bemiss; Sentinel, Pius Roemmele; Pickett A. Jacobs, trustee, J. Guthrie Goodman....The new high school building at Waddy was completely destroyed by fire together with all its contents. The loss was estimated at $7,000 with $4,500 insurance....The estimated cost of construction and equipping the proposed interurban line from Shelbyville to Frankfort was $440,000 according to a communication received from C.E. Coon, eastern representative by Eugene Cowles, secretary of the Shelbyville Business Men's Association.