Looking Back: February 26, 2010

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1970: Ice storm devastates county and city

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, 2000

Rains that dumped nearly 5 inches of water in the Shelbyville area overwhelmed local streams and lakes, spilling over into roadways and flooding businesses and homes....Vivek Sarin was named president and chief operating officer of Shelby Industries....Teretha Beckley and Missy Harwell opened Hair Unique Salon 2 at Henry Clay Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. Beckley, a 1980 Shelby County High School graduate, worked in cosmetology for 11 years, including three years as an instructor at the Hair Design School in Louisville....Pam Floyd opened Ms. Effie's Flowers and Gifts, named after her 88-year-old grandmother....Births: Ethan Thomas Howell, Adrian James Sickles, Meredith Celeste Gaither, Abbigale Ann-Marie Smitha, Jacklyn Deanna Hughes....I'm one: Charles (Charlie) Roberts Heathcock....Forrest O. Beckley, 88, died at University of Louisville Hospital from injuries he received after an automobile accident....Other deaths: Anna Mae Ashby, 72; South Trimble Devers, 87; W. Alex (Al) Jensen Jr., 81; Robert Howard Carpenter, 70; Pauline V. Oakes Doss, 79; Clifford Cecil Hall, 80; James William Eggen Sr., 80; Geraldine Eden Hall, 58; Maxine Avery, 77.


15 years ago, 1995

Former teammates, friends, fans and family filled Wright Elementary School's auditorium to honor Boston Red Sox outfielder Lee Tinsley Jr. His No. 26 was retired during Fan Appreciation Night. Jim Wiley had the jersey framed and had it permanently displayed at Sports Legends sporting goods store on East Main.... Carl D. Black, major general, USAF, (ret.), a member of Solomon Masonic Lodge, was given a distinguished honor among Kentucky Masons, when he was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge....Sarah Hamilton, junior at Living Waters, was named Most Valuable Player of the KCAA Tournament....Births: Jonathan Tyler Mitchell Rose, Ben Riley Thomas, Leila Clothilte Easley....I'm one: Samantha Nicole Satterley, Carmaine Johnson....Deaths: Edna Kathryn Mason, 66; Benetta "Nettie" Bolin Douglas, 57; Thomas Collins Huffman, 77; William H. Jennings, 74; Romalda C. "Tille" Graham, 75; Frances Roster Deutsch, 91; Thomas Breeden, 81; Joe Bailey, 82.


25 years ago, 1985

Shelby County was one of four spots in Kentucky mentioned as a possible home for GM's Saturn plant....The Triple S Appeals Board denied a request to build a fuel stop near the interchange of KY 395 and I-64....Roger Smith, a fourth-grader at Bagdad, had cause to c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e  after winning the county-wide spelling bee at West Middle....Rana Solace won for "The Statue of Liberty," and "Black Soldiers or Patriots During the American Revolution" gave Jeff Hall a winning spot in the American History essay contest sponsored by the Isaac Shelby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution....Kelly Kemp was crowned homecoming queen for Shelby County High School....Shelby County chalked up first-place awards in cheerleading at the 30th District competition at SCHS. The boys' and girls' varsity squads both came out on top....Cynthia Marie Ganote and Sarah Anne Perry, both juniors at Shelby County High School, named to the finals of the Golden 100 Scholastic competition at Murray State University....Cheryl C. Ballard was promoted to assistant vice president and cashier, Val Owens was promoted to head teller, Dot Stivers to central purchasing manager and Amye Shouse was promoted to loan processor at Peoples Bank....Joseph E. Burks celebrated 30 years as owner of Shelby Supply....Tom McGinnis and Hunt Garner, developers of Midland Center complex west of Shelbyville, sold their portion of the shopping center for $1.9 million....By the end of the 1982 season, the Shelbyville Tobacco Market sold 41,403,391 pounds for an average of $185.19. When the 1984 market closed, sales supervisor Harry P. Wills reported 37,073,631 pounds sold for an average of $188.60....City Council voted to uphold a decision by the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission not to rezone Bland Avenue to permit multi-unit apartment houses....L. Michael Lanway accepted a call to the pastorate of Pigeon Fork Baptist Church....Mr. and Mrs. James E. Casey Jr. made plans to make a mission trip to Israel April 10-18....The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recognized Bobby Hudson, Shelby County Industrial Foundation president and vice president of the Shelby County Trust Bank, for his outstanding work in bringing industry to the area....Births: Miranda Katherine Thomas, Jack Ross Kees....Deaths: Carrie Allison Chism, 83; Elmer J. Barnes, 71; Lee Thomas Case, 79; Anna Jane Hawkins Harper, 75; William Herbert Smith Jr., 51; Albert Sloan, 78; Robert Courtney Smith, 82.


40 years ago, 1970

The worst ice storm in recent memory, if not county history, devastated Shelbyville and Shelby County, with hundreds left without power, trees smashed into cars, homes and power lines....Arthur L. Carpenter assumed the duties of business administrator of Colonial Halls in Shelbyville....Cropper Ruritan officers were Ross Tipton, president; Cordell Armstrong, vice president; B.A. Thomas Jr., secretary; James Brown, treasurer; Linnie Shaw, Frank Sanders, James Shaw, directors.... Thieves break into the smokehouse on the farm of Selbert Samples at Bagdad and take two old country hams and 19 fresh hams....A dynamite explosion damages the home of Arthur Tipton....Archie Lanter's home on Rockbridge Road suffers from an explosion and fire, believed to have been caused from a gas leak....Serving our country: Sgt. Donald L. Richardson was decorated with the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Clark AB, Philippines, for meritorious service as a supply computer specialist....U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Kenneth A. Crump arrived for duty at Tindall AFB, Panama City, Fla., after serving at Tan Son Nut AB, Vietnam....Deaths: David Edward Able, 17, and Danny Neal Blackburn, 18, die in car accident on Highway 55 near Taylorsville. A third passenger, Richard Whitaker, escaped with bruises...Other deaths: Marvin (Red) Harris, 66; Vangie Stratton Murphy, 75; Keller M. Little, 64; James C. Roberts, 77.


55 years ago, 1955

City Engineer Wallace W. Sanders, native of Shelbyville, was named "Engineer of the Year" in Louisville....Payment was stopped on a $1,000 building-fund check stolen in a break-in at the Calvary Assembly of God Church that was to be used for a new church in Shelbyville....Fire damaged or destroyed an estimated 30 percent of 227 sacks of mail and parcels bound by truck from Louisville to Anchorage, Lyndon and Shelbyville....New officers for the Shelby County Fish and Game Protective Association were Jesse Puckett, president; Ted Hall, vice president; Everett Hall, business manager; William Hays, secretary-treasurer.... County Judge Ralph Mitchell was named chairman of the 1955 Red Cross Fund Campaign....Shelbyville's Red Devils wound up their regular basketball season with an impressive 71-38 triumph over Versailles....Victoria V. Gilbert of Shelbyville was nominated for president of the National Association of Women Lawyers....Serving our country: A/2c Cecil Nethery returned home after serving 12 months duty in Korea....Deaths: Carl B. Matheny; Otto Phillip Minch, 77; John H. Snyder, 84; Callie Radcliffe Edwards, 87; Mrs. Richard Allen, 89; Mary E. Drake; Mrs. Shem H. Bishop; Sydney A. Griffith, 70; Charles R. Melton, 80; James William Whitaker, 74; William Gay Cosby, 49; Sue Brown Rutherford, 79; D.L. Ricketts, 82.


60 years ago, 1950

The store of John M. Casey's Sons on Main Street was entered by thieves who unlocked the front door and walked in. A screwdriver and a piece of iron, property of the store, were used in prying the lock from the safe, from which they took about $183 in cash....Howard Pearce was elected by the Board of Directors to succeed himself as president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for another year....Sallie Demaree Petty was given a membership in the National Society Magna Charta Dames of America, Philadelphia, Pa....380 babies were born in the Shelby County hospital. There were a total of 1,824 admissions for the year -- 625 were admitted for surgery and 810 for medical treatment....Claude R. Wickard, Administrator of REA, had allocated $420,000 to the Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation for system improvements and funds to build member extensions in the counties of Shelby, Henry, Trimble and Carroll....W.H. Wagg and Elza Dobbs, Bloomfield, purchased from Chalmer B. Caudill, a lot adjoining Maple Moee. They planned to erect a modern 20-unit colonial design motel....2-hour parking meters were in operation. It was an advantage to be able to leave your car more than an hour without returning to watch the meter but some drivers misunderstood the mechanism....The brick building owned by W.R. Long and occupied by Ellis and Swindler garage and the Pratt Farm Implement Company in the Highlands on U.S. 60 East, was badly damaged by fire....Births: John Casey Pelton, Linda Lee Gibbs, Mildred Greer Greenwell, Jon Morgan Riggs, Barbara Ann McDonald....Serving our country: First Lieutenant Thompson S. Whitaker Jr. completed his regular tour of duty on Okinawa.....Deaths: Second Lieutenant Bailey Stivers; Curlett T. Harbison, 80; Sallie Taylor Head, 74; Mattie Conyers Shrout, 78; Edgar Vaughan Sr., 77.


70 years ago, 1940

Shelbyville High School ended its basketball season with an easy 43-11 victory over Georgetown....Jane Ann Holland was named president of the Shelbyville 4-H club and Mary Sue Barnett, secretary....Prof. George Giles was elected County School Superintendent to succeed Prof. A.L. Townsend....W.C. Courtney, 77, native of Shelby County, died at his home near Jericho....Grace Blaydes, daughter of the late William B. and Sarah Barnett Webber of Shelby County, died in the Burnham hospital, Urbana, Ill....Reva Ann Yount, 6-month-old daughter of Duard and Marie Stivers Yount of Cropper, died.


75 years ago, 1935

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Strange received congratulations on the birth of a daughter....Mr. and Mrs. Russell Robb announced the birth of a daughter. Mrs. Robb was the former Katherine Armstrong of Shelbyville....Congratulations were being extended Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Harris on the birth of a son at their home on Ninth Street....Luke B. Hansbrough, 55, died at the Baptist Hospital in Louisville. He was chief owner of the Big Shelby Warehouse at the time of his death....Margaret Poynter McIntyre, 91, widow of Rev. Thomas J. McIntyre, died at her residence at Simpsonville.


85 years ago, 1925

Edward Miles of Franklin County purchased from C.E. Fry the farm known as the Hackworth place, containing 192 acres, located north of Waddy, for $8,000....O.Z. Riggs purchased the residence of D.B. Lighter at Ninth Street for $3,500....The Shelby County Trust & Banking Company sold the O.T. Ashby farm of 72 acres, located on the Pea Ridge turnpike for $4,200 to N.J. Cowherd....Tom Gray purchased the new two-story residence on Kentucky Street belonging to George L. Goss for $7,500....Deaths: Alice Neel Heilman, 52, widow of Roe Heilman, died at her home in the Cropper neighborhood....Fred S. Schmidt, 62, prominent Louisville man and father of Paul F. Schmidt of Shelbyville, died at his home in Louisville....Mary Elizabeth Hulett, 68, widow of W.D. Hulett, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.T. Marcey on Snow Hill.


90 years ago, 1920

Hamilton Lyons Jr. resigned his position with Harbison, Smith and Company....J.B. Hornback sold his farm of 150 acres at Pope's Corner, formerly known as the Mrs. J.E. Hedden place, to Thornton Johnson, for $300....C.J. Brown sold the farm of Gardner Kitson of 80 acres near Buckner to William D. Burton of this county for $6,750....Frank I. Raisor, 17, slipped from an east-bound Southern Railway freight that he was attempting to board at Hempridge and as a result had his left leg crushed from the hip to his ankle. He died a few hours later....Other deaths: Mrs. John Hedges, Miss Mary H. Queen, George McDade, Willie Alice Bradford.


95 years ago, 1915

J.L. Schrammen, of the firm of Schrammen and Smith sold his interest in the feed business to Emmett C. Harbison of Shelbyville... W.B. and J.H. Dale sold their 150-acre farm on Burk's Branch pike to Claude Barrett, Henry County, at $90 per acre....Sarah Herrick, 80, widow of George E. Herrick, died at her home in Louisville....Mattie Fullenwider, widow of William Fullenwider, died at her home...John Henry Gilliland, 77, well-known farmer, died at his home at Fisherville....David B. Hudson, a farmer, 43, died at his home near Hooper's Station on the Southern Railway.