Looking Back: February 5, 2010

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1950: Aunt Jemima comes to Shelbyville

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the amount of tobacco farmers could grow this year had been cut 45.3 percent. This followed cuts of 29 and 9 percent in the two previous years. "An atomic bomb just hit Shelby County," said John Rothenburger, who worked at Farmer's Tobacco Warehouse in Shelbyville....At Charlie Kramer's suggestion, the tourism commission's board of directors decided to buy enough dogwood trees to fully line the properties along Main and Washington streets. The director of tourism estimated that 200 trees - 100 on each street of white and pink - would do the trick....Kerri Ferrell was named Shelby County High School's basketball homecoming queen at halftime of the SCHS vs., Seneca game....In the seven years Ferenc Vegh had been director of the band at Shelby County High School, there had been four students to make the prestigious All-State Band - two of them this year - Kris Gilbert and Kanae Harada, both seniors....Births: Cameron James Mitchell Thurman, Olivia Frances Sutherland, Amy Sanchez, Angel Rangel-Saucedo, Sarah Renae McDowell, Donnie Marroquin, Dylan Cruz Gardner, Isabella Lemay Kristoffersen....Deaths: Francis James Brady, 78; William F. Edington, 58; Virginia Stone Headen; Della Cinnamond Jackson, 81; Charles Benton Long, 102; Thelma Juanita Beasley Reese, 71; W.A. "Arley" Franklin, 88; Josephine Southerland Hiter, 74; Edward L. "Pop" Kelly, 82; Herman Lee Nethery Sr., 59; Roberta Vaughn Dawson Shaddock, 94; Bertie Carnelia (Nellie) Parks Nelson, 82; Billy Burden, 44; Priscilla Smith Murphy; Louise Rogers Hower, 93.


15 years ago, 1995

Horace Brown, chairman of the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission, was honored at the Sierra Club banquet in Lexington, where he received the Harry M. Caudill Conservation Award.... Nancy Sanders replaced Richard Floyd who retired as the county's environmentalist after more than 27 years in health work....Cassandra Gray wore many different hats. Besides being a mother and wife of a minister, she was a counselor at Cropper Day Treatment, a mentor in the RENEW program and a singer and actress on the side....Anne Day was installed as president of the Shelby County Woman's Club. Other officers were Diane Collins, first vice president; Linda Pearce, second vice president; Donna Dutton, secretary; Cheryl Hood, treasurer; and Pam Hensley, corresponding secretary....Southern States celebrated 50 years in Shelbyville....Donna Rupard Miller joined the staff of Leonard H. Ballard, PSC, with more than 21 years of accounting and banking experience....Births: Keegan Blain Morris, Kayla Hope Bolin, Laura Lee Hamilton....I'm one: Scott Kenneth Slucher....Deaths: Alvin Murphy, 80; Robert Henry (Boo) Turner Jr., 56; Bessie Long Tipton, 94; Willie Henry Murphy Jr., 65; Stacia Lois Morasky Taylor, 82; Willie Henry Murphy Jr., 65; Robert William Vance Jr., 74; Marvin "Gene" Stewart, 62.


25 years ago, 1985

Judy Cain was the new Shelby County 4-H agent....Sally Bowyer was the new executive director of the Shelby County Community Development Corporation....Bland B. Matthews began his second semester at Culver Military Academy....Christopher Chanda, eighth-grade student at West Middle School, was nominated for a national award at the United States Achievement Academy in English and football....Julie Prather, 26, took the position as Diabetes Control Program nutritionist at the North Central Health Department, replacing Pam Farrell....Boy Scout Troop 270 had 12 youths become Eagle Scouts since 1977, when the troop organized in the Shelbyville Christian Church. "That's a point of pride with the troop's scoutmaster," said O.J. Jennings III, who helped organize unit 270....Births: Grant Jacob Wonderlich, Jennifer Michelle Gilbert....Deaths: Orva B. Richardson, 78; Catherine Jones Rodgers, 73; Billie D. "Bill" Dempsey, 76; Ernest Wilson, 80; Mary Florence Sullivan Lindsay, 84; Bernice Cohen Miller; Ida Mae Hillard Nation, 75; Helen Lefler, 61; Marvin Thomas Dorsey, 39; Sara Durrett Hays, 89; Robert Vernon Woodward, 68; James O. Payton, 68; Dora Palmer Ruble, 77; Jesse Radcliffe Agee, 89; Willard Herbert Tipton, 74.


40 years ago, 1970

Mrs. W.D. Lafferty resigned as clerk of Shelby Quarterly Court and began work for Drs. Burch, Kimbrough and Coots....The Shelbyville District of Kentucky Utilities Company was honored at a banquet for the best 1969 accident prevention record in KU's Central Division....Colonel Harland D. Sanders, one of Kentucky's most famous citizens, received an award at a national convention of the Franchise Advertising Committee of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. held in Honolulu, Hawaii....For the seventh week of tobacco sales 382,610 pounds were sold for an average of $67.82. The season total amount was 25,068,788 pounds sold at $17,572,084.82 for an average of $70.10....Deaths: Omer Simpson McIntosh, 62, husband of Eva Lou McIntosh; Mary M. Endwright, 81, mother of Mrs. Lowell Clouse; Henry Paxton Hedden, 67, brother of Mrs. Walter Cassidy, Lillian Spencer and William K. Hedden; Anna Ruth Young Eggen, 49, wife of James William Eggen Sr.; Samuel B. Kent, 62, nephew of W.R. and G.T. Kent; John Smitha, 85, husband of Elize Shields Smitha; Myrtle Arington Payne, 73, wife of Cecil Payne; Hattie Perry Gabhart, 77, mother of Mrs. H.B. "Woody" Wilson and Paul Sutherland; William O. Reed, 57, husband of Sally Drury Reed; William R. Asberry, 75, father of Norma Jean Jones; Julius Vernon Tingle, 66, husband of Mildred Holly Tingle; Seth Conway Blevins, 63, husband of Alma Bradford Blevins; Carrie Speith, widow of W.A. Speith.


55 years ago, 1955

George N. Busey Jr. was elected president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau at the annual meeting held at the courthouse....Serving our country: Maurice J. Clark was promoted to sergeant while serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii....Kenneth A. Crump, U.S. Air Force, who was spending his leave here after one and one-half years in Northern Africa, received a check for $25 as airman of 316th Air Defense Division at Nouasseur Air Force Base, French, Morocco, North Africa....Mrs. Stephen Foster Collins arrived safety in Stuttgart, Germany, to join her husband who was stationed there for a year's duty....Deaths: Dora Briscoe Garrett, 75, widow of Frank Garrett; Stella Kleiser, 71, wife of Dr. Roy H. Kleiser, retired Methodist minister; Sarah Ellen Catlett, 82, widow of John Catlett; Erwin S. (Beans) Tafel, 61, advertising manager for the Coca Cola Bottling Company; William Ebersbaker, 88, father of Mrs. W.A. Bryant; Floyd G. Perry, 64, husband of Radie Searcy Perry; Sara Rucker Combs, wife of Dr. G.R. Combs; G. Thomas Herron, nephew of Earl Wills; William W. Chelf, 65, brother of Congressman Frank L. Chelf; Winfred Vardeman, 73, half-brother of Isaac C. Rogers; John C. Wainscott, 79, husband of Martha Cook Wainscott; Archibald B. Young, husband of Editha Hardy Young and cousin of the late John E. Brown.


60 years ago, 1950

Aunt Jemima, the world famous cook, announced plans to appear in person at Bill's Food Market to give people of Shelbyville and Shelby County an actual taste of the cooking that made her famous....Deaths: Bessie Yancey Tingle, 56, wife of William Tingle; John Greene Martin, 86, uncle of Ralph, Stephen and Warren Howerton; John White, 87, father of Roy, Henry and George White; Ollie V. Burgin, 62, husband of Verna Burgin; Joseph Stewart Wyatt, 49, husband of Ethel Wyatt; Mary A. Miles, 79, sister of the late Gus O'Leary.


70 years ago, 1940

William G. Deatherage, cashier of the Deposit Bank for two years, was notified of his appointment as state bank examiner by Gov. Keen Johnson....Deaths: Rebecca Adler Ruben, 77, mother of Mose, Mark and Louis Ruben; Owen Shelby Kenney, 39, Shelbyville jeweler and optometrist for approximately 16 years and husband of Clarice Boller Kenney; Mrs. T.S. Hansbrough, 82, mother of Rodman Hansbrough; Florence Ballard, 75, sister of Lavinia Blakemore and Nancy Peyton Ballard; Mary Roach, 34, formerly of Simpsonville; Gracie Ward Tipton, 65, wife of M.T. Tipton; Sophia Hardin McBrayer, 74, formerly of Shelbyville.


75 years ago, 1935

W.H. Blythe of the Hart Wallace Company reported the sale of a 106-acre farm of Lucy A. Hedges on the Hempridge and Southville roads for the Federal Land Bank of Louisville to David Combs for $4,000....Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Robinson received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter, Doris Jean....Rev. John H. Riley, former pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville, died at the St. Joseph Infirmary in Louisville.


85 years ago, 1925

Col. P.C. Oldham sold the farm belonging to Howard Haley, containing 52 acres, located between Simpsonville and Crestwood to Russ Mitchell of Clark....Thomas F. Vannatta, 78, former resident of Shelby County, died at the Nayes Hotel, St. Joseph, Mo....Mary Frances Money, widow of John T. Money, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben F. Farmer....Sallie Vawter Elwood, widow of J.M. Elwood, died at her home on Bland Avenue....Frank F. Neel, 64, died at his home on East Main Street.


90 years ago, 1920

Lucy Radcliff sold a house and lot on Snow Hill to John S. Harrington of Scott's Station for $4,000....J.S. Baskett, 87, one of the oldest and best known citizens of this community, died at his home near Eminence....Arthur L. Hardin, a native and former resident of Shelby County, died at his home in Chicago....Col. Jack Chinn, noted politician and turfman, died at a hospital in Lexington....Amanda Hackworth Wright, 86, widow of George S. Wright, died at her home on 7th St. of pneumonia....The body of George Dunlap, a traveling salesman for the White Chemical Co., who died in Louisville of pneumonia, was brought here for burial.