Looking Back: January 1, 2010

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1970: Dr. Willis McKee Jr. removes live grenade from Vietnam woman

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

Shelby County lost a historic landmark May 10, as wiring problems started a fire that ruined the Claudia Sanders Dinner House, where Colonel Harland Sanders originally set up his Kentucky Fried Chicken headquarters in 1959....Brittany Patrick, an eighth-grader at East Middle School, won a drawing during the last week of school - to be principal for the day....From among 80 women, Shelby County native Kerri Richardson was selected as a Derby Festival princess for the 2000 Kentucky Derby....Births: Makala Chyanne Cardwell, Sarah Katheryn Montgomery, John Dennis Perry....I'm one: Jamison Taylor Woods, Destiny Dashay Newman....

Deaths: Julia Carole Catlett Murphy, 56; Dorothy Lucille Burgin Brooks, 69; John Boyd Clubb, 77; William H. "Bill" Waits Sr., 81; Clifton York, 82; William Ray Carnes, 72; John Matt Marcum, 75; Winifred Bivin Mason, 74; Elizabeth Woodward, 82; Marvin Patterson, 58; Annie Moss Tucker, 94.


15 years ago, 1995

In the winner's circle at Simpsonville's fifth-grade geography bee were Heath Hawkins, first place; Jeffrey Sheets, second place; and Seth Morris, third....Rob Rothenburger was named assistant chief of the Shelbyville Fire Department....The cost to mail a letter increased from 29 cents to 32 cents on Jan. 1....Ronnie Lee and Sherian Ann Aldridge received the associate of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C....Recognized for a total of 220 cumulated years at Shelby RECC were Cliff Bramblett, Thomas Barker, Doris LeCompte, Mike Clark, Blake Shouse, Debbie Martin, Sybil Krieger, Rathel Warford, Atwell Shelburne, Chip Wheeler and Rick Rand....Shelby Manor Health Center employees receiving awards were Judy Cook, nursing, no absenses 1994; Minnie Williams, housekeeping, no absences 1994; Peggy Allen, dietary, employee of the quarter; Wilbur Beach, nursing, no absences and employee of the year; Jesse Landers, maintenance, no absences 1994....Births: Marilyn Blair, Kelli Jernise Harris, Aliah Danielle and Alexis Yvonne Garrett, Alana Michelle Payton....I'm one: Bryce Andrew Phillips....

Deaths: Robert "Bob" Dean, 76; Christine Collins Hall, 83; Grover J.R. Peach, 67; Dr. William Jesse Lacefield, 67; Carroll "Sweet Pea" Chisholm, 74; Lindsey Dee Cornelius, 65; Isaac Walker, 75; Hayes Devary, 79; Zella Mae O'Nan Webster, 70.


25 years ago, 1985

Ray Moss Tucker, a seventh generation dairy farmer in Finchville, was elected president of Dairymen Inc....Bob Shy returned to Shelbyville to give a Command Performance impersonating Mark Twain....Sara Ann Druin, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Green Sr., was the overall winner of the Little Miss White Christmas beauty pageant at Haldeman Elementary School in Morehead....Greg Hawkins and Lee Wolpert Jr. of Boy Scout Troop 270 became Eagle Scouts....Roger Smith emerged as the winner of the Bagdad Elementary spelling bee....West Middle School downed cross-town rival East Middle in the math bowl competition with a 260-200 win....Dr. Jim Highland, senior consultant in the church division of Cargill Associates, was named the firm's Salesman of the year for 1984 and the recipient of the 1984 Blue Ribbon Award for salesmanship....Dr. Kevin Thompson joined Dr. Edward Hayes at his dental practice at 706 West Main Street....Births: Jennifer Ann Washburn, Katherine Noel Dallas....

Deaths: Mrs. Viola Clower Samples, 61; Mrs. Iva Ellen Smith, 85; Eddie Bolin, 91; Jesse Eugene Raney Sr., 67; Vestina Bailey Thomas, 90; Russell E. Rogers, 83; Roy H. Bennett, 71; Gilbert Whitehouse, 86; Lillian Reynolds, 81.


40 years ago, 1970

Major Willis P. McKee Jr., chief of surgery at the Army's 3rd Field Hospital, assisted in removing a live grenade from a Vietnamese woman at the Saigon Army hospital....Serving our country: Richard A. Payne Jr. returned home from Vietnam....Senior Master Sergeant Haskell J. Nutgrass received his second award of the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Robins AFB, Ga. He was reassigned to Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand for duty....

Deaths: William B. Wallace Jr., 58; Ray B. Snider, 67; Mattie Abrams Kelley Landers, 71; Aurelia Boswell Wisehart, 86; Ora Williams Cooper, 88; Agnes Roemmele Bohn; May Anderson Figg, 66; Frank R. Hunter; Elizabeth Callis Marlow, 50; Calvin Wilson Sr., 76; Bessie Searcy Tinsley, 86.


55 years ago, 1955

Sometime after closing time at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day, thieves entered Steidens big supermarket on U.S. 60 East of town and took three hams and about $4,000 in cash and checks. A drill was used to remove two doors from the large floor type safe which was removed from the premises along with the money and checks....Shelbyville was designated for the location of a generator for the cloud-seeding project for Shelby County....The body of Corporal Charles Lindburgh Miller, 21, who died in Korea in November was brought home and funeral services were held.... Other deaths: Hattie Stallard Baker, 71, widow of Jesse Blanton Baker; Matilda Webber Chowning, widow of A.B. Chowning; Bettie Harrison Hardesty, 75, widow of John W. Hardesty; Mrs. Archie Briscoe Perry, mother of Earl, Sam and Herbert Perry; Martha Gudgel Cozine, 78, wife of Claude P. Cozine; Grover C. Skelton, 62, husband of Ella Richardson Skelton; Caroline M. Bailey, native of Shelby County.


60 years ago, 1950

The beautiful old Webb home, a landmark dating back more than 100 years was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve....Glenn E. Wills, a student at the University of Kentucky, was elected to membership in the Alpha chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, scholastic honorary society for commerce students....H.G. Lee was the new manager of the local Begley Walgreen Agency Drug store....The Fallis estate of 111 acres located in Shelby County near Pleasureville sold at auction to Everett Carter of Henry County for $29,000.....Carroll B. Hardesty, formerly with the Begley Walgreen Agency Drug Company in Mt. Sterling, assumed the duties of pharmacist at the Begley store here in Shelbyville.....James Scearce was elected president of the local Kiwanis Club. Other officers were Rodney Whitaker, vice president; William Amyx, secretary; Jack Van Slyke, treasurer....Sam Liss returned to Lerman Bros. as manager, a position he filled some years before going to Lincoln as manager a few weeks ago. K. Morganstern, also at Lerman's was transferred to Louisville and L.R. Winners was transferred as manager of the Lincoln Store....Births: F.S. Robertson III, Terry Clinton Willard....

Deaths: Lou Finnell Goins, 90, widow of Ben Goins; Elizabeth Hurst Earley, wife of Charles Earley, 86; John Alexander Allen, 70, died while visiting his son, William Allen; Lillian Barnes Carter, 77, wife of Charles Carter; Harve Rutherford, 77, retired lumber inspector; George Shelburne, 73, husband of Lula Shelburne; Lindsay H. Fuqua, sister of local residents J. Herbert Maddox and Mrs. Oren Cornelius; Perlina Jane Snider, 83, widow of William Arch Snider; Ida Bell Burke, 70, great aunt of Mrs. Willie Stratton; Hesta Bell Cays, 70, aunt of Mrs. Vernon Wilson; James E. Shelburne, 80, retired farmer.


70 years ago, 1940

The front of the Clover Farm Grocery store at Fourth and Main streets, was practically demolished and three automobiles were damaged when an unidentified motorist started his car while the gears were in reverse....After 10 days of tobacco auctions, the Shelbyville burley market was one of the tops in the state with an average price of $17.70....Births: daughter to Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Blakemore; son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Briley....

Deaths: Dorcas Moore Lighter, 66, widow of D.B. Lighter; Ora Kerr Gregg, 60, wife of City Engineer James T. Gregg; Flora McAlister Wigginton, 53, widow of Robert H. Wigginton; Ella Middleton Gould, born and raised in Shelby County; Mattie Cook Huffman, 76, widow of Walter Huffman; Mary Baldwin Pratt, 85, aunt of Mrs. T.R. Byrd; Robert Grant Sudduth, 67, husband of Jennie Rodgers Sudduth; Catherine Brown, mother of Philip H. Brown; James B. Middleton, 70, husband of Viola Haller Middleton.


75 years ago, 1935

The local tobacco market reached a real normal stride before it closed for the holidays. The totals were 3,413,624 pounds sold for $590,857.08 for an average for the season of $17.31.


85 years ago, 1925

J.C. Bright, assignee of Richard T. Waters, sold at auction a farm of 237 acres, located near the Spencer County line to the Bank of Taylorsville for $24,000. Cows brought from $25 to $72 and hogs 8 cents per pound....At the Globe Tobacco Warehouse 11,270 pounds of tobacco were sold for an average of $23.95 per hundred. At the Planters House, 10,230 pounds were sold at an average of $24.16....Mary Lee Mitchell, 35, wife of Charles Mitchell, died at King's Daughters Hospital....Calvin G. Arnold, 76, a brother of Mrs. Graham Brown died at his home in Woodford County....Thomas Turner, 82, veteran of the War Between the States, died at the home of his son, J.G. Turner near Waddy.


90 years ago, 1920

Thieves broke into the home of Sam Atlas and two pistols, a mink fur and 97 cents in stamps were stolen....W.L. Pollard of Eminence bought of James Gregg a house and lot in the west end of this city for $1,200....Seven small tracts of land, 27 acres in all, in the neighborhood of Bagdad were sold for $8,000....Tobacco sales of the Globe House had 129,225 pounds of tobacco for an average of $41.57 - highest basket sold for $100 and lowest $6 per hundred. The Shelby house had 282,000 pounds for an average of $42 - highest basket brought $101 per hundred....Deaths: Harris Bell Jordon, 82, Todd's Point farmer; Nancy Green Miller, 78, at home of her daughter, Mrs. W.R. Napier near Clark's Station; Temple Haggard Theobold, wife of George Theobold.


95 years ago, 1915

Rev. Paul Marsh, former pastor of the Christian Churches at Waddy and Chestnut Grove, accepted a call of the Central Christian Church at Seymour, Ind....Shelby County was represented by the following at the annual meeting of the 8th District Teachers' Association in Harrodsburg: Supt. L. H. Gregg, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hall, Mrs. M. Melton, Miss Bettie Geoghegan, Miss Mary Farmer Wilson, Miss Minnie Royalty, Prof. T.A. Houston, Prof. S.B. Walters and Prof. J.H. Miller.