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Looking Back: January 11, 2013

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1958: Tobacco sales surpass more than $13.5 million

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, 2003

The area United Way office moved from 6th and Main to a new office at 170 Alpine Drive, just off Boone Station Road....Council member Mike Miller switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, saying he felt more philosophically aligned with Republicans than Democrats....Shelby County deputies busted an alleged marijuana trafficking operation run out of an apartment just a block from the courthouse, finding about $1,000 worth of marijuana, $641 in cash and paraphernalia – including a scale, rolling papers and plastic bags....Caleb Evans was selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars....The Penrod Lumber and Fence Construction Company of Simpsonville bought the Farmers Supply business from Bobby and Paula Moore and reopened the store under Penrod management....Birth: James Lawrence Mitchell....Deaths: Louise Beckley Meek, 84; Stephen Paul Reed, 52

15 years ago, 1998

Jerry Buehner retired as manager of Kountry Market/IGA after 47 years working in grocery stores. Barry Mattingly assumed the management position....A blood drive was set to help 12-year-old Stevie Blankenship who went through his 16th surgery to correct effects of a birth defect, spina bifida....Dr. Ron Waldridge II joined about 50 members of the community to discuss needs for the Family Activity Center....Mary Kinderman retired from the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency. She worked on the senior citizens’ trips and newspaper, Karefree Times....Larry Rogers celebrated his seventh anniversary in the real estate business; his agency had 20 agents....The end of 1997 marked the end of a year-long birthday party for Centenary United Methodist Church. The church at the corner of 5th and Main officially celebrated its 100th birthday in October....Births: Christina Noel Dunavan, Trenton Blake Jesse, Isabella Alma Lawson, Gabriel Renea Watts, River Lochlan Barnhart, Karen Estrada Blas, Megan Marie Hill....I'm one: Hannah Noel Richardson....Deaths: Frances Pauline Phillips Burke, 67; Woodrow Foster, 79; Doris Jean Gaines Robinson, 44.

25 years ago, 1988

A "sold" sign sat in the front yard and a large banner was visible from the window telling customers, "We've moved." Shelby Office Equipment Co. moved its location to KY 55 South in the Shelby Business Center Complex....Daryl Casey, 17, was awarded the coveted Eagle Scout badge in a ceremony at Shelby Christian Church. He was the 19th Boy Scout under former Scout Master Skip Jennings to obtain that status....New Circuit Court Clerk Kathy Nichols started at her job bright and early. She and her staff were sworn in by Judge Harold Y. Saunders at 8 a.m. and were at their desks shortly thereafter. She succeeded Ann Trimble, who had held the position for 47 years....Rev. Mark L. Potts accepted a call as pastor of Bagdad Baptist Church....Jenny Hager, West Middle School, won first place for her ad in the "Scripts and Scribbles" contest sponsored by The Sentinel-News. West and East Middle schools also received $200 to devote to education programs....Birth: Megan Frances Imel....Deaths: Kenneth Lee Cook, 66; William D. Middelton, 78; Blaine Kiser, 78; Ancil Lee Murphy, 66; Lee Carnrick Dunavan, 58.

40 years ago, 1973

Veterinarian James D. Coots was chosen for the Outstanding Young Man Award for 1972 in Shelby County....Ewitt W. Phillips, a member of the Shelbyville Police force since May of 1963, was promoted to sergeant. Chief Edris Belcher was the Shelbyville Police Chief....Donald Murphy, an eighth-grade student at Shelby County Upper Elementary, was the winner of the 1972 Conservation Essay Contest....Citizens Union Bank employees moved into their new facilities at 9th and Main streets. Seven presidents have served at the bank since its founding in 1888: C. Kinkel, James Guthrie, P.J. Foree, W.H. Tipton in 1900-1933, P.R. Beard in 1933-38, John K. Todd 1938-41, C.A. Randolph 1941-69, and S.F. McBrayer, who now serves as president....Sissy Reed was crowned 1973 Basketball Homecoming Queen at Shelby County High School. SCHS won, 65-52, against Anderson County....Birth: Lindsey Holland Dupps....Deaths: George Gill Riddle, 66; Thomas A. Rogers, 23-day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin S. Rogers; Clio Toy Story, 70; Bertha E. Mitchell, 84; Charles E. “Bud” Cook, 48.

55 years ago, 1958

Ben Matthews was sworn in as city judge, and Bernard B. Davis was reappointed as city attorney. Matthews first served as city judge and had been at his present position for about 11 years....County officials were C.P. Nash, county clerk; Ralph Mitchell, judge; Ann Tipton Trimble, circuit court clerk; William H. Hays, county attorney; Thornton L. Johnson, sheriff....Shelbyville tobacco warehouses closed with a season average price of $62.62 per hundred pounds for 21,638,980 pounds, which brought growers $13,549,428.58 – short of last year....The Simpsonville basketball team defeated Western High School, 65-47; Tommy Allen was the high scorer with 20 points....Birth: Brett Leslie Webb....Serving our country: James R. Thacker, airman apprentice, USN, arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon, aboard the support aircraft carrier USS Princeton on a mission of mercy with the Ceylonese Relief Force....Deaths: Sarah Adeline Morris, 61; Elsie A. Kalmey, 61; Bertha Miller, 15-year-old orphan sponsored by the Open Door Sunday school class of Centenary Methodist Church of Shelbyville; Roscoe Bryan Kaze, 57; W.T. Holmes, 84; Elizabeth Radcliff Wills, 83; Sally Elizabeth Bradley, 80.

60 years ago, 1953

Robert Allen McCray, prominent horseman from Barbourville, began his duties as the new manager of Undulata Farms....Shelby County exceeded its Community Chest goal of $7,500 with special gifts totaling $7,546.50....The Shelbyville tobacco market had both its highest average and heaviest sale of the season, as the market resumed sales after a Christmas-New Year holiday. The growers received $619,072.65 for 1,132,760 pounds, and the average jumped $4.55 to $54.65 per hundred....Everett Riggs, chief of the Shelbyville Fire Department, presented his annual report with 93 fires and only $5,750 loss for the entire year....Some 102 telephones were added in 1952, which brought the total number of phones in Shelbyville to 2,474.

70 years ago, 1943

Judge Charles C. Marshall tendered his resignation as circuit judge for the 12th Judicial District, which included Shelby, Henry, Anderson, Spencer, Trimble and Oldham counties. He was succeeded by J. Wirt Turner of New Castle....State Alcohol Tax Division agents visited Shelbyville and confiscated a quantity of liquor and made two arrests, charging two with selling whiskey without a state license....Thornton L. Johnson was re-elected chairman of the Shelby County Board of Education, and Stanley Smith was elected vice chairman....The Undulata Stock Farm had a significant loss when the saddle horse Golden Genius, an 8-year-old chestnut son of King Genius, suddenly dropped dead in his paddock.....Births: Joseph Lawrence Beach, Kenneth Reed Gravett, Earl Thomas Patton....Serving our country: 2nd Lt. William H. Robertson was promoted to first lieutenant and was stationed at Portsmouth, Ohio....Ambrose Taylor spent a 7-day furlough with his wife and son in Shelbyville. He was transferred to California, where he was on desert maneuvers....Deaths: Mrs. Charles Graybill, 40; Ida Carter O'Nan, 58; Thomas Willis Retherford, 55; James C. Miller, 26; Eddie Ephraim Elliotte, 73; Charles Orvis Lawell, 50; Viona Cheek Brown, 51; J. Sherman Porter, 70

80 years ago, 1933

Dr. H.A. VonNieda, chiropractor, opened an office on the second floor of the Brown Building....W.P. Deiss was elected president of the Tuesday Luncheon Club, succeeding Guy Downs....Pryor R. Beard succeeded the late Judge W.H. Tipton as president of Citizens Bank....Deaths: June T. Paul; John P. Cozine Jr.; John Nave; Thomas F. Peterson; Noah Rogers.

85 years ago, 1928

The D.A. Whisman farm, located at Pope's Corner, containing 135 acres was sold by P.C. Oldham to Joseph and Frederick Nicely of Indianapolis....Deaths: T.B. Tichenor, 69; William P. Drane, 73.

90 years ago, 1923

At a meeting of all the chapters of the King's Daughters Circle of Shelby County, officers were elected. They were county chairperson Mrs. William Nash and county secretary Mrs. Will A. Fitch. Two new members were added to the hospital board – Mrs. Carl S. Matthews and Bessie Lawson....Birth: Mary Henry Moore....George T. Cinnamond, 89, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lem Rutledge....Catherine Howerton Henry, wife of Rice Henry of Little Mount, died at the home of her father, William Howerton in Nelson County....George Douglas Oldham, father of P.C. Oldham of Shelbyville, died at the home of a son, Charles Oldham in Oldham County.

95 years ago, 1918

Col. Ludlow F. Petty, chief of Louisville Police and former postmaster here, was painfully injured when he slipped while running to board a car in Louisville....Leonard S. Smith Jr. was promoted from second to first lieutenant....W.T. Beckham and Ralph Gilbert formed a law partnership and opened offices on the second floor of Shelby County Trust Building....The local tobacco market was the strongest in two weeks, selling 98,110 pounds at an average of $25. prices ranged from $12 to $43....Deaths: Nellie Moore Stanley; Lucinda Watts, 90.