Looking Back: January 13, 2012

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2002: Saddlebred leader Helen Crabtree dies

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

Geri Cicchella received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Shelbyville Rotary Club for contributions made on her behalf to the Rotary International Foundation....Shelbyville officials submitted a preliminary proposal to the county school district for the purchase of Daniel Field, a gymnasium and tennis courts....Matthew Harrod Walls graduated from Bellarmine College with a master’s degree in business administration....Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carris was sworn in as sergeant at arms of the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association....Births: Teana Leigh and Teara Nicole McKnight, Jacqui Warren Miller, Alex Manuel Gomez Grave....I’m one: Olivia Ryan Coffey, Nathan Alexander Pulliam, Noah Jacob Reeves....Helen K. Crabtree, one of the founders of the modern Saddlebred horse industry who was credited with helping make Shelby County the Saddlebred capital of the world, died at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville at the age of 86....Other deaths: John B. Cummins, 85; Daniel P. Hargadon, 57; Frederick S. Robertson Jr., 83; Joe Billy Stewart, 76; Lottie Mae Brown Anderson, 78; Corinne Hughes Brown, 100; Thurman J. Clark, 79; Georgia White Doyle, 94; Carroll Walter “C.W.” Jeppson, 66; Betty Jean Bershears Knight, 64; Helen Shuck Searcy, 75; Dora Elizabeth Summitt Lay, 57; Evelyn Florence Miesch, 51.

15 years ago, 1997
Roland Thompson
was honored at a reception for his retirement from the Shelbyville Water and Sewer commission. He had been field superintendent for 10 years….A ceremony was held in Martinsville where a monument was erected to memorialize Martin Luther King Jr....It had been four months since Allison George won the title of Shelby County Junior Miss, but the 17-year-old was still in shock. She traveled to Lexington to compete for the state Junior Miss title and a chance to represent Kentucky in the national program....Birth: Elizabeth Jensen Megibben, Amber Noel Booth, Wesley Jordan Heightchew, Keith Warren Overall Jr., Virginia Dean Parrott....I’m one: Jacob Dean Underwood ,Zachary Bryan Tindle....Claudia Sanders was once described by her husband, Colonel Harland D. Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, as "my packing girl, my warehouse supervisor, my delivery person – you name it." Claudia Ellen Ledington Sanders died Dec. 31 at the age of 94....Other deaths: Henry Brumett Sr., 89; Mary Louise Collins Hubley, 72; Lola Mae Curtis Jones, 94; Amanda Bessie Kelley, 85; Mae Bell Smith Long, 93; Evelyn Moffett, 74; Jane K. Vetter, 91; Joseph Cecil Gray, 90; Vinnetta Cornish Newton Husband, 64.

25 years ago, 1987
The Shelby County Homemakers Association nominated Laurie (from left), Andy, Carol and Philip Stine for Shelby County’s Great American Family....The State Highway Department reduced the speed limit on Smithfield Road north of Washington to Mary Ross Avenue from 45 to 35 mph....Susan Hirsch, 16, was selected to be a finalist in the 16th annual Miss Kentucky National Teenager Pageant....Shelby County’s 1986 Fair Queen, Stacy Chandler, will compete in the state competition....Sara Foley, a Wright Elementary fifth-grader, won $15 and a free subscription to Monkeyshines with her winning essay on monkeys. The essay was published in the Monkeyshines publication....Arson was suspected in a three-alarm fire that destroyed a warehouse and two trucks at Thompson and Nash Inc. on Clay Street....Larry Lambert joined Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. as senior accountant. Velesia Railey was hired as the new receptionist....Louise Weakley, consumer accounting supervisor at Shelby RECC, retired after more than 39 years of service. Dudley H. Scearce resigned as a member of the board of directors after more than  20 years....Deaths: Charles P. Dawson, 81; Davis M. Hayden, 57; Lettie Jones Hawkins, 81; A.B. Hellard, 71; Rhonda Faye Turner, 21; Lorena Susie Downton, 66.

40 years ago, 1972
Joey Burks
(standing), a University of Kentucky senior, visited Simpsonville Elementary to talk with the students and prepare them for an art show in the Student Center Art Gallery....James W. “Jimmie” Adams joined Craig Realty Company. He had been a real-estate agent-broker for eight years and an auctioneer for 15 years and will continue the operations of Adams Auction House....Angela White, a sixth-grade student at the Mount Eden School, was the winner of the 1971 Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District contest....The City Fire Department answered the call at the home of William Matthews on West Main when a mattress was reported on fire. The blaze was ignited by a short in an electrical blanket....Births: Brent Lee Fullen, Susan Elaine Beale, Deaths: D.J. Niemeier; Luther D. Prather; John Owsley Flowers Jr.; Mary Perry Shaw, 79; Mildred Martin Brooks, 78; Lizzie Jane Lickner, Minnie Fry Wright, 88; Lyndon B. Weakley, 65; Barnard Cleon Hedges, 61; Florinda Mack, 30; Orie Z. Riggs, 82; Elsie Arnold Walker, 57.

55 years ago, 1957
Mose Ruben
, one of Shelbyville's leading businessmen and substantial citizens, was going out of business after 50 successful years. The first of March he would have rounded out 50 years in business in Shelbyville. He was president of the Shelby County Building & Loan Association and also of the Shelbyville Water Commission....Albert Moffett Jr., Walton Buckman, Stallard Smith, James Leeds and John Perkins were nominated to fill the vacancies of Dr. W.B. Porter, Laban Jackson, Tyler Long, William T. Chenault and R.F. Matthews on the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce....Dr. Donald Chatham was selected by the Shelbyville Junior Chamber of Commerce as their candidate for one of three outstanding young men of Kentucky....The home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ballard in Webbmont was badly damaged by fire and water....Betty Chatham was appointed Heart Fund chairperson for Shelby County....Subscribe to the Shelby Sentinelfor only $2.50 per year....Local burley market averaged $64.99 for ‘56-57 season....The Waddy Western Eagles won for the second consecutive year in the Western Invitational Tournament when they defeated Mackville High, 49-48....Sales were light on the Shelbyville Tobacco Market with 891,096 pounds bringing $579,578.36 and the average was $65.04....Sp/3 James T. Brown Jr. returned to Germany after spending a 30-days leave with his family in Cropper....Deaths: Nancy Cull Long; Robert Lee Durrett, 51; Edna McGaughey Gafford, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley McGaughey, and wife of William A. Gafford; Dr. Little Whitaker.

60 years ago, 1952
Ralph Mitchell, prominent attorney and leader of civic affairs, was appointed judge of Shelby County by Governor Lawrence Wetherby. Judge Coleman Wright had resigned to become circuit judge. His initial service in the capacity of his new office was in Bedford, in Trimble County....A constructive Breeder Award was conferred to R.D. Shipman by the American Jersey Cattle Club....Simpsonville planned an $80,000 water system to be financed by bonds. The contract was to be awarded within the next 30 days....Edward P. Hall, 85, formerly of Shelbyville, died at his home in Englewood, Fla. His body was brought to Shelbyville and funeral services were conducted from Shannon Funeral Home, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery.

70 years ago, 1942
Commonwealth Attorney H.B. Kinsolving started a movement that was destined to nip in the bud the stealing of automobile tires....The Red Devils got back into winning form by defeating the Georgetown Buffaloes, 37-22, on the Georgetown College floor....The Shelby County Red Cross War Fund Campaign to raise $4,000 started and after a 2-day canvass in Shelbyville, a total of $3,086.40 was turned over to the Red Cross. The city gave $3,086 and county districts were not reported as of press time....Jesse G. Maddox Jr., clerk for the American Tobacco Company, suffered cuts about the face and body bruises when he fell through a skylight at the warehouse while scrapping snow off the roof....John R. Burnett, retired merchant who had been confined to a wheelchair for several years from an attack of rheumatism, suffered severe burns about the back, hands and arms at his home on Bland Ave. when a blanket wrapped about him caught fire when he attempted to light his pipe....Birth: Mary Janet Rodgers...Serving our country: Mr. And Mrs. A.B. Garrett received a cablegram from their son, Lt. Charles Irvin Garrett, who was stationed at Manilla, assuring them of his safety; word was received that Lt. William E. Wise had landed safely somewhere in England....Deaths: Virginia Baskett, 63; Stanley Black, 30; Virgil P. Clark, 79; William Henry McClain, 90; Jesse Lee Roberts, 72; Curt L. Coombs.

80 years ago, 1932
Guy R. Downs succeeded J. Guthrie Goodman of Shelbyville as president of the Shelbyville Exchange Club....Dr. Evart Hankins resigned as assistant cashier of the Deposit Bank of Shelbyville to take a position with the Mount Eden Bank. Dr. Hankins was cashier of the Bank of Finchville for many years before the voluntary liquidation of its business....Officers of the King's Daughters Circle for 1932 were Mrs. George Chowning, leader; Mrs. J.T. Gregg, vice leader; Urith Crapster, secretary; and Mrs. J.L. Zaring, treasurer….Birth: A.J. Glenn III....Deaths: Benjamin M. Hardesty, 58; Mrs. Monie O’Nan Lewis, 90; Wilson Louis Hinkle, 57

85 years ago, 1927
News was received of the death of Col. G.W. Smith at his home in San Diego, Calif. He was born in this county.

90 years ago, 1922
Mrs. David B. Bell was elected leader of the King’s Daughters Circle. Martha Harbison was vice leader, Mrs. D.I. Cooper was secretary, and Mrs. Charles F. Beard was treasurer....Births: Dorothy Amelia Mayhall, Edith Mae Boswell.... Luke B. Hansbrough sold the 177-acre farm of J.B. Hornback to Hugh and Sam Collins of Louisville for $2,600 and a house and lot in Louisville valued at $10,000 went in the trade....The store of Charles Green at Hempridge was destroyed by fire of an unknown origin. The loss totaled approximately $1,000....Birth: Jane Dillard Morrison....Deaths: David B. Orr, 35; Emily Rogers, 79; Webb Hughes, 60; Charles Edward Pinkston, 8-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Estin Pinkston; Kitty Owen, 75; Nancy Reid Morris, 79.

95 years ago, 1917
At a meeting of the City Council T. Fletcher Poynter was elected Councilman in the 3rd Ward to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Augustus R. Goodman.