Looking Back: July 1, 2011

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1956: Lightning bolt strikes father and two children

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, 2001

Margaret Miles showed her quilt, a Stearns and Foster appliquépattern, that was given the Viewers’ Choice award at the state Cooperative Extension Homemakers meeting in April....Paul Hornback, Shelby County tobacco farmer, was named to the Kentucky Tobacco Settlement Trust Corporation’s board of directors....Taylor Smith, active in Boy Scout Troop 164 at Centenary Methodist Church for seven years, set up a men’s health fair at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville’s Community Room to help earn his Eagle Scout status....Carrie Beth Wallace was awarded first prize at the Continental Congress gathering of the National Society Daughters of American Resolution in Washington, D.C., for her essay “The Stone Man.”...The 2001 fair winners were, Miss Shelby County Teen, Mallori LeCompte; Little Miss and Mister, Jillian Elizabeth Stella and Cody Tyler Gilbert. Winning babies were 6-months-to-1-year, Kaitlyn Popp and Brayden Sanders Stoops (also grand champion baby under 1-year); 1-year-to-18-months, Savannah Medley (also grand champion baby under 18 months) and Andrew Todd Best; 18-months-to 2-years, Brianna Nicole Waits and William Tucker Sheehan (grand champion baby under 2 years)....About a dozen local charities received $46,000 in grants from the Moses Ruben Fund donations....Births: Jaya Lajuan Cochran, Austin Bernard Moore, Mya Nicole Rogers, Brandon Troy Ethington, William Garrett Hardin, Yenisleydi Saustegui, Kahdlynne Grace Weaver....I’m one: Abigail Lynn Thames....Deaths: Rev. Edward C. Deindoerfer, 78; Arnold Gordon Jr., 48; Hazel Lucille Parks, 74; Charles Nester, 94; Bailey Dawn Rice, infant daughter of Jason P. and April Bailey Ride; James Douglas “Doug” Witt, 21; William Elmo Truax, 70.


15 years ago, 1996

Debra Jenkinswas selected for her manners and friendliness as the Dairy Doll, while Dwight David Youngwas the winner of the Dairy Dandy position. Other members of the court were Michael Hartford, Chad Burgin, Lauren Birtles and Rachel (no last name listed)....A fire that broke out at the Atlantic Envelope plant off KY 55 caused minimal damage to the company's warehouse, but fire and water destruction of dozens of rolls of paper would likely be costly....McKinley's Bread Shop and Deli was scheduled to open at 615 Main St. with a full line of baked breads, muffins, bagels and pastries, as well as rich coffees from around the world....Abbot Realty Corporate moved from it office over a stable on Conner Station Road to the heart of Simpsonville, at 7023 U.S. 60....It was a long way from $3 million, but Parks Director Clay Cottongim was pleased to announce that $10,000 had been raised for the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park. The biggest portion – $8,000 – was raised through a celebrity golf tournament....Lisa Upton had her original poetry published in Best Poems of 1996, a treasury of today's poetry compiled by The National Library of Poetry....Josh Buffolino finished seventh in the 40-man competition at the National Scholastic Outdoor Meet in Raleigh, N.C.....Births: Haleigh Nicole Lane, Austin Dean Suter, David Michael Fitzgerald, James David Ray Hellard, Brice Nathaniel Lewis....I'm One: Lauren Elizabeth Dale....Deaths: Pauline Smith Willard, 69; Sarah Douds Roche, 89; Roberta McGaughey Howe, 54; Edith L. Curtsinger, 78; Martha Vivian Anderson, 77; Ova Camden Chambers, 88; Joe Slaughter, 65; Revel Cloyd, 73; Robert Scaggs; Carl B. Bryant, 83; Frances L. Carson, 88; Robert Duncan Scaggs, 68; Phyllis Ann Robinson Browning, 53; Albert Thomas Cranmer; Lula Anderson Gardner, 98.


25 years ago, 1986

The Shelby County Fiscal Court, the former jailer  and the former deputy jailer were sued for $950,000 by a former inmate of the jail, claiming she was "subject to sexual indignities" by the deputy jailer....Representatives of Purnell Sausage Co. were asked to appear before members of the Federal Water Compliance Program to discuss a remedy to a number of problems that surfaced concerning the plant....Roger Williams, Bagdad, took his music out to the public to promote his singing career. Along with gospel music he sings rhythm and blues, popular music and slow, soothing ballads. He recorded a single “Love Master” and “You Bring Out the Springtime in Me”....Margaret A. Moore-Smithwas placed on the vice-president’s honor list at El Centro College in Dallas....Steffen Mathishad the distinction of being the only student at West Middle School to make all As during the past school year. She also had the highest average ever achieved at West Middle – 100.4 percent – for her first year of study as a sixth-grader...Mary Rothenburgerwas elected state 4-H treasurer during 4-H week at the University of Kentucky....The Sentinel-Newswas awarded first place in General Excellence in the Kentucky Press Association’s 1985 Better Newspaper Contest in Fort Mitchell....Jim Highland, senior consultant in the church division of Cargill Associates, was promoted to vice president in that division....George Burgin, 50, was in fair condition after extensive hand surgery at Humana Hospital University in Louisville. He injured his hand while on the job at Leggett & Platt in Simpsonville....Fire damaged the Smithfield Road home of Elizabeth Taylor. She had decided to sleep on a cushioned swing on the home’s screened-in back porch, where a cool breeze flowed, and was not injured....Vickie McClain Hollingsworth received a commendable rating while teaching kindergarten in the Folda American School in Folda, West Germany. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul McClain....Runners participated in the Run for the Milk contest, carrying a glass of milk on a tray. Jim Edelen won the event, with Mike Harrod coming in second....Births: Steven Christopher Greer, Robert Edward Casey, Anna Rebecca Gardner...Deaths: Dana Lynn Martin Yochum, 28; Leland Juett Perkins, 64; James Robert Hayes Jr., 38; Della B. Wright Haydon, 93; James Sacra, 64; William Edwin Stoops, 78; Margaret H. Boyle.


40 years ago, 1971

Jane Howerton, last year’s Dairy Princess for Shelby County, aided in the crowning of Masha Caseywho was selected as the 1971 Shelby County Dairy Princess from nine other contestants. She was sponsored by the Clark Homemakers....With temperatures soaring up near 100, dozens of local young people found the Shelbyville swimming pool to be one of the coolest places in town....Lucien Kinsolving won the George Helm Memorial Trophy at the State Amateur Golf Tournament in Lexington for shooting a 68, the lowest round....Dean Hardin, general manager of radio station WCND, was elected a director for the Kentucky Broadcasting Association....The Little League player of the week was Marcus Robinson ,who pitched Coke to a 9-4 upset win over Citizens....Michael Y. Saunders received his Doctor of Laws degree at the 320th commencement of Harvard University....Captains elected by their teammates to the Shelby County High School football team were George Campbell, Carl Douglasand Roy Lyons....Sidney Combs, Lois Briscoe, Mary Lloyd Nichols and Rena Holt Mitchell were the winners of the Ladies Handicap Tournament held at the Shelbyville Country Club....The Kentucky Branch of the International King’s Daughters and Sons selected Joe Gilman to receive its scholarship to the annual Chautauqua Summer Schools held in New York....Births: Tammy Sue Newton, William Thomas Schick....Serving our country: Navy PO 1st Cl. Bobby R. Aldridgewas awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for achievement while serving aboard the antisubmarine attack aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La during combat operations off the coast of Vietnam....Navy PO 2nd Cl. Benjamin F. Mathis reported aboard the anti-submarine warfare aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, deployed to the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific....Navy Lt. Comm. Robert M. Macgregor completed a cruise to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Ethiopia aboard the USS Valcour, flagship of the commander of the Middle East Forces....Navy Seaman Charles W. Huffman has been deployed to the Western Pacific aboard the attack aircraft carrier USSS Midway for duty with the U.S. Seventh Fleet....Sr. Master Sgt. Donald E. Wade graduated from the U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Norton AFB, Calif. and is assigned to Hickam AFB, Hawaii....Deaths: John C. Moffett, 52; E.B. Shouse, 55; Lewis Thomas (Boss) Ritchey, 86; William D. Rice, 85; Ethel Barnett Shaddock, 79; Allen Nethery, 79; Nell Hudson Wilson Swinney, Alice Dubourg Kaltenbacher.


55 years ago, 1956

T.W. Watson, agent of the Southern Railway, was elected general chairman executive officer, with jurisdiction over the entire Southern Railway System. He planned to leave for Charlotte, N.C., to assume duties of his new position....The King's Daughters Hospital received a check for $9,850, which was one half of the Ford Foundation gift. The hospital would receive the same amount before March 1957, to be used for better service to the patients....Mickey Hayes left for Montreal, Canada, to sail on the S.S. Columbia for a 2-month student tour of Europe....The 12th Gold Star Herd award was given to C.W. Shipman on his herd of registered Jerseys....A storm described as a small tornado ripped the roof off from the 121-year-old Buffalo Lick Baptist Church on the Bagdad-Peytona Road, uprooted large trees on the Ben Lewis place and did other damage in the community....Windstorms and lightning caused scattered damage over the county during the past week. A bolt that struck the home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Buckner Jr. on Finchville Road knocked down Buckner and his two children when it struck the house. They were not hurt, although he had been on the roof a short time before the lightning struck....Edmund Baxterwas appointed as the department’s director of Region III, Charlottesville, Va. He is a brother of Mrs. Robert F. Matthews Sr. and is well-known in Shelbyville....Births: Scottie Lee Newlen, Michael Wakefield Bright....Serving our country: Army Pfc. William C. Aldridge, 18, was a member of the 1st Chemical Battalion’s 12th Chemical Company in Baumholder, Germany....Army Spec3 Ervin T.F. Webb, 23, qualified as expert in firing the M-1 rifle in Korea. He is a communications chief in Company I of the 7th Infantry Division’s 17th Regiment....Deaths: B.E. Bricken; Mattie Glass Snyder, 83; Mollie Ferguson LeCompte, 86; George M. Buchanon Sr.; Isaac Payne Moore, 83; Ike Payne Moore; Homer Edmund Shaw, 70; Bessie Lee Veenaman; Lillie B. Rinker; James Franklin Clemmons.


60 years ago, 1951

The Barnett Real Estate Agency reported the sale of the Pryor Hower home on Adair Ave. to Fred Hauck of Anchorage, now connected with the Roll Forming Corp....Lucien Kinsolving, Bill Gibbs, Clayton Baker, S.A. Wakefield, H.B. Lee, James Taylor and C.T. Craig participated in the amateur golf tournament in Louisville. Gibbs, Lee and Kinsolving were top winners....Births: Carol Ann Manley, Nancy Sue Tucker....Serving our country: Pfc. J.B. Dickey, 21, was wounded in action in Korea....Midshipman Edgar Vaughan III, USNROTC, was among 9,000 future Naval officers from 52 colleges and universities who participated in a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps cruise. He was a student at the University of Louisville....Maurice P. Collins, airman apprentice, USN, reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa....Laura Jean Smith was awarded a commission as a second lieutenant in the WAF at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonia, Texas....Deaths: Mary Elizabeth Hammond, 68; Dr. James Burton Hudspeth; Madeline Rice Neff, 79; Burton Houchin, 70; Dr. Claudie Aldridge, 80; James Leslie Yates, 45; William H. Reardon, 58; Margie Long Crawford, 38.


70 years ago, 1941

Maj. William L. Barriger, assistant chief of staff, U.S. Army, was honored when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel....LaMar Hundley, 16, saw three toes amputated by an electric lawn mower when he slipped and pulled the mower blades over the foot....James Hackworth, president of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, was re-elected first vice president of the Kentucky Association Insurance Agency...Deaths: Michael G. Sullivan,former Kentucky department commander of the American Legion, who operated an oil service station in this city, died at his home at Frankfort....Other death: Charles Tevis (Ted) Matthews, 39; S. Arthur Taylor, 62; J.W. Knight, 86; Marvin P. Evans, 63; Helen Fitts Randolph, 60; Dela Casey, 55.


80 years ago, 1931

The residence of G.H. Wentworth, located on the Turner Bright farm near Clay Village, was totally destroyed by fire. Loss was estimated at about $5,000....Births: Helen McCann Ford....David Tipton was instantly killed by a bolt of lightning while driving a wagon near his home at Nashville Ind. He was formerly of Shelby County....Other deaths: John J. Burnett, 77; Margaret Woodward Early, 55; Major James Hammond Smith; Willie Frye, 54.


85 years ago, 1926

Josephine Thurman sold her bungalow on Adair Avenue, to Edgar Fullenwider....John T. Hastings, 87, Shelbyville’s oldest businessman, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James D. Middleton, on Adair Ave....Lillie Lawrence, 38, wife of Charles Lawrence, died at home in Mount Eden....Dr. George R. Stewart, 69, died suddenly at his home in Birmingham, Ala.


95 years ago, 1916

The total value of property subject to taxation in Shelbyville as reported to the Board of Council by City Assessor, A.M. Webber Jr., was $2,985,010. This was an increase of $44,440 over the year 1915.