Looking back: July 18, 2014

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1934: 3 percent retail sales tax goes into effect

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, 2004

Shelby countian George R. Million, 32-year veteran of the corrections profession, was named deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Corrections….  The Shelby County school board honored retiring employees during Elaine Farris’ first school board meeting. They were Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, more than 34 years in education; Mary Wagoner, 27 years in education; Brenda Smith, more than 34 years; Martha Templeman, 27 years; Brenda Watson, 32 years; Wanda Gaines, 20 years as food service assistant for East Middle School; Helen McClain, 15 years as bus driver; Cynthia Piatt, 25 years in education; Barbara Thompson, 30 years in food services and as a bus driver; Carol Beth Mooneyhan, more than 30 years in education….  Star Scout Corey Hall received the Lincoln Heritage Council’s Certificate of Merit for Meritorious Action at Troop 137’s Court of Honor held June 5, in recognition of saving of his mother’s life. The award was presented by Pioneer District Executive Matt Nash, on behalf of the Louisville Scout Council…. James William Medley had been to funerals and would hear people say, “I wish they’d written down their stories before they died.” He recorded his memories for current and future generations with “Grow’n Up Medley” as the result… Rev. Robert M. Marshall Sr., celebrated his 25th pastoral anniversary. He was circuit pastor of three United Methodist churches in the Frankfort district: Wesley Chapel, Chaplin, Allen Chapel, Finchville and St. John United Methodist Church in Shelbyville…. Commonwealth Bank opened Commonwealth Brokerage and Brent Smith was named senior financial adviser…. Marilyn Cordova-Winchell was named editor of The Sentinel-News’ twice-monthly Spanish newspaper, Hoy en las Americas, which served Louisville, southern Indiana, Shelbyville and much of central Kentucky…. SSgt. Justin Rock was named one of five members of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations 2004 Team of the Year, in recognition of his sacrifices, devotion to duty and contributions to Homeland Defense and the Global War on Terrorism. The 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School is stationed at Sembach Air Base in Germany….

Birth: Juan Randall Branscom….  Deaths: Brig. Gen. Adriel Newton Williams, 88; George B. Bohannon, 87; Charles Grubbs, 78; Robert B. Glore, 74; Martha Lucille Cruse Hall, 72; Everett Gene Hardison, 72; Gary Richard “Rick” Hatter, 56; Robert P. Oldson, 90; Ronald N. Oliver, 54; Cleo Taylor Powell, 87; Ronald E. Reichenbach, 66; Lettie Fishback Robertson, 100; Samuel Walter Rice, infant son of William and Suzi Rice; Harmon J. “Smitty” Smith, 76; Margaret Overall Walker, 57; Edward L. Geoghegan, 68; Albert John Sanders, 89; Margaret Overall Walker, 57; Charles Michael “Mike” Thompson, 58; Jean Zachem, 80.


15 years ago, 1999

Jamie Scott was the 4-H Brown Swiss Senior and Grand Champion and Overall 4-H Showman during the 4-H and FFA District Dairy Show. Grant Wonderlich was the 4-H Ayrshire Class Grand Champion, and Brandan Nutter was the Holstein Class Senior and Grand Champion.... The Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation was working toward buying 82 acres near Shelby County High School for a proposed regional technology center and community college.... Joe Nathan Edgar Franklin graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture with a bachelor of science degree in natural resource conservation and management.... Tom Becherer was rehired as the Shelby County Rockets’ football coach…. Births: Jesus David Cruz Alfaro, Katherine Greenwell Dutton, Preston Tyler Gorman, Thomas Martin Royse, Mackenzie Paige Tipton, Mallori Elizabeth Webb, Kaelin Anne Welch.... I’m one: Austin Bradley Jennings.... Deaths: Josephine Hays Isham Holloway, 82; James Cecil Thomas Jr., 73; Ruth W. Thomas, 73.


25 years ago, 1989

Melissa Eggen was crowned the 1989 Miss Shelby County Fair. Other finalists were Carol Yount, Kirby Chambers, Traci Puckett and Sherrie Walker. Kathryn Reese was named Miss Congeniality.... James W. Davis was elected chairman of the board of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky.... Bernice Hedges, former manager at Lincoln’s Department Store for 43 years, joined Tracy’s Furniture and Appliances.... Karl Shannon, a morning personality with WVLK-FM (K-93) was one of five finalists in the United States for the Country Music Association’s “Medium Market Air Personality of the Year” award.... Four Shelby County athletes competed in all-star games. Shelby County High all-staters Marcus Stoner and Jeff Conn will be on the Kentucky football team that will play the Tennessee All-Stars. Chris Armstrong and Greg Mason were on the Kentucky basketball all-star team.... Shelbyville Police investigated a shoplifting incident at Maxie’s Shoe store in which a man and woman and two toddlers walked out of the store with five pairs of shoes... Mark Calvert, 31, remained in critical condition at Louisville Humana Hospital-University’s burn unit after suffering second- and third-degree burns over 45 percent of his body from an electrical shock.... the Rev. Buddy Coleman, pastor at Centenary United Methodist Church, said the church needed “a youth worker very, very badly” and a director for expanding programming. Debbie Lawson fit the bill.... There were new homes open for inspection, hot-air balloon rides, free food and music and financial advice during the grand opening of Rolling Ridge subdivision.... Birth: Joshua David Riggins.... Deaths: Elizabeth B. Merchant, 63; Ella Mathews Huss, 89; Avelena Blackaby Wood, 77.


40 years ago, 1974

Mary Ann Black was crowned Miss Shelby RECC by Janis Tingle, Miss Shelby RECC 1973.... After the purchase of the Dr. A.L. Birch farm on Burks Branch Road for a county park, plans were moving ahead rapidly for development of the property. Shelby County Fiscal Court bought the 133-acre farm, which borders Lake Shelby, for $190,000.... Dr. Fred T. Moffatt Jr. resigned the pastorate of the First Baptist Church.... The Dorman Training Center visited the state Capitol and had their photo taken with Gov. Ford…. Bobby Hudson, vice president of Shelby County Trust Bank was elected a director and Judy Swindler was promoted to assistant cashier.... “Satan’s Haunted Acres,” owned and shown by Laura Ropell, on the English Pleasure Halter Class at Iroquois Park Arena in the Louisville Area Show.... Jo Ann Hedges and Mike Tipton joined Shelby County Trust Bank.... Births: Kristie Lynn Nicholson, Dana Lynn Barnett, Cynthia Elaine “Cecie” Connell….  Deaths: Leonard Blythe; Hugh Maclachian Chowning, 60; Clarence Pulliam, 42; Donald C. Young, 16-year-old son of Evelyn Rhodes Young; Leyton Hays, 62; Ernest Thomas Spencer, 66; Dr. Roy Hagan Kleiser, 91; Janette Chowning, 85; David Carson Craig, 80; Marvin Ellis, 84; Beulah Davis Pendleton, 50; Wilena G. Gordon Brown, 71; Arthur G. Tafel, 84.


55 years ago, 1959

Allen Harrod,19, of Finchville, who won the Baptist Young Peoples State Speaking Tournament at Bowling Green in April, delivered his address, “Lord, Tech Us To Pray” at Ridgecrest, North Carolina and won the event there.... The Shelbyville Laundry purchased a house and lot on Main Street between Third and Fourth running through to Washington. A coin-operated laundry was planned to be placed on the Washington Street part of the lot.... A midnight fire on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth resulted in destruction of an entire building and contents. The building was owned by Mrs. W.H. McGinnis, whose residence was on the second floor.... Nancy Lois Peak, 16, was chosen the 1959 Miss Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.... Ann Cottongim suffered cuts and bruises about the face and body in an automobile wreck.... The Biagi Company, local Frigidaire dealer, was cited for its outstanding customer service.... Deaths: Curtis Sauer Young, 78, wife of O.B. Young; Mary C. Roberts, 86, widow of Edmond Roberts; Robert Dillard Duvall, 81, retired Simpsonville farmer; infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Vearnice McClease; Lou Duncan Young, 75, wife of James H. Young, president of People Bank of Bagdad; Bobby Lee Matherly; John Wesley Beaird; Robert D. Buster.


60 years ago, 1954

Mrs. Raymond Cook purchased a tract of land of about seven acres in Waddy for $4,000 at auction.... City police raided Hawkins Pool Room, 622 Main Street, and found a dice table and miscellaneous gambling equipment. Evidence indicated the room had been used until a few minutes before the raid.... Kroger grocery list: fresh baking hens, 29 cents per pound; catfish fillets, 45 cents/pound; fresh and lean ground beef, 39 cents/pound; cantaloupe, two for 39 cents; large 30-pound average Watermelon, 99 cents; Kroger bread, 20-ounce loaf, 18 cents.... Champion babies at the Shelby County fair were Deborah Lynn McClain, best girl baby, and John McCarty, best baby boy.... Births: Diana Lynn Robertson.... Serving our country: Manning the life-bouy watch aboard the battleship USS Missouri at sea, Midn. Achille D. Biagi, remained alerted in case it was necessary to give the dreaded shipboard alarm “man overboard.” He was one of more than 3,000 midshipmen embarking in 19 ships cruising in European waters on the summer’s first midshipman exercise.... Col. Adriel N. Williams, commander of the U.S. Air Force 374th Trop Carrier Wing at Tachikawa Air Installation in Japan, was awarded command pilot wings.... Deaths: Edward T. McCreight, 70, well-known here where he at one time was employed at The Shelby Sentinel office; Susie Holmes, 89, member of Mount Eden Christian Church and mother of Guy Holmes and Mrs. S. M. Gales; Martin Joseph Deim, 59, foreman of the Coca Cola Plant for 25 years; Roy Delbert Shouse, 39, brother of Mrs. Raymond Shely; Pamela Marie Clark, 4-year-old daughter of Jesse Lee and Anna Mae Hisle Clark;


70 years ago, 1944

Among current pictures in The Sentinelwere T/Sgt. E.H. Hardesty on furlough; Shuck brothers (Joe and Garland) in service; Robert Newton a war casualty; James Ann Holland Taliaferro, bride; Mrs. W.C. Ray, vice president National Educational Association; Sgt. Norman Deeb in service; WAC Pfc. Kathrine I. Greene in Hawaiian islands; Frank Chelf and Dr. B.F. Shields, candidates.... Isabel Moore, Baptist Missionary to Nigeria, West Africa, native of Shelby County, spoke at the Rotary Club.


80 years ago, 1934

Kentucky 3 percent retail sales tax went into effect on July 1, after 2.5 years of court fights…. Winfield “Red” Baker joined the fire department, succeeding Boyd O. Wayne…. The new game of softball made its appearance in Shelbyville, and a league was formed at a meeting at Adams Hotel…. McK. Scofield was honored by fellow workers from the post office on his retirement after 31 years of service…. Deaths: The Rev. Charles L. Milton, native of Shelbyville; Otis Harlow, 42, farmer and World War I Veteran; James C. Bright, 68, tobacco man and prominent Shelbyville resident.


90 years ago, 1924

The old Baptist Church at Mount Eden was torn down and a new, modern building was being built…. Chief of Police Otis Wright and three patrolmen caught two bootleggers with a suitcase full of liquor…. Births: Rena Nancy Caldwell, Shelby Thomas Case.... Deaths: Lou J. Rowden Davis, 86, widow of James S. Davis; Mary Regan Poe, 59, wife of Walter Poe; Angie McIntyre Goodnight, 51, widow of Frank Goodnight; Mrs. R.E. Ross; Mrs. Exie Ellen Stucker; Rev. J.R. Noland.


95 years ago, 1919

The residence of Joe H. Wright was totally destroyed by fire with a loss at $15,000.... Deaths: Henry P. Poynter, cashier of the Bank of Shelbyville; E.R. Rice, retired farmer of Shelby County; Ellen Oder, 13-year-old daughter of T.J. Oder; John Aldrich, 17-year-old son of Sol Aldrich, died of pneumonia; Mary Elizabeth Wallace, wife of Frank Wallace; Ada Casey, wife of Ernest Casey; Mary Elizabeth Ford, daughter of J.H. Ford; Charles Harp, former resident of Waddy, an uncle of Mrs. Jesse Cowherd; Bessie Lynch Tong, wife of Charles P. Tong and daughter of Dr. M. Lunch; W.P. Hieatt, native of this county, died at his home at Winchester.