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Looking back: July 19, 2013

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1988: Man blown into air as well explodes

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

Members of the Shelbyville Fountain Committee gathered on July 6 to honor one another and celebrate 41 years of dedicated service....The Shelby County 16-and-under Babe Ruth fast-pitch softball team took second in the state tournament in Lexington. Team members were Amber Morrison, Ashley Smith, Kacie Wagner, Kitty Sloan, Cacey Bentley, Courtney Wilson, Racheal Yeager, Jordan Howard, Amanda Burgin, Linnsey Cabbage, Katie Shields, Heather Axline, Jill Murphy, Jessica Williams and Kristin Hall....The Reading Olympics winners for the 2002-2003 school year at East Middle were Mara Snyder, Allen Bianchi and Jenna Cook....Members of Allen Chapel United Methodist Church gathered to celebrate the church’s 127th anniversary....Alice, Karen and Ron Creque Sr. opened Max Performance Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab in Stonecrest Business Park....Karen Rice opened her studio, Capture the Memory, in her northern Shelby County home.... Deaths: Robert P. “Bob” Adams, 78; Michall K. Reynolds Bohannon, 51; Walker Parks Cole, 78; William Hughes “Bill” Harper, 75; Virginia Best Perry, 81; Lewis C. “Pete” Raymond, 68; James Hardin, 64; Michael Anthony Bruner, 43; James Jackson “Jimmy Jack” Hardin, 64; Aleen Bailey Jamison, 78.

15 years ago, 1998

Steven Bradley and his miniature sheep Lily won first prize in the Small Farm Animals category at the Shelby County Humane Society Amateur Pet Show. He also took second place for his Little Boy Blue costume. Grant Allard and his horse Striker were named "Best Pet of Show."…Marianne Markert won the Flag Day Tournament at Clear Creek Golf Course, making her second-best round ever – 15 over par 75....Gena Johnson was Shelby County's first park ranger. In the 40 days she served as park ranger, she patrolled Clear Creek Park, dealt with fender benders in the park's lot and even helped to find two missing chocolate Labradors, Miles and Moose....Todd Heady placed among the top 100 in the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run....Six community organizations received $30,200 in Moses Ruben Fund grants....Grand champion babies at the Shelby County Fair were Christian Salisbury, under 1 year; Victori Price, under 18 months; Eli McGibben, under 2 years. First-place winners were McKyah Anne Blankenship, William Ricky Nation Jr. and Steven Renfro Jr....Taylor Shaver and Jessica Kennedy were crowned Little Mister and Miss....Births: Kory Houston and Kyle Audrey Eades, Rodolfo Isaac Aragon, Samuel Adam Hood, Savanna Swann Latto, Isaiah Jamel Waddle....I'm one: Matthew Ray Taylor....Deaths: Douglas E. Lea, 74; Oakley D. Bruner, 87; Bradley Young, 64; Margaret Thompson Hopkins, 82; Margaret Holloway Veech, 90; Joyce Lee Payne Case, 58; Chester Randolph Clark, 83; Sanford "Joe" Duncan, 88; Melissa Marie Farris, stillborn daughter of Sherry G. and Junnie Farris Jr.; Mary Lillian Grasch, 61; Cam Lawson, 83; Margaret Thompson Hopkins, 82; Oscar Wade Newman, 92; John Franklin Souder II, 61; Albert Isaac Thomas Jr., 45.

25 years ago, 1988

About the only thing Paige Ethington did differently for the Shelby County Fair Queen competition was curl her hair. The 18-year-old daughter of Faye and Donnie Ethington was crowned 1988 Fair Queen. Sabrina Lentini was the runner-up. Rachel White was named Miss Congeniality....Allen Chappell, along with eight other nervous contestants across the county, washed mud, grime and sweat from calloused hands as the winner of the first All Male Revue at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Other contestants were Eddie Raisor, Roy Catlett, Jack Coots, Ora Lee Taylor, John Lewis, Ralph Dunbar, Bruce Langley and David Perry Sr....Dan Adams of Waddy said he couldn't remember exactly where he was when an explosion in his well on Buzzard Roost Road blew him 5 feet through the air. Witnesses said Adams, 69, was sitting in a chair next to the well when the explosion happened. He and his chair were blown sky-high....Farmers felt the effects of record-breaking drought for several weeks, as crops died of thirst and cattle had gone hungry. A water-rationing ordinance for city water customers was drafted in a joint effort by the Shelbyville City Council and water commission members....Stacy Marx was named to participate in the 1988 Kentucky Lions All-State Band....George Brinkhaus was elected president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club....Deaths: Matthew Alan Sutherland, 2-year-old son of Alan and Julie Bohannon; Ora Overall Washington, 52; L.L. Clarke, 93; Bessie Rayburn Bloyd, 80; Eugene Thomas Tindle, 59; Herman "Bud" Broida, 77; Daisy Pauline Evans Ford, 49; Walter B. Williams, 64; Paul W. Green, 88; Ollidean Drew, 62; Edna Mae Smither, 69.

40 years ago, 1973

As Shelby County Fair time rolls around, it was strange to think that old Floral Hall's days were numbered. It was built around 1899, when the old amphitheater was constructed. High cost of upkeep and insurance brought the A&M Association’s members to decide that Floral Hall must be torn down and replaced....David Bell, a student at Georgetown College, received a 4.0 scholastic average for the spring semester. He also was named associate editor of the college newspaper, the Georgetonian, for the second year....George G. Dunavan was elected president of the Shelby County Jaycees....Serving our country: Army Private Gary Langley was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division in Baumholder, Germany....Birth: Nathan Edward Bartlett....Deaths: Sally B. Meeks Fust, 53; Marion Stucker, 70; Willena Puckett Tillman, 63; Jesse Jerome Ford, 8-year-old son of Leslie Ford; Jesse Paul Bolin, 59; Exie Gunter Cook, 82; Selby Louden, 60.

55 years ago, 1958

Martha Lane Hall, student at the University of Kentucky, was chosen by the UK faculty to represent the school in the 1958 search for Miss Future Home Economist in Kentucky....Dan Conley resigned his position as secretary-treasurer of the Shelbyville National Farm Loan Association. Juanita S. Green remained with the association as assistant secretary-treasurer....Harry Lessley was the new Boy Scouts executive for Daniel Boone District....Mr. and Mrs. Irik Rutherford of North Canterbury, New Zealand, visited with the Dave Casey family after meeting at a bus station in Louisville. The Rutherfords were on their way to Lexington to visit race farms, and Casey invited them to stop in Shelbyville on their return from Lexington....Shelbyville attorneys made Sunday a "legal" holiday as they won closing arguments at the Shelby County Golf Club. Lucien Kinsolving took a 2-and-1 verdict from William "Boopy" Gibbs to become the club champion for the third time; Bernard Davis took the Second Flight by defeating Frank Parks; Judge Ralph Mitchell received a judgment over Mayor Jesse Puckett in the Third Flight; Mac Weaver decisioned Bill Logan in the Fourth Flight; and Logan had unseated the legal representative, Ben Matthews, in that bracket....John Casey, who was attending Mexico City College, visited Monterey and Santa Fe, N.M., before returning to spend the remainder of the summer with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Casey....Charles W. Hedden was elected president of the Equipment Distributors of Kentucky....Deaths: Teresa Joyce Skelton, 4-day-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raul R. Skelton.

60 years ago, 1953

Quintin Biagi returned from a 3-month tour of Europe, where he studied cathedral architecture in connection with his studies at the University of Cincinnati....A family of tourists was robbed of $1,100 from the room in which they were sleeping at Shelby Motel. About $30 was taken from the office of manager John W. Bugg....It was expected that the city would begin operating the new dump facility on the Old Taylorsville Road by the end of July....The Shelbyville swimming pool was closed for two days because of muddy water caused by "organic matter in the water.”…The back door of Lanter's Grocery was broken down by thieves who escaped with some chickens and change, hams, cigarettes and about $8 in cash....Deaths: Mrs. J.L. Simpson, Bettie McClain.

70 years ago, 1943

Ray Moss Tucker of Finchville was awarded a Certificate of Merit and granted a junior membership for having done satisfactory Holstein calf club work....Mrs. Robert Henry Drane was notified from Washington, D.C., that her hair, which she donated to the American Red Cross and the USO, had brought $18....Serving our country: Grover Clark was promoted to the rank of sergeant....Mrs. William S. Jordon received word from the War Department that her husband, a private, was with the U.S. Army Air Corps and landed safely overseas....Judge Harry F. Walters and his wife received word that their son, Lt. Mack G. Walters, came home on leave after being rescued when his ship was torpedoed in the South Atlantic....Deaths: Charlie Barnes, 75; John Waller Parker, 82; Warfield Clay Hall, 42.

80 years ago, 1933

The two A&P groceries in Shelbyville merged and moved to the Owen Hardware location. The stores were formerly located at 6th and Main and 4th and Main....John F. Davis was named assistant to W.T. Beckham, manager of Kentucky Home Owners Loan....Shelbyville Mayor Paul F. Schmidt scored a hole-in-one on the city golf course. He aced the 178-yard, No. 4 hole, while playing in a foursome with Turner Bright, Carl Webb and O.B. Young....Deaths: Dewilton Boswell; Lester Cull; Mrs. J.B. Turner; Charles F. Shepherd.

85 years ago, 1928

Congressman Ralph Gilbert made a talk at the Democratic mass meeting held at the courthouse. John Dawson Buckner was elected chairman and Lester Thompson, secretary....The City Board of Education elected Pearl Martin of Simpsonville as principal of the graded school to succeed Prof. Robert Clem and Mary Katherine Sleadd to succeed Bertha DeBell in the high school....Deaths: James Thomas Stratton; Mary Roberts, widow of Henry Roberts.

90 years ago, 1923

A residence on 8th Street owned by Simeon Cook was sold by Hart Wallace and Co. to Nick Lineback for $3,500....A gymnasium and dormitory was to be erected in the rear of the chapel and west of the primary department of Science Hill School. Plans submitted by Val P. Collins, a Louisville architect, were accepted. The building was to be of brick, 75 by 51 feet, with gymnasium, shower baths and lockers on the first floor and 11 bedrooms and baths on the second floor....Birth: Chester Bryant Chandler....Bertha Perry, 48, wife of Clell Perry, died at her home near Waddy....George W. Johnston, 46, died at his home on the Bagdad Pike.

95 years ago, 1918

Master Commissioner C.F. Beard sold, under orders of the circuit court in the case of L.T. Brooks vs. J.C. Brooks, 11 acres of land on Guist Creek to L.T. Brooks for $40.10 per acre....Fielding E. Ballard was the only member of the old board of trustees in the Shelby Graded School District re-elected. Newly elected were Stanley Lawson, Henry Maddox, Curtis P. Hall and George N. Thompson. Outgoing were E.B. Beard, E.B. Smith, C.W. Guthrie, A.F. Heinrich and W.T. Layson....Deaths: W. Henry Bell, 82; George Chinn, second daughter of Amelia Chinn; Thomas Nelson.