Looking Back: July 22, 2011

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1986: Citizens Union Bank to merge with Farmers and Traders Bank

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, 2001

Cassie Finger, 15, spent almost half of her life playing Shakespeare’s women and snagged a part in Louisville’s prestigious Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park....Charles Bates, 2000-2001 president of the Kiwanis Club of Shelbyville, attended the 86th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Taipei, Taiwan in June....Tinker’s Jewelry and Pawn moved from Main Street to 568 Frankfort Road....When teachers took attendance on senior skip day, they may not have bothered to see if Casey Rothenburger was there. Of course she was, she never missed a day, graduating with perfect attendance....Nathan Hicks was named champion junior showman during the Shelby County Fair Show....In March, Web surfers viewed about 5,000 pages on www.sentinelnews.com, with last month growing to 67,000. The explosive growth came on the heels of a total redesign of the Shelbyville newspaper’s three year old site. Besides a different look, it had much more information....A flock of flamingos were placed mysteriously at various locations around town by an unknown source – the police station, Cardwell House downtown and the Shelby Development office. “It was just designed so people stop taking life so seriously,” said the woman who didn’t want to be named....Dr. Leon Mooneyhan was named superintendent of the year by the Kentucky Association of Pupil Transportation....Cecilia A. Piccini was elected corresponding secretary for Kentucky Business and Professional Women’s Federation....Ground was broken for White Castle, B&N Express and Citizen’s Union Bank off Mount Eden Road near I-64....Births: Carson McKenna Aldridge, Alex Taylor Satterwhite, Sierra Marie Hawk, Jacob Cole Ritchey, Caeli Faye Harp....I’m one: Jacob Alexander White, Cameron Blake Warford....Deaths: Violet “Mrs. B” Byrdwell, 89; James “Jimmy” L. Stucker, 76; Mabel P. Robertson, 92; Daphne Kistner Ethington, 92; John Rice, 76; Margaret Joyce Dixon Young, 60; Mary Katherine Foree, 68.; Jimmie McKay Cox, 88; Ida Margaret Truman Rucker, 89; Joseph Matthew “Joe” Lucas Jr., 40; Robert “Buddy” Waits, 74.


15 years ago, 1996

Amber Michelle Conway and Greggory Tingle were crowned Little Miss and Mister....Developers of a proposed outdoor amphitheater cleared their first hurdle with the zoning board. The Triple S Planning & Zoning Commission was to recommend to city council that the 160-acre tract on Mount Eden Road at I-64 be changed from agricultural to interchange....West Middle Schools' "Sensory History" was honored as one of the nation's outstanding service-learning programs at the second National Service Fair in Washington, D.C....New officers of the Shelbyville Rotary Club were Mark Stivers, president; Ken Murphy, vice president; Gordon Griffin, vice president; Bill Reidy, sergeant-at-arms; Joe Jennings, sergeant-at-arms; Leonard Ballard, treasurer; Judy Hickman, secretary; and Wade Hembree, past president....Beverly Curtsinger was second runner-up in the Ms. Louisville Pageant held at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts....The 1996 Shelby County grand champion baby winners were: under 2-year-old, Gabriel Thomas Wentworth II; under 18-months-old and first place in the girls 1-year to 18-month category, Anna Lee Collins; under 1-year-old and first place in the 6-months to 1-year girls category, Holli Ann McGehee. Josie Wells Wadlingtonwas the winner in the 18-month to 2-year-old category; Jake Goullonwon the 6-month to 1-year-old; and John Michael Hortenbury in the 18-month to 2-year-old category....Births: Sydney Kathleen Cloyd, Rebecca Lynn McKenney, Myriah Carol Brown, Jessica Don Lear....I'm One: Katelin Montgomery....Deaths: Gladys Swigert Jamison, 81; Howard Murphy, 71; Mildred Carpenter Chandler, 85; Ruby R. Sweeney, 60; Christopher James Glenn Hagan, stillborn child of Marlenea Peach and Joseph Hagan; Helen Joyce Dutton, 63.

25 years ago, 1986
Citizens Union Bank president John S. Mathis merged with Farmers and Traders Bank. The merger combined two of the county’s oldest institutions. Farmers and Traders was chartered at the Sixth and Main Street corner in 1871; CUB’s charter is dated 1888 with the union with Bank of Simpsonville occurring in the fall of 1970....Shelbyville Nursing Center Inc. of Sikeston, Mo. made a proposal to purchase the Shelby Manor Nursing Home with a $2.12 million....A Taylorsville man was arrested for cultivation and trafficking of marijuana. More than 2,100 plants, worth a possible $1.6 million, were found on his farm in five plots. A helicopter was used for the first time to help with the search and plans were made to come back to Shelby County for another marijuana search....A 75-year-old water maple tree on Magnolia Avenue was struck by lightning at the home of Donald Deacon. "When the lightning struck the tree it had a heck of a concussion to it," said Deacon. "Like a hot wind that pushes you down. Afterwards the air smelled like gun powder for about 15 minutes..."Sharon Blackburnwas the winner of the Little Miss Contest. Kerri Richardsonwas second and Jessica Wesleywas third....Grand champions for the Shelby County Fair baby show were Casey Ethington for the six months to one year category; William Tyler Henry, one year to 18 months; and Jenny Ann Lewis, 18 months to two years....Duanne Puckett, editor at the Sentinel-News, won the Metro Louisville Journalism Award for editorial writing in the non-metro/community newspapers division....Rex Speer was named manager of the WoodsideTravel Services branch on Midland Boulevard....Dr. Douglas Ahrens, a local orthodontist, moved his office to 729 Hospital Drive, where he would share space with Dr. Harold T. Daniel, an oral surgeon....Keith Miller, 31, a lineman who worked with Shelby County Rural Electric Co-op for 10 years, was changing a transformer at a home in Henry County when he contacted a 7,200 volt primary conductor with his right hand and the neutral conductor path with his stomach. This brought the current in contact with his body, causing minimal burns and he was sent to Humana Hospital University burn unit for treatment....Christy Medley won top honors with a piano solo during the annual talent show at the Shelby County Fair....Births: Evan Michael Stewart, Jacqueline Renee Hayse, Brock Anthony Douthitt....Deaths: Pearl Smoot Webb Polsgrove, 82; Nan Hornsby Clore; Carl Sanford Kelly, 63; Ellis H. Simpson, 63; Charles D. Shouse, 68; Walter "Buck" Lefler, 49; Kathleen Dale (Katie) Smith, infant daughter of Doug and Cynthia Ann Smith; James Chambers, 65.

40 years ago, 1971
Paul Hornback
and Gil Tucker were top winners in the local 4-H tractor driving contest....Shelby County horses made quite a showing in the Lexington Junior League Horse Show at the Red Mile track. Giddy-Up Go, ridden by Don Harris, displayed some of the style that won the $2,000 Grand Championship for five-gaited horses. Charles Crabtree piloted Supreme Airs to the $1,000 Grand Championship Fine Harness....Kathy Howser was named Miss Shelby RECC of 1971....62 local employees of the South Central Bell Telephone Company went on strike with all operators, plant and installation workers and office workers participating....It was announced by local Sears general Manager, Jim Smith, that the Shelbyville catalogue store will function as a retail store and service center as well as a catalogue store....Ralph Quincy, star tailback at Shelby County High School, will attend Lees McRae Junior College, Banner Elk, N.C., on a grant-in-aid and will play football and run track for the Bobcats....Thieves breaking into the Shelby Supply Company tore out the air-conditioner to gain entry. While loading up the store’s 2-ton flatbed truck with six lawn and garden tractors there was evidence of the thieves stopping for a soft drink break while sitting on the air-conditioner....John Wayne Ellis was named to the dean’s List for the second semester of  his freshman year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky....Deaths: William Yount, 74; Raymond Calvert, 74; Leila Margaret Hanna Smith, 63; Julia Sacre Doyle, 94; Guthrie F. Duvall, 70; Mattie B. Brewer, 86; Aretta Hurt Rhodus, Charles Hutchins, Lena Riddle Smith, R. King Heltsley.

55 years ago, 1956
Theresa Ann Billingsley, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Billingsley, is under treatment at the King’s Daughters Hospital for a broken leg, cuts and bruises suffered in an accident when she collided her bicycle with a lumber truck from Anderson, Ind....Tommy Bemiss pitched a two-hit baseball game and Bill Giles and Bernice Grayban hit a home run each as Kiwanis No. 1 remained in first place by romping over Rotary No. 4, by a score of 10 to 1....A series of mysterious telephone calls involving suggestive remarks to girls and young women was believed by the police to have been solved when an arrest and fine were recorded in police court....John Frazier, Sam Medley and Joe Trumbo were granted agriculture and home economics scholarships at the University of Kentucky....Marilyn Kay Jones, 17, is the first Shelby County candidate to be entered in the competition for National Orchard Grass Queen of 1956....Birth: Jane Allen Greenwell....

Serving our country: Chosen as one of the first civilian rotationees for the new AMC overseas civilian rotation program, Joseph L. Tucker,deputy assistant for depot maintenance at North Air Force Base, left for Chateauroux Air Force Base, France, where he would be deputy director of maintenance....The 1945th Airways and Air Communications Services Squadron seleced A/lc Garnett L. Ruble as the outstanding airman of the section for the month of May. Airman Ruble’s outstanding performance of duty in his work section won him the award....Army Pfc. Bobby D. Brunner was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division in Germany....John S. Higgins Jr., 16, is in Europe this summer after he was chosen to participate in the foreign program of the American Field Service....May F. Rothchild, 81, prominent retired Shelbyville merchant, died at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, Louisville, following a lengthy illness. He was the last member here of the family whose name was identified with the business life of Shelbyville for over 90 years....Other deaths: Nancy Marion Armstrong, 90; Bettie Rogers Pierce, 76; Ben D. Estes, 54; Susan Yager Bullock, 73; Samuel DeHaven Weakley Sr., 74; David Wayne Cooke; Virginia (Jennie) Hull.

60 years ago, 1951
Jane Meyer carried off honors at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. Beau Starlight was second in the 2-year-old stake division. Her walk-trot horse, Benefactor, was fourth in the Novice over 2 class and seventh in the junior three gaited stake. A weanling colt, Atomic Bomb, shown by Miss Meyer won the weanling championship stake and was third in the colt class....Bob Lawson won the qualifying medal for the annual Invitational golf tourney at Danville Country Club....Dr. L.L. McBride was elected president of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association at a meeting held in Louisville....John T. Newton was initiated into the Alpha Sigma Fraternity of the Bowling Green College of Commerce in Bowling Green....Subscribe for The Shelby Sentinel, $2.50 in the county....Births: Jacqueline Dodson Sanford....Deaths: Flora Hawkins Billiter, 92; John Sam Shaw, 82; Glen West, 56.

70 years ago, 1941
The Codell Construction Company of Winchester submitted the low bid of $343,621.34 to the State Highway Department for paving 8.35 miles of U.S. 60 from Frankfort to Graefenburg....Births: James William Lea, Judy Mae Hornback....Deaths: Charles Stone, 62; John G. Meehan Sr., 41; George A. Knox, 71; Nannie Perkins Ellingsworth, 86; Lucy Oliver Wilmoth, 78.

80 years ago, 1931
The Guy Downs Realty Co. sold at auction a store building in Taylorsville belonging to F.T. Greenwell to J. Cox and Miller and Bowles for $4,530....Birth: C.E. Abbott III....Deaths: Pearl Kelly Downey, 25.

85 years ago, 1926
A cottage and 7 acres on Midland Trail, a mile west of Shelbyville, belonging to R.B. Blakemore of La Grange was sold to Lindsey Duncan of La Grange....Alice Lillard Conner, widow of John P. Connor, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Minnice Griffith near Simpsonville....David Ellis Roberts, former resident of this county, died at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville....Anna Hammer Frazier of Simpsonville died at Kentucky Baptist Hospital....Melissa Smith, 84, died at her home near Bagdad....Miss Saral Ellen Henderson died at the home of her brother, S.S. Henderson on Joycedale road....John Welch, 65, died at his home in St. Matthews. He was a native of this county.

90 years ago, 1921
The Rev. Marritt James accepted a call to preach at the Baptist Church in Jackson....A fine of $2 and costs was imposed by a jury on a county merchant for keeping his store open for business on Sunday....On Jockey Row, plus horses were numerous. Prices ranged from $25 to $35. Few of the animals changed owners....S.K. Riner, a local realtor, recovered his stolen Buick car in French Lick, Ind. He paid $100 for the return of the car....A stock barn, its contents and a silo on the farm of J.B. Headen on State Pike, was burned to the ground. Insurance amounting to $1,300, on the barn only, partially covered the loss....Death: Mollie Porter, 68; Millard Fillmore Perry, 70; Mrs. J.D. Harrold, 27; Mary McClain Scearce; Rochester G. Bryan, 66; Henry Willis, 40.