Looking back: July 25, 2014

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1954: Sentinel, Shelby County's oldest paper, starts 115th year; 162nd year of Shelby County, 161st birthday of Shelbyville

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

Marine Corps Cpl. Adam Shephard’s stop home was short. He was to leave for the Iraqi conflict a second time. He was sent to Kuwait in January 2004 to await the invasion of Iraq, and when hostilities broke out he was sent in as a scout…. Debra Batliner, CMC, city clerk/treasurer of Simpsonville, was awarded the “Certified Municipal Clerk” from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks for achieving its high educational, experience and service requirements…. Stephen Fox was the 2004 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award by Gary Walls, president of Shelby County Community Charities for his efforts in supporting local charities and events…. Brandon Woods joined the Shelbyville fire Department as a firefighter/EMT. He worked as a police dispatcher for the city of Lawrenceburg…. Heather Childers, senior at Shelby County High School, was elected president of the student council…. After a little more than 20 years on the job, Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission Manager Gene Fouts decided to step down. “I’m tired, I’ve been in emergency work all my life,” he said. He would continue to work part-time for the commission indefinitely…. Maggie Hall, former Lady Rocket standout and current University of Alabama player, took the top spot in the ladies’ flight at the 5/3 Bank Kentucky Women’s Open Golf Championship at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown with a 81-76 – 157…. Lester D. Fry, a 1984 graduate of Shelby County High School, was promoted to vice president of business planning and development for Valvoline Instant Oil Change, the nation’s second-largest quick-lube chain…. Karen and Robert Templeton opened Karen’s Bakery, a home bakery and catering business, last spring after relocating to Shelbyville from Ohio….

Births: Makaylan Adaire Puckett, Fabian Tapia Orozco, Keyana Cheyenne Brunner, Hannah Renee Price, Shelby Savannah Lee Gordon, La’than Quanzell Harris, Juan Randall Branscom and Fransisco James Branscom, Macon Dean Myers…. I’m one: Alivia Karol Chandler…. Deaths: Martha Agee Hedges, 87; Charlie “Doc” Chisholm, 81; Phil Hardesty, 75; Willetta Louise Kendall, 70; Jean L. Mitchell, 75; Lee Anne Green Owens, 38; Herman Whitaker, 86;

15 years ago, 1999

Grand Champion for one-year-and-under of the 1999 Shelby County Baby Show was Samuel Thomas Campbell, 18-months-and-under was Madison Tyler Maddox, and two-years-and-under was Hannah Morgan Saylor. First place winners were Kaitlyn Jane Butler, Blake Shelton and Joshua LeCompte.... Roy Edwards was promoted to vice president/loan officer at Citizens Union Bank. Wanda Hawkins was promoted to assistant vice president/loan officer at the main office.... For 10 years, Main Street Antique Mall and Bluegrass Antique Mall (the storefronts are connected) attracted out-of-towners to Shelbyville as well as drawing locals to Main Street for occasional shopping or browsing sprees. Owners Sharon and Matthew Walters announced plans to close the stores…. Rob Taylor was chosen as the new baseball coach for Shelby County High School, but a week later decided not to take the job.... After three months of being temporarily relocated to the old Wal-Mart building, Goody's returns to its permanent site in Village Plaza with more floor selling space and new shelf and rack fixtures, as well as other upgrades.... Shelby County High School senior Brandon Brown was the top qualifier in the United States Junior Amateur Championship at Champions Trace Golf Course, which qualifies him for the national tourney.... More than 500 people were on hand to celebrate the 115th year of Bagdad Roller Mills at its open house.... Carlos Rul-lan was the new head coach for Shelby County High School’s soccer team…. Edward Jones Investment Representative Gordon S. Griffin received the Partner's Award for his outstanding sales and service efforts over the past year.... An article co-written by Dr. K. Jeffery Miller of Miller Chiropractic was published in the summer issue of Kentucky Afield, the quarterly magazine of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.... Birth: Jessica Bailee Carter.... I'm one: Jack Lawrence Collins, Connor Tristan Merryman.... Deaths: Anna Bell Cook, 86; Rosella Whitcomb Cook, 67; Rupert Paul Wyatt, 79; Marshall Booker Jr., 70; Ronnie Joe Stivers, 48; Betty Tingle Crawford, 57; Rodney Lester Curtsinger, 61; Elizabeth Irene Mitchell, 88; Gilbert T. Stump, 70; Katherine Jones, 85; John Dennis Harold, 56; Omra G. Hart, 75.

25 years ago, 1989

Kirstie Lynn Ruble was crowned Little Miss during the Shelby County Fair and Stephen Moran was Little Mister.... Baby contest winners were: six-months-to-one-year, Emily Husband and Curt Merrifield, overall winner was Curt; one-year-to-18-months, Amanda Brianne Burgin and Nicholas Lopez, overall winner was Amanda; 18-months-to-two-years, Tara McIntosh and Jaren Harrison, overall winner was Tara.... George Nichols was chosen to be the new director of Central State Hospital, the department's acute psychiatric care hospital near Louisville.... James W. Davis was elected chairman of the board of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky.... Shelby County officials received news of being considered for an $8 million state-funded five-year Cooperative County Bridge Replacement program... Several members of the Shelbyville First Christian Church participated in a Habitat for Humanity project near Kentucky Lake... Shelbyville Fire Department responded to a chemical spill at Ichikoh Manufacturing Inc.... Births: Elsa Maria Mautner Ballard, Scott Dale Price II, Cassandra Paige Gray…. Deaths: Cecil A. Estes, 76; O'Dell Tinsley, 50; Peggy Rutherford Ballard, 64; Lois Lukens Hopper, 81; Frank O. Greene, 70; Willie B. McIntyre, 75.

40 years ago, 1974

Marshall Warfordof Lawrenceburg was chosen to assume the post of Superintendent of the Old Mason's Home in Shelbyville in September... $100 million Plum Run Development opened in Simpsonville... Washington Street was blocked along with Main Street after the town experienced a downpour that lasted close to 45 minutes. Traffic by-passed the flooded street by going to College Street and back to Washington Street at 10th street... An announcement was made naming Mel Chandler as assistant superintendent of the newly merged Shelby County schools... O.J. Jennings received two letters of commendation concerning his dual role as a citizen-soldier. Captain Jennings was commended for "outstanding community service" in his role in scouting in the Shelby County community.... Robert L. Park was named the new manager of Ben Franklin in Governor’s Square shopping center…. Susanna M. Roberts of the Shelbyville Business and Professional Women's Club would be among 3,000 working women of the United States to attend the National Committee to be held July 21-25 in Chicago.... James P. Hendrick Jr. was promoted by South Central Bell to general plant manager in Kentucky…. Deaths: Elizabeth Catlett, 74, wife of Roscoe Catlett; Zack Ellis Mason, husband of Grace Fullenwider Mason; Gene Mitchell Silcox, 53, wife of Orbin Silcox; Emmett Lewis, 80, retired farmer; Maudie Mae Campbell, 59, sister of Mrs. John Morris; Carey E. Baker, husband of Dean Smith Baker; Airebelle Hammonds McKinney.

55 years ago, 1959

A former Shelbyville Red Devil pitching star, Roger Chandler, was busy silencing the big bats of service teams in Korea. The 19-year-old was a starter with the Seoul area command Mountaineers, and had a sizzling 6-1 record this season with the competition other Army teams in the Korea area…. William A. McKay, superintendent of the Eminence Schools for the past seven years, was elected principal of the Shelbyville High School.... Dick Trammell of the Bagdad FFA chapter was one of three selected for the leadership award, highest honor given Future Farmers, during the State FFA Leadership Training Center. Ronald Smither, vice president of the chapter was given the honorable mention award. Bill Sutherland and Jimmy Shaw were outstanding in athletic events and Billy Brewer was the winner in his group of the underwater swim. Bobby Aldridge, Smither and Charles Richardson were members of the all-star team.... Richard Ramsey and James A. Ellis received their Star Scout pins during the Court of Honor of Boy Scout Troop 164... Clarence Sadler was named the new manager of Newberry’s store in Shelbyville…. Serving our country: The parents of Joe Hasellden received word that he had arrived with the air Corps in Osan, Korea…. Deaths: Charles Morgan Cox, 77; Alberta Jones Brooks, 62; Richard Thomas Hull; James Fred Baxter, 41; Susan Shelburne Thurman, 93, widow of Butler Thurman; Nancy Jane Hughes, 64, wife of Bernice Hughes; Robert Orim Hughes, 88, husband of Beulah Hammond Hughes.

60 years ago, 1954

The continued lack of rain led the Kentucky Water Service Company to stop further sale of water at Shelbyville in tank truck quantities. Drought-stricken farmers sought stock water and household water supplies from Frankfort…. Mary Louise Foust, certified public accountant, was elected a member of the American Institute of Accountants, national professional society of CPAs.... This month Shelby County's oldest paper, The Shelby Sentinel was 114 years old, marking the 162nd year of Shelby County and the 161st birthday of Shelbyville.... Needy residents of Shelby County drew total public assistance grants in June totaling $15,103.... Local 4-H members winning awards as Medal Campers at Bingham 4-H Camp in Washington County were Beverly Davis and Robert Cox.... County Attorney William H. Hays was named Shelby County Campaign Chairman for the Democratic Party at the primary and fall elections....

Births: Carole Elaine Riggs, Lewis Moss Newton.... Serving our country: Cpl. Samuel Batts took part in dedication ceremonies of a Korean school, 10th and largest project completed under the 7th Infantry Division's Armed Forces Assistance to Korea program.... Army Lt. Charles R. Gildart was assigned to the Military Assistants Advisory Group in Spain.... A3/c James R. Warfield spend a 27-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Warfield, before leaving for North Africa.... Deaths: Charles A. Dinkler, 57, husband of Mrs. Ethel Maloney Dinkler; Fawler M. Beckley, 50, husband of Georgia Beckley; Ruth Heaton McCarty Forquer, 77; Charles Duvall Stout, 79, operator of a grocery store on College Street for 20 years; Byron Bernard Begley, 53, president and founder of the Begley Drug Company; James William Flack, 46, father of John Thomas Flack and James William Flack; Priscilla Brooks, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Brooks; Richard A. Williams, 73, retired railroad man; Lena Lee Newton, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garnett Newton; Katie Lee Proctor, 62, wife of Clarence L. Proctor Sr.; Julia E. Smith, 77, wife of Mitchell Smith; Brenda Sue Sparrow, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Sparrow.

70 years ago, 1944

The Big Shelby Tobacco Warehouse, owned by Austin L. Moore and B.P. Eddie, was sold at auction for $75,700. Moore retained his part and Lester Gibbs purchased the other half…. The Shelby County Fair began despite a polio-caused ban on attendance by all persons under 16 years of age…. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shaw received news that their son, Pfc. Herbert W. Shaw, had been killed in the battle of Saipan…. Other death: A.C. Burgain, 19.

80 years ago, 1934

John Ryan purchased the residence of W.T. Miller on Brown Avenue.... A.F. Stewart of Lexington purchased the residence on 1st Street known as the Mrs. Harry Lockridge property from Will Marcum for $3,750.... The annual flag tournament of Shelby County Golf Club was held, with Mrs. C.W. Elsey winning the ladies handicap and Mrs. W.P. Deiss in second place.... Members of the Shelby County Fish and Game Protective Association made plans for a County Lake. Committee members were George L. Pickett, State Chairman of the Fish and Game Association; Dr. Charles E. Palmer and Daniel O'Sullivan.... Rowena Weakley, graduate of Wellesly College, accepted a position at Science Hill School.... Prominent tobacco growers who signed the crop reduction agreement were in favor of selling the crop in bulk.... Sentiment was strong for a stoplight at 7th St., and other corners.... Maria Toombs Jones, 80, widow of John W. Jones, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Everett Long; Susie Maddox McCormick, 61, died at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. J.C. Figg and Bess McCormick; Andrew J. Reed; Elston Graham.

90 years ago, 1924

Benson Pike was being used as a detour route while Midland Trail was being reconstructed east of town…. Mrs. J.C. Ray, Mrs. J.C. Bayne and Clara Clendenin returned from Frankfort, where they had been grading examination papers of applicants to teach school in elementary grades in Kentucky.... The Shelbyville and Eminence Road was to be closed by the State Highway Department for reconstruction of 6 miles of the northern end…. Births: Rena Nancy Caldwell, Shelby Thomas Case.... Deaths: Mrs. James S. Davis; S.T. Robinson.

95 years ago, 1919

Service men returning from overseas were Lt. William L. Barriger, Louis Ruben, Dove Temple, Sgt. Hubert Ford, Lester Riner, George Fortner, Wesley T. Burk, B. Frank “Doc” Bruce, Ralph D. Scearce, J. Michael Calsey, Sgt. Carl Hower, Frank Whitman…. Dr. J.F. Eggen purchased from J.T. Raymond a farm of 140 acres on Smithfield Pike for $23,000.... An ordinance was introduced by the Shelbyville City Council prohibiting picture shows on any floor of a building other than the ground floor.... J.M. Coots, J.T. Gregg and Charles Hayden were made directors of the Shelby Fair Association to fill vacancies on the board.... The Burk Shelby Oil Company was organized with L.G. Smith as president and O.H. Vardeman as secretary.... Deaths: Ambrose Dudley Waller; Julia Cooper Smith; Mrs. John Clore; Octavia Miles, 88, mother of C.C. Miles; Elizabeth Nunn Poague, sister of Mrs. W.N. Nash; Oscar Farmer Jr., native of Shelbyville; Sarah Lea; Capt. George W. Wells, Confederate army veteran and former sheriff; Bettie Sneed Fible, 67, widow of the late A.J. Fible; Joseph O'Leary, 32, a native of Shelbyville; James William Ware.