Looking Back: July 30, 2010

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1955: Martha Layne Hall contends for fair, Orchard Grass queen

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, 2000

Receiving the Wolf Badge and promotion to Bear Scout were Andy Dunn, Kevin Imnof, Nick Cross, Bradley Stratton, Cody Spaulding, Grant Hagerman, Matthew Owen, Hudson Blacketer, Dustin Presswood, Andrew Misner, A.J. Lopesilvero and Jacob Guffy. Bear Scouts promoted to First year Webelo Scouts were Sebastian Kearney, Robby Boston and Nathan Bohannon....The State Fire Marshall's office investigated a blaze that destroyed the Shelbyville Hardee's. Owner Tom McGinnis, who planned to rebuild another Hardee's in the same spot off Midland Trail, said he guessed the fire caused $600,000-$700,000 in damage. No one was hurt, but the roof collapsed about two minutes after firefighters had abandoned an interior attack....Shelbyville police officers Ted Schlenker and Kelly Cable helped kick off the city's new bicycle patrol at the Catholic Church of the Annunciation's annual lawn fete. Four city officers were members of the bike patrol and alternated riding two bikes....Morris Bryant was honored with a plaque that would go on the door of the clinical library dedicated to the medical technologist for his work at the hospital since 1954....Births: Angel Quiroz Barrientos, Andrew Hunter Goodlett, Ariyanna Yvonne Standigel, Jacob Alexander White, Collin Joseph Sampson, Tyler William Ridener, Elizabeth Anne Stevenson....I'm one: Reagan Kate Murphy....Deaths: Thomas "Tom" Jefferson Love, 71; Joseph Ollen Long, 87; Lillian Poe Mitchell, 78; Clarence F. Yount, 77; Edward Warren Ransdell, 81; Morris Bland Sleets, 74.


15 years ago, 1995

Michael Schier and Sam Thomas appeared before fiscal court in a drive to gain officials' support of a 24-hour cab service in the county. Schier, president of the cab service, estimated that rates will be $1.50 for the pick up and $1.50 a mile; thus, it would cost customers $3 for the first mile....Yvonne Schmidt was named Shelby County's Big Sister of the Year. Beverly Henson, 37, was named the new director of the local Big Brothers/Sisters....Grant Hays, head coach of Shelby County High School's girls' golf team for the past six years and the boys' tennis team for five seasons, resigned from both posts....The Shelbyville Tree Board planted the seed for a community-wide Arbor Day celebration, and a $1,000 grant from the Kentucky Division of Forestry would help the board's plans to bloom....In a five-county area, which included Shelby, Henry, Spencer, Oldham and Trimble, three Shelby County dairy farms received five of 10 production awards sponsored by Purina Mills Inc. The local winners were John Kalmey and Bri-Lu Farms (Lee Usher and Heidi Tingle); John and Pam Miles of Miles Brothers Farm....Reagan Andriot received a Commonwealth Scholarship and planned to major in graphic design at Western Kentucky University....Births: Shelby Victoria Diamond, Kambron Spalding Bruner....I'm One: Michaela Elizabeth Dempsey....Deaths: Elizabeth Landis Willets, 48; Harvey W. Wilson, 87; Maileen Phillips Perry, 46; Eugene A. Morse, 48; Katherine Mathus, 73; Richard Morris "Bee" Harris, 59; Harvey W. Wilson, 87; Pearl K. Tipton, 69; William Lee Walker, 83.


25 years ago, 1985

Republic Savings Bank completed acquisition of Deposit Bank & Trust Co. of Pleasureville....Earl Scrogham's Grocery opened at the old Hart Rucker grocery location on KY 395 which had been closed for nearly five years....Beagle's, a new business featuring a restaurant, gas pumps and grocery, opened on KY 55 South....Wayne Stratton was elected to the board of directors of Peoples Bank...."I bought the store from Chester Bemiss because he wanted to get closer to the people in the community," said John Burgin, the new owner of the Simpsonville General Store....Peoples Bank, Shelbyville, announced the promotion of Burch Kinsolving to assistant vice-president...Shelby County is home for a month to three visiting French students - Marc Gerbet, Bruno Lebrun and Claude Jandard....The U.S. Postal Service is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed the Bagdad Post Office with a handgun. The armed robber forced postal clerk David May to give him $40, several blank money orders and a money order machine and tied his hands behind his back and his feet with tape....Birth: Matthew Scott Cook, Brandon Ewing Ritter, Melissa Ellen Eskridge....Deaths: Mary Homer Hankins, 84; Starr Gladstone Wiecek, 63; James Riley Brown, 89; Emma Jean Barnett, 92; Marvin Earl Cook, 55; Frank V. Long, 84.


40 years ago, 1970

Champions selected during the Shelby County Fair baby show were John Wesley Smitha and Ann Lichtenfels for one to two years of age, and William Scott Tingle and Beth McIntosh for under one year of age....Janice Greer Stewart received her Master of Education degree from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green....Judy Skelton was among the 91 seniors awarded degrees during the annual Summer Commencement at Georgetown College....Jay Phillips and Rodney Cloyd have been employed as assistant coaches for Coach Dan Gobel's Shelby County Rocket football team....Steve and Paul Hornback received trophies for junior and senior divisions of the county tractor driving contest at the Shelby County Fair....Sherry Hill and Debbie Doyle were declared co-champions in the 4-H Horse Show with each having a total of 26 points....Deaths: J.M. Landers, 52, was killed when a state mower which he was driving overturned on an embankment near the intersection of Highways 55 and 60....Other deaths: Davis Phillips, 64; Susie Mae Stratton Hanks, 85; Tami Lynn Ball, infant daughter of Sp. 5 Marvin and Mary Alice Mahoney Ball; John H. Grubbs Jr., 67.


55 years ago, 1955

There were seven entrants in the contest for Miss Shelby County Fair. They were Becky McCormack, Martha Layne Hall, Elizabeth Sue Holland, Shirley Hedges, Mildred Geiger, Eula Mae Black, Brenda Joyce Staten....A 30-year-old Shelby County man, wanted by police as the alleged leader of a theft ring, was captured near Finchville by Deputy Sheriff Stallard (Boots) Smith and Sgt. Leslie Pyles of the state police....Eula Mae Black of Todds Point and Elizabeth Sue Holland and Martha Layne Hall of Shelbyville were the first three candidates from Shelby County to enter the competition for title of National Orchard Grass Queen....Burglars forced a side window at McClain's Shell Service Station and took cigarettes, and money from pinball machines and filing cabinet netting about $150....Serving our country: Pvt. Carl W. Smith, 21, son of George B. Smith, was a member of the 24th Infantry Division in Korea....Deaths: Allen J. Conn, 77; Thomas Garland Burgin, 33; Melody Lane Frazier, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Frazier; Deloris Bruner, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Bruner; John Anderson Weakley, 73; Ezra Jennings, 63; Mattie Wiley.


60 years ago, 1950

Despite heavy rains, which turned the horse show into a quagmire of mud, banner crowds turned out for the 88th exhibition of the Shelby County Fair. Power difficulties delayed the proceedings for nearly an hour....Jimmy Chandler, 13, won fifth place in the Soap Box Derby in New Albany, Ind....Oscar Gibbs came home to win the featured 3-gaited Saddle horse stake....Fire, set off by an overflowing coal oil stove, leveled the one-and-a-half story, wooden frame home of Susan Offutt Neel on Vigo Road....An attendance record of 252 of several years standing was broken at the Mount Eden Christian Church with an attendance of 310....A bumble-bee rampage struck Shelbyville, claiming among its victims, Joseph D. Casey while repairing the roof on his home on the corner of 3rd and Washington streets. Horsemen reported that a swarm of bees invaded the fairgrounds and took up residence in the stables....Tate Bird narrowly escaped serious injury when a horse he was riding on his farm reared, threw him to the ground and fell on him....After 22 years of planning, waiting and hoping, Shelbyville has a swimming pool. Before the day's festivities were concluded, more than 300 enthusiasts had taken their initial dip....The community auction, sponsored by Shelbyville Kiwanis Club and staged as a part of the fund raising campaign for the Jim Roberts project, raised more than $950....The Shelby Sentinel celebrated 110 years. Father and son team, Daniel and James O'Sullivan, serving as editors and publishers, had run it for 45 years....Maurice Van Meter, one of 59 University of Kentucky ROTC cadets, received the Army's top ratings in firing both the M-1 rifle and carbine on the post's rifle range....Deaths: John Harlan Corbin, 87; Rev. Patrick Clayborn Long, 76; Charles William Campbell, 22; Lynn H. Gruber.


70 years ago, 1940

Professor George Giles was the new superintendent of rural schools....Ann Tipton Howser began duties as the new circuit clerk....First place winners for essays on schools and towns contributed to The Shelby Sentinel for the 100th anniversary issue were Harold Snider, Waddy; Lois Martin, Cropper; Bessie Rogers, Gleneyrie; Ann Miller, Henry Clay; Camille Jones, Bagdad....William E. Hutchings was elected a director and cashier of the Deposit Bank....Birth: Fred Allen Wright....Deaths: Frances Sanders, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Sanders; Melvin Jamison, 15-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jamison.


75 years ago, 1935

Martha Giltner was named one of 18 students out of 1,100 who made straight As at the University of Kentucky....Shelbyville golf winners at Danville were Bernard Davis, Bill Gibbs, Stephen Wakefield, Briggs Lawson, Paul Schmidt and Tom Buckner....Mr. and Mrs. Willett McGruder received congratulations upon the birth of twin boys.


85 years ago, 1925

The Redpath Chautauqua closed its 13th consecutive season in Shelbyville....The Armstrong Hotel was sold to the People's Bank and Trust Co. for $15,000 to satisfy a judgment against M.G. Stewart....G.A. Turpin of Americus, Ga., shipped to his daughter, Mrs. Milton Fullenwider, a prize watermelon weighing 60 pounds....Kate Blaydes Caldwell's home on Magnolia was badly damaged by fire....W.T. Baker, Democratic nominee for mayor of Louisville, addressed a large audience at the Union Service in the Centenary Methodist Church....Guy Thurman, 17, son of Mrs. George Thurman, formerly of Shelby County, drowned at the head of Sand Island in the Ohio River, while swimming with his brother, Roselle Thurman....Other deaths: Hallie Berrty Eddins, Mattie Shipman, Benjamin F. Graves, Edna Kathryn Clark, "Bob" Wilson.


90 years ago, 1920

The contract for building the new concrete street on the south side of Main Street, between Seventh and Tenth, was given to the Metzel and Hearn....Mr. and Mrs. Palmer C. Craig received congratulations upon the birth of a son....Mr. and Mrs. Jesse McClain announced the birth of a daughter, Vivian Elizabeth....Congratulations were given to Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Coghill upon the birth of a son, Lonnie Gordon....Rosa Kuhn, 76, died at the home of her son, Anton Kuhn, of Shelbyville.


95 years ago, 1915

The contract for the new high school building at Waddy was let to Cheek Bros. of Shelbyville for $4,935....The following who took examinations were awarded teachers certificates -- Anna A. Bayne, Ralph Stucker, Anna Erickson, H.B. Stanley, W.F. Miller, Leone Hower, Lena Bennett, Anna Mae Flood and Blanche Newman....Henry Harris was appointed traffic officer for the city of Shelbyville....Robert D. Courtney, 86, died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. F.G. Cleveland.