Looking Back: March 16, 2012

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1957: Pack of dogs kill 31 head of sheep

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, 2002
The Shelby County Rockets held Owen County to fewer than 10 points in each of the final three quarters to take the girls 8th Region crown and earn a spot in the Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Tournament, 65-38....Gary and Virginia Coffey were named Master Conservationist by the Shelby County Soil Conservation District. They owned a 258 acre farm on Mulberry Pike....County Clerk, Sue Carole Perry, received a 2001 Award of Merit from the Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives for her work done in preserving the county’s 19th century records and for computerizing many records....Births: Kaitlyn Michelle Disch, Bryanna Renae Gardner, Anthony Jamal Bradford, Corbin Blake Whittle, Christopher Joseph Thomas Alexander, Evan Nathaniel Barker, Jacob Alexander Brewer, Mikaii Andre Santana Stoner, Chloe Danielle Wood, Samantha Rose White....I’m one: Jaden LaNeil Wilson....Deaths: Michael D. Bland, 52; Gene Cameron, 63; James W. Hammond, 83; Jeffrey Lee Jackson, 38; Blanche Shields Murphy, 83; Joyce Mae Best Murphy, 82; Emma Mae Newton, 94; Clarice Davis Reese, 92; Eudora Thomas, 89; Hugh E. Wilborn, 58; Roscoe Wilson, 88; Madeline Henderson Webster, 85; Floyd A. Carr, 86; Richard Randolph Floyd, 49; DeShaun Scott Perry, 22-month-old son of Norris Scott and Linda Ann Miller Perry; Annetta Watson, 64.

15 years ago, 1997
Shelby County was declared a federal disaster area, making residents who were victims of the recent flood eligible for some federal/state assistance....Kevin Davis was the winner of the 1997 GEO Metro given away during a contest sponsored by Shelby Motors and The Sentinel-News. Envelopes were given to the 22 finalists with a key. At key number 15, some were wondering if any of the keys would work and finally Kevin Davis, with number 17, started the car....Ryan Scherer, fifth-grader, spelled his way to victory with the word “scholarly” during the Shelby County spelling bee....To prepare for the thousands of cars that were expected to visit the new Wal-Mart superstore, state highway crews installed a temporary traffic light on KY 55 South at its junction with Brooks Industrial Road....The Shelby County Library workers moved 46,000 books back to the library when the final touches were complete on the construction phase of an extensive addition and remodeling project....The Isaac Shelby Chapter Daughters of American Revolution sponsored its annual essay contest with the subject "Trails West." The winners were Rob Matthews, Carrie Wallace and Cara Sloane Jacobi....Shelby County seniors Tracey Griffin and Kelly Jeffries were named to the Eighth Region girls' all-tournament team at Bullitt Central High in Shepherdsville....Birth: Hope Mary MaKenzie Turner....Deaths: Owen Allen, 77; Ella Gray, 84; Tony B. Kurtz, 57; Harold Key Mahoney, 61; Robert Allen Mathus, 58; Cletis Toll McCoun, 88.

25 years ago, 1987
When Bill (left) and Jim White walked through the Waldridge Center doors for a surprise birthday party, some of their close friends said, "There's Bill, there's Jim." Or were the 40-year-olds Jim and Bill?....The state Department of Environmental Protection took legal action to prompt clean-up of two hazardous-waste dumps in Shelby County. Custom Industrial Services had two sites on U.S. 60 East and North Seventh Street....A room at Best Western Motel was filled with men and a few women in the construction business awaiting the opening of bids for site work on 82 acres for the Budd Company that was expected to hire 400 people at its planned auto parts factory. Bids of $2.1 million to $4 million were read....The Kentucky chapter of Multiple Sclerosis had its Bluegrass Bike tour in Shelby County, with 100 riders expected....Bob Walters joined Republic Bank as assistant vice president....Radio Shack moved to Midland shopping center on U.S. 60 East....Video Express opened on Washington Street in the former Country Corner location....Joey Chanda won fourth place and Philip Curtis won second place in the MathCOUNTS regionals competition. They will advance to the state finals sponsored by the Kentucky Council of Engineers. The West Middle team placed third in overall....Officers Stephen D. Brown, Bagdad and Johnny K. Speck, Shelbyville were among 22 sworn officers to graduate from the first basic training class for motor vehicle enforcement officers conducted by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training....In a game loaded with scoring spurts, Shelby County had the final run and it came at the free throw line and through its defense. And in the end, it was good enough to provide the Rockets with the championship of the girls' Eighth Region tournament as they topped Bullitt East, 44-39. This was the Lady’s first region title since 1982....Harold "Doc" Peyton, 49, a Shelbyville chiropractor, who underwent a heart transplant in February, was taking walks within the hospital and doing well....Shelbyville Mayor Neil Hackworth and the city council accepted a letter of resignation from City Attorney Lewis Mathis at a special-called meeting....Births: Corey James Gordon, Emily Odette Bolin, Chancey Ray Haydon, Dedra Ann Husband....Deaths: Alvin Curry Hancock Sr., 74; Ruby M. Thomas, 62; William Tingle, 58; Verna Nethery Hardesty, 91; Gilbert White, 83.

40 years ago, 1972
The Shelbyville varsity cheerleaders were the winners in the varsity cheerleading competition, and the Shelbyville "B" team were the winners of the "B" team competition. Shelby County "B" team cheerleaders were runners-up. Varsity cheerleaders were (front row from left) Felicia Derringer, Brenda Pearce, Lyn Sandidge and Margaret Riner; (back row) Nan Pearce, Pam Marston, Billie Shuck and Deborah Tipton....The Shelbyville Red Devils downed Shelby County, 77-74, for a sure trip to the regional at the Henry County gym, and then nabbed the 30th District title from Henry County, 69-65....Bob Montgomery joined Colonel Harland Sanders, 81-year-old founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation, at the company’s franchise convention in Miami. Montgomery was the Colonel’s administrative assistant....Stewart Glen Franklin, 1967 graduate of Shelby County High School, was among the cadets graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in February....Winn-Dixie grocery list: W-D brand U.S. choice aged whole beef loins, $1.29 pound; Clorox bleach, gallon, 38 cents; celery, large stalks, 29 cents; all purpose apples, five pound bag 55 cents; Whole pork loins, pound 65 cents; Oscar Meyer piggie links, pound 99 cents....Deaths: Obie B. Murphy, 73; W.E. Louden, 83; Bessie McClain Cox, 88; Emerson Reeder, 60; Gilbert Pearson; Irvin Parker, Atha McCormack Jesse; Catherine Dawkins, 76; Arthur Hendershott, 72.

55 years ago, 1957
L.P. Howser, a native of Shelby County and a graduate of Shelbyville High School, was named superintendent of the Kentucky School for The Blind by the state board of education in Frankfort....Thirty-one head of sheep, belonging to Christy and Flood, were killed by dogs on the Christy farm at Cropper. This was the third time in 12 months that dogs had attacked sheep on the Christy farm, making a loss of 58 head....Archie Ware Jr. was elected Executive Secretary and was in charge of the Choctaw Bow Hunters Archery Club....Briggs Lawson was named chairman of the 1957 Easter Seal appeal for crippled children in Shelby County....Serving our country: Pvt. Donald C. Bullard departed from the U.S. for Germany as part of "Operation Gyroscope," the Army's unit rotation plan....Marine Pvt. Robert L. Vest left to participate in extensive amphibious exercises in the Caribbean Sea area with Marine Amphibious Training Group 1-57. During March and early April the group would conduct exercises at Vieues, Puerto Rico....Albert M. Cook, 86, native of Shelby County and former magistrate and rural mail carrier, died at the Shady Grove Sanitarium at Eminence....Other deaths: John Williams, 82; Blaney Grimes, 62; Robert W. Wilson, 60; Hallie White Cook, 56; Neville Dunn, 52; Haney Katherine Wash McClain, 77; Mildred A. Mitchell, 77.

60 years ago, 1952
The Mount Zion Christian Church burned to the ground and all contents were destroyed....James M. Ratcliffe was named to the dean's list at Centre College....After a delegation of local business men came before the Board of Council concerning the wave of break-ins, a motion to accept bids for a two-way radio for the police car was passed....Luther Green accepted  a position with the state Department of Revenue in Louisville....Bread went up to 15 cents a loaf, about 1 cent a slice....Births: James Lowell Ashby....Deaths: Lester Thomas Husband, 54; John H. Perkins; Wallace Lee Stopher.

70 years ago, 1942
Roy Dorsey was selected for membership in the Keys social fraternity....The Shelbyville Red Devils, runners-up in the 30th District, pulled a major upset in downing the highly rated Valley five, winners of the 29th District, by a score of 35-32....Isabel Moore, Baptist missionary, who was saved when the steamship Zamzam was torpedoed last spring by a German raider in the South Atlantic, returned to Africa....The formation of a rescue squad, a unit of Civil Defense, to be organized and trained under the supervision of the Shelbyville Fire Department, with Chief Winfield Baker as instructor, was formed....The Hitching Post Restaurant, formerly known as Hollenbachs, was purchased by Mary and Sam Hicks....Births: Sandra Lee Turner, James David Hackworth, Sue Pemberton Harris, Ronald Fallows Jr....Dan M. Bowmar, 72, co-editor of the Woodford Sun, died unexpectedly at his home in Versailles....J.M. Pendleton, for nearly 40 years an employee of Owensboro newspaper and for the last 13 years managing editor of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, died at the Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital at Owensboro. He was stricken in his office shortly after the afternoon edition of the Owensboro Inquirerwent to press....Other deaths: Andrew J. Meehan, 51; Robert Harrison Green, 79; Cora McMakin Hays, 75; Ruth Elizabeth Wise, 76; John Forrest Edington, 25; Mary E. Tingle, 97; R.J. Casey, 6-year-old son of Tyler Casey and Mrs. Ronnie Burgin Casey.

80 years ago, 1932
Dairy cows sold at $12 to $40 per head, and farmland at $65 an acre in a foreclosure sale....Warren Briggs sold his interest in Planters Warehouse to Lester Gibbs, S.R. Skinner and John Dowden....Cora Travis was held up by a gunman and robbed of her purse and contents on the sidewalk at 3rd and Main streets. The Louisville man was arrested later, boarding a train at Southern depot, and confessed the theft....Deaths: Rev. Belle Tevis Hubbell, 72; Mrs. George Deatherage, 86; George W. Skelton, 56; Martha Arnold, 60; Goebel Hinkle Smither, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Smither; Nora Hopkins; Mrs. Emmett Harbison; Louise M. Shipley.

85 years ago, 1927
The resignation of Prof. H.B. Henderson, principal of Shelbyville High School was accepted by the School Board. Prof. James Cammack was to succeed Prof. Henderson....C.B. Stinson sold his farm of 114 acres, known as the John A. Lee place, five miles east of Shelbyville to Jewell Sanford for $22,000....The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association sold 300,700 pounds of tobacco at an average of $11.47 per hundred....Aline Terrell, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Terrell, died at her home at Eminence....Prof. H.M. Brumley, 67, died at his home at Montana....David Judson Coombs, 58, died suddenly at his home.

90 years ago, 1922
The board of managers of the Associated Charities had it’s first meeting and elected officers. They were Mrs. Charles C. Marshall, president; T.F. Poynter, vice president; Stanley Lawson, recording secretary; Mrs. John Geohegan, executive secretary....Ludlow Petty, three times postmaster of Shelbyville, was appointed postmaster of Louisville....Birth: Eloise Hardin Bodkin....Deaths: Jane Waters, 72; Ella Massie Henry; Pearl Samples LeCompte, 27; Bethany Boyd Roe, 80; Mrs. Caleb Doyle; Josephine Bayne; A.R. Parks.

95 years ago, 1917
Ed D. Shinnick Jr. was appointed to succeed Lawrence Harbison as assistant bookkeeper at the Bank of Shelbyville....John Shroeder resigned as manager of the Polk Bros. Tobacco factory in Maysville....John E. Brown sold a tract of 173 acres on the Bellview Pike to A.H. VanDyle of Shelbyville for $17,500....John Honaker, first engineer on the Shelbyville branch of the L&N Railroad, died at Dade City, Fla....Hon. W.J. Gooch, Franklin, Secretary of the Kentucky State Fair and former speaker of the Kentucky Legislature, died at his apartment at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville....S.T. Sacra, formerly of Mount Eden, died at his home in Louisville.