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Looking Back: March 20, 2009

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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.

If anyone has an old photo that they would like to run with this column bring it and the information into The Sentinel-News office or e-mail it to the writer at sharonw@sentinelnews.com. We are also looking for mystery photos. If you have a picture you can’t identify, send it in and we’ll ask our readers for help. 10 years ago, 1998 Shelbyville was named a Tree city USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation for the fifth year....Downtown merchants took steps to free up curbside parking for visitors, tourists and those doing business in the area by asking city leaders to enforce existing parking regulations....The last time East Middle School had an academic team, Cassy Couey and Jessica Shuck were entering kindergarten. Now they were part of the reason East was celebrating the success of its reinitiated team. Both qualified for the state Governor’s Cup competition during regionals. Casey placed second in written math exam and Jessica placed first in language arts.... Shelby County High School’s girls’ basketball team defeated host Bullitt East to win its first Eighth Region Tournament title in seven years....Living Waters Christian School’s girls’ basketball team won the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association State Tournament at Valley High School in Louisville....Every Friday night, Wood Auction house was filled with antique buyers and shoppers bidding on household items, tools and unique treasurers. Ricky Wood and his wife, Karen used the 32,000-square-foot building on Frankfort Road to be available to rent for special occasions....Jacob Folsom was chosen as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program....Births: Aaliyah Shantell Hinkle, Emilie Paige Yates, Joseph Alexander Lynn Melton....I’m one: Jamel Daron Thompson.... Deaths: Julie Marie Davis, 38; Charlie F. Moore, 76; Paul E. Rudolph, 89; Viola Lewis Ware, 86; Nancy J. Moore, 78; Elizabeth Snyder Thompson, 90; Ellen Ashburn Beutel, 88; George Ronald Dunavan, 69; James “Dubby” Mitchell, 49; James Walter Conn Jr., 55; Marguerite Adams Howell, 73; Sarah Steele, 20. 15 years ago, 1994 Ashley Campbell, 10, spelled the word “brilliance” to win the county-wide spelling bee. Other contestants were Johnny Rothenburger, Heather Morris, Becky Hyde....Dawn Richardson was named Miss Congeniality of the 1994 Valentine Pageant at Campbellsville College....Jeremy Burchfield was named Player of the Year in the region. Shelby County High School’s 5-foot-11 point guard ended the regular season with a 20.2-point average per game....Kerri Richardson placed first inn the speech division of the Sweet 16 Academic Showcase regional competition at Georgetown College....After finishing her five-year prep career as Shelby County High School’s all-time leading boys’ and girls’ basketball scorer, Kim Cunningham was named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot center played for Eastern Kentucky University....Leslie McCarthy moved her fabric store, Making Ends Meet, to the Cherry House on Washington Street....Births: Laura Caitlin Kennedy, Amanda Joy Case, Ryan Paul Ray Mott, Whitney Dawn Brown.... Deaths: Ernest Hawkins, 66; Robyn Denise Close Northcutt, 27; Zelda Harrod, 81; Elenora B. Hoffman, 96; Russell Hughes Tipton, 78; Dr. Willis Payne McKee, 78; Selbert Lee “Buck” Edington, 80; Mary Katherine Matz, 77. 25 years ago, 1984 A garden area was planned to be added to Clear Creek Park’s teen center, “Members Only,” to make room for teenagers during the spring and summer months....SSG Robert A. Jennings was selected as the 3rd Cannon Training Battalion’s “Drill Sergeant of the Year” for 1984....Shelby County High School students Nancy Wilson, Brent Aldridge and Sarah Bland were to represent the local 4-H teen club at the National 4-H congress in Washington, D.C....Jose and Ruth Duran, who had operated Duran’s Sewing Center at the corner of Main and 10th streets for 10 years, planned to sell their business and retire....The Keepsake Shop, 401 owned and operated by Kathleen Robinson and her daughter, Joan White, opened at 401 Sixth St. They would carry hand blown glass, pottery, products made by Berea College students and various other handmade items....Chad Adams was the winner in the West Middle School miniature rocket car race. The rocket cars were little wooden racers, similar to Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby racers, that students in Richard Hoffman’s practical arts classes built....Birth: Melissa Renee Drawbaugh.... Deaths: Col. Charles W. “Jack” Youngman, 68; Mrs. Minie Newton Williams, 97. 40 years ago, 1969 Lowell Ashby, Mike Popp and Jim Simons represented Shelby County High School on the 8th Region All-Tournament Team....The Shelby County rockets racked up their fifth Regional title since the schools beginning, and the second straight. It was Coach Herky Rupp’s second trip to the state in as many years....Shelbyville newcomer John W. Bennett joined Begley Drug Store as manager....Samuel D. Hinkle IV, who had made all A’s for three-and-a-half years, was elected valedictorian of the 1969 graduating class at Washington and Lee University....The News-Journal of Campbellsville, established in 1910 and one of Kentucky’s largest circulation weekly newspapers was sold to Newspapers Inc.... Serving our country: Marine Private First Class Charles G. Lawwill was serving with the First Medical Battalion in the First Marine Division in Danang, Vietnam....Army Private First Class James R. Stone, 21, was assigned to the 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division near Chu Lai, Vietnam.... Deaths: Thomas James Jones, 82; Mrs. Bessie McCarty Armstrong; Harry T. Quire, 68; Charles Samuel Robertson, 80; Carl M. Adams; Miss Frances Belle Elston, 86; Mrs. Mamie Snider Gee, 82. 55 years ago, 1954 Charles E. Palmer Jr. was elected president of Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha order at the University of Kentucky....Herbert D. Nave was re-elected president for the eighth consecutive year of the Masonic Supper Club....The old “Charley Crosby” place in the outskirts of Simpsonville was completely destroyed by fire....William P. Bentley, formerly of Shelbyville, was reunited with his older sister, Mrs. Leona Groves, after 26 years. His brother Sam and two sisters Leona and Mary were adopted and he remained at the orphanage until he was 11....Lamar E. Hundley joined Smith-McKenney as a salesman....Kenneth Catlett was chosen Mr. Pioneer for 1954 at Transylvania College during their festivities.... Deaths: Mrs. Otis Crafton; Mrs. Josephine Robinson Raney, 81; Mrs. Annie Bell Reynolds Luttrell, 77, mother of Mrs. Ed Miles; Charles Leslie Weller, 78, father of Ray P. Wheeler; Charles W. Carter, 82, brother of Joe D. Carter, and grandfather of Mrs. Howard Carpenter and William Carter; Mrs. Sarah Slaughter Snider, 52, widow of Tom Snider. 60 years ago, 1949 Ralph Mitchell, formerly connected with the law firm of Kinsolving and Reasor, moved to a private office over Poe and Ruff’s store on Main Street....Probably one of the worst disasters ever to the Shelbyville area was averted when very inflammable merchandise afire was discovered early enough to prevent the flames from spreading to adjoining business houses. The fire was believed to have originated from a short circuit in the rear of Goodyear Service Store at 619 Main Street.... Deaths: Mrs. Jennie Farmer, 84, widow of Jesse Farmer; Mrs. Sammie Johnston Hammond Riner; William Thomas England, 87, brother of Mrs. Shelby S. VanHoy; Charles Robert Mitchell, 54, native of Shelby County; James Harrison Burnett, 78, retired farmer, native and life-long resident of Shelby County; Albert H. Abrams, 62, member and deacon of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; Morris Vernon Ransdall, 48, farmer of Shelby County. 70 years ago, 1939 Four prisoners confined in the Shelby County jail made a daring escape by sawing through a door lock and iron window bar and sliding down from a third-floor window on a rope made of bed clothing. Two of them were still at large....Hello world: Nancy Lee McMakin Deaths: Mrs. Mayme Sullivan, 71, florist in Shelbyville for more than 30 years; Miss Metta J. Martin, 72, aunt of W. Roy Martin, principal of Waddy High School; Samuel Baskett Bayne, 82, farmer and resident of Bland Avenue; Mrs. Jennie Sleadd Money, 86, native of Shelby County and daughter of the late Sophia Vannatta Sleadd and William Sleadd; Josephine Sanders, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Sanders died of influenza; Mrs. Jennie Thomas Webb, 76, native of Shelby County. 75 years ago, 1934 Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brown received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter....Mr. and Mrs. A. Bicksel announced the birth of a daughter at their home on Goodman Avenue....William McDowell, 6, died at home near Graefenburg....Barnett McGann, 32, nephew of Mrs. John M. Casey and J.D. McGann of Shelbyville, died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Emma Coleman of Louisville. 85 years ago, 1924 Sam Ford sold a building lot 60x220 foot on the southwest corner of Adair Ave. and Walnut streets for $1,000 to Paul F. Schmidt....Capt. Isaac N. Haymaker, father of George Haymaker died at his home in Charlestown, Ind....Mrs. Nannie B. Campbell, 80, widow of William Campbell, died at her home....J. Robert Thomas, 78, died at his home near Elk Creek....Mrs. Martha Logan Irvin, widow of Rev. R.A. Irvin, died in Tampa, Fla. She was raised in this county. 90 years ago, 1919 Miss Laura Bell purchased the place owned by “Uncle” Hence Summers, as old darky, on Burks Branch Road, 4.5 acres for $400....Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Roberts received congratulations upon the birth of a son....Mrs. Sallie Ash, wife of Mayor W.C. Ash, died at her home on Snow Hill....Mrs. Julia Keating, daughter of Mr. Peter Keating, died at the family home on the Bagdad Pike. 95 years ago, 1914 The new modern dwelling on the farm of the late Louis Rothchild near Southville caught fire and was quickly consumed, together with all the contents. The place had just been purchased by Ed Wise and was occupied by Ed Russell and family....The death of Mr. William P. Vannatta occurred at his home near Clayvillage....The remains of the mother of Coroner E.M. Coots was exhumed from their resting place in Grove Hill Cemetery where they had been buried six years and taken to Jeffersonville for final interment.