Looking Back: March 26, 2010

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1985: Biagi Company celebrates 58 years of business

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

Burley tobacco sales closed on St. Patrick's Day, but it was anything but the luck of the Irish for tobacco farmers. Companies declined to buy 42 percent of this year's crop, the worst year since 1983, when 52 percent of the crop went into the pool....The community and technical college planned for Shelby County had a site. The Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation bought 78.5 acres next to Shelby County High School and sold the front 60 acres to the state community and technical college system....Shelby County Rockets cheerleaders placed third in state competition in Richmond....Following in dads' footsteps were Michael Rogers joining his father, Larry Rogers, with Coldwell Banker; Torrey Smith joined W.A. Smith Realty; and Lee Webb joined Alton Webb as a Realtor....Births: Hunter Michael Burgin, Halston Keith Charles Turner, Gary James Pearson, Chelsea Renee Mitchell, Christian Michael Young....Deaths: Fred Bains Purnell, 67; Zachary Alexander Lotz, infant son of Tom and Ann Lotz; Michael Zeno Smith, 24; Destiny Nicole Thomas Bolger, infant daughter of Heather Thomas and Jeff Bolger; Lorena M. Bailey, 88; Richard Renaker Ford, 76; Helen Strother Morgan, 94; Maye Sewell Dunaway, 96; Charles Henry Monroe, 90.


15 years ago, 1995

Roy V. Catlett was the recipient of the first Outstanding Person in Agriculture award....Because of his lifelong contributions to youth, education, the church and the community, the late Marnel Moorman was named the 1994 Citizen of the Year....Jarrod Lopez was the winner of the Shelby County Spelling Bee.... Perry C. Day, CEO of Shelby County Trust Bank, was honored for his dedicated service to Metro United Way - Shelby County - during the United Way of Kentucky Annual leadership Conference.... Mandi Willard was selected as a finalist in the 1995 Pre-Teen Kentucky Scholarship and Recognition Program held at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville.... Patty Minor was chosen to receive the Golden Apple award during the banquet held by the Chamber of Commerce. Four runners-up for the award were, second, Irene Duvall; third, Viola Wilborn; fourth, Lillian Sorrels; fifth, Debbie Hall....Five students made history as the first from Shelby County to be inducted in the Whitney M. Young Scholars Program. They were Natasha Allen, Hannah Blair, Lesley Cooper, Candi Lay and Paula Payton....Births: Brandon Lane Curtsinger, Lloyd Hunter Jennings, Elizabeth Ann Hawkins, Cameron Gregory Hensel, Myranda Lynn Jones, Emily Ann Ware....I'm one: Ta'Keis Ragine Lydian....Cadet Travis Delk traveled to Germany to conduct training with a German Airborne unit during the U.S. Military Academy's spring break....Deaths: Alice Tate Crooks Richardson, 73; Elsie Marie Shinkle, 71; Bessie L. Sherrard, 81; Autis Ware, 63; Nell Catherine Pigg Brown Brewer, 74; Ethel Hedges Kaze, 87; Gaynell Johnson Gallrein, 90; Harry Howard Hardin, 70; Mary Elizabeth Bruner, 72.


25 years ago, 1985

The Shelby County Historical Society gets a $9,296 grant from the Kentucky Heritage Council, which will be used to get homes in Shelby County nominated in the National Register of Historic Places.... Steven Lee Cook headed for Nashville for his second recording session. His first was "Please Play Some More Kenny Rogers," and he gave the first copy of the record to the RCA recording artist when Rogers was in Louisville for a concert.... Gleason and Robin Wheatley decided to take their 7-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter to Louisville to see the Walt Disney Ice Capades. While they were away, their Elmburg home caught fire.... June Davis was a promoter on and off the job. Professionally he was director of development for the Kentucky Easter Seal Society. Nonprofessionally, he was one of the chief promoters for the Shelby County Community Theatre since it was created.... Det. Herbert Stucker investigated another burglary in eastern Shelby County at the home of Albert Hahn on Hansborough Road, 10 miles east of Shelbyville. A rash of daytime break-ins occurred in recent months....Walmart celebrated its second anniversary in Shelbyville....Gary Thompson joined Century 21 as a broker associate for the business which opened at Village Plaza....Charles W. Henry joined the J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons Inc. firm at 600 West Main Street in Louisville as an investment officer. He was the nephew of W.W. "Buddy" Tichenor of Shelbyville....Barry Hays graduated from Shelby County High School in 1968 and left town to pursue a career as a veterinarian. He returned home as Dr. Barry Hays, specializing in equine embryo transfers and reproduction techniques....The Biagi Co. celebrated its 58th years of business with a storewide sale....A 140-year-old red oak tree was cut for lumber during logging operations on George Simpson's Smithfield Road farm. The tree, which measured nearly 4 feet in diameter at the trunk and about 110 feet in height, was one of 1,068 being cut for timber on the Simpson property....Carla J. Aldridge receives one of nine special awards in the 4-H Awards of Excellence Program at the 47th Farm Awards Luncheon....Births: Benjamin Slone Pridemore. Joseph Paul Burton Jr....Serving our country: Second Lt. Timothy L. Long graduates from U.S. Air Force pilot training and receives silver wings at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss....Deaths: Guthrie B. Stivers, 71; Lewis Ritchie, 79; Virginia Guthrie, 84; David Wilson Cook, 45; Oar Cullen, 83; Gladys Aline Shuck Heady, James H. "Rube" Ruble, Gilbert J. Bohannon.


40 years ago, 1970

Captain Bill Brumett, a 7-year veteran of the Shelbyville police force, resigned....Judge Neil Farris was the new Area Extension Specialist in Resource Development of the University of Kentucky Extension Service....Birth: William Clay Baxter....Serving our country: James E. Frazier was promoted to the rank of Captain in the United States Army....SP/4 Jon Riggs, 20, was stationed in Pleiku, Vietnam..


55 years ago, 1955

Western Kentucky Gas Company began expanding the Shelbyville gas distribution system. Company officials stated that approximately $80,000 would be spent on extensions here during the remainder of 1955. The new office of the gas company was being erected on Main Street near 4th.... Drs. Dorothy and Glenn Edwards moved to their new home and offices at the corner of Walnut Street and Smithfield Road.... Gov. Lawrence W. Wetherby announces the appointment of Shelby County Sheriff Sam Wood to serve as a member of the Shelby County Social Service Advisory Committee...Maj. Gen. William L. Barriger, highest ranking military officer from Shelby County, is one of two American Army generals honored by the Netherlands government...The University of Louisville School of Music presents Betty Jean Chatham in an organ recital in the Fourth Ave. Presbyterian Church. Chatham will be the first organ major to receive a Master's degree from the University of Louisville...Sheriff Sam Wood was appointed to serve as a member of the Shelby County Social Service Advisory Committee...An average production of 8,280 pounds of milk containing 481 pounds of butterfat per cow was the accomplishment of the registered Jersey herd of C.W. Shipman....Robert Miles Lee, junior at the University of Kentucky, was elected to Scabbard and Blade honorary military fraternity. Membership was based on leadership, character, scholarship and outstanding ability....Deaths: Elbert E. Brooks, 81; Agnes Caldwell Dunlap; George Lee Faith, 74; Pearl Elizabeth Bryant, 80; Owen Daniel Rowlette, 77; Lee Wesley Morris, 65; George Barret Moxley, 79; Mattie Lee Abrams,


60 years ago, 1950

R.G. Bryan, a young dairyman from Simpsonville, was elected president of the Shelby County Dairy Herd Improvement Association....The Patterson Brothers farm of 161 acres, located about 5.5 miles south of Shelbyville on the Zaring Mill Road, was sold at auction by the Barrett Real Estate Agency to Jacob Hundley for $177.50 per acre....John P. Martin was elected commander of Maddox-Yeary Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other officers named were James L. Stucker, senior vice commander; Ray Pollett, junior vice commander; Benton Miller, quartermaster; and Cecil J. Bailey, chaplain....Ray E. Montgomery joined C.L. Bradbury and Martha Dunavan in the ownership of Smith-McKenney Company Inc....The March of Dimes campaign which closed on Feb. 15, totaled $5,132.45 in Shelby County....Ryburn Weakley, a student at the University of Kentucky, was named "Colonel of the Week," an honorary title conferred on an outstanding UK student for achievements in scholarship and campus leadership....The Ashland Body Shop and Garage on Second St. in Frankfort, owned by Elmer Merchant and W.S. Arington, who live near Three Mile bridge, was destroyed by fire with an estimated $20,000 loss that was partially covered by insurance....Births: Diana Deiss, Juanita Ella....William Wilson of Christiansburg was fatally injured, and Harry W. Drosity and Bruce Yount were badly injured in a head-on collision....Other deaths: Florence Ayler May, 55; Andrew Jackson Rogers, 75; Kenneth Ervin Ward, 31; Mamie Brooks Shaw, 59; Agnes V. O'Leary; Woodrow Lyons; Claude C. Cinnamond, 68; Forrest Tingle, 37; Martha Riner Akins, 75; Will Gill; Newton Brumley, 72; W.F. Thacker, 77.


70 years ago, 1940

Checks totaling $56,141.21, approximately half that due Shelby County farmers in 1939 agricultural payments, were distributed in the past few days, according to County Agent John W. Holland....The county board of education authorized the expenditure of $300 toward the annual salary of Jeanne Ireland, home demonstration agent, clinching the rural club program for the coming year....Deaths: Ezra Moore, native of Shelby County, who moved to Frankfort; Mary Adams Bacon, 71, mother of Mrs. Tate Bird; Eddie J. Scrogham, 61, farmer on the Shelby-Anderson County line; George Neale Rucker, 58, native of Shelby County.


75 years ago, 1935

Cropper basketball team barely missed being one of the 16 best in Kentucky but was defeated by Anchorage in the regional tournament at Sonora....The annual county spelling bee was held in the circuit court room. Lyle Booker, who had for a number of years been the pronouncer was unable to come. Her niece, Clara Clendennin Davis acted in her place.


85 years ago, 1925

Mrs. M.L. Hall tendered her resignation as county superintendent of schools after seven years service....Checks for approximately a quarter of a million dollars reached the tobacco growers of this county in part payment of the 1922 crop, placed by Shelby's farmers in the pool totaled 9,287,549 pounds....Louis H. Snow, a farmer, died at his home north of Shelbyville....Serelda Roberts Moore, 68, wife of Mike Moore, died at the home of her son, I.C. Moore in Kansas City, Mo....J.W. Magruder, 66, a former resident of this county, died at his home near Orel, Jefferson County, after a brief illness....William Middleton Goodknight, 82, died at his home north of Simpsonville, after a brief illness of pneumonia....Jesse R. Money, 51, formerly of this county, died at his home near Prospect, Oldham County....Silas W. Duncan, 69, died at his home at Eastwood.


90 years ago, 1920

Deaths: Mary Elizabeth Scobee Dale, wife of J.A. Dale; W.P. Garvin, 45; Stacy Bryant, widow of Robert Bryant; Mildred Graves, 3-year-old daughter of Mrs. Arthur Graves; Mrs. Hugh Fleece Ewing, 52; Cora Ritter Cook, 42, wife of Thomas P. Cook.


95 years ago, 1915

W.N. Nash and Sons, through S.K. Riner, sold their livery interests in the stable at 5th and Washington streets to B.H. and Sam Bryant for $4,500....The Board of Council adopted a motion requiring the Louisville and Interurban Railroad Company to remove its tracks east of First Street. The mayor stated that this part of the street was not included in the grant to the railroad and that the track was there purely on sufferance....Ed Wise and Ray Wakefield sold 27 head of 3- to 6-year-old mules at public sale for $300 to $407.50 per pair, the average price per head, $170....John Justice, 60, a farmer, died at his home near Long Run....Laura Harwood, widow of Dr. John M. Harwood, died in Los Angeles, California....Nannie F. Farmer, 84, a former resident of Louisville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.R. Cullom, at Wake Forest, N.C....Irene Smith, widow of Ruben A. Smith, died at her home near Pope's Corner.