Looking Back: May 27, 2011

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1941: $30,000 in damages from bad wind storm

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, 2001

Tom Thurman, who grew up in Shelby County, made Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema, which premiered on KET....Verman Ray Winburn of Simpsonville was reappointed as a full-time member of the Kentucky Parole Board....Shelby Countians fought the rain, thunder, lightning and more rain to bring in more than $60,000 for the 2001 Shelby County Relay for Life. The event had 45 teams with approximately 540 participants....Deion Michelle Cochran, 3, won best overall award in the Little Miss Sunburst U.S.A. Queen of Louisville contest....Tyra Jones, 2, won first place at the Kentucky/Tennessee finals of New Star Discovery 2001....SCHS Rocket Ashlee Whitaker signed with Georgetown College to play softball....Travis Beckley, a fifth-grader at Northside Elementary, won the state Historic Preservation Week essay contest that dealt with saving a neighborhood school....Births: Sergio Antonio O’Campo, Ethan Michael Woods, Breanna Grace Tindall, Crystal Nacole Yocum, Audrie Layne Norris....Deaths: Burges Spurlock Parks, 94; Doris Turner Moore, 72; Lena Black Stivers, 93; Jerry B. Chesher, 52; Ray Tindall, 63; Vitone “Vito” Genovese, 51; Nancy Tipton Stivers, 47; Robert Weston Flynn, infant son of Jim and Natalie Wilkins Flynn; Sheila Marlene Johnson Bratcher, 40; Alice Case Wemes, 83; Lillian Clyde Wainscott Croxton, 98; Russell Parrent Pulliam, 91; James Arthur “Jim” Thomas, 62.


15 years ago, 1996

New officers for Jaycees were Paula Kinsolving, secretary; Melinda Cowherd, presidential assistant; Diana Shea, director; Karen Rice, individual development vice president; Rob Rice, director; Chris Welch, management development vice president; Jayne Holder, community development vice president; John Johnson, treasurer; Peggy Henry, president; David Owens, director; Janice Harris, chaplain; Kenneth Harris, chairman of the board; Ron Wainscott, membership vice president....Births: Conner Ellis Cloyd, Oscar Saucedo Valenzuela Diaz, Haley Elizabeth Felsberg; Hollie Louise Beckley, Benjamin Parker Hood....I’m one: Haley Brooke Wiecek, Jordan Marie Webb and Taylor Wilson Webb....Deaths: Rev. Dr. William E. Summers III, 77; Mary L. Roby, 65; Elizabeth Jane Brumback Baker, 95; Tara Lynn Miller, 18-year-old daughter of Terry and Valetta Miller; Charles A. Adams, 66; Donna Sue Bohon Gunn, 51; Norma Jean Lanham Jarboe, 52; Judy Wayne, 50; Roy Burnice Nation, 72; John Newman Burgin, 82; Leona Christine Shaw Herrell, 68; Kameron Blake Woodward, infant son of Steven R. and Jessica A. Woodward; Vickie Jordan Shuck, 38; Paul A. Henry, 90; Eric Daniel Hayden, infant son of Chris and Juliana Kephart Hayden; Ernest Thomas Wells, 85.


25 years ago, 1986

The proposed Shelbyville Kidney Center was given the go-ahead by the Kentucky Certificate of Need Authority in Frankfort....Jeanie Willard was named family living Writer at The Sentinel-News....Bill and Linda Casey of Seven Mile Road planted 1,200 Scotch Pine trees on an acre of their 53-acre farm. If weather permits, seven years from now those pines will make Christmas trees....Kimberly First, Shelby County High School senior, was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Wal-Mart store....Bridgette Biagi was awarded a $500 scholarship by the men’s club of the Church of the Annunciation....Bill Gallrein Jr. was thrown to the ground from a tractor when the vehicle dipped into a groundhog hole and a tractor wheel ran over him. He was in critical but stable condition at King’s Daughters Hospital with internal injuries....Three men were arrested in connection with the theft of an U.S. flag from the Shelby County Flea Market....The Shelby Area Health Fair drew 273 people to Clay Street Baptist Church....Ruth Bunch, with the Shelby County Vocational School for nine years, was named the outstanding vocational administrator for the 7-county region....Jim Jennings earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers – The Eagle Award....Laurie Renee Lawson, a student at West Middle School was named a United States Achievement Academy winner in Science....George Holtzmann is the new manager of Arby’s, located on KY 55 South....Larry Bohannon opened a Nationwide Insurance office, located at 1019 Main Street....Scott Northcut became manager at Winn-Dixie in the Midland Shopping Center....Nancy Alexander has assumed the responsibilities of the new executive director for the Shelby County Community Development Corporation....Nancy Flood Cole, a resident of Washington, D.C. and native of Shelbyville, headed up the state’s effort in Hands Across America, a fundraiser for the hungry and homeless in the country....Deaths: James Madison Bohannon, 99; Willie Wade, 84; Mary Lois Puckett Snider, 45; Sarah Bailey Coleman, 85; Maxine Triplett, 38.


40 years ago, 1971

Sheila Kay Bohannon was the valedictorian of the 1971 Shelby County High School graduating class. David Bell was salutatorian....Sara L. Collins, junior, was designated the winner of a contest among Shelby County High School sophomores and juniors to participate in the 22nd Annual Odd Fellows’ United Nations Pilgrimage for youth this summer. Tied for second place or as alternate delegate were Mary Duffy and Karen Bailey, both juniors....Jim Pickett had the leading role in the summer’s production of The Legend of Daniel Booneat Old Fort Harrod State Park....Carol Smith Moffett graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education....Dr. Donald Chatham became a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice, which makes him a specialist in family practice....Melvin P. Chandler, head football coach and assistant principal at Richmond, was hired as principal of Shelbyville High School....Birth: Scotty Mark Beggs....Deaths: Jackie Eugene Tindle, 38; W.H. Payton; Emma May Elliott Finnell, 85.


55 years ago, 1956

Thieves broke into Green’s restaurant on Main Street, taking about $30 from the cash register....Emily Crawford was valedictorian of the 1956 graduating class of Shelbyville High School, Alice Bartlett was salutatorian....Shelby County people donated a total of about $700 on the “Bids for Kids” telethon conducted over WAVE-TV as a benefit for the Children’s Hospital in Louisville....Alice Bartlett was one of three high school seniors winning 4-year scholarships at the University of Kentucky....John W. Smith, in charge of St. James' Episcopal Church, was one of five men to graduate from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky....Birth: Martha Andrews Chatham, William Lewis Raymond....Serving our country: Ervin T.F. Webb was promoted to specialist third class while serving with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea....Pvt. Robert S. Cain, U.S. Army, 21st Inf. Regt., underwent a surgical operation in Inchon, Korea....Deaths: Edna Houchin DeBord; Armster P. Proctor, 77; Mary D. Davis, 90; Clarence Polly, 59; Robert Irvin Smith, 69; Frank Harris, Sallie E. Nichols


60 years ago, 1951

The Herman Davis tract of 46 acres on Benson Road was auctioned to Douglas Wentworth for $16,000....James Vernon Baker of Elmburg, an employee of Long Silo and Block, was badly hurt when a lift-hoist he was operating at the Roll Forming Corporation's plant overturned. He was reported by Dr. L.B. Sternberg at King's Daughters Hospital to be critical....Edmund Cross, who returned from three years in Japan, left for New York City after a visit with his sister, Mrs. Edmund Noland. He served as deputy director of the National Educational Department in Seoul for a year when Korea was liberated in the fall of 1945....W.T. "Tom" Houchens was a new pharmacist at Begley Drug....Births: June Arnold Giltner, Patricia Lynn Maxedon, Brenda Carolyn Young....Pfc. Robert Mullins was stationed in Kirtland Air Force Base at Albuquerque, N. Mex....Deaths: Albert E. Willis, 66; Robert H. Pollitt, 85; Mrs. Alpha Ellis Thurman, 75.


70 years ago, 1941

One of the worst storms in recent years hit Shelbyville and Shelby County, taking a toll on barns, trees, outbuildings, roofs on dwellings and telephone and utility wires, causing a loss of approximately $30,000....Ground was broken by Jack Lawson of the Lawson Motor Company, for a new garage building on Linco Oil Company lot, located near the intersection at Second Street, between Main and Washington....W. Boyd Roe and Guy R. Downs, realtors operating under the firm name of The Guy Downs Realty Company, announced the dissolution of the partnership. Each continued in the real estate business....Deene Rodgers purchased from Allen Jennings his home on First Street for $3,250 cash....Katherine Sanders was crowned queen of the annual May Day ceremonies at Centre College in Danville, where she was a member of the senior class in the Women’s College....The Shannon Funeral Service accepted the invitation to become a member of the National Selected Morticians. Affiliation with this organization was considered an honor because of the high standards required and the care with which new members are selected....Deaths: Rosalie Ashton Maddox; Elizabeth Arnold Brown, 76; William Harvey Pilcher, 81; Bessie Boswell Bevridge; William Frank May, 20; Gertrude Stamler; John Kenney Reese, 72; Lena Petry Cealiff; Carrie Jane Rice, 64; William Cebret Ashby, 70.


75 years ago, 1931

Deaths: Mollie Ragan Bell, 71; Virginia Stanton Mahoney; Lillie Hall Pryor; Col. Robert Allen Burton, 58.


85 years ago, 1926

James Gregg purchased the Globe Tobacco Warehouse at auction for $16,000. C.S. Capito was the purchaser of the 18 lots at $60 each and a 3-room frame residence....The L&N canceled its Louisville morning and evening trains from and to Bloomfield....The city council let the contract for the concrete resurfacing of Main Street from 11th Street to Magnolia Avenue....Gov. Fields appointed Harry F. Walters of Simpsonville to fill the magisterial vacancy caused by the death of Squire James W. Reed....H.W. Tribble resigned the pastorate of the Cropper Baptist Church after six years....The Shelby County Fair Board elected John H. Snyder and Thompson R. Webber directors to succeed W.M. McMakin and W.H. (Ben) Maddox, resigned....Dr. Charles E. Palmer won the Shelbyville Gun Club's first trophy shoot.


90 years ago, 1921

Deaths: Kate Hackworth Ware, 89; Martha Annette Ellis, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Ellis; George Zaring, 69; Henry C. Bird, 78; Amelia S. Wells, 75.


95 years ago, 1916

The H.B. Shafer farm of 169 acres was sold to R.F. Snider of this city and R.M. Smith of La Grange....The body of Chester Morton, who died in San Antonio, Texas, was brought to Mount Eden for burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery....Sam McMakin bought at public sale the old public school building at Simpsonville for $1,250....Elizabeth McGowan of Bagdad won the $10 Barker prize given by Philosothian Literary Society of the University of Kentucky....Deaths: William Huss, 56; Sarah Cardwell, 58.