Looking back: May 30, 2014

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1959: Dial phoning comes to Shelbyville

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, 2004

Harry Porter and Bernice Lefler were crowned king and queen at the MPCAA Senior Center. He had been attending the center for six months; Lefler for eight years…. The Save Lake Shelby concert featured bands all day, which played to raise money to complete the Lake Shelby dredging project…. During the Sunday morning service, the congregation of First Baptist Church witnessed something very special – the marriage proposal from Steven Fries to SharaLeigh Yancey. They made a decision few other twentysomethings make: to forgo dating in favor of “courting” since last fall – no sex, no living together, no hint of impropriety at all…. Anna Stratton, a teacher at Simpsonville Elementary, was named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year…. John Wenz was named Shelby County Public Schools’ Volunteer of the Year…. Kevin Wilson was named valedictorian for Shelby County High School…. Joan Goodwin left the job she started 11 years earlier. She retired as chair of the Shelby County Drug/Alcohol Advisory Council….

Births: Jordan Allen Jones, Abigail Grace Hardin…. I’m one: Benjamin Ray Hughes, Mallory Kay-Lynn Moses…. Deaths: Jesse William “Billy” Poe Sr., 73; Goldie Wilson Cinnamond, 84; Richard J. Pellas; Lee Wilson Duvall II, 54; Virgie Redmon Tindle, 88; Ruth Frances Lee, 81; Jesse W. Poe, 73; Doris Bennett Rice, 84.

15 years ago, 1999

Naomi Hamilton and Michelle Price swear they are complete opposites. "I have to study for everything and work for my grades," said Price, chosen as salutatorian. "Michelle [chosen as valedictorian] would just come into the room before a test, open the book for five minutes and know everything," she said. The two graduated from Living Waters Christian School.... Maggi O'Neill was the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.... Bryan Kennedy, 18, and Rob Walters, 17, were Boy Scouts together since 1993 with Troop 164. Now they both have completed their required community projects and were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.... The year the Simpsonville Lions Club was started, Harry S. Truman was inaugurated to his first full term, Russia tested its first atomic bomb and the New York Yankees won the World Series. The club celebrated 50 years of service.... Chris Robinson received the $5,000 Student Stars scholarship from Shelby County Trust Bank. He planned to attend the University of Kentucky and major in aeronautical engineering.... Wesley and Lynne Sanford opened a new business, Mountain Springs Hot Tub Sales & Rental. They build and rent out hot tubs.... Golf pro Betty Baird Kregor, who was assaulted in front of her Simpsonville home in November 1997, was invited to the Oprah Winfrey show as part of a panel to discuss violence.... Shelby County Community Theatre marked its 100th production with the final weekend staging of "The Dining Room." the theatre's first play, "The Music Man," was produced in 1977.... I’m one: Denver Scot Taylor…. Deaths: Kathryn Elizabeth Brashear Royalty, 74; Lillie Gray, 89; Gerald T. Wilson Sr., 63; Eloise Garrett Stout, 82; Billie Ann Brummett, 71; Nell F. Lewis, 73.

25 years ago, 1989

Jason Wilder of Cub Scout Pack 133, Centenary United Methodist Church, ran fourth in the 19-county Old Kentucky Home Council Pinewood Derby from among 107 cars. He and Mark Roberts, who competed closely all through Scouting in the Pinewood in their pack, both represented the Pioneer District. Roberts finished 16th.... A controversial plan to build a 30-unit apartment complex next to Bonnie Brae subdivision, nixed by the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission, won an appeal from Shelby Circuit Court.... When Sam Chandler was asked to give the commencement address for the class of 1989, he said, "I got a lump in my throat and a knot in my stomach." Not because he was stage fright. He had been principal 12 years and his son was a member of the senior class.... Lee Davis, 17-year-old junior from Shelby County High School, was selected to represent Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation on an expense-paid tour of the nation's capital in June.... Births: Timothy David Peach, Crandell Lee Slone III.... Deaths: Ben Washburn Sr., 89; Margaret Mathews, 64; Bernice Hower Carter, 96; Edward Archie Lancaster, 70; Raymond O. Morgan, 70; Preston Lee Hurrle, 5-month-old infant son of Gary and Julie Hurrle; Sarah Betty Tingle, 82.

40 years ago, 1974

Gary Clouse led from start to finish in the one mile run in the regional track meet at Bullitt Central. His time in both the one mile run, 4:32.1, and two mile run, 9:48.3, were regional and school records…. Throughout Shelbyville and Shelby County, you could spot results of a brief storm that brought with it high winds and heavy rains. Numerous trees were downed as well as limbs being broken which caused a good deal of the damage, both to electrical power and telephone service…. Adriel N. Williams, a retired Air Force General, was among 101 outstanding graduates of Eastern Kentucky University honored at the Centennial Alumni Awards banquet. The honorees, representing 20 states, were chosen from hundreds of nominations reviewed by a special subcommittee of the EKU Centennial committee and final selections were based on records of the Alumni Association, interviews and extensive research over a period of several months….

Serving our country: U.S. Air Force Captain Joe D. Haselden received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in military operations. An intelligence officer, he was cited for outstanding duty performance while assigned at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. He was honored in ceremonies at Ramstein AB, Germany, where he served with Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe…. John R. Thomas, 20, was promoted to Army Specialist Five in Germany. He was a mechanic in the 245th Transportation Company…. Army Specialist Four Timothy P. Davis graduated from the 3rd Armored Division noncommissioned officer academy near Kirch Gons, Germany…. Deaths: Thomas L. Clore; William August Senning Sr., 94; Mose Green, 84; Jay Guy Pfost, 74; Arch Stallard Sr., 79; Nancy Bell LaMar, 42.

55 years ago, 1959

Delores Rucker, a Southern Bell telephone operator from Mount Eden, was elected by fellow employees to reign as queen during Telephone Week. The special week heralded the switch to dial phoning in Shelbyville. She demonstrated the new dial system at Smith-McKenney as Shug Hickman (from left), Louise Garrison and William Hopkins watch…. The county school board filed a condemnation suit to secure the site for the proposed consolidated high school. The property, which contains 60 acres, was owned by John W. Cheak, and located on U.S. 60 about one mile east of Shelbyville…. Dr. C.C. Risk, 74,closed his dental office after 52 years of practice…. Shelbyville VFW Post members elected to offices in the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 7th District organization were Sam Batts, senior vice commander; Carl Kelly, chaplain; and Bill Brown, trustee. The district is composed of posts from Shelbyville, Frankfort, Owenton, Lebanon and Hodgenville…. Clarence Miller was the U.S. delegate to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FOA) meeting, an agency of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. He would travel in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany….

Serving our country: Pvt. George E. Poulter was stationed with the Fourth Armored Division in Leipheim, Germany, where he was enrolled in Radio Operation and Repair School…. Marine Pfc. Albert G. Fields was serving with the Third Pioneer Battalion, Third Marine Division on Okinawa. This was the division was the Seventh Fleet’s force in readiness in the Pacific…. Deaths: James William Carriss, 69;

60 years ago, 1954

Fred Hauck purchased from the Ashland Oil Company the large two-story frame house at the corner of Eighth and Washington Streets with plans to remodel and be used as his home, office and apartments.... Rev. J. Edward Cayce, pastor of the First Christian Church was appointed a member of the State Parole Board.... Weatherton Tile and Mantel Company in Louisville opened a new store on Main Street. Andriot's was in the new setting with A-1 merchandise in an A-1 store, was Shelbyville's newest business.... John Luttrell, Shelbyville High School senior, was awarded a scholarship to University of Wisconsin, to play on the freshman football team.... Kenneth Ray Catlett was awarded the Student Council award at Transylvania College.... the Rev. Glover A. Daniel received a doctor of divinity degree at Centre College's 131st graduation exercises.... Homer Petrou was presented the Pre-Medical Award at Transylvania College.... Margaret Ann Cook planned a trip to Brazil as an International Farm Youth Exchange student....

Serving our country: Pope Gordon, stationed for basic training in the Air Force, Lackland Air Base, San Antonio, Texas, was selected to represent his squadron in competition for the "American Spirit of Honor" medal, which is the highest honor conferred upon a serviceman in basic training.... First Lieutenant Charles R. Ferguson received his assignment with the Fifth Air Force in the Far East.... Eddie Hayes, who left for Germany, was promoted to PFC....Goodyear specials: 9-cubic-foot Hotpoint refrigerator, $199.95; Goodyear deluxe all-weather battery, $9.95 with exchange; Westinghouse Poweraire window ventilator, $24.95.... Biagi's special: 7.4-cubic-foot Frigidaire refrigerator, $179.95 and old refrigerator.... Begley's Walgreen Agency Drug specials: Doans pills, 49 cents; Epsom salts, 39 cents/ pound; candy and gum, three for 10 cents; pint vacuum bottle, 99 cents....Word was received here that Guiseppi Biagi, formerly of Shelbyville, had died at his native home in Lucca, Italy. Known as Joe, he had been employed for a number of years at Pelosi's Delicatessen, which was located adjacent to the courthouse.... Other deaths: John H. Stivers, 63; Amelia Schenk Streckfus, grandmother of Mrs. Lucian Kinsolving; Richard Downey, 71.

70 years ago, 1944

Out of the 34 Shelbyville High School graduates, 10 honor graduates were Marjorie Jones, Judith Barnett, Phyllis Kesler, Margaret Jamison, Lois Shuck, Mary K. LaMaster, Mary J. Wilborn, Lula Garner, Ben Matthews and Gregory Biagi.... Mrs. James Pryor Castleman, mother of Pvt. David P. Castleman, Fort Sill, Okla., died at a hospital in Baltimore, Md.

80 years ago, 1934

Birth: Daniel Harris.... Deaths: the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Lighter of Eminence; Robert Thomas Cedars, 44; J.B. Hensley, 69, a brother-in-law of Alice Hoover Perkins and Mr. H.B. Hoover; John William Tucker, 70-year-old farmer; King Willoughby; Virginius Money; Mrs. J. Young.

90 years ago, 1924

Josephine Doyle of Finchville was named May Queen at Georgetown College….Deaths: Jesse B. Washburn, 49, of Shelby County; Jane Crummer, aunt of the late J.D. Guthrie; James W. Thompson, formerly of Shelby County; Amanda E. Newton, 91, widow of Joseph A. Newton; James H. Fullenwider, 72; John D. Wakefield; Levis Collins.

95 years ago, 1919

Minnie Perkins was appointed postmaster at Hatton, succeeding Earl Puckett, who resigned…. Magistrate N.T. Howell was appointed State Road Inspector for Shelby County.... County Attorney Edwin H. Davis of Shelbyville celebrated his 50th birth at the old home place at Old Christiansburg.... Prof. J.T. Hazelrigg was re-elected superintendent of the Shelbyville Public Schools, and Prof. J.O. Cannon, principal of the Shelby Graded School for the 1919-20 school year…. Deaths: Mrs. H.R. Powell; Mrs. Lisle Porter; Mrs. George W. Dunlap.