Looking Back: November 11, 2011

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1941: Only 10 percent of voters go to the polls

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
Judge Harold Saunders
was honored for his 50 years of service to American Legion Post 37 during a gathering in Indianapolis. He had held almost every office at the post....The Shelby County boys took second place at the Class AAA State Cross-Country Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The girls took 14th place....Trailing Boone County, 17-13, to start the fourth quarter, the Shelby County Rockets put together a grueling, 9-minute, 18-play drive that resulted in the go-ahead TD by quarterback Powell Miller, giving the Rockets a 19-17 victory to advance in the playoffs....Brush cleaning was part of a leadership project that helped Philip Van Stockum earn Eagle Scout status – the highest rank for a Boy Scout....Associated Industries of Kentucky (AIK) honored Shelby Industries with its inaugural Kentucky Industry of the Year award....I’m one: Isaac Preston Curtis, Oliver Miller, Lillie Mae Wood, Sarah K. Zimmerman....Deaths: Addie Louise “Red” Howell, 80; Lillie C. Sallee Brooks, 95; Georgia Mary Kenney Collins, 90; Mary Virginia Payne Crume, 87; Clifford R. “Big Boy” Likes Jr., 37; C. Maurice Sparrow, 70; Howard Hornback, 85; Lula Dean Finnie Rose, 81.

15 years ago, 1996
Shana Cooper
, a newcomer to Shelby County, was the new owner of The Image Tree, a specialty shop on Washington Street that was started 23 years ago by the previous owner, Else Matthews. Matthews was looking forward to retirement after 22 years....Jenny Ann Lewis was selected as a finalist in the 1996 Pre-Teen Kentucky Scholarship and Recognition Program at the Galt House in Louisville....Ray Henderson retired from Shelby Supply Co. after 26 years of service to open Henderson Tax Service out of his home and in an office at 602 Main St....Leah Reed came through when Shelby County High School needed her most, lifting the Rockets to their second consecutive Class 3A, Region Four cross- country championship....The Catholic Church of the Annunciation hosted a special presentation when Pastors for Peace visited Shelbyville with their trucks loaded with necessities for poor families on their way to Mexico and Guatemala....Births: Breamon Jerome Harris, Katie Anne Maxfield, Spencer Evan Collins, Christian Tyler Gilreath, Elizabeth Nicole Bell, Karlee Nichole Benham, Emily Marie Goins, Lucy Kathryn Braun, KeMar Lhesnique Dasir Mason, Roy Logan Murphy, Quintassa Shantal Tingle, Mckinzie Jo Cornelius, Sarah Catherine Steely....I’m one: Jake Goullon....Deaths: Lee Allen McGinnis, 52; Pearl Drane Berry, 92; Laura Katherine Newton Harris, 60; Dorothy Hammond Shaver, 84; Shelburne William Hardesty, 84; Thomas Phelps Parke, 92; Mabel Lee Wilhoite, 96; Jessie Barnett Way, 75; Joann Bentley; H. Burton "Buddy" Abrams, 61; Cecil Graybeal, 85; Charlotte Bell Hardesty, 90; Laura Marie Harnden, infant daughter of Kevin and Carol Adams Harnden; Dorothy M. Tinsley, 41; Rosetta Payton Hawkins, 72; Hazel Harp Morrow, 85.

25 years ago, 1986
Three teachers joined the ranks of the Southside staff. They were Eloise Terhune, Becky Tucker and Janie Watts....Mayor Neil Hackworth received a certificate from Gov. Martha Layne Collins, signifying Shelbyville a participant in the 1986 Kentucky Main Street program....Jean Johnston was named the 4-H-er of the Week. The 16-year-old was a junior at Shelby County High School....Ashley Clark, 4, of Shelbyville was chosen the Little Miss Wal-Mart. Second runner-up was 4-year-old Katie White....Gordon Lunceford, 24, converted the upper floor of the a barn into an 850-square-foot apartment. The minister of music at Highland Baptist Church bought 13-acres and a dairy barn in Peytona and said the idea was to make a home on the property....West Middle School students participated in the national poster contest for National School Lunch Week with the theme "School Lunch, It Makes a Difference in Kentucky." First place winner for the sixth grade was Donna Best. Seventh grade first place winner was Eddie Rucker....Births: Blair Marie Copley, Angela Brooke Hall....Death: Fulton Smith, 79.

40 years ago, 1971
Shelby County players of the week were Roy Lyons, Eli Jackson and Vic Lancaster....Luray Jewelers was under the new management and ownership, Becky Marcum and Louie Martin....James T. Sandidge was named the new manager of the Goodyear Store in Shelbyville to succeed Ray Gardner, who was transferred....Richard “Puss” Greenwell retired as coach of the Shelbyville Red Devils of 35 years. He was the head coach for 27 of those years....The Burk family was named “Family of the Year.” Mr. and Mrs. Duvall Burk, who reside on a 115 acre farm near Finchville, are the parents of two children, Kevin and Eric....Shelby Countians saw their first snow of the winter season as approximately half an inch fell throughout the county....Deaths: Edward G. Ratliff, 49; Wallace Gilbert Jennings, 66; Charles W. Ritter, 82; J.C. Casey, 48; Emma Lou McKinney Gritton, 89; Lillie Renfro Lea, 81; Porter Haggard, 85; Ethel Moore Raymond, 78; Donnie Lee Shaw Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Lee Shaw Sr.; E.W. Jackson, 87; Mary Moore Black; Ely Meyer, 81; Thomas D. (Tom) Scrogham, 86; John William Hower, 88; Grace Clark Busey, 80; E.W. Jackson, 84; Paul Cinnamond, 65; James W. Doyle, 92; Ralph B. Spragens, 82; Mitchell Jamison, 19-year-old son of June R. and Madeline Schimmerhorn Jamison.

55 years ago, 1956
John Lee (Jack) Coots Jr., Simpsonville FFA, was one of 12 Kentucky boys to receive the American Farmer award....E.W. Franklin, chairman of the Shelby County ASC committee, announced that the group had made payments to county farmers of a total of $39,771.52 in 1956 acreage reserve soil bank payments....Dr. C.W. Elsey, pastor of The First Baptist Church, resigned his pastorate after his 31st year as pastor....Shelbyville's coach, Richard "Puss" Greenwell, appeared on WAVE-TV Sports Director Ed Kallay's show, with Dallas Arnold, coach of the Valley Vikings. They were quizzed on the prospects for their respective teams in the forthcoming Jaycee Burley Bowl game....Births: Sheryl Lynn Cheak, Kenneth Bodner Thompson, Rebecca Lynn Humston, James C. Wadlington II, Lucian King Johnston, Donna LaVon Rogers, David Wilson Zaring....Serving our country: S/Sgt. Owen Warren Rogers, who was called her by the death of his father Roy Rogers, returned to Madrid, Spain, where he had been stationed for 18 months. He was with SPAMA as NCOIC, classified administration....Pfc. Albert L. Elliott, 28, was scheduled to leave Germany and return to the U.S. after serving with the 10th Infantry Division....Army Pfc. Herbert B. Kelley participated in a 5-day field training exercise with the 11th Airborne Division’s 188th Infantry Regiment in Germany....Pfc. Elbert T. Brooks returned to Korea after spending some time in Tokyo, Japan....Deaths: Lewis Christian Smith, 66; Estel Pickett Bowles, 58; William Frederick Kistner, 76; Walter Garfield Morford, 76; Cecil Crutcher Morris, 20; Carl C. Thurman, 43; Will Palmer, 84; Sophia Petry Hughes, 90; Stephen Houston Allen, 81; William Guy Cunningham, 45; Lucy Owens Pollard, 86.

60 years ago, 1951
Cecie Lawson
and Maurice Sea were crowned queen and king of the Shelbyville Tobacco Festival....Paul C. LeCompte was crowned king of the Transylvania College Halloween Carnival....Marty Deim, former Shelbyville High School standout athlete, was slated to start at halfback for the unbeaten Centre College Colonels as they clashed with Sewanee in Danville....The kickoff meeting for the annual Shelby County Community Chest and Council campaign was held and set a goal of $15,000, the same as the previous year....George Gill served as Master of Hounds when the 58th Annual Fox Hunt and bench show of the National Fox Hunters Association assembled at Dawson Springs....Joseph A. Carroll, Lincoln Institute, was named president of the fifth district of the Kentucky Negro Education Association....Serving our country: Corp. James Martin, U.S. Medical Corps, who had been in Korea for 14 months, was en route home....Pfc. James G. Greene of Bagdad was awarded the Commendation Ribbon for meritorious service in Korea....Deaths: James Calvin Ethington, 82; John R. Slucher, 70; William Isaacs, 80; Nellie Lindsey Leslie, 87; Ernest Hamilton, 72; W.D. Whitaker; Clayton Crawford, 67; Elizabeth Summers Troxell, 77; Mollie Ellen Davis, 89; Fannie M. Toombs, 78; George N. Smith.

70 years ago, 1941
Bertha Mitchell
Kitson never missed a Sunday going to Bible school and church for 20 years. She was also the organist in the Elmburg Christian Church, where she was a member for 30 years and taught a class in the Bible school for 25 years....Two residences and one lot brought $11,475 when the Carrie Colvin estate was auctioned. The home on Main Street in Shelbyville, between 8th and 9th, was sold to Ben T. Radcliffe for $6,400. Property on  Bland Avenue went to Mrs. Wade C. Lyons for $4,325, and a lot on Adair Avenue was sold to Stamper Glenn for $750....Robert Walters was elected president of the Chambers Seed Company Inc. in Louisville during the meeting of the stockholders and directors....The voters of Shelby County, like the rest of the state, more or less stayed at home and failed to go to the polls to vote. Only 10 percent of a total of 10,795 voters made their appearance to the polls....Cadet Samuel M. Collins was promoted to the rank of corporal of the corps of cadets at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina....Lindsey Logan Jr. was the winner of the patrol contest sponsored by the Shelbyville Boy Scout Troop No. 161 for his “What is the best Scout law?” essay....Births: Charles A. McCormack III, Sunny Gayle Shuck....Deaths: Walter Toombs, 74; Roy Randolph Selby, 43; Bradley Grubbs, 87; Thomas Franklin Morrisey.

80 years ago, 1931
The 64-acre farm of Fannie Howser was sold at auction to Charles L. and William R. Tucker and W.C. Davis for $47.35 per acre....The Knorr estate of 270 acres in Simpsonville was sold at auction. The home tract of 170 acres and improvements was sold to George W. Knorr for $45 per acre and the remaining 100 acres was sold to James McKenney of Lyndon at $23 per acre....Rev. Bailey Davis accepted a call to the pastorate of the Clayvillage Baptist Church....Births: Edward Boswell Hays, Issac Johnson Jr....Deaths: Irvin Calloway, 53; Charles P. Hiner, 72; Charlie Dear Poulter; James Beckham, 75; Elizabeth Farrow Robinson; Robert Whitaker, 44; Sarah Sue Parker, 47; Joseph B. Turner, 66.

85 years ago, 1926
Shelbyville High football team was defeated 18-14 by Versailles at Versailles....The Midland Trail was closed for reconstruction at the eastern city limits of Frankfort, traffic being detoured over two detours....Guy Downs and Boyd Roe returned from Crittendon, where they conducted a very successful lot sale....Deaths: B.P. Grigsby; Samuel W. Ford, 69; Foster Hughes Connor, 68; Kate Nash Waddy; John Martin Bramlett, 87.

90 years ago, 1921
The farm of Mrs. E.D. Shinnick, on the State Pike, was sold privately to Coleman Elliott of Bath County for $16,500....W.C. Hanna sold his home on Main Street to Mrs. T.P. Ballard of Bagdad for $10,000....William Radcliffe sold his home on Snow Hill to Mattie D. Brown for $2,400....Birth: Kathleen Charlotte Pryor....Ella McGann O’Sullivan, 63, wife of M. O’Sullivan, editor of the Shelby Sentinel, died at her home here....Other deaths: Beverly M. Beckham; James S. Neel, 63; Rev. S.M. Neel, D.D.; Jimmie Buckman, 22; Mary H. Allen, 76; John William Davenport, 68; Sibble Kester.

95 years ago, 1916
S.D. Boulwae sold his farm of 117 acres to Everett Keeling of Nelson County for $13,225....Harry Walters sold his farm of 83.5 acres near Veechdale to J.L. Gray of Spencer County at $100 per acre....Eminence High School defeated Shelbyville High School at football, 13-0....Dr. D.S. Henry sold his farm of 142 acres, two miles west of Chestnut Grove, to Roy Hanna for $62.50 per acre....Edwin M. Davis, Democrat, and W.C. Stout Jr. were selected as county election commissioners by the State Election Commission....Deaths: Robert Ethington, 74; Howard F. Finnell; Col. D.L. Moore; George W. Robertson, 80; Mary A. Coleman; Phoebe Guthrie Crawford.