Looking Back: October 2, 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.

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10 years ago, 1999

Samantha Newton was crowned football Homecoming queen during halftime at the Shelby County-Oldham County game....Sheriff's deputies burned close to 300 mature marijuana plants with an estimated street value of more than $100,000....Carolyn Kinsolving received a trophy as winner of the longest-drive contest in the third annual Sentinel-News' Women's golf scramble. The winning team members were Liddie Harper, Jan Logsdon, Ermin Herrick and Debbie Logan. Logsdon also won closest-to-the-hole contest....Linzie Craig was named Realtor of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Realtors....Births: Baily Chase Ingram, Neil McIntosh, Devlin Gage Weichert....We're one: Jordan Ronald Cordell and Samantha Joe Armstrong, Caitlin Lee Armstrong....Charles Smith, a Shelbyville character who walked the city and county streets for more than 30 years, died of a heart attack at Norton Suburban Hospital in Louisville....Other deaths: Mary Ann Sloan Clark, 89; Roscoe Gowin, 77; Leslie Caperton Hall, 96; Carla Lavelle Lee Moore, 26; Jay Monhollen, 88; Hazel Thompson Nethery, 88; Alvin Lee Royse, 56; Hiram Nelson Royse, 82; Charles Blandford Smith, 88; Martha Claggett Williams, 84; Leonard Scott Duval, 46. 

15 years ago, 1994

Officers elected for the Shelbyville Jaycees were Janice Harris, Debra C. Jordan, Susan McMullan, Peggy Henry, Paula Kinsolving, Greg Darst, Kenny Harris, Becky Coots, Belinda Nichols, Melinda Tipton, Stephanie Robinson and Scotty Crawford....Amber Smith and Adam Meadows were crowned Miss and Mr. Finchville....Claudia Sanders, who turned 92, celebrated her birthday with a cake at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House. "I can't say I like it, but I have to put up with it," she said about turning 92....Simpsonville Christian Church honored Susan Fields for her dedication to the church and community. She was one of the first women ordained as an elder at the church....Births: Jaimee Sue Moore, Joseph Michael Cakmes, John-Hunter Faulkner Hughes....I'm one: Megan Tyler LeCompte, Hannah Gail Williams....Deaths: Margaret Hammond Maupin, 79; Cordie Robinson Palmer, 77; Espia Lois Waldridge Frazier, 75; Stella Newman, 82; Arthur Gordon Brewer, 80; Margaret C. "Peggy" Williams Miller, 80; William Alfred Curtsinger Sr., 64.

25 years ago, 1984

The community response to the possibility of making indoor swimming available from October through May was overwhelmingly favorable, according to members of the Shelby County Winter-Indoor Swimming Committee....Overall winners in the Harvest Festival road race were Gary Clouse, 12.38 minutes, and Sarah Bland, 16 minutes for the 2.5 mile race....Holly Neel was crown the Harvest Festival Queen....The Rev. Steve Cloninger was the new pastor of Grace Assembly of God, coming from Glasgow....Robert V. Aldridge was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students for 1983-84....Eric Eisenberg, a Shelby County freshman, earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offered to Scouts -- the Eagle award....Linda Taylor was the manager of the Wallpaper Express, opened by Don and Liz Shelby....Births: Joshua Adam Case, Caroline Ellen Kerchner....Deaths: Jane Allen Eldred; Irene Currens, 72; Perry Raymond Lefler Sr., 59; Carl C. Baskett, 79; Stanley Kurtz Sr., 65; Lloyd B. Reid, 68; Justin Broughton, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Broughton; Joseph Edward Whitfill Sr., 43; William T. Mitchum Sr., 89; Mrs. Ruby Dee Palmer Searcy, 79.

40 years ago, 1969

A fire destroyed the main portion of the Southwestern District Warehouse on the corner of 11th and Equity streets with damage estimated at $500,000....Officers were elected of the Shelbyville National Honor Society. They were Cindy Tygrett, president; Jim Hundley, vice president; Carol Crane, secretary; Mark Ballard, treasurer....Carolyn Murphy was elected president of the Shelbyville Beta Club. Other officers were Jim Hundley, vice president; Carol Crane, secretary; Gary Streable, treasurer....Births: Marcus Dion Barrickman, William Scott Tingle, Michael Allen Husband, Marissa Sue Pace, Phillip Andrew Loaring....Serving our country: Pfc. James (Jimmy) Yates, 20, was killed in action in Vietnam after serving there for only a month....Pvt. E2 James C. Clark left for a tour of Europe....Deaths: Bertha Baskett Ramsey, 93; Carl Houston Smith, 44. 

55 years ago, 1954

Nan Lee Lawson was elected president of the Waddy FHA; Martha Miller was vice president....Joe Phil Moss, who captured the grand championship at the State Fair with his Holstein, was in Memphis, Tenn., showing his animals....Serving our country: A/2c Robert G. Bemiss, who spent two years in Germany with the U.S. Air Force, returned to the states and received his discharge....Sgt. Paul S. Jackson returned to the U.S. after serving in Korea with the 25th Infantry Division....Lt. Archie L. Ware, who was serving in Korea, was a motor officer for the 58th FA Bn....Deaths: J.E. Golden Sr., 84; Charlotte Smither Baker, 51, wife of Roy M. Baker; Arch Wade, brother of Willie Wade; Betty Ann Burgin, infant daughter of E.W. and Corinne Lisby Burgin.

60 years ago, 1949

Joseph Trumbo, 11, Finchville 4-H showman, won a ribbon for 9th in 4-H and 3rd in the county group with his Holstein....A film was being made by RKO-Pathe motion picture producers in New York in the vicinity of Southville to show the people of Germany, Japan, Austria and other former Axis nations how the American people work, live and play. The story was built around "The Country Storekeeper," the store of Edgar Skelton on Mount Eden Road with the entire cast made up of Southville people, with the exception of the storekeeper....The Dr. Irvin Sonne 245 acres, formerly a part of the late Walter Girdler estate and known as Meschendrof and R. Guthrie lands, was sold at auction for $85,304 in three different tracts....Ryburn Weakley was elected secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa, senior men's leadership society at the University of Kentucky....The 154-acre farm of R.L. Stout on the eastside of Highway 55 was sold at auction averaging $165 per acre....Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Slucher received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter. The new mother was the former Josie Kaze....Michael Lewis was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. L. Wetzel....Serving our country: Samuel Lester Harrod, seaman apprentice, USN, was serving as a crew member of the attack transport USS Henrico in the Pacific....Deaths: Mrs. C.B. Dailey, sister of Virgil White; Louis A. Guenther, 85, 50-year Mason and member of Newport Lodge No. 358 F&AM; Richard Noble Bohannon, 42, brother of Everett, Gilbert and Guthrie Bohannon; Georgia Ann Wheatley Mitchell, 63, mother of Stewart and Roy Mitchell; Lemuel Willis McCormack, 77, husband of Mattie Payton McCormack; Moses Robert Puckett, 83, father of Mrs. Lester G. Clark; Charlotte C. Moore, 90, retired school teacher; Minnie B. Jackson, 79, mother of Mrs. Jerry Brown.

70 years ago, 1939

The cornerstone of the $20,000 chapel at the Masonic Home as laid with impressive ceremony, with the opening address given by Sam K. Veech, president of the Home Directorate....Deaths: Sarah Sawyer Coots Flood, mother of Mrs. Ben T. Radcliffe; Celia Jennings Brown, wife of William P. Brown; Marion H. Harbison, 73, completed his second consecutive term as clerk of the Shelby Circuit Court; Sherman K. Swigert, 48, brother of Lester B. Swigert; James Dudley Smith, 82, retired farmer and brother of Sally Shouse; Minnie Webber Long, widow of the late S.M. Long; Ada Lillian Gordon, mother of Deputy Sheriff Hubert Gordon; Mollie Collins Bell, 87, sister of Etheleen Heady.

75 years ago, 1934

The seven consolidated graded and high schools, nine two-room and five one-room schools of Shelby County were off to a fine start....Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Randsdell who had sold their farm on Midland Trail West, leased the residence of Mrs. Verna Moore on Magnolia Avenue....A metal silo, 12 by 40 feet on the farm of W.C. Winlock, near Finchville, collapsed about 30 minutes after laborers had finished filling it with silage....Mrs. Elliott Beard went to Lexington where she was made the head of state university's experiment in cooperative home for girl students....News reached here of the death of Brown Allen, grandson of J.W. Brown....Howard Meehan, 40, mechanic and expert electrician and an outstanding hero in World War I, died.

85 years ago, 1924

At the Kentucky State Fair, Clark Boyd won first premium in the male or female class for the best Boston Bull Terrier pup and third premium in the female Boston Terrier pup....W.N. Nash received 214 votes to be the winner of the top 10 successful candidates for delegates in the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association....Curtis Brewer, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Brewer near Bagdad, died....Anthony W. Street, 93, died at his home....Jesse D. Oglesby, 69, died at his home....Robert Boyd Robertson Sr., 47, who was a resident of Shelbyville for a time after his marriage to Lottie Staunton, died.

 95 years ago, 1914

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Adams received congratulations upon the birth of a daughter....Robert Andrew Smith, 86, died at his home in Shelbyville....James W. Briscoe died at his home near Waddy....Hattie Belle Hornback, 41, died at her home on the Mount Eden Pike....George Washington Moore, 49, died at his home in the county.