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1958: Shelby Countians do well at state fair

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, 2003

The Shelby County Education Association started this school year with two new co-presidents, Chellie Gaither and Toni Moore; Bruce Otto was vice president; Beth Moorman, treasurer; and Debra Jordan was secretary....Mary Stratton, the Department for Technical Education (DTE) deputy commissioner, received the department’s leadership award....Sarah Louise Robinson was selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen Kentucky Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held at the Clarion Hotel in Louisville....Birth: Hayden Lee Jeffries....I’m one: Triston Layne Middleton, Anthony “Bradlee” Howell, Mason Lee Teague....Deaths: Logan Arnsparger, 80; Clayton Bohannon, 89; Moudie Goodlett Mathis, 68; Jean Lorrain Miller, 82; Muriel Watson Naas, 87; Jesse Lee Rogers, 91; Dalton Oscar McKinney, infant son of Jacie Webster and Oscar McKinney; Phil Roberts, 45; Charles A. Stalker, 97; Robert Byron Gaines, 79; Serene Garrett Stephens, 76; Mattie Evans Watts, 68.

15 years ago, 1998

Christy Honaker, 29, joined the practice operated by her dad, Dr. Alan Honaker....Mary Katherine Beecham was honored for her 18 years of service with the Honey Cone Club during the Labor Day activities sponsored by the Hornet Club. Malik D'Wayne Manica, 4-month-old son of Contessa Manica, was the winner in the baby contest. Other winners were – second place, Michiah Lynne Cook; third place, De'Andreius J'Quan Cochran; fourth place, Breana Joel Dugle; and fifth place went to Delexis Keishea Wright....Kentucky State Police Post 12 implemented its Adopt-a-School program, designed "to prevent a violent act" in the schools....Jaclyn Ragsdale was the overall showmanship Division 2 Shorthorn champion in the 1998 Kentucky State Fair events. Bryan Ingram was the winner of the Ayrshire Intermediate Yearling class, and Grant Wonderlich won the Ayrshire Senior 2-year-old cow class....Joining the staff at the middle schools were Lisa Cunningham, Brian Tackett, Caroline Neel, Tim Pardee and Bucky Wilson, West; David Wainscott, N. Scotty VanHoose, Marcia Miller and Paul McDowell, East....New elementary teachers were Melissa Young, Tracy Wright, Wright; Mardee Overstreet, Sherry Antle, Stephanie Melton, Stephanie Chandler, Rhonda Fister, Becky Glore, Kathy Childers, Southside; Susan Tanner, Northside; Mary Jane Knuckles, Preschool; Ashley Haynes, Simpsonville....For half a century, Clarence "Buck" Frazier Jr. had been in a Sunday school class every Sunday....Shelby County High School officially dedicated Robert Doyle Stadium, during the Rockets’ first home football game....Deaths: Edith Mae Duvall Buckman, 89; Lillie Mae Broughton Cooke, 67; Elaine Wood Cottrell, 61; Mae Homer Clark Hortenbery, 77; Harold Smitha, 73; Catherine Mathus, 72; Roger Clay Melton, 39; Mildred H. "Midge" Wentworth, 52.

25 years ago, 1988

Two new tellers, Linda Logan and Deannie Richardson, joined the staff at Bank of Shelbyville, joining veteran teller Judy Vest, who had been with the bank for 13 years, and Angela Poulter, who had been there more than a year....After consulting with federal officials, the county health department wanted to test the soil at a Smithfield Road blackbird roost for a disease-causing fungus....Mark Stivers joined Shelby Motors as a salesman....A 60-acre tract of farmland at the southeast corner of Rocket Lane and Benson Road was proposed to become a 120-lot subdivision if a zone change were to be granted by the Triple S Planning Commission....Graefenburg Baptist Church celebrated its 120th anniversary....Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the installation of emergency flashers to slow traffic near the new Simpsonville school....Shelbyville Mayor Neil Hackworth was elected second vice president of the Kentucky Municipal League for 1989....Auctioneer Jimmy Adams brought his gavel down for the last time after 30 years....After 500 acres of agriculturally-oriented land was annexed by the city of Shelbyville, developer Labe Jackson Jr. sought a variety of zone  changes for the property....The Kentucky State Baptist Music Conference presented a concert of Betty Jean Chatham’s original compositions, with the Shelbyville resident as pianist....The Shelby County United Way campaign goal was set at $50,000....Births: Matthew Porter Curtis Lewis, Jeremy Nicholas Daniel Christopher....Deaths: Hazel Gibson Vaughan, 84; R.C. "Dick" Travis, 73; Glenda H. McGaughey, 72; Raymond Roberts Jr., 73; Rebecca Mackey Powers; Sallie Murphy Smith, 86; Bertha Lee Guthrie, 60; Leonard M. Kent, 77; Rosina Williams Roberts, 73.

40 years ago, 1973

Stewart McBrayer(left) presented an award to Katharine Nicholas in appreciation for her 50 years of service to the Shelby County Public Library....The merger of Newspapers Inc. into Landmark Communications of Norfolk, Va., was approved by shareholders of the Shelbyville-based firm during a special meeting in Louisville. Frank Batten, chair of the board of Landmark, announced that William E. Matthews, who has served as president of Newspapers Inc. since its formation in 1968 through the merger of eight community newspapers, would serve as president of the new corporation....John T. Acree III, president of Lincoln Income Life Insurance Company, announced the promotion of Carolyn Coleman to the position of office manager of the general agents division after almost 20 year of service....Robert M. Coots and John Dudley Dale Jr. announced the formation of the law firm Coots and Dale, with offices located on Main Street in Taylorsville....Efforts were under way to have parking meters in downtown Shelbyville removed. The efforts were being made by members of the Shelbyville Retail Merchants Association, who feel that meters are hurting their businesses....Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hagerty were the new owners of the Montgomery Ward Catalog Agency....Deaths: Hazel Lydia Broyles Shepherd, 54; Willie James Pierce, 31; George Barriger Sloan, 86; Dr. William R. Snider, 35.

55 years ago, 1958

Mrs. Craig Schmidt (standing) was the new president of the Parent-Teachers Association; (seated, from left) Mrs. William T. Finn, secretary; Mrs. Lynn Miller, vice president; and Mrs. George VanHuss, treasurer....Bagdad Future Farmers Jimmy Bohannon, Ronald Smither, Bill Southerland and John Wayne, left for Memphis, Tenn., to take part in a 5-state poultry judging contest. They placed second in the Kentucky State Fair contest, which featured close to 200 teams in the various judgings....Three prisoners escaped from the Shelby County jail. One man was charged with forgery, another prisoner had been held to the grand jury for driving a car without the consent of the owner and another was serving out a jail sentence on a charge of operating on a revoked license and improper passing. One of the prisoners' mother, who resides in Louisville, brought him back to jail to serve the remainder of this term....Lewis Mathis was a member of "The Pipers," who were winners in the gospel-quartet at the Kentucky State Fair....The carload of African violets Mrs. T.B. Shaver, Eminence Road, took to Louisville won the sweepstakes prize at the state fair's first African violet show....Members of the Simpsonville FFA Chapter who showed the Grand Champion dairy exhibit at the state fair were Buddy Chappell, Bobby McDowell, Barry Smith, Hubert McGaughey and Jim Price....Brice Brown, owner of Rhododendron farm, and the DeWitt brothers brought home top honors for Brown Swiss at the Kentucky State Fair....Dr. Wilson Ashby, native of Shelbyville, was appointed a Kentucky colonel by Gov. Happy Chandler....Shelbyville Red Devils won their second game over Versailles, 7-6....Serving our country: Army Sgt. Elwyn J. Casey graduated from the Seventh Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Munich, Germany....Kenneth Conn, U.S. Army, was promoted to staff sergeant. He was stationed in Fort Knox....Deaths: Ezra Johnson, 78; Emma Graham, 96; Clifton Bruce Pinkston, 80; Nancy Jane Wilson, 92; Minnie Anderson Cardwell, 95.

60 years ago, 1953

Shelbyville's Red Devils dropped their third consecutive game when Versailles thumped "Puss" Greenwell's charges, 35-6, behind the running of All-Stater Zane Jenkins. Jake Smith scored Shelbyville's long touchdown, while Bill Clements and Joe Shea helped revitalize the Shelbyville attack....The cornerstone was laid for the State Highway Department to replace the blinker at 10th and Washington with a stoplight....work began on Biagi's new storefront at 541 Main St.....Prof. Elmer Jordan Paxton, retired county school superintendent, passed away at the King's Daughters Hospital. He was principal of the Waddy and Mount Eden schools for 31 years before being elected to three full terms as county superintendent.

70 years ago, 1943

After serving the past seven years as bookkeeper-secretary of the King's Daughters Hospital, Mrs. J.B. Burton resigned....Lila Gillock was awarded a long service emblem pin by the main office of the Southern Bell Telephone Company. Each star denoted five years service she had worked for the company....Hempridge Baptist Church celebrated its 30th anniversary....Births: David Carl Brewer, Bettie Bright Wilkinson....Serving our country: Cpl. Roy T. Hardesty, who was stationed in China, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant....Technician Fifth Grade William W. “Bill” Brown, was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in action during the African Campaign....Cpl. Earl Puckett, who had seen action in Ireland and the North African Area, and who was wounded on Dec. 7, 1942, received the Purple Heart Award for unusual bravery, one of the highest to be given....Deaths: Karl N. Kinkel; E.D. Burton, 72; Roy Wilburn Nolin, 35; Wallace Crittendon Collins, 55.

80 years ago, 1933

A&P opened its new food "emporium" on the south side of Main between 5th and 6th streets. The new establishment was under the management of D.L. Green, local manager of the firm for the past four years. Assistants included Forrest Whitehouse, Wilson Amyx and Jesse Puckett....Kroger took over the Piggly Wiggly food store and began operations under the management of Chester Hatcher, assisted by Mark J. Scearce....In accordance with the National Recovery Act passed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Shelbyville merchants agreed to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays....Birth: Ann Gibson Vaughan.

85 years ago, 1928

Deaths: Dora Woods Johnson, wife of Edward Johnson; Mary Elizabeth Masters, 69; Minnie Luttrell, wife of Thomas Luttrell; S. Ross Robertson, 46, of Waddy; James W. Shropshire, 67; Lena Wallace Tribble, 60, wife of J.D. Tribble; William Henry Harrison Farris, 84.

90 years ago, 1923

Campbell Cantrill defeated Alben Barkley in the Democratic primary for the gubernatorial nomination....Shelby County's greatest fair concluded, with more than $5,500 in premiums offered....Science Hill began its 95th year with Clara M. Poynter as principal....Mrs. J.C. Ray was elected president at an organizational meeting of the business women of Shelbyville and Shelby County. Virginia Lewis was elected first vice president and Josephine Bright as second vice president.

95 years ago, 1918

A large barn on Walker Daniel's farm, 3 miles north of Shelbyville, was struck by lightning and burned with all the contents. Loss was placed at $8,500....Deaths: Kenneth Cozine, 19-year-old son of Charles Cozine; Sue Courtney Cleveland, widow of F.J. Cleveland; Annie Petry Houston, wife of William Houston.