Looking Back: Sept. 23, 2011

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1956: Electrical storm kills 1, injures 2, damages farms

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

With a 58 net score, the team of Jeanie Willard, Kathy Hopkins, Susie Wilhelm and Anna Simpson took first-place honors in The Sentinel-News’ Women’s Golf Scramble at Weissinger Golf Course....Shelby Ellis spoke of strong women who served America. Her patriotic monologue helped the senior class president win the title of Junior Miss 2002....Scott Kolms took over Jancon, the Shelbyville company, after his dad, Jerry, died in May....Births: William Hunter Gnagie, David Edward Villa, Jennifer Anahi Rodriguez, Blayne Lucas Birkholz, John Wilson Miles III, Caleb Allen Ward....Deaths: Robert Lee Bruner, 67; Juanita Marie Johnson Stivers, 74; Stanley W. Wilson, 84; Richard “Buddy” Tipton Jr., 71; Wilfrid C. Gettelfinger, 95; Tom Moore, 67; Elmer Bullock Sr., 68; Marjorie Jefferson Chesser, 61; Mary Harvey Coombs, 82; G. Michael Smith, 34; Edna Earl Riley, 91; Margia Lea Puckett, 79.

15 years ago, 1996
Plans to build a hotel and restaurant complex in front of Weissinger Hills Golf Course were moving full steam ahead. Faulkner Hinton and Associates, a Louisville development firm, had an option to buy the 33 acres that was owned by Falls City Tobacco Co. off Mount Eden Road at I-64....John Conklin was the new commander for the Kentucky National Guard in Shelbyville....First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) surprised Dr. J. Howard Griffith for his 10th anniversary ministry at the church and for 35 years in ministry....Wallace "Wally" Rogers was honored for 35 years of employment at Tenneco....Janet Burgin was installed as postmaster of the Finchville post office, replacing former postmaster Lillie Lawson, who was promoted to the Eastwood branch in eastern Jefferson County....Sheri Bullock was named "Employee of the Quarter" at Bank One....Joyce Harris joined Bank One, Kentucky as a customer service representative at the Hi-Point Banking Center....Births: Daniel Scott Cocanougher, Ingrid Melina Garcia, Meika Lauren Hamblin, Kaylan Monique Jackson, Renee Catherine Toole, Dannica Nicole Willard, Scott Allen Papineau Jr., Tristan Lane Perry, Steven Lee Standafer, Ralphael Gerron Stone....I’m one: Jacob Tyler LeCompte….Deaths: Betsy Lea Back Clark; Francis Lyons, 72; Calvin William LaFollette, 74; Leon Ransdell, 81; Leila Jean Watts Shannon, 63; Gilbert Barrickman, 87; Virginia Marlow Tipton Curtis, 86; Jerry L. Walker, 34; Ellen Morris Bramblett, 82.

25 years ago, 1986
The Kentucky Treadlers, a Shelby County sheep-to-shawl team, placed first in the Kentucky contest. They were (from left) Linda Pratt, Marj Sangalli, Candy O’Quinn, Lorraine Dallas and Paula Smith....Anne Marie Borders'creative and performing arts presentation at the Shelby County Junior Miss program consisted of a mime act and a selection on the piano. She was named the winner of the ninth annual scholarship program sponsored by the Shelby County Woman's Club. Mindi McGinnis was first runner-up, winning a $300 scholarship....Shirley Peyton won $1,700 – the highest amount given away since Kountry Market began its bankroll promotion in December 1985....Janie Roberts was the new owner and operator of J&J Bridal Shop and Boutique, formerly Betty’s Bridal Boutique, at the corner of 10th and Main streets....Wallpapers and Paint was changed to Wallpaper Distributors of Kentucky and the manager was Ginger Backer....Holly Stakelbeck Cox, 31, joined Images Salon....Patricia Ann McKinney was promoted to manager of the C&H Rauch Jewelers in Village Plaza....When Moses Ruben died in 1968, he left about $500,000 in a trust fund to King's Daughters Hospital. His brother, Louis, filed suit against King's Daughters Hospital Company, United Medical Corporation and Commonwealth of Kentucky stating his brother's intent to financially benefit a charitable organization wouldn't be carried out since the hospital is now owned by UMC, a for-profit company....Births: George Clinton Owens....Deaths: Frank H. Long, 84; James Love Jr., 71; Jessie Pearl Waits, 78; Nancy L. Tingle, 63; Herman L. Richardson, 60; David L. Payton, 46; Ida Lee Harley Payton, 51; Edgar J. Moore, 85; Dora Mae Mathus Clark, 69; Talbott Edgington.

40 years ago, 1971
New officers of the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club were (from left) Paul Sonnheim, treasurer; Roy Catlett, board member; Paul Bottom, president; Fred Bond,board member; George Van Huss,vice president; Paul LeCompte,secretary; Ralph Wade,board member; Homer McAllister, board member; and Hubert Briscoe,board member....Hail took its toll in many tobacco fields in the southeastern section of the county. Although many farmers had housed much of the tobacco, damage was still considered very heavy by most of those who experienced a loss....Shelby County High School players of the week were Carl Douglas, back; Tommy Aldridge,big lick and lineman....Harold Saunders, Shelbyville attorney, was appointed co-chairman of a statewide Veterans Committee for Ford-Carroll....Births: Heather Marie Tipton, Ruth Ellen Harper, Virginia Louise Craig, Lee Jay Scriber....Serving our country: Private E-2 Edward Lee Griffin left for his tour of overseas duty in Vietnam....Army Specialist Four Carey E. Baker, 23, received the Army Commendation Medal near Chu Lai, Vietnam....Lt. Col. William Edwin Hisle, 52, a retired Air Force Chaplain and former pastor of the Centenary United Methodist Church died at his home on Beechwood Avenue....Other deaths: Jane Wright Smith, 83; Steve H. Allen Jr., 46; Julia Shouse Conway, 81; Patricia Thompson Lewis, 22; Isaac Massey, 78; Raymond Burley Sr.

55 years ago, 1956
Winners in the Shelby County Tennis Tournament were (from left) Mrs. Lucien Kinsolving,winner of women's singles; Robert Matthews Jr.,champion and winner of the Byrd Cup; Guy Lea, second flight men's singles winner; and Bill Ellis, boy's championship winner....One of the worst electrical storms in the past 10 years visited Shelbyville and Shelby County. One Louisville person was killed instantly when struck by lightning; Charles Connell and Herb Murphy were knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital for treatment. A large dairy barn on the farm of Mrs. W.H. Nash on U.S. 60 West was destroyed by lightning; and two large Holstein cows belonging to Mack Walters were struck by lighting, along with 13 sheep belonging to Dudley Scearce....Mrs. W.W. Tichenor was appointed Shelby County Democratic campaign women’s co-chairperson....The Bagdad FFA chapter topped the FFA poultry-judging division at the state fair with 969 points out of a possible 1,000. It was the third year in a row the Bagdad team had won the division under the leadership of Coach Fred Trammell. Members were Ben Estes, Wallace Hance, Bobby Moore and Joe Sutherland....Two 16-year-old boys were arrested for breaking into Gleneyrie School. Nothing was reported missing, but some property damage was reported in the gymnasium and the basement....Robert F. Matthews Jr. defeated Craig Schmidt to win the Shelby County tennis tournament, 6-1, 6-0....Births: Rita Anne Green, Marc Thomas Stout, Vivian Lee Gabbard....Warren Newman Howerton, 62, well-known resident of Shelby County and owner and operator of a truck line for many years, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home at Finchville....Other Deaths: Mabel Smith Brooke, 65; Sallie Hanna Bird, 84; B.C. Birch, 73; Ira Dodridge Moore, 80; Joseph T. Roberts; 82; Ray C. Johnston; Thomas M. Howerton; George W. Hamilton; E.L. (Ted) Crum.

60 years ago, 1951
A 1950 Tudor Ford, which was locked and full of gas, was stolen from Ray Montgomery in front of his home on Adair Ave....Lee Tucker of Finchville, a senior at the University of Kentucky, was first-place winner in individual dairy judging competition for college students at the Kentucky State Fair....The House seemed likely to agree with President Truman that 3 cents should remain the cost of mailing a letter. But the penny post card appeared doomed to memory land....Jack Coots of Finchville received recognition both by tobacco minded folk and cattle raisers at the State Fair in Louisville....Only one other display at the Kentucky State Fair topped Shelby County in the agricultural exhibit. Auldon Edwards, Chamber of Commerce secretary, with the help of Sam Crawford and French Smooth constructed the exhibit that was rated "excellent" and won three ribbons....Birth: Thelma McClain....Serving our country: Pfc. Robert Popp landed in Pusan, Korea, and served with the 12th Replacement Draft....Pfc. Robert Pearson was among 21 Kentucky Korean veterans who returned to the States by boat for a 30-day leave and reassignment to other Army units....Deaths: Robert S. Prewitt Sr., 84; William Joseph Duvall, 82; Ida Hunt Van Meter, 79; John Lewis Lea, 42;  Ora Morgan Baxter, 67.

70 years ago, 1941
John Barnett of the Bagdad FFA won first and second on the best Southdown ewe lamb, second and third on the best Southdown ram lamb and third on the best aged ewe at the Kentucky State Fair. He also won eight places with his chickens....2,507 students were enrolled in the county schools....E.H. Rothchild, who had been a director of the Burley Tobacco Cooperative Association since about 1930, was re-elected director....Bob Tinsley Garner, local heavyweight boxer, defeated his opponent at Columbia gymnasium in Louisville in 10 seconds of the first round. His opponent weighed 10 pounds more than Garner....Birth: Donna Kay Jewell, Mary Robb Michael....Deaths: Taylor Billiter, 42; Susie Green Beckley, 66.

80 years ago, 1931
The Shelby County Building and Loan Association of Shelbyville was admitted to membership in the United States Building and Loan League....A 5-room cottage and lot on Goodman Ave., belong to Lowell Bros. of Chicago, Ill., was sold to George Blumer for $1,500; a six room house and lot on Kentucky St. belonging to T.E. Neblett was sold to L.P. Perkins for $5,250 cash....Births: Robert Rodman Kernan, E.T. Sharp Jr....Deaths: Samuel H. Brown, 89; Mary Turner Massie; J.R. Hughes, 70; Carolyn DeNeale Huggins, 84.

85 years ago, 1926
A lease of the Hotel Armstrong was given by the People's Bank & Trust Co. to Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Summers....The contract was awarded for reconstructing the Shelbyville-Mount Eden Road at a cost of $90,000....The first Republican primary was held in Shelbyville, where the polls opened in all of the 34 precincts. This was the first time the Republicans ever held a primary in the district since the statewide primary law was enacted. Only 134 votes were cast in all the 34 precincts....Sheriff E.H. Fuller of Fayette County appointed Ludlow Cook, formerly of this county as deputy sheriff of Fayette County....George B. Perkins Jr. accepted a position with the Citizens Bank....Dr. C.C. Risk was elected president of the Shelbyville Exchange Club....Lynn Henderson was elected vice president; F.C. Giltner was secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club....Deaths: Adelia Wells Best, Jeff Purvis, Charles Beutel, Harrison Masters, George E. Herrick, Robert Baker, Nannie C. Stapleton, Frank T. Robinson, Sallie Caldwell Hegan, Otto W. Christman, Clinton C. McClarty, William E. Downes.

90 years ago, 1921
Births: William Taylor White, Helen Hull Burnett....Nancy Shannon Shaw, 70, died at the King’s Daughters Hospital of heart trouble....John Beckley, 34, died of tuberculosis at the home of his uncle William Beckley at Todds Point....William L. Welch, a farmer near Todds Point, died of peritonitis at his home.

95 years ago, 1916
Forty-two men and three commissioned officers from Shelby County were part of Company K, First Kentucky Infantry K. N.G., which left for the Mexican border....Judge Charles C. Marshall appointed Charles Foree Beard as Master Commissioner of the Shelby Circuit Court to succeed A.C. Weakley, deceased....Samuel J. Caudill accepted a position as instructor of mineralogy and geology at Pennsylvania State College....The county board of education awarded the contract for building the schoolhouse at Mulberry to Gruber and Doss for $4,225....J.L. Cowherd was elected chancellor Commander of Tasso Lodge, No. 14, Knights of Pytias....The county board of education elected professor S.E. Hatton of Jeffersonville principal of the Simpsonville High School....James B. Hayden, 70, died at his home near Jacksonville....Georgia Johnston Shipman, wife of David J. Shapman, died at her home near the fairgrounds; Stella May Howerton; James S. Hays; Georgia Shannon; Rachel Becker; George W. Robertson; Phoebe Guthrie Crawford; Michael Brown; Albert W. McKee; Addie Elliott.