Looking Back: September 16, 2011

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1956: Shelby has several winners 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, 2001

Nancye Allisonprepared for a marathon at Disney World to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research. She had been walking along country roads in northern Shelby County, on a treadmill and in parks for an hour every day....Troy Ethingtonwas selected as the new assistant fire chief....Local residents were left stunned, angered and prayerful when hearing of the terrorist attack that brought down the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center and badly damaged the Pentagon....The Shelbyville Wal-Mart was evacuated for about 15 minutes because of a bomb scare....Donna R. Millerwas promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer for Citizens Union Bank....Deaths: Zora L. Nethery, 90; Everett Turner, 90; David A. Barry, 51; Hubert C. Martin Sr., 74; Judy Williams, 56; Cecil Tindle, 83; Linda Faye Bennett Bain, 59.


15 years ago, 1996


’46 Red Devils reunite

The Shelbyville High School class of 1946 had its 50-year class reunion Aug. 10 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Ruth Moesser, secretary, was in charge of Getting in the Spirit, with the school song and some cheers. A memoriam was presented by Carolyn Hyatt, with a moment of silence for the deceased members – Lindsey Cornelius, Dec. 24, 1994; Harry Hays, summer of 1946; Harold Mathews, Dec. 25, 1983; Edna Stratton Washburn; Cecil Van Natta, April 6, 1990; George Willis, 1970; Pvt. Forrest Smith, Jan. 22, 1996; and Pvt. Carl Hughes, Feb. 6, 1991. Pictured in back row, left to right are Laura Jean Smith, Quintin Biagi, Howard Logan, Frank Parks, Carolyn Hyatt, Katherine Barnett Fuller, Margaret Aldridge Wilborn. Front row, Ruth Catlett Moesser, Marjorie Higgins McReynolds, Dorothy Green Miller, Martha Cinnamond Chadwell, Mary C. Briscoe Wilborn and Geraldine Smith Flaugher. The photo was taken from a 1996 issue of The Sentinel-News.


Allison Elizabeth George (center) was the winner of the Shelby County High School Junior Miss title. First runner-up was Beth Cunningham(left), and Ashley Rae Marstonwas second runner-up. Other contestants were Melissa Ann Hackworth, Sarah B. Hardin, Whitney Lauren Hayse, Meagen Leigh Nicholson, Bronwyn Ruth Polley and Rebecca Dae Pratt....Shelbyville City Council voted to deny the zone change that would have allowed the outdoor amphitheater to be built on Mount Eden Road....The Shelbyville City Council applied for a $320,000 grant of Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, funds from the Department of Transportation, to help upgrade downtown sidewalks....Janet Burgin of Mount Eden was sworn in as the new postmaster at Finchville. She had been a postal clerk in Simpsonville....Chris Williams was named the new principal at Northside Elementary....Leslie Miller, 20, opened Classy Lady, a nail salon at 93 Mount Eden Road, next door to A Cut Above Hair Salon, where Miller worked as a nail technician for about four months....Ella Rose Tuttle joined Abbot Realty Corp....Sharon Nichols, who had been in business for 26 years, was certified through the Kentucky Florists Association at the Florist Education Program of Kentucky....Shelby County United Way kicked off the 1996 campaign by announcing a $443,000 goal. More than $190,000 had already been pledged through corporate fund-raising....Births: Alyssa Bailee Adler, Chelsea Marie Ashbaugh, Sarah Ann Raizor, Jesse Landon Harrod, Elijah Lakarl and Isaiah Rakarl Jones, Charles Lucas Kramer, Devin Brady Price, Bradley Dakota Tingle, Brenna Nicole Willard, Benjamin Cole Lawson, Morgan Nicole and Kathryne Marie Maddox, Dakota Blake Hardin, Mathew Allen Edington, Makalya Renee Reynolds....I'm one: Baylie Edwards, Brooke Elizabeth Green, Tymon Brown Jr...Deaths: Lillie Bell Bustle, 84; Paul L. Brooks, 59; Juanita Ogden Powell, 66.

25 years ago, 1986
Shelby County High School students selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalist were Tim Ramsey, Byron Dunsmore and Joel Thompson.....Gilbert T. Wooldridge, Frankfort, started a full gospel church at Best Western Lodge....Lee Tinsley, senior at Shelby County High School, received rave reviews and drew the attention of football recruiters as the Rockets’ star runner....Jason Heath, Stephen Walker and Matt Wilborn of Boy Scout Troop 164, Centenary United Methodist Church, advanced to Life rank, and advancing to star was Drew Backer....Diana Caldwell started as the new manager at the Family Dollar Store in Governor’s Square....Linda Schwiss began working for the North Central Health District as a diabetes nutritionist....Edgar Ralph "Rusty" Guthrie III celebrated his 20-year anniversary with the Federal Bureau of Investigation....Mark Hutchison submitted three ideas to the employee suggestion plan at Inland Steel in East Chicago and the third time was a charm. The instrument service technician won the maximum $10,000 award for his suggestion....John Pulliam, junior at Shelby County High School and the son of Elmo and Edna Mae Pulliam, was singled out as 4-H’er of the week....Births: Cory Martin Bruner, Mark Anthony Turner, Amanda Gabrielle Black....George Clinton Owens....Deaths: Genevieve Beckley Tinsley, 70; Jimmy John Stout, 30; Naomi Hampton Kleiser, 77; Clarence Tungate, 84; Stanley McGaughey Sr., 71; Calvin C. James, 61; Elden R. "Bud" Frick, 71; James Everett Cosby, 67.

40 years ago, 1971
James William Davis,
20, joined the staff of the Shannon Funeral Service....Players of the week were, from Shelby County High School, Junior Curtsinger, back; Jimmy Duncan, lineman; Mike Quincey, big lick; from Shelbyville High, Ikey Davis, offensive and defensive player....Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Comley purchased the Shelby Office Equipment Company and building from Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hauck....Robert Biagini was named the new manager of the Shelbyville Finishing Company. He is a former newspaperman with the Brianville Telegraph, a Pennsylvania daily....A Shelby County School bus en route to the upper elementary school was involved in a 3-vehicle accident near Stratton’s Grocery on U.S. 60 East....Janet Ray Sorrels was pledged to Kappa Delta sorority at the University of Kentucky....Charles Graybeal had the “Queen of the Show” at the annual Dahlia Show held at the RECC building....Serving our country: David Michael Eddington served 14 months of tour duty in Vietnam....Deaths: Earl Burk Perry, 53; Herbert Coleman Cook, 57; Rena Chapman Brown, 69; Christopher Morgan Hammond; Herbert O. Richardson, Esther Roberts Peyton, 76; Harold Warren Dorman.

55 years ago, 1956
Sam Crawford of Shelbyville was the campaign chairman for the Shelby County Democrats, Mrs. Ray Tucker served as co-chairperson for the farmers’ committee, and Harold Saunders was named as city chairman for Shelbyville....Newton Richardson was transferred from Pineville to be the new Kroger store manager, succeeding A.K. Montgomery. Melvin Bourne from Owenton was announced as the new meat department manager....Linn Henderson, corn winners in 1907, repeated his triumphs at the 1956 Kentucky State Fair for the largest and most perfect ears of white corn....Barney Bright's massive marble nude sculpture won first place at the fair....Bernice Hedges, manager of the Lincoln Department store, was elected chairman of the retail merchants division of the Chamber of Commerce....Helen Canter won second place at the state fair with her handkerchief quilt....The Shelbyville Tennis Club defeated the Frankfort Country Club in a night match played under the new lights. In singles Craig Schmidt won, 6-4; Bob Burke won, 6-3; Bruce Daniels won, 6-4; Bill Shannon won, 6-2. In doubles Schmidt and Matthews teamed to win, 6-4; Guy Lea and Jim Burnett won, 6-4; Burke and Shannon won, 6-3. In the women's match Betty Matthews won, 6-1; and in doubles Harriet Scearce and Matthews won, 6-3....Serving our country: A/1c Garnett L. Ruble was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and was serving in Frankfurt, Germany....A/2c James R. Warfield was promoted to A/1c. He was serving with the 396th Air Police on Guam....Army Pvt. Herbert B. Kelley, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orra B. Kelley, took part in a 3-week field training exercise in Germany with the 11th Airborne Division....Deaths: Price Barnett, 70; John Samuel Hieatt, 82; Thomas Eli Baldwin III; Annette Mitchell Mills.

60 years ago, 1951
The Old Masons Home of Shelbyville and two other Masonic institutions shared in the $59,115 estate of Bess E. Fitch, whose will was probated in the Jefferson County Court....A total of 1,066 students registered in the Shelbyville schools for the 1951-52 school year, approximately the same number as last year....Extensive additions were made to Shelbyville High School -- three classrooms, library, cafeteria at $82,000 cost....Serving our country: Capt. Louis C. Smith was scheduled to depart for a new assignment with the 7961 European Command Detachment in Paris, France....Donald W. Ritchie, chief hospital corpsman, USN, of Bagdad, participated in the annual resupply mission to the Canadian Arctic regions in support of the Joint Weather Station Program....Jack Graves returned home after serving in Korea....Two Shelby County boys were killed and two young women seriously hurt in a 2-car crash on a narrow bridge, more than two miles east of Jeffersontown on Taylorsville Road. Marvin Herbert Dickey, 16, received a broken neck and died en route to General Hospital in Louisville; Amos Clifford Bruner, 19, died at the scene, had received a broken neck and fractured skull....Other deaths: Sallie Louise Smith, 82; Rebecca Catlett; A.C. Gabhart, 79; Allen B. Cox, 38; Sarah Lee Wilson, 74.

70 years ago, 1941
Charles A. Randolph
was elected president of the Citizens Bank following the death of Jno. K. Todd. Dr. Charles E. Palmer was named vice president....James Crosby, sixth-grade teacher and coach at the Finchville High School, resigned, and Eva Rose Moss was elected to take his place....Shelby County placed first and fifth in the county groups of Holsteins in the 4-H Club cattle show at the Kentucky State Fair. Hazel Smith of Finchville was the owner of the junior champion Holstein heifer....With good weather and barring unforeseen contingencies the new highway between Shelbyville and Graefenburg would open by Nov. 1 and Graefenburg to Frankfort by Dec. 1....June Gayle Pierce, 20, his nephew, Charles Kelley, 15 of Chestnut Grove and a companion, Theodore Purvis, 20, of La Grange were killed instantly when their car was struck by a northbound L&N passenger train near La Grange....Other deaths: Herbert Baker, 46; Eugene Wells, 70; Deborah Shannon Nicholas, 63; Eliza W. Lockhart, 76.

80 years ago, 1931
George W. Gill reported the following sales: The D.H. Coley property, four miles west of Shelbyville on State Road was sold to Basil Neal of Phoenix, Ariz., for $5,575; the Henry Beckley farm of 115 acres near Mount Zion was sold to E.R. Blakemore of Lexington....As a result of drilling on the E.T. Halloway farm in Taylorsville gas was struck at 50 feet....Birth: Jenny Sue Burge....Deaths: Cora Johnson Perkins, 73; Sarah Louise Jenkins, 80; Lettie Blanton Ransdell, 70; Katherine Taylor Gibson, 83.

90 years ago, 1921
M. Schwarz was elected president of the Kentucky Elks at the annual convention in Henderson....Birth: Carl Gilbert Long....Deaths: Mildred Jane Wilhoite, 84; Andrew Jackson Gibbs, 65; Thomas C. Timberlake, 75; M.C. Webb, 72; Elizabeth Haustworth, 82.

95 years ago, 1916
Mary Logan Hunter, 80, widow of Rev. Arthur B. Hunter, founder of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at Todd's Point, died at the home of her son-in-law, Charles Collins....Nick Logan, of Shelby County, died at his home in Louisville.