Looking back: Aug. 2, 2013

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1943: Family gets messages from POW son

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 first antidrugs flight of 2003 paid off when Shelby County sheriff’s deputies flew over farmland and found about 130 pot plants growing near a tree line on a farm new the Henry County line....Don Harding was the new athletics director at Shelby County High School....The Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center celebrated a groundbreaking for a $102,000 cafeteria extension....Paul Begley of Shelbyville joined the USA National 14- to 15-year-old basketball team for a summer trip to New Zealand and Australia....An armed gunman abducted a 16-year-old Shelbyville girl from a motel, triggering Kentucky’s first-ever Amber Alert. The girl was dropped off in southern Louisville and was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital for observation....Derek Robinette was named the new director of student ministries at Centenary United Methodist Church....After eight years of taking pictures and making portraits as a part-time venture, Shelley Rassenfoss enlarged the enterprise, making it a full-fledged business....Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carris was sworn in as vice president of the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association, and Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry was appointed to the State Archives and Records Commission....Matt Flanagan, 77, took home six gold medals in swimming at the Bluegrass State Games in Lexington. He also was on the winning 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay....Births: Alivia Karol Chandler, Elijah Gabriel Cox, Michael Saul Edwards, Whitney Marie Moffett, Nathan Pemberton Tucker, Dylan Clay Spencer, Malia Grace Warford....We’re one: triplets, Caden Jarell, Cameron Gregory and Coby Scott Murphy....Deaths: Ada Jane Groves Conley, 84; James W. Case, 73; Henry Davis, 81; Lillian Herndon Hopkins, 92; Robert E. “Robo” Shinkle, 40; Hazel Eddington Thacker, 89; Paul Morgan Adams, 53; Eloise Smith Bohn; Henry Davis, 81; Virgil Ray Thompson, 50; Florian May Lynch Williams, 75.

15 years ago, 1998
Charlie Adams, Melissa Rodgers
and Jessica Shuck were the Reading Olympics winners for the 1997-98 school year at East Middle....After 39 years with the Budd Company – the past 11 of which he has spent as plant manager of the Shelbyville facility – Frank Goodwin retired....Shelbyville was awarded $40,000 to plan for a drug court. Circuit Court Judge William Stewart's office planned to use the money to study other jurisdictions, including Lexington and Louisville, who already have drug courts....Chris D. Curtis was hired as youth minister at Damascus Road Christian Church in Louisville. The 1998 graduate of Milligan College in Tennessee is the grandson of W.M. and Sylvia Curtis....The Bluegrass Osteoporosis Center opened in Physicians Plaza on Hospital Drive....H. Barry Smith and his partner, Robert "Country" Roberts, teamed to buy the 95-acre Neel property just off KY 55 South at I-64 for $850,000 to develop into commercial uses....Births: Sophia Michelle Brown, Damien Storm Weichert, Madison Delaney Cheak, Savannah Faye Henson, Heather Catherine Lisby, Brandon Tyler Palmer, Taylor Marie Wilson....I'm one: Dalayna Nation, Bradley Wayne Samples....Deaths: Rose Adelia McMakin "Dee Dee" Owens, 59; Albert Witt, 36; Leslie "Tommy" Cornell, 59; Homan Nelson Hutchison, 87; Charles C. Arrington, 92; Daisy Johnson Beasley, 87; Floyd Henry Chesser, 89; Ethel O'Nan Harrod, 93; Mary Wood Hedges, 74; Louis Smith O'Nan Jr., 47; Imogene Patterson Woods, 71.

25 years ago, 1988
The school board named two local educators and one from Metcalfe County to become principals. Carolyn Chesher, a West Middle math instructor and head of the county teachers' organization, will be principal at Northside Elementary. Bill Young, a 20-year veteran of county schools who was East Middle's guidance counselor, will take over at that school. Walter Hawkins, the new principal at Shelby County High School, was principal at Metcalfe County High School....A white substance found flowing through Simpsonville sewer lines had city officials checking to see if it was dangerous or damaging the treatment system....Marnell Moorman was among 8,400 delegates at national teachers meeting in New Orleans and Pine Mountain, Ga., and planned to attend educational forums in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico later in the summer....The chair of the Simpsonville Sewer Board, John Milton, handed out  his letter of resignation, the third chair in the past 12 months....Col. L.H. "Bo" McCormack, a Shelby County native now living in Alabama, was elected president of the West Alabama Retired Officers Chapter, an affiliate of The Retired Officers Association (TROA)....Robert Bernhardt led The Louisville Orchestra for the final performance in the orchestra's Bernheim Summer Concerts in the Big Meadow Overlook at Bernheim Forest....Danny Hall of Shelbyville was transferred and promoted to general manager of the Seymour, Ind., Union Camp plant. Ted Sacheck of Louisville was promoted to plant manager, replacing Hall....The Shelbyville Nadadore swimming and diving team ended the regular season with a big victory on the road against the Frankfort Country Club, 316-195....Metro United Way was awarded two grants in Shelby County. Shelby County Community Center received $8,000, and $200 went to the Dorman Center....Deaths: Mary Audrey Armstrong Husband, 82; Janie Stucker Pearson, 83; Verna Mae Carter Carpenter, 73; Roscoe E. Tripp, 73; Mildred Pulliam King, 83.

40 years ago, 1973
The top bid was $30,000 for the son of Silent Screen-Unexcelled from the consignment of Samuel D. Hinkle of Guist Creek Farm....It was the end of the line for Gleneyrie Elementary School after the county school board voted to close the structure after reviewing the state fire marshall’s report citing some 27 hazards....Randy Head was appointed to the position of assistant basketball and assistant baseball coach at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind., where he also served as director of intramural sports....Dan West of Louisville opened Dan West’s Shelby County Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge Inc., U.S. 60 West, where Cook Motors had been located....Seven scouts from Troop 231 were among the nearly 300 boys and adults camping at the Old Kentucky Home Council’s camp at Covered Bridge. The Hawk Patrol of the troop was the only patrol recognized as an Honor Patrol for their participation and camping abilities. Earning the Life Scouts award were Kevin Asay and Jim Jennings. First Class Scouts was awarded to Craig Myatt, Eddie Clark, Ward Wilson and Ricky Willard. Second Class Scout was Ricky Clark....Birth: Marshall Tyler Long....Deaths: Nelson Reid, 86; Elmer Earl Dawson, 71; Estella Marie Rosetti, 39; Ruth Moore Johnston, 59; Martha J. (Matti) Fletcher, 82.

55 years ago, 1958
Forrest F. Radcliff, former resident of Shelbyville, retired after 51 years of service as a rural letter carrier of the Jeffersontown Post Office....Postal rates increased with first-class letters at 4 cents an ounce; post and postal cards, 3 cents each; airmail, 7 cents an ounce up to 8 ounces; air post and postal cards, 5 cents each....Birth: Ann Michelle Deiss....Serving our country: Airman 2nd Class Andrew J. Butts arrived at Yokota Air Force Base Japan for assignment with the 67th Tac Recon Wing....A tragic accident occurred when Margaret Ann Scott, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Scott, was drowned when a flash downpour of rain swept her into a culvert....Other deaths: Anisleey Benson, 71; Ella Cornelius Simpson, 88; Nannie Button Boswell, 86; Anne Shanks Bourne; John T. Strange, 73; Ferdinand Alexander Graham, 66; Simon W. McClease, 69; Jean Smith, 72; Lydia C. Claxon, 94; Mrs. Morrison Don Whitman, 32; John T. Wash Sr., 72.

60 years ago, 1953
Harold Y. Saunders was elected mayor of Shelbyville with 592 votes to Joe Wakefield's 408, William T. Chenault’s 332, and Eugene Cowles Jr.’s 40. Saunders succeeded Robert F. Matthews, who had served for 20 years. The only contested seat on the city council found Charles B. Long Jr. defeating E.A. Howser, 329-199....A 20-year-old Shelbyville man and a Louisville youth were arrested and bound over to the grand jury on charges of stealing two cars from local residents....Mary Fortner, returned from a 2-year stay in Germany, where she was employed as clerk-stenographer with the U.S. Army in Heidelberg....The Waddy FFA chapter carried off top honors in the FFA's annual show at the Shelby County Fair....Oscar Gibbs rode Bell O' the Town to victory in the 5-gaited championship at the Shelby County Fair.... Birth: Jackie “Peachy” McClain....Death: Edith May Elliott.

70 years ago, 1943
Dr. H.T. Randell suffered a $3,000 loss after lightning struck a dairy barn on his farm located 5 miles east of Shelbyville....Fire broke out in one of the warerooms of Walters & Thompson, feed dealers, on Clay Street, and burned briskly for a while. The cause was supposedly by defective wiring or ignited dust from grain....Birth: Vera Gayle Elliott....Serving our country: Mr. and Mrs. Tim Yancey received three letters from friends who heard by shortwave radio from Germany a message – "Dear Mother: I am a prisoner of war and feeling O.K. I will write more in letters later. Don't worry about me. Love. Your Son, Edward," and another that said "I am well and safe. Please do not worry. Am treated good. Food is O.K. Will write as soon as possible." The 27-year-old landed in Ireland in March and went to Africa in November and was captured in February by the Germans....2nd Lt. Philip E. Blumer received his bombarier wings....Leland H. Bland received the rating of petty officer, 3rd class. He was stationed in the Pacific and had been in the Navy for nine months....Lt. Wm. H. Robertson was promoted to the rank of captain....Pvt. William Elder, who was stationed in North Africa. In a letter to his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Edler, he stated that he was in a hospital recovering form a bullet wound he received a few weeks earlier. He received the wound from a cartridge that exploded in trash that was being burned at the camp....Cpl. Garland Shuck, U.S. Army Air Corps, landed somewhere in England....Deaths: Edward H. Happel, 65; Thomas J. Currey, 83; Mary Bodkin Fawkes, 75; Jeptha M. Perkins, 78; William C. Humphrey, 37; J.W. Erkson.

85 years ago, 1928
A large tree blown across the service lines of the Kentucky Utilities Company on the Christiansburg Road during a storm broke a pole and grounded the high-tension wires that served the northeastern section of Shelby and Henry counties....Deaths: Charles H. Sanford; Gayle Carter, 34; Flora Harbison Harris, 73; James Rice, 55.

90 years ago, 1923
The Louisville Gas Company secured leases on 2,000 acres of land in the southern part of the county and began work on the Howerton farm, seeking oil and gas....Deaths: Henrietta Ransdell, 83, widow of Henry Ransdell; E. Harry Gurletz, born in Riza, Russia, but came to this country with his parents when about 3-years-old.

95 years ago, 1918
Coats Brothers and Company sold W.C. Fitzpatrick's residence on Brown Avenue to C.J. Gurlitz for $5,500 and Gurlitz's bungalow on Adair Ave. to A.F. Money for $6,500....Ed Shinnick, editor of the Shelby Record, was named secretary of the State Board of Control, to succeed Eugene Ray, who resigned....W.B. Wilkinson's residence on Magnolia Ave., was sold by S.K. Riner and Company to J. Chester Turner for $10,000....Serving our country: Lionel D. Sampson, whose name appeared in the Marine casualty list among the 70 wounded, was the youngest son of the late Prof. George L. Sampson, former principal of the Shelby Graded School....Deaths: Adella Yeager; John Jennings; Florence Johnson, wife of J.W. Johnson; Mary Lucus Smith.