Looking back: August 30, 2013

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1958: 4 members of Shelby family die in accident

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

Mary Gaylord of Simpsonville was inducted into the World Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Louisville....Allison Hewlett (right) was named the 2004 Shelby County Junior Miss. The Christian Academy student won $1,300 in scholarship money....Henry Whitehouse was honored for 25 years of service with Revere Packaging. Bobbie McDowell had 10 years and Wayne Glass, 15.... Births: Alexis Brooke Kelly, Seryna Michelle Livesay....I’m one: McKenzie Leigh Howell....Serving our country: Marine Corps Pfc. William Dean Coleman Jr., 20, was deployed to an overseas duty station; Maj. James W. Waggener Jr., a pilot flight commander in the 165th Airlift Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, returned from the Middle East....Deaths: Cecelia McGruder; Laverne H. Brown, 70; Anna Ruth Snider Reinle, 75; Evan Thomas Wood, grandchild of Carl and Jeanne Stiver and Mike and Peggy Murphy, and Tom Wood; William T. Johnson, 86; Brandy Nicole Kirby, 19-year-old daughter of Wanda Simpson Henry and Scott Henry, and Rick and Theresa Kirby; Rita C. Clark, 59; Carrie Snider Henry, 90.

15 years ago, 1998

Bobbie Smith (left) spoke with Rosella Davis during her farewell party. After five years with Shelby Development Corporation, she resigned to start her own community development business....Leilani Reynolds's dedication to the annual Shelbyville Horse Show since its inception nine years ago was presented the Friends of the Horse Show Perpetual Trophy. Edward "Hoppy" Bennett's attitude toward others and the horse industry were recognized when he was presented the Roberta "Bert" Eddington Sportsmanship Award during the horse show....Brad McDowell joined W.A. Smith Realty Company....Ground was broken on the lots where Archie Dale, president of DaleMark Enterprises Inc., planned to build two single-family houses. Dale was one of several private developers who joined the city's efforts to revitalize Martinsville....Robert Laird, who had been general manager of Omega Plastic Corp. in Shelbyville for seven years, left to take a new job with Union Camp in Spartanburg, S.C....Birth: Kaitlyn Jane Butler....I'm one: Amber Vontreze Beach, William Conner Nelson, Logan Ross Pruitt....Deaths: William S. "Red" Proctor, 79; Nellie Nation Brumley, 92; Rev. Charles Thomas Burgin, 70; Buford C. Jenkins Jr., 77; Brent Allen Lee, 8-month-old son of Terry and Wanda Lee; Olvia R. Martin, 79; Chester L. Robinson, 89; Ollie Perry Samples Sr., 71; Nona Wellman, 82; Susan Rietta Helm Fields, 90; James William Ellis Sr., 78; Rev. Christopher C. Cooley, 78; Roe William Miller, 67; Gertrude Mahuron Palmer, 94.

25 years ago, 1988

Bobby Lawson looked like the picture of fashion, wearing tan slacks, a light green sportcoat, peach shirt and coordinating tie – and a red measure tape (his trademark as long as he had been in the clothing business). “I wear it because I can keep up with it that way,” he said with a smile. But, after the last item and fixture was sold at Squire Fashions, he planned to hang up his measuring tape and go out of business....Rusty Newton was the new manager of the Best Western Shelbyville Lodge....More than 50 people attended the reception welcoming Leon Mooneyhan to Shelby County as the new school superintendent....A plaque was unveiled naming the new athletic fieldhouse the Becherer All-Sports Complex in honor of Shelby County football coach Tom Becherer. "You can put my name on the building, but Clyde Rayburn and Robert Doyle are the heart and soul of this complex," Becherer said during the dedication ceremony, his voice cracking with emotion....Rhonda Winburn was promoted to chief cashier at Shelby County Trust Bank....Tony Carriss was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Danny Hall as a director on the Chamber of Commerce. Hall resigned to accepted a manager's position with Union Camp in Seymour, Ind.....Tom Everhart couldn't get approval to operate an airstrip in Shelby County, so he switched directions and received approval to build across the county line. Spencer County Board of Adjustments OKd a conditional-use permit for the 1,800-foot grass strip on an 80-acre tract parallel to a 3,000-foot grass strip he already had constructed in Shelby County....Births: Sarah Elizabeth Hance, Angela Kay Berry....Serving our country: Beth McClain, a 1988 graduate of Shelby County High School, was promoted to rank of E-2 for referring three applicants who joined the U.S. Navy....Deaths: Orville Doyle Scearce, 87; Christine Snider Robinson Montgomery, 65; Earl T. Lisby, 64; Willis B. Morris, 59; Roscoe Foster, 76; Cecil Bolin, 77; Chester Adler, 75; Edith Francis Aldridge Penn, 72; Corinne Brown, 94; Bennie Thomas Brooks, 78; Letha Mae Oglesby Kelley, 63.

40 years ago, 1973

Helen Crabtree of Simpsonville brought honors to a Tulsa owner at the Kentucky State Fair by taking third place in the 5-Gaited Stake....Carroll Terhune displayed the trophy he won at the Falls City Rabbit Show with his own brand of English Spotted. The local breeder and hobbyist brought home a tremendous amount of top honors from the Kentucky State Fair in the rabbit judging....Six adults and two juveniles ranging in age from 18 to 23 were arrested on marijuana charges....David Cottrell of Simpsonville was one of the top winners in the junior division of the state 4-H poultry judging competition at the state fair....William “Bill” Lancaster replaced Rawdy Whittaker as principal of Northside Elementary School. Whittaker retired....Jean Logan won the championship flight in the Ladies Golf Tournament held at the Shelbyville Country Club. Helen Moberly was first runner-up....Bob Blair was added to the football staff at Shelby County High School. He replaced Ed Smith, who took over as head of the Shelby County Vocational School....A woman was attacked after a man forced his way into her apartment at Wesley Apartments. He kicked the door down  after she had locked herself and her children in the bathroom. The man fled from the apartment after two children came in the apartment and started to scream....Deaths: Effie Shields Clark, 78; William B. Brooks, 72; Mary F. Mottley Huggin; Ruth Crafton Carriss, 68; Tammy Marie Gibbs, 1-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Gibbs; Ethel Nones, 87; Naomi Gresham, 69.

55 years ago, 1958

Minor Edward Clark was named commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at Frankfort by the Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission....Valois L. Wells, who had been clerk and acting administrator of the Shelby County Health Department for four years, was appointed senior account clerk for the state Department of Health in Louisville....Serving our country: Spec. 4 Muir G. Howser was awarded the Good Conduct Medal at the U.S. Army General Depot in Japan....Army PFC Chester J. Bemiss participated in a field training exercise with the 237th Engineer Battalion in Germany....Maj. Morris C. Montgomery, a reservist and judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the 2148th USAR Garrison Unit of Louisville....Four Shelby County residents were killed in a traffic accident in eastern Tennessee. Joe E. Bowles Jr., his wife, Mary, and their 2-year-old daughter, Becky Jo, were on their way to Florida on a vacation with Mary’s mother, Nora Waker Stucker. Joe was a 1953 graduate of Shelbyville High School and an Eastern Kentucky State College basketball player. A car had attempted to pass on a straight stretch and collided head-on with the Bowles' car. They were all killed instantly....Other deaths: Leila Montfort Fry, 82; Claude J. Lea, 75; William Snook Cain, 58; Pearl Estes Daugherty, 58; Sallie Huston McCormack, 94; Mrs. W.P. Ellwanger.

60 years ago, 1953

Construction work on a new warehouse, to be known as Big Top, began on the Murrell Middleton farm, a mile east of Shelbyville. The owners purchased 9 acres from Middleton for $30,000. The new house was to be the biggest warehouse on the Shelbyville market....Shelbyville's Red Devils were to open a 9-game football season against Fort Knox. Only 27 boys were out for the team, including four returning regular linemen, Jimmy Thacker, Joe Shea, John Luttrell and Bill Clements....County Agent J.W. Holland called the 1953 tobacco crop the best he had seen in his 22 years here....The government thermometer, as read by Mrs. W.S. Ratta, local weather cooperative, registered 102 on Sunday, 103 on Monday and 105 on Tuesday for an all-time record....Death: Wesley Allen Fullenwider, 83, retired grocer and prominent resident of Shelbyville.

70 years ago, 1943

Briggs Lawson reached the semifinals in the Ashland Country Club's annual Senior Invitational Golf Tournament in Lexington....Bob Garner, local light heavyweight boxer, won over Mate Bolden in 10 rounds in Chicago....The hottest day of the year hit with temperatures reaching 101 degrees....Ten Boy Scouts, members of Shelbyville Troops 161 and 164, received blue ribbons – the highest honor awarded at camp for the week. They had been on a camping trip to Covered Bridge....Austin L. Moore & Company sold at auction the Sam Hicks property of 75 acres, located 12 miles out of Cincinnati. for $17,800 cash....Mrs. Ben McMakin received a letter from her husband, Capt. Ben Lee McMakin stating that he was in good health. He had been a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines for more than a year....Pvt. Harmon Shuck, who arrived in North Africa in October 1941 and who was wounded in Sicily, was awarded the Order of the Purple Heart....William W. Riddle, who had been through the African campaign with the U.S. Army, notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Riddle, in a letter that he had been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action along with other boys from Kentucky and one other from Shelbyville....Lula Hardin received a telegram from the War Department stating that her son, Pfc. Lister Martin, 27, had died in action in the South Pacific area....James Guthrie was awarded the gold bars of a second lieutenant at Boston, Mass., at graduation exercises of the Army Air Forces Training Command Statistical School at Harvard University....Deaths: Julia Wright Smith, 61; Margaret Jane Wilborn, 88; Donald Hayward Koon; James Thomason Gregg, 62; Mansford Scott, 60.

80 years ago, 1933

Both Kroger and A&P opened new stores on Main Street in successive weeks....The local AAA office was notified every third pig farrowed through Jan. 1 would be slaughtered to combat the pork surplus....Grocery specials: bread, 12 ounce loaf, 5 cents; bacon, 15 cent per pound; cheese, 15 cents per pound; cigarettes, $1 per carton....Deaths: J.C. Walker; R.M. Hulker.

85 years ago, 1928

Deaths: Thomas D. Johnson, 84; Dillard E. Duvall, farmer; Mary Carroll Pickett Severance, wife of William Severance; Prof. T.C. Poynter, brother of Mrs. Hunter McIntyre of Simpsonville; Warren Taylor Adams, 56, brother of Howard A. Adams; Willis Buckner Hall, 60, native of Shelby County; Jennie C. Benedict, well-known here, being one of the founders of King's Daughters Hospital; Ella Rogers Moore, 43; Lawrence M. Dunn, 63.

90 years ago, 1923

A new organ was installed at Christian Church at a cost of $5,000. Mrs. W.S. Rogers was the organist during the illness of Mrs. Harmon Nash....Deaths: Elizabeth Ritter Roberts, 64; Charlotte Watkins Spurgeon, 79; Mrs. Shelby S. Van Hoy Sr., 77, mother of Mr. S.S. Van Hoy Jr.; Lucy Reardon.

95 years ago, 1918

Birth: Frederick Saunders Robertson Jr....Deaths: Elizabeth Ross Lee, wife of John A. Lee, local agent of the L&N Railroad; Mary Tinsley Morlan, mother of Charles Morlan; Mattie Demaree Parks, wife of G.W. Parks; W.T. Foreman, a prominent druggist of Taylorsville, well-known in this county.