Looking back: December 13, 2013

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1943: Much grim news from World War II

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 Kalmey family received a plaque naming them “Framer of the Year” at the Farm-City Banquet….Frank Jeffcoat, a Shelbyville police officer, returned from Iraq to a police escort to lead him through town and a reception later that night….Jonathan Cook and Lisa Knieriem joined Shannon Funeral Service as funeral directors and embalmers….Torrey Smith was installed as president of the Shelbyville Board of Realtors by his father, W.A. Smith, former president. New directors sworn in were Virginia Price, Lawren Just, Bill Bryant, Cheryl Hood, Doug Aldridge, Bob Dorgan, Rosemary Riggs, Tracy Warner and Jane Sutton….The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) elected Shelby Fiscal Court Magistrate Tony Carriss as its second vice president….The Shelbyville Police Station was named Neil Hackworth Law Enforcement Center, the best kept secret in town from Shelbyville’s longest-serving mayor….Births: Damon Lee Beckham Jr., Joshua Braden Hill, Jayden Scott Johnson, Trevor Austin Monroe, Amber Rayne Parks, McKenna Kay Searcy, Ellie Grace Shelton, Sara Griselda Saucedo Valenzuela….I’m one: Savannah Rhae Chadwell, Ashleigh Elizabeth Howell, Erick Karem Wills III, Adriana Jenea Martinez….Deaths: Raymond Carey Beach, 94; Carlos Efrain Castaneda, 25; Miguel Adalberto Castaneda, 28; Warren “Corky” Chesher, 60; Walter C. Cox, 85; J.D. Crawford, 72; William Craveson Dale Jr., 78; Dana JW “Red” Dotson, 54; Alma Floyd Garrett, 75; Mildred “Tiny” Glore, 76; Roy McClain Sr., 99; Marvin Glenn Turner, 50; Bonnie V. Quire, 60; Raymond Wilson, 88; Sarah Perry Burger, 86; Opal Satterly Stakelbeck, 84; Lora Deana Wilhoite Shuck, 99; C. William Taylor Jr., 79; Mary Seay Lawrence, 85; Tiffany Nichole Watts, 20; Kenneth McGee, 83; Anna Bell Harper Webb, 93; Nannie P. Satterly, 96; Allie Clifton Henderson Sr., 61; Kenneth McGee, 83; Alex Thomas Jr., 67.

15 years ago, 1998

Denise Armstrong marked 25 years at Smith-McKenney Drug Store....This was the ninth year the Shelbyville Jaycees sponsored the annual "giving thanks" dinner at Operation Care, and president Patti Hardesty said "We have more volunteers and more fun every year...."Phil McCoun usually attends the annual Farm-City Banquet, but left early, after helping serve the meal. The Clore Jackson Road farmer didn't think anything unusual about an invitation to stay for the program, he was named Farmer of the Year.....Shelby Pediatrics and Neonatology moved into its new offices at 71 Mack Walters Road....New officers of the Shelbyville Board of Realtors were Steve Hornback, president; Mike Miller, vice president; Dean Burk, president-elect; Christi Eye, secretary.....Julie Kinsolving was named Realtor of the Year.....Ryan James Smith was selected for inclusion in the 1998 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America (OYMA).....Thunder 101.7 broke in its new studio by hosting a 12-hour fundraiser for the Toys for Tots program. The drive, which was coordinated by the United States Marine Corps, raised $3,052 as well as 2,034 toys, and more were still coming in.....David Ritchey, a graduate of Simpsonville High School, completed a 6-week teaching assignment at The City University of Hong Kong....Even though Moses Ruben died more than 30 years ago, his legacy lived on through grants given in his name twice a year. Six grants totaling $32,765 were given from the Moses Ruben Fund to five agencies – Dorman Center, Helping Hand, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, Leadership Shelby Class of 1997-98 and Shelby County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council....The Budd Company was ranked 10th in Business First's listing of number of local employees among the area's largest manufacturing firms....Domino's Pizza moved uptown, opening its carry-out and delivery store next to Cubert's Qwik Stop on the 1000 block of Main Street....Flying J, a Utah-based company, opened a Travel Plaza in Waddy....The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce had a new option for Christmas gifts. "Gift certificates, which came in denominations of ten dollars, were a good way to keep money in Shelby County's economy by patronizing local businesses," said Kelli Borders, Chamber of Commerce executive director....Holiday travelers enjoyed lower gas prices now, but experts predicted that customers could be paying more after Christmas. In Kentucky, the average price per-gallon of 87 octane regular unleaded self-serve was 98.45 cents per gallon before the Thanksgiving holiday, but that number had been "spiraling down..." to 77.9 cents....Births: Robert Joseph Dodd, Keana Marie Herrick, Garrett Marshall Will, Olivia Judith Donnelly, Kalie Mae Roberts....Deaths: Anna Mae Clark, 80; Betty Deene Hower Decker, 58; Amos Drury, 88; Minnie Baumgartner Mullins, 95; Anna Lee Riddle, 79; Lisker Burdin Franklin, 78; Emma Jean Clark Jesse, 71; Irene Lea Krepski, 85; Vivian M. Smock, 91; Lola Lee Fortner Bohannon, 91; Rosa Ann Heightchew, 90; Katherine Jennings Miller, 68; Mary Delphia Dale, 90; Walter Howard Johnson, 71.

25 years ago, 1988

Jeff Minor joined the management staff at Shelby County Bank and Trust and became a part of the Lending Department after completing training....After reading a series of articles in The Sentinel-News on Shelbyville residents who did not have adequate protection for the winter, Republic Bank President Lee Kinsolving started a "We Care" fund....Linzie Craig received first place for the Shelbyville Board of Realtors for having the best scrapbook documenting local civic projects carried out by realtors during American Home Week....Deborrah Katherine Marcum was named a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, a National Honorary Society at Bellarmine College....Shelby Riner was named vice president and branch manager of Citizen Union Bank's downtown office....All 34 homeowners in the Bonnie Brae subdivision gathered at a zoning meeting to fight an uphill battle against a controversial apartment complex. Residents said the complex failed to preserved the peaceful way of life they moved to the neighborhood to find....Claudia Crawford was a guest on the Milton Metz show on WHAS radio. The topic was child sexual abuse....Roll Forming Corporation's float took first place in the large industry and business division of the Christmas parade float competition. Runner-up went to Wal-Mart. Ora Lee Taylor's float took top honors in the small industry and business division. Child Town's entry finished second....Mark T. Stivers was elected vice president of his fraternity at Western Kentucky University....Lora Deacon began as payroll clerk at Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. Paula Danner was in accounts receivable, Lisa Harlow was receptionist and payroll department assistant, Martha Hopper joined the accounts payable staff, and Karen Parris was the personnel records coordinator....Chuck Hickman joined the firm of Mathis, Riggs and Prather as an associate attorney....With its Shelbyville plastics factory 95 percent complete, Borg-Warner Chemicals stunned local officials by pulling out of the project....Debra Hawkins was the new manager of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store in Village Plaza....Births: Kristen Renee Quire, Emily Alexandria Husband, Katherine Young Foxworth....Lucien L. Kinsolving, 63, died at his home after a struggle with cancer. The Shelby County native's prowess in the courtroom and on the golf course won him a wealth of friends and admirers....Other deaths: Kenneth Earl Foster, 58; Charles Ray Ferguson Sr., 58; Leonard Quire, 63; Luther N. "Gene" Newby, 58; Blanche A. Donoho, 88; Troy E. Adams, 67; James D. Clark, 58; Loretta Opperman Brietzke, 82; Cora Beatrice Atha, 49; Rev. Frances Cochran, 63; Hugh W. Gray, 44.

40 years ago, 1973

The Shelbyville Burley Market was on a big upswing with prices hitting the $95 per hundred pound mark on several baskets. The daily average reported at $89.87 was the highest market average in the state....County Judge Paul Ratcliffe was given a silver pitcher by members of Shelby County Fiscal Court in appreciation for his many years of service to Shelby County. He retired and moved to Perry, Ga....Shelbyville's newest industrial plant, Valley Tow-Rite, opened its doors to some 200 visitors in a "sneak preview" tour....Steve Hornback, 18, was one of four outstanding Kentucky 4-H members selected to state award winners by the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service....Service station managers in Shelbyville had mixed reactions to President Nixon's energy message about closing down on Sunday with a toss-up between "glad-to-have-the-day-off" and "not-fair-to-lose-the-business" comments being given....The Shelby County and Shelbyville fire departments fought a fire that  destroyed a house on Benson Road. The wind whipped the flames and was a great factor in the house being a total loss....Dudley Scearce, Shelby County farmer, and Ivan Jett, former executive vice president of the Kentucky Retail Federation, were named winners of Kentucky Farm Bureau's 1973 distinguished service awards....Cadet Lt. Col. Lewis C. Flowers Jr., battalion commander of Riverside Military Academy at Gainesville, Ga., was named one of the five outstanding Junior ROTC cadets within the First ROTC Region....A zoning proposal heavily publicized, which if enacted would require that when future tracts of land of 15 acres or more are sold in Shelby County they would be considered non-agricultural and therefore subject to subdivision requirements, remained under consideration by the Triple S Planning Commission....William "Whitie" Gray, carpentry instructor at the Shelby County Vocational School, was given a Modern Music Masters International Honor Society award for his exceptional interest in the total music program at SCHS....A cattle barn belonging to George N. Busey was struck by lightning and burned before anyone could get there. He lost four wagons, three full of corn, a barn full of hay and an International diesel tractor....Founded during the depression in 1933, the Production Credit Association observed its 40th anniversary. Osborne Stivers was manager of the Shelbyville PCA and vice president of First Kentucky PCA....Births: Florence Dorsey, Michael Wayne Curtis Jr….Deaths: Amanda Rogers Porter Tomkins, 73; Eugene Samples, 55; Fred Ellis, 39; Clyde Pearce, 72; Delbert Carlton Cays, 63; Harriet Donaldson Johnston, 86; Lola Rigg, 84; Harvey E. Reynolds, 52; Robert W. Clark, 60; Edward Bailey, 67; Mary McClain Schooler, 73.

55 years ago, 1958

Reigning at the Waddy Homecoming game were Linda Harold Robertson, queen; Howell Raisor Jr., king; Brenda Robinson, princess; and Arnold Rice, prince.....The Shelbyville Red Devils had a successful launching of their new basketball season, 79-38, against Owen County.....Smith-McKenney held a grand opening to celebrate its new store....The Shelbyville Tobacco Market climbed to another all-time high, with $70.01 per hundred pounds. This market was the first ever to turn in an average of $70. Shelbyville sold 1,001,514 pounds for $701,195.76.....Thomas Barker Jr.  was appointed office manager of the Shelby Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.....George E. Burton was appointed supervisor for Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company in Shelby County....A large combination tobacco and dairy barn on the farm of William B. Wallace near Bagdad was destroyed by fire. Some 34 Holstein cows and yearlings, 4-H animals belong to William Wallace Jr., were burned, along with a sow and pigs, tractor and a quantity of hay. Only one heifer was saved....The last census showed that there were 596 women in the Shelbyville labor force from a total female population of 1,841 older than 14. In Shelbyville, the latest official count showed 31.9 percent of all jobs were held by women....The FFA Tobacco Show and Sale was held at the Star Warehouse with 102,194 pounds sold for an average of $69.89....Robert Baxter, a senior at Shelbyville High School, tied for 13th place among 1,178 in a national French contest, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of French....The Shelbyville Red Devils won over Eminence, 58-57....Drs. H.G. and T.D. Williams moved their office to the Odd Fellows Building on Main Street, between 4th and 5th streets....Shelby County was selected the outstanding ASC county in this district based on its service to farmers; getting work done; planning and organizing work; morale; physical plant and relations....Deacons elected at the First Presbyterian Church were Logan Brown, Sam Crawford, Tom Giles, Lamar Hundley, Laban Jackson, John Kalmey, Robert Matthews Jr. and Ralph Mitchell....Tracy TV and Appliance Store moved from the Dinkler Building on East Main Street to 530 Main St., the former Wadlington location.... New officers for the Shelbyville Real Estate Board were C. Thomas Craig, president; Lewis Mathis, vice president; and H.A. Barnett, secretary-treasurer.....Births: Scott McIntyre Paisley, Karen Carol Jennings ….Serving our country: James R. Thacker, airman, USN, served aboard the antisubmarine aircraft carrier USS Princeton operating with the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific....John T. Shields, a 23-year-old airman from Shelbyville, was selected as November Airman of the Month at Keesler AFB. He was assigned to the 3991st Student Squadron at the Air Training Command base....Sp-3 Johnny Long returned from Germany, where he was stationed with the United States Army the past 18 months.... Deaths: Malissie Green, 70; Hattie Campbell Pearce, 89; John Rice, 69; Lewis McCarthy, 94; Roy Benjamin Radcliffe; John Henry Payne, 41; Alex Catlett, 74; Phil Walker; Betty Huffman, 85; Thomas Nathan Gray, 90; Oliver Roland Sr., 70; Cora Wilson Stewart, 83; Glave Sims, 48.

60 years ago, 1953

Shelbyville's big burley market season opened with a record-smashing $59.27 per hundred pounds, or $5.92 above the opening figure. The Shelbyville Rotary Club received $629.20 for the 1,100 pounds of tobacco it had grown on the farm of Stanley Lawson. Proceeds were to go to the Crippled Children's Fund.....Alex B. Veech of Finchville was elected president of the Southern States Cooperative by its board of directors..... Shelbyville's Red Devils dropped their first game of the year, 64-51, to Eastern, but sparked by "Skippy" Connell's 15 and 20 points outputs respectively, they whipped Taylorsville, 57-47, and Masonic Home, 68-36….Santa Claus arrived on schedule at the Shelbyville airport and was met by more than 1,000 children at the Shelby Theatre....Three new council members took their places within the city government – Harold Tharpe, Charles Long Jr. and J.A. Dedman. They replaced W.D. Porter, Jesse Puckett and William Chenault....Thirty-two people were arrested in a series of raids and aimed at cracking down on bootlegging in the county....Shelbyville's tobacco market was well above the state average, with an average of $58.13 per 100 pounds for the season....The 4-H tobacco sale totaled 38,564 pounds for an average of $59.31....Committee members of the Youth Center Committee of Shelbyville were Mrs. Lewis Mathis, Mrs. Tyler Long, Martha Layne Hall, Henry Long, Fred Hauck and French Smoot. Rev. J. Edward Cayce was the chairman.... New officers for the Men's Bible Class of the First Christian Church were William Burke, president; Philip Raymond, vice president; Paul Wilson, secretary-treasurer; Col. Hayden Igleheart, teacher; B.A. Thomas, assistant teacher; George Pilcher and Amos Porter, book committee; C.P. Cozine, flower committee; and Kitty Anderson, pianist….Deaths: Sarah William Harbison, retired school teacher and a beloved resident of Shelbyville.

70 years ago, 1943

Helen Craig, a sophomore, was elected "Miss Murray State" by the students....Mr. and Mrs. J.P. McNear sold their place of 12.5 acres on U.S. 60, 2 miles west of Shelbyville, known as the Paul Ratcliff place, to Nick Tichenor of Taylorsville for $9,600 at auction....The farm of 90 acres and brick residence owned by C. Lewis Mathis, on the east edge of Shelbyville, was sold by Austin L. Moore & Co. to J.W. Brown for $22,500 cash....Shelby County reached its quota of $8,500 in the National War Fund drive by raising $8,572.56........ Dr. Charles E. Palmer of Shelbyville was reappointed as a member of the State Board of Veterinary Examiners....John Robert Slucher, a farmer who resides on U.S. 60 East was appointed by Gov. Keen Johnson, as magistrate of the Clay Village district....William G. Prewitt, who had been with the Shannon Funeral Home for more than 10 years, resigned his position to become manager of the McCarty Funeral Home at New Castle....Serving our country: Pvt. Earl B. Hedges was stationed somewhere in the South Pacific.....Sgt. William H. Horine was awarded the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster for extraordinary achievement while flying antisubmarine patrols in the Caribbean theater.....Pvt. Oby T. Barnes received the Purple Heart. He was wounded in the leg.....T/4 Wallace F. Radcliffe was promoted in rank to staff sergeant.....Joe Prewitt Chenault, nephew of W.T. Chenault, who had been missing in the European theater of war, was reported as being a German prisoner of War.....Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Kent received a wire from the War Department stating that search had been abandoned after covering 22,800 square miles of forest land in Canada over which a plane piloted by their son, Lt. George T. Kent, should have passed in his flight.....Mr. and Mrs. Jesse G. Maddox Sr. received the Purple Heart awarded to their son, Tech. Sgt. Jesse G. Maddox Jr., for military merit and for wounds received in action resulting in his death in October..... The Navy Department made an announcement that Lt. Goree Waugh, commander of a bombing plane, was shot down in a running fight with a German submarine....News was received that Rev. Allen R. Huber, a former pastor of the Waddy Christian Church, and his wife, Daisy McLin Huber, had escaped the Japanese and were free in Baguio. They had not been heard from since the Japanese took the Philippines....Deaths: James Froman Ratcliff, 77; George Edward Reynolds, 73; Bettie Stone, 95; Ernest Greathouse Cardwell, 74; Mrs. Ollie Freer Perkins, 77; William Edward Miles, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Miles; Elizabeth Davis Buckner, 73; Landon W. McCormack, 43; Thomas F. Bradford, 55; Helen Long, 87; Dr. Charles Ethelbert Triplett, 81; William Albert Neal, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nash Neal; Katherine Hommrich, 73; Robert Glore, 60.

80 years ago, 1933

Deaths: Rev. T.H. Athey, former Shelbyville Baptist minister; Rev. Shelby C. Figg; Emma Hope; Sidney Lazarus; Mrs. C.P. Harrod.

85 years ago, 1928

Rev. Carl S. Matthews preached his farewell sermon at the First Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Vincent Scilla his final regular talk at the Catholic Church. Matthews was called to the pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church at Lumberton N.C., and Scilla to Raywick Church in Marion County.....With a good deal of satisfaction, The Sentinel announced the installation of Model 14 lineotype. The new machine was to set type faster than six men working by hand….Sparks falling on the roof of the residence of Roy Hardesty on 1st Street caused an alarm to be turned into the Shelbyville Fire Department....Fire destroyed the residence of Billie Cook in the Cat Ridge neighborhood, with a loss placed at $3,500 and no insurance....Col. Harry D. Martin purchased the Jesse Gathright farm of 450 acres on Finchville Pike at $85 per acre....Deaths: Mary Elizabeth Roberts, 14-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett S. Roberts ; Dr. Samuel Ellis, 57, native of Shelby County; Mary Brooking Cochran, sister of R. Owen Cochran.

90 years ago, 1923

N. Goodman sold his bakery building on Main between 4th and 5th streets to C.S. Wills for $15,000....The tobacco barn on the farm of J.M. McMullan was destroyed by fire.... The opening sale on the independent looseleaf market was made when the Globe House sold 109,750 pounds of tobacco at an average of $19.50 per hundred....At the Falls City Fanciers Show in Louisville, Paul F. Schmidt won first and second ribbons on his new breed of chickens, "Jersey Black Giants.”…C.M. Quisenberry and sons sold the Shelbyville Steam Laundry to I.C. Wilson of Finchville….Deaths: William Purcell; Rev. D.T. Frierson, former pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville; Barbara Cook Bond, 47, formerly of Mount Eden; Amelia Bedwell Walbeck, 36; Ellen Chase, 75, wife of Thomas Chase; Ira Lawrence, 18-year-old son of J.J. Lawrence; William Neel, 55; Thomas Dudley Kent, 74, father-in-law of E.A. Rodgers.

95 years ago, 1918

S.S. Kirl resigned as manager of the local American Railway Express Co., and A.B. Wiseman was appointed in the position.....John M. Casey accepted the chair of the National Catholic War Council in Shelby County.....Word was received of the safe arrival overseas of Lt. Daniel O'Sullivan of the 113th Trench Mortar Co.....Rev. F.T. Kelley, at one time a pastor of the Northern Methodist Church in Shelbyville, died in Augusta.....Jeff Perry and Ralph Brown were killed instantly when their automobile collided head-on with an east-bound Interurban car in the west end of the city.