Looking back: Feb. 28, 2014

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1959: 2 adults, 8 children escape fire

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, 2004

East Middle School students Lee Staton, Donald Miller and Brandon Shader will compete in the state level of the Reader’s Digest nation Word Power Challenge for a chance to move on to the national level….Shelbyville Police Chief Stewart Shirley retired after 20 years with the department….State Sen. Gary Tapp was given the 2004 Distinguished Service Award for his efforts to promote the use of biodiesel in the state….Shelby County’s Relay for Life event sets a goal at $57,000. “Every day without chemo is like Christmas,” said Bob Bingman, guest speaker for the kickoff. “I look around and see members of a private club…that  no one wants to join.”…Cornerstone Christian Academy student Ryan Renfro, 7, earned first place in the Association of Christian Schools International Spelling Bee. Jessica League, 6, placed second….Linda Mulcahy knew firsthand how medical bills could cause a hardship after spending nearly all of 2002 under the care of several doctors while being treated for breast cancer. Now cancer-free, she is director of fund raising for the National Association for the Terminally Ill (NATI)….Births: John Thomas Dekle Jr., LaDarious Donta Farris, Camden Michael Hughes, Juleeanna Madison Sampson, Ethan Wade Sherrard, Donnavin Michael Adair Taylor, Shelby Tirbs….I’m one: Darrian Tyreke Crittendon….Deaths: Kenneth L. Houser, 82; Dennis McClain, 59; Wanda M. Proctor, 85; Hazel Watkins, 94; Richard “P.R.” Wiesenhofer, 60; Clara Marie York, 93; Robert James Steven, 74; James “Jay” Lane, 24.

15 years ago, 1999

Joey Heady was named technology coordinator Shelby County school system....Not only did the new after-school program at West Middle School give students an alternative to going home alone, it gave them an opportunity to improve their grades – while having fun at the same time....Jennifer J. Fay was selected to participate in the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership: 1999 Jefferson County Middle Schools, a special program to increase parent engagement and student achievement in the county's middle schools....Joseph Edward Burks III, eighth-grader at West Middle School, was one of the winners in the annual essay contest sponsored by Isaac Shelby Chapter Daughters of American Revolution....Willie Willard received a plaque and a diamond ring for selling more than 200 cars and trucks in 1998 for Swope Auto....Births: Sarah Elizabeth Tipton, Robert Shane Tindle, Natalie Megan Najjar....I'm one: Deion Michelle Cochran….Joseph Anthony Biagi, 75, who served as attorney for the city of Simpsonville for more than 27 years, died at Jewish Hospital in Louisville....Other deaths: Joseph Anthony Biagi, 75; Cecil Kincaid Sr., 72; Dorothy McClain Lamb, 67; Robert Slaughter, 87; James Dillard Norton, 81; Paul Joseph Bohn, 88; Fred Chatman Sr., 79; Alma Lawrence Cook, 91; Anna Jane Wright, 66; Arthur Thomas Ebersbaker, 87.

25 years ago, 1989

The glitter of the Las Vegas strip sparkled around Redd Crabtree as he was presented his version of the Oscar, the United Professional Horseman Association's Horseman of the Year Award....Elizabeth "Pete" Chenault retired from Shelby County Trust Bank after 23 years....The proposed Guist Creek Ridge, a 108-lot subdivision, took a big step toward reality when Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission approved the preliminary stage....Jill Berger was named director of clinical services at United Medical Center/Shelbyville….The Family Life Center, a new counseling service offered through First Presbyterian Church, enables participants to consider religion in improving their lives....Ronita Leach was accepted as administrative assistant to The Phil Brown Insurance Agency and the Brown Realty Company in Finchville….Cheryl Murphy was crowned Shelby County High School 1989 basketball Homecoming queen....Deaths: Janet Sue Heightchew, 40; Clifford Demaree, 82; Pearleen "Pete" Moffett, 65; Blaine Adler, 93; Malinda Smith Mitchell, 79; Jessie Early, 87; James Carroll “Jim” Wise, 17; Kenneth “B.K.” Gordon, 73.

40 years ago, 1974

Ralph Richardson, 12-year-old seventh-grader at Shelby County Upper Elementary School, was the junior winner in the state annual Farm-City Essay contest….Deaths: Ethel Bohannon Beckley, 82; Ezra Clark Perkins; Bertha Hall Wills, 82; Millie Guthrie Lawson, 87; James Morris Judkins Jr., infant son of James and Linda Mack Judkins; William Thomas Roe, 72; Eva Sudduth Roe, 79; Steve Yeary, 21.

55 years ago, 1959

Jay Pfost, line foreman for Southern Bell, celebrated his 35th anniversary of work with the telephone company….Peggy VanMeter, senior at Bagdad High, and Jimmy Lea of Shelbyville High reached the finals of the National Merit Scholarship program and were awarded a certificate of merit….Heart Fund drive workers collected $2,566.91, exceeding the 1958 total by more than $200….Centenary Methodist Church was to begin work in March on a new $50,000 building to be built adjacent to the church, at 5th and Washington in Shelbyville....Eight children and two adult couples escaped without harm when a flash fire destroyed the home of Hubert Monroe in the Gee area. Mrs. Monroe is the Gee correspondent for The Shelby News.…  Charles McGaughey of the Simpsonville chapter was president of the FFA North Central district….Deaths: Ida Ethington Hall, 85; Ben H. Weaver, 77.

60 years ago, 1954

Briggs Lawson was named the 1954 Easter Seal chair for Shelby County....Robert Frazier McDowell of Simpsonville was awarded a Certificate of Merit and granted a Junior Membership in the Holstein-Friesian Association of America for his satisfactory Holstein calf club work....Robert L. Veeneman of Louisville purchased the Hayes Chevrolet Company from C.J. Hayes, who had owned and operated the business for the nine years. The name will be changed to Veeneman Chevrolet Company Inc.....Serving our country: Airman 2nd Class Edward T. Sanford was among 1,567 passengers from the Far East that arrived in Seattle aboard the Gen. S.B. Buckner....Forrest L. Williams was promoted to corporal while serving with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea....Airman 2nd class William Harper arrived at Sidi Slimand Air Base in French Morocco in North Africa and was part of a rotation duty.... First Lt. Harold E. Rogers, 30, one of two flight instructors missing in a training plane from Webb Air Force Base, Texas, was found dead in his wrecked Army plane after a search of several hours. A Korean veteran, he had been in the service for nine years....Other deaths: Elizabeth Cull Davis, 80; Rufus Floyd Wheeler, 66; Jimmy Washburn, 36; Thomas Hartwell Botts, 69; Mrs. James Prescott Martin; Chord Williams, 79; Ben H. Hornback, 84.

70 years ago, 1944

Shelby County's goal in the Red Cross Drive was set at $14,500....Shelbyville won the 30th District basketball tournament by clipping Simpsonville, 28-23. Bill Johnston paced the Red Devils with 17 points. They completed their best season in history, 20-5....Births Margaret Logan McAllister....Serving our country: Lt. Kenneth L. Wells, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bryant of Shelby County, was killed in action in the Far East....Jesse Marcellus Scruggs, 45, of the U.S. Merchant Marines and brother of Mrs. L.C. Donohue, died of a heart attack in the line of duty at Tunis in Tunisia.

80 years ago, 1934

Births: Revel Thomas Milburn, Mary Lou Frye....Deaths: William Earl Dempsey of the Olive Branch neighborhood; Jim M. Mahuron, retired farmer, died at the home of his son, Joe Mahuron.

90 years ago, 1924

The Downs-Moore Realty Co. sold Carlton Youngman's and Stewart Waugh's farm of 130 acres on the Hempridge Pike, 6 miles from Shelbyville, to William Turner at $67 per acre....Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Scruggs; J.W. Fielder Jr., a son to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Fielder.

95 years ago, 1919

Lewis H. Gruber accepted a position with the Mengel Lumber Company and sailed for Axiom, Africa, for 2 years….Sam R. Skinner and Paul W. Long obtained the Buick automobile agency for Shelby County and would carry a line of cars and repair parts at the new Mammoth Garage….The high school, used as an emergency hospital during the flu epidemic, was fumigated and prepared for reopening, as the ban was lifted….A grand total of 7,097,980 pounds of tobacco were sold on the Shelbyville loose-leaf market during January, with an average price of $31.73 per hundred....Serving our country: Lionel Simpson was home after service with the Marines in France. He was in the thickest of the fighting at Chateau Thierry and was wounded several times….Deaths: Henry P. Poynter, cashier of the Bank of Shelbyville; Hart Wallace Jr.; Margaret Marshall Smith; Lillian Cline.