Looking back: July 17, 2015

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1955: Hail, wind damage tobacco crops in Shelby County

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, 2005

Tony Carriss, Shelby County magistrate and plant manager at Roll Forming Corporation, was elected to serve as the new president of the Kentucky Magistrates Association…. Kate Biagi was awarded a Rotary International Humanitarian and Cultural grant. She and Megan Zoeller planned to be involved in cultural and educational work in Kenya and Tanzania schools and orphanages…. After an eight-week interview and investigation process that included the review of between 10 and 15 candidates, three lateral transfers were hired to join the Shelbyville Police Department: George Mundo, 27, from West Buechal PD; Brent Bridgman, 33, from Graymoor-Devondale PD in Jefferson County; and Frank Willoughby, 46, a retired officer from Louisville Metro PD…. Adam Knecht placed first in the nation in the TSA Multimedia Talk event at a conference in Chicago. His challenge was to create a multimedia presentation that could be used to recruit business sponsors…. Courtney N. Nichols graduated with honors from Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla…. Eight non-profit organizations received funding through the Moses Ruben Fund. Representatives from those agencies were East 60 Fire District for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera; Jewish Hospital Shelbyville for the Men's Health Fair held last month; Shelby Artists on Main for supplies to teach art to children and the elderly; The Dorman Preschool Center for adding rubber mulch to the school playground; The Luci Center for improvements to the riding arena; Shelby County Community Theatre for improvements to the exterior of the building; Waddy Volunteer Fire Department for training materials for volunteer firefighters; and Habitat for Humanity to buy materials for building new homes…. John David Hance, 22, was the newest firefighter at the Shelbyville Fire Department…. Births: Robert Tucker Barnes, Dakota Lynn Bruner, Rylan Douglas Eversole, Timothy Brinkley Logan Gaffney, Lahid De Jesus Gonzalez Gutierrez, Ty Antonio Harrington, Dusty Layne Jones, Adrianna Maria Nava, Alaina Carlene Reed, Abigail-Lynn Sanford, Jaden Kanye Cardwell, Kassie Mae Moore, Abigale Lauren Moskala, Bailey Ray Smith, Wayne Stevenson, Myles Mitchell Strong…. I’m one: Jackson Rice, Kaylee Mechelle White…. Deaths: Eugene Stone, 95; Gary Edward Brown, 49; Leonard T. Ganote Sr., 94; Boyce K. Hardin, 61; Hazel Morgan, 82; Marvin McClain, 83; William “Billy” Raisor, 64; SallyAnn Carr Biagi, 77; Curtis Dixie, 75; Billy C. Marshall, 70.

15 years ago, 2000

Rachel Lee Wattshad never been in a pageant before she was crowned Miss Shelby County Fair, taking over for 1999 fair queen, Bridgette Dale.... The FBI was investigating the burglary of a free-standing automatic teller machine in Simpsonville.... Gouges, dents, debris, skid marks were the clues that caught Deputy Jason Rice's eye when he rolled up to the scene of a bad wreck. He was Shelby County's newest accident reconstructionist.... Matt Freire, Maddy Holt and Lucy Weakley were winners in the Young Authors contest for Living Waters Christian School.... A Shelbyville Police bicycle unit began patroling city streets with two new mountain bikes. One of the officers who volunteered was Kelly Cable…. The Simpsonville Town Board approved a recommendation by city administrator Marc Rucker to hire retried Jefferson County police officer Jimmy R. Puckett to take over the post vacated by Kenny Freeman at the end of May…. Hannah McKinley Long was crowned Miss Teen Shelby County at the fair.... The Shelby County High School Future Farmers of America finished in the top 10 percent of chapters in competitions at the annual FFA state convention in Louisville. Attending the state FFA convention from Shelby County were Jaime Scott, Ryan Smith, Tony Smith, Matthew Smith, Will Adams, Matt Baxter, Daniel Kincaid and Will Hardesty, Kim Sanford, Jennifer Reese, Brittany Fox, Jenny Brumley, Anna Wells, Megan Zoeller and Sara Wells. Not pictured are Ashley O'connell and Brandon Sowder…. Brigadier General Ron Van Stockum succeeded Mary Helen Miller as president of the Shelby County Community Foundation…. James W. Davis at Shannon Funeral Home was elected secretary-treasurer of the Funeral Directors Association.... Tamara Shumate was the new public relations director for Jewish Hospital Shelbyville…. Births: Rafael Del Milagro Vargas Gomez, Tyler James Ritchey, Ashlie Nichole Welch, Anthony Ray Welch Jr.... I'm one: Kaelin Ann Welch.... Deaths: Margaret Jane Landers Blakely, 84; Flora A. Breitenstein, 92; Denva "Dee" Irvin Imel, 62; Kevin Fitzpatrick, 34; Carolyn Lucille Clark Gabbart, 72; Alan Myers Davis, 55; Eric Thomas Eldridge, 27; Amelia Frances Herrington Lively, 76; Mrs. Walter Martin Sr., 91; Mary Ann McIntire, 43; Paul D. Milby, 77; Claude J. Kelley, 95; Pauline Reardon Staples, 89; Anna Bell McClain, 85.

25 years ago, 1990

Winners of Mount Eden's beauty contests were (front row from left) Little Junior Mister Mount Eden winners Justin Martin, third place; Jamie Martin, fourth; Brandon Burgin, second; and Brock Lisby, first. Little Mister Ruritan winners were Jordan Haydon, first; Josh Glore, second; and Gary McKinney, third. Miss Mount Eden winners were (back row) Gwen Wethington, third; Holley Downey, second; and Kimberly Coulter, first. Junior Miss Mount Eden was Shelley Evans, first; Crystal Sharpe, second; Shana Milburn, third. Little Miss Junior Mount Eden winner was Lora Powell. The photo was taken from the July 11, 1990 issue of The Sentinel-News.

Cheryl Murphywas crowned the 1990 Shelby County Fair queen, and Kirby Chambers was runner-up. Other contestants were Rachel White, Elizabeth Wilson and Meg Wilson. Jil Terhune was named Miss Congeniality.... After a wet, wet May and a dry, hot June, some county farmers had an uneasy feeling of deja vu and were afraid they would see a repeat of the weather conditions during the spring and early summer of 1983, which heralded the coming of the worst drought in decades... Dairyman Claude Stucker retired after 50 years of milking and studying cows. His six sons would continue with the milking family operation on the farm outside Bagdad... William Jolley Palmer of LaGrange rescued a 9-year-old boy from a burning house, saving the boy and limiting the fire damage to one room of the home of Ann and Garland Chadwell.... Amy Lynn Perry was awarded a Marian Boyd Scholarship at Georgetown College.... Jason Becker and David Mooneyhan spent a week in Huntsville, Ala. living in tubular rooms, getting spun around in chairs and crashing space ships as they participated in NASA's Space Academy. They received a first-hand taste of life in space.... Money left over from a Shelby County and Henry County High School scholarship from the Shelbyville Board of Realtors was put to good use by sending 11-year-old Vanna Neth to 4-H camp for the summer... Judy James, classified ad manager of The Sentinel-News, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Shelby County Humane Society for her efforts to find homes for homeless animals.... Births: Logan Spencer Stalker, Margo Paige Wilborn, Thomas Neal Thompson, Alex Smith Carpenter, Ashley Danielle Goodlett.... I'm one: Crandall L. Slone III.... Deaths: Vernice Murphy Hedden, 78; Paul A. Brent, 75; Cynthia Mae Taylor Frazier; Kenneth D. Johnson, 69; Martha E. Hammons, 65; Henry Lee Lewis, 74; Elizabeth Herrick Lisk, 87; Jodie Marion “Joe” Simpson, 47; C.E. Hensley, 85; Pearley Dee Young, 86; Nell Rose Shannon, 64; Nora Gill Wise, 91.

40 years ago, 1975

With the price of a gallon of gasoline in Shelby County rising to a high of 67 cents and was hovering between 57 and 63 cents, local drivers were forced to submit to lower speeds and making few trips…. Steve Gray, graduate of the University of Kentucky, began work as a soil scientist in Shelby County and would be working with the Soil Conservation Service in completing the soil survey mapping of Shelby County.... Mike Williams was named the Outstanding Camper and Mark Ashby was Best Ball Handler at the Racer Basketball Camp at Murray State University…. A Crestwood man was charged in connection with the December fire, which destroyed the Eminence Police Department.... Barbara Railey, 6, was getting out of a car when it rolled back pinning her between the car door and a tree. She was taken to King's Daughters Hospital and then sent to Norton's Children Hospital in Louisville…. An unknown person or persons entered the home of Gilbert P. Kelly on the Old Mount Eden Road south of Shelbyville and took items valued at approximately $1,200.... Eight juveniles were charged in connection with at least five of the recent break-ins at the Shelbyville swimming pool. "Some of the stolen items had been recovered," said Officer Stanley Greenwell who made the arrests…. Winn-Dixie grocery list: 10 pound ground beef $6.99; W-D brand U.S. Choice sirloin steak, pound $2.09; W-D brand U.S. Choice T-bone steak, pound $2.19; Freezer Queen meat entrees, two pound package 99 cents; ripe golden bananas, pound 19 cents; Tide detergent, 84 ounce $1.49; Vanity Fair bath tissue, three two-roll packages, $1.... A&P grocery list: sirloin steak, pound $1.59; Porterhouse or T-bone steak, pound $1.69; golden ripe bananas, five pound $1; Joy liquid dish detergent, 22 ounce bottle 69 cents; Minute Maid orange juice, three six-ounce cans $1.... Deaths: Mary Haydon Miller, 68; Bessie Craig Meyers, 73; Mary Komes Sanford, 46.

55 years ago, 1960

Frances Smithwas named Shelby County Dairy Princess…. Robert G. Milburn of Eastwood and William R. Asbury of Simpsonville were riding too close to a car on a motorcycle when traffic stopped for a left hand turn. Milburn, the driver, attempted to pull out of the lane to keep from hitting the vehicle in front of him, his spill bars dragged on the highway causing both men to be thrown off the motorcycle.... Robert F. Matthews Jr. was appointed as Commissioner of Finance in the Governor's office.... Dr. S.C. Rice returned to the pastorate of the Centenary Methodist Church for the fifth year.... Mrs. Marion Harbison who resides at Tenth and Clay streets was brutally beaten by someone who entered her home about midnight. Entrance was gained to her home through a window in the rear of the house, that evidently was unlocked.... W.P. Coffman, who had been with Standard Oil Company for over 34 years retired as of July 1…. God and Country Awards were presented to John W. Montgomery Jr. and Guthrie Thompson at First Christian Church.... Kroger grocery list: ground beef, pound 49 cents; whole smoked picnics, pound 29 cents; pot pies, five packages $1; bananas, pound 10 cents; fresh peaches, four pounds 39 cents…. Winn-Dixie grocery list: Charmin toilet tissue, four rolls 29 cents; chuck roast, pound 45 cents; Tide detergent, giant package 59 cents.... Births: Judith Ann Glass, Debera Catherine Cobb.... Deaths: Charlie Oglesby, 75, husband of Lunetta Ditto Oglesby and for many years a janitor at the First Presbyterian Church; Etta Allison Vaughn; Lester C. Gee, 54, well-known carpenter; Richard Marion Phillips, 80; Mattie Snider Hardesty, 87.

60 years ago, 1955

M&W Motors Inc., a well-established firm in Shelbyville for five and one-half years, moved from the corner of 4th and Main Streets to me new location, U.S. Hwy. 60, 1 mile east of Shelbyville.... Archie Ware Sr. won the local archers tournament for the third time this year with a handicap score of 397 and kept possession of the handicap trophy for another month.... The premises of T.C. Huffman near Mount Eden were entered by thieves, who took an emery and motor, a chainsaw, tractor battery and fishing equipment from a garage and four hams and four sides of bacon from a smoke house. The losses were placed at about $500.... Triplet calves were born to a Holstein cow on the Ed Terhune farm in the Todds Point neighborhood, two heifers and a bull.... Hail and wind damage to tobacco and other crops reached hundreds of dollars in the southeast section of Shelby County. Loss was estimated at from 20 to 70 percent to farms on Mount Eden Road.... Birth: Jennifer Carol Scobee…. Serving our country: Pvt. William Hager Reardon Jr. left for Europe, where he was with the 10th Division that replaced the First Division, that returned to the states. He would be overseas for about 18 months.... Deaths: Dr. Ryland Knight, 78, a Southern Baptist leader for many years; William Calvin Morrow, 43, prominent trucker and stock dealer; William Thomas Cook, 44, husband of Corinne Whisman Cook; Myrtle Clark Klable, sister of Edna Whitehouse; Dell Stucker, 34, husband of Edna Stucker; Virginia Ruth Howser, 42, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Howser; Michael Curtis Stivers, 5-month-old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gayle C. Stivers; Thomas Dudley Money, 83, husband of Lucy Woods Money; Nannie Reddish Easley.

70 years ago, 1945

Students enrolled at University of Kentucky included Ralph M. Taylor and Jean Louise Kessler of Bagdad; Emily Bethia Shipman, Emma Mae Newton, Glenn Edward Logan, George Ann Carpenter, Mary Matilda Beard of Shelbyville.... A large "Open For Business" ad was in The Shelby Sentinel for Bryant-Ratcliffe, successors to Bryant Radio Co.... Briggs Lawson, elected president of the Rotary Club presided when Dr. W.P. McKee, Eminence, who was a Nazi prisoner, spoke.

80 years ago, 1935

Birth: Patricia True, Ann Shirley.... Death: Jane Summers Phillips, 71, wife of James Phillips.

85 years ago, 1930

Deaths: Mattie K. Cowherd, 79; R. Frank Peak.

90 years ago, 1925

The Redpath Chautauqua closed its 13th annual visit here.... Deaths: infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Porter; Hallie Berry Eddins, widow of William C. Eddins, and grandmother of Estill Lynch.

95 years ago, 1920

The Shelby Hop Club gave its 60th annual commencement dance at the Mammoth Rink... Margaret Bird was one of the 17 to receive from the College of Agriculture diplomas in Home Economics at the University of Kentucky…. Death: Agnetta Logan.