Looking back: March 7, 2014

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1974: Floral Hall to be replaced at fairgrounds

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

Shannon Harover, a Wright Elementary School student, came in first in the Shelby County district-wide spelling bee, spelling “decisive” and “prematurely.”…Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty named acting police Capt. Richard Babiarz as acting chief of the Shelbyville Police Department, taking over from Police Chief Stewart Shirley, who retired. Det. Scott Simpson replaced Babiarz as acting captain, the second-in-command at the police department….Masha Casey Miller, vice president in charge of collections and asset recoveries for Citizens Union Bank, was the bank’s 2003 employee of the year. She had 27 years of banking experience – 23 with CUB….The Kentucky School Boards Association selected Leon Mooneyhan to receive its KIDS First Advocate award for 2004….I’m one: Claire Ellen Chambers….Deaths: E.A. “Son” Howser, 92; Lora Mae Martin, 74; Shirley McGaughey, 61; Kenneth Ellis Newton, 79; Sue Lawrence Stewart, 75; Hazel Tingle, 91; Jimmie Lou Williams, 89.

15 years ago, 1999

Sam Jennings was hired as county dog warden, and Monica Robinson started working as assistant dog warden at the Shelby County Animal Shelter....More than 31,000 single boxes of Girl Scout cookies were delivered to the Waldridge Center. Scouts delivered the pre-sold cookies, and troops set up stands at various retailers to sell extras....Elizabeth Carol Hisle, 7-year-old daughter of Bill and Erin Hisle, took first place in the second-grade spelling bee at Christian Academy....Sarah Tindle Dulaney won the spelling bee with the words "candelabra" and "brocade.”…The No. 12-ranked Shelby County Rockets (22-6) outscored the Oldham County Colonels (16-12), 11-3, in the final 2:16 to win, 60-57, in the quarterfinals of the Eighth Region tournament. The Rockets had beaten arch rival Anderson County for the 12th consecutive  time to win their eighth consecutive 30th District Tournament championship....Michael Broughton and Emily Foster were crowned Valentine king and queen at Northside Elementary....The most revealing statistic from the championship of the Girls' 30th District tournament was Anderson County 34, Shelby County 18 (turnovers). No. 21-ranked Lady Rockets won, 69-44....Gil Tucker, a dairyman from Finchville, was elected secretary/treasurer of the Cattlemen's Beef Board....Gail Chandler received the first adult family Operation Brightside Fred Wiche Award at the Fred Wiche Lawn and Garden Expo at the Commonwealth Convention Center...Births: Jonathan Thomas Melber, Kassandra Leigh and Karrie Elizabeth Monroe, Bryce Campbell Webb....I'm one: Montana Michelle Cox....Deaths: John Thomas Catlett, 94; Arthur D. Lewellyn, 86; Dorsey Lyons, 60; Harry L. New, 75; Juanita Heneritta Cottrell Dale, 92; Arthur Bruce Franklin, 50; Robert C. Perkins, 64; Janetta Grace Padgett, 87; Shirley J. Sharp, 53; Robert K. Smith, 73.

25 years ago, 1989

Susan Nicole Hirsch joined the United States Army Reserve through the delayed entry program....The tranquil existence of a retired farm couple and their grandson who lived on Bob Rogers Road near Peytona was disrupted cruelly when fire erased their ridgetop home and possessions. Chester and Bertha Temple lived for 40 years in what started out as a small log house built around the turn of the century....H. Cam Lawson III was named an Outstanding High School Student of America....Four agencies got $80,500 in grants from United Way – Multi-Purpose Senior Citizens Center, American Red Cross in Shelby County, Big Brothers-Big Sisters and Shelby County Resource Center....West Middle School eighth-grader Christina Kephart was victorious in the annual spelling bee, sponsored by the Shelby County Education Association at Wright Elementary....Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. purchased the Tri-County Publishing Company, which publishes The Lancaster News in Lancaster, S.C., and The News and Reporter in Chester County, S.C.....Mike Rodgers was promoted to fire chief of the Shelbyville Fire Department, to fill the vacancy created when Arthur Alexander resigned unexpectedly….Births: Jaclyn Nicole Reynolds, Tyler Chase Wininger, James Kennett Becker, John Mark Maxey….Deaths: Reba Elizabeth Redditt Heath, 87; Marie Pauline Hayes Thompson, 49; Thomas F. Coghill, 86; Lillie Mae Moore, 92; Willie Payne Clemmons, 90; Mildred Sheetz Cowherd Scott, 76; Nellie Tindle Husband, 82; Betty Sue Stethen Crabb, 50; Betty Deutsch Hamm, 64; William H. “Bill” McDonald, 79; Louise McCormack Ratcliffe, 90.

40 years ago, 1974

The Shelby County Rockets came from behind after trailing most of the first half and much of the third quarter to down Eminence in the 30th District championship game, 62-58. Classmates lift John Parker (front) and Keith Hall and carry them off the floor….Wallace W. "Tubby" Sanders, Louisville works director and engineer for more than 20 years, retired. His wife is the former Mary Jane Brownfield. He is was a native of Shelby County and a graduate of Shelbyville High School... After April 15, no longer will antiquated, wooden Floral Hall be visible as you pass the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Plans were well under way to sell the facility and remove it from the premises. The tentative completion of a new structure was set for June 1. The old landmark has housed 4-H, homemaker and other civic projects since its construction in the early 1900s. The structure would come down after the lumber was bought or by the local fire department to use as a practice session….Briggs-Hower Clothing Store had been in the same location on Main Street in Shelbyville, since it was purchased in 1947 from the old Rothchild firm, which had been in business since 1865 and had been in the hands of only two families in 10 years. The store was moved to a new location, just up the street, and will be known as Briggs...Barry Smith opened Smith Company Realtors in the Green Law Building at 409 Washington St. in Shelbyville….Buddy Hochstrasser of H&H Tractor and Implement Co. announced that the local Allis Chalmers dealership would be featuring Hesston hay and foraging equipment. The popular baler and stacking equipment was known across the county as the one-man haying system...Dudley Grayson and Charles Nelson, both former Royal Typewriter employees, were the new owners of Shelby Office Equipment...Birth: Sean Patrick Thornton….Serving our country: Pvt. 2 David A. Brown, a 1973 graduate of Shelby County High School, completed all studies prescribed for the machinist course in the U.S. Army. He was running a Machinist Van for Co. C in Korea….Army Spec. 4 Timothy P. Davis, 21, was a scout in Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 12th Cavalry of the 3rd Armored Division in Budingen, Germany….Deaths: Charles O. Neel Sr., 85; Charles Edwin White, 80; Mrs. Lowell Mamie Brown Sharp, 73; J.A. "Jack" Porter, 66; Willie McMahan Cochran, 73.

55 years ago, 1959

Frank A. Tygrett, after 25 years with the Kentucky Central Life and Accident Insurance Company of Anchorage, was transferred to Indianapolis, where he was to be district manager for Indianapolis and Southern Indiana....A pack of wild dogs caught and killed seven 200-pound hogs that were scheduled for the market on the farm of E.P. Moynahan, located on south side of U.S. 60, a mile west of Shelbyville....J.L. Coots was named Citizen of the Year by the Simpsonville Lions Club….Jean England was named Shelbyville High’s 1959 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. Judy Faye Murphy was named at Waddy High School….Thomas Barker Jr., an employee of Shelby County Rural Electric Coop Corp., 2nd and Clay streets in Shelbyville, received a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant at ceremonies held in Louisville....Sue Bradbury of Shelbyville High School was named one of the “Sweethearts of the Week,” in the Courier-Journal’s Sunday selections in Kentucky high school basketball…Silhouettes of first-graders of the Northside Elementary School were drawn by their teacher, Mildred Ann Hobing, with the words "I have a little shadow, that goes in and out with me.”…Numerous awards were presented during the annual Blue and Gold banquet of Pack 203 held at the First Christian Church...Craig R. Schmidt of Shelbyville, zone manager for Investors Diversified Services Inc., a 64-year-old investment management corporation, received national recognition from the company for record sales during November 1958 of the face-amount investment certificates and mutual fund shares issued by its subsidiaries and affiliates....Births: William Stanley Green, Barbara Brown Stokes….Serving our country: Joyce Tindall Baxter arrived safely in Giessen, Germany, to join her husband, Pfc. James Fred Baxter, stationed at Giessen….Deaths: Walter A. Ruh Jr., 33; Emma Ross Peak, 90, widow of Judge Frank Peak; James Gilbert Hedges, 43; Mattie Beverly Schooler, 78, wife of A.L. Schooler; Daniel Edward Adams, 76; Lena Anderson Hardesty, widow of Peter Hardesty; Flora Bishop Frazier, 76, widow of John Wesley Frazier; Jemima Young Long, 59, wife of Ulysses L. Long;  Stella Ethington Smith; Bert S. Walters.

60 years ago, 1954

Ryburn Weakley, prominent young agriculturist, was awarded first prize (a $50 check) for an essay on conservation....Jay G. Pfost, well-known resident of Shelbyville and line foreman for the Southern Bell Telephone Company, received a 30-year pin from his company....Rev. Hugh High, pastor of Waddy Baptist Church, and his wife and children were injured in an automobile accident as they were en route to Florida to visit relatives....Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Jesse narrowly escaped death when their 2-story frame home, located near Hempridge, was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours....Rev. Willard Wilcox was the new pastor at People's Chapel....Waddy defeated Taylorsville in the 30th District Tournament, 61-50.... Nancy Carolyn Nethery was announced as valedictorian for the senior class of the Waddy High School; salutatorian was Rommie Smith.... Birth: Robert Jarman Massie...Deaths: Bertie Rogers Howser; Virginia Yocum Campbell; John O. Bryant, 68; Wesley Shipman; Lorene Perkins Scruggs, 53; Nannie Mae Shaddock, 68; Charles Bruce Cassity, 72; Elizabeth Katherine, 3-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Morgan; Edna Taylor Meyer, 75;

70 years ago, 1944

The Shelby County Farm Bureau adopted a resolution stating that "any further depletion of the men at home will result in a serious shortage of available labor to harvest our crops this year.”...G.W. Saffell, Republican leader in Shelby County, bought advertising space in The Sentinel to deny that he was being supported for the chairmanship of the local organization....Dr. C.W. Elsey observed his 18th anniversary as pastor of the First Baptist Church....Birth: Margaret Logan McAllister....Deaths: C.W. Royalty; Mrs. John Redmon; Sam G. Holland; Sim Murphy; George Morgan Adams.

80 years ago, 1934

Fire damaged Calvin Sharp’s grocery at Ninth and College street….Births: Wilma Lynn Sharp, James Harper, Nancy Cecile Money....Deaths: Mattie Osburn Scott, 56, wife of Lel Scott; Shipman Buckman, 70, wife of N.A. Buckman; W.N. Helm, 56; Peter T. Keating; John B. Dial.

90 years ago, 1924

Quaker Maid was bought by A&P, and both stores continued to operate in Shelbyville….A drug store in Eminence was purchased by Will Logan Smith and Allie M. Hill….The Sleadd schoolhouse at Hempridge was sold at auction….Birth: Harriet Cowherd....Deaths: Joseph Lawrence Sr.; Frances Marion Smith, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Smith; Emma Conrad, 75, widow of James V. Conrad; John Cornelius; Mrs. David Kelley.

95 years ago, 1919

Harold B. Stanley, who had been rural carrier on Route No. 2 out of the Shelbyville post office, was transferred to No. 6 as regular carrier, succeeding Frank B. Beard, who resigned to enter the garage business. Roger H. Bemiss, former city parcel post carrier, was appointed temporary carrier on No. 2....Howard Harbison sold 40 mare mules, 3-to-5 years old, at an average of $240 per head....Deaths: Dr. J.T. Bryan, practicing physician in Shelbyville for a number of years; Dr. William S. Rodgers, 56.