Looking back: Oct. 18, 2013

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1943: War department delivers bad news to 3 families

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 Shelby County chapter of the American Red Cross basketball tournament, called the Streetball Classic, netted that organization $2,500....Letters to the editor sometimes contain strong language that can seem theatening, but one found in The Sentinel-News’ night drop went a step further. State workers tested white powder, an apparent threat reminiscent of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, and found it did not contain any biological agents. A note that referred to an article about the Freedom Caravan, which passed through Shelbyville to support immigrants workers’ rights, was inside the envelope also....Walkers participated in the 2003 Shelby County WalkAmerica raising more than $20,000 for the March of Dimes....Births: Charlton Hugh Bartlett, Gaven Cole Rucker....I’m one: Jonah Lee Goldsmith, Zachary Andrew Gutermuth....Serving our country: Army Pfc. Odis Satterley was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with the 10th Mountain Division staged at Fort Drum, N.Y....Deaths: Anna C. Patterson, 85; Mildred S. Saffell, 90; Kenneth Collins, 84; David J. Ehrler, 51; James Matthew Foree, 58; Jerry Raymond Griner, 61; Martha Jesse Harper, 81; Lister Sparrow, 96; Julia Augusta Abrams; David Lee Curtis, 51; Hilda J. Graves Morgan, 72; Ruby Mae Pierce Rogers, 95.

15 years ago, 1998
Steven Woods, Anita Bolin
and Emma Raines opened their partnership, ABC Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Distributors, on Peachtree Street....Supporters of the proposed Cracker Barrel restaurant in Shelbyville were asking for a larger and taller sign than county regulations allowed for the restaurant to be located on Mount Eden Toad just north of I-64. Denial of a similar sign request by the Franklin County Planning Commission reportedly prompted the restaurant to drop plans for a Cracker Barrel in Frankfort....Torrey M. Smith joined W.A. Smith Realty to be the third generation in his family to go into real estate....Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. purchased three additional collegiate sports newspapers – Huskers Illustrated, Voice of the Hawkeyes and Inside Indiana. They already owned The Cats' Pause and Gator Bait/Gator Talk....Rev. Edward "Buddy" Coleman joined the staff at Shannon Funeral Home....Winn-Dixie and local American Cancer Society teamed up when community leaders served as Celebrity Baggers. They were Eilene Collins, David Eaton, Bobbie Brenner, Jim Edelen, Kathy Nichols, Vance Simmons, Marshall Long, John Kubran, Leon Mooneyhan and Sue Carole Perry. Members of Life After Breast Cancer Support Group were baggers in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month....Deaths: Charlotte Ann Hutchison Morgan, 60; Kathryn Taylor Hortenbury, 72; Mabel Wikoff Gardner, 90; Pauline Doyle Casey, 86; Jesse Alvin Gray, 82; Willie Tackett, 89; Emma Bramlett Riddle, 87.

25 years ago, 1988
Two new state prisons were proposed for northwest Shelby County. A Governor's Task Force on Corrections in Frankfort proposed building a 600-person, medium-security prison adjacent to the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Shelby County....International Spike/Hi Point Farm officials sought a zone change for 500 acres off KY 55 North that recently was annexed into Shelbyville....Shelby County announced plans to close Bagdad, Cropper and Henry Clay elementaries and to build a new 600-pupil school in the east end based on a unanimous decision by the board of education. The $3.4 million facility was due to open in less than two years....Shelbyville received $10,000 from area development funds to help buy a new $50,000 radio system for Central Dispatch....Steve Hornback joined W.A. Smith Realty as a sales associate and appraiser....County and Mount Eden volunteer firefighters responded to what appeared to be a routine fire on Old Taylorsville Road. By the time they arrived on the scene, Ida Pulliam's garage was burned to the ground. Dynamite was stored there....Field workers for the federal Environmental Protection Agency donned protective gear to investigate a hazardous waste site on U.S. 60 East....Jack Brammer was the newest member of the board of directors for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Shelby County....Kentucky Enterprises planned to expand its subdivision development off Rockbridge Road and KY 1790 with 101 lots on 40 acres....United Medical Center/Shelbyville started its Little Miracles Childbirth Education program with an introduction to labor, anesthesia and the birth of a baby. Dr. Anita Kotheimer is the instructor....Births: Darrell Glenn Sloan II, Sarah Kathryn Conn, Lillian Elizabeth Wierzbicki....Deaths: Ben Lewis Jennings, 16-year-old grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jennings; Rush Johnson Sr., 54; Elise M. Falkland, 64; Sarah Hughes Cook, 69; Wilbur A. Davis, 84; Dorothy Aline Kidwell, 63; Lois Hardesty Martin, 91; Frances Ashby Ratcliffe, 78; Mable Holbrook, 76; Mattie Cheat Stevens, 89.

40 years ago, 1973
Keith Stratton
and J.L. Coots represented First Kentucky P.C.A. and Farmers and Traders Bank and were recognized for meritorious service as 4-H sponsors.....The long battle between the Louisville Jefferson County Air Board and opponents of the proposed jetport for Finchville took a new turn when the air board turned the matter over to Gov. Wendell H. Ford....Bob Shy, Kentucky Educational Television’s (KET) assistant director of education, was appointed chair of the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) committee on Teacher Education and Instruction....Sen. Marlow Cook reported in Washington that the city of Shelbyville received recertification for a 2-year period as having a workable program for community improvement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development....It took the Simpsonville Fire Department just 30 seconds to have the first man to the fire station after the fire alarm sounded. The fire drill was held in connection with Fire Prevention Week....The Shelby County Volunteers invested $12,000 in a new radio system that frees them from having to use the citizens band radios that they have had to depend on in the past....Unidentified flying objects (UFO) reports spread into Shelby County, with some local sightings being reported....W. Stephen Wilborn opened his law offices on the second floor of the renovated Shelby Law Offices building at the corner of 8th and Main Streets....Birth: Jason Scott Doyle....Death: Mark Wilson Snider, 58.

55 years ago, 1958
Peggy VanMeter,
senior at Bagdad High School, was named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. She was the first Bagdad student to qualify....Stuart Demaree was the new technician for the Shelby County Artificial Breeding Cooperative....Alex B. Veech of Finchville was re-elected to the Southern States Cooperative's board of directors for his fourth consecutive 3-year term....The congregation of the First Baptist Church voted to have Garst-Receveur Construction Company of Louisville to build the first unit of the new Baptist church building on U.S. 60 West – the temporary worship area until the auditorium was to be built at a later date. Office space and a kitchen were to be in this first unit; second and third floors would furnish educational space for 1,024....An 18-13 triumph over Frankfort assured the Shelbyville Red Devils a certain amount of success for the 1958 football season....The name of the Second Baptist Church was changed to Highland Baptist Church....Births: Nancy Naylor Newton, Mark Douglas McCall, Katherine Jensen....Serving our country: A/2c Estel Ray Clark and his wife, the former Shirley Riley, spent a 10-day leave with their family before reporting to San Francisco, where he will depart for an overseas assignment in Korea....Paul D. Eakins, machinist's mate fireman apprentice, USN, served aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, operating with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean....An Air Force twin-engine C-123 transport carrying 19 crewmen and personnel crashed and burned in southwest Idaho, near Payette. Among the crew was 1st Lt. John Howard Frisby, 26, who married the former Maudine Jones of Shelbyville and who frequently visited Shelby County....Other deaths: Airzzie Joseph Green, 42; Louie E. Corn; S. Oscar Snyder, 92; Donald J. Ivers, 26; Dr. E.W. Frymire, 77.

60 years ago, 1953
Carl Bryant was elected to succeed Lynn Miller as president of the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club. Other officers elected were Jimmy Burnett, vice president; Arthur Carpenter, treasurer....Frankfort whipped the Red Devils, 39-6. Bill Clements tallied the Red Devils' only touchdown....Births: Robert Paul Easley....One of the county's oldest and most beloved residents, Sarah Posey Brown, 93, died at her home in Waddy....Other deaths: Jennie Polsgrove Hackett, 74; Hollie A. Young, 78; John L. Miller, 81; Sarah Flora Craig, 71.

70 years ago, 1943
The Shelbyville Fire Department was called to extinguish a blaze on the roof at the Old Mason's Home, east of Shelbyville, with a damage estimated at $200....Eddie Smith succeeds Wilbur Frey as manager of the Shelby Theatre. Frey was transferred to Indianapolis....Birth: Connie Russell Carter....Serving our country: Pilot of a dive bomber, Marine Lt. Clinton M. Harbison Jr., previously reported as shot down in action in the south Pacific, officially was reported killed in action by the War Department....Elvia Watts, a teacher in the Mount Eden High School, was informed by the War Department that her husband, Pvt. Elvia Watts of the U.S. Army, was wounded in action in the North African area....Sgt. Edward W. Dickey, parachute trooper, was reported killed during maneuvers with the Regiment at Rosecrans Field, St. Joseph, Mo....."Your son, Technical Sergeant Jesse G. Maddox Jr., was killed in action" were the words of a telegram from the War Department that was received by Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Maddox Sr....U.S. Rep. Edward W. Creal, 56, died at his home at Hodgenville after suffering a paralytic stroke....Other deaths: Dr. Sanford McBrayer Logan, 79; Cpl. Sakel, 39; Katherine Kiefner, 82; Josie Riddle Tracy, 73; Rev. William T. Cook, 37; Lizzie L. Pearce, 76; Lucy Mae Willhoite, 54; Maggie Hardesty; Anna Riddle, 76.

80 years ago, 1933
A clothing factory incorporated and began operations here under the name of Lee, McClain and Scalzo Company....Deaths: Mrs. C.L. Scearce; L.M. Austin.

85 years ago, 1928
Margaret Ann Payne, 75, died at her home in Charleston, W.Va. She was a native of Shelbyville....Alexander Hunter Neal, well-known farm, died at his home near Crestwood....Annie E. Grigsby, 83, widow of John Grigsby, and former resident of Shelby County, died at her home on Bardstown Road.

90 years ago, 1923
A gas or oil well was in prospect for Shelby County. The drill apparatus of T.S. McGrath of Louisville was received at Hempridge on the Southern Railway and was trucked to the farm of T.D. Neal at the foot of the Jeptha Knobs, about 6 miles southeast of Shelbyville, and set up. Work began at once. The people at interest in this enterprise were: R.E. Caudill of Shelby County, his son, Sam J. Caudill of Tulsa, Okla., and the Louisville Gas and Electric Company of Louisville....Deaths: Pauline Casey, 7-year-old, and Elizabeth Shea, 11-year-old, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Shea; Virginia Fulton Brown, wife of the former Mayor Samuel H. Brown.

95 years ago, 1918
James P. Turner's farm of 177 acres near Eminence was sold by Coots Brothers and Gill to Clarence Pratt for $25,400....The woman's Club held its first meeting of the club year with Mrs. L.C. Willis giving a report of the State Federation....T.H. Monfort sold his farm of 58 acres near Bagdad to Herman Rogers for $8,000.