Looking back: Sept. 4, 2015

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1955: Thieves hit Purnells take ham, lard, fan

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

George Million, the wardens’ warden, who had spent 33 years in prison work, was finally getting out. “I’m in operational responsibility for all 13 of the state’s prisons,” said the Shelbyville resident…. Jimmy Wilson III, an eighth-grader at West Middle School, received a plaque for placing second in the 15-year-old male division at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Triathlon in Louisville. He was the youngest athlete to compete in the event…. Scott E. Stalker earned his master’s degree in special education from Spalding University with honors, earning a 3.89 grade-point average…. Kelly Maureeen McCormick and Juett Ann Wells received degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University…. Gasoline prices hovered near or above $3 after Hurricane Katrina damaged refineries…. Births: Shelby Annmarie Reeves, Austin Ryan Mills, Blake Allen Davis, Joseph Palacios and Kiara Palacios, Tori Lynn Sloan, Savannah Lee Raisor, Eric Allen Turpin, Anna Grace Retterbush, Ryan Thomas West, Carolina Zarco-Sosa…. Deaths: Sarah Frances Loving Ashby, 77; Lena Durrett, 52; Earnest Goodlett Jr., 71; Stanley B. “Bob” Hudson, 90; Mary Elizabeth Oglesby, 93; E.S. Whitehouse, 87; Lettie Asay Griffith, 92; John G. Scharfenberger, 65.

15 years ago, 2000

Elaine Johnsonretired from the Shelby County Public Library after reading books to children for nine years.... The East 60 Volunteer Fire Department formally dedicated its Memorial Gardens with an unveiling of two granite statues.... Tymber Redd was the grand prize winner in the "Be a L'Oreal Kid" contest and received the "star treatment" from a stylist at the L'Oreal Salon in New York City.... Shelbyville/Shelby County Parts and Recreation received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation.... Greg Tipton opened GT's Barber Shop on Old Seven Mile Pike.... Gerald Thompson, with a unique release, rolled 12 consecutive strikes to record the first perfect game at Bluegrass Bowling.... Dorothy "Dottie" Gordon received a certificate and medallion from Salon Education Services for 60 years of being in the hairstyling business.... Jeanne Bohannon of Bohannon Realty completed the Seniors Real Estate Special Program and earned the SRES designation.... Births: Nicole Kailynn Bruner, Michael Joseph Collins, Sarandan Paige Donovan, Kaden Lee Dunaway, Daniel Ethan Isaiah Morris, Molly Anne Thompson, Alexandria Nicole Payton, Miguel Reyes Gamboa, Kevin Benedicto Esquivel Sanchez.... I'm one: Lukas Jay McKinney, William Riley Pumphrey II, Amy Katherine Patterson.... Deaths: Henry Lee McCoy, 79; Eva Ashby Cottrell, 54; Emma North, 80; William C. "Bill" Nation, 69; Frances Corrine "Connie" Osborne, 81; Ruby Lewis Dale, 80; Hazel Rucker Banta, 84; Charles B. Reed Jr., 73.

25 years ago, 1990

No one saw a tornado lurking in a thunderstorm, but in the afternoon sunlight many saw the destruction if caused centered around the Buffalo Luck Church between Bagdad and Peytona.... Duvall Burk, owner and operator of Duvall Burk Distributor, was honored at a meeting to kick off the 1990-91 fiscal year for Na-Churs Plant Food Company.... Students in Shelby County Public Schools performed better than the national standard and better than the previous year on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS/4) in every grade except the 12th.... United Medical Center named Dr. Kim Alumbaugh  an obstetrician/gynecologist to its medical staff and the practice of Dr. Anita Kotheimer…. Johnnie Lindell was injured when a tree fell on him. He was clearing brush in preparation for installation of a new bridge crossing Guist Creek at Harley-Thompson Road. When he saw the tree falling, he ran. The tree hit him on the back, pinning him with his head between his knees…. Amy Schweinhart R.N. joined the staff of United Medical Center as an education coordinator.... Saint Vicky, a 4-year-old Jersey owned by the Miller farm on Hemp Hill Road, beat the best of the breed on the first Saturday of the fair. The next day she beat the 811 entries from all breeds to win the superior champion crown.... Ann Ellis joined the staff of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency as case manager.... Duanne Puckett and Mickey Meece were awarded stoneware plaques as first-place winners in the Metro Louisville Society of Professional Journalists annual contest.... Joyce Nay was named Realtor of the Year.... Shelby County marked the first day of classes in its education-reformed schools with a ribbon cutting at East Middle School…. Bill Robertson and Margaret Davis, co-owners of Robertson's Country Hams, were awarded the championship trophy as grand champion winners at the state fair.... Births: Emily Ann Perper, Philip Baxter Oetinger.... Deaths: Ernestine Cross Noland, 85; Belle Kelley, 92; James Edward “Skitter” Hoskins Sr., 43; Nellie Allyn Bandeen, 94; Frank Frazier, 74; Betty L. Brown, 65; Marjorie Todd, 80; Sidney R. Clements Sr., 94; Ocie Mae Robinson Yates, 74;

40 years ago, 1975


The Shelbyville Country Club Ladies Golf Tournament consisted of Liddie Harper and Peytie Scearce, third flight; Lois Briscoe and Denise LeCompte, second flight; Dorothy Gorrell and Cherry Settle, first flight; Helen Moberly, medalist; and Jean Logan in the championship flight. The winners in the Ladies Handicap Golf Tournament were Mary Loyd Nichols and Denise LeCompte. The photos were taken from the Sept. 1, 1975 issue of The Sentinel-News.

JoAnne Freelsof the Delta Theta chapter of Shelbyville presented a check to Bobby Dean and his wife for the Dorman Center. The money was raised by the Delta Theta chapter in a car wash…. Carolyn Murphy Kinsolving, a Shelby County Vocational School and Shelbyville High School graduate, returned to join the staff of the vocational school.... Charles E. Chatham III received his bachelor of science degree in biology at Georgia College…. Albert Vernon Hawkins Jr. of Clarks Station Road was taken to Louisville's Suburban Hospital after being struck by a car on Snow Hill north of Shelbyville. He was listed in satisfactory condition.... Kenneth Major of Logan Insurance in Shelbyville received a certificate of graduation from the two-day life insurance school conducted in the home office of the Celina National Life Insurance Company.... The state announced a $4,303 grant to upgrade the record-keeping and information services of the Shelbyville Police Department.... Wally's Girls, one of two Shelby County women's softball teams to make the Class A State Tournament in Bowling Green finished the competition in fourth place…. Nine former pastors were expected to be in attendance when the Lebanon Baptist Church celebrated its 150th anniversary in Bagdad…. Births: Betsy Hanna Pollett, James Brent Frazier.... Deaths: James A. Puckett, 51; Eunice R. Roberts; Ralph Bryant, 48, of New Castle.

55 years ago, 1960

During July the sale of Series E and H Savings Bonds in Shelby County amounted to $32,887.... John Ed Young of the Shelby County 4-H Teenage Club and David Van Meter Jr., Cropper 4-H Club, emerged victorious at the District Tractor Driving event held for 4-H members at Lebanon.... The herd of registered Jerseys owned by R.D. Shipman, Maraview Jersey Farms of Shelbyville, was classified for breed type by an official classifier of the American Jersey Cattle Club, Columbus, Ohio.... A group of young men, including Kenneth Gravett, represented Louisville in the National Junior Tournament at Altoona, Pa. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilton R. Gravett of Shelbyville was a pitcher.... George Ann Carpenter, president of the Business & Professional Women's Club, received a letter from Major Joseph W. Caraway, Headquarters, Seventeenth U.S. Air Force, New York concerning the Twin City project under way with a Sister City Plan with a town in Germany…. Eddie Van Meter, member of the Shelby County 4-H Teenage Club, represented Kentucky at the Regional 4-H Tractor Operation Contest held at Michigan State University.... Ruben Moore Maddox of Finchville, driving a 1950 Ford and Rufus Horn Jr. of Rose Hill, driving a 1957 Ford, were involved in an accident in front of Jerry's Drive In.... Deaths: A tractor-trailer truck, loaded with tobacco, collided with a freight train near Hartsville, S.C. crushing the truck driver to death. Richard O. Tipton Sr., 54 had been employed by Webb Transfer Line, Shelbyville, since last March; Edgar Vaughan Jr., 60, husband of Hazel Gibson Vaughan; Edwin L. Strange, 77, husband of Maude Burgin Strange; Vernie O. Baker, 71, retired Muhlenberg County coal miner; William Leslie Rogers Sr., 61, brother of E.A. Rogers of Shelbyville and Herman Rogers of Bagdad; Graeme M. MacDonald, brother-in-law of Mrs. Tate Bird; Ivan Garrison, 62, father of Mrs. James Ray Hughes; infant son of Charles T. Ethington and Bonnie Lou Ethington; William Howard Courtenay II, 70, husband of Mary Anderson Courtenay; Lillian Gash, 70, widow of J.J. Gash, mother of five daughters including Mrs. W.T. Conn and Mrs. Herbert Ray, both of Shelbyville.

60 years ago, 1955

Alex B. “Jack” Veech Jr., 30-year-old Shelby County farmer and former director of Producers Livestock Marketing Association, accepted the position of manager of the organization.... S.B. Hundley and his son, Lamar Hundley, purchased the business of Collier-Gish at 5th and Washington streets.... Ray P. Weller, president of Shelby County Fair, has been named assistant to J. Dan Baldwin, manager of the Kentucky State Fair, for the exhibition.... Thieves entered the F.B. Purnell Packing Co. in Simpsonville and took several hams, some lard and a large window fan.... The Shelby County Fish and Game Protective Association staged the Association's annual fish fry at Lake Shelby.... Victoria V. Gilbert, Shelbyville attorney, was the new president of the National Association of Women Lawyers.... Lucille V. Cinnamond has been appointed Night Chief Operator with Southern Bell.... Deaths: J. Eric Wyatt, 59; Estill Forrest Smith, 58, husband of Velma Graham Smith; Paul Eugene Connor, 55, husband of Anna Mae Scearce Connor; Mary Helen Brown Goodman, William Harvey Noe, John W. Watts, Jeannie Read Sampson, James B. Kidd, Edward J. O'Brien Jr.; Ethel Tinsley Routt, 76.

70 years ago, 1945

News of servicemen and women included: T-4 John P. Martin awarded the Silver Star for gallantry; S-Sgt. Earl Yount awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service; First Lieut. Margaret Hornback, Army Nurses Corps, left Germany for home, according to cablegram; Capt. Morris W. Perkins was among first Army pilots to fly reconnaissance troops to Atsuga Airport near Tokyo in advance of American occupation troops; Sgt. Alvin E. Crask arrived from Panama; Maurice Jesse, chief motor machinists mate, Waddy, on leave with his uncle and aunt; Middleton Jesse, served on the destroyer escort U.S.S. Duffy; Major Stanley H. Hankins was liberated from a Japanese prison camp at Hoten, Manchuria; S-Sgt. Clyde Rayburn arrived home for 30 days furlough.

85 years ago, 1930

The first picnic of the Shelby County Farm Bureau and the 4-H Clubs were held at the fairgrounds.... The Simpsonville baseball team defeated the Worrall Motor Sales team of Jeffersonville by a score of 7 to 3.... Betsy Carter, 8-year-old daughter of Jesse Carter, suffered painful injuries while playing with a knife, which accidentally penetrated her eye.... Deaths: Laura Caughey, mother of Mrs. T.D. Williams; Carl Frederick Hanser, 77, prominent farmer; J.C.F. Percival; D. Claude Clark, 63; J.B. Hedden, 8-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Hedden.

90 years ago, 1925

T.B. Duncan sold his lease on he R.A. Campbell storeroom on the south side of Main Street between 5th and 6th to Prillaman and Company.... Birth: Edward Spillman Jackson…. Deaths: Melissa LeCompte Maddox, widow of the late D.T. Maddox; William Elbert Miller, 79, father of J.L. Miller; Rebecca Vance Nuckols, widow of the late Samuel Nuckols.

95 years ago, 1920

Serving our country: Ray Howser, formerly with the Motor Inn, joined the Navy as a mechanic... Deaths: William M. Ridner, 83.