Looking backward: Jan 13, 2017

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2002: Saddlebred leader Helen Crabtree dies

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, 2007

Those who knew Colonel Harland Sanders said he always did things in a big way. The world's most recognizable chicken restaurateur, who was also a Shelbyville resident, was known far and wide for his generosity. Jewish Hospital officials announced Tuesday at a press conference that its Shelbyville facility will receive a $1 million gift from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation to improve its emergency room…. Simpsonville's third fire station will be housed in upscale surroundings. The station will be built on two acres of land at the southwest corner of Equestrian Lakes, a large-tract, 934-acre development on Ky. 148 in Finchville built with horse lovers in mind. Equestrian Lakes has 8 miles of fenced-in horse trails, a covered arena, a jogging track, and a 30-stall barn. No houses are under construction yet. The two acres for the fire station was a gift to the department from Plum Creek Development Properties, which is developing Equestrian Lakes…. William Lindsey Logan IV, of Shelbyville, graduated Dec. 20, 2006, from Bellarmine University with honors…. Cassandra Auxier graduated magna cum laude from Northern Kentucky University Dec. 16, 2006. She received her B.A. in English with secondary education certification…. Bellarmine University, in coordination with WLKY-TV, named Rebecca Hinkle of Shelby County as a "High School Hero" for the 2006-2007 academic year. She was one of only 24 students chosen for the honor from the WLKY-TV viewing area. Bellarmine University and WLKY-TV sponsor the High School Hero of the Week to recognize students for their outstanding community service, leadership and scholastic achievement…. Births: Landon Joseph Hardin and Andrew Thomas Hardin, Madison Elizabeth Kane, Noah Keller Terry…. I’m one: Mackenzie Grace Black, Emily Hammond, Ashlynn Faith Ware…. Deaths: Wynne V. Masters, 62; Aielene Brewer, 90; Doris Ann Burton McClain Heightchew, 72; Anna Wilson Jackson, 84; Carl J. “Shorty” Mathus, 79; Martha Rae Ritchey, 76; James Daniel Riddle, 69; Elsie Stull, 91; Betty Taylor York, 73.


15 years ago, 2002

Matthew Harrod Walls graduated from Bellarmine College with a master’s degree in business administration.... Geri Cicchella received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Shelbyville Rotary Club for contributions made on her behalf to the Rotary International Foundation.... Shelbyville officials submitted a preliminary proposal to the county school district for the purchase of Daniel Field, a gymnasium and tennis courts.... Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carris was sworn in as sergeant at arms of the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association.... Births: Teana Leigh and Teara Nicole McKnight, Gavin Samuel Weakley, Jacqui Warren Miller, Alex Manuel Gomez Grave.... I’m one: Nathan Alexander Pulliam, Noah Jacob Reeves.... Deaths: Helen K. Crabtree, one of the founders of the modern Saddlebred horse industry who was credited with helping make Shelby County the Saddlebred capital of the world, died at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville at the age of 86.... Other deaths: Lottie Mae Brown Anderson, 78; Corinne Hughes Brown, 100; Thurman J. Clark, 79; Georgia White Doyle, 94; Carroll Walter “C.W.” Jeppson, 66; Betty Jean Bershears Knight, 64; Helen Shuck Searcy, 75; Dora Elizabeth Summitt Lay, 57; Evelyn Florence Miesch, 51; John B. Cummins, 85; Daniel P. Hargadon, 57; Frederick S. Robertson Jr., 83; Joe Billy Stewart, 76.


25 years ago, 1992

People charged with crimes had been standing in front of and receiving lectures from Circuit Judge Harold Y. Saundersfor nearly 20 years, after 44 years as lawyer. He ended those duties when he swore in District Judge William Stewart as the new circuit judge.... Martinsville residents would be hearing the sounds of saws and hammers again as Phase 2 of the Revitalization Project began on Union Street.... Bill Hundley III's name was drawn at the conclusion of the Jaycees' Christmas parade. He and his wife, Joan, won an all-expense paid trip to Miami to the Bahamas.... R.R. Van Stockum was to appear on two Louisville television stations talking about his book, "Kentucky and the Bourbons: the story of Allen Dale Farm..." Coach Jim Wright couldn't complain with his Shelby County High School girls' basketball team's 9-2 record. Henry Clay, ranked No. 1 by the Louisville Courier-Journal, defeated 12th-rated Shelby County 63-50 in the finals of the Louisville Male Holiday Classic.... Esther Jo Longwas named United Medical Center's auxiliary volunteer of the year.... Patti Gaston, an employee of The Sentinel-News, and some friends and relatives won the first-place award of $1,000 in the WDJX radio station contest. They dressed up in nut suits and carried signs and letters that when put together read, "We're nuts about WDJX..." For the first time since June 18, 1983, a bank in Shelby County would be open for business on Saturdays. Republic Bank opened its doors and president Burch Kinsolving said response was very good.... John Bland watched as firefighters put out a fire that destroyed a 19th century home he had recently purchased, known as the Elston House. The fire was intentional and Simpsonville volunteer firefighters used the house fire as a training exercise on the structure that was built about 1835.... Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. broke ground to turn its Midland Shopping Center store into a "marketplace..." Sentinel-NewsSports Editor Chris Aldridge was awarded a silver medal in photography by the Bluegrass State Games for coverage of the 1991 summer event.... Keith Medley was promoted to co-manager of the Shelby County Trust Bank West Branch. Stacy Frazee was promoted to branch manager of the Simpsonville Branch.... Births: Haley Marie George, Kayla Danielle Carey.... Deaths: William Blockson, 80; Minnie Roberts, 98; Hallie Saunders, 86; Gladys Casey Coleman, 78; Frances Tribble Williams, 96; Gladys Wright Phelps, 84; Leslie Calvin Smitha, 67; Hall R. Turner, 49; Carrie A. Williams, 98.


40 years ago, 1977

Cross and Swords, specializing in wrought iron, opened at 404 6th Street. The shop also sells flower stands and pottery planters from Mexico.... The new president for the Shelbyville Rotary Club was Bill Underwood; Tom Schroeter, vice president; Stewart McBrayer, secretary-treasurer; Glen Rowlette, assistant secretary-treasurer; Joe Paul Simpson, sargeant-at-arms; Marshall Warford, assistant sargeant-at-arms. The new directors were Horace Brown, Steve Wilborn, Jim Edelen and James Davis…. Shelby County Fiscal Court considered moving the county ambulance service to the hospital.... the severe ssnow storm, which struck Kentucky over the weekend forced many Shelby County businesses to close their doors…. Fire claimed $15,896 in property in Shelbyville during 1976, according to Shelbyville Fire Chief Carl Masters.... Births: Christopher Matthew Hudson, Ricky Dale Wayne…. Deaths: Alma Goodwin Taylor Belk, 87; Rufus C. Harrod, 85; Mary Stout Freeman, 82; Jim Cook, 87; Harry Sanford, 80.


55 years ago, 1962

Ted Igleheart, Shelbyville attorney, was elected City Police Judge. He and other city officials were sworn in by Circuit Judge Coleman Wright.... Dorsey Clarke was named the new manager at Lerman Bros. Store.... Shelbyville sold 1,090,274 pounds of tobacco for $724,169, an average of $66.42.... Laban Jackson was elected chairman at the annual election of officers of Daniel Boone Scout District.... Four businesses in Simpsonville – McDowells grocery, Perkins and Perry garage, Purnell Sausage Co. and Middletown Mfg. Plant – were robbed.... A two-story frame house on the Alvin Murphy farm, about six miles east of Shelbyville, was destroyed by fire.... Births: Paula Lynn Moore, William Todd Brown... Deaths: Mary Stratton Stivers, 72; Mrs. William Harvin, 24; Mrs. Edgar Daniel; Ona Armstrong Catlett, 82; Walter Jackson Stratton, 77; Mrs. W.P. Ritter, 72; Ruth Ann Howick; Mrs. S.B. Thompson, 70.


60 years ago, 1957

Mose Ruben, one of Shelbyville's leading businessmen and substantial citizens, was going out of business after 50 successful years. The first of March he would have rounded out 50 years in business in Shelbyville. He was president of the Shelby County Building & Loan Association and also of the Shelbyville Water Commission.... Albert Moffett Jr., Walton Buckman, Stallard Smith, James Leeds and John Perkins were nominated to fill the vacancies of Dr. W.B. Porter, Laban Jackson, Tyler Long, William T. Chenault and R.F. Matthews on the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.... Dr. Donald Chathamwas selected by the Shelbyville Junior Chamber of Commerce as their candidate for one of three outstanding young men of Kentucky.... The Waddy Western Eagles won for the second consecutive year in the Western Invitational Tournament when they defeated Mackville High, 49-48.... Sales were light on the Shelbyville Tobacco Market with 891,096 pounds bringing $579,578.36 and the average was $65.04.... The home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ballard in Webbmont was badly damaged by fire and water.... Mrs. Donald Chatham was appointed Heart Fund chairperson for Shelby County.... Subscribe to the Shelby Sentinelfor only $2.50 per year.... Serving our country: Sp/3 James T. Brown Jr. returned to Germany after spending a 30-days leave with his family in Cropper.... Deaths: Nancy Cull Long, widow of Bryant Long; Robert Lee Durrett, 51, brother of John Durrett; Edna McGaughey Gafford, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley McGaughey, mother of Tayna Gafford and wife of William A. Gafford; Dr. Little Whitaker, father of Dr. Rodney B. Whitaker.


70 years ago, 1947

A new theatre, the Burley, opened on Jan. 1 seating 425 persons.... Miss Lorraine Riggs received critical acclaim for a new composition "Candlelight and Chapel Bells.... Directors of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce were Gus Barnett, Lewis Mathis, R.L. Shannon and Paul Thompson. Bernard B. Davis was elected president.... Two planes were forced down during a snowstorm. Scharton Flying Service personnel at Shelby County's airport assisted the two pilots and passengers, and the planes departed the following day.


85 years ago, 1932

Guy R. Downs succeeded J. Guthrie Goodman of Shelbyville as president of the Shelbyville Exchange Club.... Dr. Evart Hankins resigned as assistant cashier of the Deposit Bank of Shelbyville to take a position with the Mount Eden Bank. Dr. Hankins was cashier of the Bank of Finchville for many years before the voluntary liquidation of its business.... Officers of the King's Daughters Circle for 1932 were Mrs. George Chowning, leader; Mrs. J.T. Gregg, vice leader; Urith Crapster, secretary; and Mrs. J.L. Zaring, treasurer…. Birth: A.J. Glenn III.... Deaths: Benjamin M. Hardesty, 58; Mrs. Monie O’Nan Lewis, 90; Wilson Louis Hinkle, 57.


90 years ago, 1927

News was received of the death of Col. G.W. Smith at his home in San Diego, Calif. He was born in this county.


95 years ago, 1922

Luke B. Hansbrough sold the 177-acre farm of J.B. Hornback to Hugh and Sam Collins of Louisville for $2,600 and a house and lot in Louisville valued at $10,000 went in the trade.... The store of Charles Green at Hempridge was destroyed by fire of an unknown origin. The loss totaled approximately $1,000.... Birth: Jane Dillard Morrison.... Deaths: David B. Orr, 35; Emily Rogers, 79; Webb Hughes, 60, brother of Dr. W.P. Hughes.