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The Way We Were — 1/26

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Melvin Shely home destroyed by fire

By The Staff

50 YEARS AGO
Jan. 12, 1961
R.C. Colvin, 47, Willisburg, was injured fatally while working at Brown Motors Company at Springfield.
He was pinned against the rear of a truck when Mrs. Rosa James, who was having her tires checked at the garage, accidentally stepped on the accelerator.
The accident occurred about noon. Colvin died of abdominal injuries an hour and a half later as he was undergoing surgery at the Lebanon hospital.

The will of Jennie H. Kinkton was probated Jan. 5. She directed that the executrix place a marker at her grave in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery like the one at the grave of her late husband, L. Kinkton. She left a grandson, Ross Warren, $100; a niece, Jennie Mae Downey, $400; Dorothy Warren Searcy was left the unused part of the Brown lot, adjoining the Kinkton lot in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.
Roy G. Noel and Ada C. Noel were given the right to be buried on the deceased’s lot in said cemetery. The lot is known as the John Hanley lot. The remainder of the estate of every kind was left to Euith Crossfield. Miss Crossfield was named executrix of the will that was written Dec. 3, 1958.

Ray Brown was named new director of the Anderson National Bank. Other directors re-elected were: J.C. Cook, L.W. McBrayer, Frank Routt, R.S. Griffy, Lester Rucker, Allan S. Hanks and P.H. Crutcher.

Mr. and Mrs. Thirl Waldridge of Anderson County announced the engagement of their daughter, Betty Gail, to Robert Buntain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Buntain of Waddy.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Shely, 13 miles west of Lawrenceburg on Ashby Road, was destroyed by fire.
The fire started in the attic and was discovered by Shely and his grandson, Billy Ray Shely, 6, between 5 and 6 a.m., when the lights went out. Mrs. Shely and her granddaughter, Linda Shely, 4, who was ill with the measles, had not gotten up.

John Lois Hume, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hume, of Alton Station, was promoted to the rank of Cadet Sergeant in the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the College of William and Mary. He was a Business Administration major and a member of the class of 1962 at the college and the varsity basketball team.

Other Deaths
Sara Jane Campbell Williams, 72, wife of John R. Williams; Mahala Gritton Dennis, 75, wife of J.H. Dennis; George Beasley, 83, died at his Tyrone home; Alice Chestnutt Woods, 88, widow of John W. Woods;

40 YEARS AGO
Jan. 14, 1971
Adolph Rupp, internationally famous head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, came to Lawrenceburg Tuesday night to see the Anderson High – Woodford County game and Jimmy Dan Conner in particular.
Coach Rupp’s assistant, Joe Hall, had been here on several occasions, but it was the first time the “Baron” had ever been here.
He had called Jimmy’s mother, Mrs. Frances Conner, and said he would like to see Jimmy play, but didn’t want to upset him or the team, so Mrs. Conner took Coach Rupp and three friends, Claude Vaughn, U.K. trainer; Dr. Victor Christian, U.K. professor and Charles Stone in a back door to vacant seats on the Woodford County bench.
It is understood the coaches of both teams thought their teams froze up a little when they saw the famous coach step in the gym, but they didn’t stay frozen long, and were quickly back in the battle.
Coach Rupp and his friends left by the back door after the game and visited with Jimmy Dan and Mrs. Conner for a while in their home.

Edwards’ Bologna was 49 cents a pound at Model Market. Armour Vienna Sausage was 99 cents for four cans.

Mrs. Judge Searcy suffered a broken hip in a fall at her home on the Ashby Road in the Van Buren community. She was a patient at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital where she was listed as critical.

Deaths
Gus Lillard (Jack) Gordon, 61, Schenley Distillery, high school star athlete; J. Miller McAfee, 70, son of the late Bettie McBrayer and Allie B. McAfee; John W. Slaughter, 94, retired farmer; J.B. Coulter, 48, employee of IBM for 13 years; Lizzie Mae Kase DeVore, of Frankfort.

30 YEARS AGO
Jan. 8, 1981
New officers of Anderson Lodge No. 90 were Larry Maddox, installing officer; Gerald Davis, worshipful master; Harold Ritchey, marshal and chaplain; Thomas Shelton, junior warden; Jerry Davis, senior deacon; Mike Sparrow, junior warden; Hollie Warford, tyler, and Larry Warford, secretary.

The George Walker Perry home place in Avenstoke burned to the foundation despite the efforts of nearly 30 firemen from Anderson and Shelby counties.
The Perry house had been rented by Mike and Patti Christensen and their son Jacobe, but no one was a home at the time of the fire. The Christensen’s lost nearly all of their belongings.

Connie G. Phillips of Route 4 had been accepted for membership in the United States collegiate wind band, a highly selective musical organization that was to make a concert tour of England and seven European countries in the summer.

Delbert Moffett was pictured getting slicked up for the holidays. He was getting a hair cut from Jeff Beasley. Moffett had spent most of his 93 years in Anderson County and had moved to Georgia. Jeff, who lived in Avenstoke had been barbering about a year and enjoyed working on his former neighbor.

Morgan Chrysler-Plymouth, located on Woodford Street, advertised a new Plymouth Horizon Miser for $5,299. The front-wheel drive car got 50 miles to the gallon highway.

The father of a Lawrenceburg man became the second casualty of a fire at Southern Hotel in Frankfort on Christmas Day. Lee Thurman, 88, died Friday, Jan. 3, at the Frankfort hospital as the result of smoke inhalation, according to Joe Kelly, deputy Franklin County coroner.
Thurman was a retired Frankfort barber and the father of James Samuel Thurman of Lawrenceburg.

Other Deaths
Christine Mae Keeton Coleman, 72, retired school teacher; Mrs. Audie Ward Peach, 74, Anderson County native; Opal Peach Stratton, 70, daughter of the late George and Anna Harley Peach; Olive K. Fallis, 90, widow of G.C. Fallis; John C. Woods, 70, retired agent for Western and Southern Life Insurance Co.; Sadie Redmon, 75, wife of William H. Redmon; Chester C. Chapman, 70, retired employee of Webster Electric Company in Frankfort.

15 YEARS AGO
Jan. 10, 1996
Anderson County was blanketed with a rapid snowfall on Saturday.
“It was an unusual snowstorm,” said Disaster Services Director James Ritchey. Fourteen inches of dry, powdery snow fell, leaving many roads impassable. To make matters worse, road crews were fighting a no win situation and equipment was breaking down, leaving crews with practically no ammunition.
By Monday morning, three trucks and a loader were down, said County Judge Tommy Cotton, who had declared a State of Emergency Monday. But crews continued to work, and Cotton estimated 98 percent of the roads were passable.

Airman Apprentice Rebecca J. Woodruff graduated from her apprentice school as an aviation storekeeper and was serving at the Naval Air Station in Dallas, Texas. She is a daughter of Bill and Debbie Woodruff.

George Cummins was pictured with a huge 16–point buck he brought down the third day of gun season.

Will Glasgow enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard. He is a son of Donald and Mildred Glasgow. He selected the Split Option training.

Jesse Haden retired after 36 years at Seagram. He was originally hired as a relief operator. When he retired he was a distillery control room operator, who responsibilities included operation of the beer still, cooker, yeast room and grain milling.
He planned to spend a lot of time with his wife, Alice, at their fishing camp on Beaver Lake and working on and fixing up the 1982 Jaguar he had recently purchased at an auction.

Deaths
William F. Bond Jr., 67, director of purchasing for the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation and the Louisville Chamber of Commerce; Dona Jean Casson, 54, 20 year employee of The Anderson News; Jean Goodlett McKay Goodlett, 77, mother of Robert “Sandy”, Mac, Bill and Myra; Virginia Pearl Propes Hopper, 61, mother of six sons and seven daughters.