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Way We Were: Allison Smith continues reign as Jersey Queen

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50 YEARS AGO
April 10, 1963
Beckham Sea, farmer of the southwestern section of the county, escaped with minor injuries when his tractor overturned. He jumped clear of the machine but received lacerations on his legs.

Angela Robinson, 3 1/2-year-old daughter of Captain and Mrs. Allen Robinson, participated in the conferring of the Decoration of Chivalry on four ladies by the Dept. of Kentucky, Patriarchs Militant, Independent Order odd Fellows at Merrick Lodge Hall in Lexington. The decoration is the highest award that can be offered upon a woman for services rendered above and beyond the call of duty and must be pinned over the heart by the hands of a pure and innocent young maiden.

Five people had filed for the office of circuit clerk to replace Lizzie Witherspoon, who had resigned the first of the year, but was reappointed after the new clerk, Susan Mary Walker, died a short time after receiving the oath of office. Those who had filed were: Mrs. Coleman Peach, Robert L. Spencer Jr., Mrs. Coy Davis, Mrs. Elbert Catlett and Mrs. Robert Duncan.

Members of the Anderson High School Future Farmers of America club were to participate in the North Bluegrass Federation FFA Day at Jessamine County High.

The Rebels, a string band from Lawrenceburg, were to be heard on station WKFY Friday night.
The group was composed of Ralph Casey Jr., Ray Kephart, Lillard Robinson, Manson Goodlett and Allen Perry.

Grade A large Crutcher Eggs (white for coloring), were 39 cents a dozen at Model Market on Court Street.

Deaths
Harry T. Brunk, 78, died at his home in Louisville. Survivors included a niece, Mrs. Melbourne Hawkins, formerly of Lawrenceburg.
Roy John Wiley, 59, farmer of Salvisa, died after a four-month illness. He was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Yeast; and a sister, Mrs. Dewey Perkins, Anderson County.
Mrs. Cora Ada Burge, widow of Ezra Burge, died at her Louisville home. She was survived by two children, Mrs. Lloyd M. Sandridge and Thomas Eugene Burge.

30 YEARS AGO
March 31, 1983
Brian C. Jones was named a 1983 United States National Award winner in English. He was nominated by his English teacher, Mrs. Mary Bird.
He is a son of Seth and Diane Jones and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Reo Adams.

April 7, 1983
The Anderson High School mixed ensemble rated superior at the Kentucky Music Education Association Music Festival. The group included: Gina Rue, Cindi Deaton, Tina Robinson, Gale Chrisman, Leslie Crouch, Karen Hedges, Rhonda Russell, Wanda Waldridge, Andrea Royalty, Jeff Stratton, Roy Alves, Shannon Hubert, Todd Evans, Leon Waldridge, Bryan Harvey, Jesse Thomas and Gloria McGaughey.

Memorial services were held for Mrs. Rosalind Young Niemeier Mountjoy at First Christian Church. Mrs. Mountjoy had recently been declared dead by the Anderson County probate court seven years after she was believed to have jumped from Tyrone Bridge.
She had been missing since Nov. 30, 1975, when her automobile was found about midway on the center span of U.S. 62 Highway Bridge over Kentucky River. According to reports, she had left a note in the car.
Local and state crews engaged in dragging operations for several days, but a body was never found.
Mrs. Mountjoy, 53, was a daughter of the late Ben and Lucy Young and wife of Lin Morgan Mountjoy. At the time she was secretary to the chief executive officer for Gov. Julian Carroll. Previously she had been secretary to Governors Earl Clements, Lawrence Wetherby, Bert Combs and Ned Breathitt.

Vernon Reid Sutton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sutton, received an ‘Excellent Plus’ rating at the Kentucky High School Music Festival at Eastern Kentucky University. He played “Prelude in C Major” by Bach and “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven on the piano.
Reid was a piano and organ student of Mrs. Robert L. Marcum and a junior at Anderson High School.

Western news
Nicole Hawthorne, 10, was chosen 4-H member of the month at Western Anderson Elementary. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hawthorne. Her hobbies included rock collecting, skating and sports. She was secretary of “Devine’s Angels” 4-H club.
Barbara Coomer was ‘band student of the month.’ She is a daughter of Irene Coomer. Coomer had been in band for eight years and is treasurer and is the first seat clarinet.  School activities besides band included Beta club, student council, editor of Eagle Evens and senior class president. Hobbies were horseback riding, reading and dancing. She planned to attend UK and major in nursing, as well as continue with her interest in music.

Deaths
Ruth Mae Brown Spaulding, 80, died March 30. She was a daughter of Janie Brown, who was 103, and the late Joseph Brown. Besides her mother, she was survived by four sons, William Glenn, Allen Eugene, Lonnie Lee and Jessie L.; and two daughters, Betty Stinnett and Penny Drury.
Brett Alan Birdwhistell, 8-month-old son of David M. and Beverly Boggs Birdwhistell, died suddenly at UK Hospital.

15 YEARS AGO
April 1, 1998
For the second year in a row, Anderson High School senior Allison Keightley Smith was chosen to represent Kentucky as the state’s Jersey Queen.
During her 1997 reign, the 17-year-old daughter of Billy Bob and Janet Keightley Smith presented awards at many county fairs, state and regional dairy shows and events.
Keightley, who followed in the footsteps of her sister, Angie Smith, and her aunt, Alta Mae Keightley Core, said the position had been an honor and one of the highlights of her life for many reasons, the greatest of which was carrying on a family tradition.

April 8, 1998
IGA produce manager Willie Puckett was featured for donating 12 gallons of blood in the local blood drives over 25 years.

Rebecca Jeffries, Amy Lee, Carl Bell, Josh Lentz, Jimmy Durr, Tate Struttman and Ashley Johnson, members of Freeman’s 4-H Club, competed in the 4-H Variety Show. Bell, Johns and Lentz were chosen to move on to the area competition.

Samantha Matthews, sophomore, was a member of the Girls’ Varsity Squad at Anderson High School.

Deaths
Wallace Livingston Carter Sr., 84, died at his home. He was a retired finish carpenter with Barco Company and a farmer. He held the record for the largest Channel Catfish for 15 years. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marie Riley Carter; two sons, Wallace L. “W.L.” Carter, Michael W. Carter; four daughters, Mary Ann Harper, Linda Byrd, Dottie Hunter, Connie Montgomery.
William Walter Sparrow, 75, former member of the Lawrenceburg city council, died. He had also served on the local zoning board and was a driver for the Central Kentucky Funeral Limousine Association. He was retired supervisor from the Schenley Distillery in Frankfort. Survivors included his wife of 56 years, Blanche Peach Sparrow, and two children, Rosa Cook and Jim Sparrow.
Harshell Cloyd Downs Sr., 74, Frankfort, husband of Louise Downs, died at the VA Medical Center. He was retired from the Ky. American Water Company. Other survivors included a daughter, Sue Dragoo and a brother, George Downs, both of Lawrenceburg.
William P. “Bill” Farris, 72, retired after 22 years with the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet as a contracting manager. He was the husband of the late Connie Sue Rowland Farris.
Linda Lou Keeling Guadagni, 59, died in North Carolina. She had worked in sales for JC Penney before retirement. Survivors include a brother of Lawrenceburg, R.V. Keeling.
George Walker Perry, 90, died at the Frankfort hospital. He was the husband of the late Luella Waterfill Perry. He was a retired employee of the L. & N. Railroad and a farmer. Survivors included a daughter, Beatrice Lynne Perry, and three brothers, Raymond, Kenneth and Bro. Bernard Perry.