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Way We Were: Alton Ruritan field dedicated

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50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 30, 1962
H.G. McRay and Billy Bob Smith exhibited prized Jersey and Holstein cattle in the Larue County Fair at Hodgenville.
McRay won first on his Jersey junior calf, second on senior calf, junior yearling and senior yearling and the junior championship.
Smith won first on his junior Holstein calf and his senior yearling, third on this senior calf and junior championship.

The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm was on at the new Rialto Cinema Theater in Louisville.

Connie Sue Perry underwent a tonsillectomy at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

Formal dedication ceremonies for the Ruritan Field, located near Alton Station, were to be held Monday with Barney Arnold of Louisville, WHAS farm director, as principal speaker. The hour-long ceremony was also to feature local officials as well as officers of the Alton Ruritan Club.
Ruritan Field is a project of the Alton Ruritan Club and was opened to the general public in June 1962. A complete schedule of softball had been playing at the field under lights during the summer and a tournament was in progress.
In addition the field had be used by various clubs, churches and organization for picnics, fish frys and other activities.
The 5-acre tract was purchased by the club during the spring from the Cotton farm and the playing field. The bleachers and concession stand were erected by members of the club. Funds to operate and expand the field were to be obtained from the sale of soft drinks, candy, ice cream and sandwiches by Ruritan club members.
Although the field had not been fully developed, members hoped that areas for horseshoe pitching, shuffleboard, croquet, badminton and other games, as well as two areas fully developed for picnics with tables and benches, would be available by spring.
The Alton Ruritan Club was established in 1960 with a membership of 30. It had grown to the 40 member mark and been highly active in bringing about projects for the community and county.
It was through the efforts of the club that a water district was obtained for the community and work of laying the pipelines for that system was in progress. The Club also was the leader in a move to obtain natural gas for the area. That project was also started.
The club was actively engaged in many county-wide activities and had donated awards to the boy and girl of the Alton School with the highest scholastic standing in the eighth grade. They sponsored Little League football and been active in other community development projects.
President of the club was Tommy Cotton, with Cecil Cinnamon, vice president; Hodges Crutcher Jr., secretary and Allen Herndon, treasurer.

Deaths
Second Lt. Gerald Edwin Milam Jr., 23, died in a jeep accident at Ft. Knox; Clarence Lester Woodard, 74, retired farmer; Cecil Hayden, 62, former city policeman.

30 YEARS AGO
Aug. 26, 1982
Officers and friends of the newly formed Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department posed for a picture. They were Clinton Sea, Garvice Gibson, Emma Mae Hughes, Arnold B. Eversole, Jane Minick, Hershel Todd, Jody Hughes, Douglas Stratton, Mr. Rivers, Mr. Robinson, James Coleman Tinsley, Don Hurst, Mark Hurst, Robert Champion and George Kinne.

Connie Baker was featured in a story about a super kindergarten teacher and as well as Kay Peak, her super assistant, and the Emma B. Ward Elementary.

Death
Geneva Noel Morris, 50, sister-in-law of Mrs. Elbert Stinnett and Bessie Morris.

15 YEARS AGO
Aug. 27, 1997
Future Business Leaders of America officers at Anderson County High School were Margaret Nichols, treasurer; Jessica Stratton, parliamentarian, Lea Ann Dye, reporter; Leigh Ann Darnaby, historian; Trish Darnell, vice president; Amanda Bowman, president, Crystal Satterly, secretary.

Jimmy Simpson, member of the Anderson County FFA chapter won the Reserve Grand Champion award in the senior yearling class at the Kentucky State Fair beef show.
In the open class, the same heifer was beaten, but Simpson won the winter heifer calf class.
Simpson is also the herdsman at the Lakeview Farm in Mount Eden and placed third among exhibitors of all breeds in the judging that included success in the show ring and appearance of the exhibit.
Simpson’s brother, Mike, exhibited the class winner in the junior heifer class in the open class show. Lakeview also employed Chris Pollett of Anderson County FFA to help. The farm took 16 head to the fair and placed in the top five in every class.
Rural Venture Farms of Anderson County placed high with a September Angus bull that finished fourth in a large class.
Charles and Ashley Toll, Anderson County 4-H members, placed third in their class with an Angus yearling heifer in the pen class. In the youth competition the Tolls received three blue ribbons.

Mildred Darnell was the jackpot winner at the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort at Rising Sun, Ind. She won the $10,000 playing the slot machines.

Deaths
Richard Thomas Gash Jr., 64, retired Lawrenceburg business owner ran Gash Standard Station for 30 years; Delmer Allen “Al” Capps, 76, retired employee of Square D Co., of Lexington, and former employee of Kraft Foods Co., Lawrenceburg; Bobbie Wilson Sullivan, 59, horse farrier; Bobby Gene Wells, 56, Associate Vice President of Loan Regulations at Bank One.