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Way We Were: David Wilcher named Citizen of the Year

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50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 19, 2012
David White, a sophomore student at Anderson High School, was to report the news of the basketball teams to The Anderson News for the season.
White, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph White, played freshman football and was serving as manager of the basketball team.
He was a member of Co-Ed-Y, the Latin Club, Pep Club and the Boy’s Ensemble.

Plenty of pucker here
Mrs. Lewis Sherwood sent the biggest lemon you ever saw to the News this week. It was sent to her by William Freeman from Montverde, Fla., and it measured 13.75 inches in circumference and 5 inches in height.
Several who have seen it say these large lemons are rarely shipped out of Florida for sale since they are often unusually sour and somewhat less juicy than small ones.
The lemon was displayed in the News’ window.

Delmonte peas and fruit cocktail were 29 cents for two 8-ounce cans at A&P. Corn was two cans for 25 cents and pineapple was two cans for 37 cents. A 5-pound bag of Gold Medal flour was 55 cents for self-rising and 53 cents for plain. Duncan Hines deluxe cake mixes were 37 cents.

Firemen were pictured on the front page battling a raging fire in extremely cold weather Tuesday morning in Versailles. Firemen from three counties brought the flames under control in the early afternoon. The Corner Drug Store building and Barnes Brothers Clothing Store were gutted and several other buildings were threatened.

Angeline Duncan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duncan, was to participate in the 31st annual presentation of Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah,” at Eastern Kentucky State College in a powerful 240-voice chorus.

Sue Stamper, senior at Georgetown College, appeared in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” presented by the Maskrafters of George College.

Ten pounds of cobbler potatoes were 39 cents at Model Market, located on Court Street.

Deaths
Rev. E.L. Griffy, 93, died at the home of a son, Gene Griffy, at Fort Pierce, Fla. He had been spending the winter.
Edna Richardson Hilton, 47, wife of J.T. Hilton, died at the Central Baptist Hospital after a long illness. Survivors included a daughter, Mrs. Ed Cook, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clell Richardson.

30 YEARS AGO
Dec. 9, 1982
Main Street was lined with T-shirt laden viewers for the annual Christmas parade in 70-plus degree weather. The nice weather brought out a record crowd for the event.

Terry Mattingly was the student of the month at Western Anderson High. He is a son of Martin and Helen Mattingly.
Leslee Maddox was the music student of the month. She played a trumpet solo of “The Star Spangled Banner” at a Western basketball game. She is a daughter of Larry and Loretta Maddox.

Rex Richardson won the Chamber of Commerce Christmas stocking given away in a drawing. The stocking was filled with merchandise from local businesses and valued at $700. Ticket sales were about $1,500, according to chamber president, Jim Marquardt.

Deaths
Carl H. Baxter, 67, farmer and president of the Anderson County Coon Hunters Club, died at his Hammonds Creek Road residence.
Nick Tankersley, 82, a retired auto mechanic, died after a long illness. He was the husband of Nola Tankersley.
Lula M. Towles Hahn, 91, widow of Callie Hahn, died at the Frankfort hospital.
Pauline Jelf Wheeler, 74, daughter of the late Ed and Edyth Hahn Jelf, died at the Woodford hospital. She was the wife of William N. Wheeler and a former schoolteacher.
Prentice H. Eubank, 86, retired farmer, died after a long illness. He was the husband of Ethel Louise Eubank.
Viola Forest Burgin, 87, died at the Versailles Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Archie C. and Dove Cranfill Sparrow and the wife of Elvin Burgin.

15 YEARS AGO
Dec. 10, 1997
Ethel Herndon was set to celebrate her 100th birthday Dec. 17.

David Wilcher was named Anderson County’s Citizen of the Year for his efforts on March 22, 1996, when he came to the rescue of a 5-year-old child at the Frankfort YMCA pool.
Wilcher dove in to help the child despite having a fear of water and not being a swimmer. “You know I had to have help from God,” Wilcher said. After receiving his award from Chamber president and Lawrenceburg Major Robert Thompson at the Chamber Christmas Banquet.

Leslie Drymon, captain of the Anderson County High School girl’s varsity squad, was chosen Cheerleader of the Week. A senior at ACHS, she had been on the girl’s varsity squad for six years.

Deaths
Jack Coleman, 73, a former University of Louisville three-sport athlete who played nine years in the National Basketball Association, died Tuesday. He was the father of former state representative Jack Coleman, led U of L to its first national title, the 1948 NAIB Championship. His No. 16 U. of L. jersey was retired on Jan. 25, 1997. He was a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, totaling 1,114 career points.
Rebecca Ruth “Becky” Hale Cammack, 37, died at her home. She was a former employee of Marshall’s Restaurant and is survived by one son, Ronald S. Hale.
Stanley Quentin Crawford, 74, husband of Margaret Yeager Crawford, died at the home of his daughter, Susan Crawford Johnson. He was a retired employee of the State Dept. of Transportation after 20 years. Survivors were five sons, Billy, Jerry, Daryl, Rick and Mitch and another daughter, Mrs. Jim (Sally Jo) Denney.
Gilbert “Gib” Cubert, 78, retired General Electric employee with 28 years of service, died at a Lexington Hospital. He was survived by his wife Corine Camic Cubert and a son, Jerry Allen Cubert, and a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Judy) Sutherland.
Ora Belle Wainscott Wiley, 79, former waitress and cook, died at her residence. She was the widow of William “Bill” Wiley.