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Way We Were: Farm Bureau Agent Arlie Gritton retired

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50 YEARS AGO
April 17, 1963
It was thought that the last team of oxen used in Anderson County was owned by Jim A. Leathers. Many of our older citizens remembered the sturdy ox as he pulled the plow or dragged the heavy saw logs to the mill.
In remote section of the Eastern Kentucky mountains the ox was still be used. A pair of ox shoes that were being displayed in the Anderson News window were secured by Wyatt Shely from a friend in Johnson County, where the ox is still in common use.
Note: Mr. Shely was an educator and historian in Anderson County for many years. Jim A. Leathers was somewhat of a character. Stories have been told of his antics when it came to being the strongest man in Anderson County to the point that he lifted two men off the ground when he was well into his 70s. If anyone has any information on Jim A. Leathers, send the information to Janie Bowen, jbowen@theandersonnews.com

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Porterhouse steak was 89 cents a pound at A&P Supermarket. Sirloin was 69 cents and round steak was 69 cents a pound. A 20-pound bag of red potatoes was 69 cents.

R. L. Davenport was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel to the staff of Gov. Bert Combs.

Army 2nd Lt. John L. Hume, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hume, Alton Station, completed an eight-week officer orientation course at the Artillery and Missile Center, Fort Sill, Okla.

Deaths
S.A. Robinson, 82, retired farmer of the Dugansville area, died at the Harrodsburg hospital. Survivors included three daughters, Mrs. B.D. Hendren, Verlie Mae Robinson, Mrs. Davis McMurray; and a son, Alvin Robinson.
Troy Lee Shouse, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shouse, was stillborn. Other survivors included two brothers, Hugh Shouse, Ralph Shouse; two sisters, Mrs. Onita Howard and Connie Shouse.
George W. Long, 80, Salvisa, a retired farmer, died at the Colonial Hall Rest Home. Survivors included three daughters, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Gaddis, Mrs. T.H. Simpson, Mrs. Biven Baxter; three sons, Ansel and Bradley Long and Henry C. Long.

30 YEARS AGO
April 21, 1983
The post office was beginning to assign street and/or road addresses to postal customers. First assigned will be those where route adjustments were to change the carrier assigned to deliver mail.
Customers on certain roads would receive new addresses. Those roads were a portion of Ky. 53 (Willisburg road), a portion of U.S. 62 (Bardstown Road), a portion of Ky. 44 (Glensboro Road); a portion of Leathers Road and Crooked Creek Road, and Drury, Mays, New Liberty, Tanner, Timber Creek, Mudlick, Ruble, Powell Taylor, Bond & Lillard, Walker Lane, North Main (Keith Allen to W.W. Major), Lynn Lee Subdivision, Harrodsburg Road (city limits to BG Parkway), Lakewood Subdivision, Harry Wise, Dawson Ferry and Gilberts Creek.

Arlie Gritton, Farm Bureau Insurance Services Agent for Anderson County, announced his retirement.
It was written in a Don White column “to most of his friends made here in the past 30 years he’s known simply as ‘Mr. Gritton, my insurance man.’”
He had accepted the post from Elmo Bruner, Farm Bureau president in 1953.
“I didn’t think I’d be in it this long, but I have and I’ve enjoyed meeting all the people down through the years,” said Gritton at his office on North Main.
Gritton was the first full-time agent, replacing C.V. McGuire, who served on a part-time basis with the young company.
Under Gritton’s guidance, Farm Bureau Insurance grew by leaps and bounds and the he earned the title of “Agent of the Year” in 1959.
“We’ve had good success down through the years, but I credit a lot that to the fine secretaries and other helpers we’ve worked with,” Gritton said.

Dawn Lynn Adams, daughter of Mary Ellen Graves of Frankfort and Coleman Adams of Lawrenceburg, and Randy Keith Chrisman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lee Chrisman, were to be united in marriage April 23 at Corinth Christian Church.

Members of the Western Anderson Eagles squads were honored at the annual sports banquet.
Junior varsity and varsity squad members of the Lady Eagles receiving special awards were: Susan Sea, leadership; Holly Miller, defensive; Scarlet Miller, senior, offensive and varsity most valuable player; Scarlett Mitchell, senior; Julie Gabhart, junior varsity most valuable player; and Leslee Maddox, most improved player.
Cheerleaders honored were: Tina Peach, JV co-captain; Lisa Champion, JV captain; Danette Darnell, varsity co-captain and only senior on the squad; Missy Drury, varsity co-captain; Kelia Sea, Conni Noble, Stacy Caldwell, Kathy Sanderson, Stacey Peach and Mary Winfrey.
Eagles receiving awards were: Ray Hoskins, junior varsity 110% award; Chris Hayes, varsity, 110% award; Mark Robinson, floor leader; Eddie Satterly, defensive; Eddie Hatchell, free throw percentage with 73%; Kevin Goodlett, junior varsity most valuable player; Wayne Miller, best rebounder; and Terry Duckwall, varsity most valuable player.

Kevin Riley and Charlotte Drury were chosen prom king and queen of the Anderson High School annual event. Attendants were: seniors Jay Crawford, Ann Fallis, Chip Chambers, Glenda Taylor; juniors Marcia Hendry, Jim Freeman, Kerry Kuntz and Ricky Jenkins.

Deaths
Joyce Case Jackson, 45, died at a Louisville hospital. A daughter, Beverly Jackson, and her mother, Mary Case, survived her.
Curtis Price Black, 76, died at his Broadway home. He was retired from Southern Railway with 45 years of experience. Survivors included his wife, Naomi Roehm Black and a son, Douglas C. Black.
Silas N. Brewer, 97, died in Harrodsburg. Two daughters, Virginia Ritter and Edith Shivers, were survivors of the Anderson native.
 
15 YEARS AGO
April 15, 1998
The Association of Christian Schools International honored students at Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg.
In the Elementary Speech Meet, several students honored were: Paul Cody Burke, third grader, honorable mention; second graders Rachel Nethery, excellent; Ellen Gilbert, Leah Crutcher and Ali Hebert, superiors; first graders Casey Gay and Wesley Ingram, excellent; Dylan Reaves and Emi Hebert, superior.
Fourth graders honored were: Michele Hoskins and Zachary McCain, superior; Sarah Clarke, excellent; fifth graders Park Walden and Jeff Huang, excellent; and Hope Luna and Holly Gilbert, superior.
Katie McCain placed first in the spelling bee and advanced to the regional contest in Indianapolis. Other participants in the spelling bee included Emi Hebert, first grade; Ellen Gilbert, second grade; Daniel Hoskins, third grade; Michele Hoskins, fifth grade; Holly Gilbert, sixth grade; and Claire Gilbert, seventh grade.

Deaths
Jasper Carl Adkins, 100, died at the Masonic Home in Shelbyville. He was a member of the Calvary in WWI, following the war he was groomer at the Lexington Trots, now known as Red Mile. He farmed while living in Anderson County. He was the husband of the late Bruner Adkins.
Roy e. Hardin, 88, died April 6 at the Frankfort hospital. He was a general construction carpenter. Survivors included his wife of 67 years, Juanita Patterson Hardin, and a daughter, Kate Harley.
Ralph Alver Rucker, 76, died at Hospice Care in Lexington. He was a son of the late Forrest and Mable Nalls Rucker, a 41-year employee and supervisor at Schenley Distillery and an Air Force veteran.
Alva Catlett Stevens, 86, died at her residence. She was the wife of the late Melwood Stevens. She was an employee with the Revenue Cabinet of Kentucky. Survivors included her sons, Gary Moffett Stevens and James M. Stevens and a granddaughter, Laura A. Stevens.
Lawrence E. “Larry” Warford, 49, died at Central Baptist Hospital. He was a 31-year employee with Osram-Sylvania Lamp Plant in Versailles. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Survivors included his wife Joann Kirsch Warford, a son, Adam Lawrence Warford.
James Joseph Searcy of Louisville died at Baptist East Hospital. He was survived by a son, James Warren “Jim” Searcy.