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Way We Were: New building dedicated at Van Buren

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50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 20, 1962
A dedication of the new building and a homecoming was held at the Van Buren Baptist Church.
The Rev. Lewis Searcy, pastor of the Verona Baptist church and former pastor at Van Buren, delivered the sermon. Assisting in the dedication was the Rev. Paul Clubb, Shepherdsville, also a former pastor.
The new concrete block building containing a sanctuary and approximately 10 classrooms was begun in 1958. The church was organized in 1950 and met several years in the old Van Buren schoolhouse.
Rev. Richard Kidwell was pastor of the church in 1962.

Johnnie Giles returned home from Good Smaritan Hospital in Lexington, where he was treated for injuries received in the Anderson-Frankfort football game here Friday night.

Jerry Crawford suffered the fracture of a small bone in his left hand in football practice at Anderson High School. He was expected to play in the upcoming game with Lancaster on Friday night.

Red Tokay grapes were 10 cents a pound at A&P Supermarket. Zest soap was 41 cents for two bars. Personal size Ivory soap was 41 cents for six bars. Chicken of the Sea Tuna was 49 cents for a 9.5 ounce can.

Club and class officers were being elected at Anderson High School.
Those who had been elected to date were:
Latin Club — Mary Flynn, president; Toni Housby, vice president; Rosalie Houchin, secretary; Wilma Dennis, treasurer; Kenny Phillips, reporter.
Senior Co-Ed-Y — Sara Drury, president; Gary Gillis, vice president; Sharon Garrity, secretary.
Junior class — Dale Wright, president; Essie Morris, vice president; Betty Caldwell, secretary; Margaret Flynn, chaplain.
Sophomore class — Cheri Brown, president; Mike Sparrow, vice president; Rita Lynn, secretary; Joyce Gregory, treasurer; Judy Hanks, chaplain.
Freshman class — Bill Robinson, president; Betty Robinson, vice president; Barbara Sparrow, secretary; Donna Thurman, treasurer; Howard Phillips, chaplain.
Future teachers of America — Phyllis Hahn, president; Rosie Tindall, vice president; Regina Cunningham, secretary; Nancy Montgomery, treasurer; Jana Thurman, reporter.

John Robert Brown and Robert Dale Allen celebrated their fifth birthdays with a party at the Brown home on Court Street. Mrs. Nathan Allen, Nancy Wash and Mrs. Hollis Brown gave the party.
Guests were: Lisa Bryant, Trent Casey, Lisa Brown, Nita Kay Robinson, Carroll Cheak, Andrea Ross, Kathy Ross, Mark Shelburne, Sally Rawlings, Alice Inman, Beth Lane, Melissa Hawkins, Jerry Tom Sutherland, Jane Allen, Janet Hahn, Paul Douglas Trent and Krista Trent.
Refreshments of punch, cake and ice cream were served.

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Sparrow and Mike, and Mrs. Mary Vaughn attended the horse show at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville Friday night.

Raymond Jenkins received severe facial injuries Saturday morning when he was struck in the face by a piece of wire. According to members of his family, he was standing on the Twin Oaks property near where Cecil McFarland was using a power mower when the piece of wire flew from beneath the mower,  cutting his face. About 12 stitches were required to close the wounds. He was recovering satisfactorily at home.

Harold Buntain was a patient at the King’s Daughters hospital in Madison, Ind., for treatment of an injury he suffered in a fall in his tobacco barn. He is a former resident of Lawrenceburg.

Deaths
William Herman Satterly, 66, retired farmer, husband of Mary Elizabeth Drury.
John Wesley Young, 41, decorated veteran of World War II serving from July 1942 to November 1945. He served in battles of Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, southern Philippines and Luzon. He was awarded the Pacific Theatre Ribbon with four bronze stars; the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star; the Purple Heart, the Bronze Arrowhead and Victory Medal of World War II. He was wounded in action in February 1945 in Manila.
Helen Sparrow Hahn, 48, wife of Arvel Hahn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Sparrow.
Howard Martin Birdwhistell, 66, retired mechanic with the Lawrenceburg Motor Company, husband of Ada Bell Hall Birdwhistell.
A.L. Nutgrass, 73, a farmer of Danville, brother of Willie, Clyde and Ernest Nutgrass of Anderson County.
William Clarence Brown, 70, construction worker for 13 years for the Louisville Gas and Electric and had been retired six years; father of Mrs. Gladys Gregory of Anderson County.
Lillian Key White, native of Anderson County, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Key and sister of Mrs. Cleve Fallis of Lawrenceburg.

30 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 1982
Brian Calvert, 17, was pictured spraying tobacco by horseback. Brian and his horse Blaze had been given the job ever since he came up with the idea two years before.
The pair had their work cut out for them as the Calverts were raising 20 acres that year. It was a lot faster and easier to spray by horseback, Brian said. The Western-Anderson senior is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Calvert of T. Burgin Road.

The New Liberty Christian Church youth group met and elected as officers, Danette Darnell, president; Donnie Brown, vice president; Donna Barnet, secretary; Vickey Barnett, treasurer; and David Brown as devotional leader.

Natalie Cox was chosen winner of the Miss Stringtown Ruritan Club pageant. Nancy Lane was runner-up and Jenny Durr was chosen Miss Congeniality. Cox was crowned by Tammy Robinson, Miss United Kentucky Teenager.

Deaths
Mattie Evelyn Wells Hammond, 62, employed at Union Underwear 14 years, a former employee of Irving Industries and Kentucky Overall Service and wife of James. W. Hammond.
Annie May DeWitt Perry, 88, wife of the late John W. Perry, formerly operated Bill’s Place at Fox Creek. She was also employed at Lerman’s in Frankfort for 14 years and was a teacher in Anderson County.
Elzie Byron Cornett Jr., 65, electrical engineer for Davis Construction Company and husband of Mildred McWilliams Cornett.
Georgie Poulter Brown, 97, retired after working with South Central Bell for 30 years. She was the wife of Harry C. Brown.

15 YEARS AGO
Sept. 17, 1997
Ground was broken and construction underway on the new Anderson County Senior Citizens Center on Township Square.

Michael B. Watts was awarded the annual Kentucky Compliance Association scholarship. The $500 scholarship is given to members who want to further their education in bank regulatory compliance. He was formerly a loan officer at Anderson National Bank.

Cozette Thomason Hanks was selected as Citizen of the Month for her work as an educator in the public school system for 29 years and her civic work.
She also served as a home-bound teacher and tutored students in the home. Her active roll in her church and as a Brownie Scout leader, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Lawrenceburg Women’s Club and participation with the March of Dimes added to the reason for her selection as Citizen of the Month.

Deaths
Fred Estes, 78, Waddy, retired from Harrod and Carter Stone Company and husband of Dixie L. Arvin Estes.
Dorothy Gelder Jordan, 93, co-founder of Kentucky Overall Service and former Anderson County School Teacher.
Homer Campbell Martin, 94, retired farmer and husband of the late Gypsy Franklin Martin.
Haley Marie Penney, infant daughter of Stephanie Marie Penny was stillborn. She is a sister of Christopher James “C.J.” Penny.