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50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 15, 1963
Joseph Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Cook, received a hand and wrist injury at football practice Monday night. A bone above the thumb and across the wrist was fractured.
Paul Simpson sustained a cracked bone in his right elbow Saturday night while participating in a practice game at the Ruritan Recreation field between church teams.
The Kentucky State Fair was set for Sept. 6-14 with a rodeo and appearance by the Beverly Hillbillies. Also appearing were the Aztec Birdmen and the championship horse show, Renfro Valley fun, Rock ‘n’ Rollers Sam Cooke, Dion and Chuck Jackson.
Blacksnake throttles large hen hawk
A dramatic battle to the death took place Sunday afternoon on the old Penny’s Chapel road when a hen hawk, about a foot tall with a 4-foot wing-spread, supposedly swooped down to catch a 4 foot blacksnake for dinner and was instead caught by the reptile.
Leon Hawkins, Adolph Darnell and his son, Wayne, found the pair locked in a death struggle and dispatched both of them.
The hawk had one foot clamped around the snake’s 1-inch body but the snake had two coils around the fowl’s neck and one around each of its wings and was slowly choking it to death. The tip of the hawk’s wings could barely flutter, Hawkins said. But the snake was smart enough to keep its head a foot or so away from the bird’s murderous beak all during the struggle.
Hawkins said a cow snake got in a cage where he had three full grown quail, a year or so ago, swallowed two of the birds and then with the large knots in its body was unable to crawl back out through the cage’s wire mesh.
A 2-pound package of bacon was 89 cents at A&P Food Stores. Pillsbury biscuits were 47 cents for a package of 6 cans.
Lost and groundhogs?
Morgan Brothers, Fairview farmer, told Sam Burgin last week that if anybody had lost any groundhogs, they were probably the ones eating on his corn crop and for them to please come and get them.
Curtis Gordon, 83, died after a two-year illness. He was a retired farmer, formerly of Mt. Eden. Survivors included his wife, Ruth Butts Gordon, three nieces and a nephew.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 25, 1983
Past District Governor Edward E. Hyatt of the Lawrenceburg Lions Club was elected president of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation in Louisville.
99 years young
“I haven’t done anything wonderful or brilliant, just been happy and contented,” said Mabel Cartinhour the day before her 99th birthday.
She was married to Emmitt Cartinhour in 1905 and widowed in 1947. They had two children, Mary Jane Hearne and Emmitt Benjamin Cartinhour II. The family ran a grocery on Main Street close to 60 years.
Unlike some people, she didn’t care anything for soap operas on TV.
“I like sports. Right now I’m getting a real kick out of watching some old man play billiards on the sports station,” she said.
Her favorite sport was basketball and she was an avid follower of the Kentucky Wildcats. “I’m for Kentucky anywhere it’s at,” she said.
She was a good cook and a pretty good driver of a horse and rig in her day.
“I wanted a bicycle more than anything. My father wouldn’t give me one. He thought they were dangerous. He gave me a colt instead. She was a fine mare. So I got my own horse and rig instead,” she said proudly.
“The one thing I’m most thankful for is that I’ve kept my right mind. I’ve enjoyed my family, my home, been happy,” she said as she opened some birthday cards that came in the mail.
SR Barry R. Sparrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Cantrell and Mr. and Mrs. Larry R. Sparrow, graduated from the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Fla.
Angela Pogioli, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pogioli, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force’s Delayed Enlistment program.
Sallie Goodlett joined the staff at Centre College.
David Lee Doss, 3, put the older contestants to shame when he won the hog-calling contest during Main Street Madness. He won the first place and received $15. He is a son of David and Sherri Doss. Little David was taught the art of hog calling by his granddad, Roy Doss, winner of the contest in previous years.
William Russell Cornish, 73, died at King’s Daughters Hospital. He was a Mercer County native and a retired painter. Survivors included his wife, Gladys Brown Gregory Cornish; two sons, Paul Cornish and Brenon Cornish; three stepsons Marvin and Jimmy Gregory and Billy Gregory; and a stepdaughter, Joy Winters.
Fred Hutton, 66, died Aug. 17. He was retired from the Austin-Nichols Distillery and was also employed by Southern Railroad for many years. Survivors included his wife, Lorraine Hellard Hutton; a daughter, Georgeann (Cooke) Hutton; a brother and three sisters.
Jessie Lee Edwards, 61, died at his home in Florida. He was a native of Anderson County and a retired mechanic. Survivors included a brother, James W. Edwards.
15 YEARS AGO
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998
Jason Grace, David Bailey and Derek Drury represented Fox Creek Christian Church in the Salt River Christian Men’s Fellowship Preaching Celebration. Grace was the over all winner of the annual Preacher Boy competition.
Leta Metzger Roberts received a Master of Arts degree in education from Georgetown College.
Allison Keightley Smith, State Jersey Queen, was to present awards at the Kentucky State Fair.
Smith, 18, was a daughter of Janet and Billy Bob Smith.
Jimmy Jackson took the Bearcat helm as new football coach at Anderson High School.
Essie Johnson Bean, 83, died at her residence. She was the wife of the late William “Billy” Bean. The George Geoghegan Jr. family employed her for 47 years. Survivors included three sons, William B. Bean, George A. Bean and Douglas J. Bean.
Olivia R. Martin, 79, Little Mount, died at a Shelbyville care center. She was a retired employee of General Electric and a homemaker. Survivors included a daughter, Sydney R. Kirsch.
Thomas H. Posey Jr., 89, died in South Carolina.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Engineering, he retired in 1971 as assistant rate engineer with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago after 37 years of service. Survivors included his wife, Jane Vaughn Posey and two sons, Thomas Vaughn and James Douglas Posey.