THE WAY WE WERE: Oldest teacher in Anderson turns95

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Thursday, March 19, 1964

Mrs. Myrtie Sweeney Morris, the oldest living teacher in Anderson County, celebrated her 95th birthday.

She was a daughter of Robert Bruce and Martha Powell Sweeney. There were four boys and five girls in her family. She was born March 14, 1869, and at the age of 17 became a teacher at the Lyceum School in Mercer County. Later she taught at Goodlett, Kays, Royalty, Wardsville and Hickory Grove in Anderson County.

Some of her students had more ambition and ability than food or clothing and the dedicated young teacher shared her modest income with them, assisting with the most urgent of their problems.

“I remember my own first day of school. I was 6 years old. I lived on a hill and right under the hill was a little log schoolhouse. My father took me down there and introduced me to the teacher, Ella Crossfield, a great aunt of Roy York.

“The benches were made from logs that had been milled into slats with two holes in each end, then set on legs. A 6-year-old lacked about six inches in reaching the floor.

“When noon came and the teacher gave the recess, I was going home to eat dinner. The teacher asked me to eat with her. I can remember two things she had for lunch; a boiled beef sandwich and tea cakes made of honey.

She and her husband met at a “Might,” which is a party where you can go up to anyone you want to have a conversation with, even if you interrupt another conversation.

Mr. Morris had come back to Kentucky from Texas and had a ticket in his pocket for a return trip, but he never used it. He and Miss Sweeney were married in 1896 and moved to Oldham County.

They returned to Anderson County after their only child, a daughter, Martha Bruce Morris Boggess, was born. Mrs. Morris resumed her teaching career after her daughter was ready to start high school.



Twelve local men left for their army examinations at the Selective Service Examining Board in Louisville. They were: Frank M. Cunningham, Jerry F. McClease, William T. Wilson, Robert C. Scrogham, Gilbert Hawkins Jr., John R. Cornish, Grant C. Buntain, Roy J. Rogers, William C. Thompson, Clinton D. Young, and William H. Cottrell.


Albert Peach, sophomore at Asbury College and a graduate of Western High School, was author of a feature story in the “Light and Life Evangel,” a weekly magazine published at Winona Lake, Ind.

The story entitled “The Price You Pay,” dealt with the conflicts encountered by a promising young athlete at one of the larger American campuses.




Daniel Hardin Adair, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Adair, of Lexington, was born March 12 and died 27 hours later.

Claude E. Sparrow died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harlan Perry on Glensboro Road.

Mrs. Hattie Jones Nowlin, 94, widow of a. J. Nowlin, died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Anida Moore. Other survivors included another daughter, Mrs. C. Marvin Lock and a son, P.A. Nowlin.



Thursday, March 22, 1984

George Mark Bryant, son of Mary Lou Bryant, was pitcher for the Campbellsville College Tigers Baseball team.


The ACHS varsity Bearcats boasted a winning season of 20-8 at the annual Bearcat Basketball banquet. Coach Kermit Koenig commended his squad on their growth as a team and individuals and the fact that it had been several years since there had been a squad with 20 wins to their credit. Those awarded plaques at the banquet were: Jim Freeman, academic, senior and best defensive; Jason Hudnall, senior, most improved and best defensive; Tracy Briscoe, senior, best defensive and most assists with 141 to his credit, there were 400 total assists as a team; Ricky Jenkins, senior, academic award and best defensive; Orbrey Gritton, free throw percentage, field goal percentage and rebounding awards; and Billy Thompson, most improved. Gritton had a total of 551 points for the year and according to Coach Koenig was rated as one of the top 10 underclassmen in Kentucky by basketball scouts.

The Ladycats also had a winning season with a record of 15-7 for a great team effort, said Coach Bill Pickett. Awards were given to Shawana McKee, field goal percentage with 50%. McKee made 318 points for the season for an average of 14.4 points per game. Other awards were given to Michaela Hudson for most steals with 37 and most assists; Carla Stivers, senior, most improved and rebounding award with 216 rebounds; Betsy Perry, senior, free throw percentage with 41 of 54 for 76% and team leadership award that was voted on by the players; Karin Sundberg, senior; Heather Brough, 110% award and Deana Kaufman, academic award with 4.0 gpa. Coach Pickett said there wasn’t an award for blocks, but Stivers blocked 58 shots.



Christine Barnes Moore, 75, died at her residence. She was a daughter of the late Amos and Zelmer Brown Barnes. Survivors included her husband, Clyde Moore, two daughters, Glenda Craycraft and Alma Darnell.

Cecil Tipton, 81, Shelbyville, died at his home. He was a retired farmer and a member of Mt. Eden Masonic Lodge No. 263 for 60 years. Survivors included his wife, Hallie Simpson Tipton, a son, J.C. Tipton.

Pearl Snider Keeling, 94, died March 6. She was a native of the Fairview community and the oldest member of Fairview Christian Church. Survivors included two daughters, Mildred Dearinger and ImoJean Tingle.

T. Delbert Robinson, 79, retired farmer, died March 9. Survivors included his wife, Reva Stratton Robinson, four daughters, Doris Sims, Emma Lay, Hilda Sims, Frances McClure and a son, Thomas E. “Buddy” Robinson.



Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bertram, ages 92 and 90, were living proof that it’s never too late to begin another career.

The longtime Anderson County residents and former school teachers were featured for a second time in the “All I Did Was Give To United Way” series of public service announcements for United Way of the Bluegrass.

The couple portrayed avid University of Kentucky basketball fans watching a televised game in their living room.


Lawrenceburg residents, Janet Coffey, Juanita Glass, Nancy Allen, Pauline Cook, Pat Sweasy and Amelia Sparrow were to have quilts featured at the Ninth Annual Festival of Quilts in Bardstown.


Robert Wayne and Amber Sheila Dawn Baker were the winners of the 1999 America’s Cover Miss and Cover Boy USA contest.

Robert won first place in his category and Amber came in second in her age division.

They are the children of Ronnie and Tina Baker.


Mark Osborne claimed his first Pro Stock Truck title in two races of the 1999 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series for Kessinger Motor Sports of Lawrenceburg. With the win, qualifying No. 1 and setting the national elapsed time record, Osborne moved into the championship points lead with 194 points.



Virgie Satterly Chilton Ballard, 89, died at the Danville hospital. She was a retired employee of Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Lexington after 30 years of service. Survivors included two grandsons, Kevin Leon Chilton and Earl Wayne, “Pete” Chilton, and a daughter-in-law, Connie Purvis Chilton, and a great-grandson, Dustin Leon Chilton.

Douglas Jerome “Chunkie” Bean, 49, died at his home. He was a son of the late Essie Burke Johnson Bean and William “Billy” Bean. He was a disability determiner with the Cabinet for Human Resources and a former Right of Way agent with the Transportation Cabinet. Survivors included his wife of 26 years, Patsy Lewis Bean, two sons, Anthony Lee Bean and Jerome Scott Bean.

Grover Lee Brown, 45, a farmer, died at the Shelbyville hospital after an illness. Survivors included his mother, Jessie Marie Davis Brown, two brothers, Forest Thomas Brown and Joe W. Brown and two sisters, Dora P. Hardin and Helen M. Toppass.

Thelma Brothers Long, 77, died at the home of her daughter in Louisville. She was a retired employee of the Cricketeer Manufacturing Company in Harrodsburg. Survivors included her husband, J.W. “Bill” Long; a daughter, Judy Baker; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Betty Pearl Hardin Clark, 70, a homemaker, died March 17 at the Hardin County hospital. Survivors included three daughters, Rebecca Long, Maureen Durbin and Vicki Burba; five sons, Joseph Ronald, John A., Thomas A., Charles G., and Stephen H Clark.

Anna Elizabeth Johnson, 73, a homemaker, died at the Frankfort hospital. Survivors included her husband, Eugene S. Johnson, a daughter, Sandy Young, and a son, Terry Lee Johnson.

Elizabeth Gregory Keeling, 86, died March 17. She was a daughter of Everett and Lula Gillis Gregory. She was postmaster at the Willisburg Post Office from 1959 until her retirement in 1980. She was the wife of the late Pascal Keeling. Survivors included a daughter, Geraldine Twar and two sons, Dennis Keeling and Larry Keeling.

Wilmer “Slick” Drury, 73, retired employee of Kraft Foods and State Department of Transportation, died. Survivors included his wife of 54 years, Rosie Pauline Riley Drury, a son, Danny Drury and three daughters, Gwen Riley, Darlene Coulter and Jean Sea.

Virginia Frances Brewer Ritter, 82, widow of Rene Augustus Ritter, died at the Frankfort hospital. Survivors included a daughter, Mary Waldridge, four sons, Bobby Allen, Gene Gayle, Raymond Lee and Stephen Berle Ritter.

Marvin Stucker, 69, retired department manager with Square D, died March 17. Survivors included his wife, Antha M. Duncan Stucker, a daughter, Jan Stucker, two sisters and four brothers.

Lillie Mae Cornish Taylor, 87, housewife and former employee of Marshall’s restaurant, died at a facility in Lexington. Survivors included a son, Ronald Taylor, and three grandchildren, Melissa Taylor, Stacey Wiggers and Bradley Taylor.