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The Way We Were: Winner of the match was clear as mud

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50 YEARS AGO
July 6, 1961
Andrew Bird, Anderson County’s new school superintendent, was given the oath of office. Former superintendent Mrs. C.T. Ward and former Director of Pupil Personnel Ezra Sparrow were presented gifts in ceremonies at the superintendent’s office later that afternoon.

Clusters of small tomato-like fruit appeared in a patch of Irish Cobbler potato vines in the garden of Marion Peach on Court Street.
Peach said very few potatoes were in the patch. A cluster of the tomatoes was placed in the News window.

The Anderson High School Future Farmers of America diary judging team won first place at the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeder Central Canton Show held in Oldham County.
Individuals on the local team were Phil Sharp, Jimmie Jeffries and Danny Perry, with Michael Perry and Allen Riley as alternates.

Officers and directors of the Anderson County Industrial Corp. were re-elected.
Officers include C.E. McGinnis as president; C.E. Catlett, vice president; R.E. Garrison, secretary; and George D. McWilliams, treasurer.
Directors were Walter Patrick, Anthony Marshall, John Lyons, Thomas B. Ripy, J.C. Lloyd, Frank Routt, D.L. Hendry, J.L. Sherwood and Edward M. Taylor.

Marvin Robinson was installed as the new president of the Optimist Club. Other officers were Lewis Bishop, first vice president; Henry Frazier, second vice president; Herman Morris, O.B. Goodlett, Calvin Morgan, Paul Cottrell, Malcolm Stinnett, Marvin Moffett and James W. Robinson, directors.

Sheriff John Birdwhistell and Deputy J.W. Carlton were investigating some thefts.
Someone had entered the Hanks Motor Co. and took about $15 from a soft drink machine.
About 400 pounds of cow feed was reported stolen from the farm of John Slaughter at Nevins Station, located five miles southwest of Lawrenceburg. The barn was located near the highway. The feed was valued at $12.
Three sacks of cow feed consisting of oats, corn and barley were stolen from a barn on the E.S. Wilson farm on Ninevah Road. The feed was valued at about $9.
Sidney Gritton, tenant on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Courtland Pollard on Highway 127, reported the theft of 12 quarts of motor oil and gasoline from a truck.

Deaths
Nannie Jane McDonald, 85, widow of James Lee McDonald; Oscar Whitehouse, 72; Ernest Briscoe, 69, retired carpenter; Ethel Cinnamon Stone; Violet  Carrow Smith, 58, wife of James J. Smith.

40 YEARS AGO
June 18, 1981
There was a gathering of former residents of Van Buren at Salt River. Pictured were Ernest and Clara Maddox. Ernest was the oldest man attending at the age of 92. Also pictured was Nannie Brumley. She and her husband Marshall were the last ones to leave Van Buren when the entire town had to be vacated for the proposed Taylorsville Lake.

Wilmer C. “Woody” Gash was elected president of the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association at its 99th annual convention.
Gash entered into the funeral service while still in high school. He was employed by the Gordon Funeral Home for 10 years and was president of Gash Memorial Chapel.
He is a son of Herbert and Nellie Gash.

Kimberly Dawn Gritton, 16, daughter of Jerry and Brenda Gritton, was selected as a candidate in the Lions Bluegrass State Fair FFA Chapter Beauty Revue. The Western-Anderson Future Farmers of America Chapter chose her.

Roy Toney, soil conservationist, featured Obed Stratton in a story. Obed said he never “wore out” a farm. He always took care of the land.
He said he owed his success to his late wife, Mage Holt.
Obed and Mage had eight children, four boys and four girls.
“We raised a good bunch of boys and girls,” he said.

Gertrude Cunningham reported in her column that Mr. and Mrs. William C. Brown had celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Brown was the former Zenobia Thurman.
She also said that her neighbor, Vick Brown, had beautiful roses planted in his yard on the fence between their houses.

Former Kentucky Dairy Princess Sheila Myers was featured in a story in the dairy section.
She was the wife of eye doctor Curtis Myers. She was also his receptionist.
She grew up on a 360-acre dairy farm in Montgomery County and won Miss Clark RECC in 1975. She was dairy princess in District 10, which made her eligible for state competition.
She later went on to win the state pageant.

Deaths
Stella Mae Sayre Hatchell, 73; O.D. Cranfill; and James Dadisman, 85.

June 25, 1981
Anderson County was lashed by a windstorm. Homes and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed and trees uprooted.
KU manager, Paul Hanks said 1,200 to 1,500 customers were without electricity.
Charles Staples, Fox Creek RECC manager, reported outages in Birdie and on Hammond Creek, Corinth and Lock Roads.

Louise Gash won third place in the state with her news story on the origin and history of quilt making.

Corinth Christian Church minister Nelson Lee and his wife, Nancy, were honored for 10 years with the congregation. A potluck meal in their honor was attended by 107 members. The minister was presented a watch and his wife a gold necklace.

Sue Litkenhus was recognized as an outstanding 4-H adult leader.

Deaths
Sara Elizabeth Scrivner Smiser; Edna Earl Holmes Shouse, 75; William Ezra Drury, 75; Lillian Burke Jeffries, 82.

15 YEARS AGO
July 3, 1996
Just who won the wrestling match between Sandy Sofine and County Clerk Harold Ritchey was clear as mud. Sofine was a USA champion female mud wrestler and was in Lawrenceburg to help Beaver Creek Lodge No. 335 with a fundraiser.
“I think I won,” Ritchey said. “But they called it a draw. The referee seemed to be on her side.”
The two were pictured on the front page with Ritchey in trouble as the professional had a choke hold on him and they were both covered in mud.

Mary Ester Brown, 81, retired as president of the Fox Creek Homemakers.
She had been president for eight years.
Married to C.B. Brown for 51 years, she was a retired 28-year employee of the state department of agriculture, where she was an accountant.

Kenneth L. Shouse, native of Anderson County, returned to the area to preach at New Liberty Christian Church. He recently had completed 28 years at Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville.
He helped start the church in 1968 for the Salt River Men’s Fellowship.

Deaths
Phyllis Ann Robinson Browning, 53, retired court reporter; Willard Emerson Bryant, 71, retired maintenance foreman with Boulevard Distillers; Bert Hurst, 71, formerly employed by Louisville Tin and Stove.