First Presbyterian Church celebrated 140 years

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Thursday, June 9, 1938

Nine Anderson 4-H club members participated in the 18th Annual Junior Week Program in Lexington.

Those attending were: Margaret Baxter, Fox Creek club; Jennie Louise Case, Lawrenceburg club; Margaret Watts, Ninevah club; And Green, Donald and Eugene Hoskins, Alton club; Verna Jeffries, Daniel Case and Davis Shields, Western club.

They were chosen because of their 4-H club achievements.

Verna Jeffries won the county style show and was to compete in the state show while in Lexington. She won the prize with a blue tailored suit that she made.


Three new teachers were named to rural schools: Pauline Harmon at Royalty School; G.L. Cole at Gordon School; and Mary Lou Booker at Marlowe.


John Ross, driver for the Kraft Cheese Company received his second award for safe driving. The award was a gold signet ring with his initials on it and one side was engraved, “5 years, no accidents.”


Blue Grass Cleaners opened in the Buntain building at 209 Woodford Street. Ronald Connelly was the business manager of the up-to-date cleaning and pressing establishment and Clarence Williams was plant manager.



•Will J. Carpenter, 88, Taylorsville, formerly of Lawrenceburg, husband of Susan Van Dyke Carpenter.

•Robert Wooldridge, 75, Ninevah.



Thursday, June 6, 1968

Jess Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Brown, was injured in the left shoulder and arm while serving in Vietnam, according to word received by his family.


Billy A. Grubbs of Richmond received his Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Business at Eastern Kentucky University.

He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grubbs of Sinai.


Mrs. Walker Cunningham returned home from the Frankfort hospital where she was taken when she fell off a stepladder. She had been placing a canvas over a cherry tree at her home on Green Wilson Road. She suffered a broken vertebra and some bruises.


Grading of the Florida Tile Industries site on U.S. 127 went ahead at a feverish pace after recent rains subsided.


The First Presbyterian Church planned special services for Sunday to commemorate their 140th anniversary.  

According to the McKee-Bond history of Anderson County, a Presbyterian church was the first to be built in Lawrenceburg. On Sept. 25, 1826, William Hudgins purchased between two and three acres of ground west of Lawrenceburg from Nellie Coffman.

The church has seen stormy times. Literally one building was completely destroyed by a windstorm. In 1905, the church was destroyed by fire.

The church building has been damaged at least twice by windstorms, one being during the tornado that struck Lawrenceburg on Nov. 2, 1965.

First Presbyterian Church has seen wind, fire, Civil War, World War, depressions, good times and bad. She has come through 140 years, reeling, yet erect.

The two oldest living members were Emma Crain and her sister, Bess Crain. Bess Crain said she remembered how the old church looked before it burned in 1905. It had two entrances, she said. It was rebuilt the same year.


A building permit was granted to Walter Patrick and Gordon L. Jenkins for new construction on the north side of West Court Street for residential use (a six-apartment house dwelling), for an estimated cost of $35,000.

Bruce Young received a building permit for new construction of a dwelling on the south side of Forrest Drive at an estimated cost of $12,500.


Tidbits of 1897 from Our Heritage by Wyatt Shely

The Wiley Searcy distillery started in December 1897 and was at that time the only one then running in the county.

One box of parlor matches was given free to every customer of the Bluegrass Grocery.

The original Matt Searcy home, later purchased by J.M. Johnson was destroyed by fire. This house, near the Anderson County racetrack, was on one the old landmarks to the community.

November grand jury, 1897 — A. Portwood, foreman; Jesse Simpson, N. F. Witherspoon, Thomas D. Herndon, George Wash, J.M. Colvin, J.M. Nevins, A.J. Rice, John Hahn, Grayson Hughes, J. P. Watson, W. T. Catlett.

Petit jury — J.S. Odell, A.J. Butner, J.W. Baxter, Jack Robinson, R.J. Alexander, J.R.  Gaines, C. R. Toll, James Albritton, C.E. Huffman, James Carlton, J.M. Carter, L.B. Peak, L.c. Bond, J.W. Waterfill, S.F. McGaughey, John Hammond, Lewis Franklin, J.C. Southland, L. Walker, J.A. McGuire, J.W. Sale, J.P. Toll, Ben Warford and Thomas Southerland.



•Betty Kays Shouse, 73, formerly of Anderson County, Washington County native, wife of Delbert Shouse.

•Mary Eva Brewer Proctor, 69, Glensboro, wife of Elmer Proctor.

•Edward Downey, 61, Jett, Franklin County native, retired farmer, husband of Stella Mae Dunn Downey.

•Rose Sorrell Woolums, 57, Woodford County native, wife of Elmer L. Woolums.

•Marshall Pinkston, Washington County native, husband of Lillie Trent Pinkston.



Monday, June 5, 1978

There were 217 students in Anderson County schools that had perfect attendant. This was fewer students than the previous year because there had been more illness this year.

Saffell Elementary had 56 with perfect attendance; Emma B. Ward, 42; Anderson Junior High, 47; Western Anderson, 13; and Anderson County High, 59.


Sheila Bruce was selected as a delegate to the National Future Homemakers of America convention in Miami, Florida.

She was president of Region 15 and would be one of 16 from Kentucky attending the meeting.

She was president of the local Anderson High Chapter and was a past second vice president and reporter of the local chapter; also a past regional scholarship chairman.

She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Bruce.


Thursday, June 8, 1978

Betty Lou Parrish, Route 4, a 1978 Andersen County High graduate, won one of four $1,000 Farm Bureau scholarship awarded annually in Kentucky. 


Local students to be presented in Amy’s School of Dance review at Kentucky State University were: Christie Shelton, Tonya Elliott, Tonya Johnson, Melissa Whitt, Lori Burke, Rachel Dockal, Amy Adams, Ladonis Toney, Chrystal Sutherland, Denise Spencer, Alicia Finnell, Denise Dennis, Lea Hayden, Christy Whitt, Alison Briscoe, Tonya Sparrow and Jennifer Lee Sutherland.



•Harold Lee Davenport, 48, West Virginia, formerly of Lawrenceburg, native of Mercer County, district manager of Keebler Company, graduate of Anderson County High School, son of Mary Davenport, husband of Peggy Jo Chambers Davenport.



Wednesday, June 8, 1988

Bob Perry thought he’d found a dead duck in his pond on Bonds Mill Road, but upon closer examination discovered a wayward white crane. Perry said the bird had a wingspan of 58 inches and he was going to look into having it mounted. The bird apparently died after flying into a fence, judging from a cut on its head.


Shirley Duff, assistant superintendent of the Anderson County school system, presented Billie Carol Hendry with a plaque from the Anderson High Co-Ed-Y Club. The plaque was for Mrs. Hendry’s outstanding service to the club throughout the year.


Vince Murray was one of 69 Kentucky high school students who were regional winners in the fourth annual Kentucky All-State High School Art Exhibition.


Graduates honored for their academic excellence were Joe Hurt, Jeff Drury, Stacy Heckel, Amy Adams, Tracey Turner, Tonya Johnson, Melissa Durr, Michelle Cook, Jeff Reynolds, Chris Morgan, Seth Hibbs, John Wilson, John Thomas, Nathan Sweet, Brent Wilson, Spencer Bruce and Chris McGaughey.


Roy Alves, formerly of Lawrenceburg, was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class in the United States Navy.

Alves was stationed in Charleston, North Carolina on board the Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine, USS Von Steuben, where he had been for two and a half years. He had completed his Silver Star patrol.



•Gertrude Champion Doss, 73, McDonald Road, retired clerk from The Louisville Store, daughter of the late Thomas and Essie Grace Champion, wife of James I. Doss.

•Arlie Drury, 72, Anderson native, employed by Louisville Transit Company, son of the late Ray and Effie Hoskins Drury, widower of Lou Thompson Drury.

•Beulah C. Grigsby, 92, Mercer native, employee of the Norfleet Hardware Store in Harrodsburg for 60 years, daughter of the late John W. and Lillie Long. 

•Clarence B. Robinson, 77, formerly of Alton, retired farmer, son of the late Bert and Cora Alice Dorsey Robinson.



Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Anderson High senior Tammy Neurohr was surprised when Papa John’s general manager Greg Wilson, showed up at school with a pizza box containing a $1,000 scholarship. She planned to attend Eastern Kentucky University to major in deaf communication.



•Maudie Earl Barnes Waldridge, 84, Mt. Eden, Bullitt County native, daughter of the late George Edgar and Tilda Rogers Barnes, widow of Harold Waldridge.

•Lonnie B. Shouse Sr., 67, East Woodford Street, retired school bus driver, died while mowing a yard on Clifton Road.

•Margie Dorsey Turner, 91, Plum Street, Washington County native, retired owner of the Dollar Store in Shepherdsville and Taylorsville, daughter of the late James Granville and Ophelia Ann Robinson Dorsey, widow of Eugene Berry Turner.

•Willena Jean Roberts Ware, 73, Shelbyville, Henry County native, a cook, daughter of the late Burl and Nettie Mahoney Roberts.

•Kayla Serene Bostic, 21-months, daughter of Terri Ann Perry and Michael Keith Bostic.

•Frederick Phillip “Freddy” Sims, 63, Lexington, Anderson native, son of the late William Cecil Sims and Anna Stacy Sharp Sims.

•Shirley Ann Maddox Wolfe, 60, Ohio, Anderson native, daughter of Dorothy Alice Maddox and the late George Gilbert Maddox.

•Clifford Lee Caffee Sr., 48, Bonds Mill-Fox Creek Road, Glasgow native, former mine driller with Hanson Aggregates.


Compiled by Janie Bowen

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