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The Way We Were - 11/3

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50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 27, 1960
Frank E. Hammonds brought an interesting bit of information to the News concerning an old well found underneath the sidewalk in front of the Taylor and Dennis Grocery last week when a new sidewalk was laid.

Hammond said the old well was used for the townspeople. When a section of Main Street burned in 1903, from the Lawrenceburg National Bank to the Shouse store, the short handle pump used on the well was replaced with a long handle and three men manned the pump on either side to fight the fire. It was during the Lawrenceburg Fair. Hammonds recalled that the well was pumped dry and then a telegram was sent to Lexington for a fire engine that was sent to Lawrenceburg on a flat car via the Southern Railroad.
Bill Morgan, who owned the livery stable, met the train with a team of horses and pulled the engine to a pond near the old flourmill on West Woodford Street.

Deaths
William Isaac Smith, 78, retired farmer, brother of Joe Smith, died at the Dora Caldwell home at Ashbrook after a long illness.
Clarence Peach, retired farmer, died at an Eminence nursing home.
Willie T. Bryant, 67, farmer, father of Willard and Gilbert Bryant, died after an illness.
Benjamin Sherman Hawkins, 80, Baton Rouge, La., retired salesman, son of Ben Hawkins and Angeline Peach, died Oct. 17.
W.E. Woods, 82, retired farmer, died Oct. 20 at Haggin Memorial Hospital.
Dolon M. Hoover, 74, native of Anderson County and a farmer, died at his Frankfort home.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Bain died Saturday at King’s Daughter Hospital.

40 YEARS AGO
Oct. 29, 1970
Marvin Ransdell received a severe injury to his right index finger last Thursday afternoon while at work at the disposal plant. Ransdell had just switched on a machine when the glove he was wearing got caught in the machinery pulling the end of the finger off at the first joint.
He was taken to the Frankfort hospital where he underwent surgery to replace the finger.

Five Lawrenceburg residents were enrolled at Centre College at Danville for the fall term. They were: Vickie Cheak, Elizabeth Langan, Samuel Conner, Bill C. Spencer and Byron Thomas Wells.

Larry Burkhart, 3, fell into three and half feet of water in a cistern at the rear of his home on Carpenter’s Lane Sunday afternoon.
His mother, Mrs. Cloyd Burkhart, missed him and found him floating unconscious in the water.
Her screams brought help from her brother-in-law Curtis Burkhart, who jumped into the cistern and lifted the child’s body, already turning black, to his father, standing above. Curtis administered artificial respiration until members of the County Rescue Squad arrived to assist in reviving the child.
The boy regained consciousness and was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was kept for observation.
The child had apparently removed a rock from the top of the 9-foot deep cistern, opened the cover and fell in.

Deaths
A.R. Henry, 62, a Lexington builder and sub-divider, died suddenly at his farm at Fox Creek Oct. 21 after suffering a heart attack.
James A.D. Stratton, 72, Route 3, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Briggs in Louisville, after a long illness.
Mrs. Dorothy Bier, 22, Lexington, wife of Universal Button employee, died after a short illness.
Robert Riley, 65, farmer and son of the late Alex and Fannie Stevens Riley, died after along illness.
Ruben Murphy, 80, Frankfort, retired as chief engineer at the State Reformatory at LaGrange.
Vickie Whitworth Watts, 78, grandmother of Mrs. James A. Hammond of Anderson County, died.

30 YEARS AGO
Oct. 23, 1980
Three Anderson High School students were recognized in Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
Karen Davenport, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Davenport, plans to attend L.T.I. in the fall and be a legal secretary.
Carlola Bayne Perry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Perry, planned to enter Roanoke Bible College in Elizabeth City, N.C. and major in psychology with emphasis on the deaf ministry.
Sandy Rucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rucker, was enrolled in the College of Cosmetology and Hair Design.

Jennifer Russell led from the gun, winning the girls’ 1 1/2 mile cross-country race by over 200 yards at the Harrodsburg Invitational. She covered the hilly course in 9:28.
Leeann Davis placed seventh and Wendy Bruce ninth.

Deaths
Morrey Nethery, 76, Mt. Eden, died in a freak accident at his son’s farm in Spencer County. A limb of a tree that twisted as it fell to the ground struck him. Nethery was standing uphill from the tree when it was cut.
Joseph H. Parker, 52, Russelltown, father of Helen Murphy of Lawrenceburg, died at his residence.
Joseph Tollie Simpson, 77, native of Anderson County, died at the Shelbyville hospital.
Effie D. Cox, 90, widow of Will T. Cox, died.

15 YEARS AGO
Oct. 25, 1995
Wende Waldridge was cheerleader of the week. She is a daughter of Rhonda and Charles Fackler. She was a member of the girl’s varsity squad and had been cheerleading for three years. Her favorite part of cheerleading was pom routines and gymnastics. Her favorite class was English.

According to a story about their family, Bud and Goldie Waldridge raised tobacco, cattle and 16 children down on the farm.
Children oldest to youngest are: Norma, Della, Nancy, Scottie, Danny, Billy, Virginia, Vickie Jo, Wanda Joyce, Bobbi Sue, Janice, Tony Ray, Jerry Wayne, William, Diana and Dena.

Jim Sayre was featured in a story. It seems he “loves looking a lot like Lincoln.”
He had entered the Abe Lincoln look-alike contest at Hodgenville’s Lincoln Days Celebration. Sayre had won it four times in 12 years of competition.

Deaths
A man who devoted most of his life to making his community a better place to live died Oct. 20. Former Mayor Kenneth Preston Hoskins was 68. He was mayor for 16 years.
Anna Bell Robinson Dennis, 83, former co-owner of the Anderson Grill and widow of Silas Dennis, died Oct. 17.
John Richard Goertz II, 51, contracting consultant to IBM, died at his residence.
Barbara McCord Langan, 65, Owensboro, wife of 45 years of Gene R. Langan, died at her home.
Nancy Karen Waldridge, 35, Cox’s Creek, sister of Geraldine Spaulding, died Oct 23.