Way We Were: Expectant father makes it to hospital . . . alone

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Thursday, Dec. 12, 1963
Miss Myrtle Perry, head teacher at Alton Elementary School, remained a patient at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington for treatment of a slipped spinal disc. Rev. Stratton Paxton, minister at the Alton Baptist Church, handled her teaching duties.

Fox Creek RECC celebrated their silver anniversary with a move into a new building on U.S. 62 east of Lawrenceburg.

Lights were out
Eugene Waterfill, a farmer of the western section of the county called R.E.C.C. linemen early the previous week when he found he had no electric lights.
Upon investigation, a large raccoon was found on top of the transformer on a utility pole near the Waterfill home.
Waterfill said he saw lights in homes and barns surrounding his farm and in a check of the fuse box found nothing wrong. A test to his line proved no current was coming into his home.
As soon as the raccoon was knocked off the transformer, the lights came on again.

New officers installed at a dinner meeting of the Alton Ruritan Club were: Coy Davis, president; Harley Stucker, vice president; Allen Herndon, secretary; Ellis Hostetter, treasurer. George Cook was outgoing president.
Perfect attendance awards were presented to the following:
One year — Robert Buntain, Walter Cox, Walter Cunningham, John Allen Dadisman, C.W. Davis, E.P. McGaughey, Aubrey Moffett, Tom Simpson, R.C. Thacker, Truman Wells, Paul Drury and Rudy Gay.
Two years — Dave Caddell, Wendell Mountjoy, Lafe Murphy, James Russell and George Cook.

Really shook!
The story is being told here about the 52-year-old man who was expecting his first child and rushed into the hospital in a neighboring town with a loaded suitcase and almost collapsed with excitement as he told the nurse on duty that his wife was in labor and they wanted a room.
The nurse told him his wife should go to room so-and-so, then looked at the stricken expression come over his face. He had rushed out of his home so fast he forgot to bring his wife.

Stanley Phillips Jr., who was stationed at Camp LeJeune, N.C., was promoted to Corporal.
John Robert Phillips, stationed at Frankfurt, Germany with the Tank Corps, was promoted to SP/4. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Phillips of Route 1.

Fourteen Anderson County 4-H members won ratings at the District Tobacco Show held at Springfield.
Placing in he “Best Crop from Anderson County” division were: Larry Stevens, champion; Ronnie Hudnall, second; Glenn Gritton, third; Linda Drury, fourth; Roger Brow, fifth; Calvin Cox, sixth; Keith Casey, seventh; Tommy Barnett, eighth; Billy Gritton, ninth; and Tom Searcy, tenth.
In the “Best Crop in District’ division, Larry Stevens placed fifth, Ronnie Hudnall was seventh and Glenn Gritton was ninth.
In the “Best Individual Basket,” Larry received a third placed on his flyings and Roger Brown placed third on tips.
In the “Tobacco Grading” contest Linda Gritton won fourth place. In the “Auctioneering” division, Ronnie Hudnall was the District Champion and Charles Casey placed third.
Hudnall had the championship tobacco record from the District and from Anderson County; Billy Gritton placed fourth and Roger Brown, fifth.

Ricky Crawford was being treated for rheumatic fever at the Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was improving.

Sheriff John Birdwhistell was attempting to find the owner of a bicycle found on the Walter Major farm a couple of weeks before.
Birdwhistell said Walter Major Jr. found the bicycle under some brush while hunting.
The Sheriff, who said the bike had apparently been stolen, had it at his home to be claimed by the owner.

Arvel Drury, 54, died at a Lexington hospital after a short illness. He was an employee of the Edwards Sausage Company. Survivors included his wife, Loretta Drury, and two daughters, Mrs. Jack Gammon and Mrs. David Booze.

Thursday, Dec.15, 1983
Kevin Cox and David Bird became Eagle Scouts in an impressive ceremony at Sand Spring Baptist Church.
They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cox and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bird, respectively.

The Anderson County High Bearcats slaughtered Bryan Station 240-40 in competition, but it wasn’t a ball game. It was the academic competition on the television program “In The Know.”
Members of the team were Rachel Dockal, Bill Gentry, Reid Sutton, Diane Sims and Alice Shelton. Mrs. Jane Ross was the sponsor.

Second Lieutenant Scott Adams graduated from Ranger Class 14-83. It was a field work course that lasted 58 days with an average of 18 hours of training a day, seven days a week. Adams is a son of Dr. and Mrs. Townsel Adams.

James M. and Frances Carter Waterfill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The Bonds Mill Road residents owned and operated a grocery story at McBrayer with Mr. Waterfill’s cousin, Mrs. Rose Bond, until 1981 when they sold the store.
Mr. Waterfill was also a fireman at the distillery named Grosscurth Distillery and Old Joe Distillery when they operated a bottling house. In 1983 the distillery was known as Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Distillery, now known as Four Roses.

Kathleen Catlett Phillips Cole died Dec. 6 in Lexington. She graduated from Kavanaugh High School and attended Eastern Kentucky State Teacher’s College. Survivors included her husband, Julian B. Cole, a brother and sister.
Jacob Daniel Stratton, infant son of Troy and Mildred Blandford Stratton, died shortly after birth Dec. 4. Survivors included a brother.
Mickey Frances Hickman Blackburn, 86, widow of Ambrose William Blackburn, died Dec. 10. Survivors included a son, Daniel Earl Blackburn, four daughters, Pearl Rogers, Irma Stratton, Ruby Grider and Nancy Robinson.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998
There were five generations in the Westmoreland family. Tucker Lee Westmoreland is a son of Misty Dews Westmoreland; grandson of Sandy Dews; great-grandson of Eugene Willard and great-great-grandson of Vesta Willard.

Pictured with Indian Village projects they had done in Mrs. Becky Drury’s 2-3 class at Saffell Elementary School were: Dustin Graybeal, Roy Waldridge, Jeffrey Perkins, Ariel Gribbons, Mariah Hurt, Shannon Schultz, Katelyn York, Kayla Fawbush, Jordan Hume, D.J. Ross, F.D. Robinson, Desarai Robinson and Amber Lacefield. Students in Cathy Lester’s 2-3 class working on the same project included Alex Cheser, Jordan Wilson, Steven Ellis, Sammy Isaacs, Amanda Benningfield, Claude Hughes, Keith Dennis, Christy Gemmell, Dustin Stevens, Nathan Grooms, Andrew Reesor, Jennifer Tucker, Bonnie Niemeyer, Lucas Wilcher, Kaycee Brooks, Kimberly Thompson and Rachel Goins.

Lisker Burdin Franklin, 78, Anderson native, died at a Lexington hospital.
He was a retired employee of the Goins Floor Covering and member of Pigeon Fork Baptist Church. Survivors included his wife of 53 years, Annie Mariah Bates Franklin; a son, George Lee Howe, and two daughters, Margaret Hill and Anna Sue Lorenzo, and a granddaughter they raised, Marye Marlene Florian.
Rosa Ann Heightchew, 90, died at Bradford Square in Frankfort. She was a nurse’s aid at St. Anthony Hospital and Central State Hospital, a homemaker and an n employee of Thomas Funeral Home. Survivors included three sons, R.W. Heightchew, Walter Heightchew, Hollie Heightchew; and a daughter, Etta Mae Auxier.