The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in 1924

Over the years, Charles Hartley has shared glimpses of what was being printed in The Pioneer News in different months and years. This page includes what was taken from the January through July issues of 1924.


January 1924

The first jury of women used in Judge Shelton’s court was sworn in last week and was composed of the following well known ladies: Mrs. J. R. Buckman, Mrs. David Buckman, Mrs. Joe Chappell, Mrs. Leon Lloyd, Mrs. Will Joyce, Mrs. Robt. Foster. Two ladies were used here for jury service several months ago, Mrs. Hilary Hardy and Mrs. Nancy Strange.

Little Jerry Martin, while riding his tricycle on the front porch at his home Tuesday evening, fell from the porch and broke his right arm. Dr. Ridgway was called and set the broken bones and at last reports, Jerry was doing nicely.

The Shepherdsville High School girls’ basketball team defeated the Louisville Girls High School team recently, 18 to 9, the game being played on a large city floor. The following young ladies played on the local team: Misses Martha Hill, Johnnie Summers, Kathryn Nusz, Elizabeth Pittman, Bertha Feathers, Beulah Barrall and Iva Elliott.

Mr. C. P. J. Mooney, Managing Editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, was in Bullitt County last week, looking over his farm near Bardstown Junction, and shaking hands with his many friends. Mr. Mooney was born on the farm which he now owns and has many relatives in this county.

Tom Taylor of Lebanon Junction was tried for bootlegging before a panel of women jurors, and after considerable debate the ladies could not decide, being split 3-3. Tom was tried a second time, this time with a jury of men, who likely knew him better. This time he was given a $200 fine and sentenced to 50 days in jail. Reckon he will prefer a female jury next time.

And W. R. Starks, a L & N engineer, of Lebanon Junction, stopped his train at Pottinger Creek, near Gethsemane, and led a rescue party that saved the life of twelve-year-old Jesse Brown who fell through the ice while skating. E. L. Stamper, fireman and J. E. Scalf, brakeman, aided in the rescue. The trainmen continued their run of twenty miles to Lebanon Junction in their icy-wet clothes, after starting young Brown on his way home.

February 1924

The ladies of Shepherdsville organized a Woman's Club with the following officers: Mrs. Sudie Means, President; Mrs. Ella Chappell, Vice-President; and Mrs.Ada Troutman, Secretary and Treasurer. Other members mentioned included Mrs. T. C. Carroll, Mrs. Collings, Mrs. Harmon and Miss Mary Dawson.

Charles Lee Bradbury and Stanley Muir led the Georgetown College basketball team to a victory over the University of Kentucky. Together they scored 16 of the team's 26 points.

Out Pleasant Grove way the Union Truck collected for market two bunches of hogs, one for Jasper Hall and the other for Strauss and Rob Hall, one cow for Jess Ridgway, five calves, two for George Armstrong, one for Mike Brumley, one for Talmage Lloyd and one of K. S. Grant. That was a full load!

The Hebron correspondent reported that Mrs. Betty Deacon died in late January at the age of 88. She was a carpet weaver and wove many yards of rag carpet, flannel and jeans with her loom. It was estimated that in 60 years that she followed weaving, she wove over six thousand yards of carpet, flannel and jeans. She left one daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Swearingen, three grandchildren, Louis Swearingen of Louisville, William and Miss Geneva Swearingen of this place and quite a number other near relatives and friends.

The Fiscal Court decided to help build a bridge across Rolling Fork River about a mile south of Lebanon Junction.

J. R. Zimmerman, a popular Shepherdsville attorney, moved his office over to room 3 in the new Bullitt County Bank building, and invited all his clients and friends to come by for a visit.

The newspaper editor wrote about his "esteemed friend," Mr. Samuel A. Hornbeck who had just celebrated his 80th birthday with a splendid dinner prepared by Mrs. Letitia Wilson, his daughter, assisted by her sisters, Mrs. Mary Collings, and Miss Nannie Hornbeck.

The paper reported that the Glen Ella school district had the largest percentage of its pupils in high school of any district in Bullitt County. This district was first taught by Mrs. Ella Sweeney Pope, whose popularity there also gave it a part of her name. C. P. Bradbury, James Bradbury, Harry Combs, Forrest Weller, H. M. Trunnell, Conrad Maraman, James Hardaway and other notables were all students in that school.

O. G. Howerton sold his insurance business to Gabe Bealmear and Gus Swearingen who, while new men in the insurance field, were not strangers to the people of Bullitt County, where both were born and reared and where both had lived since birth. For several years, Mr. Swearingen was with Troutman Bros. where he made an enviable record. Before coming to Shepherdsville, Mr. Bealmear was engaged in stock raising and farming in the Zoneton neighborhood. He also operated a taxi for two years.

Back then Ottis Porter of Bardstown Junction would sell you a pair of good heavy horses, and if you were interested he'd also part with his farm.

And if you needed coal, you needed to call J. E. Chappell or Lillie Thompson in Shepherdsville. They handled nothing but the best Eastern coal.

March 1924

The S.H.S. Girls' basketball team won the Fifth District tournament by defeating Glendale and Memorial High. The team was accompanied by Prof. Sanders, Manager, and Miss Beulah Lee, Coach and a fine crowd of about 75 boosters.

Then in the state tournament at Lexington they defeated Hazard 19-6, and LaGrange 22-5 before coming up a little short against a strong Georgetown team.

The team was composed of the following girls: Elizabeth Pittman and Beulah Barrall, Shepherdsville; Iva Elliott and Bertha Foster, Brooks; Johnnie Summers, Gap-in-Knob; Mary Jane Garr, Hubers; Kathryn Nusz, Bardstown Junction; and Martha Hill, Belmont.

In other news, on March 7th the paper reported, "In the County Diploma examination recently held, the highest average was made by Mr. Edward Rhea Jr, a bright young student from Hebron. The second highest average was made by Elizabeth Wiggington of the same school, while several others made commendable averages and we think the following are well deserving of honorable mention: Linda Harned, Margaret Baldwin, Eugene Frick, Rena Shaw, Thelma Philpot and Harry Farmer."

An interesting note from the Hebron correspondent who reported that the following ladies met and outlined plans for providing for the needs of starving German children: Mrs. S. N. Brooks Sr, Mrs. Chas. McKenzie, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Harned, Miss Mary Kirk and Mrs. J. R. Holsclaw.

Closer to home, J. R. Ball cut a tree having 160 rings. About 75 years back, someone had cut into it and while healed over and overgrown with no outward trace, there remained still that weak spot that caused the tree to break there in falling.

A sage from the paper reported, "Ben Engle would like to get married, but all he likes is the chance. He thinks he has the chance, but some people don't think he has."

The Hebron reporter wrote "Wish the county could find a way to pike the Bell's Mill Road. Let's adopt the slogan, 'every road paved, every stream bridged.'" Think the roads are bad now?

Earl Samuels, a local boy, was assigned as manager of the Jolly Motor Livery Corporation branch in New Orleans.

Miss Zella Carpenter, a member of the Senior class of Lebanon Junction High School, won the Lincoln Medal given by the Illinois Watch Company for the best essay on the life of Abraham Lincoln.

And out at Chapeze, J. H. Moore purchased a farm from Lon Hatfield, Maggie Warden bought a new organ, and John Worden lost a fine mule. Anyone seen that mule?

April 1924

The Mt. Washington P.T.A. reported over 70 active members. They were led by Mrs. Preston Parrish, President; Professor Otis Brown, 1st Vice President; Mrs. Charles Long, 2nd Vice President; and Mrs. Paxton Parrish, Secretary and Treasurer.

Charles Lee Bradbury, Stanley Muir and Crumbacker Jenkins returned home from Georgetown College for a brief visit.

Otis Porter advertised that he was quitting farming and selling his place about a half mile north of Bardstown Junction. Several others seemed to be doing the same thing in a time when it was getting harder and harder to make a living on a farm.

J. F. Combs' home burned, but a large number of volunteers helped to save most of the contents.

Several men were advertising stud service. O. H. Masden was offering his registered Percheron Stallion and fine jack at his barn in Shepherdsville; J. V. Ashby had a six year old black Draft Stallion housed at the fairgrounds; and W. A. Crenshaw was offering a fine young Jack at his barn near Lotus.

The Grand Jury returned more indictments than had ever been issued before in the county. Most of the cases were for whiskey hauling, selling and moonshining.

The Baptist Church in Shepherdsville reported a fine revival led by Evangelist H. S. Summers of Campbellsville who preached twice daily for twelve days. Music and singing was under direction of Professor Jack Sanders. Orchestra consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Sanders and Miss Margaret, with Misses Smith and Patterson at the piano. Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Hornbeck had the visiting Evangelist in their home. and Mrs. T. C. Carroll and Mrs. R. I. Kerr, headed the Entertainment Committee. Baptismal Service was held at Salt River, on the south side above the Railroad Bridge.

The seventh and eighth grades of Lebanon Junction School, with their most efficient teacher, Miss Bertha Trunnell, went on a hike Monday afternoon. After leaving town, they ascended one of the pretty knobs, made more beautiful by wild flowers, dogwoods, and red buds. At almost the very summit, a fire was made and soon bacon, weiners and marshmallow were sizzling over the burning embers. When all appetites were well satisfied, they began the descent with a heavy tread but a happy heart.

And in the "Personal" column we read, "Don't fuss, don't cuss, insure with Gabe and Gus." That's Bealmer and Swearingen, for the uninformed.

May 1924

The Senior Class of Shepherdsville High School put on a comedy in three acts at the Masonic Temple. The cast included Pat Cruise, Roger Alford, Orville Jenkins, W. T. Whitman, Robert Ball, Kathryn Nusz, Mildred Hagan, Mary Jane Garr, Beatrice Moore, and Louise Shelton. The Director was Miss Lillian Crume.

The S.H.S. Junior Class gave a delightful entertainment with the following students as entertainers: Robert Jones, Hazel Dell Trunnell, Robert Wallace, Mary Tom Melton, Katherine McKinney, Clara Johnson, Eva Mae Thompson, Flossie Lynch, Russell Jenkins, Ada Bell, Franklin Armstrong, William Shaw, Hobart Roby, Ethel Mae Cochran, Hathaway Ball, Thelma Lee Welch, Annis Smith, Hattie Mae Buckman, Elizabeth Pitman and Margaret Sanders.

And the S.H.S. Sophomore class had a picnic at Myer's Camp. The party left about 8:30 and arrived at the camp about 9:30. The crowd consisted of the following: (boys) Charles Shaw, Clyde Roby, Roth Ratliff, Bill Griffin, Robert Hays Simmons, Paul Patterson, Lee Logsdon, Ham Collings, John Wuthrich, Tommy Wilson, Lavern Lloyd, Wassell Rodgers, Paul Schaefer and Maurice Tatum; (girls) Anna Rhea Combs, Evelyn Croan, Hazel Hall, Mildred Bergen, Etta Nusz, Dolly Stephen, Reba Dever, Margaret Sanders, Johnnie Summers, and Thelma Crenshaw. It was said that they all had a good time.

The following teachers were elected for the coming term: Shades - Sylvia Barrall, Sharp's - Mary Stallings, Sunny Side - Aldena Barrall, Mt. Elmira - Mabel Snellen, Zoneton - Mary Engle Brooks, - Mary Dawson, Mt. Washington - Beulah Lee (Assistant), Glades - Nora Bridwell, Pleasant Grove - Mildred Hagan, Victory - Lynton Weller, Clermont - Lula Cook, Beech Grove - Louise Shelton, Culver - Elizabeth Harned, and Hays - Lillie Monroe.

At Pleasant Grove, Floyd Stallings got a new buggy, and J. W. Lloyd sent two cows and seven calves to market by the Proctor truck.

And the paper reported that General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing spent a week at Hubers and while there, he visited the knobs west of Brooks Station and stated he would like to buy them. Wonder how that turned out?

June 1924

W. P. Daugherty, a successful farmer of the Rolling Fork section, was sworn in as a member of the County School Board. He was considered a splendid business man and is one of the most popular men in the southern section of Bullitt County.

Mr. Schweckendieck and sons and Lee Wheeler and sons sent a fine lot of strawberries to market.

The Union Truck was busy out at Pleasant Grove picking up hogs and calves to take to the market. Robert Bridwell sent the hogs, and the calves came from Mrs. Cassell, Mrs. Lola Foster, and Lyman Hall.

Tragedy struck the Robert Ice family when their little son, Robert Jr. was struck and killed by an auto driven by Mr. Sang of Louisville. I wonder if this was the first traffic casualty in Shepherdsville?

Elizabeth Weller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stoney Weller, graduated from the University of Kentucky with high honors.

Several well-known citizens including J .H. Boes, Nat Maraman, C. P. Bradbury, O. H. Masden, Dick Williams, and C. F. Troutman were circulating subscription blanks to help raise $9,000 as the county's part to get the state to build the Preston Street Road through the county.

Mrs. John Eckers, who had shot her husband, was acquitted in her trial before Judge Shelton who determined that it was self-defense.

The Shepherdsville Free Public Library was officially opened to the public by the Woman's Club on Saturday, June 14.

Hanging in the studio of Mr. John R. Buckman was a rattlesnake almost five feet in length, which Mr. Buckman killed on his hill farm.

Bertha Trunnell, Willie Mae Ridgway, and Willie Mae's mother returned home after spending a few weeks at French Lick Springs.

Out at Pleasant Grove, Archie Trigg purchased a five passenger car, while J. B. Proctor lost a horse in a sink hole.

And E. G. Quick, Bullitt County jailer, offered $10 rewards for the return of Thomas Taylor or Harold Wolf who broke out of jail on June 10. Somebody forget to lock the door?

July 1924

James W. Croan, who was sheriff of Bullitt County from 1918-1921, was appointed Shepherdsville Police Judge by acting Governor William Perry. The paper said that "Judge Croan will do exactly what he thinks is right, and will not play any favorites. He is a just man and will decide all cases strictly on their merits. We congratulate the town on his appointment."

By the way, Acting Governor Perry was married to Mary Jo Hagan of Chapeze. While in charge, he also made H. H. Glenn and Lee Hamilton Kentucky Colonels.

Lloyd Patterson and Pinkie Jones got married. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Patterson provided the place, and served cake and ice cream afterward. The young folks planned to stay with her folks for a spell.

H. E. Stivers and Henry Stivers got the contracts for hauling children to the Nichols Consolidated School.

Rev. Rees Northern died at his home near the Fairgrounds. He was 89.

Mrs. Eva Brown lost her leather handbag somewhere between Bert Pope's and the Salt River. Anyone seen it?

Circuit Court was in session with the following men serving on the Grand Jury: J. M. Cundiff, Will Burns, Wathen Viers, E. F. Henderson, C. A. Barrall, Herman Mothershead, Chas. Duvall, Frank Mathis, Nick Miller, P. L. Roby, N. H. Braithwaite, and Walter Coakley.

John Weller Holsclaw took Ethel Prather as his bride. In attendance were Mattie Fort, Thomas Hackney, Mary Cynthia Holsclaw, and the Rev. W. C. Harrison who performed the ceremony.

Mrs. Sue Rogers was looking to sell a large blackberry patch. She'd also hire some pickers.

The paper reported that Rowan Snellen had died. In his early youth he assisted Hardin Holsclaw in taking flat boats to New Orleans, and later worked for the railroad.

Myron "Bud" Combs lost his battle with tuberculosis. For many years he worked at the Troutman Bros. Store, and then at the Bullitt County Bank.

And Jesse Mann killed a rattlesnake that was eight feet long, and four inches around. Boss Hagan and Walter Mann couldn't believe their eyes!


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The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 03 Apr 2018 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/happened/1924.html