The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in August

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 26 August 2013. It is archived here for your reading enjoyment.


In this column we will look back 15, 30, 60, and 90 years to capture glimpses of what was happening in Bullitt County in each of these years. Today we will focus on the month of August.

1998 - 15 Years Ago.

A reception was held in honor of the 100th birthday of Ralph Cundiff at the Baptist church in Shepherdsville.

Sharon Cash was chosen as the 1998 Homemaker of the Year by the Bullitt County Homemakers. Yvonda Rash received the Nellie Hubbard Award.

North Bullitt head baseball coach Sam Liberatore is stepping down after five seasons.

Martha Frakes has published a collection of her poetry titled "Martha's Memories: A Collection of Homespun Heartfelt Poetry."

Publishers Printing president Nick Simon teamed up with WLKY's Fred Cowgill in a canoe race on Salt River.

The Kentucky Jailers Association honored Ralph Bleemel who retired two years ago as Bullitt County jailer. Danny Fackler presented the award.

Monica Shahayda of Shepherdsville participated in the Star Systems National Talent Competition in Gatlinburg. She takes her dancing instruction at Dance Designs on Blue Lick Road.

John Wigginton of Mt. Washington participated in the Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students at WKU.

Greg Brotzge was awarded the Bullitt County Retired Teachers' Association scholarship.

A host of Bullitt County people participated in the Bluegrass State Games in Lexington including Brianne Broderick who won five gold medals in gymnastics. Others participating included Carrie Hammond, Ashley Bunch, Jill Karrer, Amanda Mingus, Brittany Gatz, Stephanie Jackson, Kayla Diamond, Victoria Hay, Michelle Washington, Bob Bristow, Charlotte Goodman, Terry Price, the Milburn family (John, Tamlyn, Shane, and Reese), Jade Troutman, Mike Hand, Jessica Rinkel, Sasha Hughes, Morgan Chesher, Alison Chesher, Lauren Kelty, Michelle Gleason, Laura Taylor, Megan Pratt, and Amelia Britt.

Mark Reynolds of Shepherdsville scored an upset victory in the Shoney's Restaurants 100-lap stock car race at the Louisville Speedway.

Bullitt Central's Holly Skidmore became the first person from Bullitt County to receive the distinguished Conrad Feltner 4-H Leadership Award.

And at a reunion for the 1932 SHS graduates, Morace Burns related how he and his twin brother Horace both played basketball for SHS, and when Morace got in foul trouble, he and Horace would switch jerseys so he could continue to play. Go Rams!

1983 - 30 Years Ago.

Louis Torok, better known as Ripp Ronay, was pictured on the front page painting a mural scene of Oregon mountains on the side of Mike Rizor's truck trailer.

Jean Hatzell advertised an auction to sell the Old Stone Bank which she had been using in her bookkeeping and tax service business. Being Circuit Court Clerk is just keeping her too busy to run the business too.

Bullitt Central's cheerleaders won the Camp Championship at WKU. The team included Cindy Meyers, Dana Fogarty, Kara Longacre, Andrea McCubbins, Denise Ray, Missy Perkins, Sherry Fackler and Paula Weber. Their sponsor is Reba Johnson.

The crew of Bullitt County television channel 12 (remember them?) were photographed by John Roberts as they interviewed Roger Shelburne, owner of Shelburne Fabrics Shop.

The newspaper printed a picture of a 1959 combined choir of Shepherdsville churches. I just can't resist sharing all their names: Karen (Cundiff) Larimore, Emmett Shepherd, Sharon Stottman, Patricia Smith, Brenda Stottman, Faye (Bacon) Dawson, Sandra Russell, Marilyn Mann, Linda (Tate) Tichnor, Charlene (Holsclaw) England, Bobby Price, Linda Florence, Marcella Rummage, Dianne (Cundiff) Cook, Dianna Moore, Jennifer Plenge, Janet (Masden) Rummage, Billie Fay Hasty, David Smith, Mary Lee (Price) Mason, Betty (Anderson) Coy, Billie Jo (Russell) Shaw, Joyce Rosser, Billie Sue (Bacon) Waters, Shirley (Etherton) Edwards, Mary Lois Nusz, Patsy Woods, Thelma Shelburne, Mary Sue Bleemel, Hester Belle Hardaway, Naomi Scott Kolb, Mary Cook, Ada Price, Sandra Lee Hack, Lillian Holsclaw, Alma Hardesty, Rose Hall, Dorothy Hartsell, Norma Tate, Roger Shelburne, Bill Bacon, Bruce Hartsell, Henry Powell, Stanley Lee, Charles Holsclaw, Reba Dawson, Judy Lee Shoulders, Ida Jane Harned and Fannie Belle Anderson. Boy, that must have been a sweet sounding choir!

Little Joani Johnson was pictured enjoying the waters of the Maryville pool along with her mother, Lisa, and Julie McNeese.

Bullitt Central grads, Mike Fleetwood and Ray McCubbins signed to play basketball at St. Catherine Junior College in Springfield.

Mrs. Beulah Foster visited Clara and Lois Simmons at Pleasant Grove and displayed a quilt she is making of the Old Pleasant Grove school house that burned in 1935. She attended that school and has many happy memories.

And down at LJ, Don Sanders said that his wife-to-be won the Gong Show and that she was going to be on the $1.98 Show. Then she would have enough money to get married.

1953 - 60 Years Ago.

The paper reported that Billy Joe Stansbury was granted a transfer to the Carrier U.S.S. Boxer so that he could join his brother, Robert Wayne Stansbury aboard that ship off the coast of Korea. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Folly Stansbury.

Dorothy Maraman's piano students performed in a recital. They included Billy Scroggin, Carol Welch, Billy Lee, Janet Parrish, Anna Fay Dawson, Joyce Cundiff, Mary Alice Davis, Anita Hope Lee, Ruth Marie Welch, Billy Morrison, and Ina Charles Roby.

Lightning played havoc in the county with Alton Trunnell losing a television, Frank Wrocklage a hay barn full of hay, and N. B. Helms two cows.

The Hebron correspondent made it clear how she felt about Happy Chandler when she wrote, "Doesn't it nauseate you to hear the name of Mr. Chandler in connection with high political office?"

Gayle Troutman returned from Bowling Green along with the family of Tommie Jasper who plan to make their home in Mt. Washington where Jasper will be the bookkeeper and accountant at the Jasper garage.

Harry Ash posted a notice of his intention to apply for a retail package distilled spirits license to operate a liquor store at the corner of Blue Lick and Main Street.

A donation in memory of Jerry Bergen was used to purchase a suction machine needed at a Baptist hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay.

J. W. Hardaway was honored at a reception at "The Meadows" to celebrate his 50 years of service at Peoples Bank in Shepherdsville.

T. C. "Tot" Carroll was appointed to hold court in Louisville to try an air pollution case. He is frequently called on to act as special circuit judge.

And the Shepherdsville P.T.A. sponsored a "Big Square Dance" with Pat Cruise, Jimmy Cruise, Virgil Hibbs, Walter Mattingly, Pflanz Hatzell, and Norman and Frankie Huffman providing the music. Let the good times roll!

1923 - 90 Years Ago.

Over at Pleasant Grove, Tillman Ridgway sent a load of lambs to market by the Montgomery truck; Farmers' Union donated several hundred dollars to help start a Union Store; and Harley Proctor has a new buggy.

The Kerr Drug Company, Cash-cut rate store in Shepherdsville is featuring a complete line of Eastman Kodaks and films. Everybody is exciting about getting their picture taken.

In Shepherdsville on the Court House lawn there was a benefit for the St. Aloysius Church which featured lots of refreshments. (Do they still do that?)

If you travel up the Mt. Washington road about two and a half miles from downtown Shepherdsville, you will find 60 acres of land two thirds cleared with an everlasting spring. Sim Bridwell wants to sell it to you.

When the August term of the Bullitt Circuit Court convened, the following men made up the grand jury: Harve Caudill, Fred Sadler, Walter Bishop, J. H. Lee Jr, Fred Sipes, Rufus Balee, Thomas Jenkins, W. F. Armstrong, Vernon Bell, R. H. Wheeler, R. E. McAfee, and W. T. Tyler.

Those called to be on the petit jury included John Adams, C. E. Alford, C. D. Ratcliff, J. S. Bergen, J. M. Cundiff, S. H. Rickets, P. H. Croan, W. H. Nusz, W. F. Clark, Virgil Hibbs, Chas. Edwards, Malcolm Harmon, Gabe Bealmear, Jno. Greenwell, Clarence Hall, A. H. Harned, John Pounds, B. H. Hardy, Fred Hatzell, Earl Dacon, W. D. Ellaby, T. N. Adams, Frank Christman, Joe Owens, W. L. Booth, and Ed Tyler.

An ice cream and Box supper was held at Shaw's Lawn about 3 miles north of Deatsville on the Bardstown and Shepherdsville Road for benefit of Woodsdale School and its teacher, Mary Triplett. (School fundraisers are nothing new.)

In the school news section we read that the immediate family of Col. Charles Troll were invited to his home to assist his good wife in celebrating his 78th birthday. The Troll family are fine jolly people and Mr. Troll is one of our best citizens who has raised and educated a large family. Several are now teachers in the Louisville city schools.

Four fellows (names withheld to save embarrassing the descendants) were indicted for stealing chickens, were found guilty, and the jury fixing their punishment at one year in the penitentiary at Frankfort. In response, the paper stated, "After a woman has toiled for the whole summer to raise a flock of chickens, she does not want them stolen!"

The paper reported that they have been informed by the Internal Revenue office at Louisville that they will have eight revenue men here during the county fair to be on the lookout for any whiskey selling or drinking. (That should be a challenge.)

And during the county fair, the chief attraction was the speed match between Cruise and Miller. Miller took the first heat, but Cruise won the last two on his steady Bruno. That horse has been on that track so much he knows it like a book. (Just ask Pat Cruise.) Wonder if Bruno got his "special" drink with all the revenue men around?


Copyright 2013 by Charles Hartley, Shepherdsville KY. All rights are reserved. No part of the content of this page may be included in any format in any place without the written permission of the copyright holder.


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: 13 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/happened/august3.html