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It Happened in July

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 29 July 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 July.

1998 - 15 Years Ago.

The Mt. Washington Lion’s Club selected Don Morgan as their Lion of the Year. Morgan has been a member of the organization for 35 years.

Rebecca Bean and Mark Rawlings of North Bullitt High School, and Holly Skidmore and Randi Arnold of Bullitt Central were high scorers in a local 4-H event in March and this month attended the Kentucky Youth Seminar in Lexington where they participated in individual and team competitions.

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5710 installed new officers. They are President Kathleen Coffey, Senior Vice President Jean Wolf, Jr. Vice President Ann Boss, Treasurer Sharon Hopkins, Chaplain Joyce Stansbury, Conductress Eunice Duff, and Guard Ruth Richardson. Trustees are Wilma Quisenberry, Mary Nusz and Emma Thomas. Appointed officers are Secretary Betty French and Patriotic Instructor Brenda Hack.

Jennifer Belcher, daughter of Larry and Linda Belcher was inducted into the Gold Star Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at WKU following her freshman year which she completed with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

The Rev. James Hargadon, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Mt. Washington, is retiring. Rev. Scott Wimsatt will take his place.

Debra Cathleen Dugger of Mt. Washington, and Karen M. Fackler and Julie M. Krebs, both of Shepherdsville, all were named to the President’s List at EKU following a semester with perfect 4.0 averages.

Local businessman Charles Hamilton, former state agriculture commissioner, was named to the Kentucky State Fair Board and will serve through July 2002.

Bullitt Central’s Jamie Kearney signed up to play basketball for Spalding University in Louisville. He plans to major in business administration. Joining him at the school will be his teammate Josh Travis.

Jewell Lutes retired as librarian at Bullitt Lick Middle School. She and her husband, Mt. Washington Mayor Ralph Lutes are making plans for their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Governor’s Scholar Program will include six Bullitt County students this summer. They are Leslie Dorris of Bullitt East, Jenny Smith and Michelle Crigler of Bullitt Central, and Mark Rawlings, John Lakes and Brandy Warren of North Bullitt.

Cedar Grove Elementary’s Science Fair winners were announce in July. The Grand Champion was Joshua Allen, a fifth-grader. Other fifth-grade winners include Chris Noe, Melissa Beatty, and Kandace VanHoozer. Winners in the fourth-grade were Joshua Ryan, Amanda Hawkins, Criag Banta, Jacob Kays, Chassidy Karr, Austin Whitely, Robert Vance, John Korfhage, Tiffany Maynard, Nick Meador, and Marlie Noe.

And Keela Pile of Bullitt County has been selected to participate in the 1999 Special Olympics. Keela, the daughter of Jerry and Rita Pile, will compete in the softball throw and the standing long jump. Go Keela Go!

1983 - 30 Years Ago.

Lloyd Harris and Mary Ann Elam were victorious in the Simms’ Shear Design Firecracker Open tennis tournament. Harris defeated Roger Cobb 7-5 and 6-2. Elam defeated Linda Wooden 6-3, 6-2.

Lawrence Frick, a long-time resident of the Zoneton Community, was recognized at a dinner-dance given in his honor at the Shrine Club. The party was hosted by Neil Farris, Bud Hardy, Art Hartlage, Ray McGruder, Ike Neil, Cecil Nichols, Bill Robey, Jim Shacklette, Bruce Thomason, and George Wigginton.

Donny Able, Gary Moore, Brian Meredith, David Hall, Phil Barnhouse, Robert Williams, John Thomson, Kevin Waddle, Dole Huff, Jason Varble, Mike Sharp, Ronnie Griffin, Shelby Clements, Jack Porter, Kyle Maki, Steve Roby, Brad Eschman, Darrell Vincent, Todd Bradbury, Kerry Stout, Troy Baumgardner, Jim Cash, and Mike Gravens all took part in the annual Clem Haskins Hilltopper Basketball camp in June, and their picture appeared in the paper this month.

Joe Brown of LJ caught a 14 pound catfish in a pond up around Boston.

Down in Lebanon Junction, they’re looking for lights so Otto Ballou, Ardell Holbert, Jimmy McGee, Tom Barnes, Gerald Tamme, and Jake Vincent can continue their horseshoe tournament even when it gets dark.

Did you know that Amelia Samuels was Lebanon Junction postmaster for 30 years, and that she retired from it 20 years ago? She and her husband Will celebrate their 65th anniversary on July 10.

A. S. Crenshaw caught a 32 pound snapping turtle in a small pond last week. According to him, it will be soup soon.

Winners of the girls’ skating competition held recently at Sububan Skate-o-rama were Joyce Barnes, Jenny Jackson, Alison Leslie, Janna Dowdy, and Chrissa McGrew.

John Roberts has written a nice article about George Bradbury. Did you know that Brad’s Roller Rink came about because the families of Ernest Waters and Bill Travis bought their gas at Bradbury’s station every Saturday on their way to skate in Valley Station. They asked Bradbury why he didn’t build a roller rink, and so he did.

Johnny and Helen Sparks are as proud as punch that their seven-year-old daughter, Misty Michelle has won the title of “Little Miss Shepherdsville.” She will represent the town in the state competition.

1953 - 60 Years Ago.

Sue Comstock, a counselor at Camp Shantituck Girl Scout Camp is reported to have a mild case of polio. She is the first case reported in Bullitt County in 1953.

Korea is on the minds of lots of folks. The Bullitt Lick reporter mentions that families have heard from Linsey Croan, Henry J. Troutman, Jr., Clifford Thomas, and Bill Simmons, all of whom are over there. While down at LJ, Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Shaw have heard from their son in Korea, and he urges that “they sure need doctors” over there.

Meanwhile at Belmont, the Baptist Church has held its Vacation Bible School. Their faculty included Mrs. Eliza Thurman, Mrs. Leonard Waters, Mrs. Hubert Gribbens, and Mrs. Melvin Rhodes in the beginner’s department; and Mrs. W. F. Masden, Mrs. Otho Quick, and Miss Janet Masden in the primary department. The junior department was led by Mrs. Albert L. Melburg, Mrs. E. D. Raney, and Mrs George Bradbury; the pastor led the intermediates, while Mrs. Byrd Brown, Mrs. Will Bradbury, and Mrs. Oscar Kidwell provided refreshments.

Judge and Mrs. C. P. Bradbury will hold open house at their Shepherdsville home to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

Dr. Patrick J. Murphy and wife have moved into the home of Dr. Bernard Popham at Lebanon Junction and will occupy Popham’s office while that doctor is away in the service.

Clyde E. Roby and Bert Shepherd just learned that they have been made Kentucky Colonels.

You are invited to attend the 6th annual rally of the Mt. Washington Lions Club. There will be plenty of fish, fun and entertainment for young and old alike. Come hear Jimmie Osborne’s band.

Jimmy H. Milam and John C. Moore of Shepherdsville are pictured in Korea. Both are with the 7th Division infantry.

Billy Horrell, vocational agriculture teacher at SHS, is attending class at U.K. In preparation for the class, he visited fifty Bullitt County farms. (Do we still have that many?)

Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Hagan and daughter Pat of Shepherdsville are spending their two-week vacation in Florida, while Misses Frances Trunnell, Ethel Newman and Zollie Swearingen traveled only as far as Clifty Falls, Indiana. However, Misses Sara and Clara Newman and friends just returned from a trip to Alaska. Sara will return there to teach in the fall.

The Shepherdsville F.F.A. elected new officers for the coming school term. They are President Bobby Milam, Vice-President Sam Hardy, Secretary Lloyd Maraman, Treasurer Eddie Beam, Reporter Doyle Eskridge, and Sentinel Richard Crigler. All are seniors.

Marvin Porter proudly announces the grand opening of his newly modernized Shepherdsville Motor Company, your Chevrolet dealer on Main Street.

And Rev. W. H. Powell treated his Sunday School class of young ladies to breakfast Sunday morning. Wonder what was on the menu?

1923 - 90 Years Ago.

Frank Goldsmith and his wife, Pauline Daugherty, and Judge Morrow left for several days at French Lick.

Norman and G. L. Bridwell of Shepherdsville just finished building a couple of large barns over at Solitude for Mr. Ash and Mr. Rouse.

Little Miss Elizabeth Sanders is spending this week at Campbellsville with her grandparents.

Professor Sanders, Misses Ruby Dean, Sallie Shultz, Virginia Clements, Geneva Gibson, Lillian Crume, Alma Hutchens and Hester Anderson have been elected by the local school trustees to teach at the Shepherdsville school for the fall term.

At Hebron, thieves broke into W. J. Bell’s home during church services and stole Rev. Martin’s suit case containing his clothes for his planned two week stay. The suit case was later found in a corn field, but all it contained was a Bible and Rev. Martin’s sermons.

Jailer E. G. Quick offered a $15 award to anyone who returned an escaped prisoner named W. C. Marshall to his jail. Any takers?


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/july3.html