The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in June

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 24 June 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 June.

1998 - 15 Years Ago.

David Arnett's fascination with the Titanic led him to build a five-foot long replica which was on display at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville during the 86th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Bullitt Central's FFA chapter elected new officers for the 1998-99 year. They are Kyle Bates, President; Chris Ashbaugh, Vice President; Jessica Sohl, Secretary; David Barnes, Treasurer; Betty Miller, Reporter; and Josh Riggle, Sentinel.

Stephanie Crable signed to play basketball at Georgetown College following an outstanding career at Bullitt Central where she was the all-time leading rebounder and second all-time scorer in the school's history. She plans to major in either Business Management or Mathematics.

Joe Reister, Pleasant Grove's principal, announced that he was leaving the school to go to Minnesota. However, in July he changed his mind and decided to stay.

John Christian Givhan Spainhour received the St. X Honor Society Award at his graduation. He plans to attend the University of the South.

In only their second time running as a team, Valerie Caple, Erika Ingwerson, Marea Ingwerson, and Cherish Evans broke the Bullitt Central school record in the 4 by 200 meter relay.

In the county middle school track meet, Hebron's boys and Bernheim's girls came in first. Winners in boys' events include Chris McKinney (BMS) - 70 meter hurdles, Austin Taylor (HMS) - 100 meter dash, John Stover (MWMS) - 1600 meter run, Kyle Skidmore (BMS) - 400 meter dash, John Bartley (BLMS) - 70 meter dash, Matt Drury (BMS) - 200 meter dash, Brandon Close (BMS) - 800 meter run, Willy Kelty (HMS) - long jump, Nick Valadez (HMS) - discus and shot put, and Andy Coleman (HMS) - high jump.

Girls' events winners include Kristen Murray (MWMS) - hurdles and 200 meter dash, Jennifer Osborne (BMS) - 100 meter dash and 70 meter dash, Samantha Elliot (BLMS) - 800 and 1600 meter runs, Kelly Close (BMS) - 400 meter dash, Angie White (MWMS) - long jump, Charita Jennings (BMS) - discus, and Melanie Keith (HMS) - high jump and shot put.

DeWayne Preston Frazier, of Lebanon Junction, graduated from Campbellsville University as the top political science student at the school. He has been accepted into the Patterson School for International Diplomacy on the UK campus.

While Kevin Davis and Lori Lee Lucas anticipated their wedding, James and Clara Campbell of Mt. Washington were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Virginia Crook was honored for her volunteer work at Nichols Elementary School at a recent state ceremony. She commented that she enjoyed working with the principal, Ron Weimer and the volunteer coordinator, Delores Ashby.

Sam and Barbara Hardy's boy, Edward Leon "Teddy" Hardy graduated from Cumberland College with a degree in business and finance.

Ben Curry beat Charles Hamilton in the Great Political Milk-Off at the county fair.

Ralph and Jewell Lutes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Ralph has served Mt. Washington as city judge, city councilman, and mayor for almost half that time.

A team of juniors coached by BE head coach Jerry Troutman pulled a big upset over the Kentucky All-Stars, a team of Kentucky's best seniors, 89-87 at Mt. Washington. Bullitt East standout, Nickie Randall contributed nine points to the effort.

1983 - 30 Years Ago.

One of the biggest stories in 1983 was the murder trial of James Edward Rummage and Cletus Ray Oller in the death of Delbert Logsdon, Sr.

Bullitt County was caught up in the search for the missing Ann Gotlib when she and her abductor had reportedly been given a ride and dropped off near Buckman and Blue Lick Road. She was not found here.

Dr. Hubert L. Clay, the veterinarian from Shepherdsville, held a rabies clinic at Lebanon Junction Elementary School.

Christy Cruise received a basketball scholarship to Campbellsville College where she would join Rosanne Conlan, another BC grad from the previous year.

Bullitt East's basketball camp featured Dirk Minniefield and Clem Haskins, and Clemette Haskins, 1983 Miss Basketball from Kentucky.

"Hap" Powell became one of the youngest photographers to have a photo in the Louisville Zoo calendar. His photo was selected second out of over a thousand entries.

1953 - 60 Years Ago.

Joyce Ann Farmer and Mary Kneisler of Brooks, Anna Faye Dawson of Bardstown Junction, and Mary Robert Barger of Shepherdsville each received blue ribbons in the 4-H District Rally at Simpsonville.

The Chamber of Commerce elected officers for 1953-54 including Frank Bunce, President; Vernon Mothershead, 1st Vice-President; L. W. Demaree, 2nd Vice-President; Lee McArthur, Dr. M. J. Cundiff, Glenn Pace, and Bruce Hartsell, Directors; and Mrs. Ted Lesch, Secretary-Treasurer.

Ronald L. Coy of Shepherdsville was one of 125 outstanding schoolboy patrolmen from the state who got to spend a week at Camp Earl Wallace on Lake Cumberland.

The Bullitt County Coonhunters Association sponsored dog races on Bill Armstrong's farm on Deer Lake Road.

The community was invited to attend the opening of the new addition to the Roy L. Maraman Funeral Home. It included four new chapel rooms with air conditioning.

The Henderson-Hardy Company advertised that their lumber yard would soon be loaded with fir wood because "pine has gotten so sorry we are forced to order fir from the West Coast."

Roy L. Maraman's dry goods store advertised Saxon brand slacks for $6.48 to $8.45 a pair.

Mattie's Eat Shoppe in Mt. Washington was able to recover its stolen cash register and other property when the State Police captured the thief when he reached his parent's home in Louisville.

Hubert White & Son of Salt River advertised a 1946 Chevrolet Tudor for sale at $575. Any takers?

June 19th was Bullitt County Day at the Fontaine Ferry Park in Louisville which featured the Comet, the nation's newest and finest roller coaster. Were you there?

1923 - 90 Years Ago.

The newspaper listed the elected school trustees including W. S. Paulley (Nicholas), Hays Ashby (Mt. Olive), J. J. Defler (Sunny Side), C. E. Rodgers (Shades), E. L. Marcer (Woodlawn), Herman Pearl (Licks), Charles Alford (Mt. Elmira), R. P. Sharp (Sharp's), Jess Ridgway (Needmore), J. M Harvey (Brooks), W. N. Gentry (Zoneton), Ed Rhea (Hebron), Robert Wade (Green Briar), W. F. Clark (Mt. Washington), Wayne Harris (Sugar Valley), Fred Gentry (Edgewood), James Tinnell (Whitfield), P. K. Jones (Glades), Henry Jones (Pleasant Hill), Bert Deacon (Cedar Grove), Charles Ratliff (Victory), W. J. Shaw (Woodsdale), Alex Riley (Hobbs), W. F. Knight (Clermont), Will Combs (Glenn Ella), Lee Dawson (Pitts Point), George Cundiff (Beech Grove), Fisher Harned (Hay's), Robert Basher (Zion), M. B. Stark (Cane Run), S. H. Ricketts (Harned), R. A. Masden (Mt. Carmel), Claud Hill (Culver Springs), O. H. Masden (Oak Grove), C. H. Moser (Bardstown Jct), Will Bradbury (Belmont), W. A. Ice, Will Griffin, Embra Deacon, S. B. Simmons, and C. C. Daugherty (Shepherdsville) and Charles Duvall, George Essex, Chester Roby, Andy Mann, and Abner Collings (Lebanon Jct.).

Elizabeth Weller, a junior majoring in English at the University of Kentucky, made the Dean's List with all A's. She is Stoney Weller's daughter.

Baseball was the subject of a little gathering down at Bardstown Junction when the home team defeated the Old Charter team from Chapeze 8-0 by turning in four double plays.

Playing for Bardstown Junction were George Bradbury, Charles Ashby, Robert Rennison, Charles Bradbury, G. Bradbury, V. Laswell, S. Bradbury, H. Carr, and E. Stansbury. The Old Charter team included Guy Burns, J. Hagan, Clay Cundiff, J. Hall, A. Cundiff, C. Fehrnback, J. Hoagland, Bill Cunniff, and S. Muir.

Batter Up!


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/june3.html