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It Happened in June

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 30 Jun 2014. 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.

1999 - 15 Years Ago.

Several high school tennis players managed to make it to the State Tennis Championships, but lost some close matches. Their only victory was by the Bullitt East doubles team of Jessica and Michelle Simon who managed a first round victory over Scott County before losing in the next round. Others who played at State were Britney Linde, Jessie Phelps, Amanda Dixon, Stefanie Sollman, Molly McDade, Matt Kerns, and Byron Simms.

Bullitt Central's Marea Ingwerson capped off a spectacular senior sports year with the highest finish ever for a Lady Cougar in the State Track Championships when she placed second in Class AAA 1600 meter run.

Bullitt East junior Troy Williams finished third in the Class AA discus event. Other Chargers at the meet included Mike Whitfill and Jamie Sacra.

After 15 years in Bullitt County, Mike Riffe announced that he was taking the girls' head coaching position at Carroll County.

Principal John Rowland announced that he would be leaving Hebron Middle to become the county's Director of Buildings and Grounds.

Bullitt Central grad, Emily Korfhage graduated from Transylvania University magna cum laude. She was also recognized as a Senior Challenge Pacesetter by contributing to a scholarship for an incoming freshman. I know parents Ted and Gayle were proud.

The Bullitt County Dolphins Swim Team began practicing under the direction of Coach Debbie Lloyd.

Charlotte Scrogham opened Cabin Creations just off the bypass in Mt. Washington in her log cabin home. And Laveda Bibelhauser opened her "Lil' Bit of Everything" store in the Hebron Building.

Christy Dawn Strange Delk graduated magna cum laude from E.K.U.'s college of education. I bet parents David and Bonnie Strange are still beaming with pride.

Alisha Trunnell was the first recipient of the James W. Hardaway Memorial Scholarship. When Hester Belle Hardaway passed in 1996 she left money to fund the scholarship.

Renea Hefley of Lebanon Junction was crowned Miss Bullitt County Fair Pageant by last year's winner, Crystal Gayle Bentley. The first runner-up was Jennifer Nicole White of Shepherdsville. The next three runner-ups, in order, were Jaclyn Michelle Lord, Jennifer Renee White, and Kayla Marie Webb. Other participants included Jessica Ranae Mahoney, Carrie Ann Thornsberry, Tasha Lynn Etherton, Sara Ann Brangers, Mandy Kay Steindel, and Tiffany Lee Spadie.

Janice and Jennifer Johnson, mother and daughter, both earned their college degrees this month.

Angela Marshall found a unique way to teach her geometry class at Bullitt Central by having the class design and prepare a colorful quilt using geometry concepts to design the squares. As an added bonus, the crib-size quilt was donated to the Home of the Innocents in Louisville.

And Tom Barr reported that the Rite-Aid store was going to move to a new location on the corner of Buckman and Highway 44. C. E. Roby and Roy Welch were moving to make room for the new store. Wonder how that all turned out.

1984 - 30 Years Ago.

The candidates for Miss Bullitt County Fair were Bobbi French, Denise Ray, Tammy Shaw, Debbie Edmonds, Lisa Goley, Gretta Graham, Kara Longacre, Tammy Simpson, Sabrena Mingus, Michelle Davenport, Cecilia Conlan and Kim Fulkerson. Sabrena was crowned queen. Tammy was first runner-up, Cecilia was second runner-up, and the girls voted Denise as Miss Congeniality.

Mrs. Gale Stern won first place in knitted sweater at the fair.

Danny Leasor was named the new football coach for Bullitt Central.

Cliffa Foster graduated from Blue Mountain College in northern Mississippi. Clifford and Helen were mighty proud.

Ruth Owens, the LJ correspondent, reported that Darren Jackson was chosen to go to the Kentucky State Special Olympics in Lexington. She also reported that Ray Allender, Eddie Harned, Scott Smith, and David Downs won the N.A.P.A. golf tournament at Knob View.

At Belmont, Frances Riggs reported that Chris Smith had to have 14 stitches in his arm after a motorcycle accident with Jerry Holman.

Mary C. Holsclaw of Hebron reported that little Sarah Everett was honored at the Girl Scout Awards Dinner; and that someone's car tore down Robert Ball's mailbox.

Lois Simmons of Pleasant Grove wrote that Tony Ethridge and John Hilton caught twenty blue gills, and Louise Armstrong cooked them for the boys.

Carolyn French of Cedar Grove reported that Bro. Paul House was coming to Cedar Grove Baptist Church as pastor.

Oretha Ridgeway of Nichols reported that Clarence Dawson attended his son's wedding in Florida.

Thomason & Sohm advertised the upcoming auction of the Parrish home on Buckman Street with an aerial photo of the town showing the home between the Post Office and the Telephone Company.

The paper reported that a massive clean-up was underway at Smith's Farm Dump off Pryor Valley Road. I hear that turned into quite a mess.

And John Roberts wrote a nice article about the Mt. Washington Historical Society's plans to relocate the one-room Woodsdale school to a site next to Roby Elementary.

1954 - 60 Years Ago.

Miss Irma Dell Smith, harpist, performed with the Louisville Orchestra on a river barge in a free concert. She was Nancy Strange's niece.

Dr. James O. Willoughby announced that he was closing his office in Shepherdsville to go work at General Hospital and advance his training. He said that his practice would be taken over by Dr. Bruce Hamilton.

Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Allen announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Ann Allen, to Mr. Claude Lewis Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lane. Happy 60th anniversary!

The Saar family had a reunion at Bernheim Forest. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maraman, Donna Ray and Charles Henry Maraman, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Whittle and David their son, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Saar, Mr. and Mrs. Roger McAhron, Mrs. Mina Maraman, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Baker, Tommy, Linda Lou, Johnnie, Mike, Steve, Kathy, and Ricky Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Troutman with Peggy Ann and Roy Gene.

Twenty-seven boys and girls at S.H.S. couldn't get enough music, so they signed up for private lessons during vacation time. Concert band members were Mary Ann Bates, Penny Bergen, Louis Brosick, Joyce Ann Farmer, Billy Hachett, Dana Ann Lee, Wesley Hatfield, Burnell Pike, Bonnie Reader, Patty Reader, Betty Sue Rothwell, Billy Scroggins and George Wigginton. Intermediate Band members included Doris Bishop, Jim Bunce, Donald Coy, Ronald Crumbacker, Donald Dever, Tommy Lee, Estle McElvain, Curtis Pierce, Jimmy Smothers, Ruth Ann Stottman, Carl Warden and Charles Williams. In addition, Martha Eddington and Bonnie Joyce were continuing their piano work.

Billy Horrell, F.F.A. chapter adviser, accompanied four members of the chapter to Louisville for the F.F.A. convention. The boys included Billy Young, C. L. Lane, Selvie Hodge, and Charles Miller.

William French was employed by the Board of Education as a full-time maintenance supervisor.

Ethel and Clara Newman left for New York. They were spending the summer in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland.

Betty Sturgill opened a laundry in Shepherdsville located at 109 Main Street, north of Henderson & Hardy.

Billy Howard Smith and Bernie Milam were spending the summer attending the University of Kentucky.

And Billy Hardy was promoted to Staff Sergeant in the Air Force when he and his wife returned to Waco, Texas after a visit home to Shepherdsville. Be sure to ask him about it.

1924 - 90 Years Ago.

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?


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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: 13 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/happened/june4.html