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It Happened in March

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 27 Mar 2017. It is archived here for your reading enjoyment.


We will be looking back 10, 30, 50, 70, and 90 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 2007, 1987, 1967, 1947, and 1927 in the month of March.

2007 - 10 Years Ago.


Pleasant Grove Elementary students and teachers lined up to throw pies at Principal Joe Reister at the fund raiser for the school's Math-a-Thon and for the County YMCA's spirit program.

Bullitt East's Whitney Hanley and Robert Troutman were honored as the Bullitt County Basketball Players of the Year.

Dakota Bryant and Alyssa Baker won first place in the Valentine Card design contest at the Clermont Post Office.

Fairdale was double-trouble for Bullitt East in the district basketball tournament, beating the boys 54-50 in the final game, and the girls 64-52 in their game.

The Lady Chargers fell to Iroquois in the first round of the Sixth Region tournament 60-47.

Whitney Hanley led the scoring for East with 14 points while Kelly Harrod added 10 and Kathleen and Kelli Thompson each added 8 points.

Meanwhile the Bullitt East boys fell to Butler 57-43 in the opening round of their region. Robert Troutman led the Chargers with 13 points, Alex McMahan had 8, Michael Elder 6, and Adam Kelty 5 points.

Whitney Hanley and teammate Kathleen Thompson were pictured battling for a rebound in the Fairdale game. In another picture we see Zach Strachan driving around a Fairdale player.

Michael Eberbaugh retired as Bullitt County School Superintendent.

Sandy McCoy was pictured displaying a quilt at a Quilting Bee in Mt. Washington.

Poetry was on display at the Bullitt County Libraries' poetry contest. The Elementary School Division was won by Rebekah Cochran with her poem "Cheese Lovers." Stevie Jones won the Middle School Division with "Tobacco Man," and Brandon Carey wrote "Time For Autumn" to win the High School Division. Patricia L. Morgan won the Adult Division with her poem "Stillness."

I wonder how many scouts from Pack and Troop 687 remember making a field trip to The Pioneer News and Standard Publishing in Shepherdsville?

And Sheriff Donnie Tinnell was pictured standing beside one of those new white cruisers with the stripping package. Hmm... I wonder...

1987 - 30 Years Ago.



Joshua Lee Newman escorted Jessica Marie Newman down the aisle during the third annual Bullitt County Bridal Show. They were modeling the latest fashions.

Gladys Morris spent a part of "I Love to Read Week" playing Betsy Ross and encouraging people to read. You could find her in the Bullitt Lick library.

Cheryl Crenshaw and Helen Underwood took time out from their busy schedule mailing tickets to the Irene Carroll Scholarship luncheon and style show to have their picture taken.

Mark Elzey and Eddie Norris combined to score 33 points as North Bullitt defeated Bullitt East in the 29th District championship game; and Doug Henson got his picture taken while cutting down the net.

Elzey and Norris joined Eric Moore and Chris Crenshaw of East, Randy Graham and Kirk Greathouse of Central, and John Shelly and Chad Whitaker of Spencer County on the all-tournament team.

North Bullitt made it to the regional semi-finals before losing to Shelby County 59-58 in double overtime, despite Norris' 24 points and Elzey's 18.

The Lady Chargers of Bullitt East defeated North Bullitt 51-45 behind Shannon Miles' 17 points and 14 by Beth Snider. North was led by Amy Hall with 16 and Kim Dial with 14. This gave East their fourth 29th District championship in the last five years.

Those four made the all-tournament team along with Jennifer Powell and Stephanie Jarvis of East, Tammy Hall of Central, and Stephanie Redmon of Spencer County.

The Lady Chargers would reach the regional championship game before falling to Shelby County 44-39.

Mary C. Holsclaw of Hebron declared that the first signs of spring had been seen - wild onions and dandelions!

Linda Boley of Cedar Grove reported that David and Ritha Hatcher took advantage of the nice weather to put a new roof on their house.

Lois Simmons of Pleasant Grove reported that she and Clara were visited by Wallace Armstrong, and J. B. Proctor.

School Superintendent Frank Hatfield announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 1987-88 school year.

Andrea Burden of Mt. Washington Middle, Vanessa Brotzge of Bullitt East, and Dawn Wilkins and John Thompson of Bullitt Central all made it to the state Governor's Cup academic competition.

F. E. "Red" and Martha Parrott Deacon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home in Mt. Washington.

And Bob and Ginger Carter of Lebanon Junction reported that Bobby Campbell won a set of The Chronicles of Narnia books in the perfect attendance drawing at Lebanon Junction Elementary. I bet he read all of them.

1967 - 50 Years Ago.

The Mt. Washington correspondent wrote that Mr. and Mrs. Louis Roby, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Tichenor, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Robey, Mr. T. M. Cox, and Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Robey all enjoyed Easter supper at the Jones restaurant in Bardstown. She also reported that Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Jasper, Tara, Jill and Cindy Rhea, Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Troutman, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lutes, Debbie, Pamela and Randy were all dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Troutman. Sounds like a lot of good eating!


C. H. Skelton

S.H.S. Coach Skelton announced that his baseball team would open their season against Bardstown St. Joe in April. His squad included pitchers Buddy Maraman, Andy Dawson, Gary Pugh, Steve Coulter, Mike Phillips, and Neil Bartley; and catchers Pat Cruise and Tommy Braden. Other players included Larry Adkins, Kenny Lee, Clinton Sears, Jimmy Richardson, Ron Adkins, John Ice, Tim Crumbacker. Additional players who might get uniforms included Bobby Cook, Danny Perry, Curt Gillenwater, Rob Kenny, Mike Kenny, Barry Watson, Gordon Roberts, Steve Roby, Mike Roby, David Coy, Ted Branham, and Steve Willis.

Wearing another hat, Dr. C. H. Skelton delivered the Easter sunrise message at the Methodist Church in Shepherdsville. He was a former pastor of the church.


Carolyn Masden

Rebecca Becnel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Becnel, received the Pi Upsilon Omicron Cornell Award at U.K. for having the highest grade point standing at the end of her freshman year in the Home Economics department.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Masden of Shepherdsville announced the engagement of their daughter Carolyn to Joseph J. Brady. Miss Masden was employed at Blue Cross-Blue Shield as a computer operator. Mr. Brady worked at Catalysts Chemical in Louisville.

The Hebron correspondent reported that Mrs. Bertie Holsclaw Summers had passed away after a severe illness. This reminded me of Summers and Olive Ashworth, a fine couple.

The school board selected Frank Hatfield as school superintendent, effective March 9th. He had been serving as acting superintendent while Thomas Jeffries attended school while working on his doctorate.

The Bullitt County 4-H Horse and Pony Club elected the following officers: Kirt Gillenwater, president; Lewis Skidmore, vice-president; Cynthia Funk, secretary and treasurer; and Jimmy Hall, reporter.

The Lebanon Junction chapter of Future Homemakers of America elected Dianne Moutardier as Miss FHA, and Mike Boone as FHA Sweetheart.


Sue Powell

Mrs. Henry Powell (Sue) was selected as Bullitt County Easter Seal chairman for the third time. Sue was a fine lady, and a dedicated volunteer.

The Shepherdsville Lions Club awarded Glora Jean Burks' essay on world peace with a savings bond. Glora, who had been hospitalized at Kosair Hospital, received the award from James "Bud" Hardy, president of the club, William Lee, treasurer, and M. L. Major who represented the essay committee.

And Linda Cox and Juanita Collier, both 11 years old, got lost in the hills above Cedar Grove. The rescue squad was called out to locate them. The first to find them was Juanita's brother Sam, but unfortunately he had gotten separated from the others, and was a bit lost himself. Together they wandered around a while until they came to a road, and were soon located and returned home.

1947 - 70 Years Ago.

The Lebanon Junction correspondent apologized for failing to mention the marriage of Corinne Beeler to Roy Wise of Lebanon Junction. Miss Beeler had been a fine school teacher for many years in the community.

The Carter-Cooper Electric and Paint Shop moved from River Street to the building next the Standard Filling Station. The building was made vacant when Hardy's Store moved.

Glecia Ratliff of the Cedar Grove school won the annual Bullitt County spelling bee. Other participants included Raymond Mitchell (Nichols), Helen Loys Lester (Sunny Side), Kenneth Bailey (Brooks), Janet Lee Willoby (Pleasant Grove), Dorothy Lewis (Mt. Washington), Margaret Ann Robinson (Clermont), Joan Bradbury (Belmont), Edna Shaw (Woodsdale), Patsy Jean Reading (Shepherdsville), Charlene Murphy (Lebanon Junction), James Swearingen (Bowman Valley), and Ella Mae Greathouse (Greathouse). The Mt. Olivet and Cedar Glades schools were not represented.

In the Personals column we learned that Professor and Mrs. Foster Sanders were Saturday evening guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gardner and children of Louisville. We also learned that Inez Patterson attended a health department conference at Mammoth Cave.

In Mt. Washington, Rev. J. L. Coomer was badly bruised when his brakes failed to work, causing him to run in front of another vehicle. Then when H. C. McGee went after Bro. Coomer and his car, he was struck by another car while crossing the street.

Only a few members of Mrs. C. L. Stansbury's Young Woman's Class at the Methodist Church were able to attend a meeting with their teacher due to much sickness in the community.

Mrs. Thelma Bergen underwent an operation in a Louisville hospital, but was home and doing well.

Mr. and Mrs. Hebert Cundiff and daughter were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carpenter in honor of Mr. Carpenter's 59th birthday.

Mrs. Gabe Bealmear, Mrs. J. W. Hardaway, and Mrs. T. C. Carroll of the Bullitt County Woman's Club offered a resolution of respect for one of their members, Addie Harmon, who passed away on January 24th.

Dudley Shelbourne sold a 500 pound hog, but when asked about it, declared that it wasn't much of a hog. He also cut a big red oak tree that was so big that no local mill could handle its size. It was said to be over six feet in diameter.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther Stivers were operating the Shepherdsville store formerly run by Nettie Rheaume.

W. B. Samuels, Clyde E. Roby, and W. T. Finn were elected members of the Bullitt County Bank Board of Directors. They joined Dr. Woodford B. Troutman, H. H. Combs, Holloway T. Miller, W. Howard Roby, and Alice Pope on the Board. Mr. Samuels was the proprietor of Samuels Motor Company in Lebanon Junction. Mr. Roby was the Bullitt County tax commissioner. Mr. Finn was formerly a teller at the Stock Yards Bank in Louisville.

And bids for building the jail and remodeling the courthouse were opened and I. Bush & Son of Louisville had the low bid of $61,945. The newspaper offered a tip of the hat to Judge Bradbury for insisting that the old Bullitt County jail building remain as it is. He said that there were hardly any jails of that type left, and this one served as an interesting relic.

1927 - 90 Years Ago.

Charles Lee Bradbury, a local boy attending Georgetown College, was selected to be on the Kentucky All-Star basketball team.

The Baracca and Fidelis class of the Baptist Church Sunday School met at the home of their teacher, Mrs. Ada Ridgway for a business and social meeting. Present were Reba Dever, Gladys Ice, Ella Mae Dever, Ada Patterson, Hattie Mae Buckman, Ruth Patterson, Guy Bergen, Clarence Stansbury, Jerome Monroe, Lindsay Jones, Robert Jones, Paul Patterson, Bert Quick, and J. B. Burkhalter.

The Pleasant Grove correspondent reported that Rev. Cundiff was entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Armstrong. He was called as pastor for another year. Also, Mrs. Clara Scott and children spent a Sunday with her sister Mrs. Edith Hall; Mrs. Virgie Jones and little son Adrain spent Friday with her mother, Mrs. J. B. Proctor.

Zollie, Polly, and Gus down at the Shepherdsville Drug Store advertised that they had a toaster, and would gladly fix you a sandwich.

Mrs. Sarah Jean McAfee, wife of E. T. McAfee, funeral director and embalmer in Mt. Washington, has graduated from embalming school herself, and will be an assistant to her husband.

In other Mt. Washington news, J. W. Worner purchased the Aunt Jane Hall property at Bethel Church from Mitch Moore. And E. T. Cox and family have moved to the Simmons farm near Shepherdsville.

Elmer Ray Masden and Lucile Stark, both of Lebanon Junction, were married at the home of the bride.

Everett Haynes advertised his saddle, harness, and shoe repairing shop which was opposite Shepherdsville Motor Company.

Mrs. Clarence Dawson advertised Rhode Island Red eggs, 15 for 50 cents.

C. E. Crenshaw advertised an auction of 60 lots in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Uncle Eph Quick, the genial and urbane proprietor of the Bullitt County jail, says his business is in fine shape.

The household furnishings belonging to the estate of Mrs. George W. Maraman, deceased, were sold at auction at the residence near Salt River Station.

The County School Board met to set the date for the Common School Diploma Examination. Its members included T. L. Mattingly, H. T. Williams, J. T. Harris, Lem Swearingen, and W. P. Daugherty.

The members of the S.H.S. boys' basketball team included J. E. Chappell, Jr., Paul Patterson, Ray Shanklin, Bill Sanders, Morace Burns, Horace Burns, Carroll Weller, and Chester Bradbury.

The girls' team includes Johnnie Summers, Lois Sanders, Bertha Feathers, Christine Stansbury, Anna Garr, Mary Evelyn Joyce, Loraine Wheatley, and Eugenia Masden.

The Hill Top reporter wrote that Burns Holsclaw and sons bought the Ed Rodgers farm near the Shades School. Also, Ashby, Foster's and Holsclaw were busy spraying their fruit trees.

The Woman's Club officers, Mrs. T. C. Carroll, Mrs. Jesse Hardaway, Mrs. Roy Maraman, and Mrs. J. E. Chappell, see that the local library is open every Wednesday and Saturday. The Catholic Church is supplying the room. The library had over 800 books!

Dr. J. H. Shafer died from a fall from a tree that he was trying to prune. Dr. Shafer, who had been Coroner of the county for many years, was well remembered for his efforts to minister to the poor at a very moderate charge.

And the correspondent from Mud Center reported that Mrs. Stella Foster was spending some time in the city having dental work done. Also, Howard Hardin shipped a load of hogs to the city; and Derwood Welch said, "If you want to find a good looking girl, come to Mud Center." (Anyone know where that was?)


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