The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in March

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 25 Mar 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 March.

1998 - 15 Years Ago.

The Mt. Washington Middle School Future Problem Solving Team of Erin Sapp, Elizabeth Hunt, Becky Firesheets, and Hollie Delaney won first place in the regional competition, a first for any Bullitt County team.

Brenda and Bill Horlander of BB's Consignment were featured in a "Focus on Business" section in the paper. We wonder when the humorous signs began.

The Girls' 29th District All-Tournament Basketball Team included Nicki Randall, Erika Smith, and Lindsey Wegley of Bullitt East, Stephanie Crable, Kelly Humphrey, and Leigh Logan of Bullitt Central, and Jennifer McMillion and Bonnie Phelps of North Bullitt. Randall, Crable, and Humphrey also made the All-Eighth Region Team.

Campbellsville University announced that Dewayne Preston Frazier and Samuel Neal Potter of Bullitt County were among 99 who made the Dean's List with perfect 4.0 averages.

Jeff Gossett, a former Cougar player, was named as Bullitt Central's new head football coach; and Roger Hayes announced that he would retire as Roby Elementary's principal at the end of the school year.

The Knights of Columbus closed its Bullitt County council and divided its remaining funds among four Catholic churches and one high school. The Knight Hall and lot was donated to St. Aloysius Church in Shepherdsville.

Finally, Bruce Lee won the Yukon Quest International Dog Sled Race in Alaska. Lee grew up in Shepherdsville, the son of Headie and Wilma Lee. It was his first race victory.

1983 - 30 Years Ago.

Nan Ellen Stewart, news editor for The Pioneer News, in an editorial about women in society, closed with the statement "We don't necessarily have to rule the roost, we just want to be up there with the roosters."

Two buildings, each scheduled to house 10 one-bedroom units were scheduled to be constructed on the site of the former Lebanon Junction High School. Mayor Gerald Tamme took part in the ground-breaking along with Judge Executive Clifford Haley, and Magistrate James Sweat.

A young sports editor, Mike Farner (is he still around?) wrote about how basketball seniors Mike Fleetwood, Jimmy Masden, Ray McCubbins, and Monty Edwards capped the regular season with a 73-42 victory over East Hardin.

Pam Eddington was selected as a contestant in the 1983 Miss Kentucky Teen U.S.A. pageant. She was sponsored by Hairport and Margie's Shop-N-Save store.

Bullitt Central Cougars' basketball team defeated North Bullitt for the 29th District title, 63-55; their third title in a row; and Bullitt East Lady Chargers beat Spencer County 73-22 in their district tournament.

At the Bullitt Central Science Fair, Darrin Leonard Donahue placed first in general science, Stephanie Ann Troutman was first in botany, David Leon Sheeks first in zoology, Hila Lee McDaniel first in advanced biological science, Kevin Lance Mann first in chemistry, and Cathy Grace Biggs first in physics. Hilda McDaniel was awarded best overall project.

Shepherdsville Middle School reported their third grading period honor roll with Cheryl Mayes, Kim Alvey, Anissa Bennett, Lea Ann Hardy, Cindy Hobbs, Jennifer Mudd, Debbie Robinson, and Kimberly Hardy having straight A's.

And, John Perry wrote about the role of Janis Gentry as the Bullitt County service center manager for the American Red Cross since 1980.

1953 - 60 Years Ago.

A Shepherdsville Ground Observation Corps post was organized on March 10 at Shepherdsville High School. Its purpose was to have volunteer civilian observers to watch for possible enemy aircraft; a sign of the times.

"Operation Fire Truck," a fund-raising campaign was organized at a Lebanon Junction community meeting at the high school. C. N. Shaw was campaign chairman, and was assisted by Mrs. Ella Able, Mrs. Fred Bishop, Mrs. Elmer Bryant, Mrs. Russell Argenbright, L. W. Demaree, and David Lovell.

Alberta Troutman directed a "Gay Nineties" variety show for the P.T.A. in Mt. Washington featuring costumes and songs of that era.

The "Sousa Band" of Shepherdsville High School, directed by Anna Hodge, presented its annual spring concert in the school gym. Tickets were thirty-five cents.

A variety of politicians announced as candidates for various offices including Leo Bleemel as state representative, C. L. Troutwine Sr. as county judge, C. V. Sanders as county attorney, and Leo Bishop, Jack Bleemel, Franklin Foster, and W. A. Gentry as candidates for sheriff.

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Swearingen (Sug and Ella) celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Frye Haley of Lebanon Junction joined the staff at the Peoples Bank of Shepherdsville. Haley was active in Masonic work and was then Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.

Bert Hall, ex-state legislature and county sheriff, died in Mt. Washington. He had been a director and president of that community's bank.

At the annual meeting of the Bullitt County Farm Bureau, held at the Shepherdsville High School auditorium with over 500 in attendance, Woodrow Masden was elected president and C. T. Korfhage vice-president for the coming year. An old-fashioned square dance was held at the close of the meeting.

And, a new barber, Walter "Pee Wee" Keith announced that he was joining Nick's Barber Shop.

1923 - 90 Years Ago.

Joe Chappell offered for sale a new Adler player piano with over 18 rolls of music for $800.

The Shepherdsville Picture Show featured five reels of Tom Mix in "For Big Stakes," along with a reel of Mutt and Jeff in "Down in Dixie."

Bullitt County Bank, organized in 1889 as E. W. Hall and Company Bankers, finally had a home of its own with the grand opening of its fine facility at the corner of Main and Second Streets. The festivities included a free lunch, singing by Professor Sanders accompanied by his wife on the piano, and a guessing contest to determine the amount of money in a jar. Howard Cundiff came closest, missing the correct total by eleven cents.

A big basketball tournament was played in the Shepherdsville High School gym featuring schools from Louisville and as far south as Horse Cave. Shepherdsville boys beat Glendale 50-8, but fell to St. X 30-18. Shepherdsville girls lost a close game against Louisville Girls High 9-8 in the finals.

J. F. Collings, justice of the Shepherdsville police court, found himself in a bit of a pickle during a nighttime storm. Hearing the fierce wind and thunder, he stepped out on his porch in his night clothes to check out the approaching storm when the wind blew his door shut and locked behind him. The storm was so loud that he couldn't awaken anyone to let him in.

That storm caused thousands of dollars damage in Bullitt County, with many roofs being blown off. Statewide, more than twenty people lost their lives as a result of the storm.

Clarence Holsclaw, proprietor of the "Mountain Top" fruit farm, died following a bout with pneumonia that weakened his heart.

And Hardy Cruise of Bardstown Junction advertised that he had 19 shoats for sale.


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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/march3.html