The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in March

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 28 March 2016. It is archived here for your reading enjoyment.


We will look back 25, 50, 75 and 99 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.

1991 - 25 Years Ago.

It's March so we have to talk about basketball.

In the boys' semifinals of the 29th District Tournament, Bullitt Central beat North Bullitt 93-58 behind Clinton Tinnell's 33 points. Gary Dukes scored 24 for North. In the other game, East defeated Spencer County 68-33 with Tim Mason scoring 18 points for the Chargers.

In the girls' semifinals, Bullitt Central edged North Bullitt 43-42. Sheila Allen scored 11 for Central while Cora Conn led North with 21. In the other game, Bullitt East easily defeated Spencer County 50-29. Becky McKinley led East scoring with 17.

Bullitt Central defeated Bullitt East to win the 29th District Tournament. The Cougars were led in scoring by Jerome Hoosier with 24 points. Clifton Whitmer contributed 22, Clinton Tinnell added 14 and Brent Dennison 11. The Chargers were led by Tim Mason's 24 points.

On the ladies' side, Bullitt East defeated Bullitt Central 48-39 to take the district title. Becky McKinley led the Lady Chargers in scoring with 16 points. Tonya Hines led the Lady Cougars with 14.

In regional tournament play, Bullitt Central lost to Shelby County 69-65 in overtime despite Hoosier's 37 points. Bullitt East also lost, this time to Scott County 84-54.

Meanwhile the Lady Chargers defeated Scott County 59-32 to move into the semifinals; while the Lady Cougars fell to Oldham County 62-54 despite Tonya Hines' 18 points.

Bullitt East Lady Chargers advanced to the State Tournament by first defeating Shelby County, and then defeating Oldham County 50-47. Sadly, they lost in the first round to Mercy 49-39.

Turning away from basketball, Lois Simmons of Pleasant Grove reported that Willie Mae Simmons and Dorothy Armstrong visited Wallace and Hazel Armstrong. She also congratulated Chad Lanham for winning a trophy for the best design car in the pinebox car derby.

A reception was held at the Nichols Elementary School to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Earl and Beatrice (Carver) Jacobs.

Mention was made in the paper about various men and women in the military. C. H. Phillips was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga in the Red Sea; Kevin Bow was a tank driver stationed in the Middle East; Vu Le was also in the Middle East, as was Robert Tyler and Alice Philpot. Alice was in Saudi Arabia.

Others mentioned included Anthony Allen Hillard who was in the navy, and stationed in Saudi Arabia; James Scott Fentress who was with the 18th Airborne; and Ernest Eldridge Jr. who was an intelligence officer with the air force in the Persian Gulf region.

Lebanon Junction native, Robert Slaven spoke to ROTC students at Bullitt Central about his time in Saudi Arabia.

A five-member superintendent selection committee was appointed to recommend a candidate to fill the post currently held by Interim Superintendent George Valentine. Committee members included Ken Foote, Chris Allen, Paula Cramer, Ron Murphy, and Greg Beamer. I believe they made a good choice.

And, did you get your ticket to hear Kentucky Coach Rick Pitino speak at the 35th Annual Cancer Memorial Dinner?

1966 - 50 Years Ago.

David Williams was pictured on the front page as he was a recipient of a scholarship at the University of Kentucky.

Adrain Jones' Bargain Shop moved to a new location on Beech Street in the Morrison Building, directly behind the post office.

D. B. Hardy of Mt. Washington purchased 17 registered Angus cows from Paul Fry of Bagdad, Kentucky.

Gladys K. Sprinkle, Mt. Washington news editor, reported that Shirley Kay Wise of Louisville and Guthrie Armstrong of Mt. Washington were married at the Methodist Church in Mt. Washington. Guthrie was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Armstrong.

Williams Wrecking Service on Old Mt. Washington Road was offering new dressed lumber at $110 per 1000 feet.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Grooms announced the birth of their daughter, Stephanie Lynn. Harold was a teacher at Shepherdsville High School.

In the 29th District basketball tournament first round, Lebanon Junction defeated St. Aloysius 97-62. Mike Duckett had 25 points for LJ while Robbie Masden added 23. Andy and Donnie Dawson combined for 49 of St. A's points.

In the second game, Shepherdsville defeated Mt. Washington 84-71.Craig Larimore had 34, Bill Hornung 24, and Tony Lee 16 points for the Rams. David Mason had 34 and Billy Bass 16 for the Generals.

In the final game, the Bulldogs defeated the Rams 67-61. Robbie Masden had 20 and Bill Sullivan 17 for LJ; Hornung scored 20, Larimore 13 and Lee 13 for the Rams.

The paper reminded folks that the Bullitt County Historical Commission was seeking materials that help define the county's history. Commission members included Ivy T. McBride, Thelma Newman, Nancy Strange, Stuyler Harris, Athol Lee Taylor, Mrs. Stewart Beeler, Mary Combs, and Tom Pack.

Bobby Hall was recognized in the paper for completing two degrees from Western Kentucky University, one in agriculture and one in accounting, all in five years.

Bill Bass won a transistor radio in a drawing on radio station WKLO.

Pamela Joy Horrell received a $25 savings bond for winning first place in the county Soil and Water Conservation Essay Contest. She was pictured receiving it from Ray Becknell.

Charles C. Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Sanders, and a graduate of S.H.S., was pledged to Centre College's Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Vickie Ann Sprinkle of Mt. Washington earned the title of Kentucky's Junior 4-H Cornmeal Champion.

At the Lebanon Junction P.T.A. Founders Day celebration, Mrs. S. R. Raney and Mrs. John L. Thompson were recognized as the only two ladies still residing in LJ who were P.T.A. presidents prior to 1936.

Kathryn R. Miller retired as mail carrier of route 3, Shepherdsville, after 30 years of service.

Need a truck? Mack's Truck Sales, one-half mile north of Mt. Washington, was looking to sell you one.

Bill Fischer, down at Fischer's Sporting Goods in Shepherdsville, had camping trailers for rent or sale; and he would fix your rod and reel good as new.

Shuffett's Rexall Drug Store advertised that they were moving locations. Who remembers where they were, and where they moved?

And, Sam and Joe down at the Hardy & Mooney Auto Supplies were having a special spring battery sale.

1941 - 75 Years Ago.

Miss Mary Francis Hedges, teacher in the Pleasant Grove School, was ill for several days. Mrs. Ida Roby substituted for her.

Over at the Mt. Washington school, Mrs. C. L. Stansbury substituted for Sam Goodman while he was ill.

The Mt. Washington school had a great deal of sickness with sieges of mumps, chicken pox, and measles.

Catherine Thomas won the grade school spelling bee at the Bowman Valley School.

The Mt. Washington correspondent reported that Miss Alma Dean Fisher, Sterling Fisher, and G. H. Stout had returned from a month's stay in Florida. Alma Dean was proud of her sun tan.

Mrs. Hassie McPherson was selected to lead the girls' sewing project for the Nichols 4-H Club.

John Price, Robert Price, Morris Wrocklage, and Roger Holsclaw of the Shepherdsville 4-H Club, and Warren Harned and June Harned of the Belmont Club all purchased angus calves from Tom Cochran.

Taylorsville defeated Mt. Washington 27-26 in the first game of the 23rd district basketball tournament. John Moore led the Mt. Washington team with 13 points. However, it was the Lebanon Junction squad that won the championship, defeating Shepherdsville 37-33 in the final game. LJ had to defeat Taylorsville and Bardstown to get to the final game. Shepherdsville reached the finals by defeating Boston and St. Joe of Bardstown.

In the 6th Region tournament, Shepherdsville defeated Willisburg in the first round, but LJ lost to Horse Cave. Then Shepherdsville fell to Horse Cave in the semi-finals. Phillip York of Shepherdsville and Howard Whitehouse of Lebanon Junction were included on the all-regional team.

Mrs. Ella S. Pope of Hebron had to be rushed to the hospital suffering from appendicitis. Her operation was successful.

The Bullitt County Woman's Club met at the Johnson House with Mrs. Henry Hamilton, Mrs. Bernard Bischoff, Mrs. Jess Hardaway, and Mrs. Susie Bridwell acting as hostesses.

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Buckman returned home from a visit with their daughter in California.

The Young Woman's Missionary Society of the Methodist Church of Shepherdsville had their monthly meeting at the home of Miss Eeulah Barrall. Esther Bell Bridwell presented the program.

The Belmont correspondent reported that Carrie Napper, Mattie Brown, Teenie Mae Stitzer, and Mary B. Hill motored to Louisville on a shopping trip.

F. E. Patterson was offering the Gillett Tech Razor, with 5 blades, for 49 cents at his Shepherdsville store.

Miss Winnie Bass was looking to rent a four-room house on Bells Mill Road, about a mile and a half from the Preston Street Pike.

Out Needmore Road way, Miss Lois Simmons entertained the following folks: Beulah and Thurston Stallings, Allden Moore, Lillian Clark, Almeta Ridgway, Leo Clark, Alvine Foster, Fredric Armstrong, Eugene Hall, and James Allcorn.

Hallie Hamilton and Nancy Strange attended a luncheon at the Kentucky Hotel.

And Hardy Cruise was bruised considerably when kicked on the leg by a horse.

1917 - 99 Years Ago.

J. C. Dickey, a longtime school trustee, announced that he was a candidate for county sheriff. He lived near the Needmore school in the Mt. Washington district.

The school trustees met and selected J. E. Chappell, E. Z. Wiggington, W. J. Shaw, and A. C. Viers to serve as the county school board for the coming year.

Joe Wooldridge announced that he was a candidate for magistrate of the Pine Tavern district.

J. L. Trunnell of Shepherdsville advertised that he had for sale "one good brood mare seven years old, one pair three-year old mules, broke to work, one pair two year old match mules, will sell cheap."

Other candidates running for office included Charles Atcher of Pine Tavern district who was running for county assessor; W. A. Crenshaw of Leaches district for jailor; Lindsay Ridgway for county clerk; M. F. Weller of Leaches district for magistrate; Bert Shepherd of the Knobs for county assessor; Dick Shepherd for constable in Leaches district; W. F. Lee for constable in the Shepherdsville district; R. H. "Bob" Smith, candidate for county attorney; T. W. Hoagland of Lebanon Junction for magistrate of the Pine Tavern district; A. E. Funk, candidate for county judge; Frank Maraman for jailer; and J. R. "Bob" Howell for jailer.

Dr. Sloan, the Lebanon Junction dentist, advertised that he would make regular visits to Shepherdsville on Thursdays and "render first class dental service."

John H. Boes and H. V. Mathis rented Mr. W. T. Lee’s farm.

The editor reported, "If you want to know all the latest in courting, just stop by the Peoples Bank and Jim Hardaway can tell you."

C. E. Quick, wife and son, Mrs. Roena Ashby, Clarence Holsclaw, Mr. and Mrs. George Bowman and son, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ashby, wife, son and daughter and Miss Mamie Quick of Nazareth were guests of Miss Chrissie Ashby.

Will Gentry, a county magistrate, was ill with the measles.

Mr. Alf Crenshaw was operated on in Louisville for appendicitis.

H. D. Flesch of Belmont advertised that he would repair carpets and rugs, all work guaranteed.

Horace McGee, Frank Parrish, Misses Lounetta Stansbury and Sara Jane Buckman motored to Fern Creek and Jeffersontown one Sunday afternoon.

Lightning struck the schoolhouse last week at Edgewood, doing considerable damage. Fortunately, school had adjourned a few hours earlier. This school was taught by Miss Lounetta Stansbury.

The community was saddened to learn that Mrs. Mahala Horine died at the home of John McDaniel on Briar Creek from a kick by a family horse. She was 92 years old.

Berney Bowman built a new back porch to his residence, and made other improvements which added much to the comfort of his home.

Clarence Stansbury, Dave Barnes, Misses Sara Jane Buckman and Frances McGee motored to Louisville and attended the theatre.

And W. M. Combs was selling fruit trees and plants at reduced prices. He offered a thousand strawberry plants for $2.50. Spring's on the way!


Copyright 2016 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.


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