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It Happened in April

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 29 Apr 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 April.

1998 - 15 Years Ago.

Edgar B. Stansbury attended Shepherdsville High School before entering Western Kentucky University, where he was an outstanding athlete. To honor his years at WKU, he placed more than $500,000 in a charitable annuity trust for athletic scholarships.

And Rick Stansbury, whose family lived in western Bullitt County in the early 1960s, was named the new head basketball coach of Mississippi State University.

Rusty Watson, Beryl Fentress, Stan Lowery, Rich DeWees, and Kelly & Allen Whitehurst led Holy Week services in Shepherdsville.

According to State Senator Lindy Casebier, the state was allotting $360,000 to fund the construction of the proposed tourism center; and $500,000 in funding to get water to the West Bullitt area.

And thanks to State Representative Allen Maricle's bill to extend the voting time, if you are in the line to vote by the 6 p.m. cutoff, you will get to vote no matter how long it takes.

Tom and Rene Scalf's Deerwood Farms home was destroyed by tornado-like winds. Luckily no one was seriously injured.

Michael Robison became the newest member of the Bullitt County School Board, replacing John Hardwick who had resigned to run for Third District Magistrate.

John Harper was saluted at special festivities to honor his years of service as a state representative and county judge/executive.

Shannon O'Mara's Young Author book titled Caught, earned her a trip to the state newspaper awards luncheon.

Samantha Crockett, a Mount Washington seventh-grader, won a Young Author's Award with her story about losing her brother Patrick three years earlier. She recalled that "He taught me to swim, play softball and basketball. I taught him how to tie his shoe."

Frank Cornell of Mount Washington received an Academic Excellence Award from St. Louis University. Cornell was a member of the school's track and cross-country teams. He was a sophomore, pursuing a major in Clinical Lab Science.

Nina Bain was named community coordinator for the region by the Program of Academic Exchange, and was busy interviewing families who wanted to open their homes to foreign exchange students.

Burlyn Pike and Charles Hamilton invited Dr. Joseph Granger, professor of anthropology at the University of Louisville to conduct an archaeological study of the "old bank building" which currently houses the First Bank Beauty Salon.

Kroger was advertising 14-oz cans of Stokely's vegetables at four for ninety-nine cents. Better stock up.

1983 - 30 Years Ago.

Miss Mary Holsclaw wrote in her Hebron column that Joe Ball, Kenny Ball, Tim Riggs, and Jerry Viers were the guests of Robert Ball at a fresh fish supper; and that Rev. Mike Livingston was Robert and his wife on Sunday. Wonder if fish was on the Sunday menu too?

Joe Mills and Bill Mohollon were in charge of grilling the chicken and pork chops for the Zoneton Lion's Club barbecue in Hillview. Both men were 12 year members of the club.

In the Louisville Regional Science Fair, North Bullitt High School won first overall in the Senior division. They were led by Chris Allen, head of N.B.'s science department.

Kim Sewell, a 1975 graduate of Bullitt Central, completed four years of medical school and received her M.D. from University of Kentucky. She planned to start a residency program in internal medicine at Oakland Naval Hospital in California.

While Glenn Baxter scored three straight wins in the high jump for Bullitt Central, Michelle Leasor was knocked out of competitions with torn ligaments in her foot.

Publishers Printing celebrated owner Frank Simon's birthday by presenting him with a press that dated back to 1921. Publishers has been in Shepherdsville since 1958.

Bullitt Judge Executive Clifford F. Haley Jr. received a box of black roses from UK basketball fans after his favorite Cardinals were eliminated by Houston in the NCAA tournament.

1953 - 60 Years Ago.

Tragedy struck the Bergen home when 19 year old Gerald Bergen was killed in a traffic accident on Dixie Highway. He was the son of Guy and Thelma Bergen, and older brother of Penny Bergen. He was a student at Campbellsville College.

Cecil Cash purchased an interest in the Wilson Store where he had worked for 20 years. Mr. Wilson had recommended Cash, saying "Cecil Cash was straight as an arrow."

The Shepherdsville F.F.A. scheduled its annual banquet, and selected Woodrow Masden as honorary member. Other invited guests included Ernest Threlkeld, Larry Greenwell, Elmer Bean, Bob Harned, Bernie Milam, Russell Crenshaw, Charles Kneisler, Hubert Cox, Homer Myers, Ben Robards, Norman McAdams, Ben McAdams, Adrain Jones, and James Mason.

The St. Clair Theatre in Lebanon Junction planned to show "Tarzan's Savage Fury" starring Les Barker over the weekend, and then "Bloodhounds of Broadway" on Monday. It starred Mitze Gavnor.

Burlyn Pike, owner and publisher of The Salt River Valley News for four years, and recently appointed Shepherdsville Police Judge, announced his candidacy for Bullitt County Judge.

Most of the residents of Bullitt County were going on Voluntary Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, April 26th, in conjunction with Louisville's change in time.

Mr. and Mrs. Hilary Hardy celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on the 19th. All their children were present except Billy and wife, who were still in Waco, Texas.

The Harold W. Hardy Super Market advertised pure hog lard at 14 cents a pound, and sirloin steak at 69 cents a pound. They also offered to pay 39 cents a dozen for eggs. In case you're interested, their phone number is 103.

1923 - 90 Years Ago.

The Junior Class of Shepherdsville High School performed a three-act play titled "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick" at the Masonic Temple. The ad said, "Bring your girl and have a big laugh."

School superintendent George Colvin claimed that the basis of the current teacher shortage was due to the low salaries being paid. Sound familiar?

The Mt. Washington columnist reported that Mr. and Mrs. Bailey Taylor and son of Louisville spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Swearingen.

The newspaper editor wrote a fine column praising the Shepherdsville school under the leadership of Jack Sanders. In it, he identified some of the former students who were advancing their education. Mentioned were John Glenn at the University of Virginia, Sam Ridgway, Margaret Combs, and Elizabeth Weller at University of Kentucky, Tom Trunnell at Georgetown, Joseph Blankenship at Centre College, and Chester Hardin at Annapolis.

Rev. Father Smith of St. Aloysious was unable to say mass due to a lengthy siege of typhoid fever.

Duke Taylor of Clermont was bitten by a rabid dog and had to undergo the "Pastuer treatment."

The County School Superintendent advertised that bids would be received toward the construction of a one room school building in the Cane Run district near Lebanon Junction.

The L. & N. railroad was advertising a low-rate excursion to Louisville to see a baseball game, and then hear the evangelist Billy Sunday preach. Cost was $1.10 round trip.

The Clermont columnist wrote, "While motoring from Louisville last Sunday, Mr. John Masden in some way lost control of his machine and ran across the railroad track and struck Mr. Layton Hodge's house. We're glad to say that no one was hurt, and also glad to say that Mr. Masden is some chauffer."

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 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 9 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: 08 Sep 2020 . Page URL: