The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in June

The following article by Charles Hartley originally appeared in The Pioneer News on 29 June 2015. It is archived here for your reading enjoyment.

We will look back 10, 20, 40, and 80 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.

2005 - 10 Years Ago.

Audra Dickerson of Bullitt East placed second in floor routine, and tenth overall at the USA Gymnastic Junior Olympic Eastern Championship in Florida.

Bill Garvey, Danny Sketo, Kurt Hale, and Mike Garvey were among the locals who attended Rolling Thunder XVIII in Washington, D.C., an annual gathering of bikers and veterans.

The paper noted that the new Bullitt County History Museum was open and ready for visitors. I hear they're still going strong!

The first annual Bluegrass 101 concert in Bullitt County raised $3,000 for the Crusade for Children. Pam Waldridge said that plans were already underway for next year.

The 4-H Rabbit Club held their show with 38 rabbits on display. Tiffany Rash won best in show; Andrea Bunch was first runner-up. Ashley Hester won best opposite(?) in the open youth section.

Again this year, the Bullitt County Scottish Rite Club held their student recognition program. Those high school students recognized included Samantha Cantrell, Candace Cooksey, Terry Goldsmith, Rodney Graham, Casey Harvey, Wade Holt, Henry Hope, Shane Kolasa, Jamika Owens, Corey Russell, Ashley Stinson, and Erin Whitaker of Bullitt Central; Shawna Bricken, Michael Kippes, Josh Lister, Brittney Milliner, Missy Oerther, Robert Parrish, and Francis Ziegler of North Bullitt; David Depoyster of Riverview; Megan Eason, Ryan Freudenberger, Brian Meister, and Timothy Newman of Bullitt East.

The middle school students included Chris Ballenger, Jessica Boley, Matthew Collins, Mitch Embry, Michelle Green, Caitlin Hoover, Maverick Losey, and Ashleigh Roundtree of Bernheim; Andrew Casey, Chantel Dawson, William Ernst, Eevin Hellums, Dylan Henning, Lance Henry, Tiffany Martin, and Tommy Perkins of Bullitt Lick; Darrel Atherton, Nathan Callaway, Anna Dachille, Ray Davis, Amanda Deshler, Christina Maddox, Zachary Porch, Andrew Raymond, and Ashley Wells of Hebron; and Ryan Crisp, Jacob Hudson, Edward Johnson III, Chris Kaiser, Joshua Napier, and Austin Sweeney of Mt. Washington.

The post offices of Bullitt County held a contest for Mothers Day, and the winners were Edna Lane of Shepherdsville, and Maud Elizabeth Rothman of Mt. Washington. Both were 98 years young.

Four hair stylists, Dawn Daugherty, Whitney Hall, Patty Curtsinger, and Tiffany Spears opened Shear Brilliance in May, and held a special fund-raiser in June to benefit the Christena Gabehart Transplant Fund.

Stephanie Pollett, a 1993 Bullitt East graduate, earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Joseph and Peggy Jean Raley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass at St. Aloysius.

Bullitt East senior Todd Williams closed out his high school track career with his best throws ever to finish second in the State Class AA discus competition. His best throw was 155 feet, 9 inches!

I wonder if the students in Mrs. Willett's class at Nichols remember when Jake and Gretta Sohl visited their classroom. The class had been writing to Jake while he was stationed in Iraq.

Boy Scout Troop 868 recognized its most recent Eagle Scout, Tyler Stephen Vandeveer.

And Bullitt County Schools Director of Transportation Robert Beasley resigned his position to follow his heart and return to military life with the Indiana Air Guard in Terre Haute, Indiana. I hear he's still doing quite well there.

1995 - 20 Years Ago.

The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce honored Jan Teensma on his retirement as president of ALLTEL Kentucky. He and his wife Janet were pictured in a photo by John Roberts.

Mark Rogers was named the new Bullitt Central basketball coach. Jeff Pickett returned as Junior Varsity coach, and Shawn Pickett became the Freshman coach.

Holly Skidmore and Valerie Caple combined to win six events in the middle school county track meet. Holly won the 55 meter hurdles, the 800 meter run, and the high jump. Valerie won the 70, 100, and 200 meter dashes. Both ran for Bernheim Middle School.

Nikki Ridenour of Mt. Washington set a new shot put record.

Lois Simmons, the Pleasant Grove correspondent, reported that Mr. and Mrs. Bud Owen had a Memorial Day cook-out with guests Julia Armstrong, Ashley Davis, Kyle Davis, Nancy and Bob Gray, and Fern Lloyd.

Nick Raley joined Walter A. Sholar's staff as victim's advocate under a new state grant. Raley had been the Court Designated Worker for the juvenile division.

Stacey Coy, a sophomore nursing major from Mt. Washington, was pictured as part of the cheerleading squad for W.K.U.

Brian Brashear, a Mt. Washington Elementary student, received his first place award for the 1994 Conservation Poster Contest from Bob Harned.

Louise Bischoff was honored with a plaque from the Rock Creek Horse Club for her long time support. She began her riding career at the age of 50, and was now 86.

Jane Sanders, Beulah Beam, June Daugherty, and Alice Harris were all pictured in the paper regarding their work with the Red Cross.

George and Delores Valentine were pictured as George was honored for his four decades as an educator as he retired as school superintendent.

Misty Jo Newman was named Miss Bullitt County Fair Pageant. Lea Mattingly was fourth runner-up, Shannon Clark was third runner-up, and Dara Davenport was second runner-up. Michelle Kelly placed second in the contest.

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church was the scene of the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Dumah Riggs.

When Charles Graham decided to retire, the Plenges and Korfhages decided it was time to sell their dairy herd. Graham had tended the herd for 18 years, and replacing him would be nearly impossible.

And Louise Bischoff of Hebron reported that Bernard Bud Oppel and Irvin Vittitow went fishing at Lake Malone and had quite a nice catch. Fish fry anyone?

1975 - 40 Years Ago.

Steve Larimore won the scholarship awarded to the outstanding player of the Bullitt Central baseball team. This is awarded in the memory of Barry Watson, and was presented by his father Sam Watson.

Rev. Jerry Whitley was assigned to Davidson Memorial United Methodist Church as their new pastor.

Memorial services were held at the Pleasant Grove church with the message delivered by Rev. Harold Ray Armstrong.

Lynda Jenkins of Mt. Washington was chosen to represent Bullitt County at the 1975 Session of Kentucky Girls' State held at Morehead State. She was sponsored by the Bullitt County Woman's Club.

The Hebron correspondent reported that Rev. Doug Stader was on vacation in Florida. The Presbyterian Church welcomed Don Smith as their minister for the summer months.

Trooper Kenneth Rigdon received special recognition as a part of the State Police's "Screaming Eagle" contest.

Ray Shelton of WHAS TV was the guest speaker as the local Lions Clubs installed their new officers. The incoming presidents were James C. Crawford Jr. for Lebanon Junction, Leon Remington for Mt. Washington, Sam Underwood for Shepherdsville, and Raymond Crowe for Zoneton.

Roy Emerson Welch received his B.A. degree from Wofford College. A history major, Roy was on the Dean's List.

Larry L. Robey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill L. Robey of Shepherdsville, received his M.D. degree from the University of Kentucky Medical School. He had just returned from a pediatrics rotation in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Danny Gentry became the first Bullitt Central student to be elected to a state F.F.A. office when he was selected as the state reporter.

Mr. and Mrs. John Berry celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at the Lebanon Junction Baptist Church.

Judy Raley was Bullitt Central's recipient of the 1975 Crisco Award for Outstanding Leadership in Home Economics.

Walter Magruder "who has been custodian, counselor and friend to so many students" at Lebanon Junction, was sad to see the old school on the hill closing.

Remember when the Southern States store opened south of the Salt River bridge in 1975?

The Hebron correspondent reported that Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Farmer, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cox, and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jenkins spent the weekend camping at Barren River. Wonder if fish was on the menu?

Raymond L. Patterson and Ronnie D. Compton, two 1967 S.H.S. graduates, graduated with honors from W.K.U.

Eric Tinnell received a Savings Bond from the Bullitt County Conservation District Junior Board for selling the most trees in their contest.

And Helen Scott and Owen Risk got hitched! Congratulations!

1935 - 80 Years Ago.

Edward Kneisler qualified as administrator for the estate of his late father, Charles K. Kneisler. The latter served as school trustee in this county for more than 30 years.

Many teachers in the county were heading back to college for the summer since the state would be requiring each one to have at least 64 college hours to be certified to teach in the fall.

The Methodist Church in Shepherdsville was in the midst of a revival led by their pastor Bro. Skelton and Mr. Gillespie.

The Coys and Thornhills who lived near Mt. Eden had a "friendly" falling out that resulted in the Thornhill men being "pretty badly shot which kept Dr. Kirk some time picking out shot." Sheriff McAfee and Jailor Deacon spent the night looking for Coy and captured him the next day.

Allie Greenwell lost a fine mule when lightning picked it out of the herd, leaving the rest unharmed.

Miss Eva Maraman joined the Baptist Church orchestra, playing her saxophone.

Frye Haley of Lebanon Junction was the proud owner of a new Dodge car.

Emmett Lee Raney received a scholarship to attend Georgetown College. He was attending the University School of Music in Louisville during the summer.

The Victory correspondent reported sadness at the death of Louis Fields. Mr. Fields had been a paper hanger when younger, and had lived on Ridge Road for years.

The Belmont correspondent reported that Rev. E. C. Masden filled his regular appointment Sunday at the local church. A good number were present.

In the personals column we learned that Ruth Card Strange spent a week in Louisville with her aunt, Bertha Trunnell, and attended the closing exercises of Miss Trunnell's school. Also, Wilbur Strange spent a week with his parents at Hebron.

We also learned that Betty Hibbs, Virginia Dawson, and Ida Maraman attended Spencerian Business College during the summer.

The paper reprinted an article from The Courier-Journal about a youngster from Brooks, Kentucky who "talked at 8 month, walked at 11 months, and at 20 months had a vocabulary of three and four-syllable words. Wonder what became of young Kenneth Merten Bailey Jr.?

Miss Ruth Wheatley, first and second grade teacher at the Shepherdsville school, received her A.B. degree from Eastern Teachers College.

The paper reported the death of Robinson E. Lee, a former jailor of Bullitt County.

B. B. Dunaway purchased an interest in the drug store in Shepherdsville formerly run by Edgar Crenshaw and his father.

Lee Parrish of Mt. Washington won the grocery contest at Long's Cash Market.

Adam Carrithers, a Mt. Washington school graduate, was visiting his parents during a Navy furlough.

Elizabeth McGinnis Maraman died on 13 Jun 1935. She and Mack Maraman were married on 11 Feb 1874. Their children included Mrs. H. L. Formhals, Mrs. L. R. Burks, Mrs. Oscar Underwood, Ehrman Maraman, and Jim Maraman according to the paper.

And the paper complained of the condition of the road bridges at Brooks Run, Blue Lick, Gap-in-Knob, and Salt River, and called for improvements to be made to encourage business in Shepherdsville and Lebanon Junction.

Copyright 2015 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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