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Community singing takes place at courthouse in 1929

By Marie Cox

TEN YEARS AGO

Dec. 22, 1999

Dora Lee Pike, 80, of East Walnut Street, Campbellsville, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at Taylor County Hospital in Campbellsville, after an illness.

Dr. Jerome Dixon, D.O. was recently certified by the American Association of Medical Review Officers, Inc. as a medical review officer.

Bennie and Doris Noel of Liberty will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Bridge to Faith Motorcycle Club recently donated $400 to the Taylor County Fire Department for Toys for Kids.

Taylor County Junior Miss Kristen Brockman is preparing to leave for the state competition.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 21, 1989

Todd Price, a 4 1/2 year veteran with Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue, was tapped as the organization's Squad Member of the Year at the annual Christmas dinner and award ceremony Tuesday night.

Army Sgt. Ross P. Price has arrived for duty in South Korea.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Jeremy T. Beard, son of James H. Hogan of 208 Friendship Pike, Campbellsville, has completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla.

THIRTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 17, 1979

Seaman Danny L. Hunt has just undergone intensive naval training in Great Lakes, Ill.

Mrs. Mattie Miskell is a patient in St. Joseph Hospital in Louisville.

Campbellsville College will be offering several night courses during its spring semester, beginning Jan. 16, for all interested persons.

Linda Ellis is a patient at the hospital in Somerset, Ky.

Progressive Homemakers met Dec. 3 for its annual Christmas potluck dinner party at the KU building. Devotional was given by Judy Whatley. Each member present was asked to tell in one word what Christmas meant to them.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Dec. 19, 1959

Bill Mann and Glenda Bell, both first graders, were elected prince and princess at the annual Campbellsville School P.T.A. Carnival. King and queen were Miss Virginia Wood, junior, and Randy Rice, sophomore.

The first Campbellsville College Homecoming is set for Jan. 11, 1960.

Mrs. Daisy Chaffee, president of the Business and Professional Woman's Club, announced this week that the local B&PW club is again sponsoring the annual Christmas decoration contest for homes in Campbellsville. Twenty dollars for first, $15 for second and $5 for third will be awarded to the winners, with the Chamber of Commerce donating the prize money.

SIXTY YEARS AGO

December 1949

Postmaster R.L. Kerr warns that Christmas cards with unsealed envelopes must carry a two-cent instead of one and one-half cents heretofore. The increase in postal rates applies to all unsealed printed greeting cards. Payment of the first class rate, three cents, was recommended to avoid disappointment and to obtain the best service.

With wet weather aiding the farmer in preparing his tobacco for market, deliveries at nearby houses increased the first of the week. Sharp increases were evident Monday, with the average going up to $49.04 a hundred pounds, highest of the season.

A representative of the Bureau of Old Age and Survivors Insurance will be in Campbellsville at the post office at 9 a.m. on Dec. 20 to take old age and survivors' claims. He will also take applications for Social Security numbers and employee identification numbers.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO

December 1939

For the second time in as many years, Dorotha Scott, student in the Poplar Grove School, is spelling champion of Taylor County, following the annual Taylor County Spelling Bee, which was last Saturday at Campbellsville High School.

Last Thursday, an addition to the Taylor County Courthouse, which has long been needed, was completed with the opening of the new men's restroom, which is located in the basement under the circuit clerk's office.

Midnight shows for both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve nights have been announced by the management of the Alhambra Theatre and attractive features have been scheduled for those nights.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO

December 1929

The community singing, which was Monday night in the courthouse, was well attended and very much enjoyed, not only by the singers but by the visitors as well. These singers seem to be growing in popularity and each succeeding meeting shows an increased attendance.

Just at dark Saturday, the final paving work on two blocks of Main Street was finished as the big mixer deposited its last load in front of the post office at the corner of Main and Central.

NINETY YEARS AGO

December 1919

The homecoming program at the Methodist Church tonight bids fair to be a success in every respect and a history - making events of the holiday. Mrs. Frances Peterson Miller will contribute to a larger portion of the night's entertainment through her talent as a violinist, as well as that of her pupils. Mrs. Ralph B. Wood and her class of female voices is another number, which is sure to be enjoyed. A violin duet will be given by Mrs. Miller and Dixie Wade, a vocal solo by Irene Yowell, and a vocal duet by Katherine Colvin and Tom Dowell.

James C. Bright, of near town, sold at the local tobacco market last Friday, 4,345 pounds of dark tobacco, which was raised on four acres of land. The price was $747.52 and averaged $17.88. This was the highest average netted on that day.