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Teens drown while wading in Robinson Creek in 1929

By Marie Cox

TEN YEARS AGO

June 1999

Campbellsville High School graduate and Transylvania University senior Tara Dabney was recognized for being inducted into the Holleian Society during the university's awards program May 13.

During the last 46 years, WHAS Crusade for Children has collected more than $70 million for needy children around Kentuckiana thanks to the help of local fire departments.

Cadet Joshua Bryan Pike graduated from U.S. Maps Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth, N.Y. on May 21.

Tammy Sue Barger of Mannsville and Jennifer Lin Russell of Campbellsville were among those receiving degree from Midway College.

Billy Joe Rodgers, 54, of North Calvary Road in Campbellsville died Friday June 4, 1999 in Campbellsville.

 

TWENTY YEARS AGO

June 1989

The Taylor County League of Women Voters will again be giving away a pieced quilt during July Fourth festivities. Each square is unique and was made by various community residents. The quilt is currently on display at Marshall's Shoes downtown.

The week of June 24-30 has been proclaimed "Rescue Squad Appreciation Week" by Gov. Wallace G. Wilkerson for the state of Kentucky.

Kimberly N. Davis, daughter of James and Sara Davis, formerly of Taylor County, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Haskins and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Davis, Taylor County, has completed the seventh grade at Mabry Middle School in Roswell, Ga.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO

June 1979

Robert "Bob" Buckner received his bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from Sanford University in Birmingham on May 26.

Jerry Gupton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gupton, Route 5, has been named the most qualified and outstanding missile wing and will represent the 341st Organizational Missile Squadron Maintenance Team.

Barry Tomes, a past officer from the Taylor County FFA Chapter, received his American Farmer degree last week at the state convention. This degree is the highest given to any FFA member.

FORTY YEARS AGO

June 1969

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bright of Campbellsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Wanda Mae Bright, to Ray Bramel II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bramel Sr. of Lebanon.

Mrs. L.P. Tarter, 214 Carnation St. in Campbellsville, celebrated her 80th birthday Sunday, June 8. All of her children but one were present, all of her grandchildren but one, all of her great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Army Sgt. Eddie O. Gardner Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gardner of Campbellsville, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action in Vietnam.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

June 1959

Taylor County is experiencing in oil what Green County experienced about a year ago. That is the great activity in the leasing and drilling for black gold.

Four new businesses have opened on Main Street. They are: Key Finance Co., Kwik Wash, One Hour Cleaning Service and Sears-Roebuck Co.

Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Romine, Mrs. Mae Stinger, Mr. and Mrs. Z.T. Lester, Terry and Jerry Lester spent last week visiting Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Romine in Bradenton, Fla.

SIXTY YEARS AGO

June 1949

The Lebanon Road with its curves and narrow bridges was cheated out of claiming another victim last Saturday night, near the Lake Bridge just outside of Campbellsville. County officials reported that a car driven by Leroy Taylor of Perryville, coming toward Campbellsville, sideswiped a Campbellsville car in passing. Tayler's car then ran off a steep embankment and flipped over on its top. The driver was thrown clear and landed in the creek bed.

Mrs. Clifford Strader became the new president of the Red Fern Homemakers Club at its recent meeting on June 7 at the home of Mrs. Ben Rogers of Lebanon Road.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO

June 1939

WPA and rural highway officials reported yesterday that the Campbellsville and Saloma Road is almost completed to Saloma this week. Work will soon be started on the remainder of the Saloma Road, which extends on to Willowtown. As soon as right of ways are secured, work will start on the rural highway project on the Friendship Road.

Prof. John A. Jones announced this week that plans have been completed to offer four years of high school work at the Durham School here beginning with the new school year this September. Until three years ago, no high school work was offered at the local educational institution, but at that time two years of high school were added and last year, a three-year course was authorized. Prof. M.J. Strong will continue as principal.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO

June 1929

Wading in the waters of Robinson Creek resulted in the death of Truman Huddleston, 15, and Alonzo Early Brown, 16, last Saturday afternoon according to reports received here. Alonzo Brown and a younger brother, 10 years old, were in the creek wading and the elder boy ventured out too far and was swept under by the swift current. Huddleston, who was said to be an excellent swimmer, attempted to rescue Brown, but the drowning youth pulled him under and both were drowned.

The management of the Alhambra Theatre informs us that they have purchased sound equipment for their theatre and expect it to be delivered today. A crew of men will arrive with the equipment and will begin installation tomorrow.

NINETY YEARS AGO

June 1919

Leo Brady, who sustained a fractured skull yesterday when a horse he was riding ran away, died at his home near the creamery early this morning.

While Luther Taylor was attending the show Monday, his poolroom was entered and about $65 worth of cigarettes and cigars were taken from his store.