Early Days

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By Marie Cox


Ten Years Ago

Dec. 14, 2000

Anna Ruth Pruyear, 66, of South Central Avenue in Campbellsville died Monday, Dec. 11 in Elizabethtown.

Renay England of Taylor County Bank was honored recently by the Kentucky Bankers Association with a silver award for providing financial education to consumers.

Dean Stayton, 61, of North Central Avenue in Campbellsville died Sunday, Dec. 10 in Campbellsville.

Chance Hovious celebrated his fourth birthday Monday, Dec. 4 with friends at Kiddieland Day Care.

Walmart Supercenter presented a $500 check to the Campbellsville Recycling Committee.

Patricia Harper, R.N., has joined the Taylor County Family Home Health Care staff as branch manager.


Twenty Years Ago

Dec. 13, 1990

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Sprowles will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 30 at the Campbellsville Country Club from 2 to 5.

The Campbellsville Kiwanis Club recently named Stan McKinney as Kiwanian of the Year.

David Cable has been promoted to service and parts director of Green River Ford Mercury.

Corey Clark celebrated his third birthday Dec. 11 at Kiddleland Day Care with cake and friends.


Thirty Years Ago

Dec. 8, 1980

Union Underwear Co. has almost completed construction of its fourth manufacturing plant in Kentucky at Jamestown.

Bobbie Jean Hall, a student at U of L Medical School and daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Gene Hall, Campbellsville, underwent major surgery at Norton-Children's Hospital Wednesday. She is out of intensive care and in Section K on the fifth floor.

Gayle Keltner of Campbellsville has been selected for inclusion in the 1980 edition of "Outstanding Young Women of America."

Todd Horn entered Norton-Children's Hospital on Dec. 1 and underwent surgery Dec 2. He was expected to come home on Saturday.


Forty Years Ago

Dec. 3, 1970

Local farmers were smiling ear to ear on Monday of this week as they saw the average price of tobacco climb $1.01 at markets in Greensburg.

The Taylor County Fire Department is sponsoring a membership drive in an appeal to gain new members and boost their funds so they can maintain their present operation. The significance of this drive could affect the lives of many Taylor Countians.

Mr. and Mrs. George Murrah entertained with a dinner at their home Sunday for several guests, including Mr. and Mrs. Bill Savoie of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mrs. Annie Murrah, Joe Murrah, Mr. and Mrs. David Goodin, Suzanne and Sharon Goodin, all of Campbellsville, and Mr. and Mrs. James O. Murrah and son of Ft. Wayne, Ind.


Fifty Years Ago

Dec. 8, 1960

Kentucky burley tobacco averages slipped back to $66.26 on Tuesday after taking a rise of 55 cents per hundred pounds on Monday's markets.

The marriage of Miss Rita Faye Pike, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Pike of this city, to Mr. Randall Caulk, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Caulk, also of Campbellsville, was solemnized at 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3 at the parsonage of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev D.L. Druin officiating at the double-ring ceremony.


Sixty Years Ago

Dec. 7, 1950

First sales of the 1950 burley tobacco crop were Thursday, Nov. 30. According to Federal-State Market News-Services, the general average for the morning sales at Lexington was estimated to be around $50. The practical top basket was $65, with an occasional basket at $66.

The Taylor County Cardinals defeated Greensburg 59-39 and Willisburg 71-50 this week in basketball.

Funeral service for "Colonel" Bob Faulkner, 84, one of Taylor County's best known residents, was at Asbury Methodist Church last Saturday. He died at Rosary Hospital here Thursday after a long period of ill health.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Hoskins and daughter, Betty, visited Mrs. Eula Hoskins on Sunday.


Seventy Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1940

The T.S. Curry Realty Co. will sell the Ben B. Richerson place on the Mannsville Road on Friday, Dec 6. On Tuesday, Dec 10, they will sell the G.W. "Tone" Buchanan farm on the Hodgenville Road.

On Nov. 29, Ray Haskel Blevins and Miss Marie Wilkerson, of this county were issued a marriage license. Blevins is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Blevins and the bride is the daughter of Mrs. Eula Wilkerson.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Spratt, announce the marriage of their daughter, Lucille, to Mr. Charles C. Merrill of Greenup, Ky.


Eighty Years Ago                                                                 

Dec. 4, 1930

According to an item in the Marion Falcon this week, Mrs. Carola Montgomery of Louisville and John Turner, of this city, were married in Greensburg on Thursday evening.

Dr. Richard A. Sanders, mayor of Campbellsville, died at his home Saturday evening, Nov. 29, after a long illness.


Ninety Years Ago

Dec. 2, 1920

James W. Larimore died last Friday after an illness of pneumonia. He was 71 years of age and a member of Beech Grove Church.

Mrs. Bettie Robinson returned Monday to Lancaster to resume her duties as teacher in the graded school in that city.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Cloyd of Washington, D.C. arrived here last night to make this their future home.


100 Years Ago

December 1910

The entire community was shocked early Tuesday morning to hear of the death of Joe Coffey, bookkeeper at Citizens Bank, who died suddenly at the home of his parents. About seven years ago, he was married to Miss Lizzie Paterson of this city, who survives.

A.C. Berry purchased a five-passenger Buick, model F, 1908 machine last week. This is one of the biggest cars in the city.