Early Days

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By Marie Cox


Ten Years Ago

April 5, 2001

Numbers from the 2000 U.S. Census count show that the county's population is at 22,927. When the last Census was taken in 1990, Taylor County's population was 21,146.

Diane Maupin Underwood, 60, of Valdosta, Ga., formerly of Campbellsville, died Thursday, March 29 in Georgia.

The Social Security office hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting March 14 at its new location.

Campbellsville will celebrate April as City Government Month to help increase awareness about municipalities, according to Mayor Paul Osborne.

Mike Pollock has joined Kimble Jessie and Scott Jessie of Jessie Insurance Co., 210 W. Broadway, as a sales agent.


Twenty Years Ago

April 4, 1991

Gwynette Sullivan received a plaque from Taylor County Judge/Executive Fred Waddle for six years of service to the Taylor County Extension District Board.

The South Central Kentucky Jefferson Award Committee in Bowling Green has named Frank Owen Brockman of Franklin, Ky., formerly of Campbellsville, the recipient of a Jefferson Award for public service.

Cody Carson Baxter celebrated his first birthday at Mr. Gatti's on March 23. Cody is the son of Jeff and Cyndi Baxter.


Thirty Years Ago

April 2, 1981

Junior Sprowles has been appointed acting jailer to replace Harry Benningfield, who resigned Tuesday due to poor health.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Snow, 308 Sharon Drive, are the parents of a girl, Meredith Ann, born March 25 at Taylor County Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Floyd (Buck) Short, Campbellsville, and Mrs. Lola Snow, Columbia.

Mrs. Guy Smith Sr. is a patient at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Smith visited her Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Twister Garrison, Frankfort, were visitors of Mrs. Garrison's mother, Mrs. Porter Hord on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Corbin returned home Saturday from their winter home in Bonita Springs, Fla.


Forty Years Ago

April 1, 1971

A new sponsor has been added to the Welcome Wagon Program in Campbellsville, Don's Barber Shop, owned and operated by Don Whitley. Saturday he greeted Tommy Cave, Norman Smith and Verrel Clements with a complimentary haircut.

Mr. and Mrs. Cassius Davis will be observing their 50th anniversary at their home, 107 Hord St., on April 4.

Pfc. William A. Wade, military police, graduated from AIT at Ft. Gordon, Ga., on Feb. 19. He is now stationed at Long Bien, Vietnam.


Fifty Years Ago

April 6, 1961

The Jigs Allen Little League will open play on May 30, it was announced following a meeting for the league directors and managers Tuesday night at the city school building.

Mr. Donnie Gorin, student at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville, Tenn., spent Easter vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F Gorin.

Campbellsville High School's band and several soloists and ensembles won superior ratings at the Lexington division of the State Music Festival last Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rafferty and Mr. and Mrs. Truman Rafferty were dinner guests Sunday of Misses Bettha, Permelia and Mary Rafferty.


Sixty Years Ago

April 5, 1951

Mr. Chilton Pike was in Louisville on Monday and Tuesday to consult his doctor.

Mrs. Lester Roberts was in Louisville Sunday to visit her daughter, Evelyn, who is a patient at Kosair Hospital there.

Mr. and Mrs. Charley Hoskins and daughter, Betty, of Louisville, spent the weekend with Mrs. Eula Hoskins. Betty remained for a short visit.

Mrs. George R. Buckner and two children were in Louisville this week visiting relatives.

Mrs. Nellie Allison, Nadine and Kenneth, James Pike and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Pike made a business trip to Greenfield, Ind., last week.


Seventy Years Ago

April 3, 1941

W.R. Knifley, who has for more than 10 years operated a cash and carry grocery and meat market, last Saturday discontinued his retail grocery business and announced that in the next few days he will open a cash and carry wholesale grocery business, handling all standard lines of merchandise.

Mr. and Mrs. WS. Sherwood of Frankfort visited Mr. and Mrs. Walker Wilson over the weekend.

Mrs. A.H. Gregory of Scottsville is spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crabtree.

Dennis Smith of Lexington spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Smith.


Eighty Years Ago

April 2, 1931

Flying sparks from a burning trash pile caused a fire, which destroyed Roley Christian Church, two stock barns and a number of outbuildings, 14 miles east of Campbellsville, at 2 p.m. last Thursday. The fire started in the barn of George Wethington, when wind carried the sparks from a pile of trash he was burning to the barn roof. The wind carried blazing brands to the church, which was 200 yards away.

Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Wade of Georgetown spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Fannie Wade, and sister, Mrs. W.B. Atkinson.

Misses Arlene Rice and Roy Burress spent Monday and Tuesday in Louisville shopping.


Ninety Years Ago

April 1921

Cassius Milton Davis and Miss Irene Frogge were united in marriage last Saturday at Elk Horn. The young couple is well known, the bride being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Frogge and the groom the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Davis.

Mrs. N.F. Jones returned to her home in Cincinnati last Monday after a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Paul Sanders.

Misses Laura Wilson, Virginia Buchanan and Dorothy Rice were in Springfield on Sunday attending the Christian Endeavor Convention.


100 Years Ago

April 5, 1911

An unusual and possibly fatal accident occurred to Turner Cowherd on Saturday, April 1, at 9 a.m., when he was on his way to Campbellsville with a wagon loaded with wheat when, near the residence of Luke Nall, a telephone pole fell across a wagon, throwing him on the hard road head first. He was reached at once by members of the Nall family and other neighbors. After 96 hours he still remains unconscious and is said to be suffering from a fractured skull.

Miss Florence Smith left Friday for Campbellsburg, where she has charge of a millinery department.