Early Days

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By Marie Cox



April 12, 2001

Dwight and Nancy Sandidge will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at Bethel First Presbyterian Church.

Plans are being made for a fundraising walk in May to assist in the campaign for healthier babies - Walk America.

Dr. Gordon Weddle, professor of biology at Campbellsville University, will be among several to receive an Earth Day award from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission.

Fannie Chapel CME Church will conduct its 137 anniversary on Sunday, April 22.



April 11, 1991

Bobby Graham, a third grader at Taylor County Elementary School, placed first in the Taylor County science fair.

Darrick A. Briscoe, 15, will be the guest speaker at the Pleasant Run Baptist Church annual Youth Day this Sunday at 4 p.m.

A storm that ripped through Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon and caused much damage left its calling card in Taylor County. But Ronnie Dooley, chief of the 911 Communications Center, said damage here was relatively light considering the force of the storm.

The Spirit of Life Singers of Hopkinsville will be at Pleasant Union Baptist Church this Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m.



April 8, 1971

The City of Campbellsville accepted the resignation of Councilman Tate Newcomb at its regular meeting Monday night.

New residents at Medco include Clara Tungate, Henry Redman, Lenna Blaydes and Charlie Hodges.

Ethelyn McLane of Orangeburg, S.C. is here visiting her mother, Mrs. R.E. Howard. She plans to be here until the first of May.

Alvin B. Tucker, 69, a noted harness-race driver, died Friday at Taylor County Hospital.

Trapper Childers, 82, died Thursday, March 26 at his home at 120 Coppock St. in Campbellsville. Childers was a native of Taylor County and a retired farmer.



April 8, 1971

Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Davis, of 107 Hord St., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 4 at their home with open house from 1 to 5. Many of their friends called with gifts and good wishes.

Freeda Spurling spent the weekend in Shepherdsville with her son, Vernon Spurling. Mrs. Spurling and children attended the Holy Name Band Concert of which Vernon is a member.

A birthday party was given in honor of Shellie Gray on her third birthday Sunday afternoon, April 4, by her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Donald Gray, in Happy Hills on Route 1.



April 13, 1961

Dr. W.W. Shepherd, Taylor County coroner, has filed for re-nomination to that office on the Democratic ticket and is unopposed in both the May 23 primary and the November general election.

The frame farm home of Edwin "Rube" Smith in the Red Fern community was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Mr. and Mrs. Smith and daughters May and Fay were away from home when the fire started.

"Youth Week" is being observed from April 9-16 at Campbellsville Baptist Church when the youth are being indoctrinated in the operations of a church through taking over the various positions of leadership.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Benz of Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Richard Phillips, over the Easter holidays.



April 12, 1951

Taylor County's first casualty of the Korean War was reported yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hickerson received a telegram stating that their son, Pfc. Damon W. Hickerson, was killed in action March 28. The 18-year-old paratrooper had been in Korea for six months. He entered service March 2, 1950, and received his training at Fort Knox and Fort Benning, Ga. Two other county soldiers have been wounded in action. They are Cpl. David E. Goodin and Pfc. Cecil M. Rodgers, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Rodgers.

First workers on the 30-inch natural gas line being built through Taylor County began arriving in Campbellsville this week. Scores of railroad cars are also arriving loaded with the big pipes.



April 10, 1941

Forty-four Campbellsville High School seniors, accompanied by members of the faculty, went to Bowling Green on Friday where they participated in the eighth annual Western Teachers College High School Senior Day.

Dearen Young was in Louisville on Tuesday for business.

Norman Mahan of Ashland visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Mahan, last weekend.

Miss Ruth May visited friends in Frankfort, Louisville and Lexington over the weekend.

D.T. Williams and daughter Lillian are in Bradenton, Fla. for a few days and will return with Mrs. Williams and daughter Mary Emma who have been spending the winter there.



April 9, 1931

Robert T. Phillips, a well-known young farmer of this county, sustained painful injuries to the calf of his right leg last Friday when a tree that he was felling fell across in such a way as to hit him on his leg. He was given medical treatment and is improving.

The City Council had its regular April meeting Monday night.

The oiling ordinance introduced in March was given second reading and passed. It was ordered that a fireplug be placed in the residential section of Central Avenue and one on Matthew Avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. U.P. Walling were in Louisville on Tuesday for business.



April 7, 1921

On last Saturday, Tom Beams of the Bengal section, while fishing on the banks of Big Pitman Creek, landed a catfish weighing 16.5 pounds and measuring 34 inches. This is the largest catfish caught in this section.

The fire motor truck, recently ordered by the city council, arrived last week. It is without a doubt a very useful vehicle for our city. The truck will not be accepted until it is approved by the state fire marshal.

Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Eads and son Rouse and Mr. and Mrs. Obie Rafferty were in Frankfort last Thursday on business.



April 12, 1911

The condition of Turner Cowherd, who was recently severely injured, is reported as some better, although he remains in a critical condition.

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Mitchell of Greensburg spent the weekend with Mrs. Bettie Hatcher of this city.

Miss Bettie Buchanon returned yesterday from Lebanon where she visited Miss Effie Mattingly.