Early Days August 20, 2015

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By Marie Cox


August 18, 2005

James DeWitt and his chickens will be ruffling their feathers during the next four days at the Kentucky State Fair in hopes of being named as grand champion. DeWitt begins competing today with 12 of what he calls “God’s greatest creations.”

Jennifer Wolford recently earned her Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Florida State University in Tallahassee. 

Samuel Evans of the Taylor County Future Farmers of America chapter has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship through the national FFA organization.

Dr. Eugene H. Shively and Susan A. Shively wrote “Threats to Rural Surgery,” which was published in the May 12 issue of The American Journal of Surgery.



August 17, 1995

Hundreds of children in the Campbellsville and Taylor County school districts will receive $35,416 from the Crusade for Children.

Thirteen young women Saturday night will be competing for the title of 1996 Taylor County Junior Miss.

Al and Joann Hickman celebrated their 40th anniversary on Aug. 9.

Heather Lee Wilson of Campbellsville won the title of 1995 Miss Kentucky Coed in a three-day pageant in Lexington on Aug. 4-6.

Anna F. Stayton, 73, of McNary Street in Campbellsville, died early Monday, Aug. 7, 1995, at Taylor County Hospital after an illness.



August 15, 1985

The Rev. J.D. Campbell, 93 will be guest speaker at First Church of God, Sunday night at 7.

Curtis Hudson, 57, of Jan Street in Campbellsville, died at 7:24 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12 at the Audubon Hospital in Louisville after an illness.

Ronnie and Gwynette Sullivan, Chad and Farrah spent the weekend of Aug. 11 at Opryland in Nashville. 

U.S. 68 and 55 in Taylor County will have reflecting pavement markers installed as part of a State Transportation Cabinet Contract with Ampsco Corporation of Columbus, Ohio.



August 15, 1975

Water Superintendent Russell Shaw told a reporter this week that about 90 million gallons had been pumped from the standpipe of Green River Lake into the city lake so far this summer.

Mr. and Mrs. David Goodin, St. Martinville, La., arrived Saturday for a week’s visit and to be with their daughter, Sharon, who has surgery at the Suburban Hospital in Louisville on Monday.

Close to 200 descendants of James and Kerry Lee Vaughn were present for the family reunion held at the American Legion Park in Greensburg on Sunday, Aug. 10.



August 12, 1965

Taylor County Schools will open Aug. 23.

Mike Harmon, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Harmon, Route 1, Campbellsville, will appear on the WHAS-TV channel on the Crusade for Children Talent Contest.

Adolphus Allen Sr., 84, of Taylor Avenue, Campbellsville, died Aug. 10 after a long illness.

Paul Stanley has returned home from the University of Kentucky where he received his master’s degree. 

Mrs. Jessie O’Banion, Shelbyville, Ind., returned to her home after several days to visit her aunt, Mrs. Vester Goff and Mr. Goff .



August 16, 1955

There have been 83 cases of whooping cough reported in the Taylor County Health Department during the past week.

George Weekes, director of the Campbellsville High School Band, was named a Kentucky Colonel on Saturday night at the Taylor County Fair.

Mr. and Mrs. H.G. York, South Campbellsville, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Wednesday, Aug. 17. In thinking back over the years, Mrs. York recalled that she had been married 48 years before she had to buy a can of beans. 



August 16, 1945

Thirty-two left Monday morning for Louisville for their pre-induction physical examination for the armed services.

Fire of undetermined origin at noon Wednesday completely destroyed the Jane Todd Inn near Lebanon, nearly all contents of the building being lost. Several trees were killed in the blaze.

Unconditional surrender of Japan came Tuesday, Aug 14. President Truman announced that the war had ended Tuesday afternoon at 6 o’clock. The peace had been in the air since Saturday after Japanese radio report that they were ready to give up.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Garner entertained with a dinner Sunday at their home on Route 5 in honor of Lt. Allen Wayne.



August 22, 1935

Heavy rains fell through the east and south sections of Taylor County on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week, resulting in heavy losses to growers of corn and tobacco. 

Today at high noon, when the sun will be at its highest peak, heads will bow and hearts will be saddened as a humble and sincere tribute to the noted humorist and philosopher, Will Rogers, and his aviator/explorer friend, Willy Post, who were killed in a plane accident, as the state offers its homage to their memory.

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Willock and Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Willock are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coffman in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.



August 20, 1925

Last Wednesday afternoon, lightening struck the barn of Lee Kendall and resulted in a loss of about $1,500 with only $300 in insurance.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Meader sold their home and lot on Lebanon Avenue to Fred H. Buchanan.

A camping party composed of Messrs. J.G. Pruitt and son Maurice, Fulton Netherland and two sons, James and Robert, and Dr. F.I. Buckner left Tuesday with their equipment for the banks of Green River to spend a week or 10 days.

Miss Christie Edrington left Monday for Louisville where she will enter Bryant Stratton Business College.  



August 19, 1915

The proposal for the opening of Russell Creek Academy is very bright. Last year the enrollment was up to 245 and the prospect is for a good many more this term.

Taylor County Schools and Campbellsville Schools will open Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Merlin Wood spent a few days this week in Lebanon Junction and in Louisville.

Margaret Bridges and Lillian Chandler left Sunday for a visit to Lebanon.