BACK IN TIME: 1963 - Nation mourns death of President Kennedy

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By The Staff

60 years ago

Nelson County Doctor Honored By AMA
Joseph I. Greenwell, M. D., New Haven, KY, was voted the American Medical Association’s Outstanding General Practitioner Award of 1953 at the opening session of the House of Delegates Tuesday, Dec. 1, in St. Louis.
Dr. Greenwell, who celebrated his 80th birthday Friday, Nov. 26, was voted the award for 1953 by the Kentucky State Medical Association’s House of Delegates, Sep. 21, at the annual meeting in Louisville.
“The Kentucky State Medical Association has furnished the AMA with more presidents than any other state association. Now we are extremely proud that Dr. Greenwell has become the first Kentucky physician to win the AMA’s Outstanding General Practitioner Award,” J. Duffy Hancock, Louisville, KSMA president said.
For the past 53 years, Dr. Greenwell has been serving the people in his home county, Nelson, and neighboring counties. During this time, he has delivered more than 4,300 babies, 80 of which have been born in 1953. Dr. Greenwell has served as Health Officer for the past eight years and is the consultant for the L & N Railroad and Gethsemane Abbey.
A member of the New Haven town board for twenty-five years, Dr. Greenwell served as mayor for a 14-year period ending in 1938. He is a past grand knight of the New Haven Knights of Columbus, and an active member of St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church. He is a director and vice president of the New Haven bank.

50 years ago

The included picture of President John F. Kennedy and Fourth District Congressman Frank Chelf was taken in 1960 during the Presidential campaign of Mr. Kennedy. The autographed unpublished original is the property of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Edmiston. The 4-day news coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy by all news media leaves little comment, except, “He was our President and a great statesman.”
His untimely, violent death, it is believed, will serve to unite more closely our two great political parties, and cement American foreign policy and its ability to meet calmly any type of crisis.
In Taylorsville, flags flew at half mast and places of business closed at 11:00 a.m. Monday during the President’s funeral services. A special memorial service was held at the Assembly of God Church Monday morning.

40 years ago
The November meeting of the Business and Professional Women’s Club was Monday, Nov. 9, with a dinner meeting at the Taylorsville Community Center to honor the new members. The program was under the guidance of Mrs. Nancy Stout.
Mrs. J. D. Brown showed very interesting slides of tours of Europe; Mr. and Mrs. Brown and others have toured many countries. Many of the slides were of historic Rome and Florence, Italy.
Business was discussed. Names were given to members who will, as is the custom, give to a needy child at Christmas. Plans were finalized for the December annual progressive dinner. The dinner will be December 17th and will begin at the home of Mrs. Lucille McClain, with Mrs. Dolly Brock assisting and the final part of the dinner, the dessert and program will be at the home of Mrs. Mary Frances Brown.

30 years ago
Thomas J. Dedas graduates from basic electronics technician school
Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class Thomas J. Dedas, son of George Dedas of Taylorsville and Judy Potts of Louisville, graduated from Basic Electronics Technician School.
The course was conducted at the Service School Command, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Students received introductory instruction on electronic circuit concepts, radar principles, and the basics of radio transmitters and receivers.
Tom is now in Orlando, Florida awaiting start of nuclear school. He was selected for the Navy Nuclear Power Program because he was in the top 10% in the country in the area of mathematical and scientific disciplines.

20 years ago
Thanksgiving begins hazardous driving season
Beginning with Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season begins, all the while traffic increases and patience decreases.
The Kentucky State Police offer tips on how to cope on the road this holiday.
If you’re traveling to visit family and friends, give yourself plenty of driving time. KSP Commissioner Jerry Lovitt says a common mistake is not allowing yourself enough drive-time and trying to make up for it by speeding.
“You have to factor in weather and traffic conditions, not to mention unforeseen possibilities like a flat tire or a wreck up ahead. Going over the speed limit is not going to help–it shaves very little off your time and dramatically increases your chance of a serious crash.
Driving sober and watching for other drivers who may be impaired by drugs or alcohol is an important aspect of safe driving.
Abstaining from alcohol or designating a sober driver is one of the best ways to keep the highways safe but, Commissioner Lovitt says it’s not the only thing motorists can do.
“We have a toll-free hotline that people can call and report suspected drinking drivers. When you spot someone driving erratically, stop at the nearest phone, like a pay phone, and call 1-800-222-5555.”

10 years ago
VA bill approved
U. S. Senator Jim Bunning, member of the Senate Veterans Committee, announced that the Senate, by voice vote, approved HR 2297, a bill similar to legislation he co-sponsored in the Senate to improve non health care benefits to our nation’s veterans and their families.
Highlights of the bill include:
• The bill brings survivors’ educational benefits (for widows and orphans) in line with benefits for the service member. Spouses and orphans are eligible for the service member’s benefits when deceased, severely disabled, or missing/captured. This would increase monthly education benefits from the current $695 to $788.
• It expands the ability for state veterans’ cemeteries to receive a $300 plot allowance to all veterans buried there rather than just poor, disabled, and wartime veterans. The Kentucky Department of Veterans’ Affairs will benefit from this provision.
• It makes permanent the state-run cemetery grant program that covers start-up costs for cemeteries run by state governments for veterans, Kentucky has received several of these grants to construct cemeteries.
• It allows VA to contract with non-VA doctors (doctors in the community) to complete medical exams for determining disability ratings. This gives VA a new tool to reduce claims processing backlogs.
• Allows surviving spouses who remarry after the age of 57 to retain their dependency benefits, home loans, and education benefits.
• Increases grants for specially adapted housing and vehicles for our 1110st disabled veterans to $50,000 and $11,000 respectively.

How high is the water, momma? | by Tom Watson

Growing up in Taylorsille was a soggy and often times muddy experience.
I recall that when I was just a lad, my father couldn’t wait for another flood so he could get out his boat and survey the town with his faithful dog sitting in the back like the Harvard row team coach.
Sometimes “Tape,” as he was known, would rev the engine a bit and send waves crashing into Main Street windows. I don’t recall if it was some of his waves that did it but he got the scolding for riding too fast up and down Main Street in his boat. Didn’t take too many waves to break windows.
He kept the boat behind a goldfish pond at his Standard Oil Service Station about where the school bus garage stands. It was the corner of Main and Garrard streets.
The excitement in Taylorsville edged toward a fever pitch when Brashears Creek would come roaring toward town and the Salt River was already at flood stage and still rising.
I recall hearing men shouting out the depths as everyone in town got busy, placing revered pieces of furniture upstairs or whereever it appeared they’d be safe from the oncoming deluge.
People drove their vehicles to the top of the school hill and shelter was sought in the school building. There were desperate swims by humans and animals as the water rose and currents were created.
I actually never heard of a human drowning in one of the floods but animals trying to reach higher ground fell victim to the currents.
Brashears Creek would roar across town, turning Main Cross Street into a dangerous torrent.
About the only fun we kids had was to go out wading once the water was just about back in its banks and watching people sweep the flood mud from their homes.
When the W. T. Froman building was being restored, Joe Bowen found some brick-like objects under a staircase that we figured out were Taylorsville flood mud bricks, that formed semi-naturally. I have no idea what happened to them. What do you suppose a flood mud brick would be worth?

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60 years ago

Government Has Huge Stock of Farm Products, Sees No Reason for Adding to Surplus
Changes in plans and methods of drafting men into the Armed Forces were announced this week by the local Selective Service Board. Those affected will be men in Class II-C, which, according to the Board, is no longer a necessary classification in some cases, particularly since the government has announced the existence of huge stocks of surplus farm products.
In making the announcement, the local Board quoted in part a bulletin recently received from Selective Service as follows:
“We have deferred hundreds of registrants in Class H-C the past three or four years because agricultural commodities were said to be needed. Now we are faced with the problem of storing and disposing of huge quantities of butter, eggs, cheese, milk, beans, corn, wheat, and many other commodities. The government has millions of pounds and tons of all the above mentioned commodities on hand and it is no longer essential that so many of the young men of military age be deferred in order to produce more agricultural commodities to be added to our surplus stores.
“There will never be a more convenient time for farmer registrants to serve their required two-year period of military service than now while their products are not so vitally needed.
“We are now discharging more men each month than we are inducting and this returning supply of labor will, in a large measure, serve to replace some of the occupationally deferred men in each county who should now be reclassified and inducted. There is little excuse for the practice of granting II-C classifications season after season to certain registrants. It is felt that deferment for the crop in which a registrant is engaged when being neared for induction is often justified but not continued deferment year after year.
“Remember that a II-C classification is not intended to be just for the benefit of the registrant or his father, it is only granted in the National interest.”
In view of the statements in the above quote, and new regulations recently received concerning deferments, the Selective Service Board has announced that no II-C I deferments will be granted or extended.

Three Win Prizes At Talent Show
The C.Y.F. of the Taylorsville Christian Church grossed $74.00 at their talent show last Thursday night, the bulk of which will be used for the World Friendship Fund, after expenses.
The 18 acts which kept the attention of the audience for nearly two hours. Milton Pierson, Minister of Youth, Douglas Blvd. Christian Church, Louisville, was M.C. and entertained between acts.
Judges made hard decisions following the close of the show. Judging on the basis of audience reaction and individual talent, first place was awarded to Thompson Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Williams. Bobby Goodlett won second for his guitar playing and singing, and Jeannie Whitaker was awarded third place for her numbers on the accordian.
Honorable mention was given members of the “Dragon-net” cast and also to the dance trio composed of Sue Carol Holloway, Betty Frank Darnell and Lilly Jean Holloway.

50 years ago

Kitty Slucher, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Slucher, Route 4, will compete December 7 in a national teenage baking contest in Indianapolis, Indiana, sponsored by the Profax Company.
Kitty won the expense-paid trip and an opportunity to compete nationally by winning the preliminary contest Friday in Lexington. She won entry to the preliminaries with an essay. “Why I Want to go to College,” submitted with her favorite recipe. She won a set of luggage and a silver bowl.

R. T. Burks, Jr., Taylorsville, was honored during a trip November 17-20, awarded to John Deere dealership personnel in recognition of outstanding tractor sales achievement.
Burks, who is associated with Spencer County Implement Co., of Taylorsville visited John Deere factories at Waterloo and Dubuque, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois. He and his wife also attended a schedule of special events held at the three locations.
Burks was selected for the trip, called “Flite 63,” as a result of his contribution to the excellent tractor sales record made by his firm during the past year.

Shower For Mrs. McClain
Mrs. Billy McClain (nee Brenda Tindle) was honor guest at a miscellaneous bridal shower Friday evening at the community center.
Wearing a dress of white wool and a corsage of red rose buds.
Mrs. McClain opened her many lovely gifts at a table decorated with a white umbrella trimmed with a touch of red.
About 60 guests attended the shower.
Hostesses were: Mrs. Cecil Robinson, Mrs. Cecil Porter, Mrs. David Tindle, Mrs, Ed Tindle, Mrs. Winford Greer, Mrs. Eyther Sweazy, Mrs. D. C. Casey, Mrs. Thomas Snider, Sr., Mrs. Charles Pinkston, Mrs. William Spaulding, Mrs. W. E. Spaulding, Mrs. Ray Porter, Mrs. Herbert McClain, Mrs. Robert Dodson. Mrs. Roy Hopewell, Mrs. Edward Summers, Mrs. William Henry and Mrs. Garnetta Crafton.
Mr. and Mrs. McClain were married in Lisban, Tenn., October 24th.

The Pioneer 4-H Club held its regular monthly meeting Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. with 10 members and five adults present.
The president, Linda Day, called the meeting to order. The financial committee and treasurer gave their reports.
It was moved for the officers to meet at the home of Mrs. Alvis Shirley on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. for planning future programs of club activities.
A program on parliamentary procedure with talks and a skit was presented by nine members. Weldon Baird gave a talk, during which members added puzzle pieces to a poster of a cloverleaf describing jobs of a good 4-H’er. Sharon Herndon and Kathy Day led the singing.