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Looking Back – Dec. 15, 2010

50 years ago –
Dec. 15, 1960

Insurance on all Trimble County schools and contents of the schools is now being handled by an agent of records, John Rand Insurance Agency, and the new setup is expected to save some $900 to $1,000 per year on premiums. Under the new system, all insurance involving school properties and contents is placed under the supervision of the Rand agency and percentages of the insurance is allocated to two other agencies, namely, the Milton Insurance Agency and the Louise B. Logan Agency. Currently, the assessed school valuation of property and contents in Trimble county amounts to $1,200,000. The annual premium hits around $3,000.
Raiders tasted the bitter dregs of defeat twice during the week. Friday night at Mount Washington they lost to a 78-63 count and Anderson County came to Bedford Tuesday night and smothered the Raiders under a 74-46 avalanche.  
Deaths: Henry Northern, 35, died in a fire on Dougherty Creek; Mrs. Rose Burrows, 87, Sligo; Mrs. Rosa Scott, 59, Detroit, Mich., formerly of the Middle Creek area.

70 years ago – 
Dec. 12, 1940

Demons and Panthers to battle for honors Friday, Dec. 13, at the TC high school gym. The Blue Demons won over New Castle last Tuesday night and came back to their home floor Friday night to romp roughshod over Pleasureville. 28-14. The Milton High School Panthers upset a favored black-and-white clad team from Okolona Saturday night by the surprising total of 37-27.
Two Army fliers were killed in a crash just over the Trimble County line in Henry County on Friday night of last week. Mrs. Ora Tingle heard the roar of an airplane motor and then a crash at about 9:30 Friday night. She went to the door and looked in the direction of the sound but could see nothing unusual, and thought no more of the incident until next morning, when the wreckage was discovered just 100 yards behind their home.
William Roberts was the first to discover the wreckage on road 37 and after making a quick inspection, called Henry County Coroner Ricketts who went to the scene and took charge of the bodies, which were so badly mangled they were totally unrecognizable. Officials at Bowman Field, Louisville were notified and the dead fliers were identified as 2nd Lt. Victor V. Kilmer, 29, Flint, Mich., the pilot; and SSgt. Owen W. Cecil of Houston, Texas. They left Chanute Field on a training flight with enough gas to last until about 3 a.m. Saturday. The accident is under investigation.
Deaths: Claude Guthrie Carson, 60, Wise’s Landing; George David Pyles, 74, Providence; Frank Miller, 20, Chicago, grandson of Jack Garriott; J.A. Holderfield, 57, Man, W.Va.  

80 Years Ago – 
Dec. 11, 1930

Thursday and Friday of last week, a road case in which much interest has been taken was tried in Judge Morgan’s court. Dud McAlister, Mrs. Tullie Williams and R.T. Wilson each filed exceptions to the Commissioner ‘s report of damages, and a jury was summoned to try the question as to the amount of damage. In the case of Dud McAllister, the assessed damage to the land without well was fixed by the jury at $50. The land with the well, $250. He was allowed $20 for twenty rods of fence. R.T. Wilson’s damage was estimated at $37.50 for land. For 64 rods of fence at $1 per rod, $164, or gates, $8.50. Total, $210. Mrs. Williams was allowed for her land $15. And $45 for 45 rods of fencing. Total, $60. Attorney Wirt Turner of New Castle represented the appellants. Mr. McAlister and Mrs. Williams were represented by Attorney Eugene Mosley Sr., while Attorney John Berry, of New Castle, appeared for Mr. Wilson. The suits grew out of the opening of a new road beginning at Campbellsburg and Providence Road down Dougherty Creek and intersects the pike up Carr’s Fork and being about two miles and a half long.
A spare tire and rim was lifted from the Chevrolet car owned by Mr. Walter Webster while parked at the Milton Christian church Sunday night.
At the same time a spare tire and rim was taken from the Willys-Knight owned by Mr. W.R. Joyce at the Milton Methodist church, which shows that somebody is getting their work in that should be stopped, if possible. A watchman with a sawed-off shotgun containing a good-sized charge of leaden pellets might apprehend the guilty parties. A few nights ago sneak thieves entered the Lutheran Church in Hunter’s Bottom and carried away the pulpit, chairs and several nice rugs. A truck is supposed to have been used in the operation, as the tracks near the church would indicate. The articles may have been taken some distance before being disposed a vigilance committee might prove very valuable.
Deaths: Mrs. Jesse Wentworth, 55, Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Pattie Hardin White, Louisville, niece of Mrs. Carrie L. Hood and Mrs. Ophelia Buchanan; Miss Annie Shepherd, 68, South Trimble.  

Hilda Parrish is office manager for The Trimble Banner. An avid historian and genealogist, she is a long-time Bedford resident.