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By Hilda Parrish

30 Years Ago (Oct. 8, 1981)
 Vincent Oakley cut the ribbon to officially open Shelba’s Country Inn in Milton.

In special session Friday, the Trimble county Fiscal Court accepted the bid of Kief-Con, Madison, Ind., to install fuel tanks at the county maintenance barn.

Southern Health Services in Atlanta, Ga. are soliciting the people of Trimble County to help approve certificate of need for 120-bed hospital in Oldham County.

Homecoming Queen of 1980, Diane Barnes will crown the lucky girl chosen from the 1981 candidates, Traci Brierly and Amy Andrew of the freshman class; Lee Pierce and Stacy Leach representing the sophomore class; Suzanne Finley and Christine Penner, the junior and Allyson True and Vanessa May representing the senior class.

Deaths: Mrs. J.D. Tolbert, 64, Richmond, VA.; Edward Steward, 70, Milton; Martha Jane Downey, 73, Bedford.

50 Years ago (Oct. 5, 1961)
 Cattle rustling spurs western drama at the H.S. Long farm. Mr. Long walked into his barn after midnight and found a “big fellow” with four of his prized Angus. The rustler quickly departed after a couple of blasts from Mr. Long’s trusty .32 caliber pistol. Apparently, the rustler had experienced some difficulty wrestling with the cattle or he would have been long gone. Attention had been drawn to the herd of H.S. and James Long because of the prizes won by them in cattle shows.

Members of Milton Methodist look forward to the day when will have a beautiful church building on the hilltop, and in the meantime they have put a sorghum mill on the site to make molasses to raise money toward the erection of that building.

Rainy weather put a damper on the Madison Regatta Sunday, but blue skies welcomed Monday and the race was on. Bill Muncey, a young man in the racing game, won the Indiana Governor’s Cup for the second consecutive year. Miss Madison won $1,050 for fourth place finish.

Deaths: James H. McKinney, 94, Carrollton; Anna Gertrude Yoccum Becraft, 77, Mt. Carmel; John Niehouse, 70, Madison, a former resident of Trimble and known as the congenial man dressed in corduroy suit collecting toll at the Milton-Madison bridge.

70 Years ago (Oct. 2, 1941)
A quilt with 1,103 names on it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on Sat., Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. courthouse yard. The names were sold at 10 cents each, but quite a few bought more. On block of 25 names brought $1 each. It was quilted by Mrs. Minnie Wright as her donation tot he quilt fund. There are several names from different states, Calif., Iowa, Ind., Ohio, and Washington, D.C. among others. The proceeds go to remodeling funds for the Bedford Methodist Church. There will be a rummage sale and sandwiches, ice cream and drinks, sponsored by the adult and young peoples’ class. Come one, come all and help a good cause.  

Deaths: Benard C. Adams, 60, Milton; Mrs. Florence Welch, 71, Bedford.

80 Years ago (Oct. 8, 1931)
Senator A. B. Chandler will speak at Bedford on Monday evening at 7:30. He is running for Lt. Gov.

The schools of Trimble County, after the first few weeks of organization, are now settled down to real work, and indications point to the best school year the youth of the county has ever enjoyed. Most difficulty, of course, was experienced at TCHS, were the term was started in a new building with a more than doubled enrollment.
Every school in the county has an exhibit at the county fair this week and everyone is urged to visit this department, and see what the children are being taught and the interest they have displayed in their work.

Deaths: J.J. Ford, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wess Garriott; Ira M. Jennings, 67, LaGrange; Hon. Geo. D. Ewing, 88, Pattonsburg, Mo., a native of Trimble county and a Confederate soldier; George C. Pecar, 56, Milton.

Hilda Parrish is office manager of The Trimble Banner. She is an avid historian and genealogist and a long-time Bedford resident.