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LOOKING BACK

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By Hilda Parrish

30 Years Ago (Oct. 22, 1981)

 The Bedford zoning commission opened their public hearing Wednesday night with the swearing in ceremony of Charles Cochran. A KIPDA planner was there to answer questions on the 2-mile subdivision regulations from the 25-30 people who attended.

Carl Cooper Jr. has maintained a quarter century of membership and service in the American Academy of Family Physician-the nation’s largest medical specialty organization.

Milton Volunteer Fire Department at 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 17, 1981 stood in the opening of the bay doors to see the new fire-engine red 1981 Ford pumper pull into their drive way. The new truck will pump 750 gallons of water per minute and was purchased from Louisville Fire Department Service and Supply for $60,000.

Deaths: Lillie Mae Callis, 75, Pendleton; James Raleigh Wilson, 73, Turners Station, Casey R. Louden, one-month old daughter of Steven and Trudy Louden.

 70 Years ago (Oct. 16, 1941)

 The Friendship Quilt which was sold Oct. 11 to the highest bidder, Joe S. Bray, for $25.00, brought a total of $162.00 clear of all expenses. This money was used to remodel the Methodist church, which is now in a condition to have services in, and everybody is welcome. We are now ready after the completion of the Sunday school rooms and re-decoration of the auditorium to assemble again in our church. Sunday school is at 10 o’clock and preaching hour are 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Water works quota still behind number needed to get the bond. A spokesman for the bonding company stated that to secure the bond the City would have to show 112 signatures of water connections contracts, and at this point they are nine names short.

The Kentucky state foxhunters association will hold its 30th annual state fox hunt and field trials and horse show at Renfro Valley Oct. 20-25. The Kentucky state fox hunt is known throughout the United States and hunters from all sections of the country are expected to be at Renfro Valley to join n the chase, and to show the merits of their fox hounds.

80 Years ago (Oct. 22, 1931)

 Last Saturday night a foxhunters’ organization was effected in the office of the County Attorney at the Courthouse. In addition to the sport, such an organization increases the sale of foxhounds. If you want to join the foxhunters meet with them at the Courthouse Friday night of this week.
Sometime Sunday night, some one or ones stole Raymond Pyles’ car.

The residence occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Owen Morrison, about three-quarters of a mile north of Bedford, on road 37, burned to the ground early Wednesday night. They were away from home when the fire broke out about 6:30. A big crowd soon gathered and kept the flames from spreading to the homes of E.L. Barnes and George Perkinson nearby.

“Uncle Jess” Wright, formerly of Bedford, was struck and killed by a freight train in LaGrange Monday morning at 8 o’clock. He had just stepped on the track with a basket of dirt on his shoulder when the engine struck him. The freight is said to have been moving slowly. “Uncle Jess” was knocked from the track and his chest crushed in. He never regained consciousness. The news of the tragic death of “Uncle Jess” Wright was learned with profound sorrow by the people of Trimble County, in which county he was born a slave and in which the greater part of his life was spent. He belonged to Dr. Wesley Wright. His exact age is no known, but he is supposed to have been about 89 years old. He moved to LaGrange about ten years ago. Funeral services were held in LaGrange Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church with burial in that cemetery. He is survived by two sons, Henry, of LaGrange and Tom, of Louisville and a daughter, Mrs. Sam Johnson, LaGrange, and many school friends in Trimble where he was janitor for about 10 years.

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