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By Hilda Parrish

30 Years Ago (April 29, 1982)
A 97,700-gallon stand pipe (water silo) will be completed this week in Milton. With the new stand pipe a booster pump at the city limits on U.S. 42 will fill and back pressure and will handle pressure in the small lines.
May 8th has been designated Bedford Clean up Day. Tyler Sanitation will pick up your throw-aways and clutter if you put them on the curb. They will take away everything but junk cars and dead livestock.

Deaths: Beulah Ball Neher, Wayne, Mich, Trimble County native.

50 Years Ago (April 26, 1962)
More is on the horizon of hope concerning roads in Trimble County, as L.E, Richardson, assistant district engineer, related this week the possibility of a $12,000 force account project to encompass the Cooper’s Bottom narrows.

M.R. Maxey reported that cover crop turning and other plowing is being delayed because the soil has become hard and dry. Cover crops turned late or after they have made too much growth can cause poor tobacco stands due to pythium soft rot, nitrogen lock up, heat produced from the decaying process.

Pfc. Benny Abbott, Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany, arrived in Bedford Easter weekend for a 35-day leave of absence. He will return to his base in Germany May 21.

Watty Logan, president and Lewis Barnes, Secretary of the FFA chapter won plaques at the Northern District FFA banquet held at Shelby County High School.

“Arsenic and Old Lace”, with a cast of 15 will be presented by the Trimble County High School juniors on May 4-5. It is a three-act play and runs about an hour and a half.

Births: Richard Andrew Jackson, Kimberly Ann Wise, Dana Carroll Dunn.

Deaths: J.W. Peak Jr., 46, Bedford.

70 Years Ago (April 30, 1942)
Retailers, wholesalers, institutions and industrial users, including food service establishments, will be issued rationing cards on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, as the first step in rationing sugar to the general public during the following week.

In order that the farmers of Trimble County might become familiar with the methods of planting hemp seed, the county agent’s office has arranged for a hemp seed planting demonstration to be held next Wednesday at 2 p.m.     

The grand jury has instructed the county sheriff to pick up all unlicensed dogs.

Deaths: Felt Richmond, 59, Providence; Mrs. W. B. Rowlett, 65, Liberty; Mrs. Hallie Moffett Duvall.

80 Years Ago (April 28, 1932)
The Bedford Sweet Shoppe on the corner of Main and Church streets was sold Saturday by Mr. Sidney Newman to Messrs. Lyle and Gilbert Wood, who took possession of the place Monday morning.

“Yellow Shadow” was well presented by the junior class of the high school. It was a mystery/comedy in three acts and between acts a chorus of several high school girls entertained with musical selections.

The Graded school at Bedford will close its term for this year Friday evening, May 6, when they present “Sunny of Sunnyside” a juvenile operetta in two acts at McCain Auditorium. This is a beautiful spring-time operetta with plenty of action, dances and tuneful melodies, and has a cast of 80 children.

It has been disclosed in papers filed by the American Tobacco Company in Federal Court in New York City, that the company paid its president, George W. Hill, more than $1,000,000 for the year 1931.

Deaths: Charles R. Ison, brother of Mrs. C. M. Cutshaw; John W. Cayton, 81, Milton.  

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