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LOOKING BACK

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By Dave Taylor

50 years ago (Jan. 3, 1963)

The January term of Trimble County Circuit Court convenes Monday morning (Jan. 7). Several matters are set for trial on the first day of court, all in variety: shooting with intent to kill, forgery, cemetery mutilation, robbery, etc., and Commonwealth’s Attorney James F. Thomas intimates that several other matters may be delved into during the scheduled time, such as settlements for damages caused in wrecks.

Intentions are intensifying toward the erection of a new high school plant in Trimble County, according to the word coming from the Trimble Board of Education. Some are thinking toward getting the job going as quickly as possible. There will be some point of view about where the new plant might be located, and whether some of the present antiquated structures could be condemned. Some opinions would center on the thought of not starting from scratch, but to take the Bedford Elementary plant where a basic structure already exists, and enlarge it to accommodate a high school. The opinionated people would have the present high school structure used as a grade school.

By next spring the 48-year-old steamer Avalon will once again pour smoke and calliope music over the Louisville waterfront. Louisville and Jefferson County have undertaken the project of refurbishing the well-traveled steamer, purchased by the County at auction.

Deaths: C.B. Clem, 82, died Dec. 24, 1952 at his home on King’s Ridge Road; Wilda Carroll Corley, 51, died Dec. 30, 1952 at his home in the Hickory Grove community; Joseph Alonzo Whitaker, 76, died Dec. 31, 1952 at his home in Bedford; Final rites were conducted on Dec. 31, 1952 for Norman Lee Dunn, 19, who was killed Dec. 15 at Corney Moozelle, France, in a highway mishap. Pfc//E3 Dunn was serving with the 70th Engineer Construction Company at Metz, France.

60 years ago (Jan. 1, 1953)

About two-thirds of the concrete has been poured for the school building at New Milton and Supt. John M. Potter speculated that walls will be “going up within a week or so.”

The Milton Panthers won their game in the opening round of the Invitational Tournament played at East Bernstadt December 29-30. Milton played McKee and the final score was 46-39 for Milton. Tuesday night Milton was paired with Livingston and had to be content with bringing home the runner-up trophy, as Livingston won by a score of 55-47.

The task of applying the slate roof on the sheathing of the Trimble County Courthouse should be completed before the end of next week, this according to Judge L.C. Yager, who also indicates that the exterior work on the structure is nearly completed, except for minor surface preparation.

Circuit Court will be in session Monday, January 12, and will be conducted at the Methodist Church in Bedford.

75 years ago (Jan. 6, 1938)

Following the cruel, brutal killing of Mr. Virgil Bayne, at Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday night, Dec. 18, 1937, the remains were brought to Milton to the home of his sister, Mrs. Samuel Carder. Funeral services were conducted at the Milton Methodist Church on Thursday the 23rd. Mr. Bayne was 43 years of age, and born and raised in Milton. He had been a member of the police force in Cleveland for 17 years and was considered one of the city’s most efficient officers. In company with a brother policeman in attempting to arrest five men for filling station robbery, both were shot down by the gangsters without a moment’s warning. The five men were captured within a few hours and are now in jail awaiting trial.

Trimble’s county officials calmly took up the duties of their several offices Monday of this week. Following the taking of the oaths of office, which were administered by H.L. Wright and ex-Judge W.O. Baxter, a very irritated man appeared before the new clerk.
With perspiration and tears streaming down his face, explained to Wallace Wright that he wanted something done about the wedding “he had gotten himself into” some days previous. The man was 40 years old, and although he had never been at home with the woman, the young clerk explained that there was not a thing he could do about it. In a very dejected frame of mind and being the man left the office.

Deaths: Martha Bell Yager died Dec. 26, 1937, at the home of her son north of Bedford; Eliza Gregg Milner, 73, a former Trimble resident died at Mooresville, Ind.; Ollie McCoy, 67, died January 6, 1938, at the home of her daughter in Milton; Addie Pierce McIntire, 74, died Dec. 29, 1937, at her home in Milton.