Looking Back

30 years ago
Jan. 1, 1981


Snow slickened driving conditions on Christmas Eve so that drivers on roadways in the county experienced most hazardous problems, according to Sheriff David B. Craig. Cars sliding into mailboxes, cars and trucks turning upside down and vehicles sliding off bridges dominated the day for state and county workers, as well as wrecker and emergency services.
Robert Perry was elected Master of the Bedford Masonic Lodge No. 158, succeeding R. Michael Day; Mathew Gordon replaced Roy Webster in Milton Masonic Lodge.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Liter, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Slocum and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lawson spent two weeks in Hawaii visiting Maj. and Mrs. Melvin E. Liter and Myron Dale Tingle. They visited many sights, ate much and enjoyed themselves to the max. The Lawsons left early on Saturday morning to fly to San Francisco to visit relatives. The Liters and Slocums left later in the day for their return to Ky. Melvin Earl, Cherry and their two sons will live in Hawaii for the next three years.
Deaths: Larry Pepperenger, 32, Smithfield; Robert Jones, 65, Milton; Minnie Jackson, 77, Bedford; Leonard Harmon, 93, Milton; Jesse Chancelor Perkinson, 88, Bedford; Paul Robert Hampton, 3, Clarksville, Ind., son of Robert and Bonnie Martin Hampton.

70 years ago
Jan. 9, 1941

For the first time in the annuals of the courts of the county, no trials can be passed on by a jury of 12 true and tried men, it was announced Monday by Circuit Clerk Robert G. Jackson, following an opinion from the Attorney General’s office, at Frankfort. The Jury Commissioners, Ada Lehue, Allie Willis and Carroll Bradley, were appointed at the September term of court by Judge Charles C. Marshall to succeed themselves. This action by Judge Marshall was ruled unconstitutional as under the acts of the general assembly that no jury commissioner can succeed himself. Thus the actions of the commission in selecting jurymen for the January term of court were not in order; consequently the court is left without a panel of jurymen. Proceedings in this branch of the judiciary will continue as scheduled, but trials set for hearing in common pleas court will be continued until the April term of court, it was announced by court officials.
An envious record of straight wins for the Blue Demons through the first part of the season was brought to an in-memorial end on the local hardwood when the Carrollton Panthers dragged the Demons through the mire of defeat Friday night of last week for a 30-18 win. Howard Callis made 12 points and was selected team captain. Up to this time, the team had been alternating captains who were selected for individual games. Jack Tingle hit 3 and Hayward Tingle hit 2.
Weddings: Rosa Pennington to Ollie J. Burrows.
Deaths: Alvin Burton Rich-mond, 66, Corn Creek; James M. Kelly, La Grange; Robert C. Terrell, Danville, formerly of Bedford; Dora Rosetta McDowell, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McDowell.

80 years ago
Jan. 8, 1931

The Polar Bear Café, until recently owned and operated in the Stanley building by Mrs. Sadie Bare and daughters, has been purchased by Mr. Raymond Wood, who has moved here from Akron, Ohio, and who now has charge of the establishment. Mr. Wood has made several changes in the arrangement and policy of the café, as well as in the personnel. He is now being assisted by his sister, Miss Emma Louise Neville, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Chester Wood. The café caters to the soft drink, sandwich, cigar and cigarette trade.
The Trimble County High School Blue Demons, in their first game of the New Year, defeated the Sulphur basketball squad here last Friday night easily by 22 to 9.
A furnace has been installed in the Milton Christian Church, and every attendant at service receives a warm welcome, and the Loyal Workers’ Class of the Sunday School has presented the church with a hundred new cloth-bound songbooks.
Deaths: John McGuire, 106, oldest citizen in Trimble County, Canip; Margaret McCord, 86, Milton; Florence Allene Strong, Indianapolis, formerly of Milton; Sam Atlas Jr., Shelbyville.

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