Looking Back with Hilda Parrish – Dec. 8, 2010

50 years ago – 
Dec. 8, 1960

Afternoon and evening sessions Saturday will mark the opening of Frontier Roller Rink in Bedford. Now approved by everyone including the health department, W.R. Abbott’s two years of work on the building, floor, etc., comes out of the planning stage and into the skating arena. Two years ago, Mr. Abbott obtained a surplus building from Fort Knox and has since erected it in his spare time. G.B. Farrell of the health department described the 40x90 skating floor as an artistic bit of floor laying. The Saturday afternoon sessions will be from 2-5 p.m. and the evening session will extend from 7-10 p.m. Two pairs of skates will be given away Saturday night.
The Trimble County Farm Bureau nominating committee suggested that the same directors be chosen to serve again. Charlie Detmer assumed the presidency of the organization during the past year when Wilbur Ginn resigned to devote more of his time to the tobacco program. Directors staying on in their roles will be: Dwight Barnes, Fred Doughrity, Charles Detmer, Wayne Garrett, Kenneth Ginn, Wilbur Ginn, Harold Greene, Maurice Johnson, Dallas Ogden, Joseph Ogden, Walter Perry, Keith Taylor, Robert Webb and Charlie Wood. Mrs. Joseph Ogden is chairman of the women’s work in the county; Ansel Mc Cord is treasurer and Mrs. Ansel McCord is office secretary. There are 428 members in the county this year, an increase from 275 members nine years ago.
Birthdays: The Rev. C.P. Pilow; Douglas Joyce and Mrs. John O’Nan.
Deaths: Mrs. Anna Broad, 75, Milton; John C. Kruse, 37, Covington, formerly of Milton; Paul Smith, 56, Daugherty Creek area.

70 years ago –
Dec. 5, 1940

The Panthers of Milton High, ran their victory string to three straight at the expense of the Crestwood Yellow Jackets 26-22. Scoring for Milton were first stringers: Luckett 8, Liter 7, Browne 1, Stockdale 3, Ewing 0, and Neal 4, Ward, 3 of the second set. The official designated Homecoming game for all MHS Alumni is Saturday, Dec. 7, when the Panthers entertain Okolona.Coach Cantrell’s Big Blues invaded enemy territory Tuesday evening of this week and annexed their first conference win to their string of victories by defeating the New Castle quintet by the lopsided score of 21-15. H. Tingle 2,Callis 6, J. Tingle 10, Black 0, Hayden 3; substitutes were Staples and Spillman. The Demons will engage the Pleasureville team on the local floor here, Friday night.
Preliminary plans, specifications and estimates for the proposed water works project for the town of Bedford have met with the approval of the state board of Health and are ready to be presented to the Works Project Administration for their approval. With Bedford situated on an important military road, it is stated that in all probability the construction of this project will be readily assured by the WPA.  
Deaths: Joseph Owen Taylor, 52, Providence area.

80 years ago – 
Dec. 4, 1930

License plates cost one-fourth less this year due to a Christmas gift from the General Assembly and the Louisville Automobile Club. The new front tag will merely say “Kentucky 1931,” beside the number in white letters on a green background, while the rear tag will have the number and name of the county.  
The warden of the state reformatory at Frankfort has notified the officials of several of the larger Kentucky counties to send no more prisoners until provisions can be made to house them. The prison reached its peak when 2,450 convicts were housed a week ago. It was built to house fewer than 2,000. ... Parolees are on the increase just to make room for new prisoners.
J.C. Buchanan, writer of the column “Possum Trot” wrote: “Goodbye old Nov., Goodmorning, Dec.; Know not whereof What to expec’. November cold, December might In manner bold Be freezing right; And if it is, So mote it be, Remembering ’tis Not you or me That has control Of weather drear, So bless your soul, Let’s take what’s here!”
Deaths: David M. Newby, 77, Bedford; Kenneth Eugene Law, 8-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Billie Law, New Bethel; Robert Glass, 48, Madison, Ind.; Newton R. Bush, 82, Corn Creek; Mrs. Ruth Howe Schuerman, 39, Carrollton, died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Hilda Parrish is office manager for The Trimble Banner. She lives in Bedford.