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130 years ago
May 8, 1883
A close shave
Last Sunday afternoon, just this side of Coon Hollow, the engineer on the south bound accommodation train, upon coming round a sharp curve, discovered a man lying by the track with his neck across one of the rails. He blew the whistle and reversed the engine at once, but the distance was so short that the engine stopped within six inches of the man’s neck. He proved to be an Irishman employed at a distillery nearby, who was intoxicated and had lain down and gone to sleep.
On the night of the 1st inst., the dwelling house of Calvin Stiles, about 12 miles west of this place, on the Rolling Fork, burned. The fire took place late in the night, after the family had retired, and was discovered barely soon enough for Mr. S. (who was rushed upstairs with a wet blanket over him) to rescue two of his children who were asleep. He got his hair and whiskers badly singed in the heroic effort. All the household goods were burned.
90 years ago
May 4, 1923
Prohibition era notes
The task of removing the whiskey in the big iron-clad warehoused at the plant of the Mueller, Wathen & Kobert Distillery was completed Monday. Shipment has been in progress several weeks, and several thousand barrels were shipped. Two or three carloads went out to Chicago each day, and few local people were aware that the warehouses were being emptied. It is the first time they have been empty in all the years they have stood. A once prosperous industry in the community’s midst is no more.
The Rev. Walter A. Hopkins was formally installed Sunday night as pastor of Lebanon united Presbyterian Church. The ceremonies were conducted by the Rev. John J. Rice of Danville. Also participating were the Rev. Thomas B. Talbot of Lexington and the Rev. S.S. Daugherty of Harrodsburg.
70 years ago
May 7, 1943
Goal more than topped
Marion County almost doubled its assigned quota in the Second War Loan campaign which closed last Friday night. Figures released by Robert L. Spalding and E.J. Warms, local co-chairmen, show $736,187 subscribed. The goal was set at $398,125.
Traffic lights off
The City Council, in brief session Tuesday night, ordered the traffic lights along Main Street extinguished for the duration of the war. For some time, only caution lights have been in use. They proved confusing to motorists, who waited at intersections for the lights to change.
Although dirt in hundreds of Victory gardens in the community may have churned under impetus of spades and forks wielded by local business and professional men, downtown Lebanon took on the aspect of a ghost town, deserted and forlorn. It was the first of the Thursday half-holidays to be observed throughout the season, so that employers and employees may till the soil and raise vegetables for their families, to relieve the national food shortage.
50 years ago
May 9, 1963
$342,000 is low bid
The A.D. Roe Company, Louisville, is the apparent low bidder at $342,000 for the new Lebanon Elementary School which will be constructed this year on West Main Street.
Proceeds with airport plans
Plans for the construction of an airport between Lebanon and Springfield were pushed at a meeting here last Friday at the Marion-Washington County Air Board local and state officials.
Edward LaFontaine, Frankfort, director of airport development for the State Department of Aeronautics, told the group that the airport will be one of the greatest aids in securing additional industry in this section. “An airport in many communities has meant the difference in gaining needed industry,” LaFonatine said.
Under a plan outlined by Lafontaine, a $195,000 airport facility would be constructed on an undetermined location between Lebanon and Springfield. It will include a 3,000-foot blacktop runway, with adequate approaches.
Cities increased needs
More than 200 job opportunities, ranging from physician and nurse to engineer and maid, exist in hospitals, according to Sister Clara, administrator of Mary Immaculate hospital.
The need for hospital personnel is ever increasing. This rising demand results from a growing population, from advances in medical science, and from an increasing awareness of the need for care.
30 years ago
May 11, 1983
Mike Ray presented the March-April Member of the Month Award to James Followell. James was elected because of his participation and leadership in the FFA. He is also committee chairman.
20 years ago
May 19, 1993
Ryder Cemetery bankrupt
The Ryder Cemetery Company, embroiled in controversy and courtroom maneuverings since 1983, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 13, according to records in the office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Clerk in Louisville.
In its filing the cemetery association listed debts of $65,570, all resulting from the decade-long lawsuit filed by the Marion-Washington County NAACP seeking an end to the long-standing practice of separate operation and maintenance of the cemetery’s rear portion. The so-called “jungle”, as court documents referred to it, was separated from the front portion by a fence, which the court ordered removed.
Jim Higdon, who is completing his junior year at Marion County high School, has been elected to attend the seventh annual Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts on the Bellarmine College campus in Louisville this summer.
The three-week school, from June 20 to July 10, is for artistically talented sophomores and juniors in creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental and vocal music, and visual art.