Friday, September 22, 2023

The Latest Digitized SHS Courier Editions

Nov. 3, 1938 | Sept. 27, 1961 | May 19, 1967 | Sept. 1973 | Dec. 16, 2009

Also, check out photos from Wednesday's SHS Homecoming Parade here...


Thanks to the generous sponsors of last year’s Shelbyville High School Squib and Courier, this year’s yearbook is being offered for $49. (The actual cost to SHS is $71.) This allows the comprehensive work of our student staff to be shared with an increasing number of students. (Sales are already up compared to this date last year!)

We are now offering sponsorship space for this year’s editions. As a bonus, sponsors’ names/business names will be included in the annual Squib and each remaining monthly Courier edition, which is delivered in print to SHS students and sent digitally to this email list of over 3,000.

An individual sponsorship is $22. Business display ad pricing is in the image below. You can reply to this email or contact for more information. Checks can be addressed to SHS Squib and mailed to Shelbyville High School, 2003 S. Miller St., Shelbyville, IN, 46176.

Thank you so much for your consideration and support. We look forward to hearing from you! - Kristiaan Rawlings, Advisor, SHS Squib & Courier

This Month in Shelby County History

2018: Southwestern High School seniors Taylor Tatlock and Abby Sweet were leading the Spartan volleyball team to a 10-3 record and a state ranking.

2013: The old Hendricks school was rededicated as Hendricks Pointe Apartments. "I think it was very beautiful," Martin "Bud" Carr, who was principal at the school for 17 years, said of the ceremony. He had started at the school in 1963 as a teacher and coach.

2008: Jack Horner, who had been serving as interim CEO at Major Hospital, signed a contract to remain in the position. He had previously served as vice president and chief information officer.

2003: The commemoration of Sept. 11 was recognized with a gathering of fire fighters and law enforcement officers on the Heritage House Convalescent Center lawn. Mayor Frank Zerr read a proclamation.

1998: A typical schedule at the Bears of Blue River Festival included a golf tournament at the Elks in the morning, barbeque ribs at 4 p.m. on the Square, Traveler's Tale band at 6:30 p.m. and Phil Dirt and the Dozers at 8 p.m.

1993: The Bears of Blue River Festival committee asked that no one set out lawn chairs before 6 a.m. to reserve seats for that evening's show. Festival Director Darrell Adcock said that chairs set out early would be pulled aside. The announcement had been preceded by a man parking his van in the roadway of the circle blocking morning rush hour traffic while he unloaded lawn chairs. Adcock said the situation had actually improved since a few years' prior when some overly territorial festivalgoers would barely even move their chairs to allow workers to sweep the square. "They were vicious," Adcock told The Shelbyville News.

1988: Jennifer Thomas, Shelbyville, received first place in dresses during the Indiana State Fair fashion show.

1983: Second Baptist Church sponsored a breakfast on Public Square during the Bears of Blue River Festival. A newspaper photo showed Robin French, 14, serving Marilyn Hendrick and Cassius Bennett.

1978: The Shelbyville News surveyed errors on signs in town, including a firm's outdoor sign that said "Clearence sale" and a store that was open on Saturdays "until 3:60."

1973: A newspaper photo of new Shelbyville Central teachers included Carolyn Madara, Mrs. Lockman, Joyce Benge, Karen Warble, Nancy Byrd, Susan Rice, Mrs. Zimmerman, Mary Bahler, Mrs. Warnecke and Mrs. Bonner.

1968: Shelbyville High School opened the tennis season with a shut-out over Mooresville. Senior John Guidi led Coach Jim McMichael's team with a win, and Tom Courtney, Rick Walton, Ed Pritchard, Bill Cossairt and Greg Baker all won singles matches.

1963: The Shelbyville Merchants softball team captured the City "A" League championship. Team members were Pete Brown, Bob Dempsey, Dick McNeely, Ray Moore, Cliff Runnebohm, Clete Moore, Gilbert Harmon, Don Asher, Jim O'Connor, Joe Bradley, Glyn Ashcraft, Harold Boyd, Jim Cuskaden and Bill Markley. Bud Fancher was coach.

1958: Eugene McNew, 34, was named new industrial arts teacher at the junior high school. McNew, a graduate of Shelbyville High School, New Mexico State Teachers College and Butler, had taught five years previously at Flat Rock and Noble Township schools. He and his family lived in Longacre Addition.

1953: Local Girl Scouts constructed a terrarium made of glass and adhesive tape in which to grow plants at Camp Flat Rock. A newspaper photo showed Jane Ann McCabe, Susan Stine and Marlene Bennett using a microscope to inspect the plants.

1948: Jess Meloy retired from the Indiana Gas and Water Company after 48 years of service. He had started with the old Shelbyville Gas Light Company in 1900. He had been retained past the usual mandatory retirement age of 65 due to World War II.

1943: With the retirement of Earl Gifford, Shelbyville High School social studies teacher, and May Dean, third grade Colescott teacher, W.F. Loper announced Willard J. Day had been hired to take Gifford's place (Day previously served as Major school principal) and Mary Castle would be the new teacher at Colescott. Herman Lane would continue to teach Industrial Arts at the junior high and Margaret Chambers would teach social studies at Hendricks, Loper said. Marion Chenoweth was brought on board to teach social studies at the junior high school. Charles Borchers would be the new principal at Major.

1938: Approximately 50 attended the Shelbyville High School class of 1922 reunion held at Flat Rock Cave. Organizers were Mrs. Ora Breedlove, Rebecca Greensburg, Fred Hack, Mrs. Ralph Deupree, Joe LaBarbera and Mrs. Ted Rowe.

1933: Mrs. Melvin Havens, of Marion Township, captured highest honors at the Indiana State Fair with her prize White Plymouth rock chickens. She had been showing poultry at the state fair annually since 1909.

1928: City Council discussed the paving contract for W. Broadway, which was not going well. The company had promised 50 men on the job, but only sent 9, leading to a slow pace that frustrated city officials. A rival company representative said he could pave from Montgomery St. to Harrison St. on Broadway in four days.

1923: Frank Rembusch and Alex Levenstein did an improv performance for members of the local Rotary Club. Frank would assign Alex a topic to give a one-minute speech on, but some of them were so interesting that Frank sometimes forgot when the minute was up. Topics included applesauce, toenails, popcorn and Santa Claus, as well as others.