Nov. 15: This Day in Shelby County History

2013: Southwestern High School honored fall sports athletes. Those recognized for earning Mid-Hoosier Conference All-Conference status were cross country runners Andrew Tucker, Hayden Veach, Nick Yeend and Haley Temple; tennis player Dalton Hudson; and volleyball player Oda Shackelford.

2003: The Waldron High School class of 1938 held a reunion at Bluebird restaurant in Morristown, with 16 members and one teacher, Myrtle Tolley, attending. Class members were Martha Ann Creed, Evelyn Montgomery, Martha Zinser, Avolyn Gregory, Mary Shaw, Reba Fix, Mary Barker, Mary Gourley, Mary Graham, Russell McNeely, Pauline Gregory, Edna McMichael, Lowell McCarty, Opal Gahimer, James Crosby and Charles McVey.

1993: Weekend rain totaling 4.49 inches proved too much for local creeks, rivers, ditches and ponds. The basement of the new county jail was covered with about 2.5 inches of sewage water. The State Road 9 entrance to Knauf Fiber Glass Plant 3 was under water. A newspaper picture showed Wastewater Treatment plant employee Jim Vierling and Street Department employee Larry Phillips laying sandbags on top of a sewer drain on Sunset Drive.

1983: Two Shelbyville High School freshmen and a senior qualified for the state swim meet. The senior, Michelle Meal, had finished 10th in diving in the state the previous year. Freshman Susan Gottlieb and Michele Miller also placed well in events at the qualifying meet. Al Smith was swim coach.

1973: Thermostats in county buildings were turned to the 60s to help combat the national energy crisis. A newspaper photo showed Janet Miller, secretary to the county commissioners, wearing a coat and a pair of gloves, with a coffee pot and cup within easy reach.

1963: Charles O'Connor, president of the Shelbyville High School Student Council, announced a suggestion box would be established for student use. Members of the council in charge of the project were Jerre Gilles, Dave Sexton, Dale Kesterman, Shelby McRoberts, Doug Horton and Carol Riemenschneider. In other SHS news, Mr. Barnett appointed the following managers for the concessions stand: John Shambach, Bob Bausback, Joe Meloy and John Haehl. Working in the stands would be Donna Skinner, Gretchen Sandefur, Dennie Jane Haehl, Ann Cronmiller, Dianne McLaughlin, Jim Jones, Tom Trueb, Mike Roberts, Alice Griffith, Pam Boyer, Jean O'Mara, Ginger Higgins, Barbara Van Sickle and Donna Ryhal. Selling Cokes, ice cream and popcorn among the fans would be Janet Van Cleve, Linda Jones, Shirley O'Mara, Daylene Thurston, Pat Willis, Janet Hatfield, Mary Ann Wiggins, Donna Gray, Judy Thibo, Doug Horton, Fred Conger, Janice Nigh, Ann Howery, Jane Howard, Don Thornburg, Dave Bird, Marilyn Dover and Ann Webster.

1953: A newspaper feature covered Graham Lemmon, who was carrying on a business originally started by his father, C.F. Lemmon, and Ray Socks in 1903, and located on Franklin St. Work in the shop then consisted mostly of upholstering buggies and wagons and taking care of awnings. The shop was later moved to W. Jackson St., later home of the Blue River Inn. In 1912, the shop was moved to a different W. Jackson St. location, then to Polk St. and finally to its final destination on E. Jackson St. Graham said many people used to have their automobiles and buggies painted every year. Blacksmithing was also included in the shop until World War I.

1943: Helen Elliott, wife of Sgt. Wilber Elliott, who had been missing in action, received her husband's Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. The medals of honor were sent to her by the War Department. Sgt. Elliott had been inducted through the local draft board in February 1942. He had been a tail gunner with the Army Air Forces.

1933: Chief of Police John Thompson stepped down due to illness. He had been chief since 1921. Members of the police committee had asked Thompson to resign after he had to leave work when his illness took a sudden turn for the worse.

1923: Civil War veteran John Albright, 83, died at his sister-in-law's house, 832 Meridian St. Albright had volunteered to fight for the North at the outbreak of the war.