70 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 17, 1952
“It can happen here”
A warning against crime syndicates that have brought corruption to Henderson, Covington, Newport and other communities across the state was issued by Circuit Judge RC Tartar at the start of Pulaski Circuit Court’s winter term . He said the unions are eager to gain a foothold and warned: “It can happen here”. He urged citizens to harden their hearts against crime and become aware of law enforcement.
The court turned its attention to conditions in Somerset. “Crime is appalling in the city. Somerset is wide open as the county is closed,’ he said. More vigilance is needed here, he added.
Judge Tartar accused the municipal police of failing in their duty and being negligent in their duties. Men and boys openly peddle whiskey here and prostitutes ply their trade, he said.
In the county, in recent months there have been very few complaints of disruption of religious worship, Judge Tartar reported. He said this is because the offenders were not acquitted of fines but were sentenced to prison terms.
The members of the grand jury are the Reverend Lloyd Sewell, foreman; William Harold Cundiff, Marshall Cundiff, John Barnes, George McIntyre, Carl Scrimager, Clyde Pointer, Lewis J. Brown, Walter Redman, Luther Vaught, Walter Hargis and Logan Bray.
life in prison
Oakley Hewgley, 29, of Nashville, Tennessee, was tried in Pulaski Circuit Court on two counts of willful murder and pleaded guilty. A jury set his sentence at life in prison in each case. He shot and fatally injured two guards from the Brushy Mountain prison in Tennessee at the Shamrock Inn here on November 9, 1951.
Ladies. Rayon blouses, regularly $1.29-$1.98, 88 cents at JJ Newberry Company.
Collins gets lighter
Corporal Loyd Collins, son of Mrs. Ollie Collins, Nancy graduated from a tank commander’s course as a top tank crew member. He was presented with a plaque and an engraved lighter.
Clay Shelton Alexander, Jr., and Velma Pauline Gill, both of Somerset.
Floyd Waddle and Rebecca Roy, pointer.
William I. Jent and Kathleen Morrell Jent, Waynesburg.
Joseph Fulton Hardwick and Lola Mae Watson, Somerset.
let’s play bowl
Announcement of the opening of Somerset Bowling Alleys in the Kentucky Utilities Building on South Main Street on January 18. Open daily at 1:30 p.m.
Getting to Greenlee
The exciting and all new Aero Willys is on display at the Greenlee Garage on South 27.
Well Baby Clinic
There will be a Well-Baby Clinic at the Pulaski County Health Department on Friday morning.
JANUARY 24, 1952
only the best
The thrill of great professional wrestling will be available to Somerset sports fans from next Wednesday at the National Guard Armory.
Featured will be world champions, female wrestlers, midget mat men and television stars.
Seems fair to me
Gordon panties only 69 cents at the Fair Store.
Two three and a half ounces of potted meat from Libby 21 cents at Wiggs supermarket in Burnside.
Ashamed of himself
A Somerset man was losing $3,400 today hoping to get rich quick. Kentucky State Police said three men at a motel in London, Ky., showed him how to change numbers on bills. The police would not release the name of the victim. They said he was really ashamed to fall for such a scheme.
The chicks will make you more profit. Now is the time to place your order of pure or sexed chickens at Royal Hatchery, 515 North Vine.
Ms. Rosa Herrin of North Main Street, who suffered a broken right hip on January 19 in a fall from Marshall Jackson’s truck, was in the cab of the truck and not in the back as reported in this newspaper last week. The cab door opened and she fell as the truck started to spin.
Four rolls of Charmin paper for just 29 cents at Ledford’s Market.
February 7, 1952
The Somerset Venetian Blind Company, located behind the Maple Inn on North Maple Street, recently opened. Sam Tweedy, a popular young Somerset businessman, owns and operates Somerset’s newest industry.
Roy Ping of Somerset, Route 3, shot himself in the right leg on Wednesday afternoon. Ping was shooting at the target near his home with an army rifle. He was shooting a piece of iron at an outhouse door when one of the bullets ricocheted back.
Better for Beldy?
Beldy Massey, former Somerset High football and basketball star, is transferring from Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College to Florida State University.
Dr. Vaden is in
Dr. Cathryn C. Vaden is now associated with the Somerset Clinic. She lives with her mother, Mrs. Clara M. Vaden, at 105 Marydale Avenue.
County spelling bee
Eubank School can be proud of one of its students. Audrey Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Freeman of Pulaski, beat competitors from 27 other schools to become the Pulaski County Spelling Champion. Taught by Don E. Gay, Audrey is 13 years old and in 8th grade.
Lecreta Prather, 13, school in Sardis, placed second. Her teacher is Sedahlia Wood.
Rayford Bray, 11, one of the youngest competitors, a sixth grader at Bobtown, placed third. Her teacher is Mrs. Zora Alexander. He came down on the word “alfalfa”.
The county game was the first to air. The show was on WSFC.
Ann Richardson, 12, a 7th year student at Garner School, placed 4th. She came down on the word “jewelry”. Her teacher is Mrs. Pauline Hansford.
Frances Phillippi, 12, a 7th grader at Vaught School, misspelled ‘universal’, coming in 5th.
She was one of the smallest spellers and won everyone’s admiration for her ease in spelling. Her teacher is Kwilda Dunbar.
Thirteen-year-old Viola Whitis, a sixth-grade student at Hamm School, uttered the word “control”. Her teacher is Burdette Cummins.
James Miller, 12, an 8th grade student at Burnside, misspelled “situation”, coming in 7th.
Sixteen teams will be in Somerset for the 12th Region Basketball Tournament. McCreary County takes on Mt. Victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lazy Bones shoes are the latest models from Joseph’s. Only $7.95 a pair.