The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in 1943

Over the years, Charles Hartley has shared glimpses of what was being printed in The Pioneer News in different months and years. This page includes what was taken from the January through May issues of 1943.


January 1943

The paper reported that Mrs. Gertrude Masden sponsored a free turkey dinner for the entire Shepherdsville School two days before Christmas, feeding all 550 pupils. She was ably assisted by Mrs. Minnie Maraman, Mrs. O. H. Masden, Mrs. Curtis Smith, Mrs. Roy Stallings, Mrs. Gabe Bealmear, Mr. Peterson, Prof. Foreman, Mr. Bailey, Otto Stillwell and others.

Clyde Troutman of Mt. Washington, an outstanding stock trader, joined the firm of Montgomery Bros. at the Bourbon Stockyards in Louisville.

Isaac Edison Berkstresser secured a good job with the Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Works.

In Belmont news we learned that Mrs. Kate (Woods) Snellen and Miss Sue Engle both passed away shortly before Christmas.

In Home Front news, the Department of Agriculture purchased more than fifty million pounds of seeds to replant Allied farmland recently freed from Axis domination.

Josie Zimmerman received word that her brother, Dr. George Barrell of Kansas City slipped on the ice and cracked his skull, but was recovering.

In Cedar Grove news, we learned that Riley Thompson and wife spent a Sunday at Solitude with Mr. and Mrs. Duke Thompson.

In news from Needmore Road, Bro. Jesse Hill accepted the invitation to pastor the local church; Mr. and Mrs. Harley Proctor left for Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to spend time with their son, Private Millard H. Proctor; and Beulah Stallings and Alvine Foster spent Christmas evening with Mr. and Mrs. Everett Newton.

That correspondent was sad to report the death of Tom R. Bridwell on January 3rd. He was in his 69th year, married to Eva Stallings in 1897, and the son of Hayden and Nannie Bridwell.

The paper listed all the local elected officials including the magistrates Hugh Samuels, J. R. Cornell, O. P. Hessey, and John I. Samuels. Clyde E. Roby was tax commissioner; C. V. Foreman was school superintendent; and C. T. Bridwell was county coroner.

Do you remember listening to the Baptist Hour sermons on W.H.A.S. radio?

Red Cross surgical dressings were being made up at the Masonic Temple. Mrs. Clarence Stansbury was chairman of the committee.

In Lebanon Junction news, Mrs. Alean Rexroat passed away. She had been chief telephone operator for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. James Strange celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. He was a retired conductor for the railroad.

In the Personals column we read that Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bergen and children of Tennessee spent a weekend with relatives here.

Also, Mrs. Geraldine Traylor received a letter from her husband who was in North Africa. As was the case with most letters from servicemen overseas, it was positive and upbeat, perhaps hiding the truths of war from friends and relatives back home.

In Mt. Washington news, E. T. McAfee was injured when kicked by a mule in the leg. Fortunately it was only bruised, not broken.

Frank Scroggins, Master of Bullitt Lodge No. 155, invited visiting brothers to their monthly meeting.

In Hebron news, Mrs. N. H. Miller was confined to bed with bronchial trouble; Miss Mary Cynthia Holsclaw was in bed a week with a head cold; and Mrs. Bernard Bischoff suffered an attack of tonsillitis.

And Jiggs Buckman was offering for sale a 1942 Buick. It had a radio, heater, and five new tires, and was in good shape. Any takers?

February 1943

Unfortunately, the microfilm for February 1943 is unavailable; however, we had more news from January than we could include last month, so here is some additional January news.


McKinley Family

Dr. S. H. Ridgway, who was in a Louisville infirmary, was some better. And Mrs. Clarence Dawson was on the sick list.

The paper printed a number of letters from local boys who were elsewhere in the military. Among these were Dexter R. Hatfield, Arthur Waters, James Jupin, and Evan McKinley. Evan shared part of his journey overseas this way: "We left Frisco on an unidentified date, traveled an unidentified course, arriving at an unidentified port at an unidentified time. Outside of this there is very little to say about the trip over."

Evan was the son of Rev. Henry Evan McKinley, Sr. who had pastored the First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville in the 1930's. Evan would go on to reach the rank of Staff Sergeant of the Army Air Corps.

Of the others, Dexter Ray Hatfield returned from the war and later worked at the Beam Distillery as a truck driver. He lived 93 years, passing in 2011.

If my research is correct, Arthur Bryant Waters, Jr. had left the service by June and was working as a laborer for the railroad when he was struck by a train and killed.

James Jupin had enlisted in July, and would serve until discharged in October 1945. He was living in Louisville when he died in 1972.

Billy B. Kidwell, husband of LaVerne Kidwell of Lebanon Junction, graduated from the Aviation Machinist's Mates School at the Naval base at Pensacola.

In Mt. Washington news, Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Carrithers bought Burt Rouse's house on the Jackson Highway; Grigsby McFarland remodeled a restaurant into a dwelling and rented it to Mrs. C. C. Coggins; and John F. McClure died at his home after a lingering illness.

In the personals column we learned that Bruce Hamilton visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hamilton; that Sgt. Gregory O'Bryan was home on leave visiting his mother, Mrs. Lena O'Bryan; that Otto McGlasson, son of Melissa McGlasson, had completed his early military training; and that Mrs. Carl Beam and sons of Clermont were guests of Mrs. Chester Hill.

Mrs. Wilma Hatfield and son were present at a dinner given to honor two local boys, PFC Henry B. Manakee and Cpl. Silvester A. Crenshaw.

Mrs. Rice Dawson spent a day with her sister, Mrs. Ora L. Roby.

T. C. Carroll, local chairman of the U.S.O. Commission, encouraged folks to donate books "that you like yourself" to be shared with the boys overseas.

J. D. Spann of Route 3, Shepherdsville, advertised to trade a team of small mules for a mare or horse about 16 hands high.

In Wilson Creek news, we learned that Mr. and Mrs. John Masden moved to their farm on the Creek; that Miss Virginia Milligan was a guest of the Walls sisters; that Howard Masden was home on furlough from the navy; that Private Leo Wall was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia; and that a farewell party was given at Emmett Hornbeck's for Raymond Hornbeck who left for service in the navy.

And Miss Billy Roy Maraman of Shepherdsville entered the service of the W.A.A.C. and was stationed at Daytona Beach, Florida.

March 1943

Shepherdsville High defeated Willisburg 34-30 to advance to the semi-finals of the regional basketball tournament before bowing to Campbellsville 40-38. Harold (Goat) Dawson made the all tournament team. Jimmy Hardy was tied with three others for the final spot on that squad, but lost out on a coin toss.

Virginia Bergen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Bergen, and Kenneth Tipton of Shelbyville were married in Louisville.


The Cincinnati Enquirer, Tuesday, 16 Feb 1943

Private Fletcher Hagan of Memphis, Tennessee was home on a furlough; as were Private Hillary (Buddy) Hatfield, PFC Theodore Harris, and S-Sgt M. D. (Buster) Rodgers.

The Salt River correspondent wrote, "Everything sold well at the Cundiff sale. We still miss these good neighbors. It will be something we will long remember just how they were killed." She was referring to Rev. Benjamin H. Cundiff, his wife Virginia, and their daughter Cerelda Jane who were killed when their car was struck by a train at the Highway 44 intersection in February.

Rev. Cundiff was brother to Mrs. Mary Stansbury of Shepherdsville, and had five brothers, George, Will, Harve, Arthur, and Walter of Belmont.

The March 26th paper reported that the county had experienced its worst flood since '37 with the crest at Shepherdsville reaching 35 feet, 10 inches, making it about equal to the 1884 flood. The report said that the river flooded more than 30 homes and 12 businesses before receding.

And the paper reported that Luke Briscoe was killed in action in North Africa in February 1943, and indicated that he was the husband of Dora Montgomery Briscoe. A bit of digging turned up some interesting information about the Montgomery family.

Dora's parents were Mont and Ezra (Dugan) Montgomery of Lebanon Junction, and she had a number of brothers and sisters. Of these, her brother Charles was a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Quincy when it went down in the Battle of Savo Island in August 1942. He was listed as M.I.A. for many months before being declared deceased by the navy.

Dora's brother Louis was a radioman in the South Pacific. Her brother Dugan was an Army Air Force radio instructor, and another brother Jack had joined the F.B.I. before the war began.

In a newspaper report in December, it was stated that Dora's sister Ann was a student nurse at St. Joseph's Infirmary, and intended to go into the navy. And their sister Mary Rose was a printer third class in the Waves, stationed in Washington.

Dora herself joined the Wacs, after giving blood multiple times, for the war effort. She met and married John C. Jones in 1944. They were stationed at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana until his discharge in 1962. They lived in Great Falls for 20 years before retiring to Lebanon Junction in 1982. Dora passed in 1997, and John followed a decade later. I'm sure folks in Lebanon Junction remember them.

April 1943

A metal-working class opened at the Agriculture Shop at Shepherdsville High School with Ben Parrish as the instructor. The course included welding, soldering, forging and farm machinery repair.

Mary Elizabeth Coyle and Milton Clark, both of whom grew up in the Mt. Washington area, were married in Seattle. Milton was in the Coast Guard. Mary Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Mrs. Lizzie McGee; Milton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Clark.

Mrs. J. D. Buckman, Jr. underwent an emergency appendectomy in Dallas where her husband Pvt. J. D. (Jiggs) Buckman was serving.

Mrs. Frank Scroggins and her son moved to Frankfort to be with her husband who was stationed there.

James Vernon Shaw, Thurman Buford Shouley, and Robert Cecil Smothers graduated from the Lexington Signal School and were accepted into active military service in the Signal Corps.

Old newspaper obituaries are often very valuable to those who are seeking to learn more about their family genealogy. For example, from our paper this month we learned that John Robert Stallings was born 30 Apr 1875, married Etta Simmons on 27 Dec 1905, had two sons, Floyd and Raymond, a brother named Tobe Stallings, and a sister, Mrs. Albert Armstrong. John Robert died on 21 Mar 1943, and was laid to rest in the Pleasant Grove Church cemetery.

Pvt. Millard H. Proctor wrote his parents a letter from India where he was stationed. I'm sure Mr. and Mrs. Harley Proctor appreciated hearing from their son.

Dee Bergen was home from the infirmary after being hit on the knee by a piece of coal falling from a moving train. It fractured his leg.

In the personals column, we learn that Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Patterson and little Verna Louise spent a week with Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Patterson while the flood water was up.

Word had been received that Urey W. O'Bryan was in South Africa, and hoped to get home in a month or so. Urey was a son of Mrs. Robert O'Bryan, and brother to Everett O'Bryan.

In 1943, A. B. Hawkins was the editor of The Pioneer News, and a newspaper subscription would cost you $1.50.

Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Swearingen, Mesdames J. H. Swearingen, Mabel Harris and Mr. George Swearingen motored to the city on a Sunday to visit Mrs. Nancy Baird in the hospital. Finding her in good condition, they then called on Mrs. Bailey Taylor who had been suffering with pleurisy, but was also improving.

The Cupio correspondent reported that the heavy rains had caused slides to cover the road to the Kosmosdale Cement Plant, causing the men working there to have to walk to get to work. She also reported that Wayne Hopewell, who had the measles, was tended by his sister, Mrs. Jessie Roberts of West Point.

And the Senior Class of Shepherdsville High School presented a three-act comedy titled "Boston Blues." Student actors included Geraldine Williams, Gerald Napier, Alma Huffman, Gabe Bealmear, Frances Noe, J. C. Thompson, Ray Dawson, Jimmy Boston, George Bradbury, Anna Bell Harris, Lillian Smith, Inez Masden, Tom Ericson, and Charles Franke.

May 1943

Shepherdsville High School graduated 20 seniors, including Martha Harned, Anna Bell Harris, Mary Alma Huffman, Inez Masden, Lillian Pearl Smith, Geraldine Williams, Frances Nooe, Gabe Bealmer, Jimmie Bosson, George Bradbury, Ray Dawson, Tom Ericson, Ack Hill Harned Jr., Delbert Kelly, Hansford Milligan, Gerald Napier, Lloyd Patterson Jr., Robert Price, J. C. Thompson, and Charles Franke.

Mt. Washington High graduated 10 seniors including Lula Hope Crenshaw, Imogene Hall, Haley Irene Lewis, Myrtle Hessey, Elizabeth Cook, William Jasper, Mary Hannah Shelburne, Gene Hayden, Mayelene Roby, and Mattie Frances Lewis.

In military news, William F. Porter, son of Mrs. C. A. Porter of Mt. Washington, was promoted to Sergeant at the Army Air Base in Casper, Wyoming; Vernie Druin, who had attended the Pitts Point School, and whose wife was living in Shepherdsville, was promoted to Technician Fifth Grade at his Central California post; and Charles T. Miller of Lebanon Junction had reported to the U. S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes. Also, Thomas L. Montgomery of Lebanon Junction was enrolled in the Naval Training School at Miami University in Ohio; and Penrhyn J. Phelps of Shepherdsville was promoted to Technician Fifth Grade at Camp Lee's Quartermaster Replacement Training Center. Also reporting to the Great Lakes facility were Shepherdsville recruits Edward T. Carr and Jesse T. Kelly.

Continuing with the military, PFC Vernon Patterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Patterson of Shepherdsville, graduated as an expert mechanic, working on the B-24 Liberators.

In the Needmore Road column we learned that Miss Elizabeth Cook spent a Sunday evening with Irene and Frances Lewis; that Miss Christine Owens was a weekend guest of Dortha Alcorn; and that Miss Valeda Mae Stallings spent a Sunday night with her cousin Trulaverne Cook.

Out near Cupio, the children of the Nichols school had an Easter egg hunt in the back grove on Mrs. Hassie McPherson's farm. The drizzling rain didn't slow down the eager hunt for decorated eggs.

In Salt River community news, we read that Misses Geneva and Millie Hoagland spent a fews days with their aunt, Mrs. Beulah Maraman; That Mrs. B. B. Dunaway and baby spent a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Crenshaw and sister, Wilma Hatfield; and that Mr. and Mrs. Paul Simpson and children of Victory spent a Saturday night with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Wash Smothers.


Bernadeen Wheatley

The Bullitt County Board of Education met in May and elected the following teachers for these schools: Nichols - Junia Mae Kneisler, Julia Rogers and Sylvia Barrall; Sunny Side - Lillian Pearl Smith; Mt. Elmira - Ruth Evelyn Wise; Pleasant Grove - Beryl Porter and Nell V. Porter; Mt. Washington - Raymond Fields (principal), Ruth Franklin, Madeline Rapier, Anna L. McGee, Kathleen Harris, Frances Simpson, Myrtle R. Harris, Martha Weller, and Myrtle Shake; Cedar Grove - Eulah Mae Wise, Mary Theresa Smith, and Thelma Roby; Clermont - Lillie Vertrees; Cane Run - Augusta V. Dawson; Belmont - Mary B. Hill, Zardetti Dawson, and Christine Cruise; Shepherdsville - H. T. Peterson (principal), Antoinette Waller, June Vinson, Lanye Wigginton, Sara Fay Myers, U. G. Salter (grade school principal), Myrtle Frick, Mary F. Jones, Susan Avritt, Evelyn Masden, Ida Lee Sellers, Sarah W. Rouse, Carolyn Muir, Nell Miller, Annie L. Jenkins, and Catherine Applegate; Bowman's Valley - Thelma Hall and Mattie Owens. There were no applicants for the schools at Mt. Olivet, Brooks, Cedar Glades, and Beech Grove.

William Dawson, former high sheriff of Bullitt County, celebrated his 95th birthday in May.

And Lieutenant Agnes Bernadeen Wheatley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Wheatley of Shepherdsville, was serving as a nurse in Northern Ireland. Her brother, Sgt Russell Wheatley was in London with the medical corps.

June 1943


Dr. Samuel Howard Ridgway

Mrs. T. C. Carroll

Among the numerous deaths reported in the paper was that of Dr. Samuel Howard Ridgway, a beloved citizen of Bullitt County who was born near Cupio, and who served as a physician for over fifty years in Bullitt County. His home on Second Street in Shepherdsville (now Joe B. Hall Ave.) would become the home of the public library in the years to come.

Mrs. T. C. Carroll of Shepherdsville was appointed Women's Chairman of the Donaldson Campaign for Kentucky governor. Mrs. Carroll was also National Democratic Committeewoman from Kentucky, having been appointed to the post in 1941.

Russell Jenkins of Shepherdsville was appointed Bullitt County campaign chairman for the Ben Kilgore campaign for governor.

Freddie Sadler bought the F. E. Sadler Truck Line at auction. He was the eldest son of the late F. E. Sadler, and he had been running the business along with his mother and brother Ray Sadler since his father's death a few years ago.

The Pioneer News sent its issues to local boys in the military, and received thank you's from a number of them including Cpl. Thomas P. Joyce, PFC Radford L. Patterson, Bell. M. Clark, PFC Chester Heffley, Pvt. Henry H. Mattingly, Pvt. James R. Buffin, Pvt. James Jupin, Pvt. George Douglas, Cpl. Jerome (Pinhead) Dawson, Pvt. Martin K. Ryan, Pvt. W. T. Moser, 2Lt. Francis I. Clark, Pvt. Perry Berkstresser, Robert J. Jackson, Sgt. Wathen E. Viers Jr., 4-Tec John B. Viers, Pvt. L. H. "Bobby" Rice, and Pvt. Charles F. Hagan among others.

With the war raging in Europe and Asia, hardly a page of the paper failed to include an encouragement to buy war bonds and stamps to support the effort.

Marvin H. Masden of Lebanon Junction completed his basic training in preparation for active duty.

Mr. and Mrs. Ehrman Maraman of Shepherdsville announced the marriage of their son, PFC M. K. Maraman to Miss Lucy Mae Rachel of Pineville, Louisiana. He was then stationed in Nebraska.

In the Personals Column we learned that Mrs. Hazel (Crawhorn) Mann was in Los Angeles working in an anti-aircraft factory while her husband Pvt. George L. Mann was stationed nearby. Also, Mesdames Cecil Smothers, Thurman Shouley, Tom Adams, and J. V. Shaw, along with little Tommy Shaw, left for West Palm Beach to spend two weeks with Cpl. Cecil Smothers, Pvt. Thurman Shouley, and Cpl. J. V. Shaw, who were stationed at Camp Murphy, Florida.

In Mt. Washington news, Mrs. Fronie Harris was a Sunday guest of the E. T. McAfee's and heard her former pastor, Rev. C. K. Dickey preach. Also, the Jasper family gathered at J. R. Jasper's for a family dinner.

C. J. Fogle of Shepherdsville was selling milk goats at the Old Cassidy place on Blue Lick Road near Huber's Station.

And A. P. Weller had a 1940 Chevrolet 30 passenger school bus for sale. Anyone thinking of starting their own school?

Did you know that little Audrey Cox had the measles; or that Mrs. Edna Lane was having her living room refinished; or that the blackberry plants were blooming like crazy; or that K. F. Bolton cleaned off the new cemetery which was badly needed? Well all that and more was happening up and down Cedar Grove Road.

And the local Star of Hope Chapter was serving a chicken dinner at the Masonic Temple on June 8th. Cost was 75 cents a plate. Save a place for me in line!


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