71 YEARS AGO
JUNE 9, 1948
Hijackers Turned Over to Feds
Lawrence Spears, 20, Robert Hall, 18, and Leonard Norfleet, all of west Somerset, arrested Thursday by Sheriff Frank E. Beaty and his deputies on a charge of breaking into intra-state shipments, were turned over to Federal authorities today.
The youths were taken to London to stand trial in Federal Court, two deputy marshals coming here for them. The defendants were accused of breaking the seals on two trucks and stealing several cartons of pipe and cigarette tobacco.
Sheriff Beaty said the men admitted their guilt after being questioned at length.
The hijackers lifted the goods from the trucks while they were going uphill. Sheriff Beaty received a call from the driver of a Silver Fleet truck that a car had trailed him up Monticello Street hill and the occupants behaved suspiciously. When he reached the Peggy Anne, he found that the rear doors of his truck had been opened.
Acting on a tip from city patrolmen Bud Hines and Ed Daulton, Sheriff Beaty went to the home of Lawrence Spears with the driver of the truck. Near the house they found a car that the driver identified as the one that followed his truck. Robert Hall was sleeping in the car, in the rear of which Sheriff Beaty found several large cartons of tobacco.
They found Leonard Norfleet sleeping on the ground a short distance from the car. In the rear of the house, they found Spears in bed with his clothes on.
John Sumpter and Cornellus Redman were caught in the act of operating a still at 9:30 o'clock Thursday night by county officers. The still was located in a wooded section near Nancy, just off of Highway West 80.
The officers Deputy Sheriffs Charles Abbott, Ellis Reid, Tom Price and Harold Yates, and Constable Zeal Burton confiscated a 14-gallon wash boiler still, two barrels of mash and two and one half gallons of moonshine whiskey.
They arrested Sumpter and Redman. The men will be turned over to Federal authorities.
Horseshoes Being Played in the City
In the horseshoe tournament that is being played each Monday night at the Keeney Court on Jasper Street, Powers and B. Fitzpatrick are leading with 16 wins and four losses in 20 games. Haynes and Munsey are the runners-up with a 14 and 6 record and Daulton and Avera are tied with Coomer and Coleman with 11 wins and nine defeats.
Former Pastor Here
The Rev. D. L. Hill of Cornith, Miss., former pastor of the First Baptist Church here and three sons; Jack, Dan and Wallace, were here Saturday for the funeral of Mr. J. V. Wesley.
The Rev. Hill officiated the service.
Lions Elect Delegates
The Lions Club elected Joe Keeton and L. M. Johnson as delegates to the state convention at their weekly dinner meeting at the Hotel Beecher Monday night.
The convention will be held at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville on June 13-15.
Artificial Breeding Film to be Shown
By popular request from farmers throughout Pulaski County, the artificial breeding movie which was filmed in Kentucky and will be returned to Pulaski County will be shown at Five Points during the week of June 14-19.
Arrangements for the movie were made during a meeting in County Agent Hugh Hursts' office.
This is one of the best educational dairy pictures that has ever been shown in Pulaski County.
Everyone who has a milk cow should see it. If children are allowed to come, a parent should come with them.
Burgin Convicted of Robbery
A jury in Pulaski County Circuit Court this afternoon found Bud Burgin guilty of robbery and fixed his punishment at two years in the penitentiary.
The case was an outgrowth of the robbery of Rufus Hyden, 28, of Alpine on Church Street last October.
Hyden was found unconscious and his clothing afire by Donald Orwin and others in a field 100 yards south of the Greygound Bus Station. His lip had been cut and he had a small bruise on his forehead.
A small blood-stained rock was found nearby and his pocketbook, containing a considerable amount of money, was missing. Hyden, a World War II veteran, suffered third degree burns and will be crippled for life as a result of the incident.
Burgin and Hyden had been seen together the afternoon of the robbery. Burgin said Hyden purchased some whiskey and gave him two drinks. Burgin, on the stand, said that Hyden had several drinks, but that he did not touch Hyden. He left Hyden asleep in the field where he was later found, Burgin said.
New Loan Manager
Ed S. Gragg has been appointed manager of the Somerset Loan Company, a new small loan firm which has been organized in the city.
The offices are located on East Mt. Vernon St., upstairs over the T. W. Denney Store. Mr. Gragg has seven years' experience in the small loan business.
Baker Promoted at Radio Station
Jack Baker, Program Director of station WSFC, has accepted a position as program director and chief announcer at station WNOP, Newport, a 1,000-watt station. Mr. Baker will enter upon his new duties Monday.
Mr. Baker is the son of Mrs. Etta Ramsey, Science Hill, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Kentucky and a decorated veteran of numerous Pacific engagements in World War II while serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Wesley Killed in Fall
J Vincent Wesley, one of Somerset's most popular and capable young businessmen, met a tragic death Thursday night at 8:00 o'clock when he was injured fatally in a fall down a small flight of steps in the masonic building.
Mr. Wesley had gone to his office on the second floor of the building to get a stamp, leaving Mrs. Wesley in the car on Main Street.
His body, lying on a landing at the foot of a five-step flight, was found by Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Burton and Zeal Coomer. Mr. and Mrs. Burton had started upstairs to attend an Eastern Star meeting that was being held on the third floor of the building.
Mr. Wesley, lying face downward, and his head resting against the bottom step, was dead when found. A pool of blood was under his head and he had several lacerations about the forehead.
Mr. Wesley was the son of the late Judge E. T. Wesley and Mrs. Fanny Godby Wesley and was born in Casey County in 1897.
He graduated from Somerset High School and attended Centre College two years. He and Miss Nellie Luddy, of Nicholasville, were married in August, 1918.
Mr. Wesley served as a deputy sheriff under the late John M. Weddle and the late John B. Jones. He was also the official stenographer of Pulaski Circuit Court for several terms and was an expert accountant.
City Newspapers Win KPA Awards
Somerset's two newspapers won a major share of honors in the annual contests of the Kentucky Press Association at the annual summer meeting at Mammoth Cave.
The top award for the best community newspaper, which was a silver tray given by the Lexington Herald-Leader, was presented to Mrs. Cecil T. Williams, Publisher of the Somerset Journal.
The Commonwealth won third prize and it was announced that only one percentage point separated the first and third papers in the judges scoring.
Norfleet Resigns as City Patrolman
The City Council at a called meeting late Monday afternoon announced the resignation of Eugene Norfleet as City Patrolman.
The council also granted Sam Colyer and his daughter, Mrs. Ruby Chester, a permit to build a brick apartment building at the corner of Richardson Dr.
The council had previously declined to grant the permit for the building, but was directed by the court of appeals to approve the application.
Hart Takes Position at Bank
Miss Jean Hart, the daughter of Rev. Robert Hart and Mrs. Hart of Science Hill, has accepted a position as bookkeeper at the First National Bank and has entered upon her duties there.
Miss Hart was a member of the Somerset High School graduating class last week.
Allan Trout Here
Allan Trout, Courier-Journal columnist and political writer, was in Somerset Monday as a welcome visitor at the Commonwealth Journal.
Class Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Members of the Class of 1938 of the Somerset High School celebrated their tenth anniversary with a banquet Saturday night at the Frontier Lodge.
Miss Mildred Ellis was the guest speaker and recalled many humorous experiences of the class while they were still in high school.
An impressive memorial service was conducted by James Daugherty for the fellow members of the class who lost their lives in World War II: Carl Van Hook, class president; Lawrence Hall, Beecher Baker and Joe Sears.
Niece Featured in Magazine
The magazine section of the Courier-Journal on Sunday featured B. J. Marshall, a pretty New York model and her 16-months old daughter, Michele Polvere, also a model. B. J. (Betty Jane) is a niece of Mrs. Robert R. Mallory of Somerset.
The glamorous Miss Marshall attended the University of Kentucky before going to New York several years ago and gaining national recognition as a model. Several splendid pictures of B. J. and her daughter appeared with the article.
10 Pulaski Youths Graduate at UK
Pulaski County Students who were members of the graduating class at the University of Kentucky and received their degrees on Friday night at Stoll Field were Miss Bethel Burdine, Stab; Miss Sue Day, William Drake, John W. Fabel, Jr., William Goodloe, Miss Emogene Gregory and Miss Ruth Jones of Somerset; Seldon V. Hall, Jr. of Ula and Miss Margaret Wait of Burnside.
Miss Burdine graduated with distinction.
Pulaski Boys Enter Navy
John Clinton Meece, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Elmer Meece of Meece, and Paul Glen Hail, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Arthur Hail, of Colo have enlisted in the Navy for a three year period.
Faces From The Past
Pat Paluzi, Nurse of the Year in 1988
Attorney John G. Prather in 1992
James R. Brooks, Burnside police judge, in 1985
William "Max" Flynn of First & Farmers National Bank
Sheila Parkey in 1992