1951: Eminence residents arrested for moonshining

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Compiled by Cindy DiFazio and E.T. “Hammer” Smith

March, 1931
The Local is having trouble in getting the papers to Campbellsburg and Turners Station, due to the train schedules.
March 2, 1951
Eminence Chief of Police Pryor Martin died Sunday night at the Shelbyville Hospital, three hours after being shot three times by Felix Miles, Negro slaughterhouse operator, who was killed instantly by Martin after being shot himself. Martin gained possession of Miles’ gun after being shot three times, emptied it into Miles and several shots from his own pistol.
Judge Harry Hill, Louisville and New Castle, was guest speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club last week in Eminence. His historic research tied Henry County with the Father of Our Country, coming as a surprise to most of the club members.
March 9, 1951
Federal revenue agents raided a 300-gallon moonshine still near Crestwood Sunday, arrested its alleged operator, and destroyed more than 1,500 gallons of corn whiskey. Will Mahan and Luther B. Davis, Eminence, were arrested at the same time and were charged with possession of illegal whiskey. These two Eminence colored men had eight gallons in their car when nabbed.
March 23, 1951
Mrs. Mary Perkinson, 52, wife of Henry County Agent O.D. Perkinson, died at 5:45 a.m. Sunday  at the Kentucky Baptist hospital in Louisville from burns suffered Saturday, March 10, at her home in New Castle. A container of stove polish exploded and set her clothing on fire. Events which transpired from the time her clothing caught fire until she was discovered are not too certain.
March 30, 1951
Inmate disliked something, takes off Tuesday night after five days. William Napier, 35, was arrested last week by state police in West Virginia and brought to the Henry County Jail. He is charged with housebreaking in Henry County in connection with the theft of a safe from the home of B.C. Garriott, Pendleton, several months ago. Jailer Downey answered a call at the cell where Napier was confined and found that the light bulb was broken so returned with a new one. Downey left the door open and Napier took off.
Not everything was that much cheaper – a 1951 - G.E. Automatic Pop-Up Toaster was advertised for $22.50. In 2011, it costs $24.88.
March 1961
The first books purchased with local funds have now arrived in the Henry County Library. Included were books for children, young people and adults For which the original financial outlay was $300.
March 1991
Are you recycling yet? Jonathan Garrison sorts glass and plastic containers at home showing one method of sorting. Simply hang plastic grocery bags on the wall and fill. For other ideas, please call the Extension office. Please crush all aluminum cans and plastic milk jugs and pop bottles before taking to the recycling centers. Eminence and Smithfield center open second Saturday of each month and New Castle and Campbellsburg are opened on the third Saturday of each month, were  open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
A Matter of Record
200 years ago

Issac Forbis, Thomas Fenley, Peter Outhouse and James Barnhill were appointed by the County Court to view a proposed alteration to the road leading from Shelbyville to Westport beginning at the Henry County Line.
Bannister Hall was appointed captain of the patrollers by the County Court.  He was employed in this capacity for 12 hours each month.  No salary was noted.  Patrollers were assigned the task of watching for and arresting run-away slaves.
175 years ago
At a meeting on March 30, 1836, Barnett Dowdle, Lemuel Winburn, Thomas Dawkins and Nelson P. Thompson were appointed by the Henry County Court to view and mark an alteration to the road from Westport to New Castle and report their findings to the court.
150 years ago