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Back In My Day

  • Back In My Day | Janie Wilson

    Janie Wilson was born a Hoosier in New Albany, Ind., and her family moved to Carrollton when she was 2-years-old. That brief time spent in Indiana did not keep Wilson from being a rabid University of Kentucky sport fan.

    Her parents were Cleofus “Bud” and Rosalie Ehalt. She had one sister Helen Courtney.

    Wilson said her dad would jokingly say if anyone would name their child Cleofus he would buy them a bonnet. He never had to buy anyone a bonnet.

  • Back In My Day | David and Mary Jo Corley

    You never know where you will meet the love of your life. For David and Mary Jo Corley, it was the Carroll County Tobacco Festival in 1950.

    David, a Trimble County native, came to the festival with his friend William Jackson. William was dating Betty Robbins at the time, who just happened to be friends with Mary Jo, a Carroll County native. The two hit it off right away and went to a movie at the Richland Theater after the festival.

  • Back in My Day | Francis Watkins

    Francis Watkins met the love of her life, Ray, and secretly married him in 1947, when she was just 16 years old.

  • Back In My Day - Albert Craig

    Born near the Gallatin-Carroll county line, Albert Gallatin “Junior” Craig, 95, fought overseas in World War II and worked the majority of his career for the U.S. Patent and Trademark office before eventually finding his way back to Kentucky.

    His great-grandfather was Albert Gallatin Craig, and dozens of his descendents were named for him, including Craig’s father, “so I ended up being called ‘Junior’ all my life.” His great-grandfather’s name is one of those listed on the stain glass windows at Ghent Baptist Church, he said.

  • Back in My Day | Emma Jean Pate

    Sometimes when life gives you a lemon, you are not old enough to make lemonade. But when the dust finally settles, you find yourself surrounded by love sitting on the porch sipping a tall glass of cold lemonade.

    That describes Emma Jean Pate’s start in life. She was born Dec. 19, 1930, in Campbellsburg, Ky., the 10th child born in about 20 years. Her mother passed away Jan. 28, leaving her father with an infant and nine other children.

  • Back In My Day | Jim Fothergill

    Carroll County native Jim Fothergill and his family can be found throughout the history annuals.

    His mother was a Jett and he can trace his mother’s father to before the Civil War. He has a copy of his grandfather’s Civil War discharge papers.

    His grandfather with his three brothers started Jett Brothers Distillery after the Civil War and stayed in business until prohibition when the distillery was sold.

  • Back in my day | Matt and Gerri Gandolfo

    Education brought Mathew and Gerri Gandolfo to Carrollton in 1964.

    Matt received a call from Bob Pike, the principal at the newly completed 42 School, now known as Cartmell Elementary. Pike needed a science teacher. Matt told him he did not know much about teaching, but Pike argued, “You know science.”

  • Back In My Day | Tom Dapron

    Shooting and music have been a part of Tom Dapron’s life for as long as he can remember.

  • Back In My Day | Hubert Hackett

    Scratching a living off a hill and fighting the Little Kentucky River for who would get to keep the crops was a life that Hubert Hackett Jr., son of Hubert and Ethel Richmond Hackett, has enjoyed very much.

    His family came from Trimble County where his grandfather had a farm. Hackett is not sure where it was located, although he knows the family is buried in Moffett Cemetery in Trimble County.

  • Back In My Day | Jim Richey

    A childhood interest in woodworking turned into a lifelong career and passion for Carrollton resident Jim Richey. The former owner of Butler Furniture in Carrollton, Jim spent several years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Louisville, as well as helping to restore facades in downtown Madison, Ind., and downtown Carrollton. At 87 years young, he maintains an active lifestyle, including teaching skiing and walking two miles a day.