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Back In My Day

  • Back in my day: Gene Woodrey

    Not everyone is a baseball fan, but it would be difficult to find someone who does not know at least some of the words to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

    Gene Woodrey, a 95-year-old resident at Fairview Place in Carrollton, Ky., had grown up and lived in southern Ohio on a farm. Entertainment was often what could be found on the radio and Woodrey’s family tuned to 700 WLW to listen to the Cincinnati Reds games. In all of his years, Woolrey had never been taken out to the ballgame.

  • Back in my day | Christeen Jones

    At 95 years young, Christeen Jones has experienced a lifetime full of memories. From growing up on a tobacco farm near Worthville and witnessing the small town during its heyday to working 40 years at Kroger in Carrollton, she has seen a little bit of everything. The best advice she has received?

    “Treat everybody like I would like to be treated, and before you criticize anybody, put yourself in their place to see what your reaction might be and live a Christian life. Recognize everybody as a person, not as a something.”

  • Back In My Day | Bob and Linda Adams

    Once upon a time, a small town “city” girl from Worthville and a farm boy from Boone Road grew up together at Worthville School. She was a tomboy and he was a smart aleck, and the two did not get along. But eventually times changed, and as teenagers, they went on their first date at the old skating rink in Prestonville. Two years later, they married on Feb. 17, 1962, and 55 years later, Bob and Linda Adams are still in love on their Carroll County farm.

  • 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.”