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Thursday, May 13, 1926

The Kentucky & West Virginia Power Company has consolidated with the big Appalachian Electric Power Company, thus becoming one of the strongest and most extensive utilities in the South.

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Former New York Giants and Chicago Cubs pitcher “Shufflin’ Phil” Douglas will lead the Seco baseball team when it takes the field for the first time this spring. It is said the members of the Seco squad, the classiest bunch in the mountains, are already in mid-season form and ready to play the game of their lives when the Midland team arrives. Seco’s starting nine also features “Rit” Harrison. Admission to Sunday’s opener is 50 cents.

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Whitesburg residents were left in a state of shock late Sunday evening after the death a young Marlowe woman who apparently committed suicide. The 20-year-old wife of a man connected to the Elkhorn-Jellico Coal Company, the woman is said to have been suffering “a state of nervous collapse and temporary insanity” in the days before her death. The funeral “was the saddest to be witnessed in our county in a long time,” The Mountain Eagle reports.

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Lewis McDaniel says he killed a big rattlesnake at his place a few days ago — a sure sign that summer has arrived.

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A number of moonshine stills captured by local police officers attracted much attention Monday while they were on display in the yard of the Letcher County Courthouse. Prohibition Officer Clark Day and Letcher County sheriff ’s deputies confiscated four of the stills. Day says stills are getting harder to come by in the county these days.

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“The poor deluded souls who drink rubbing alcohol are driving nails in their own coffins,” a prominent physician who asks to remain anonymous tells The Mountain Eagle.

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Water levels in the Great Lakes are so low that barges loaded with coal cannot be moved. The problem is compounded by large chunks of ice floating in the lakes. Experts say the lack of water is being caused by the big manufacturing cities like Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan, using too much water.

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Miners Motor Company manager W.L. Bartley left for Detroit on Sunday. He will return to Whitesburg driving a big Studebaker car ordered by a customer on Lower Rockhouse.

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The Hupmobile Six and Hupmobile Eight automobiles are available for sale through Judge A.H. Mitchell of McRoberts. Prices range from $1,325 to $2,445.

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An Old Fiddler’s Convention and Dancing Contest will be held outside the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg. Admission is 50 cents. County Judge B.F. Wright of Neon, Add Miller of Whitesburg, and Boyd Revis of Blackey will judge the events.

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Fletcher’s Blacksmith Shop is now open in the back of Collins’ Bakery in Whitesburg.

Thursday, May 16, 1946

Despite the nationwide shortage of building materials and stiff government restrictions, the City of Neon is experiencing its greatest building boom since the end of World War I. Among the new structures are the building belonging to Bill Tucker, which will house a restaurant and other businesses. John A. Craft is building a large business building just opposite the Cumberland Hotel. Just above Neon, C.E. Akers is building a $25,000 home believed to be the most expensive now under construction in Letcher County. Clarence Harlow is building a modern garage and filling station across the street from Craft Funeral Home.

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Pulaski County Circuit Judge John Sherman Cooper has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator to fill the remaining two years of the term of Democrat A.B. “Happy” Chandler, who resigned from the Senate to accept the job as Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

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Fire burned the mill and the majority of the timber at Brown Lumber Company, Eolia, resulting in damages estimated at between $12,000 and $15,000. Some $15,000 worth of timber was saved because of the actions of woods boss Virgil Nease. Forest Brown, who was only recently discharged from the service, and his father, A.C. Brown, own the mill, which was not insured.

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Curtis J. Reed says he was fired from his job as Whitesburg High School’s principal “because of my honesty.” Reed, the only employee of the Letcher County Board of Education with a Master’s Degree, said he was forced out of his job by “the vile hands” of school board members because he “stands up for honesty and high principles of morality.”

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His first day back to work after the nationwide coal strike ended in tragedy for Charlie Johnson of Jackhorn, who was killed inside the Elkhorn Coal Corporation’s Hemphill Mine on May 13. Johnson, a 32-year-old father of three, was a motorman in the mine. He was killed after he was crushed between the mine roof and the motor while trying to put the motor’s pole back on the trolley wire, which supplies electricity.

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About 50 Letcher County residents met at the Jenkins Masonic Hall recently for the purpose of creating an organization to plan for the building of a community country club and golf course at Jenkins. In addition to the golf course, the club will offer badminton and tennis courts, skeet shooting, and dancing in the clubhouse, where meals will also be served. Elected to serve on the first board of directors for the country club are G.J. Johnson, J.W. Watson, G.O. Tarleton, T.D. Vaughn, and S.M. Cassidy.

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The L&N Railroad has announced the restoration of Train No. 1, which leaves Lexington at 11:50 p.m., reaches Whitesburg at 8:55 a.m., and Fleming at 9:50 a.m. Train No. 2 has also been restored. It leaves Fleming at 1:10 p.m., leaves Whitesburg at 1:46 p.m., and arrives in Lexington at 9:45 p.m.

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The 1947 Kaiser automobile, with front-wheel drive, and the 1947 Frazer automobile, hailed as the “world’s smartest car,” may be ordered in advance through Robinson Copley Motor Company at Potters Fork.

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R.H. Hobbs Company of Whitesburg is offering wreaths and sprays for Memorial Day at prices ranging from 98 cents to $4.98.

Thursday, May 10, 1956

Holbrook’s General Store is now open for business across the bridge at Whitaker. A complete line of wallpaper and Grey Seal paint is among the new merchandise now on display.

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The U.S. post office at Democrat was named 62 years ago for the only Democrat who lived in the Republican stronghold, reports the Postmaster’s Gazette, the official magazine of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States. That Democrat became the office’s first postmaster, who lasted only two years before the job was entrusted to Lizzie Cook, who held the job for 44 years before she retired. Mail comes to the small post office from Millstone via Jeep. Receipts for the office in 1954 totaled $131, with many of its customers being miners who work at the big Hendrix mine and tipple located nearby.

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Wrestling at Jenkins Fieldhouse this week features the “world’s strongest man,” All Sasz, against an opponent not yet named. The other match brings together “Wildman Fargo” against “Mr. E.”

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The Eolia Wildcats defeated Whitesburg in the closely contested finale of the first softball tournament held in Letcher County. The score was 10-7. Eolia was sparked by homeruns from Morgan Collier and Morgan Galloway. The tournament is to become an annual event.

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Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Goodman of Cromona have announced the engagement of their daughter, Betty, to Mr. Van O’Neal Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isom Webb of Ermine. Mr. Webb is employed by the A&P Tea Company.

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Letcher County residents Bert Fields and J.W. Combs attended the Kentucky Derby last Saturday in Louisville. They flew from Pikeville to Louisville on a plane belonging to and piloted by Fields, of Jenkins.

Thursday, May 12, 1966

The Letcher County Economic Opportunity Commission, Inc. has asked the federal government to approve a $128,431 project for the Boone Fork area. The area includes the communities of Neon, Fleming, McRoberts, Haymond, Whitaker, Seco and Hemphill.

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Mrs. Zenneth Bentley, of Whitesburg, was elected chairman of the Letcher County Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc. this week. She succeeds Columbus Sexton, who resigned because of illness.

Three Jenkins High School students were injured fatally shortly before midnight Saturday in an auto collision at Robinson Creek in Pike County. Killed were Charlene Martin, 16; Wanda Louise Phillips, 18, and Ronald Doward Potter, 17. The youngsters had been to the junior-senior banquet at Jenkins High School and had received permission from their parents to go to a drive-in restaurant in Pike County. The other car involved in the accident was occupied by three nurses from Pikeville, all of whom were injured.

Thursday, May 20, 1976

Neon Mayor Terry Sturgill told a group of residents who came to last Thursday’s city council meeting that the city had begun an effort to find federal funds for renovating or replacing Neon’s antiquated water system.

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The Scotia Employees Association (SEA), the union representing miners at he Scotia Coal Company’s Black Mountain mines, has voted to strike over a dispute involving the firing of two of its members.

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Once again widows and relatives of the 11 men entombed in the Scotia Mine gathered at the Whitesburg Mining Enforcement Safety Administration (MESA) office for briefing on the conditions within the mine, and once again they were disappointed by getting no definite answer on when the mine would be unsealed and the bodies recovered.

Wednesday, May 21, 1986

Appalachian Regional Hospital officials were optimistic that striking union employees would ratify the hospital’s latest contract proposal within the next several days. “I’m hoping there will be a vote sometime this week,” said Paul V. Miles, administrator at the Whitesburg hospital.

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The Letcher County school system will have enough money for all of the building projects it has planned, school officials said this week. Assistant Supt. Darryl Boggs said money for the projects is coming from two separate state appropriations. Funds to build the new Whitesburg Middle School and remodel and expand Whitesburg High School were awarded last year. The money for improvements for Letcher, Fleming-Neon, Hemphill and Martha Jane Potter schools are to come as a grant from the state School Facilities and Construction Committee.

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“Sunshine and shadows fall on the boulders below Letcher County’s Bad Branch Falls as a climber steps among them on the way to the falls,” is the cutline underneath the picture on the front page of The Mountain Eagle.

Wednesday, May 22, 1996

An inmate who escaped from the Letcher County jail by jumping out a third-floor window was almost as daring when it came to choosing a hiding place — across the street from the Whitesburg Police Station.

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May 28 will mark the debut of the new Partridge voting precinct in the Cumberland River area. The new Partridge precinct — which includes all of the area from the Cumberland River Fire Department on U.S. 119 to the Harlan County line — was formed after the Letcher County Board of Elections decided to split the Eolia voting precinct in two because it was too big. It will also be the first time in modern history that votes weren’t reported from the Marion and Rocky Branch voting districts. Jenkinsarea voters who formerly voted in the Rocky Branch precinct will now vote in the Burdine precinct.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Construction of water lines on the Sandlick-Camp Branch water project will begin this summer on Highways 931, 1862, and 7, but residents living along Highway 3402 and most county roads will wait for at least one year to receive service.

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Letcher County’s unemployment rate fell slightly from February to March as 130 more county residents were able to find work. The county’s jobless rate for March was 8.4 percent, down from 9.3 percent in February.

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”Best wishes to all of the mothers on your special day,” writes Cowan correspondent Elsie Banks. “Every day is Mother’s Day, in ways. We have happy memories of those who are gone, and thankful for those who are still here.”

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Carl Back, 93, died May 9 at his home at Jeremiah. He had been an Old Regular Baptist minister since 1949, and was a charter member of the Dixon Memorial Church where he was the moderator.


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