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Thursday, August 10, 1933

Readers are asked to keep in mind that on August 19 and 20, the funerals of the four deceased wives of J.C. Brown will be preached at the family cemetery at Dry Fork.

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Letcher County’s primary elections were held amidst much controversy Saturday and vote totals remained very slow coming in from the county’s 53 precincts as The Mountain Eagle delayed its publication by a day until Friday. “We started believing we would be able to give the returns of the primary up to 12 o’clock today (Friday), but the task was so huge we could set only a few of the precinct votes [into type] and stop,” writes Eagle editor and publisher Nehemiah M. Webb. “On Tuesday morning, three forces of vote counters were put to work, but at reassembly time in the afternoon two of these were dismissed on the orders of Sheriff Potter, chairman of the [Letcher County Election] Commission, who doubted the legality of more than one crew of counters. However, on the advice of Circuit Judge Fields and County Attorney Hogg, on Wednesday morning three crews went to work again, and the count has speeded up again. Barring no further hitches the results may be known by the close of the week.”

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“Outside the usual sickness due to the results in Saturday’s primary and the distressing conditions at the Bull Hole, the health of the county is about the same,” Eagle editor/publisher Webb writes elsewhere on the front page.

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“We predict that if the same conditions are permitted to exist in this county as they did on Saturday it will only be a question of time until we will have the same bad name other counties now have,” Eagle editor/publisher Webb writes in another front-page observation of the election.

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Turning his attention to candidates who owe bills to The Mountain Eagle for printing and advertising, editor/ publisher Webb applauds L. Burt Tolliver of Democrat, a candidate for the Republican nomination for county clerk, for being “the first man to come in like the gentleman he is and square his printing and advertising account with The Eagle. Now, won’t all the others who have been credited and who owe us be just as gentlemanly? … There has never been a time in our lives when we needed what is due us more. … Don’t be afraid of us. We are harmless. Please call and let’s talk over our troubles and our little affairs.”

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Lynn Armstrong and his Melody Lads will perform their toe-tickling tunes at a dance set for Saturday, August 12, at Hotel Daniel Boone in Whitesburg.

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Arnold Short, 30, of Big Cowan, was “dangerously hurt” Saturday afternoon. Short was riding on the bed of a truck with his feet hanging over the sides when the truck swayed into an electric light pole. He was taken to Fleming Hospital for treatment. Advisors now say that one of his legs was crushed and the other will lose most of the flesh. If infection does not set in, physicians say he may recover.

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Republican Trigg Mullins has won the Republican nomination for constable in the Jenkins-McRoberts justice district. Mullins is known as the “full pint” candidate.

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“We have had no reports of the prospects for apples in the country, but if prospects are as fine as they show from Eolia down on Cumberland River there will be loads of them,” The Eagle opines on its front page.

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Watson Webb of Mayking is calling on Letcher County’s teachers to join in the fight to form a teachers union in Kentucky. “Why don’t you stand up for your rights?” Webb asks. “You are too weak, that’s why. You are afraid of a little $40 a day job. You are afraid to say what you think. … Miners are forming unions, farmers are forming unions, and, in fact, most industrial workers are doing the same thing. Can’t we stand together and do and have done what we want? There are enough teachers in Kentucky to get justice if they will but try.”

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In another front-page commentary about Saturday’s primary election, Eagle editor/publisher Webb writes that the hotly-contested races “brought out petty prejudices that should never be thought of and put them into action. They brought them to the polls, and fired by the free use of whiskey at many of the polling places, bedlam, fist fights, bloody noses, discolored eyes and the like resulted. It is stated that at one or more of the polling places, fights and spats became so current and the danger became so imminent that many good people left the grounds without voting and never returned.”

Thursday, August 12, 1943

Last week The Eagle reported the story of Tech Sgt. Edward H. Berry missing in action since June 12, when the plane he was in went down. This week it is with much regret that we learn that young Berry was killed while in action over enemy territory in the European Area. Young Berry was born Dec. 25, 1923 died Sunday, June 13, 1943. He was the idol of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Berry of Jackhorn, who called him their Christmas child. Berry attended Fleming High School.

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Suffering from rheumatism, Tech Sgt. John Adkins of Letcher County was sent back to the United States from North Africa and is now in the Army hospital at White Sulphur, West Virginia.

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A 19-year-old Letcher County man only recently released from the state reformatory at Greendale, Ky., has been arrested for assaulting and raping a young Whitesburg woman who had been in town listening to the vote count at the Letcher County Courthouse. Lawrence “Little Bony” Hall, who was examined by the Army recently and rejected, dragged the woman into a cornfield about 10 p.m. Saturday near the old Quillen home on the outskirts of town. He then abused her terribly without any consideration of mercy before leaving the scene believing she was dead. Someone later heard the groans and cries of the young woman and notified police officers who went to her rescue. Police found she had been stripped of all her clothing and beaten. Hall was later arrested at a roadhouse just above Whitesburg, where he had gone after committing the crime. The woman is under medical care at the Seco hospital. Hall will be transported to the Hazard jail for his safekeeping.

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Rev. Joe T. Sudduth, pastor of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg since February 1939, is leaving Letcher County to lead the Presbyterian Church at Stanford, Ky. Sudduth helped lead the recent successful effort to outlaw the sale of alcoholic beverages in Letcher County.

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A Letcher County soldier, Sgt. Andrew Goodman, is being hailed for his effort to save the life of a 72-year-old Cincinnati man who had slashed his throat and wrists with a razor blade at Martin Street and Columbia Parkway. Sgt. Goodman, of Haymond, was returning to Camp Cooke, Calif., after bringing his wife back home to Letcher County when he stopped by Cincinnati to see his aunt, Mrs. Elsie Wilson. Sgt. Goodman is credited with saving the man’s life by holding the victim’s jugular vein until the life squad could arrive. Sgt. Goodman now hopes someone will come forward with the two-year service pin he lost during the incident and return it to his aunt.

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Letcher County Court Clerk Cossie Quillen reports that John Popovich has applied for a roadhouse license at Potters Fork, Cromona.

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Former Letcher County resident Emery L. Frazier, clerk of the United States Senate, has been visiting in Whitesburg for the past week. Mrs. Frazier stayed in Washington because of unpleasant traveling conditions, but hopes to visit in late fall.

Thursday, August 13, 1953

Ownership of Whitesburg’s new football stadium was officially turned over to the Letcher County Board of Education during a luncheon on August 6 at Sara’s Tea Room. Construction on the new stadium began April 10 and was completed June 27 at a cost of approximately $13,000, most of it raised by the WHS Athletic Association. It is equipped with two restrooms and an equipment room. The architect was R.R. Crawford. Construction contractor was Joe Romeo. Ed Moore is the high school team’s coach this season.

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A highway construction worker was killed early this morning when a truck he was driving overturned just above the head of Little Cowan Creek on Pine Mountain. J.B. Myers, 43, of Middlesboro, an employee of Adams Construction Co., had hauled material to resurface U.S. Highway 119 on the far side of the mountain and was returning to Jenkins for another load when the accident occurred, killing him instantly. He had been staying at the Jenkins Hotel while working here.

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The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office reports that a series of burglaries have taken place the last two months, resulting in losses of about $4,000. Several homes and Whitesburg High School are among the places hit by burglars who have stolen clocks, radios, guns, watches, money and various household goods.

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Letcher County voters have selected as candidates for the Democratic ticket in the November election incumbent County Clerk Charlie Wright, candidate for sheriff Robert B. Collins, and candidate for county judge James M. Caudill.

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Phyllis Stamper, daughter of Sheriff and Mrs. Hassel Stamper, is improving slowly at the Fleming hospital after suffering a serious foot injuries at her home last Wednesday while mowing the lawn with an electric mower.

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Mrs. Alpha Hart has returned to her home in Whitesburg from the Fleming hospital, where she was being treated after her car plunged into the North Fork of the Kentucky River at the bridge in West Whitesburg near the Coca-Cola Bottling plant. She suffered a broken rib and shock. Her grandson, David Fields Jr., was slightly injured in the accident.

Thursday, August 15, 1963

Only 11 people — six of them teachers or school administrators — attended a Parent-Teacher Association meeting called to consider if a grade school or a high school should be built first in Whitesburg.

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Class will begin August 26 in the Letcher County School System. The Board of Education approved the employment of 74 emergency teachers, one more than the previous year.

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Marjorie Briscoe Gabbard has begun work as a home demonstration agency for Letcher County. She received a master’s degree in science from Purdue University, and served for several years as the home demonstration agent in Franklin County.

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”Come Fly with Me” starring Dolores Hart and Hugh O’Brian and “Wonderful to be Young” starring Cliff Richard are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

Thursday, August 16, 1973

Law enforcement officials poured gasoline on a 1/16- acre marijuana patch and burned it to the ground. The marijuana patch was located on Stephens Fork of Rockhouse Creek between Hemphill and Deane. Officers say the quality of the marijuana was exceptionally fine, and speculate that the plants had thrived because they were growing on the site of an abandoned sawmill. The plants were discovered when a woman called the sheriff ’s office after noticing some strangers she thought were trying to steal her ripe tomatoes.

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Business and civic leaders have begun a drive to raise $50,000 as the local share toward the estimated $1,00,000 cost of the factory and equipment for a new manufacturing plant. The Liggers Spring & Axle Co. of Monongahela, Penn., proposes to build a plant in Whitesburg that would employ 150 people and would manufacture leaf springs for trucks and trains.

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U.G. Horn has been named principal of Whitesburg Middle School. He succeeds Leonard Morgan, who retired.

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W. “Warnie” Flint Jr. has been appointed division inspector at Beth-Elkhorn at Jenkins. He replaces H.C. “ Carl” Mercer, who is retiring.

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The first day of school for the Jenkins Independent Schools is August 20.

August 10, 1983

The open classroom method of teaching is under fire in the two county elementary schools in which it is used. Under the method, which is used totally at West Whitesburg Elementary School and partially at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, students are placed in one large room and grouped. Up to four teachers instruct each group on separate subjects. “I think it’s time for an evaluation,” said Supt. Jack M. Burkich.

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New taxes, including a tax on unmined coal reserves, are proposed in a report released by the state Department of Education. Poorer school districts continue to lag behind wealthier districts, and the new funds would be used to make the financing of public education more equitable, the report says.

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Miners at U.S. Steel’s No. 33 Mine in Lynch say they miss Ben, a 350-pound black bear who hung around the mine for two months, begging for food and providing a welcome diversion during third-shift working hours. The miners say they don’t know what happened to the bear, but fear he was killed.

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Demolition has begun on the old Whitesburg High School building on School Hill. The building has not been used since it was condemned four years ago.

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Appalshop’s Roadside Theater is kicking off its fall tour with a three-week run off-Broadway in New York City. The group is performing the musical “South of the Mountain”, written by Roadside’s Ron Short of Big Stone Gap, Va., at the Bessie Schonberg Theatre.

Wednesday, August 18, 1993

The final report on the Scotia Mine disaster in Letcher County has been released by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration 17 years after the two explosions on March 9 and 11, 1976, which killed 26 men.

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Freddy Smith overcame a fog-out which postponed the race for a day, a burning power line that fell on the speedway, an extremely rough track, and a ½ hour power failure to win a $10,000-to-win late model race at Hazard.

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Julia and Edgar Lucas are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple were married August 10, 1928, and have lived at Thornton throughout their married life.

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Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison reports she heard her first katydid August 1. Some say this means 60 days until frost, she says.

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Southern Indiana correspondent Lonnie Hogg Breeding reports receiving a letter of thanks from the doctor in charge of research programs for the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation for the donation of her late husband’s eyes. Her husband, the late Carl Breeding, had planned well in advance of his death to donate his eyes for research into the disease.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The City of Whitesburg will allow Clean Gas Inc. of Knott County, a natural gas company, to build a pipeline on city property near the River Park. In exchange, the company agreed to sell the city natural gas at wholesale prices, if it has enough gas to do so.

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The Letcher County Water and Sewer District will seek emergency authorization to lay water lines to the Whitco Hill-Dry Fork area, where seven to 10 families are without water. The families, whose wells were sunk by coalmines now owned by Cook and Sons Mining, are relying on 500-gallon plastic water tanks as their sole source of water.

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Country star Ty Herndon will perform in concert at Jenkins Days.

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Trash has been piling up around Fleming-Neon homes and businesses after all three vehicles the city uses to pick up garbage, plus a replacement vehicle, broke down.


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