Thursday, April 23, 1925 Delegations from Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee will appear before the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington next week seeking to defeat the imposition of a “freight differential” on coal shipments seen as a death blow to the coal industry here. Already, shippers of Kentucky coal are being charged $1.91 a ton to ship coal through Great Lakes ports compared to only $1.66 a ton being charged to shippers of coal from the Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania fields. If a plan supported by the northern field is adopted by the ICC, it would cost an extra 73 cents a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia.
. The “shovel man” is doing some fine work on the Pound Gap Road, the bed of which is good enough to travel on now. The shovel is “on the homestretch” now as it is expected to reach the Gap this week. The old road will be blocked after this week.
. A Mayking woman of about 40 died Tuesday, three days after drinking concentrated lye. The woman, who moved here from Wolfe County about four years ago, had been in poor health for about two months. She leaves behind her husband and two children.
. Nearly every roll of roofing available in Whitesburg has been shipped to Hazard and elsewhere in Perry County, where it is being used to repair hundreds of buildings damaged by hailstones as large as marbles that fell Sunday night.
. Hundreds of high school students from Whitesburg, Seco, Millstone and McRoberts attended the track meet held in Seco last week. McRoberts High School won the event, scoring 37 points to second-place Whitesburg’s 19 points.
. ‘Bull’ Durham tobacco is on sale in Letcher County. Two bags cost a total of 15 cents, providing enough tobacco for 100 cigarettes.
. Gulf gasoline is available for 28 cents a gallon at Letcher Motor Company in Whitesburg.
Thursday, April 26, 1945 From all indications, the end of the war in Europe is near. The Red Army is now in Berlin and the city is crumbling under heavy attack. American armies are overrunning central and southern Germany and are said to be near Hitler’s hideout, while the British are attacking Germany from the north.
. “Realizing the great demand for home sites now and after the war,” owners of the Mayking Golf Course are subdividing the course and selling the tracts, including the clubhouse tract, at auction April 28. “We are glad to offer this desirable property because we kow it is the best in this section of the state,” says an advertisement purchased by Sam Collins Land Auction Company.
. U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Lloyd Stacy has been awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds he suffered as a result of enemy action in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater on February 20.
. Major League Baseball’s five-month quest for a commissioner ended Tuesday with the selection of Senator Albert B. “Happy” Chandler of Kentucky to fill the position vacated by the death of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Chandler, the 46-year-old junior senator of the Bluegrass State, received support from all 16 Major League club owners. He was hired for a seven-year term at an annual salary of $50,000.
. Friends and relatives of Jim Stamper were breathing sighs of relief this week after hearing the news that he is improving from injuries is suffered in a car wreck last week and may not have to have a leg amputated, as originally believed.
. Former Whitesburg High School student Gleason Maggard has been promoted to corporal with the First Army’s anti-aircraft division somewhere in Germany. Since going overseas in June 1944, Maggard, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Maggard, has been in England, France and Belgium. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for bravery after participating in the Battle of the Bulge with the First Army, which was the first to cross the Rhone River.
. Captain Warren F. Sergent, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.P. Sergent and graduate of Whitesburg High School, has been awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement in action near Priverno, Italy on May 27, 1944. The citation says, “With utter disregard for his own personal safety, Captain Sergent went over flat open terrain in the face of heavy enemy fire to the aid of the men who had been wounded by artillery fire and needed medical attention. While enemy shells fell around, Captain Sergent worked feverishly over the wounded with no protection whatsoever. While dressing the wounds of the injured men, Captain Sergent himself received wounds from artillery fragments but continued on with his work until it was completed and the wounded were evacuated. Only then did Captain Sergent permit his wounds to be dressed and continue forward. By his action, courage, devotion to duty and attention for the wounded, Captain Sergent exemplified the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States.”
. The Jenkins Kiwanis Club has filled a second railroad car with scrap paper and is now well on its way to filling a third car. Club members have received much help collecting the scrap paper from the school children of Jenkins and McRoberts. Proceeds from the paper drive will be used to further activities of the Boys and Girls Committee and the Underprivileged Children’s Committee.
. Carlos Sexton of Camp Branch is home on furlough after being wounded in the battle for Saipan in the South Pacific. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sexton.
. Charlie Whitaker of Linefork has planted nine acres in corn.
Thursday, April 21, 1955 Ray Pigman has resigned as athletic director and head basketball coach at Whitesburg High School. Pigman, who headed both football and basketball head coaching duties until giving up football three years ago, said he has business interests in Whitesburg that will occupy all of his time. His 40-12-4 record as football coach over six seasons is among the best in the mountains. Pigman’s 1950 football team went undefeated. As WHS basketball coach, Pigman racked up 151 wins and took his 1951 team to the semifinals of the Boys State Tournament.
The Pine Mountain Hotel has acquired a new look with freshly painted walls and new draperies. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Morgan of Whitesburg, known for the good food they serve, are the hotel’s operators.
. The City of Whitesburg hopes to build a sanitary sewer system that would be paid for with user fees of about $2.40 cents per month, or 8 cents per day. Building the system is estimated to cost $220,000, at least $30,000 of which has been pledged by the Memorial Hospital Association.
. Several members of the Stuart Robinson School Folk Dance Club, made up of 16 couples chosen by a folk dance teacher at the beginning of the school term, have been busy touring North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. On that one-week tour were students Joanne Hubbard, Evola Branson, Francis McIntyre, Ella Faye Adams, Jackie Blair, Shelby Jean Caudill, Elizabeth Combs, Dennis Hampton, Thomas Jent, David Estepp, Lindsey Sexton, Elwood Cornett and Gilberto Hinojosa. Members also participated in the Berea Folk Festival April 1-3. They were Olga Adams, Sadie Nell Whitaker, Faye Dunn, Ann Dixon, Wilma Pridemore, Martha Sue Cornett, Dennis Hampton, David Estepp, Lawrence Back, Bill Croucher, Elwood Cornett and Don Back.
. Before the recent arrival of the Salk vaccine, polio had stricken 4,000 young Kentuckians over a four- to five-year period, mostly between the ages of six and 12, and left them with paralysis. U.S. Senator Earle C. Clements notes that it was “fitting that the dramatic announcement of the success of the Salk vaccine for polio” came “on the 10th anniversary of the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He suffered from this dread disease yet carried on to greatness in spite of its crippling effect.” The March of Dimes Polio Foundation was established in Roosevelt’s honor, says Clements, and it “was from the funds of this Foundation that Dr. Salk and his staff were able to carry on their work and make this great discovery.”
. This year’s graduating seniors of Kingdom Come High School returned home Monday night from a five-day visit to scenes of interest in the states of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Traveling on a Cumberland Coach Lines bus, the students saw the Animal Zoo in North Carolina, the Great Smokey Mountains, including Lookout Mountain with Rock City and Ruby Falls, the Grand Ole Opry, Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Falls. Students making the tour were Deloris Coots, Edith Cornett, Doyle Crase, Doyle Day, Bonnie Frazier, Doris Frazier, Maewood Ison, Sherman Ison, Quentin Ison, Bernice Meade, Shirley McNulty, Mable Smith, Gladys Shepperd, James Edward Shepperd, Lester Halcomb, Vera Faye Ratliff, Delores Ratliff, Mary Faye Polly, Gladys Mae Whitaker, Shirley Faye Whitaker, and Betty Morgan.
. The Kentucky Department of Motor Transportation has approved the sale and transfer of a taxi certificate owned by Bill Clifton, Neon, to John Smith, Neon.
. On the Whitesburg School Lunch Menu for next Monday is bologna, mashed potatoes, peas, hot rolls, chocolate pudding, pinto beans, milk, and butter. On Tuesday, students will be served greens, hominy, onions, cornbread, gingerbread and applesauce.
. Margaret Pace of Mayking is one of 20 young women who will perform the traditional Maypole dance at Pikeville Junior College’s ninth annual May festival on May 6. Miss Pace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Pace and 1954
graduate of Whitesburg High School, is the third member of her family to enroll at Pikeville.
. Whitesburg High School’s senior class left early Monday morning for a week’s stay in Washington, D.C. The seniors are traveling on three Cumberland Coach Lines buses.
. Dr. Lee Moore of Whitesburg attended a dental meeting in Louisville earlier this week.
Thursday, April 22, 1965 The Letcher County Board of Education has begun free classes for adults who did not finish high school. Books and other materials are furnished free of charge. The program is part of the War on Poverty.
. A war memorial fountain is located in front of the new Letcher County Courthouse. The memorial was the idea of Penny Ritter, who was inspired by the fountains she had seen in Europe. Above the fountain is a bell tower holding a bell which had hung for many years in the attic of the former courthouse. An automatic mechanism tolls the bell at noon each day.
. Boone Boy Industries, Inc., a furniture industry, is looking for a place to move after being forced from its quarters on the old Stuart Robinson School campus. An evangelistic college and hardware store are being established on the SRS campus.
. Candidates for office drew numbered ballots from a bottle to determine their positions on the ballot. Ordinarily the balls are used in gambling on pool games. They were borrowed for the occasion.
Thursday, April 24, 1975 Two youths, Benny Ray Bentley and Roger Stewart, were fined $300 each on charges stemming from the August 1 fire which destroyed the offices of The Mountain Eagle.
. The First Annual Story and Music Fair was held at the Cowan Community Center. Among the storytellers were Oliver Meade, Don Baker, Jeff Kiser and Jack Wright, while Jona Banks told rhyming riddles.
. Tryouts have been set for the “Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” outdoor drama.
. ”Now that April is blessing us with some pretty weather and the ground is drying,” writes Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison, “people are working like bees. I never heard of so many garden patches being readied for planting.”
Wednesday, May 1, 1985 State authorities have approved the Letcher County school board’s proposal to renovate and add onto Whitesburg High School and to build a new Whitesburg Middle School near West Whitesburg Elementary School.
. Members of the Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Guild, formed in February 1985, are planning to display their work in an outdoor gallery of mountain arts and crafts in Cumberland. Most of the 200 artists expected to display work are from Letcher, Harlan and nearby counties.