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Old copies of The Eagle needed

To the Editor:

The old Mountain Eagle newspapers have been an important source of research for families and genealogists for many years. Early information on Letcher County families, events and history can be gleaned from these papers that is not available in any history book or library.

Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on some of these old documents and the paper on which the news was printed is rapidly deteriorating in many instances.

We have undertaken an effort to preserve as many of the Mountain Eagles as possible in order to share them with future generations. The goal is to make these available to everyone, without charge, via the Internet site of the Letcher County Historical & Genealogical Society, an excellent resource for information on Letcher County, its history and families.

In cooperation with Eagle editor Ben Gish and the University of Kentucky Libraries, the Caudill Library in Whitesburg, the Letcher County Historical & Genealogical Society, the Kentucky Division of Libraries and other interested individuals, this effort has begun and the plan is now being developed.

Fortunately, with the exception of a couple of years, most of the Eagles after 1923 are available. Unfortunately, from 1907 until 1922, there are very few Mountain Eagles that we can locate. We need your help to locate these old papers!

It is doubtful that we will find a cache of these that include several years, so the search may have to be made one issue at a time, and the source will have to be from current or former Letcher County families.

We are asking every interested person that we know if they or their families have any of the Mountain Eagles of the early years, especially in the period from the beginning until 1923. There are also some months missing in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, so let us know what you have.

It would be appreciated if you would join us in this search for copies of these early newspapers. If we can get these to be made available, then we will certainly make arrangements for those original documents to be very carefully handled, copied and the originals returned to the owner. It is obvious that these old papers need to be handled by a professional library source and it is our intention to see that this is done either at UK or at the Kentucky Division of Libraries in Frankfort.

If you know of anyone who may have copies, please let us know and we’ll contact them directly and ask them to share their resource with us.

Will you please check yours files and check with your family and friends and tell us what issue, if any, you may have? And, please do this as soon as possible.

If you have any information you feel may be useful, please contact the Eagle office in Whitesburg at (606) 633-2252 or e-mail them at mtneagle@bellsouth.net. My e-mail address is dwwoodford@aol.com.

Donald Webb’s grandfather, Nehemiah Webb, founded The Mountain Eagle in 1907. — Ed.

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