Whitesburg KY
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
52°F
 

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

Thursday, March 29, 1934

Two brothers digging in what is believed to be an old Indian camping ground on lower Linefork have uncovered what they believe is the intact skeleton of a male who was at least six feet tall. John H. Campbell said he and his brother, Ray Campbell, were digging a few feet beneath the surface when they hit a large flat rock. When they raised the rock they found the complete human skeleton. A large deer horn was also uncovered. The Linefork site has been the source of hundreds of “flints and tomahawks … of every imaginable shape and size,” The Mountain Eagle reports on its front page. “The old citizens say they have always understood that this was once a heavily-populated Indian campground.”

.

A 56-year-old former East Jenkins resident died of exposure after citizens of Haddonfield, Va., a town located on the south side of the Cumberland Mountains, refused to help him inside from the cold and rain. The body of Hiram Reed was found beside an old barn. He apparently had been carried there after he drank himself unconscious. “The day of good Samaritans being past, no further aid was given and Reed — thinly clad and drenched — had died,” The Eagle reported. Reed was buried at Feeling, Virginia.

.

Whitesburg Police Judge Parnell Johnson has issued the following “fair warning” to dog owners in the city: If your dog is found running loose this time next week it will be considered a stray and dealt with accordingly. “Whitesburg is swarming with unlawful and unlicensed dogs,” Judge Johnson said. “Already a number of children have been bitten. Therefore … I shall within one week order the city policemen to capture and confine all dogs running at large upon the streets either in day or night. I am giving this as a fair warning.”

.

Whitesburg Police Judge Parnell Johnson’s warning that stray dogs will be dealt with harshly was welcome news to Mountain Eagle editor Nehemiah M. Webb. “Judge Johnson is sounding a timely warning about the [packs] of stray dogs which abound in Whitesburg,” Webb wrote in an editorial. “No other town with a bit of selfpride or self-respect would permit such a menace for a moment. But [our] people are patient and long suffering.”

.

A 60-year-old man with strong family ties to Letcher County has died in an accident at a sawmill near Cumberland. John H. Blair, who was injured after being caught in a running saw, was reared on the head of Clover Lick in Harlan County, but was related to many residents of Letcher County.

.

Mrs. Claire Marlowe and her daughter, Bernice, are the proprietors of a new beauty parlor now open in the first floor of the Mattie Fields Building on Webb Avenue in Whitesburg.

.

W. L. Cooper, superintendent of Stuart Robinson School, was seriously injured in the forehead while running to catch the Sunday morning train to Whitesburg.

.

Heavy rains have flooded coalmines in the Blackey area, resulting in many miners being laid off.

.

Pontiac says its “Economy Straight Eight” automobile is now available at Kyva Motor Company in Whitesburg. The list price is $695.

Thursday, April 6, 1944

What was described as a “family row” on Smoot Creek has resulted in the death of Virgil Cochran and the jailing of Cochran’s wife, Goldie Cochran, and Mrs. Cochran’s 11-year-old son. According to information received about the case, Virgil Cochran, who has a long record of disorderly conduct charges and “perpetual drunk,” arrived home last Sunday and started beating his family. Fearing for the lives of herself and her children, Mrs. Cochran told the 11-year-old to get a gun and shoot Mr. Cochran. The boy retrieved a .22-caliber rifle and shot his stepfather in the side. The boy, who is one of four Mrs. Cochran had during a previous marriage, is being held in the county jail under a $1,000 bond. Mrs. Cochran was questioned and released.

.

Seaman James V. “Virgil” Martin, 20, was killed in action near Australia on February 29, the Navy has informed Martin’s father, Ernest Martin of Millstone. Martin volunteered for service April 1, 1941, and landed in Hawaii on April 30, 1941, where he was stationed at the time of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. He remained in Hawaii until his transfer last fall. In a letter to Ernest Martin, the chaplain of Virgil Martin’s battalion said Virgil was buried March 1 after the songs “Near My God To Thee” and “Asleep in Jesus” were performed. “We must realize that many more of our dear boys are going to join Virgil and his comrades who have already given their all,” the chaplain wrote.

.

Staff Sgt. Thomas E. Morton of Carbon Glow has completed 25 combat operations as waist gunner on a Flying Fortress of the Eighth Army Air Force. Holder of the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross, Morton began his combat flying with a bombing attack on the marshalling yards at Duren. He remembers particularly the day his squadron attacked a chemical works at Ludwigshafen. On that day, his plane was hit by flak, forced to drop out of formation and fight its way home, alone, on three engines. Morton, who enlisted in the Army Air Force on July 15, 1940, is the son of Tom G. and Nora A. Morton of Carbon Glow. He is marred to Shirley Morton of Cincinnati.

.

Corporal Raymond Hollins of Roxana is a member of the Army’s 173rd Engineer Combat Battalion building roads and maintaining existing roads and bridges for maneuvers. “You’re rugged and you’re tough when you’re a member of this outfit,” said 1st Lt. Coleman P. Borders. “’Chow time’ means a short rest, but that’s over soon and it’s work and plenty of that, whether it be during the day or at night, or through rain, snow and mud. The famous 173rd Engineers have a reputation and record to maintain, and Corporal Hollins does his share of maintaining that record.”

.

The Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted John Banks on a charge of willful murder in connection with the March 11 slaying of rural mail carrier Pearl Bowling on Bull Creek. Trial date for Banks is set for April 13. Whitesburg attorney John D. W. Collins will defend him. Letcher County Attorney J. L. Hays will prosecute the case.

.

Navy Specialist Mail Clerk Ora Potter has returned to New York after spending a 10-day furlough with his family in Jackhorn, Mr. and Mrs. John Potter, and with his wife’s family, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Hill of Jenkins. Potter is working in the fleet post office in New York.

.

The Army is praising Pfc. Willie Caudill of Roxana for his work in turning back Japanese aggression on the front lines at Bougainville, Papua, New Guinea. The Army says Caudill, who has been awarded with the Bronze Battle Star, was the gunner on an anti-tank weapon that knocked out a Japanese field gun during a recent artillery duel. Pfc. Caudill’s anti-tank weapon is employed directly on the front lines of a perimeter defensive position. When Japanese artillery opened up from a nearby hill, Caudill and other members of his anti-tank crew went into action. They pulled the gun out of its emplacement and started firing at the muzzle blast of the enemy gun. Caudill was pressing the trigger and it wasn’t long before the enemy piece had been knocked out.

.

Smitties Dry Cleaners of Whitesburg is moving from the basement of the Daniel Boone Hotel to the lower end of Eagle Street. The move is effective April 15.

Thursday, April 1, 1954

A prominent merchant in Neon and East Jenkins is being held in Deland, Florida, where he allegedly murdered his wife of one year. Jack Max allegedly shot his wife six times before stuffing her body into a closet. Max later called neighbors and asked them to tell police he had tried to commit suicide. The body of Max’s wife wasn’t discovered until several days after he was admitted to the hospital in critical condition and treated for self-inflicted wounds. Max is the former husband of Thelma Max, a nurse who worked in and around Jenkins for many years. Acquaintances say Max and his new wife began having trouble because she wanted “to run around all the time and just come home when she ran out of money.”

.

Letcher County residents were left in shock this week after receiving word that a Blackey man was killed and a Whitesburg man injured in a military plane crash at Fort Bragg, N.C. Killed was Rudolph V. Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Short of Blair Branch. Injured was William Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Has Cook of Whitesburg. [See related story elsewhere on this page.]

.

Former Vice President Alben W. Barkley, 76, has announced he will seek to regain his U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. John Sherman Cooper.

.

Sixty potential football players have reported to spring practice at Whitesburg High School, of which Coach Ed Moore will field his third team next fall. Moore is a former WHS star who gained his coaching experience as an assistant to another Whitesburg product, Sam Potter, at Lynch High School. Moore’s first WHS team had a record of six wins and five losses. The team improved to 7-3 last year, when it used the T-formation to win the Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference.

.

The Whitesburg City Council has approved a new ordinance forbidding any pool or billiard hall operating in city limits to remain open from the hours of 11 p.m. until 8 a.m. Violators will be fined not less than $1 nor more than $16 for each offense.

.

Ivan Hall was home from Pikeville College over the weekend visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harve Hall of Sandlick.

.

A full-page advertisement for H. B. Reedy Plumbing & Supply of Whitesburg says Reedy’s will furnish enough Tide laundry detergent to last six months for any customer purchasing a Haag wringer-washing machine. Reedy’s is offering two models of the machine, one for $159.45 and the other for $149.95.

Thursday, April 2, 1964

The United Mine Workers of America have announced plans for an all-out drive to sign up operators who formerly held union contracts. Meanwhile a formal complaint was registered with the National Labor Relations Board charging the UMWA with conspiring with large coal firms to drive small non-union mines out of business.

.

Freddy Bowan, a student at Whitesburg High School, is a candidate for lieutenant governor of the Youth Assembly, which is designed to give young people experience in the operation of state government. Other WHS students taking part in the Youth Assembly are Andrea Collins, Russell Hall, Randy Fields, Kathy Stallard, Liz Smith and Cecilia Newsome. Anne Lewis and R.T. Holbrook are chaperones.

.

Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Webb were honored for their 45 years of service to the Mayking community as postmasters and operators of the general store. The event, organized by their neighbors, marked their retirement. The Webbs had operated the Mayking post office since 1919 and the store for 41 years.

Thursday, April 4, 1974

The bridge spanning Rockhouse Creek at Jeremiah is broken down again — after being repaired two months ago after a coal truck broke it down. Residents noticed the foundations of the repaired bridge were bulging. Before the bridge was closed to traffic, school buses had been stopping on one side the bridge and unloading children so they could walk across the bridge a few at a time, then the buses went across the bridge empty.

.

Jeremiah correspondent Hassie Breeding writes that Jeremiaharearesidentswerehitbya21/2-hourpower outage, telephones were out, and the bridge was broken down. She says it was all very inconvenient, and wonders if the good old days were so good after all.

.

Union employees and licensed practical nurses at the Whitesburg Hospital are on strike, joining a walkout which is affecting the entire Appalachian Regional Hospital chain. Registered nurses and other professional employees of the hospital are working 12-hour shifts.

Wednesday, April 4, 1984

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection’s Division of Abandoned Lands has appropriated $1.366 million for six Letcher County reclamation projects. The projects are the removal of tons of garbage, logs and other debris from the North Fork of the Kentucky River at Millstone, which puts homes in danger of flooding, and reclamation of abandoned slate sites at Thornton, McRoberts, Little Creek, Pert Creek and Sergent.

.

Thieves entered the A&P Food Store in Whitesburg through a hole they cut in the roof of the building and left through the back door, taking with them a large safe which held at least $14,000. This was the second time in two years that a county A&P Store had been hit by burglars. No arrests have been made in connection with a burglary two years ago in Neon when thieves took the safe from the A&P Store there.

.

The Kentucky General Assembly has approved a bill to allow coal trucks to operate overweight on coal-haul roads. Legal weight limits for tandem coal trucks will increase from 60,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds under the bill. For tractor-trailer trucks, the legal weight limit will increase to 120,000 pounds.

.

Writing about spring, Cowan correspondent Elsie Banks says, “Plants and trees burst forth and begin to blossom. Each new days brings forth new growth and beauty.”

.

Two former Letcher County basketball starts have been named to the All-Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team. Lynn Perry, a Whitesburg High School graduate, is a senior center at Pikeville College. Sherry Caudill, a junior center at Union College in Barbourville, had played with the Letcher High School Eagles.

Wednesday, April 6, 1994

Dozens of eastern Kentucky coal operators in the Pike County area were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury investigating alleged bribes solicited or received by federal mine safety inspectors.

.

Several counties in the Kentucky River and Big Sandy area development districts are examining the possibility of forming a cooperative to persuade landfill operators to lower their per-ton dumping fees.

.

Letcher County School Superintendent Jack Burkich has announced he will retire when his contract ends June 30, 1994.

.

Columnist Ike Adams tells of a recent trip he had taken where the airline didn’t lose his baggage — it lost him.

.

Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., is presenting “Peter Pan” with an Appalachian twist. The classic tale of a boy who wouldn’t grow up is set in 1930s Virginia. In the Appalachian version of “Peter Pan”, the pirates are Melun- geons and the Indians are Cherokees.

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Millstone resident Jerry Collins delivered two bags of trash to the offices of Letcher County Judge/Executive Carroll Smith last week in hopes of bringing attention to trucks, including those owned by the county, that are allowed to haul trash to the county’s garbage transfer station without being tarped. Collins, who gathered the two bags of garbage from his front yard, said Kentucky State Police told him they would start issuing citations to trucks that allow their contents to escape.

.

The Fleming-Neon City Council voted unanimously last week to impeach Mayor Harlan “Tootie” Seals, then appointed council member Suzy Polis to serve as interim mayor through the month of April.

.

April 1, April Fool’s Day, was the 37th wedding anniversary of Billy Wayne and Laredia Gail Keathly Engle.


Leave a Reply