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The Way We Were

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Thursday, September 28, 1944

Private First Class Hubert Crase, 28, has been killed in action in France. PFC Crase entered the service October 12, 1939 and landed in Iceland on September 11, 1941. He remained in Iceland for two years before being sent to England, then to Ireland, and on to France, where he was killed on August 23.

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Staff Sergeant Ordence King, husband of Jean Efant, formerly of Jenkins, is recovering from wounds he received in battle in the South Pacific.

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Private First Class Earl Franklin was wounded in France, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Franklin of Bastin [between Mayking and Sergent], learned this week via telegram. Franklin joined the service in September 1939, and is on his second tour of duty overseas.

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J.D. Amburgey was badly injured Sunday morning when he was hit by a truck near the Isom Stock Yards. He is being treated at the Fleming hospital.

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The Fishpond 4-H Club has elected Anna Mae Carter as its president. Jimmy Cook was elected vice president. The group has purchased seeds for field greens.

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U.S. Senator Alben W. Barkley will speak at the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg Saturday at 2 p.m. CWT (Central War Time). Barkley will also speak in Jenkins at 5 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, Republican Senatorial candidate James Park will make his first appearance in Letcher County at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, also at the courthouse.

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Construction workers — carpenters, auto mechanics, electricians or sewer operators — are needed in the Aleutian Islands. Men interested in accepting the positions are asked to contact the U.S. Employment Service in Pikeville.

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The Army Air Corps has promoted James Marlowe to the rank of captain. A son of Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Marlowe, Captain Marlowe is now serving in Italy.

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The Neon Boy Scouts are raising funds to erect an “honor roll” to honor the men and women of the armed forces.

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The Whitesburg High School gymnasium will be constructed as soon as the steel needed can be obtained, says Letcher Schools Superintendent Martha Jane Potter.

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Smittie’s Dry Cleaners of Whitesburg claims in a help wanted advertisement that it offers women the “best working conditions this side of Baltimore.”

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Stokley Brothers [makers of the Van Camp’s brand of canned foods] has purchased an advertisement in The Mountain Eagle in which the company seeks to hire men and boys ages 16 to 64 and women ages 18 to 50 to work in its canning factories in Indiana. A Stokley representative will be at the U.S. Employment Service Office in Whitesburg on Friday, September 29. “Food is a weapon as powerful as any plane, cannon or tank,” the ad says. “Let’s get food to our fighting men.”

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Sergeant Herman W. Collier of Cromona has been awarded three gold Overseas Service Stripes designating three six-month periods of foreign duty in the current war in the Mediterranean Theatre, the 12th Army Air Force B-25 Bombing Headquarters has announced. The stripe recently was authorized by an act of Congress to all members of the Army who have served at least six months overseas.

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Corporal Columbus Sexton and Nora Ferguson were wed recently in the chapel of the Whitesburg Methodist Church. Sexton returned to Letcher County recently after 18 months of combat in Italy.

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Minnie Long has resigned from her position with the Bank of Whitesburg and will leave this week for Washington, D.C., where she will be employed in government service.

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New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican who is trying to deny President Franklin D. Roosevelt a fourth term in office, is appealing for voters to “restore integrity to the White House so that its spoken word can be trusted once again.” Said Dewey: “The simple truth is, of course, that Mr. Roosevelt’s record is desperately bad. It is not one on which any man should seek the confidence of the American people. That’s why it’s time for a change.”

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Esther Williams stars with Red Skelton in the film “Bathing Beauty,” which will show October 1 and 2 at the Kentucky Theatre in Whitesburg. Showing at the Kentucky on October 3 and 4 will be “Gaslight,” starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.

Thursday, September 23, 1954

Representatives of the Whitesburg Parent-Teacher Association met in special session with the Letcher County Board of Education Tuesday to present a resolution approved by the PTA seeking the consolidation of Whitesburg Grade School and Whitesburg High School with other schools in the territory surrounding Whitesburg. “While tempers seemed to be someone ruffled occasionally, the meeting ended on a friendly note, and it seemed that all present were in full agreement as to the needs of the Whitesburg schools,” The Mountain Eagle reported.

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Letcher County Clerk Charlie Wright is confined to his home with week after suffering an asthma attack.

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Letcher County Board of Education Chairman Dr. B.F. Wright is seriously ill and is being treated in the Fleming hospital. Friends say he suffered a heart attack on Wednesday.

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Sanford Adams has been elected president of the Letcher County Teachers Organization. He is principal at the Eolia School.

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Letcher County received its new bookmobile during a ceremony last week at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville. Governor Lawrence W. Wetherby presented the bookmobile to State Senator Archie Craft and Standard Oil Company representative David Cocks. Standard Oil is the sponsor of Letcher County’s bookmobile, which is one of 84 presented during the ceremony attended by more than 7,000 people.

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The 1954 enrollment at Whitesburg Grade and High schools exceeds any year in the history of the two schools, both of which are located on School Hill. There are 535 elementary students and 740 in the high school, creating badly overcrowded conditions on the campus.

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Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Emmett G. Fields has started a campaign to encourage Letcher County homeowners with any extra land available to grow grapes as a cash crop.

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The Elkhorn Jr. Coal Company tipple at Thornton was destroyed by fire of unknown origin early Sunday morning. The tipple had not been in use for several weeks, but operations were scheduled to restart soon. The tipple and nearby mine are owned by P.W. Slemp of Big Stone Gap. It is the second tipple destroyed by fire in recent weeks, as the Harlan Fuel Company tipple at Yancy burned early September 6. The damage at each tipple is reported to be at least $200,000.

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Star back Buddy Fields scored the game’s only points as Whitesburg High School defeated Benham High, 13- 0, marking the third straight win for the Yellowjackets. Whitesburg will need to be at full strength this Friday night when it takes on the Cumberland Redskins.

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Basil Hall of Roxana has filed to run for the District No. 5 seat on the Letcher County Board of Education. Former Letcher County Sheriff Hassel Stamper is also seeking the seat. “Both men [are] strong contenders for any office they might seek,” The Mountain Eagle reports.

Thursday, September 24, 1964

The United States Senate has passed the President’s Appalachian Recovery Program and sent it to the House of Representatives, where the bill’s backs say it will be approved “after a stiff fight.”

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Fathers of dependent children working under the “jobless fathers” program will undertake a “Forest Fire Prevention Crusade” in Letcher, Knott, Perry and Breathitt counties. Lyle Shoemaker, district forester with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, said selected crews will be trained to make personal contact with families and tell them about forest fire prevention.

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Austin Napier, Whitesburg High School senior, this week became the first Letcher County student to advance to the semi-finals in competition for National Merit Scholarships. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Napier of Whitesburg.

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Two doctors are new members of the staff of Whitesburg Hospital. They are Dr. Thomas F. Plaut, a pediatrician, and Dr. John Engle, a general practitioner.

Thursday, September 26, 1974

Letcher County’s plan to spend coal severance tax money for recreation and an industrial building has been approved in Frankfort. The county proposes to spend $100,000 at Fishpond Lake and $100,000 for a shell factory building at the Whitesburg Industrial Site.

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A Mountain Eagle editorial applauding the proposed legislation containing a ban against stripmining in national forests says, “It just may be that you and your family a decade from now will be able to visit the Daniel Boone National Forest in a half dozen mountain counties and still see the mountain with its natural contours in shape . . . not one that has been ‘topped, gutted and otherwise laid bare in the ever-wider, ever more devastating pursuit of coal.”

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A Pikeville woman complained that Jenkins seems to be operating a speed trap with its fancy new radar equipment. She was fined $23.85 after she was stopped and charged with going 37 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.

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”The woolly worm is all black, the birds have long since been gone, all of which says an early and hard winter,” warns Millstone correspondent Mabel Kiser.

Wednesday, October 3, 1984

Some 1,800 eastern Kentucky coal miners have joined in a strike against two of three independent coal companies still without contract settlements with the United Mine Workers of America. Union officials estimate that about 15,000 Pike County miners and 300 Knott and Floyd County miners walked off their jobs at mines owned by A.T. Massey Coal Corp. and National Mines Corp.

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The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department is searching for a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of the Whitesburg Animal Clinic at Ermine. A man entered the building, bound and gagged an assistant who was alone in the clinic, and took $553.

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”Each season is pretty in its own way,” writes McRoberts correspondent Madelyn Barton, but I love fall time the best. Nothing could be more beautiful than the trees and their leaves of many colors and the marigolds and other fall flowers that are blooming.”

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The Kentucky Department of Highways is holding a public display of plans for the reconstruction of U.S. 119 from Cumberland toward Whitesburg. The plans are for the section of the road from .7 mile east of Cumberland to one mile west of the Letcher County line, a distance of less than 10 miles.

Wednesday, September 28, 1994

The City of Whitesburg has agreed to lease its industrial site to Pine Mountain Lumber Company. The firm is expected to begin operations in spring 1995.

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Raymond Smith and Virginia Combs were grand marshals of the parade at the 12th annual Mountain Heritage Festival. They were honored as Letcher County Heroes and Legends by festival organizers. Nearly 150 Letcher County veterans of U.S. military service were also honored at ceremonies at the festival.

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The Whitesburg Yellowjacket football team is 4-1 overall and 4-0 in district play after a 40-7 win over M.C. Napier High School.

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The Letcher Fiscal Court will hold a special meeting at Oven Fork to discuss proposed changes in the route of U.S. 119 across Pine Mountain. The long-range options include two tunnel proposals and routes that would take 119 through Cowan or Pert Creek.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted to terminate its contract with Matthews Architects of Asheville, N.C., the architect on the McRoberts Community Center. A member of the McRoberts Community Center Committee told the court that the architect continually submitted plans for a structure that would cost more than twice as much as the $178,000 available for the center.

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The name of Harlan “Tootie” Seals will appear on the ballot in the City of Fleming-Neon in November, but votes cast for Seals in the mayor’s race cannot be counted. Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright entered a default judgment against Seals in a lawsuit against the ex-mayor filed by current Fleming-Neon Mayor Susie Polis. Seals was impeached in April by the Fleming-Neon City Council, and the lawsuit charged that Kentucky law prevents impeached officials from running for election to the office from which they were just removed.

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Clarence and Sara C. Ison marked their 66th wedding anniversary on September 24.

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Winners of the Mountain Heritage poster contest in kindergarten through second grade are Rachel Lucas, first; Seth Hall, second; and Cody Cornett, third. Winners in third though fifth grades are Mychaela Richardson, first; Kasey Adams, second; and Hayden Adams, third.

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