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The Way We Were

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Thursday, November 22, 1934

Edward L. Taulbee, a 47-year-old veteran of the World War, died from tuberculosis caused by poisonous gas he inhaled while fighting in France. He had been ill since his return to Letcher County from the Army. Funeral services were held in Haymond at the McClelland Anderson Post 104 of the American Legion. Taulbee leaves a widow and a 13-year-old son.

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Sam Bates, charged in the killing of Henry Bentley in the Rockhouse section of Letcher County some weeks ago, was able Monday to have his examining trial before Justice of the Peace Felix G. Fields. His bond for appearance, pending indictment at the next meeting of the grand jury, was fixed at $10,000, which Mr. Bates readily paid.

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Dr. John M. Bentley is leaving his dental office in Fleming. He will leave in a few days for Chicago for a course in progressive dentistry, after which he will resume his practice somewhere in western Kentucky. Still, Dr. Bentley wants it understood that he is not giving up his residence in our county.

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Readers of The Mountain Eagle, especially those who visit his two stores in Whitesburg, have noticed Kermit Combs’s rugged determination to climb to the top of the grocery business, as well as saving money for the people. Kermit uses advertising as his lead auxiliary, but doesn’t include the expense in the price of his goods.

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The Douglas Day Post No. 152, American Legion, will exhibit a big Christmas tree in front of the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg on Christmas Eve.

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After six years of faithful service as Linotype operator for The Mountain Eagle, Fitz Beverly of Dickenson County, Virginia, has resigned his position to accept work on a new weekly newspaper starting at Clintwood, near his home. While Mr. Beverly’s leaving is like giving up one of the family, The Eagle is left badly in need of a good Linotype operator — one who can readily help out on floor work and newspaper makeup.

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Mrs. Al Major, the handy and accommodating sales lady in the People’s Department Store in Whitesburg and wife of the store’s local manager, is in Cincinnati for a few days buying holiday merchandise for the big department store.

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A 16-year-old Craft’s Colly boy lost his thumb and two fingers when a 12-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged while he was in the woods hunting.

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The placing of gravel on the road between Blackey and Garner is almost complete. The Hart Construction Company is expected to start work on the last stretch of road between Blackey and Ulvah in a few days.

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Moving houses to clear the way for construction of the new road through Blackey is in full blast. Seven homes are now being moved by C.B. and R.B. Caudill, Mrs. L.R. Andrews, Mrs. Kell Stamper and Mrs. J.G. Back. John Palumbo of Whitesburg is doing the masonry work.

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The cornerstone will be laid next Sunday for the new Baptist Church at Isom, on Rockhouse Creek.

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Dr. and Mrs. Ben Wright of Seco were in Harrodsburg to hear President Roosevelt speak.

Thursday, November 23, 1944

Word has been received from the War Department that First Sergeant Edgar Back was killed in action somewhere in France on August 1. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carson Back of Carbon Glow and was 26 years old. He volunteered for the Army in March 1938.

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Private Gale Whitaker, son of the late Fess and Mantie Whitaker of Whitesburg, died in a Lexington hospital on November 18, four months after he became ill while at home on leave from the Army. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg.

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Gilmer Collins of Jenkins, formerly of Cowan, was killed by a slate fall November 15 while working at Consolidation Coal Company’s Mine No. 4 in Jenkins. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Milburn Collins of Cowan, Gilmer Collins, 30, had been working in Jenkins for the past two years. Before that, he mined coal for Sandlick Coal Company and was a resident of Bellcraft. Survivors include his wife, Ruby of Ice, and young sons Glenn, 7, Gary Wayne, 5, and Billy Ward, 2.

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Private William L. Stallard Jr. has returned from 10 months overseas in the European Theater of Operations and is being treated temporarily at the Stark General Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. He will soon be transferred to another Army hospital for treatment of war injuries. A recipient of the Purple Heart, Private Stallard is the son of W.L. Stallard of Ermine.

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Residents of Jenkins who have relatives or friends being held prisoner of war by the Japanese in the Philippine Islands may transmit messages to them, if their addresses are known, between now and November 30, the Red Cross has announced. Written messages will be sent to Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., and will then be turned over to the Army and Navy for delivery.

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Sergeant Woodrow W. Fultz, Millstone, is making rapid recovery in an Army hospital in England after being hit by shrapnel from a German 88 mm gun as he landed on the coast of France in the third wave of the assault troops on D-Day. This was the third time Sgt. Fultz participated in an invasion, having previously been in the African and Sicilian campaigns. Holder of the Silver Star, awarded for gallantry in the African theater, he has also been awarded the Purple Heart.

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Marine Staff Sergeant James Majority, son of Mrs. Ollie Majority of Whitesburg, was recently promoted to his present rank. Staff Sergeant Majority, a member of an engineering unit of the Third Marine Division, was wounded by fragments when he took part in the initial landing on the Asan Bay beachhead at Guam. After being treated for his wounds at a first aid station, he insisted on rejoining his organization, which was charged with the task of unloading ammunition and supplies and building roads to the front lines. He joined the Marines in April 1942.

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Marine Private First Class Jarvy R. Johnson Jr. of Millstone is the company barber in a Marine combat unit now serving overseas. “Some like it long, some like it short, but they all want a haircut of some kind,” said Johnson, a 1942 graduate of Whitesburg High School. Before joining the Marines, Johnson worked for South East Coal Company at Millstone.

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Private Arius K. Holbrook has been awarded the Army’s Good Conduct Medal for “exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity.”

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Ernest Yonts, of Deane, who was wounded in action in France, has returned to the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee after a 10-day furlough with his wife, Mary Yonts.

Thursday, November 25, 1954

Needy residents of Letcher County received $52,739 in public assistance payments last month, the state’s Office of Economic Security has reported. The outlay included $21,242 in old age assistance payments; $29,747 to families with dependent children, and $1,750 to the needy blind.

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The Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control board reported 14 moonshine stills were destroyed and nine persons arrested in connection with illicit liquor operations during October. In September, 25 stills were destroyed and 12 arrests made.

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The Louisville and Nashville Railroad will discontinue its Cincinnati to Birmingham trains on December 1, following approval of the Kentucky Railroad Commission to drop the Kentucky portion of the line.

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“We here in Detroit (former Letcher Countians) welcome The Mountain Eagle in our home each week just as if were a person, for it is the only way we have of knowing everything that’s going on at home,” a Michigan reader writes anonymously. “We even read the numbers on the pages. And believe me, we’d all be right there if there were jobs for all of us. We’ve often said how nice it would be if there was some way of moving some of these factories and plants to good ole Letcher County so we could all go home. But we will have to be content with our jobs here and The Eagle from home.”

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James Wiley Craft and Commodore Craft Jr. are very sick boys with colds this week, it is reported in the Sergent news.

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Haymond residents attending the Kentucky versus Tennessee football game at Shields-Watkins Field in Knoxville last Saturday included Loretta Mullins, Edwin Kincer, Bobbie Jean Browning and Charles Whitaker. Among those from Jenkins who attending the game, which was won by Kentucky, 14-13, were Mr. and Mrs. James R. Whited, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Holtzclaw, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Storey, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Duncan, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bartley, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Blake, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Prunty, Mrs. Thelma Litts, Clara Shaw, Elsie Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pack, Mr. and Mrs. Holley Blevins, Arlie Cook, D.L. Combs, Ed Snyder, and R.C. Minor. Whitesburg was also well represented at the contest. Among those present from the county seat were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kincer, Herman Hale, Rita K. Hale, Astor Hays, Follace Fields, Jimmie Follace Fields, Oscar Lewis, Woodford Webb, Dr. and Mrs. T.R. Collier, Margaret Faye and Rose Mary Collier, James Hidvigi, Steve Hidvigi, Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. William Floyd Mercer, Mr. and Mrs. Woodford Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Estill Blair, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Price, Dalna Renee Price, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Wardrup, Herbert Caudill, Paul Kirkland, Luther Cherry, Emil Clay, Vernon Hall, Bobby Campbell, Douglas Day, Joe Stallard, Dr. and Mrs. Lee Moore, Mr. and Mrs. James Marlowe, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Collins, W.H. Blair and sons Bill and Bobby, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hall.

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Jack Hammock, U.S. Navy, is guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hammock, of Whitesburg. He has been stationed in California for several months.

Thursday, November 19, 1964

Ohio Valley Engineers, Inc., an Ashland firm with no previous experience in community planning, has signed Whitesburg and Jenkins to contracts permitting it to do all engineering, architectural and planning work on any projects undertaken by the cities for the next four years. Neon Mayor Powell Walker says his council has indicated it will sign a similar contract at its December meeting.

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Clyde Isaac Church, 37, of Oven Fork, was killed in a logging accident about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near Appalachia, Va. The accident occurred as he and his brother, Carl Church, were loading logs. The load overturned and caught Clyde beneath it.

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Arnold Carroll of Whitesburg, was elected president of a non-profit corporation organized at a meeting here last Friday to set up and operate a television translator on Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The corporation is seeking donations of $7,200 to help finance the translator. The translator will enable residents of the area from Whitaker to the head of Sandlick to receive television without the aid of a cable.

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Claims for unemployment compensation in Letcher County rose 43 percent in October over September, according to the local employment services office of the Kentucky Department of Economic Security. At the time, new job applications dropped 35 percent.

Thursday, November 21, 1974

Prospects for an extended coal strike appear to mount as the members of the United Mine Workers of America debate whether they will accept terms of a contract agreement reached between negotiators for the union and the soft coal operators.

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State Senator Kelsey Friend told Linefork residents to be patient as it will take a year just to get a “contract ready” for blacktopping the road. Sections of the road have never been paved since they were constructed in the 1930s by the WPA.

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”Bleak November is here, with its bare trees, cloudy skies, sleet, snow and rain,” writes Millstone correspondent Mabel Kiser. “Its snow, sleet and rain will have put all the flowers to sleep, but they will rise again in spring with a new beauty for eyes to behold.”

Wednesday, November 28, 1984

The City of Whitesburg says it will not allow the Letcher County Board of Education to place a sign at the entrance to the Whitesburg industrial site proclaiming the property as the future “home of the Yellowjackets”. The school board voted to put up a marker at the site. The board action came in the wake of a state Court of Appeals decision that permits the board to condemn the industrial site for use as a school site. The city says it will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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State police arrested 39 people in an early morning drug raid in Letcher County. Police say they expect that before the raids end at least 47 people would be arrested on 56 charges. The raid is believed to be the largest ever in the area covered by the state police post in Hazard.

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The Letcher Eagles defeated Cordia and Buckhorn after falling in the basketball season-opener to Lee County.

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”As time passes the cycles of life repeat themselves over and over,” McRoberts correspondent Madelyn Burton writes. “It seems we have had them all this month. There have been births, weddings and deaths. There is much rejoicing when a new baby is born and all is well with it and the mother. It is a merry time when two people unite in marriage also, and when death comes along and takes someone we love, there is much sadness and a vacant place in our hearts that even time can’t erase.”

Wednesday, November 23, 1994

Whitesburg High School teacher Lorna Dixon has died of a gunshot wound. She was found shot in the head at her home at Red Star.

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Letcher County has been ravaged by fires as an autumn dry spell continues. Fires are burning at McRoberts, Dorton, Neon and Cowan. Letcher County Forest Ranger Bruce Hill said 95 percent of all forest fires were deliberately set.

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Nationwide average gas prices fell to $1.15 for regular unleaded at self-service pumps, $1.25 for middle-grade unleaded, $1.34 for premium unleaded, and $1.20 for regular leaded.

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The Region 4 champion Whitesburg Yellowjacket football team is getting ready to face unbeaten Danville in Class AA semifinals. Whitesburg defeated Russell 14-7 to win the regional championship.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Letcher County officials say the 50-cent per hour raise the Letcher Fiscal Court approved for hourly employees at its November meeting may cause layoffs in the county comes up short of funds near the end of the 2004-2005 fiscal year.

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The Fleming-Neon City Council has instructed City Attorney Darlene Johnson to begin work on an ordinance that will raise water and sewer rates to $12.25 for each service in the city and $13.20 for customers who live outside the city limits. The fee increases are to keep the city in compliance with U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines and make it eligible for future funding of water and sewer projects.

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The Letcher County Interagency Thanksgiving Food Drive filled more than 540 boxes with food for disadvantaged Letcher County families.

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Students at Fleming-Neon High School are participating in a project called “Christmas Cards For the Troops” for the fourth year. The students have been compiling and creating specially made Christmas cards for troops fighting in Iraq.


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