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The Way We Were

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Thursday, December 6, 1934

Letcher County native George W. Jenkins, now the chief of police in Corbin, was involved in a fatal shooting earlier this week. Jenkins and another Corbin policeman were attempting to arrest George Lumpkins on a minor offense when Lumpkins drew his gun and started to shoot. Jenkins and Lumpkins then began scuffling and Lumpkins was shot in the head with his own gun. Eyewitnesses say Jenkins did not draw his own pistol.

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Whitesburg attorney Astor Hogg has accepted a job with the federal government in Washington, D.C. Hogg will be assistant counsel to the chief counselor of the Federal Trade Commission. “The place is a classy one and pays well,” The Eagle observes. “He left yesterday to begin his duties. Mrs. Hogg and young Stanley will follow soon.”

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Mountain Eagle subscribers are still angry this week because a Linotype machine breakdown resulted in the November 29 issue not being printed and distributed. “A number of our subscribers have been shooting away at us this week because they failed to get The Eagle last week,” says a front-page explanation. “A number of misfortunes have been hitting The Eagle lately, and last week when the paper was nearly ready to go to press a little ‘hickey’ went wrong with the Linotype machine and there was nothing else to do but stop.” [The Linotype was developed in Baltimore, Maryland by German-born inventor Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1884. as the primary tool used to set type for newspapers and magazines until the 1960s, when “hot metal” typesetting began being replaced by “offset,” or cold-type technology. The machine and its accessories weighed as much as 6,700 pounds.]

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Now that the Great Lakes are frozen and lake shipping is over, hundreds of miners are without work in the communities above Whitesburg. It is predicted that no fewer than 2,000 miners will be on the unemployment rolls, with the list most likely doubling in size in the next month or so.

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The Stuart Robinson School football team is the only one of the county’s four high school squads whose play this season has measured up to the quality of play seen in Letcher County during the previous three or four seasons, says Mountain Eagle sportswriter Ewede Johnson. “I would say that the teams in the county this year do not on average measure up to the average team of the past four or five seasons,” writes Johnson. “This exception is Stuart Robinson.” Johnson also named Jenkins High’s “Stinky” Stanley as the county’s top quarterback, but declared that Stanley’s teammate, fullback Johnce Howington, “the best all-around football player that ever donned the football togs in Letcher County.”

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Federal officer Samuel Cowley, the man who is said to have shot and killed John Dillinger in a gun battle near Chicago, has been killed by Baby Face Nelson, another member of the Dillinger gang. Another federal officer lost his life in the gun battle, as did Nelson. “This about winds up the Dillinger gang,” The Eagle observes, “though three federal officers have lost their lives trying to do so.”

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Work on the new Presbyterian Church building in Whitesburg is delayed for a week or two while Joe Romeo and his workmen are away.

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Letcher County Sheriff W.H. Caudill has renewed the gift subscription for his uncle, J.B. Caudill, who lives in Stroud, Oklahoma.

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The Eagle happily reports that Linotype operator Fitz Beverly, who left his job here two weeks ago, has returned to work. “Our readers may be assured of the paper being kept up to its old standard,” says the announcement of Beverly’s return.

Thursday, December 7, 1944

Letcher County Sheriff Gilbert Polly and Letcher Circuit Clerk Kirby Ison this week bought the land at Mayking known as the Letcher County Golf Course. This property, unusually nice and beautifully located, was purchased from the town of Fleming for an undisclosed price. A day after the purchase, Mr. Polly bought Mr. Ison’s one-half interest and is now sole owner of the 60- acre tract. Meanwhile, Mr. James M. Caudill is the new owner of “The White Oaks” at Mayking, purchasing it during an auction sale conducted by Sam Collins and Lee Adams about two weeks ago.

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Funeral services were held Monday at Little Cowan for Mrs. Katie Day, who was killed Saturday when the car in which she was sitting was hit by a bus in Huntington, West Virginia. Known as Aunt Katie to her friends and loved ones, she has been in Louisa, Ky., since September working for Codell Construction. She was 57 years old and the widow of Joseph E. Day.

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Mr. and Mrs. K.E. Hill have received word from their son, Private First Class Raymond C. Hill, who says he was wounded in the Battle of Leyte and is recovering in a hospital in New Guinea.

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Private First Class Acie W. Wright of East Jenkins has been awarded the Army’s Good Conduct Medal for fidelity, efficiency and exemplary behavior while in uniform.

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Sergeant Fred C. Gardner of McRoberts has been awarded a second bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his Air Medal. Gardner has flown more than 25 combat missions over enemy territory in the Mediterranean theater as aerial engineer-gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber. He is a former employee of Consolidation Coal Company.

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Former Stuart Robinson School teacher Warren G. Corbett, 24, has been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. A navigator on a B-17 bomber and stationed in Italy, he is credited with 22 combat missions over Nazi-held targets in southern Europe and the Balkans. He wears the Silver Star for his “gallantry in action” while on a mission over an oil storage plant near Bologna, Italy last June. With his plane forced to pull out of formation when hit by flak while returning from a bombing assault, the seriously wounded Corbett still navigated his plane back into friendly territory. He spent 10 weeks in a field hospital recovering from his injuries. Besides the Silver Star, he wears the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

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Roy Fields, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Fields of Upper Cowan, is missing in action.

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Private First Class Venon Whitaker, 20, of Ulvah, was wounded by a hand grenade near St. Lo, France, and is now recovering at the 157th U.S. General Hospital in England. Whitaker, a rifleman, has been awarded the Purple Heart and is expected to return to duty after his left leg heals. He was injured during close-in fighting with a group of Germans who were on the opposite side of his company’s dug-in hedgerow position.

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Linefork had its first snow of the season on Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, December 9, 1954

The Eolia Grade School has undergone remodeling and has a new addition to the building. Sanford Adams is the school’s principal.

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Approximately 1,500 people saw “Ballin’ the Jack,” the Lions Club Minstrel held at the Whitesburg Grade School auditorium last Thursday in multiple performances.

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A huge Mayflower tractor-trailer truck loaded with 10 tons of furniture and appliances wrecked over the steep embankment at Cowan Hill Café on Sunday. The truck was en route to Hollywood, Florida with the furniture, which was not badly damaged. The mishap occurred after the driver went into Cowan Hill Café to get a cup of coffee and something to eat and either forgot to engage the emergency brake or the brake broke loose. The truck did not turn over.

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A contract has been let for the Turkey Creek Bridge across Linefork. The contract was awarded to Robertson & Harper of Salyersville for the price of $39,589.20. Work is expected to begin soon.

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Quillen Drug Store of Whitesburg is now the area’s authorized dealer for the Bell and Howell Company’s home movie cameras and equipment.

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The first school of practical nursing ever held in a state hospital will open at Kentucky State Hospital near Danville in January.

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Two Letcher County students will take part in the traditional Christmas concert at Pikeville Junior College. Kenneth Gooch, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Gooch of Neon, will appear in the one-act Christmas pageant, “The Shepherd Who Watched.” Mary Lynn Jordan, soprano of Jenkins High School, will sing “Shepherd’s Cradle Song” by Somervell, the only solo number on the program.

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Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph is advertising the availability of extension telephones for the home that come gift-wrapped for Christmas.

Thursday, December 3, 1964

Whitesburg High School has lost its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools because Letcher County School Superintendent Dave L. Craft does not have an advanced degree. The association requires superintendents to have at least a master’s degree. Letcher school officials have not decided what action to take.

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The Whitesburg Municipal Housing Commission has accepted the bid of Ramsey and Clubb Construction Company of Shelbyville to build the city’s new 40-unit low-rent housing project. The firm bid $495,000, which was $45,000 above the $450,000 budgeted for the project.

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Four possible Letcher County sites for a proposed community college were inspected by University of Kentucky officials.

Thursday, December 5, 1974

A coal operator who had been getting $35 a ton for coal reports prices are down to $19 a ton. The end of the boom in coal prices is believed to be a result of the unexpected early settlement of the United Mine Workers of America coal strike. Coal prices had reached a high of $90 to $99 a ton on the spot market — the bid price for coal not already committed to a purchaser.

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The United Mine Workers of America said the union would oppose a move by the Tennessee Valley Authority to purchase the Peabody Coal Company. The UMW is believed to be against the sale because the union would be prevented from striking TVA, a federal agency.

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”There was a hootenanny in Still House Branch and on the porch of the C.B. Caudill Store,” writes Blackey correspondent Charles Ann Mullis, “with Arthur Miller and Gene Back playing banjo and guitar.”

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Sears, Roebuck & Co. have opened a catalog sales store in Whitesburg, the firm’s first retailing establishment in Letcher County. Ray Bird is manager of the store.

Wednesday, December 12, 1984

A ruling by Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg will permit the Whitesburg High School girls’ basketball team to travel to northern Kentucky to play Fort Thomas Highlands. It will be the first time the Lady ‘Jackets have played since the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) suspended the team and all the school’s other athletic teams for up to one year. The KHSAA ruled a transfer student from Bowling Green ineligible to play at Whitesburg.

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The United Mine Workers of America are walking a picket line at Arch Mineral Mine 37 at Lynch. The company employed non-union employees to build a railroad to the mine while laying off 42 union miners.

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”We are getting our first big snows,” writes McRoberts correspondent Madelyn Barton. “The big white flakes look so pretty as they spin around and around on the way to the ground. It’s a beautiful world when the trees are bowed down with the white fluffy snow and it lies like a blanket over the earth.”

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The Fleming-Neon Lady Pirates used a second-half comeback to knock off the Breathitt County Lady Bobcats 58-45. The Lady Pirates’ defensive pressure forced the Lady Bobcats into numerous turnovers and poor shot selection in the third quarter in which they outscored Breathitt County 16-2.

Wednesday, December 7, 1994

Van Breeding, 75, of Isom, attended his first University of Kentucky basketball game in Rupp Arena. Breeding and his wife were seated in the front row behind Coach Rick Pitino as UK defeated Tennessee-Martin.

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Plans and drawings for the renovation of the Letcher County Courthouse will be completed by Christmas. The design by Richardson & Associates Architects includes modernized courtrooms and offices, and a new jail.

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Dr. Vickie Basham of Hawesville, has been named interim superintendent of schools in Letcher County, however she plans to retire in January, 1995. She succeeds Larry D. Ison, who retired.

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Henry E. Dixon has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Lorna Dixon. Mrs. Dixon, a popular teacher at Whitesburg High School, was found shot in the head at her home at Red Star.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

More charges have been filed against Edward and Desiree Banks Morton in connection with the death of their three-month-old daughter. The couple are named in indictments charging them with assaulting their infant son, Hayden Edward Morton. Together with their sister, the two infants were part of the first set of triplets born in Whitesburg hospital’s 48-year history.

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The newest member of the Jenkins Police Department is eight-year-old Taner Collier. Taner, who has cerebral palsy, met Jenkins Police Chief Bill Tackett during physical therapy.

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The Mountain Eagle will compile a list of names and address of soldiers from Letcher County that are serving in order for Eagle subscribers to send them Christmas cards.

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The food bank in Letcher County is seeking donations. “For a $1 donation, God’s Pantry Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food,” said Marian Blanchard, executive director. Last year food banks in Letcher County distributed more than168,000 pounds of food valued at more than $267,100 to families in need.


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