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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

Thursday, January 25, 1945

Word has reached The Mountain Eagle that Private Pony W. Bates, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ireland Bates, has died in England as the result of wounds he suffered last September. No other details are available at this time.

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C.E. Akers of Fleming has purchased the store building in Neon known as the H. Wise Building and will build a brick building on the site soon. Akers is associated with McKinney Motor Company.

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Private Paul Riddle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Riddle, is at home in McRoberts after being wounded in France. He will soon return to Walla Walla, Washington for more treatment.

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Mr. and Mrs. James Back of Blackey have received news from the War Department that their son, Corporal Ollie James Back, has been missing in action in Germany since December 21.

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Mr. and Mrs. Kell Elkins of Big Cowan received the following letter from their son, Willard Elkins, who is in the Air Corps: “I have just returned from a cross country flight. We went to Virginia and came back over home, down through Tennessee. We passed over (Big Cowan) coming and going. I saw our house and Dan’s. There were two people standing in our yard. You had your clothes hung out, and the cow was in the garden. I saw Johnnie’s house and Kernie’s. There was a black mule or cow in Kernie’s pasture, above his chicken house. … We only cleared the top of Pine Mountain by 500 feet. I could tell that old place just as quick as I saw it. Jim Adams had a fire in the stove. The smoke was coming out the top. Tell Harold we passed right over the filling station where he works.”

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Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Caudill of Blackey have been notifi ed by the War Department that their son, Private Wesley Caudill, was seriously wounded in France on December 23.

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Mr. and Mrs. Billie Caudill of Jeremiah have learned that their son, Private Corbett Caudill, has been wounded in France. The Caudills also have three other sons in service, all overseas.

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The ambulance belonging to Craft Funeral Home burned last Friday night after becoming stuck in the mud near the Lenville Thomas home on Camp Branch.

Thursday, January 27, 1955

Letcher Schools Superintendent W.B. Hall was in Frankfort last week to buy school supplies, including radiators for the new building in Whitesburg.

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M.D. Bates, state parole officer in Seco, is proud to have seven grandsons in service. They are: Donald Bates, Danny Isaac, Bobby Bates, David Isaac, James Bates, Bruce Bates and John Bates.

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Maynard Hogg of the Neon Gulf Service Station will give a part of his profits to the Polio Drive today (January 27) in observation of “Pump for Polio Day.”

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Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Bert T. Combs is a Democratic candidate for governor of Kentucky. A native of Manchester, Combs was practicing law in Prestonsburg at the time Governor Lawrence Wetherby appointed him to an unexpired seat on the appeals court. Combs is a World War II veteran who holds the Bronze Star. While in the Army, he was chief of the Investigation Section of the War Crimes Department on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur in the Philippine Islands.

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Visitors to Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Roark’s poultry lot at the mouth of Elk Creek will see 30 turkeys, 30 chickens, 100 rabbits, six ducks, six pigeons and a number of geese.

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Two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gehiza Adams of Blair Branch had to be rushed to the hospital for treatment after their arms were caught in the wringer of a washing machine. Each child suffered painful bruises on the arm that got caught in the wringer, which kept in motion until a fuse finally blew and stopped the machine.

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The Whitesburg Yellowjackets defeated the Dilce Combs Panthers, 49-42. Dilce Combs is the defending 14th Region champion. Coach Ray Pigman’s Yellowjackets also defeated Kingdom Come High School, 74-48, to improve their record on the season to eight wins against six losses.

Thursday, January 28, 1965

Members of the National Independent Coal Truck Operators Association were warned of a trend toward big coal companies by Robert Holcomb, the president of the group. Holcomb said the trend toward big coal companies is accompanied by a trend toward big unit trains. He also sees dangers to small truck mines in an expected organization drive by the United Mine Workers of America.

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Roxana Coal Company is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons putting tacks and nails in the Mill Branch Road.

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The U.S. Census Bureau reports that retail sales in Letcher County in 1963 totaled $19.1 million, an increase of 30 percent over the 1958 figures.

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A Mountain Eagle editorial praises merchants in Letcher County for their efforts, which led to retail sales of $19.1 million in 1963, saying “The (Census Bureau) report reflects many things. Perhaps the most important is the truly outstanding job done by several Letcher County merchants in upgrading quality. Offhand, we suppose about 50 percent more types of items are offered in Letcher County stores now than five years ago.”

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Dr. Stephen J. Cornett, who grew up in Letcher County, has been named the Economic Opportunity coordinator with the Region II headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Charlottesville, Va. He will be responsible for coordinating anti-poverty programs in the regions which include Kentucky, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Cornett, the son of Steve and Maggie Lewis Cornett, was born in Whitesburg.

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Hoover Dawahare of Whitesburg says he is thinking about running for the state representative’s seat now held by W.R. “Bill” Jordan of Jenkins.

Thursday, January 30, 1975

Fifty-three coal-laden hoppers on a northbound L&N train jumped the track at Kragon’s Curve in Breathitt County, demolishing a number of cars and scattering tons of coal along the banks of the Kentucky River.

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Franklin Circuit Court Judge Henry Meigs has ruled that Kentucky’s 1974 law requiring the landowner’s consent for strip mining is unconstitutional. The law went into effect three weeks before his ruling.

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The total value of bituminous and lignite coal production rose by 78 percent in 1974 to $8.9 billion from $5 billion in 1973, the U.S. Department of Interior reports. At the same time, coal production dropped slightly in 1974 to 590 million tons, down 2 million tons from 1973. Officials attribute the drop in production to a six-week coal strike.

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”I still love winter weather,” writes Millstone correspondent Mabel Kiser, “but driving in ice and snow brings on other thoughts that I never had 40 years ago. We had no car then and if we had to go abroad we rode Old Beck of walked. I was sure-footed then, and if I fell somehow youth can cushion falls that they do not hurt so bad.”

Wednesday, February 6, 1985

The University of Kentucky is threatening to close the Letcher County Extension Office if the fiscal court does not repay UK a $55,000 debt. The county had agreed to reimburse UK for the rent and utilities for the extension office, a secretary’s salary and telephone bills. Strapped for funds because of cuts in coal severance and Revenue Sharing money, the fiscal court has fallen behind with its end of the bargain and has made no payment to UK in three years.

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A dangerous one-lane bridge spanning the Kentucky River at Thornton is scheduled to be replaced with a two-lane structure within two years. The bridge, to be 80 percent paid for by the Federal Highway Administration, will be built upstream from the one-lane bridge.

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The Lady ‘Jackets easily defeated the Amateur Athletic Union teams from Huntington, W.Va., 84-44, but lost standout guard Regina Holbrook to a broken left arm.

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A number of friends and family members gathered to celebrate the 84th birthday of Virginia Harris Combs and the 94th birthday of her husband, Judge Stephen Combs Jr.

Wednesday, February 1, 1995

Arson is suspected as the cause of a fire that left Jim Webb homeless for the second time in less than 2-1/2 years. Kentucky State Police say the fire, which burned a 63-year-old cabin atop Pine Mountain, was set about the time a vehicle was seen leaving the road leading to the cabin. State police think the fire was deliberately set, perhaps by the same persons who apparently burned another Pine Mountain home occupied by Webb on Oct. 17, 1992. At least nine dwellings have been burned on Pine Mountain since the 1960s.

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Teachers and non-teachers in the Letcher County school system are seeking five-percent average raises in exchange for their support of staff reductions proposed by the school system’s budget committee. Jon Henrikson, representing the Letcher County Teachers’ Organization, proposed a number of ways in which to come up with the necessary money including a $50,000 reduction in the salaries of central office staff through retirement; consideration of more itinerant teachers; head teachers on teaching principals at smaller schools; active recruitment of a full-time speech therapist instead of using more expensive contract services; and consideration of reducing or eliminating non-essential programs such as driver education and reserve officer training.

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”To Brian With Love”, a benefit for Brian Baker, is scheduled for two performances. Baker, a former Letcher High School basketball player, is suffering from leukemia.

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The Lady ‘Jackets defeated the M.C. Napier Lady Navajos 102-60 to remain unbeaten at 20-0. The Lady Navajos are the 1994 defending Kentucky state girls’ champions.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

State highway department officials say the driver of a snowplow was left with nowhere to go but into a ditch after it was forced off a snow-covered Letcher County road by a car, which rounded a curve in the wrong lane of traffic. The driver of the truck was not injured. The driver of the car went on without stopping.

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A felony theft charge has been filed against a Letcher County woman accused of stealing two patterned quilts from the lobby of ARH Medical Clinic in Whitesburg. Whitesburg City Police say Latisha Craft, 24, of Mayking, was charged with receiving stolen property valued at more than $300 after she returned the quilts after 90 minutes after they were stolen.

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The City of Fleming-Neon is ready to file property liens on delinquent taxpayers. City Attorney Darlene Johnson told the Fleming-Neon City Council she has been working on property liens for delinquent taxpayers and that they are ready to be filed.

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Former Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Pastor John Robert Howard died January 26 in Atlanta, Ga. He was 93 years old. He was known for his outreach to poorer part of the community, building missions, and providing community services.


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