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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

Thursday, March 5, 1925

At noon yesterday, Calvin Coolidge lifted his right hand to Judge William Howard Taft and in the presence of thousands assembled swore that he would “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The March 4 inauguration marks the beginning of his second term as the 30th President of the United States.

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The coal mines at Mayking shut down completely March 1 for an indefinite period. “The shutting down of these mines will put Mayking in the hards besides throwing many good men out of work,” notes Mountain Eagle editor and publisher Nehemiah M. Webb. “We are fearful of the future of a number of other smaller operations.”

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Letcher County property taxes will increase for some coal corporations but decrease for others, the county’s Board of Supervisors has announced. “The upper end of the county above Mayking, Elkhorn, Boone, Kentucky River and the headwaters of Rockhouse and Millstone creeks is about 75 percent or better underlaid with a fairly thick workable seam of coal,” a report by the Supervisors says. “Below Whitesburg, the lower end of the county, Kingscreek, Kingdom Come, lower Rockhouse and Linefork, the workable seam is not as thick and underlies only a third to a half of the territory, generally. … We have also given consideration to quality, accessibility and market value as near as we could.”

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The Letcher Fiscal Court is advertising for a man to fill the office of county treasurer. “The man who will do the work required at the lowest and best price will be awarded the job,” says Letcher County Court Clerk Archie V. Sergent.

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Health conditions at Blackey and in the head of the river section of Letcher County are repoted very bad. Elsewhere, no complaint is heard.

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Dr. Skaggs is selling out his Peerless Variety Store in Neon and will quit that business.

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The body of Van Sparkman, who was accidentally electrocuted at Lynch, arrived Sunday and was buried in the Upper Fleming burial grounds.

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An automobile paint shop is opening soon in Whitesburg. The Acme Paint Shop will employ the “Glidden Lacqueroid System.”

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Gold Medal Flour is sponsoring a cooking demonstration at the Daniel Boone Hotel in Whitesburg March 17 through March 20.

Thursday, March 1, 1945

Sergeant Claude Adams, 28, was killed in action in France. The War Department delivered the news to Adams’s wife, the former Ruby Jean Hogg of Roxana. Adams, the son of Mrs. Celia Adams of Mayking, was killed in action January 20. He had been wounded October 6, but recovered and left the hospital December 6 to return to his outfit. He was formerly employed by the Elkhorn Coal Company at Fleming.

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The McRoberts First Baptist Church has a new pastor, Rev. James Whalen from Maysville.

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Private Earthel Carter, 22, of the Banks community in Letcher County, has been awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Purple Heart in addition to three combat starts after being wounded in the left leg by Nazi artillery shrapnel in France. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Carter, he is expected to return to action soon.

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The Army has presented the Bronze Star medal to Staff Sergeant Buford Potter, 18, of Burdine, for his meritorious service as a P-47 Thunderbolt crew chief with the Ninth Air Force Fighter-Bomber Base E in France. Sergeant Potter was 15 years old when he joined the Army.

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Sergeant Milton Boggs of Neon has arrived for treatment at Madigan General Hospital in Washington after being wounded in the Philippines. The Whitesburg Bus Station changed hands last week when Mr. S.M. Childers sold the same to Mr. J.S. Nicholson.

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Clyde W. Daniels of Millstone has been promoted to the grade of staff sergeant in Italy. An aerial gunner on a Liberator bomber, Sergeant Daniels has participated in numerous bombing missions against vital German industrial targets in Europe. He holds the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was employed by South East Coal Company before joining the Army Air Corps in January 1943. His brother, Herman Daniels, is serving in the Navy.

Thursday, March 3, 1955

Curtis Adams, livestock dealer and businessman of Isom, has purchased some valuable property at the Isom Stockyard from Hennie Bates of Thornton. Adams plans to erect a modern all-night service station soon.

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Full cooperation with health officials in planning for possible polio vaccinations in Letcher County’s elementary schools was pledged today by Letcher County Schools Superintendent William B. Hall and Jenkins Independent School Superintendent C.V. Snapp. “If the Salk polio vaccine is found effective and is licensed we will be prepared immediately to start vaccinating 2,439 children in the first and second grades of every public, private and parochial school in Letcher County,” said Letcher County Health Officer Dr. R.D. Collins.

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Guy Jackson, owner and operator of Jackson Furniture of Neon, has taken over the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Whitesburg, formerly operated by H. Combs. The bottling plant serves nine counties. [The plant was located in the building now occupied by Appalshop.]

Thursday, March 4, 1965

A Perry County miner was shot to death as he returned to his home from his job at Leatherwood Mine No. 1. Twelve men, including the president of the United Mine Workers local, are charged with murder. The incident occurred at the rear of the Leatherwood mine property just inside the Leslie County line. A group of picketers, most of them former employees at Leatherwood, were nearby. Picketing has been in progress since the mine shut down operations after its UMWA contract expired. The mine has reopened without a union contract.

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A Mountain Eagle editorial on violence in the coalfi elds says, “The return to violence has been clearly foreseeable for the past couple of years as tensions have increased in the often four-cornered ring of union miner, non-union miner, union coal operator, and non-union coal operator. There has been much talk among all factions of arming themselves, each to protect himself from the others. There has been little, if any, talk of working out a solution with which all might live.”

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The House of Representatives gave final approval to the Appalachian Development Act. The measure provides for a billion dollars for the 11-state Appalachian mountain region in an effort to bolster the area’s faltering economy.

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The Office of Economic Opportunity has approved a grant of $22,818 to Letcher County to finance planning of a county community action program in the war on poverty. The Letcher County Economic Opportunity had applied for a grant of $75,000 and the OEO later cut that request to $40,000. However, when the grant was announced, it totals only $22,818.

Thursday, March 6, 1975

Kentucky coal mines were the second most hazardous in the country in 1974 with 22 work-related deaths. That number was surpassed only by 38 deaths in West Virginia.

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A school bus loaded with students from Martha Jane Potter Elementary School skidded on an oil slick on Millstone, narrowly avoiding a plunge over a 12-foot embankment. A car carrying two teachers, however, swerved to avoid the bus and slid over the embankment. The teachers, Thelma Collier Sergent and Iva Jean Everidge, were both injured, but no child was hurt. The oil was dumped on an 800-foot section of Millstone by either an oil truck or a coal truck — it isn’t clear which. The school bus was driven by John Bastolla.

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A man was arrested and 120 cases of beer and a case of liquor were confiscated after State Trooper Glenn Potter stopped a pickup truck for a “routine check” in Letcher County. The driver attempted to outrun Potter before being stopped on Hwy. 317 going toward Neon.

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The eight or nine youths who have been disturbing teachers and students at Kingdom Come Elementary School for several months apparently have taken heed to warnings made by school and law enforcement officials. School officials said the youths have not been back to the school for several days. They also said the Cumberland Phone Company has extended a telephone line to the school. The lack of phone service was one of the difficulties in seeking outside help at the school when teachers’ efforts failed to keep the teens from entering the school.

Wednesday, March 13, 1985

Mountain Eagle founder Nehemiah M. Webb has been named to the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky. Webb, who died in 1945, was a pioneer in eastern Kentucky journalism. He founded The Mountain Eagle in 1907 and served as its editor until the 1940s.

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Two weeks after providing Letcher County School Supt. Jack Burkich with a list of charges against him and asking him to resign, board of education members apparently have decided not to continue their effort to oust him from office. “The majority of this board has decided there will be no action at this time,” said Ray Back, board chairman.

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A limited edition print by artist Doug Adams, Letcher County native who teaches art at Morehead State University, will be sold to benefit the Let’s Clean Letcher County Committee. The 1,000 prints, each numbered and signed by the artist, portray a part of the unpolluted stream which leads away from Bad Branch Falls.

Wednesday, March 8, 1995

Ragsale, a children’s book written by Letcher County physician Artie Ann Bates and illustrated by artist Jeff Chapman-Crane, has been released. The book portrays a young girl making the rounds of ragsales — now called flea markets — with her mother and other family members. The book was published by Houghton Mifflin.

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A picture of Forest Madden shows a healthy looking baby after he received a bone marrow transplant at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. His mother, Amanda Madden, reports his skin condition has healed and he is gaining weight.

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About 75 parents came to a school board meeting in response to reports that school officials are considering some changes in some schools’ enrollment areas and perhaps even closing some schools. Board Chairman Tommy Vanover, says there are no plans for that to happen, although an architectural consultant is helping the system prepare a facilities plan with the aid of a committee of parents, educators and citizens. He said the state Department of Education has asked the system to look into the possibility of closing Beckham Bates, Hemphill and Campbell’s Branch elementary schools.

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The top-ranked Whitesburg Lady ‘Jackets won their sixth consecutive 53rd District tile and are unbeaten at 29-0. The Jenkins Cavaliers defeated the Whitesburg boys’ team to take the district championship.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Letcher County Judge Sam Wright has been asked by the regular Letcher County grand jury to empanel a special grand jury to investigate the effects of illegal drug use in Letcher County. The regular grand jury also asked Judge Wright to empanel a special grand jury to find a way “to better protect our children from violent injuries, sex abuse and death.”

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The Jenkins Independent School System has adopted a new schedule for the 2005-2006 school year that features a number of four-day school weeks and does away with half-day or “early release” days that allow for teacher planning.

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Sarah Nichols of Eolia, will be 101 years old March 11, says northeast Ohio correspondent Emma Lou Engle. She will celebrate her birthday with a party at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Clifford Hampton, with whom she resides.

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A photograph on the front page of The Mountain Eagle shows Letcher High School’s Alex Williams wearing a Superman t-shirt and sunglasses as he helps cut the nets after the Eagles defeated the Jenkins Cavaliers to win championship of the 53rd District.


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