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The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

Thursday, October 29, 1925 The Mountain Eagle’s job printing operation has printed 74 ballot books, totaling 40,800 sheets of ballots for next week’s county election.

. A Pike County man has been arrested after collecting 10,000 of his own life insurance money in a scam that resulted in the deaths of two coal miners. William Harrison Turner was arrested in New York City after stepping onto a New York City pier from a boat from Hamburg, Germany. Also charged in the insurance conspiracy is Joe Jack Jr. Turner and Jack Jr. began receiving $80,000 in life insurance payments after at their relatives claimed they were the two miners killed in an explosion at Audubon Coal Company’s mine at McCarr, Ky., on January 17. After the explosion, Turner and Jack Jr.’s father, Joe Jack Sr., went on a tour together that took them to Detroit, New Mexico, Florida, and finally Austria. On the train back to Pike County from New York City, Pike County Sheriff J.M. Johnson showed Turner the grave that is supposed to be Turner’s but holds the remains of one of the two unknown miners killed in the explosion.

. The Southdown school defeated Ermine in boys’ basketball, 28-0.

. Rain turned to snow as Letcher County’s first winter storm of 1925 hit last Friday.

. Fleming police officers Bill Caudill and Roy Cutshaw recovered eight gallons of moonshine when they stopped a car with several men in it. Meanwhile, the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department found two gallons of sugar liquor at Elsicoal.

Thursday, November 8, 1945

Guns started blazing in downtown Neon on Sunday morning. When the smoke had cleared, four men were suffering from gunshot wounds, among them Hillard Bates, the town’s chief of police. Also wounded was Chief Bates’s brother-in-law with the last name of Wright. The chief had deputized him the night before to help arrest the other two men involved in the gunfire, Jesse and Dock Bentley, both already under indictment for murder. None of the wounds suffered were serious enough to hospitalize any of the four men. The Bentley boys are under indictment for murder in the killing of two colored youths some months ago who had been employed by a carnival that had set up at the Fleming ballpark.

. Fleet Admiral Nimitz is urging the United States to retain its “birthright” of strong sea power in a Navy Day message to the nation. Nimitz said it was sea power that strangled Japan’s industries and finally led to her abject surrender.

. Private Charles E. Bentley of Millstone is serving with chemical warfare unit near Manila.

. Rationing of all footwear ended October 31 and higher prices for shoes became a warm issue.

. A three-day walkout at United States Coal and Coke Co.’s mine at Lynch has ended after three weeks. The United Mine Workers of America said the work stoppage was held in sympathy with 50 company store employees who had sought recognition with their union. The company store reopened at noon October 30 with no statement from either side as to the status of the employees’ union.

. Velma Marcum has applied for a roadhouse license to operate Sky Line Tavern atop Pine Mountain near Whitesburg.

. Private First Class George D. Arm of Carbon Glow has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic action in combat before V-E Day while serving with the 11th Division of the Seventh Army in Germany.

. Mrs. Jack Burkich has received word that her husband, Jack Burkich, has arrived for duty in Manila.

. Neon had a terrifying moment when the fire whistle blew last Saturday night. The alarm sounded after some extra film in the theater caught on fire, but was quickly extinguished before much damage could be done.

Thursday, October 27, 1955

Mr. and Mrs. Taulby Barrett, former owners of The Friendly Fountain in Whitesburg, have purchased the restaurant known as Williams’ CafĂ©, also in Whitesburg.

. Colonel Klair E. Bach, a Whitesburg native who graduated from the University of Kentucky, is leaving his post as commander of Malstrom Air Force Base, Montana, for Washington, D.C., where he will begin five months of training preliminary to assignment as Air Attaché to Greece. Before arriving at the base in Great Falls, Montana, Back had been commander of the Third Air Rescue Group in Japan and saw combat duty, flying 48 missions in Korea as a command pilot. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Air Medal.

. Dunham resident Frank Trimble was killed last week when he was caught between mine cars and died before he could be taken to the Jenkins hospital.

. One-fifth of all persons accidentally killed by firearms last year were children under 14 years of age, said Letcher County Health Director Dr. Dow Collins. Almost 500 children lost their lives in firearms accidents, and probably 100 percent of these were preventable, Dr. Collins said.

. Anna Louise Daniel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Daniel, walked away with honors at Whitesburg High School last week, winning not only the title of Halloween Queen but also chosen by the school’s faculty to represent WHS as candidate for the Big Sandy Bowl Queen on November 11 at Paintsville.

. The highly favored Fleming-Neon Pirates fell at Whitesburg Friday night by the score of 15-12. Fleming- Neon scored first on James Elkins’s long run, but Whitesburg tied the game at six on a nice run by Lloyd Hodge, followed by a successful extra point attempt. The Yellowjackets expanded their lead to 9-6 when Hodge and Robert Wright teamed pulled a Pirate ball carrier down in his own end zone for a safety, but Fleming-Neon came back to take a 12-9 lead in the third quarter. Whitesburg’s Robert Meade ran for a touchdown for the final score.

. Eugene “Cotton” Correll is a freshman back on the

Eastern Kentucky University football team.

. Consolidation Coal Company’s Hendrix Mine Rescue Team was named overall Kentucky state winner at the 17th National First Aid and Mine Rescue Contest in Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend. The West Virginia champion was U.S. Steel Corporation’s Gary Mine Rescue Team, while Ohio’s overall champion was the rescue team from Hanna Coal Company’s Glen Castle No. 6 Mine in Adena.

Thursday, October 28, 1965

The Office of Economic Opportunity has turned down an application from Letcher County for a program for preschoolers for the full school term. OEO said funds for such a project are not available.

. Letcher County voters will pick county officers for the next four years in the general election Tuesday. The election is seen by most political observers as an usually quiet one, and many politicians say they hesitate to predict the overall outcome in the face of the strange silence of voters.

. Members of the Appalachian Group to Save the Land and People, a group of citizens who oppose strip mining, stopped a bulldozer from crossing the land of a Knott County resident this week. The action was filmed by a television news crew from the British Broadcasting Corporation.

. The teen-age set has been having too much fun with these sock hops, the majority of the elders at the Blackey Area Improvement Committee said at the monthly meeting. So the elders voted to have a shindig of their own.

. Letcher County Soil Conservationist Cecil Hensley was presented an award by Gov. Edward T. Breathitt recognizing contributions to the cause of conservation in Kentucky.

Thursday, October 30, 1975

Johnny Dwight Caudill, 26, the one-time Whitesburg city policeman and Letcher County deputy sheriff who was convicted last week of “aiding, counseling, or procuring the willful and malicious burning” of The Mountain Eagle offices, has filed a motion for a new trial.

. Prices are nearing $14 a barrel for domestic crude oil not under price controls, The Wall Street Journal reported recently.

. Sample ballots for the November 4, 1975 election are included in this week’s Mountain Eagle. The ballots show Robert Gable as the Republican candidate for governor, and Julian Carroll as the Democratic candidate.

. ”Most people think that maples, oaks, and poplars are the most beautiful, but then the beech is such a graceful tree. Just back of our house stands a small beech and with its long sweeping frond like limbs, that rise and fall with every breeze, never fails to give my heart a lift,” writes Eagle correspondent Mabel Kiser.

Wednesday, November 6, 1985

Democrat candidates were the big winners in the contested races for countywide offices Tuesday. However, Republican candidates got the nod in four of the five races for magistrate. Democrats Charlie Wright, Ruben Watts, and Ben Buster Taylor, Charles Day, and Franklin Tackitt all had relatively easy wins for four-year terms as county clerk, judge/executive, sheriff, coroner,

and jailer.

. Robert “Pud” Shubert will be the new mayor of Jenkins. Shubert, a Democrat who operates the Jenkins Television Co., defeated Leo Fugate, an Independent who is self-employed, 598 votes to 317. Both currently serve on the Jenkins City Council.

. Bryant and Allie Adams Dixon, both 90, celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary October 29. Bryant Dixon says there really is no secret to staying married for 72 years. “Just be kind and loyal to each other — and truthful. In other words be what you are,” said the retired coal miner from Blackey.

. Tougher standards for substitute teachers have caused a shortage and local school officials often have trouble finding replacements for sick teachers.

Wednesday, November 1, 1995

A 30-year-old pump broke down at the old Whitesburg water plant Monday and left the city without any way to pump water into its storage tank.

. The 1995 spring turkey harvest shows that the turkey populations are in all areas of Kentucky. According to turkey check station cards, 10,821 gobblers were harvested in 111 counties. That’s a 39 percent increase from the previous spring turkey season.

. A photograph on the front page of The Mountain Eagle shows Kelly DeSimone of McRoberts using an outdoor oven he built himself to bake bread which he shares with his friends and neighbors.

. Letcher County had the Kentucky River Area Development District’s highest unemployment rate at 10.6 percent.

. Only 50 percent of registered voters in Letcher County voted in the 1995 statewide general election, said Kentucky Secretary of State Bob Babbage.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Four potential candidates picked up candidacy papers from the Letcher County Clerk’s Office this week. Registering to obtain documents to run in the May primary election were Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb, County Clerk Winston Meade, Deputy Jailer Donald Mc- Call and District 5 Magistrate Wayne Fleming.

. Two Letcher County men were arrested in connection with acts of vandalism that occurred last week at Whitesburg Middle School. Adam Maggard, 19, and Jonathan R. Mullins, 20, are charged with third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence.

. Kenneth and Anna Lou Blair will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week. The Smith and Blair families are planning to get together for the event.

. Beavers have been working hard to dam the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Whitesburg near the Appalshop.

. The Jenkins Cavaliers defeated Betsy Layne 39-26 to win their last two football games, ending up 2-8 for the season. They beat Allen Central the week before. Letcher Central running back Phillip Bentley became the first Cougar back to gain 1,000 yards rushing.



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