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The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

Thursday, November 19, 1925 People in the community of Ice and elsewhere in Letcher County are mourning this week after the death Monday of three-year-old James Earl Pennington. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pennington, the youth died of burns he suffered in a house fire. Authorities say the home caught fire when Mrs. Pennington walked a short distance to get a bucket of coal, only to return to see clouds of smoke puffing out the windows. “He was a playful little boy, our joy and our pride,” Mr. and Mrs. Pennington say in a statement. “… God knows best and we bow in humble submission to His mighty will.”

. Maryland Bates has been bound over to the Letcher County Grand Jury in connection with the shooting and wounding of Green Hall of Thornton. Bond is set at $1,000. Hall was shot in the face and arm during a gun battle at Thornton earlier this fall that resulted in the death of George Bates, brother of Maryland Bates. Another brother, Sam Bates, and Jerry Noble were indicted in connection with the case on charges of confederating. Bond for them was set for $500 each. Bonds were filled promptly for all three men.

. “Whitesburg must not stand still,” The Mountain Eagle says in a front-page comment. “We have a dozen or so good businessmen, men of energy and means. They must get together and inaugurate plans for additional business. … We need a modern laundry, a spoke and handle factory, brick plant, ice plant, diary, etc.”

. The Pearl Theatre in Whitesburg is open, and is showing high-class pictures only.

Thursday, November 22, 1945 Whitesburg school teacher Hazel Childers is being praised for her honesty. Appearing in last week’s Mountain Eagle was a small ad announcing the loss of a ladies’ coin purse with $107.25 inside and a $10 reward for its return. Mrs. Childers found the purse on the street in Whitesburg and called The Eagle as soon as she saw the ad.

. U.S. Navy Storekeeper Third Class Jesse James Gilliam has been declared dead after being listed as missing in action since 1942. In a letter to Gilliam’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hascue Gilliam of Democrat, the Navy Department says Gilliam died of dysentery in July 1942 while being held prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippine Islands.

. Production of Buick automobiles have been brought to a halt as a UAW-CIO work stoppage at Midland Steel plants in Cleveland begins its third week. Midland’s Cleveland works supplies frames for Buick cars and the supply was exhausted November 14. The shutdown comes at a time when the 1946 cars are receiving their first public showing at dealers throughout the country.

. All roads lead to the automobile dealer storerooms in Letcher County this week where many people look with longing eyes at the beautiful new cars on display. KYVA Motor Company has a new Buick that is a “peach.” The car was admired all day Sunday by people coming and going through town. The Boone Motor Company also has on display two lovely new Chevrolets.

. The Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce will respond to a letter from a Pennsylvania firm interested in establishing a furniture plant in the state of Kentucky. “This might be the chance of a lifetime to secure a small furniture plant for Whitesburg or some other suitable place in Letcher County,” the Chamber says.

. S.T. Wright Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Tilden Wright of Millstone and a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been appointed a member of the tournament committee of the Student Union.

Thursday, November 17, 1955 It apparently will be up to the Letcher Circuit Court to decide the winner of a seat on the Jenkins City Council. In his complaint asking for a recount, Denville Davidson said he received enough votes to win the sixth position on the council, but that because of tampering with tally sheets the vote totals were illegally changed to make it appear Hobart Castle had won. The recount will be conducted November 23.

. All but 20 homes on Whitesburg’s water system now have meters, the three members of the city’s Water Commission say in a farewell address to citizens. The three — J.R. Brown, McKinley Day and Cossie Quillen — said meters make paying for the service fair to all customers. The three also said they are leaving office so that the new city council can appoint its own commission.

. Ernest Craft of Mayking died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington last Thursday from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident at Payne Gap last Tuesday. Craft was employed at South East Coal Company at Seco.

. Fifty-nine students from Letcher County are enrolled at the University of Kentucky in Lexington for the fall semester. Meanwhile, 18 students from Letcher County are enrolled at Berea College.

. Two Jenkins High School graduates are gaining recognition at Eastern Kentucky University. Larry Looney is a member of the school rifle team that competes with other colleges. Ronald Crosbie is a member of the crack Pershing Rifle drill team that will compete with other colleges this spring at the University of Kentucky for national recognition as a drill team.

. Charlton Heston and Jane Wyman star in “Lucy Gallant” showing Sunday and Monday at Isaac’s Alene Theatre in Whitesburg.

Thursday, November 18, 1965 Letcher County teachers won a promise from the county school board this week that it will consider a proposal for a written policy on the employment of emergency teachers. The board acted after representatives of the American Federation of Teachers and the Letcher County Teachers Organization appeared to request a written policy. The moves comes after a dispute involving a former Millstone Grade School teacher who lost her job when the consolidated Martha Jane Potter Elementary School opened at Kona.

. Whitesburg attorney Harry M. Caudill appealed in Washington, D.C., this week for an electric power network

that would return money to the Appalachian area to be used in development of public facilities. Caudill spoke at a banquet meeting of the Yankee Dixie Power Association, a group of municipal and rural electric power companies that have banded together to create a network of electric power facilities reaching from Florida to New England.

. Seven Whitesburg school bus drivers turned in the keys to their buses and left their jobs Saturday in protest over what they termed unjust pay scales.

. The Letcher County Board of Education voted this week to name Kendall Boggs to a four-year term as superintendent of schools beginning in July 1966. Boggs will be paid a $10,000 annual salary for superintendent, plus $2,000 a year as the board’s secretary.

. Democrat Claude Collins has charged Republican Ben A. Adams with winning re-election as jailer by violating the state corrupt practices act. Collins has filed suit in Letcher Circuit Court asking that he be declared winner of the office. In his suit, Collins alleges that Adams spent or permitted to be spent in his behalf more than $1,000 during pre-election campaigning, and that Adams took county prisoners and permitted them to persuade voters to vote for him.

Thursday, November 20, 1975 South-East Coal Company, one of the largest coal producers in eastern Kentucky, has cut the workweek of its 550 employees from five to three days because of a depressed coal market that may be down for another year. The market slump, which comes hard on the heels of last year’s all-out boom, has been closing small eastern Kentucky mines since last January, but has recently begun to affect the production of the major local producers.

. Ten coal truck drivers were cited for running overweight on Letcher County roads by state highway enforcement officials on November 5. The trucks ranged from being 24 tons to two tons over the state’s weight limits.

. After more than a year of planning, ground may be broken in January by the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for a $500,000 building to house a branch of the Daniel Boone Clinic.

. The Whitesburg City Council is refusing to approve contract with the state Department of Transportation until it can be assured that the city will bear no cost and no responsibility for relocating the city’s 150,000-gallon water tank that lies in the path of the Whitesburg Bypass.

. A recount has confirmed the victory of Macie Warf over W.L. Stallard in the balloting for Letcher Circuit Court Clerk, the post currently held by Stallard. The recounted showed Mrs. Warf’s election margin was 72 votes, the same as the original count showed. Stallard had requested the recount.

Wednesday, November 27, 1985 Nine out of 10 bridges in Letcher County are substandard, according to an evaluation submitted to the Federal Highway Administration by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Letcher County has a total of 138 bridges (20 feet or longer), with 119 of these structurally deficient and/ or functionally obsolete. Most bridges in Letcher County, like nearly half of those in Kentucky, are “narrow clearances, bad approaches, faulty guard rails, high traffic volume, and are waiting to kill someone,” said Jack Fish, president of Kentuckians for Better Transportation.

. Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have opened an investigation into alleged wrongdoings in the May 1985 Letcher County primary election.

. The Letcher County and Jenkins Independent school

systems are among 66 local districts which have asked Franklin Circuit Court to reverse years of inadequate funding and force Kentucky to provide an “efficient” public school system.

. Kathryn Peters, owner of the Holly Hills Florist at Mayking, has a fudge machine capable of making 33-1/2 pounds of candy at a time. Peters specializes in the usual flavors but says she has made custom flavors like strawberry fudge and ‘E.T.’ fudge, which went over well with the children. She says the machine is the only one of its kind in the area.

Wednesday, November 22, 1995 A weekend airplane flight to North Carolina ended abruptly for two Michigan couples when they were forced to make an emergency landing on a reclaimed strip-mine near Whitesburg.

. Members of the Whitesburg and Blackey City Councils agreed in general at a special meeting Monday night to look at the possibility of extending water lines all the way from Whitesburg to Blackey to provide public water service to some 500 homes along the way as well as the residents of Blackey.

. Sports Illustrated devoted a three-page story to Leslie County’s Tim Couch. An article in The Mountain Eagle pointed out that the sports magazine didn’t come to Letcher County to ask Cleo Johnson how it feels to be the grandmother of one of America’s most celebrated young athletes. But if a reporter for the magazine had asked her, she would have answered: “Just say that I’m real proud of him.” Couch also has a host of aunts, uncles and cousins who live in Letcher County.

. Letcher and Harlan County residents interested in improvement of U.S. Highway 119 across Pine Mountain will meet again December 4 at the Whitesburg Middle School. The section of road in question crosses Pine Mountain outside of Whitesburg and continues into Harlan County.

. WMMT, Appalshop’s public radio station, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a live performance by Lee Sexton and the O’Quinns on Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 With less than 40 days left in 2005, construction workers are getting the Letcher County Central High School building ready for students to occupy it. “I see the progress and I can see the end in sight,” said Anna Craft, superintendent of Letcher County Public Schools.

. The Letcher County Fiscal Court received a list of proposed rules for the use of Fishpond Lake at its November meeting. The park use rules, if passed, will restrict entrance and add camping fees to the park and will require a staff of four to six workers to enforce the rules and keep the park safe and clean.

. Fleming-Neon High School graduate Joshua Lee Smallwood and Whitesburg High School graduates Whitney Elaine Banks and Matthew Wayne Bailey are the recipients of the fall Roy R. Crawford Memorial College Scholarships given by the Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land Corporation.

. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will spend this week and a half of next week removing illegal signs posted on state right-of-way. Workers began Monday removing signs along four-lane roads and many state primary roads throughout Highway District 12. The district includes Letcher, Lawrence, Johnson, Martin, Floyd, Knott and Pike counties.

. The Neon Area Days Committee will sponsor a Winter Wonderland at the walking track in Neon. It will open December 10 and will remain open through Christmas.



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