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The Way We Were



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Thursday, September 23, 1926 A man identified by officials only as a “foreigner” is said to have been intoxicated when he was killed after stepping into the path of a taxicab on Potters Fork. The cab, driven by 17-year-old Howard Collier, “was backing down the highway watching to the rear from his side of the car when the man came staggering up the bank and into the path of the car from the other side,” a frontpage report says. “Young Collier went to Jenkins, where a trial was held before Esquire Trucker and resulted in his complete exoneration. Young Collier is regarded as a very careful driving and no blame could be attached to him. He is a son of Rev. Willis Collier of Neon.”

. The new C.S. Burnett-Haney Memorial Library is scheduled to be dedicated Sunday at the Stuart Robinson School at Letcher after Mrs. Haney, who donated the building, arrives from her home in Florida to attend the event.

. The Letcher County Red Cross is being asked to send money to the Miami section of Florida, where one of the most destructive storms ever known swept through the area on Sunday afternoon and night, killing more than 1,000 people.

. The Roxana Coal Company Railroad, six-mile spur of the L&N running up Kingscreek, is now graded and steel rails are being laid. It reaches the operation of the Champion Coal Company, which is being planned as a 20-car per day operation. Champion hopes to be shipping coal in 60 days. Its product will be the celebrated “Kingscreek cannel coal,” one of the best, by analysis, of all seams everywhere. Kingscreek, which is almost eight miles long, and the entire Linefork sections — all big territories rich in coal and timber — have been almost untouched by the hand of progress up to this time.

. Ed Polly of Pert Creek is offering a reward for an eight-year-old dark brown mule Polly last saw on September 17.

. Letcher County’s current pawpaw crop said to be the finest ever known in these parts.

. Superior Motor Company of Whitesburg sold eight new Chevrolet automobiles and four used cars during the past week.

. It’s been a dry week for local news, according to Mountain Eagle editor Nehemiah M. Webb who writes, “Nobody much in the city, nobody in jail and nobody overanxious to get in.” Why are things so calm? “If is a busy time with everybody foddering, stacking pumpkins, fighting snakes and getting in tune to catch ’possums, gather corn, and to pay taxes.”

. “Fall time is fast approaching and there is no season of the year so full of diversity, so appealing to human sympathy, or fascinating to the eye as fall-time in the mountains,” writes Eagle editor Webb. “Take your occasion and time to pick your way to the heights of some of our precipices. Their very tops pierce heaven’s blue and bathe themselves in ethereal beauty. In the distance, the blue folds of rolling ridges, toppling crags and tiny spurs lose themselves in fading vision.” Adds Webb: “The Eagle would not attempt to paint false pictures or sing on a broken chord. It knows its hills, it loves its hills, they are its resting place, and of them it likes to sing.”

. The four-door Paige Sedan is for sale at Wright Motor Company in Fleming. Larger than most sedans, the Paige offer mohair seats, an indirectly lighted instrument panel, and walnut-finish panels. Paige, based in Detroit, says its product is “the most beautiful car in America.”

Thursday, September 26, 1946 Eastern Kentucky is down to only two counties where alcoholic beverages can be purchased legally. The reduction from three wet counties to two came Saturday when Knott County’s “dries” outvoted the “wets,” 2,268 to 985. The two remaining wet counties — Pike and Floyd — are preparing for local option elections set for September 30. Letcher County first voted “dry” in 1943, with voters here repeating that sentiment earlier this year.

. B.H. Crase, for many years the head barber in the shops operated by Consolidation Coal Company, has bought all the equipment and supplies from the coal company shops and will own and operate both the barbershop and beauty parlor as his own. This is two more Jenkins businesses now in private hands after being operated by the coal company for many years. Consolidation officials say the sale of the barber and beauty shops furthers the company’s wish to divest itself of all businesses not directly connected with coal mining.

. The T.F. Brooks Orchard at Thornton expects to produce at least 600 bushels of apples that are “as fine a grade as seen anywhere.” Mr. Brooks said this year’s crop was cut in half by a late freeze. Some of his fruit will be on exhibit at Quicksand this week and at our Letcher County Fair next week. Brooks, who believes fruit growing can be a profitable industry in Letcher County, said his trees have been in good production since they were five years old. They are now 12 years old and in heavy production.

. Ben A. Adams has been appointed to the position of superintendent of operations at all properties owned and operated by The Elkhorn Coal Corporation in Letcher County.

. Cossie Clay Mullins, 23, was killed in slate fall inside a truck mine just below Jenkins. A former Marine, he was in action for 27 months in Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

. The City Café in Whitesburg has changed ownership. Joe L. Day and his son, Lester, have sold the business to Walter Kries, B. Dave Blair, and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pennington. The Penningtons will move to Letcher County from Corbin to operate the business.

. Craft Funeral Home, Whitesburg, reported that its ambulance service took two children to Lexington for treatment of polio disease.

. The sale of the A.L.P. Corder farm at Eolia scheduled for September 28 has been called off, the Sam Collins Land Auction Company said.

. Charlie’s Skating Rink, located under a large tent in downtown Whitesburg, has been the center of the town’s recreation and social activities for the past three weeks. The tent is located on Railroad Street, near the Letcher Wholesale Company.

. Lana Turner and John Garfield star in The Postman Always Rings Twice,” showing September 29-30 at the Kentucky Theatre in Whitesburg.

. Quillen Drug Company says it is drug store in Whitesburg that is recognized by the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy because it is the only store that has a registered pharmacist on staff.

. Miss Doris Ann Frazier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R. Frazier of Dongola, and Billie Paul Collins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Watson Collins, were married at Cowan on September 10. The groom is a radio electrician.

. Fernoy Mosgrove of Letcher County has entered the freshman class at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Thursday, September 20, 1956 A six-year-old Mayking boy died in a tragic accident while on his way to school Wednesday morning. Sylvan Wayne Baker died of head injuries after he was accidentally thrown from the bicycle on which he was riding with an older brother. The bike was crossing the bridge at Pine Creek when the youth fell off and hit his head on a rock.

. A light plane crashed into the side of a mountain about 12 miles south of Hazard on Friday, killing 54-year-old Vincent Bolling of Dayton, Ohio. Billing was president of the Arico Coal Company of Dayton and was a buyer for the Kodak Coal Company. The plane crashed near Kodak’s mine, where there is a small landing strip.

. Commander Archie R. Fields is the new commanding officer of the Navy’s Helicopter Training Unit ONE. The squadron is located in Milton, Florida. Commander

Fields, of Whitesburg, was serving on board the destroyer USS DeHaven when it was sunk off Guadalcanal by Japanese dive bombers in World War II. Archie Fields is not the only commanders in his family. A brother, A. Orell Fields, was recently promoted to commander in the Navy Reserves.

. Twenty students from Letcher County are among the 427 enrolled for regular classes at Pikeville College.

. Miss Adrienne Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Jackson of Neon, was crowned Miss United Mine Workers of America District 30 at the celebration held at Allen on Labor Day. She was sponsored by UMW Local 6848 of Jackhorn and awarded $250 for winning first place plus an appearance on WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia.

. The presidential ballot is set in Kentucky for the November 6 election. The States Rights Party entered its candidate, Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia, on the final day of filing. Senator William B. Jenner of Indiana will be his vice-presidential candidate. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon will head the Republican ticket and Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver will lead the Democrats.

. The annual report of the United Mine Workers of America Welfare and Retirement Fund shows the Fund had an unexpended balance of $130.2 million as of June 30, 1956, as compared with $103.6 million on June 30, 1955, an increase of more than $26 million.

. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets, behind the hard running of fullback Lloyd Hodge and the swift-moving feet of halfback Carlos Fugate, stung the Benham Tigers 35-12 on the Whitesburg field Friday night.

. Fleming-Neon halfback Donald Skaggs scored the game’s only touchdown as the Pirates defeated the visiting Lynch Bulldogs, 6-0.

Thursday, September 22, 1966 All of U. S. Highway 23 in Kentucky will be rebuilt under a $103.9 million program announced at Ashland this week by Kentucky Commissioner of Highways Henry Ward. The route is scheduled to be mainly fourlane. One exception is the road between Jenkins and Pikeville. The federal government will pay 70 percent of the cost of the two-lane sections but only 50 percent of the four-lane sections. This is because Appalachian Regional Commission highway money is limited to financing of only twolane roads under the 70-30 formula.

. The University of Kentucky has chosen the community of Black Gold, a former coal mining camp near Hazard, as the site for the new Hazard Community College. The selection comes several months after the university reneged on a previous commitment to locate the college in Letcher County. Two Kentucky governors had also promised to locate the new school either at

Letcher or in Whitesburg. UK officials say they picked the Perry County site because it will be located along the new route of KY 15, the Hazard-Whitesburg road, making it more accessible to students commuting from Letcher County.

. The Kentucky Division of Strip Mining and Reclamation has rejected a petition from Jackhorn residents asking for a halt to strip mining activities in the residential section of Jackhorn.

. Mrs. Lundy Adams, wife of a Blackey physician, was honored by the Kentucky Medical Association Woman’s Auxiliary for her “humanitarian and uncompensated efforts” to help the women of Letcher County. She received the auxiliary’s first Helping Hand Award for her efforts in seeking out women who can do crafts work and finding a market for their products.

. A large photo on the front page of The Mountain Eagle shows how architects Perkins and Threadgill envision the new library-cafeteria building to be constructed on the campus of Whitesburg High School at a projected cost of $434,850.

Thursday, September 23, 1976 The annual ritual of extracting syrup from sorghum cane is underway across Letcher County. The Jim Dollarhide is one of several places across the county where a “stir-off ” was held over the weekend.

. More than 60 Neon residents traveled to Frankfort this week to attend a state Public Service Commission meeting on the area’s water supply. The hearing was prompted by a complaint filed by customers of Highlands Water Company, the firm serving Neon, Fleming, McRoberts and Seco, claiming a lack of an adequate, constant source of pure water.

. As the Letcher County Ambulance Service continues to capture headlines for all the wrong reasons, a group of Neon residents have set up an ambulance service of their own. The Neon Volunteer Fire, Ambulance and Rescue Service now operates the only licensed ambulance operation in Letcher County, having received state approval for their service earlier this month. The new ambulance operation charges nothing for its services. How? “We’re all volunteers. We’re not in this for the money,” explained Carter Bevins, a certifi ed emergency medical technician on the Neon staff. A front-page photograph in The Mountain Eagle shows Bevins and some of the service’s other founding members. They are Michael Dingus, Gregory Hall, Walter Wilson, Dr. Sam Quillen Jr., Jim Morris, Harold Sexton Jr., Harold Sexton Sr., Marshall Bevins, and Michael Adams.

. Teams making their way into the Scotia Mine at Ovenfork to recover the bodies of 11 men who died there in the second of two March explosions have reached the halfway

point. The teams have traveled 8,500 feet into the mine since it was unsealed July 14. The mine was sealed after the two methane gas explosions, March 9 and 11, killed 26 men. The recovery teams have now passed large accumulations of water and methane that had been slowing them.

. In local high school football action, quarterback Ron Duty led the Fleming-Neon Pirates as they edged Elkhorn City 12-9; the good play of Clifford Gales of Jenkins wasn’t enough to stop a 36-6 loss to Paintsville, and quarterback Eddie Morgan led Whitesburg to a 14-0 win over Johns Creek.

. Breaker! Breaker! The Sears home stores in Pound and Cumberland are advertising a 23-channel CB radio for sale at $117.50. That is $32 off the original price of $149.50.

Wednesday, September 17, 1986 Dominick Braddock, a resident of Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins, celebrated his 103rd birthday September 9. Born Dominick Braddico in the southern province of Calabria in Italy, he immigrated to the United States in 1903. After working several years for the City of Cincinnati and the Clinchfield Railroad in Virginia, he moved to the mountains 71 years ago.

. A furniture truck lost its brakes coming off Jenkins Mountain and went out of control on a sharp curve at U.S. 23’s junction with U.S. 119. The rig overturned in front of Hunsaker’s Market and came to rest in front of a garage owned by Manning Coal Co. The driver was not injured.

. A new veterans’ statue in front of the Letcher County Courthouse will be unveiled and dedicated September 24. The VFW and American Legion will provide honor guards.

Wednesday, September 18, 1996 Employees and customers escaped serious injury when a car occupied by a 73-yearold man crashed through the walls of three stores in the Whitesburg Plaza Shopping Center. The car left its parking place near Food World and crashed through the front wall of the storeroom formerly occupied by Pic ‘n Pay Shoes and into Hometown Music and Nu-U.

. Sara and Clarence Ison will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary September 24.

. Letcher County native Shelba J. Profitt received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Women in Science and Engineering organization. Dr. Profitt is program manager in the Program Executive Office for Missile Defense at the U. S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville, Ala.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Tristan Derrick Adams, 19, and Leonard C. Lester III, 18, are charged with burglarizing the Blackey Pentecostal Church and setting it on fire.

. Kentucky State Police say a Chevy Silverado truck operated by Jason Ison crossed a centerline on KY 7, striking an 18-wheeler coal truck driven by Kevin Arnold. The 18-wheeler caught fire as a result of the collision, and the road was closed for seven hours.

. Farrier Bucky Damron will demonstrate blacksmithing at the Indian Summer Folk Festival in Jenkins, says contributing writer Ked Sanders.

. The Jenkins Cavaliers’ record fell to 1-5 as they lost to the Ervinton, Va., Rebels 46-23. The Cavaliers were coming off an emotional win over Phelps the previous week.



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