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The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

Thursday, October 21, 1926 The big lot sale at Whitco last Friday was a success in every way. All the property put up for sale was disposed of and, all things considered, the prices realized were good. The sales totaled some $14,000 with prices ranging from $900 for a boarding house to $500 and lower for the residences.

. Aunt Mary Stamper, 68, of Letcher County, was run over by an automobile and killed while visiting a daughter in Cincinnati. She was buried at Mayking.

. The Pine Mountain Lodge atop Pine Mountain near Whitesburg is drawing numerous visits daily, but throngs of people — inspired by the purest of air — are visiting there on Sundays.

. Rockhouse remained undefeated in basketball, defeating Doty Creek, 42, to 25, on October 17.

. James Caudill, 21, of Democrat, and Athia Bentley, 16, of Craftsville, were married recently.

. Nath Morgan, 22, was killed in a coal mining accident at Blackey. The accident resulted from an explosion, the cause of which is not known.

. An examination to qualify for the job of postmaster at Burdine will be held at Jenkins next month. The position pays $722 a year.

Thursday, October 31, 1946 The Fleming-Neon Pirates will be without one valuable player, Leroy Fulton, when they host the Whitesburg Yellowjackets for homecoming on November 2. Fulton, son of Service Dry Cleaners owners Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Fulton, broke his leg during practice.

. Two Letcher County men were sentenced to terms in the state penitentiary. Dewey Lucas will serve 10 years for murdering Cas Goins of Thornton about a year ago. Harrison Middleton of Millstone was sentenced to four years on a manslaughter charge in the death of Mrs. E.C. Potter, who was killed in a truck collision a few months ago. Middleton was driving a large truck belonging to Codell Construction Company of Winchester when it hit Mrs. Potter at a high rate of speed.

. World War II veterans John Sherman Cooper of Somerset and Thurston B. Morton of Louisville are in the forefront of the Republican senatorial and congressional campaigns in Kentucky. Cooper is running for the U.S. Senate, while Morton is running to represent Kentucky’s third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

. McKinney-Abdoo Jewelry Company of Neon has a new shipment of diamonds, watches, and Parker 51 fountain pens.

. Following the rush of ballpoint pens to the market earlier this year, experts are

worried that the many inks in the new pens don’t have high resistance to fading.

. Dr. J.E. Skaggs and family will leave Neon soon to spend the winter in Florida, where Dr. Skaggs owns some nice orange groves.

. The average hourly earnings of U.S. factory workers have soared to $1.08, the labor department says.

Thursday, October 25, 1956 The killings of a rabid fox and a stray dog thought to be carrying rabies has led the Letcher County Health Department to order all residents of Upper Rockhouse Creek (Colson, Beaver Dam and Democrat) to chain or confine their dogs immediately and keep them away from family members and the public for 90 days. Upper Rockhouse residents have also been ordered to have their dogs vaccinated or re-vaccinated immediately.

. The Stuart Robinson School at Letcher no longer under the direction of the Presbyterian Church and is now a public school known as Letcher High and Elementary School. The total enrollment is now 533.

. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Morgan of Whitesburg have purchased half-interest in the G.D. Polly real estate holdings on Pine Mountain, including the Pine Mountain Hotel and Motel.

. Owner/manager Jim Collins has announced the grand opening of the Public Square Service Station in downtown Whitesburg, across from the courthouse at the corner of Main Street and Webb Avenue. A complete line of Standard Oil products will be available at the station.

. Donny Scaggs scored four touchdowns to help host Fleming-Neon defeat Whitesburg, 48-0, Saturday night.

. Former Jenkins High School football standout Bob Collier is the number one left guard on the University of Kentucky football team, Coach Blanton Collier has announced. Bob Collier is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collier of Cottage Row, Dunham.

. Sophomore halfback “Cotton” Correll of Neon is expected to see plenty of action when he and his fellow teammates on the Eastern Kentucky Maroons take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers Friday night in Richmond.

. Former U.S. Senator John Sherman Cooper will speak Saturday in Whitesburg, Seco, Neon and Jenkins as he campaigns in eastern Kentucky to fill the unexpired term of late Senator Alben W. Barkley.

. The taxicab permit held by Byrd Bates of Whitesburg has been transferred to Astor Blair, also of Whitesburg.

Thursday, October 27, 1966 Proposals for three anti-poverty projects in Letcher County have been approved by the Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Council for submission to the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. Two of

the proposals are extensions of programs now in operation in the county — a social work and referral program and a community center program at Blackey. The third is a community kitchen, homemaker and library project for the Boone Fork Community Center at Fleming.

. Elsie Hammond, of Whitesburg, has been appointed co-chairman for women of the Letcher County campaign for reelection of Senator John Sherman Cooper.

. A Louisville pickle packer has offered to set up a pickle buying station in Letcher County if enough farmers agree to grow cucumbers for pickling next summer. County Agent Robert Fike says Paramount Pickle Co. will set up a receiving shed to buy cucumbers if farmers in the county will grow 75 to 100 acres of pickles.

Thursday, October 28, 1976 Widows of 15 miners are seeking $60 million in damages from the Blue Diamond Coal Co. A suit has been filed in Knoxville, Tenn., in federal court on behalf of the widows of the 15 men who died in the first of two coal mine explosions last March at the Scotia Mine in Letcher County.

. After almost two months of fruitless labor-management negotiations, more than 300 employees of the Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company walked off their jobs October 17. The conflict deepened last Thursday evening when a battery of oil storage tanks near Cornettsville in Perry County exploded and caused more than $25,000 in damage.

. Four members of a Letcher County family and a freshman at Fleming-Neon High School were killed when the car they were traveling in on Hwy. 160 overran a stop sign and was hit broadside by a Mack truck at the intersection of Hwy. 15. Dead at the scene were Martha A. Church, 49, of Kona; her sister, Maggie Caudill, 59, of Brinkley; a son, Carlos Nelt Church, 17, of Kona; and Michael Lee Hipps, 16, of Kona. Brenda Sue Church, 26, a daughter of Martha Church, died en route to Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard.

. Kathy Webb, a senior at Whitesburg High School, was crowned homecoming queen in half-time ceremonies.

Wednesday, October 29, 1986 Letcher County will apply for nearly $1,000,000 in grants and loans for a countywide water system. According to County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts and Jim Brashear of the Kentucky River Area Development District, the county has submitted a pre-application for $996,900 to Farmers Home Administration.

. First Security Bank and Trust Company of Whitesburg is being sold, for a price reportedly just under $10 million. The sale was announced by James M. Caudill of Whitesburg, president of First Security Corporation, and Burlin Coleman of Pikeville, chairman of Pikeville National Corporation. Pikeville National Corporation, which owns Pikeville National Bank, will acquire 100 percent of the capital stock of First Security.

. The election for state representative in

the 91st Legislative District is stirring the most voter interest. The race pits Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Wiley Craft, a 41-year-old Republican, against Whitesburg businessman Paul Mason, a 51-year-old Democrat, and is for the House seat left vacant by the retirement of Rep. Hoover Dawahare.

Wednesday, October 30, 1996 Anna Caudill Craft entered her first full week as superintendent of Letcher County schools this week as Kentucky Education Commissioner Wilmer S. Cody considered whether to veto her employment. The Letcher County Board of Education named Craft to the position at a special school board meeting October 22, saying that she “stood head and shoulders” above the other four applicants named earlier this month by a screening committee. The board voted to pay her $75,000 a year and to give her a contract for three years and eight months.

. The Letcher County Board of Education has reduced the scholastic standards for new teaching employees. The standards, calling for a grade-point average of 2.9, were established several months ago at the assistance of state managers who are overseeing the county school system. The school board voted Monday night to require a 2.9 standing for every college semester except the two with the lowest grades.

. Letcher County residents will have the opportunity to decide if the county would be better governed by three commissioners and a judge/executive, or if the county should stick with the current fiscal court make-up of five magistrates and a judge/ executive.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Fifth District U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher came to Letcher County to present ceremonial checks for several grants with budget-line items for Letcher County. The two said they are among those who believe Letcher County has a future in tourism — if the county is able to fix its problem with roadside litter. They urged county and city leaders to do what is necessary to take advantage of the growing tourism in eastern Kentucky.

. Only two out of eight candidates for countywide and 94th District state representative races participated in a forum attended by a packed house and broadcast on two radio stations. Jim Scott, a Republican candidate for District Five magistrate, and incumbent Wayne Fleming spoke at the forum, and state representative candidate Leslie Combs made a brief comment and then left for a previously scheduled engagement.

. The Letcher County Cooperative Extension Service held a 4-H Meat Goat Show and Auction at the Isom Fairgrounds. The goat show was the final event in the Youth Meat Goat Project’s first year.

. The Letcher County Central High School volleyball team defeated 15th Region champion Belfry to advance to the final eight in the state tournament. LCCHS then fell to Lafayette. This is the second trip to the state tourney in as many tries.



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