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Thursday, February 10, 1927 WLS-AM, a 50,000-watt radio station in Chicago owned by Sears Roebuck Company, conducted a contest to name the new baby daughter of Whitesburg residents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Bartley. WLS broadcast the winning name, Searoba Mary Lou, live and on air this past Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Bartley chose the name from a list of more than 1,000 names sent to the station from listeners in 38 states and Canada. The contest was started after Mr. Bartley wrote to WLS to tell them how much he enjoyed listening to the station and mentioned that he and his wife were looking for suggestions for a baby name.

. The January term of the Letcher County Grand Jury ended Thursday after returning 90 indictments, 28 of which were felony charges, including three for murder. Sixty-two indictments were for misdemeanors. Of this number, five were for carrying concealed weapons, six for shooting on the public highway, 25 for drunkenness and other violations of liquor laws, and 10 for failing to send children to school.

. This week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle carries on its front page a photo feature of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Not only is Saturday, February 12, the anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday, it is also the 12th anniversary of the start of construction of the Lincoln Memorial, which will be five years old on May 30.

. The Daniel Boone Hotel was busy this week, as 54 guests were registered on Monday alone. Many staying were visiting attorneys who had to be in Whitesburg for court.

. Jack Max, proprietor of the East Jenkins Drug Store, will leave for New York City on February 13 to buy equipment for the installation of an up-to-date luncheonette service at his place of business.

. Kyva Motor Company officials are pleased with the quick time in which they were able to drive to Chicago to attend that city’s annual auto show. Wilson S. Renaker, Seco, Ward Renaker, Whitesburg, and William A. Ammerman, Millstone, drove through in an Oakland coupe they picked up in Winchester. The made the return trip from Palmer House in Chicago to Cynthiana, Kentucky in 13 hours and 20 minutes, meaning they drove the 497 miles at an average of 37.4 miles per hour, which they said was “unusually good” considering the time lost in traffic jams in the larger cities.

. The Eureka Cash Store of Whitesburg has announced its “order boy” will phone homes each morning to take orders for groceries and then deliver the goods later in the day. “We are able to do this because we sell for cash,” the store says in an advertisement. “Please be prepared to pay when goods are delivered.”

. Officials with the United Mine Workers union have rejected a proposed wage cut for miners scheduled to take effect April 1.

. Neon residents are wondering when work will start on the streets in the town’s lower section.

. Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Marlowe are leaving for Florida the latter part of the month for several weeks’ stay.

. The pupils of Kingdom Come Mission School of Letcher County will be in Whitesburg on Saturday, February 26 to present the play, “Elinor of the Cumberlands,” at the Karlton Theatre.

. Whitesburg High School defeated Hazard Junior College in a boys’ basketball game here by the score of 8 to 5. The Whitesburg girls’ team lost, 10 to 2.

. Basketball teams from Letcher County schools have been placed in Region Five, District 20 and must win the district in order to go on to the regional contest. Should a school from Letcher County win the region, it would qualify for the Kentucky Interscholastic Basketball Tournament to be held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington March 17-19. There are six regions and 24 districts statewide.

Thursday, February 11, 1937 G. Bennett Music, 19-year-old son of United Mine Workers of America organizer Rev. W.A. Music of Harlan County, was shot to death as he sat in front of the fireplace in his parents’ home in Evarts Tuesday night. Young Music was preparing to go to bed when the assassin or assassins fired a “fusillade” of bullets into the home, one of them hitting him in the head. His mother and the other children of the household were in another room at the time. His father, who had been fired upon the night before as he returned with his family from church, was in Pineville, where he went to spend a few nights after being warned that his life was in “grave danger.” This is the first death to be reported from the UMW organizational campaign being conducted in Harlan County.

. Tom Ferguson and Ted Clark, United Mine Workers of America organizers stationed in Harlan County to assist with the organizational campaign being conducted there, were shot and wounded during an ambush Monday night. Neither was wounded fatally.

. Letcher County was formed into a new county in the year 1842, with Whitesburg becoming the county seat the same year. Whitesburg is named for Daugherty White, the state representative from Clay County who introduced the bill establishing Letcher County. John D. White, who was a U.S. Congressman in the old 11th District for many years, was a son of Daugherty White.

. The livestock sale held at the Ison Pavilion at Isom proved to be a big success. At the time the sale was called at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, more than 300 people had gathered to witness the opening of the first livestock pavilion in Letcher County. Sold were 28 head of shoats [growing pigs], 23 horses and mules, and 62 head of cattle. Sales will be held at the stock pavilion every two weeks.

. Letcher County’s first school teacher was Wesley Banks, known as the “Booger Man of Kingdom Come.” Banks, who taught at Dry Fork, now lays buried on a hillside overlooking the North Fork of the Kentucky River at Ice.

. The Jenkins High School debate team opened season with a narrow loss to Pikeville on February 8.

. Plans for the realization of a national park and game preserve at the Breaks, Virginia-Kentucky scenic spot, are moving forward rapidly.

. “College Holiday,” a film starring Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Marth Ray, will show at the Kentucky Theatre in Whitesburg February 14-15.

. Elgin watches are on sale for $10 and up at Passmore’s

Pharmacy in Whitesburg.

Thursday, February 14, 1947 World War II has claimed the life of another Letcher County man. Emory Asher, 21, of McRoberts was buried Sunday, January 25, after dying of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident that occurred in the line of duty and from which he never fully recovered. He was the son of Mrs. Bill Goode.

. A two-year-old Deane baby died after the home in which it was living caught fire and burned after the father left for work in a nearby coal mine and the mother went outside the house to milk a cow.

. The Harlow brothers, Clarence and Carl, are now engaged in business in a new building in Neon erected by Dr. D.V. Bentley. They are both well known in the upper end of the county, having worked in and around garages the greater part of their lives.

. Ray Collins and Bradley Bentley have assumed ownership of the Nehi Bottling Company of Neon, formerly owned and operated by J.B. McAuley. The new business will be known as the Royal Crown Bottling Company.

. The Rev. Edgar Callaway has resigned from the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg and is moving this week to Chickamauga, Georgia. He served as pastor of the church for the past two years.

. A new store was opened in East Jenkins last week under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bates.

. John V. Bach, son of Mrs. Ella Caudill Bach of Solomon Street, Whiteburg, has been promoted to the grade of Captain in the Army Air Force, according to an announcement from Far East Air Force headquarters. Captain Bach is a veteran pilot of World War II with 15 months service in the Mediterranean and China-Burma theaters.

Thursday, February 14, 1957 A new bank to serve the Jenkins area was opened today in the old Office Building in Jenkins by the Bank of Whitesburg. The bank, to be operated by Bobby Adams and Clyde Lucas, will serve as a branch of the Whitesburg bank, said Herman Hale, the bank’s executive vice president.

. “We salute both Jenkins and the Bank of Whitesburg on the opening of the bank’s new branch office at Jenkins,” Mountain Eagle editor Tom Gish writes in an editorial praising the project for its potential to improve the perceived divide between Jenkins and the rest of Letcher County. “Often there is a tendency in some sections of the county o look upon the Jenkins area as something that really is not part of the county — something that just happens to be in Letcher County, more or less by accident. A corresponding feeling can be detected in some quarters at Jenkins among residents who regard the town

as something completely apart and separate from the county. Both attitudes are harmful to everyone.”

. The Kentucky Motor Company of Jenkins has moved into new headquarters at the old Jenkins Power House.

. The Letcher County Fiscal Court refused this week to pay some $4,000 in claims filed by Sheriff Robert Collins. The court acted upon recommendation of County Attorney Gordon R. Lewis, who said Collins had failed to show that he was entitled to all the money claimed. . “They think I’m going to be a candidate for judge or clerk or something and they’re starting to freeze me out,” Collins said of the fiscal court’s decision, which he says is politically motivated. Collins said he would file suit to force the court to pay what he believes he is owed.

. Floodwaters were so deep and powerful in the Blackey area that water from Rockhouse Creek carried Pat Cupps’s bull to his barn loft and left him to be rescued by a wooden chute, writes Blackey correspondent R.B. Caudill.

. The first Letcher County flood-damaged bridges to be repaired with the help of U.S. Army engineers are located at Whitco, Holbrook Town, Neon, Laurel Branch, a bridge over Elkhorn Creek near the Pike County line, and a swinging bridge near the mouth of Dry Fork.

. Residents of Letcher and 21 other Kentucky counties are being given extra time to file state tax returns because of the late January flooding, says Governor A.B. “Happy” Chandler.

. The Whitesburg Lions Club will collect furniture for flood victims this coming Friday, says Jack W. Blair, club president. “Ample food and clothing has been provided, but these flood victims need furniture to replace that which has been washed away or damaged,” said Blair.

. Whitesburg High School Principal Kendall Boggs was one of 60 Kentucky principals who attended the second annual High School Principals’ Conference at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

. Miss Carol Joyce Morton is the 1957 Homemaker of Tomorrow in Whitesburg High School. She won the award, sponsored by General Mills, by receiving the highest score on a written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitude.

Thursday, February 9, 1967 The Office of Economic Opportunity this week turned down an application for a War On Poverty project based at the Boone Fork Community Center in Fleming. The project was one of three applications from the Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Council which OEO said it could not consider because of recent cutbacks in community action funds made by Congress. The Boone Fork project would have provided community

kitchen and homemaking services for a total federal grant of $53,508. The other two projects that will not receive funding are child are projects is Leslie and Knott counties.

. Forty-five teachers and guests were present at the home of Mrs. Maurice Lewis Thursday evening to honor Mrs. Stephen Combs Jr. who has taken a leave of absence from Whitesburg High School.

. Sue Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Lewis of Whitesburg, has been nominated by the men faculty of Georgetown College as a candidate for Valentine Queen. The winner will be crowned on February 14 at the Hiliday Inn East in Lexington.

. Edgar Banks, longtime chemistry and physics teacher at Whitesburg High School, is confined to the Whitesburg hospital after suffering a heart attack.

. The United Mine Workers of America Welfare and Retirement Fund have annoucned major increases in death benefits for widows of working and pensioned miners. Death benefits of $5,000 will be paid to widows of working coal miners and $2,000 will be paid to widows of pensioned coal miners whose deaths occur on or after January 19, 1967. The

plan calls for an initial payment of $350 and monthly payments of $75 until the full amount is paid.

. A two-pound bag of pinto beans is on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 23 cents.

. The state Department of Finance has advertised for bids for the construction of an extimated $10-million general classroom-office building complex at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The 19-story office building and threestory classroom building will be built on ground now occupied by White Hall, Patterson House, and Carnegie Museum.

. Ray Collins, of Whitesburg, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for state senator. Collins is a former school board member and has been active in several civic betterment projects, the most recent the attempt to bring a University of Kentucky junior college to Letcher County. He is a soft drink bottler and a Regular Baptist minister.

Thursday, February 10, 1977 The major impact of strip mine legislation expected to pass Congress and be signed by President Carter this year will be from equipment shortages — especially large off-theroad coal trucks — and not from the back-to-contour

method that the legislation will impose on Appalachian mines.

. When coal miners living in the Jenkins area come home from work, many have to leave town to take a bath because many Jenkins households have been without water for weeks. Miners and their families were out in full force Monday night to protest the worsening condition of their water to the Jenkins City Council. The city owns and operates the system.

Wednesday, February 11, 1987 Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife workers released 25 deer into the mountains of Letcher County at Gordon this week. The deer, mostly does, were captured in Ballard County for a 600-deer stocking program in Letcher and Perry counties. A total of 103 has already been released, Letcher County Conservation Officer Jerry Coots said.

. Donald Terry Bartley expected to plead guilty this week to taking part in the murder of 23-year-old Tammy Dee Acker and robbing her father of $1.9 million. Prosecutors will recommend that Bartley be sentenced to 200 years in prison.

Wednesday, February 12, 1997 The Kentucky Division of Water has given Letcher Fiscal Court $30,000 to be used for development of a “201 Plan”, the formal engineering study needed for expansion of water system and sewage disposal services in the areas around Neon and Whitesburg. The plan will be a preliminary step to cleaning up about three fourths of the raw sewage pollution which has plagued several Letcher County communities for years.

. The Clinton Administration has proposed to spend an additional $200 million next year for work on the federal Appalachian highway system. A tenth of the total _ $20 million — would go to Kentucky mountain highways, according to President Bill Clinton’s budget proposal released late last week. The new money, which would be in addition to

the $90 million already planned for highway construction in the budget of the federal Appalachian Regional Commission, could provide for completion of 13.8 miles of US 119 between Whitesburg and Harlan; 17.4 miles of US 119 between Pikeville and the West Virginia line; about 26.7 miles of US 23 from the Virginia line to Dorton in Pike County, and 19.1 miles along US 460 between Pikeville and the Virginia line.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 April 17 has been designated as the date for the City of Whitesburg’s first local option election in 60 years. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward set the day for the special election after Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade certified a petition calling for a vote on the question of whether the sale of alcoholic beverages should be permitted in restaurants that seat at least 100 people.



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