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Thursday, May 5, 1927 R. Dean Squires of Richmond, Kentucky has accepted the position as superintendent of the city schools of Whitesburg, and will arrive August 1 to begin work though the county schools. Professor Squires, a teacher at the Eastern State Normal and Teachers College, was chosen without opposition by the city school board with the county school board concurring. Arlie Boggs remains superintendent of the county school system.
. The L&N Railroad has announced that Train No. 52 will remain in Louisville until after the Kentucky Derby is finished on Saturday, May 14, so that residents of eastern Kentucky may see the race and still be able to leave Louisville that day. Passengers from Letcher County and elsewhere will be able to take No. 52 from Lexington to Louisville and back to Lexington before switching trains and heading home to the mountains. No. 52 will leave Louisville at 6:30 p.m. on Derby Day, in time to make the connection with Train No. 1, offering service through the Kentucky River Valley to McRoberts.
. John H. Price, conductor of the evening train to Lexington, died of heart failure at 6 p.m. Thursday as the train was coming through the Lothair tunnel. Price, a man of about 45 who was known for his congenial nature, had been a conductor for the L&N since the eastern Kentucky division was established. He was collecting tickets in the coach for blacks when he fell to the floor.
. Seventy-five building lots in Thornton will be offered for sale at auction on Saturday, May 14. The lots are part of the Joe Craft Farm, which is located between two coal camps.
. Deputy U.S. Marshal A.V. Sergent, Prohibition Agent Clark Day and others destroyed four stills, seized 25 gallons of moonshine, and arrested eight suspects in raids on Linefork and the head of Leatherwood last week.
. Despite the fact that hunting season on all game in Letcher County is now closed and that wild turkey hunting won’t be permitted until the fall of 1928, a “great hunter” who lives near Ulvah drove a wild turkey from her nest recently. Ignoring the hunting laws, he rushed home to get his gun and went back to the nest, approaching it carefully so as not to frighten the bird. At the right distance the great hunter stopped and fired. When he started to bag the bird he found it to be a turkey buzzard.
. Wilson Miles of Cowan has died from injuries he received after being stabbed in the abdomen with a knife in February. Miles was buried Sunday in the Cowan graveyard. Miles’s brother-in-law, 22-yearold Arlie Day, is wanted in connection with the stabbing. Day was arrested shortly after the incident, but escaped into Virginia.
. Miners Motor Company of Whitesburg offering the new Studebaker Custom Sedan for sale for $1,395.
. Banks Motor Company of Fleming is the local dealer for the Willys Whippet, a European-style car that comes in four and six-cylinder models. The Whippet also has brakes on all four wheels.
Thursday, May 6, 1937 A new era in the enjoyment of motion pictures in promised to Letcher County moviegoers when the Kentucky Theatre in Whitesburg presents Western Electric’s Mirrophonic Sound. Large crowds are expected when the Kentucky reopens for business on May 8. “Patrons will be given an opportunity for the first time of hearing sound effects so lifelike, so true to the original, that they will believe the voices and sounds are actually delivered in the theater itself instead of being reproductions of voices and sounds on the film soundtrack,” said Kentucky Theatre manager Salene Thomas.
. Whitesburg residents watched with excitement this week as the house on the site of the future Whitesburg Post Office was removed piece-by-piece from Main Street and taken to Millstone, where it will be put back together.
. The Jenkins High School Band gave its first performance in their uniforms. The uniforms are green gabardine Army-style coats, black Sam Browne belts, green modified Pershing caps and white duck trousers. They were paid for through a fund drive organized by the Junior Woman’s Club of Jenkins.
Thursday, May 8, 1947 The Mountain Eagle received word this morning as we go to press that young Paul Harris who grew up in Whitesburg was found brutally murdered in his car in Los Angeles. While details of the murder were scarce at press time, The Eagle has learned that authorities began searching for Mr. Harris after his young wife became concerned when he did not return home from work at his usual time. He died of head injuries. Paul and his three brothers — Ed, Millard, and Davis — grew up in Whitesburg with their mother, Mrs. Lou Harris, after their father died while the boys were still very young. Paul fought for his country during World War II, serving 24 months in Germany. Nineteen of those months were spent in an Army hospital while he recovered from wounds that left him critically injured with little expectation
he would survive. After being honorably discharged with total disability, Paul returned to Letcher County and married his childhood playmate, Miss Neal Craft, who worked for her mother, Mrs. Virgie Craft, in Mother Craft’s Restaurant and Dining Room in Whitesburg. “They moved to California soon after they were married and lived with Paul’s mother, Mrs. Harris,” The Eagle reports. “They were very happy, and in every letter she wrote home she told her mother how happy they were and that they were having such a wonderful time.”
. Citizens in Neon and elsewhere in Letcher County were saddened this week by the death of James Samuel Harlow, 62, whose illness forced him to retire several years ago from his job as a conductor for the L&N Railroad. Survivors include five sons, Clarence, Harold, Carl and Billy Harlow, all of Neon, and Vernon Harlow of McRoberts, and two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Quillen and Hazel Harlow, both of Neon.
. Concerned by the lack of new home construction in Letcher County during a period when several business buildings are being erected, The Mountain Eagle asks the question ‘Why Not Build Homes?’ in an editorial. “A closer examination of the situation may prove it a major commentary upon the community’s future,” writes editor W.P. Nolan. “Homes are usually built by persons who consider themselves permanent residents of a community. The failure of more people to build a home might then be considered evidence that few residents of our county are determined to make their homes here indefinitely, and sometime in the near future there may develop a general exodus” from the county.
. Ana Cumpanas, “the woman in red” who put the finger on John Dillinger that summer night in 1934 when FBI men killed America’s public enemy No. 1 in a Chicago alley, is dead. Cumpanas, known in the U.S. as Anna Sage, died April 29 in the quiet town of Timisoara in southwestern Romania after suffering liver disease. She was 58. Cumpanas was deported to Romania in 1936 after a conviction in Gary, Indiana, where she ran what authorities a “bawdy house.”
. U.S. coal mining fatalities fell from 1,471 in 1942, just as the Federal Coal Mine Inspection Act was taking effect, to 928 in 1946, the U.S. Bureau of Mines has told the House Appropriations Committee.
. About 600 miners were left jobless in Letcher and eight other eastern Kentucky counties this week after the Kentucky Department of Mines ordered the closing of 48 more “truck mines” for failure to obey safety regulations. Senior State Inspector Walter Hornsby ordered the mines closed after the United Mine Workers of America released a statement in which it said, “All truck operations are violating the laws.”
. Hazard is getting an AM radio station at 1340 on the dial.
. Kentucky State Highway Patrolmen are searching for an unknown “hit-skip coal truck driver” who is being held responsible for an accident in Letcher County early Tuesday in which a lineman for the Kentucky-West Virginia Power Company lost his left arm. The lineman, Clarence Collett, was driving a power company truck at Sawdust Junction on the Hazard- Whitesburg Road when a two-ton Chevrolet coal truck hit and ran. A second power company employee, Walter Stidham, was riding with Collett and witnessed the wreck.
Thursday, May 9, 1957 Letcher Fiscal Court has authorized preparation of a bond issue for construction of a new school between Jeremiah and Blackey. The new facility will be a 12-year school known as Letcher Consolidated School. It will replace Letcher High School and Stuart Robinson, Jeremiah, Carbon Glo, Bluefield and Dixon grade schools. The new school will have about 600 students.
. Most Whitesburg businesses will begin operating on voluntary Eastern Standard Time beginning next week. The decision by the businesses comes after the Whitesburg City Council voted Monday night to put city employees on voluntary “fast time” and recommended that others do the same. A delegation of businessmen will meet with Letcher Fiscal Court to push for adoption of Eastern Time on a voluntary basis for the entire county. Meanwhile, Letcher County Schools will remain on Central Standard Time for the remainder of this school year.
. Efforts are still underway to persuade the University of Kentucky to locate its proposed eastern Kentucky junior college in Cumberland instead of Harlan. International Harvester Company is now offering to donate all the land needed for the school site if UK will locate at Cumberland.
. A total of 2,054 Letcher County children received their third polio shots last month, the Letcher County Health Department reported this week.
. The Whitesburg Gymnasium now has a public address system. The new system, donated by the Parent-Teacher Association at a cost of $700, has 13 transmitters at various spots in the building. It was installed by the R.T. Davis Company of Lexington.
. Members of the Senior Class of Kingdom Come High School, Linefork, visited
Rock City Gardens and Lookout Mountain, Tennessee recently. The group includes Mrs. Madeling Helton and Hobart Caudill, sponsors, Kenneth Collins, bus driver; W.W. Watts, school principal, and students Rudell Crase, Margie Amburgy, Jeres Morgan, Irene Ison, Mose Whitaker, Pascal Morgan, Glenn Sparkman, and Willard Cornett.
Thursday, May 4, 1967 The Whitesburg municipal swimming pool will not be open this summer. Whitesburg Council Member Dr. Lee Moore said the city cannot afford to purchase public liability insurance for the pool. Such insurance would cost $500 for the summer.
. Members of the Hound Dog Hookers and woodcarver James Bloomer, all of Letcher County, will exhibit their work at the annual craft fair at Indian Fork Theater in Berea on May 18.
. The State Department of Education has warned Kingdom Come High School that unless it improves its rating system during the coming school year it will lose its accreditation.
. The Letcher Fiscal Court declined this week to go along with Jenkins and switch the county to Daylight Savings Time. Jenkins had voted earlier to adopt daylight time, largely for the convenience of Beth- Elkhorn Coal Corp., and its numerous employees.
Thursday, May 5, 1977 Coal industry claims that proposed federal strip-mine controls will cripple coal production are without foundation, the head of the Federal Energy Administrator John O’Leary said. O’Leary said the Carter administration will not permit artificial restrictions on strip mining that will hinder production.
. A spark from a locomotive caused the rst Scotia explosion, which killed 15 men, according to Harreld N. Kirkpatrick, state commissioner of Mines and Minerals. “Two locomotives had been going up a grade, pushing a load of steel and the wheels could have made a spark, plus they ran over a cable,” he said.
. Big Bird and Cookie Monster, of the educational television network show “Sesame Street”, were in Whitesburg this week to assist with the grand opening of Kentucky Friend Chicken. Colonel Harland Sanders of the fried chicken chain also was in town for the opening.
. For the first time, residents of Letcher and parts of other eastern Kentucky counties bordering Virginia are less than an hour’s drive to scheduled airline service.
Appalachian Airlines Inc. started commuter service to Lonesome Pine Airport, Wise, Va., from Tri-City Airport April 15.
Wednesday, May 6, 1987 The Jenkins City Council has refused to pay $53,230 to Kennoy Engineers of Lexington, saying there is no proof the city owes the money. At the May council meeting this week, Jenkins Mayor Robert Shubert produced the bill and asked the council “to get some legal advice” before it voted to pay the bill. City Attorney James W. Craft also opposed payment of the bill.
. Letcher County’s new furniture manufacturing plant has produced its first chair, Whitesburg Mayor James D. Asher said this week. According to Asher, the first chair rolled off the assembly line at Heritage Chairs and Sofas, located in Whitesburg, last Friday.
. The Rev. Willie Lamb has called on local and state officials to help turn back the flow of black residents who are beginning to leave Letcher County to find work. Lamb said the exodus concerns him.
Wednesday, May 7, 1997 Some residents are objecting to an animal shelter coming to Jenkins, but there’s not much the city’s government can do to keep it from happening. The Humane Society of Letcher County plans to use an old coal company building in the Dunham section of Jenkins as an emergency shelter for animals.
. ”We’re dreaming, people, but that’s what it starts with.” That’s what Jenkins Mayor Robert E. “Pud” Shubert said this week as the Jenkins City Council took the first step toward building a new multipurpose community center and agreed to continue planning for a “welcome center” to greet motorists arriving in Kentucky from Virginia. At its May meeting held Monday night the city council voted to seek proposals from architects and consultants interested in helping the city acquire money to plan and build a multipurpose center expected to cost at least $500,0000.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 Wellmont Health System, a Tennesseebased health system, is buying Jenkins Community Hospital and will immediately begin work to renovate the facility’s appearance and equipment.
. The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars defeated Jenkins Lady Cavaliers 2-1 in softball.
. A third Whitesburg restaurant, The Courthouse Cafe, has announced its intention to apply for a liquor by the drink license.