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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1918 Patrick H. Hall, the eldest son of former Letcher County Jailer Will Hall and one of the county’s best educated young men, was killed in action in France on October 12, one month before the armistice was signed and the fighting ceased in the Great War. “News of his death at the battle front reached here Monday night by telegram,” The Mountain Eagle reported. “Pat had been in the hottest of the fighting several times, and no doubt lost his life as the brave and dauntless young man he was.”

. Three Letcher County residents were buried last Sunday in the same cemetery — each of them the victims of influenza. John D. Smith, a married man and a son of Floyd Smith, had been ill for more than 10 days before he died Sunday. Another victim was the 16-year-old daughter of Wilse Sturgill. The third victim was also a young woman, the daughter of David Boggs.

. The little five-year-old daughter of Sheriff Tolliver is very ill with the flu.

. Since our last issue, we have learned of the death of Joseph Adams’s little eightyear old daughter and the young daughter of Tom Craft. Both succumbed to flu.

. The post offices at Dongola, Hillard and Baker have been discontinued.

. A young son of James E. Day died on Big Cowan a few days ago. Mr. Day’s whole family is down with the flu and in dangerous condition.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1928 A news dispatch from Mount Sterling, Kentucky states that Martin V. Bates, known as “Patty’s Mart,” was shot and killed last Friday by a neighbor, Sewell Cornwell, near the Bates home on the edge of Menifee. Mr. Bates was 69 and a son of Aunt Patty Bates, who until her death a number of years ago lived at her old homestead on the North Fork of the Kentucky River, just above Kona. At the time of his death, Mr. Bates was the postmaster and a merchant at Chambers Station.

. The Letcher County Health Department is sponsoring a free clinic for the removal of tonsils and adenoids of children, school age and under. Doctor Kobart of Louisville will operate the free clinic on December 14, 15 and 16. “The nurses will visit the schools within the next two weeks in order to secure the names of the children whose parents desire to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity,” said R.E. May, director of the county health department.

. Calloway Napier, 35, a carpenter for John P. Gorman Coal Company of Perry County, was struck and killed last week when he mistakenly stepped in front of the L&N Railroad special train on its way to McRoberts.

. J.D. Maggard of Eolia has lost a nice dog. He will post the amount of the reward he is offering in next week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle.

. The Rev. G.W. Powell died at Shelby Gap in Pike County Sunday while returning home from visiting his daughter at Pike County High School. Rev. Powell died instantly after he stepped in front of a C&O Railroad train after he heard the train’s whistle blow and thought he was on the wrong track.

. “Everybody in our neighborhood is having fresh pork,” writes the Kingdom Come news correspondent. “They call it hog killing time.”

. Miners at the Sandlick Coal Company mine set a production record for the mine during the month of October.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1938 The Rev. O.V. Caudill will leave his position as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg effective January 1, 1939, and will relocate to North Carolina.

. The First Presbyterian Church of Maysville, Kentucky recently gave to the Presbyterian Church of Whitesburg a beautiful set of pulpit furniture, consisting of pulpit, communion table, and three large chairs. The furniture is cherry with a hand-carved natural finish. The valuable gift was presented in memory of Judge A.M.J. Conchran, an elder in the Maysville church and a federal judge in eastern Kentucky.

. Former Whitesburg resident Emery L. Frazier, who has served as clerk of the United States Senate since 1933, recently landed a 28-pound sea bass while fishing off the coast of Maryland.

. An elderly man known as “Blind Joe,” died early this week at the home of Lawrence Sumpter on Big Cowan. Joe was an Italian immigrant who was robbed of his eyesight several years ago as the result of a mining accident at McRoberts.

. Customers were going to the bank in Whitesburg on Wednesday to exchange their old nickels for the new Jefferson nickel now in circulation. On one side of the new coin is a profile of President Thomas Jefferson. On the other side is Monticello, his old home in Virginia.

. Doug Wright was presented with a

silver loving cup after winning first prize in the Popularity Contest sponsored by the Seco PTA.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1948 Six state and federal officials are busy working on Pine Mountain near Whitesburg this week, appraising some 12,000 to 15,000 acres of land for a game preserve.

. The remains of Sergeant Bradley Combs, son of Will and Sallie Banks Combs of Whitesburg, were returned home from France on Saturday for reburial in the family cemetery. Sgt. Combs entered the U.S. Army in May 1937 and was killed in action on July 7, 1944 while on patrol in Saint-Lo, France, at 4 a.m. Survivors in addition to his parents are brothers Pearl, Burl and Chester, all of Whitesburg, and sisters Dixie Boone of California, Ethel Whitaker of Whitesburg, Norma Stallard of Ermine, and Ardell Combs at home.

. The state highway leading to Jenkins will be widened from 20 feet to 40 feet, beginning at the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway crossing opposite the Jenkins Post Office and running eastward to the Jenkins Hotel, a distance of about 2,000 feet.

. Mrs. Sam Collins Jr. of Whitesburg has established a public stenographers office in the Whitesburg bank building.

. A recent item appearing in The Mountain Eagle about Woodrow Dawahare leaving shoes on the sidewalk in front on his family’s Neon store and finding them untouched the next morning has received nationwide attention. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and United Press broadcast and published versions of the story all across the United States, much to the delight of Mr. Dawahare, who found it on the front page of a daily newspaper.

. Roy Rogers stars in “Grand Canyon Trail,” showing Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Theatre in Whitesburg.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1958 Mr. and Mrs. Artie Wilfong this week purchased all the property in Jenkins owned by Champion Stores Inc., including both the main store building and the warehouse. Wilfong said the store will be operated under a new name, “Western Supermarket,” and will be developed into a one-stop shopping center. Wilfong, a Western Auto dealer in Jenkins, said he would move his automotive supply store into the Champion building as well. The Champion grocery store in McRoberts remains up for sale.

. Letcher Circuit Judge Courtney C. Wells has ruled that Jesse Bates is entitled to only $100 per month as salary for his services at police judge in Jenkins. Bates had filed a lawsuit against the city in an attempt to force the Jenkins City Council to pay him $200 a month. The attorney for Bates, Harry M. Caudill of Whitesburg, said the ruling by Judge Wells would be taken before the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

. Tickets are now on sale for the annual minstrel staged by the Whitesburg Lions Club and the Kindergarten Lionettes. The name of this year’s minstrel is “Jive.” It will be presented at the Whitesburg Grade School Auditorium on December 4.

. Rex Chaney, who last season coached Fleming High School to its most successful season, is hopeful of giving Jenkins High its first winning season since 1954 and first championship team since 1948. Among players expected to star for the Cavaliers this season are Ross Chaney and Russell Mullins, a 6-3 senior forward.

. Preaching services were held November 15 at the Old Indian Bottom Regular Baptist Church at Blackey. The date marked the 148th anniversary of the church’s organization in 1810.

. The marriage of Miss Patty Jo Caudill to Mr. Frank Majority Jr. took place Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg with the Reverend John Howard officiating.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1968 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to drop plans to build the proposed Kingdom Come Dam in Letcher County, according to reports that reached Letcher County. Mountain Eagle editor Tom Gish says he was told, “You people up there have stopped it cold.” The dam proposal reportedly received most opposition, more quickly, than any other dam ever proposed in the United States. The proposed dam would have been located on the Kentucky River below Blackey near the Letcher County line. It would have flooded both the main North Fork of the Kentucky River and the Rockhouse Creek area.

. Kentucky’s new educational television network is to go on the air at Hazard on UFC Channel 35 within a week.

. Officials of Columbia Gas System met with representatives from the Atomic Energy Commission and from the states of Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia to discuss the possibility of storing gas underground in one of the three states. The storage chamber would be created by the explosion of a low-yield atomic bomb more than half a mile underground. It would be large enough to store more than 465 million cubic feet of natural gas under pressure. “Well it’s finally happened,” says The Mountain Eagle. “The federal government really is considering setting off an atomic bomb under eastern Kentucky.”

. Malcolm Holiday, the executive director

of the new Kentucky River Area Development District, says he hopes the board of the agency will become “the refinery converting crude ideas into motivating power.” He said the development district is “not a miracle machine, but properly utilized it can help our people create miracles.”

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1978 The Kentucky Department of Transportation has rejected the most recent bids for construction of the Whitesburg bypass to KY 15, and the department does not know when the road will be built.

. U.S. Sen. Walter D. Huddleston, U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins and U.S. Rep. Tim Lee Carter all won re-election easily. Huddleston and Perkins are Democrats; Carter is a Republican.

. Faced with an unexpectedly low approval rate for Black Lung Compensation claims filed under the black lung amendment acts of 1977, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare is planning to implement more lenient standards to use in reviewing previously denied claims. Of the first 13,700 claims, only 767 were granted.

. Sylvester Stallone stars in “F.I.S.T.”, playing at the Alene Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1988 The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a plane crash that left Roger Collins, 25, of Whitesburg, and Tim Bentley, 21, of Richmond, in the hospital. Collins was the pilot of the Piper Cherokee 140 when the engine stalled and the plane crashed on Rockhouse Mountain in Letcher County.

. The Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously to sell a sub-machine gun bought in the early 1970’s with federal “Safe Streets” money. “The city just doesn’t need something like that,” Mayor James Asher said.

. The Letcher County Chamber of Commerce has announced a plan to match needy children with people who want to spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate. The plan centers around a “Tree of Hope”, which will be displayed in downtown Whitesburg. The tree will be decorated with stars, each one representing a foster child or a child whose family can’t afford to buy Christmas presents. Persons

wishing to donate a gift will take a star from the tree.

. In semifinal action in the Letcher County Elementary Athletic Association girls’ basketball tournament, the Kingdom Come Lady Kats hung on for a 37-36 squeaker over Hemphill and Martha Jane Potter outlasted Letcher 27-21.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1998 A committee made up of public offi cials and citizen volunteers has agreed to meet “once a week for a while” as it sets about trying to lure manufacturing jobs to Letcher County to replace disappearing welfare benefits.

. Representatives of Image Entry will be back in Whitesburg later to week to continue working on an agreement that is expected to put as many as 150 Letcher County residents to work next year.

. Blackey officials say they are willing to supply water to the Isom area, where residents leading a campaign for a public water supply say they have found “tremendous interest” in the possibility of getting water lines.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2008 Allison Fleck, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Water, says a “minuscule amount” of contaminants was found in water samples taken from Whitesburg last week after a consumer advisory was issued for customers of the Whitesburg Municipal Water System. An order was issued November 1 keeping customers from using water for anything other than flushing toilets after some customers reported smelling gasoline in their water and a petroleum byproduct was found seeping into the North Fork of the Kentucky River at Ermine, about one mile above the intake to the city’s water plant. “It was never dangerous from the tests we saw,” said Fleck.

. Seventy family members gathered at Cowan Community Center to celebrate the 90th birthday of Phoebe Fields. Also celebrating birthdays were her son Rex, her granddaughter Debbie and her greatgranddaughter Arianna.

. Letcher County Central’s boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams participated in the regional cross-country meet at Pikeville. The boys’ team placed first and the girls’ team finished second. Both teams will advance to the state meet this weekend.

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