Families and Friends

My adventure to the bluegrass festival

Southern Ohio

Hello again everyone! It is hard to believe that August is here already. Next month will officially start the beginning of fall, and it won’t be long until Christmas decorations will be everywhere, as Thanksgiving is always forgotten about. Hallmark Channel as been a lifesaver for me, or should I say my sanity, as there have been Christmas movies during […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 1910 Letcher County Judge John D. Fitzpatrick says now that the “corn working is now over,” he expects “every man in Letcher County that is of road age” to be out working on making the county’s roads better. “The overseers will be held responsible if work is not started at once,” Judge Fitzpatrick tells The Mountain Eagle. […]

Don’t count your corncobs until they ‘hatch’

Points East

The closest thing our family ever did that came to share cropping was allowing a few relatives and neighbors to pick strawberries “on the halves.” Sometimes that got tricky when a picker deliberately tried to only pick the grade A berries in the bucket he was taking home and pick mostly stunted and blemished ones for our side of the […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

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The golf club I printed for closed after 55 years

The Syar family owners decided the Green Tree Golf Club was not feasible to operate the 27-hole golf course. The course opened in the early 1960s in Vacaville, Calif. This was during the time I was noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of printing at Travis Air Force Base, and was asked by the late Clarence M. “Tony” Syar, a construction […]

It was a week of bear sightings


Hello everyone – I hope you had an enjoyable week and weekend. I think the every day of rain is about to slow down and we’ll have some nice days. I have enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the rain every day. It’s been a week for bears. On Tuesday, we had a bear in our yard. Apparently it came […]

Whitakers mark 41st wedding anniversary


I know there are lots of people that are beginning to get excited about the coming of fall and the end of summer, but like I’ve said before, I am certainly not one of them. I love to see the flowerbeds everywhere with all the beautiful colors. I love to see the vegetable gardens full of stuff growing. I love […]


— Former Jeremiah resident Lucille Gilkeson, of Dayton, Ohio, will celebrate her 95th birthday on August 5. She has two children, Ronnie Gilkeson of Asheville, N.C., and Patricia Gilkeson of Dayton, Ohio; a granddaughter, Jessica, and a great-grandchild, Ayla. She is the widow of Arlou Gilkeson and is a homemaker. You are unauthorized to view this page.

The Way We Were

LBJ signs ’65 Medicare bill On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which took place at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri former President Harry Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card. Johnson wanted to recognize Truman, who, […]

Pickling beets for the first time in years

Points East

I’m guessing that it had been at least 15 years since the last time we pickled some beets. Actually, like several other misnamed preserves, the beets are not technically “pickled.” Genuine pickles go through a fermentation process that usually takes anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks, depending on the vegetable that needs pickling. Stuff like bread and butter cucumbers, […]

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