2016-01-27 / Columns

The Way We Were

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Thursday, January 28, 1926 The Haymond community is mourning the loss of 19-year-old May Fleming. Newlywed three weeks ago, Mrs. Fleming was burned to death after her clothing caught fire as she was working near an open grate inside her home.

. Letcher County mines produced 5,519,805 tons of coal in 1925, up from 4,851,806 in 1924, state mining officials say. Letcher trailed only Harlan (by far the state’s leading producer), Pike and Perry in tonnage as the county and state set new production records.

. “Uneasy lies the head of anyone who has been fooling with moonshine,” The Mountain Eagle warns in a frontpage editorial. “A rattlesnake, red-eyed and with fangs dripping with venom could not be more dangerous.”

. A special election will be held February 13 to fill the vacant seat for member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 10th Congressional District, of which Letcher County is a member.

. The new George Hogg Building on Main Street in Whitesburg is one of the best in the city, fully equipped with all modern conveniences with beautiful office and storerooms. Several of the offices and storerooms have already been rented.

Thursday, January 31, 1946 M.H. Forester, vice president of Consolidation Coal Company in charge of the company’s Kentucky operations with headquarters in Jenkins, has agreed to the federal government’s request that he accept the position of Chief of Coal and Non-Metallic Mining Section with the Office of Military Government for Germany. Forester will be responsible for the administration of the coal problem in the U.S. Zone of Occupation. He will be replaced in Jenkins by Samuel M. Cassidy, now vice president of Weirton Coal Company.

. A new business known as the Consumers Electric Store is now open for business in East Jenkins under the management of T.V. Bumgardner. The store will carry the Crosley and Apex lines of appliances as well as deep well water systems and wiring devices and supplies.

. The executive council of the American Federation of Labor made room this week for John L. Lewis, rebel leader of the United Mine Workers, who broke with the AFL a decade ago. Lewis was officially returned to the AFL fold when the council voted him unanimously to the 13th vice presidency of the federation and installed him in absentia on the 15-man governing board. The brushybrowed UMW boss led more than half a million miners back into the AFL when he took his place among the labor leaders with whom he previously clashed in 1936, when Lewis organized a revolt of industrial workers who later formed the rival CIO. Lewis later split with the CIO over political differences.

. Frank Beverly, a 32-year-old miner, has died in the Jenkins hospital of injuries he received in a fall of mine timbers.

. Kermit Combs is now the sole owner of the F.A. Hopkins Store in Whitesburg and will continue to operate the same under the name of Kermit’s Superette.

. Dimes bearing he portrait of he late President Franklin D. Roosevelt are now being distributed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland to all banks in the Fourth Federal Reserve District which request them. These new dimes will be made available to the public on January 30. Stocks of the current Liberty-head dime, first minted 29 years ago, will continue to be used for trade requirements. Only three other Presidents have been honored similarly by the Treasury Department. The portrait of Lincoln is on the one-cent piece; that of Jefferson is on the nickel, and that of Washington is on the quarter.

. In his annual statement to Congress, President Truman has recommended federal aid to elementary and secondary education schools everywhere in the United States.

Thursday, January 26, 1956 Thousands of porch lights — the traditional symbol of the Mothers’ March on Polio — will brighten Letcher County tonight when women in every part of the county move into their annual crusade to raise polio-fighting funds. Fire and police sirens will blare as the mothers go from house-to-house to accept contributions to aid the polio fight. The fund-raising event will start at 7 p.m. and last one hour. “We march for those who cannot walk,” said Mrs. S.E. Moncrief Jr. of Whitesburg, chairman of the Mothers’ March.

. The Consolidation Coal Company (the Kentucky Division of Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal) has honored 53 coal miners for the safety record they set during 1955. The honorees and guests were treated to a four-course filet mignon dinner at the Ridgefield Country Club in Kingsport, Tennessee. A total of 120 employees were invited to attend.

. A four-year old Sandlick girl has died in an automobile accident near the home of Harve Hall on Sandlick Road. Diana Sexton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Sexton, was riding in her parents’ car along with six brothers and sisters when the car collided with another vehicle.

. The Fleming Pirates edged the Whitesburg Yellowjackets, 48-42, Saturday night in Whitesburg.

Thursday, January 27, 1966 Letcher County teachers will stage a one-day protest against the failure of the Breathitt administration to recommend $900-a-year raises for teachers.

. A petition bearing 2,500 signatures has been sent to Gov. Edward T. Breathitt asking assistance in making the crossing of the L&N railroad at Letcher School safer.

. Classes will resume at Whitesburg Grade School when other students return to school after a weather-prompted holiday. The grade school has been closed since Jan. 17, when Whitesburg Fire Chief Remious Day ordered the old high school building and the grade school building shut down as unsafe for human occupancy. Repair work has been underway for the past week, and Day and Dr. Richard Keeler, county health worker, have decided that

schools may be reopened on a temporary, emergency basis so that the school term can be completed.

. ”The Pleasure Seekers” starring Ann-Margret and Tony Franciosa is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

. The Letcher Fiscal Court has voted not to support the City of Whitesburg in its attempt to obtain a $30,000 federal grant to study the wastewater disposal system in the city and surrounding area. The vote came at a meeting held last Friday without notice to the public.

Thursday, February 5, 1976 In apparent violation of Kentucky law, the Letcher Fiscal Court held a special called meeting Friday without any notification given to The Mountain Eagle.

. Gov. Julian Carroll has decided not to return any of the state coal severance tax directly to coal counties.

Wednesday, February 5, 1986 Judge/Executive Ruben Watts says he hopes work can resume later this week on a county road which has left Carcassonne-area residents “at ends.” At issue is the construction — or what some people say is the lack of construction — on the Bull Creek-Elk Creek Road.

. A sign appeared over the weekend on the window of the Whitesburg A&P Food Store, announcing the store will close this Saturday, February 8. The sign was the first official notice that A&P is leaving Whitesburg after selling groceries here for 60 years. The A&P Store in Neon will remain open.

. Reports that the Jenkins Community Hospital has laid off a large number of workers and closed part of its operation are not true, hospital administrator Jim Thomas says.

. More than half the members of the Whitesburg Volunteer Fire Department plan to resign and join the new Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department, former city fire chief Philmore Bowen said this week. The Letcher Fiscal Court last week agreed to appropriate $7,500 to start the Sandlick department.

Wednesday, February 7, 1996 Low-temperature records were broken for four

consecutive days ending Monday, the National Weather Service at Jackson said. On Sunday, a record low was set for all of February. That record low was 8 below zero.

. Four members of the Letcher County Board of Education went outside the county last week to hire an attorney to help them try to regain their authority from state education managers they often refer to as “outsiders.” The school board voted 4-0 to retain Lexington attorney Kent Masterson Brown to challenge the state’s takeover of the school system in court. Kentucky Education Commissioner Wilmer S. Cody took “full and complete” control of the district on January 29.

. The deep snow and record-breaking temperatures of this week have moved the end of this year’s county school term into the middle of June.

. As state Rep. Paul Mason sees it, an industrial site without water, or the prospect of water, is not site at all. So, Mason is pushing for a bill to let coal counties use some of their severance-tax money for construction of water distribution systems.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Jeffrey Allen, convicted last week of murdering twoyear old Dakota Yonts, his foster child, will be back in Letcher Circuit Court later this month to face formal sentencing. Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright is expected to follow the jury’s recommendation and sentence Allen to 50 years in prison.

. Blake Cook learned something that boys his age used to do nearly every day — how to milk a cow. The cow Blake learned on was a Fiberglas model visiting Martha Jane Potter Elementary School as part of a program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

. Kimberly Rider, a social services superintendent in Lamar County, Mississippi, wrote to Letcher Countians to express her gratitude for donations received from the Letcher County Katrina’s Hope Fund. The Hope Fund was organized a week after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.

. Both the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers and the Letcher County Lady Cougars defeated Cordia. The Lady Cavaliers won 66-43 and the Lady Cougars won 84-31.

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