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Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday Evening, April 12, 1956
Volume No. 49
Letcher - co. Achievement Day Tuesday, April 17
3 Meet Tragic Death In
Separ ate Accidents
Richard Vincent Hall died at
the Fleming Hospital on Sunday, April 8th from injuries
sustained in an automobile accident on Friday night. Hall's
car plunged over a steep embankment just outside of Kona,
throwing him out of the car
onto the embankment
ne lay senousiy mjmeu unu unconscious until Saturday when
he was able to crawl to the
top of the bank and summons
aid. Mr. Hall, a popular young
man, leaves his bereaved parents, one brother and one sis
ter, all of Jackhorn. He was 17
Robert Honeycutt passed away
on Wednesday from injuries received in an automobile accident on Sunday. According to
information received Honeycutt
Willard Collier, driver of the car, wrecked on the
highway between Neon and
Hemphill, the car turning over
pinning both men underneath
with Honeycutt receiving fatal
Injuries. Funeral services will
be conducted on Saturday.
An accident at Taylor Brothers Coal Company at Trace Fork
on Monday, claimed the life of
Jack Burke, a resident of
Speight Mr. Burke was crushed
by a motor car and died from
severe chest injuries. He is survived by his mother, wife and
five children. Funeral and burial services took place in Pike
Dr. Lee Moore, President of
the Athletic Association, called
the banquet to order and Rev.
C. A. Lingle offered the invocation. While the meal was being served by the. Ladies Auxiliary, special dinner music was
offered by the Creekers, a combo composed of Michael J. Eli-aOrville Jesse Doyle, Jr., Miss
Donelda H. Breeding, and Gerald Dean Mullins.
son of Mr.
and Mrs. Blaine Polly will go
to the University of Kentucky
April 19th to participate in the
State Speech Festival Douglas,
a senior at Whitesburg High
School, was winner in the discussion group on Education at
the Regional Speech Festival
held at Pikeville, recently, and
received a Superior rating-H- e
a popular student on the hill,
and his many friends and class
mates wish him much success
m his undertaking.
R. C. MARTIN,
R. C. (Rad) Martin, well known
merchant of Vicco and other
parts of Kentucky, died of a
heart attack Saturday, in his
winter home at Sarasota, Fla.
Vicco. He had been in Florida
since February 12. Mrs. Martin
was with him when he suffered
the fatal attack.
The son of Sherd Martin, he
was born February 11, 1901, at
Carrie, in Knott County. He
and his wife, Mrs. Minnie, Lee
Martin, were married October 1,
1926, at Sassafras.
He started into business with
a small store at Sassafras in
1924, and two years later estabDepartment
Store at Vicco.
Of .Kona, Succumbs
In Coeburn, Va.
New Officers of Kentucky C. of C.
Rewards totaling $225.00 were
offered in two separate robber
ies that ocurred over the weekend, and on Monday night.
Thieves broke into the
plant at Whitesburg on
Saturday night and took a safe
with valuable records, and very
little money in it. A reward for
$25.00 is offered for anyone lo
cating the safe and records, and
$100.00 for the arrest and con
viction of the guilty parties.
The Jordon Motor Co., of
Jenkins was broken into on
Monday night and tires, batteries, and probably other items
that will be missed from time
to time were taken. Also the
valuable fishing tackle of Mr.
Jordon's, valued at about $300
was taken. Mr. Jordan is offering
a $100.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the culprits.
on Thursday morning.
The deceased is survived by
B.P.W. to Make
$255 Offered in
disease. Mr. Tucker was form
NEW PRESIDENT of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Barney A. Tucker, left, was elected Tuesday, April 10, during the
Annual Meeting of the Chamber. Tucker resides in London and
is Manager of Knoxville Fertilizer Company in that city. Elected
Vice President was E. R. Mitchell, right, Manager of Union Light,
Heat and Power Company, Covington. Both men were elected
terms as the ranking officers of the statewide
group of businessmen.
Message OF Vital Interest
erly employed by Elk Horn Coal
Co., at Kona, and had many
friends in this area. Burial will
be in Ramsey, Va., cemetery after funeral services at the home
PICTURED ABOVE is the first baby born at Whitesburg Memorial
Hospital on April 2nd. The lovely baby, Dorcas Ann, is the'
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Varson of McRoberts and is shown
with her mother, and nurses Centers, Roach and Hughes.
Johnny Tucker, about 45,
a former Kona, Ky., resident,
died at his home in Coeburn,
Va., Tuesday evening after a
lingering illness from heart
Members of the Business and
have announced that they will
on Wednesday, April 18 from 5
to 7 p.m., for donations for the
American Cancer Society. The
Club is sponsoring the drive
in Whitesburg. Have your donation ready on that date.
Billy Graham in
After the meal, Dr. Lee
Moore introduced the
for the evening, Former
Player and Teacher
at Whitesburg High School,
Fields, who in turn,
Coach Ed Moore and his
Coach Ernest Trosper and his
Yellowjacket Cagers. After brief
summaries of their respective
seasons, both Coaches turned
the floor back over to Fields,
who introduced Coach C. H.
The McRoberts Baptist Church
Wyatt, basketball and baseball
is showing the latest film reMentor at Berea College of
Kentucky. Coach Wyatt leased by the Billy Graham
was basketball coach at Hazel Evangelistic Association, TuesGreen High School when Hazel day, April 17 at 8:30 p.m. (EST).
Green took the State Title in
This dramatic production was
Wyatt attended filmed entirely in Europe and
school at Berea College and has includes scenes which have
work at the never before been photographUniversity of Kentucky. Two ed such as
the largest crowd
former Letcher County cage since Hitler's day in the famous
stars, Jimmie Crase, a former Hitler Stadium in Nurenberg,
Yellowjacket player, and Darrel where
the cross replaces the
Crase, a former Kingdom Come "Swastika." There is complete
Wildcat. Both are currently picture coverage of the Paris
members of the Berea College crusade showing converts by the
hundreds hurrying to the platCoach Wyatt spoke of the form in response to the invitagrowth of the game of basket- tion.
ball since he had first seen it
You will actually see and
played. He told of the games to
team had to ride hear Billy Graham preaching in
five different languages through
horses to reach the
point where they met the other an interpreter with meetings in
teams and where the game was Norway,
and England. Also
to be played. In summarizing France,
are the great crowds at
his talk. Coach Wyatt
mented on the speed of the Hampden Park in Glasgow and
game today and on the fact Wembley Stadium in London
that the present day game of (100,000 at Hampden Park and
basketball was a great deal the average attendance at Wem
more popular than the original bley for one week was 65,000
persons . . . with ram every
game started by Neysmith.
night except one.)
In conclusion of the evening's
This dramatic documentary
activities, a film was shown of was produced by Jerry Beaven
as Executive Producer and Diball game in the recent State rector with Great Commission
Tournament at Lexington.
Films of Hollywood, Dick Ross,
treatment for a heart condition
A Whitesburg High School for more than two years. He
Senior was hospitalized
and suffered a severe attack last Nothree other students injured in vember, and was hospitalized at
a car wreck below Cody in Knott Lexington from then until last
County following the Junior-Seni- February.
He apparently was recovering
Mardi Gras on Tuesday
after returning to his home at
Remus N. Hart, 18, of Southdown, driver of the vehicle, was
hospitalized at the Miners Memorial Hospital in Whitesburg
suffering from a broken collarbone, and lacerations. His condition on Wednesday was reported as satisfactory by hospital attendants. Three other
occupants of the vehicle, Miss
Pat Craft, 16, Gilmer Caudill,
17, and Miss Judy Stream, visiting here, student at Midway
Girls' School escaped uninjured.
A meeting is called for Sunday afternoon, April 15, at 4:00
p.m. at the Regular Baptist
Church, Mayking, for members
of the Adams, Craft, Webb fam-- j
llies to plan the Annual Reunion.
All interested in plans for this
Reunion are urged to be present.
He was 55.
Mr. Martin had been
In Car Crash
Don Woodford Webb
Many Prizes to be
The Annual Event
Stork Visits Whitesburcr's New Hospital
The Whitesburg VFW Post
the scene of the anbannual Basketball-Footbal- l
quet on Friday, April 6, at 6:30
p.m. when the Athletic Association entertained the Athletes
of WHS with a Turkey dinner
and Athletic Program.
Automobile and mine acci
dents claimed the lives of three
men in Letcher County during
On Tuesday, April 17, at 9:00
a.m., all Letcher County schools
in the Annual
Achievement Day will converge
in Whitesburg for the purpose
of friendly competition in all
areas of the school program.
They will assemble at the Grade
School building and the mass
parade, led by the school bands,
will start promptly at 9:15. The
theme of this year's parade will
be "Conservation." Prizes will
be awarded to the schools which
display the best posters on "Con
At 9:45 the following contests will be held:
Spelling, Music, Dramatics,
Written and Hand Work, Grade
rooms, Grade School
Auditorium, High School Auditorium, Gymnasium.
From 10:45 to 12:45, lunch
will be served in the School
Beginning at 1:00 p.m., athletic contests will be held on
the football field, and Folk Game
Demonstrations will take place
in the gymnasium.
Prizes to winners and
will be awarded in the
gymnasium at 2:30.
Superintendent W. B. Hall
and Achievement Day Chairman,
Jack M. Burkich are urging all
schools to participate in what
promises to be a very successful program. Parents and other
interested people are invited
and encouraged to be present to
observe the achievements of the
Schools desiring transporta
tion to Whitesburg on Letcher
County Achievement Day, April
17th, will please notify Supt. W.
Each teacher should bring
with her on Achievement Day,
the mimeographed program of
the Letcher County Schools
some time ago as no new pro
grams will be given out on that
Whitesburg High School lunch
room will be open from 10:45
to 12:45 a.m. on Achievement
In Letcher County in the last
few years the farmers have, in
cooperation wtih the different
agricultural agencies, planted
appproximately 500,000 trees.
There are around 1700 landown Dies in N.
ers in the county. So you can
E. M. Miner, 60 years of age,
see if each farmer had planted formerly connected with L & N
an equal number there would R.R. Co., as an agent in 'Whitesbe about 320 trees to the farm burg and Fleming, died in
er. However, these trees have -Salem,
N. 'C, where
been planted by about 300 dif- he had resided for the past two
ferent landowners. This means years since his forced retireabout 20 percent or one out of ment due to illness. Mr. Miner,
every five of our neighbors has is survived by his wife and
possibly planted tree's. Partici- son and two grandchildren. He
pation in the reforestation pro- was buried in Winston-Salegram has been widespread and He was a member and active
worker in the Methodist Church.
This 500,000 trees planted The Miners have many friends
means that between 500 and in Letcher County who will be
one thousand acres have been grieved at his passing.
reforested. It has involved a fair
amount of money and labor.
However, there are returns to Circuit Court
be considered. An acre of land In Session
should grow from $8.00 to $10
Court is now in session, with
worth of lumber each year. You
can see that these' trees are Hon. Judge Courtney C. Wells
increasing in value from $6,000 presiding. Among the outstandto $8,000 each year on the com- ing cases tried during the week
bined plantings. That is in ad- was that of Willie Lee Maggard,
dition to the values of increas- Burton Maggard and Earnest
capacity Anderson, who each received a
sentence in the state
of the soil, preventing floods,
controlling soil erosion and pre- reformatory for grand larceny.
Buses will run to the Athletic
serving soil fertility.
Field between 12:00 and 12:45
these trees grow on for a period
of ten years, it means a gain
to Letcher County of approxiMine
Fire could easily
these valuable forests. Not only
Jack Burke, of Speight, age
can fire greatly reduce the po37 years, was killed in a mine
tential value of the trees themaccident at Taylor Brothers Coal
selves, it can also hurt the fu
Co., on Trace Fork, Monday afg
ternoon. According to informaof the soil and sorrowfully ag
tion received Mr. Burke was
gravate the water shortage in
crushed by a motor car and
our dear home county.
died of chest injuries. He was
Since timber is one of our
the son of the late Taulbee
most vital resources and since
Burke and Rosa Johnson Burke.
Survivors inelude his mother,
fire can cause such an alarming
loss to each and every citizen,
the wife, Mary Bentley Burke,
we can quickly see the need for
five children whose ages range
some protective measures. The
from 10 months to 11 years, two
abusive treatment of our forbrothers, Zack and Frank of
ests by "fire must be stopped.
Longsfork, Kentucky and one
One tree can make a million
sister, Mrs. Lula Johnson of
matches, but one match can deVirginia.
stroy a million trees. Every
Mr. Burke's father was killed
time we burn trees, we help been missing of
in a mine accident in 1945 and
from her home
to weaken our county and make
since Feb. 13th. Anyone know- his brother, Pete, died from init a less desirable place for us, ing the whereabouts of Mrs. juries received in a mine acci
our children and our grand Sexton notify Sheriff
of Letch- dent last August
er County, Robert Collins. She Funeral services for Burke
A citizen can do a vitally
is the mother of five children were held on Tuesday with burworthwhile thing for his counial taking place in the Johnson
ty by discouraging his neigh- of school age, who are left Memorial Cemetery in Pike
alone. She is needed at home
burning of other plant refuse. by her husband and children.
Troy Sexton & Family
Many, many dollars worth of
timber are destroyed by such
Among those attending KEA
burning. Too, these stalks take
in Louisville, this week, are
plant food, from the ground and man family.
Supt. of Schools, W. B. HalL
should be returned to the
Ask your neighbor not to burn Mrs. Hall, Kendall Boggs, Pringround. When we burn them we stalks nor to handle fire in any cipal of Whitesburg
are sending our soil up into the promiscuous manner whatso- School, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Colair to never be recaptured and ever.
lins, Miss Martha Jane Potter,
used to replenish the soil which
Soil Conservation Service
Hiram Taylor, Jr., Miss Ann
must continue to feed the hu- of Letcher County