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Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday Evening,
Volume No. 49
The entire community
county were grieved to learn of
the death of Bruce Hays,
native Letcher Coun-tiawho passed away in Detroit on Thursday, March 29th
following coronary thrombosis.
Mr. Hays had been employed
in Detroit for
Famed Choir To Sing In The Whitesburg Methodist Local Businessmen First BabyHospital at
Again on Tuesday night the
The first baby has arrived at
Church; Thursday, April 12th
Whitesburg Businesmen met at the new Memorial Hospital, a
Bruce Hays Dies
Suddenly in Detroit
Of Miners' Hospitals
Set for June 2nd
Final arWashington, D. C.
rangements have been approved
by the Trustees of the United
Mine Workers of America Welfare and Retirement Fund for
the official dedication of the
ten Memorial Hospitals in Kentucky, West Virginia,- and Virginia, now being operated as an
integrated unit by the Miners
Memorial Hospital Association,
Josephine Roche, Director of
the Fund, announced today.
The dedication ceremony" will
take place Saturday, June 2,
1956, at one o'clock on the
grounds of the Beckley Memorial
Hospital, Beckley, West
ample space is available
for the antcipated attendance of
many thousands of miners and
their friends from Kentucky,
West Virginia, and Virginia. The
hospitals are located at the hub
of the coal fields where some
400,000 Trust Fund beneficiaries miners and their dependents are eligible for Fund hospital and medical care benefits.
John L. Lewis, as Chairman of
the Board of Trustess of, the
Fund, wll preside and make the
After Chairman Lewis has
presented his Associate Trustees, Miss Josephine Roche and
Mr. Charles A. Owen, he will
call upon Doctor Warren F. Dar-peExecutive Medical Officer
of the Fund, to introduce for
brief speeches Doctor Frederirck
D. Mott, Medical Administrator,
Miners Memorial Hospital Assoc
iation, Doctor Elmer Hes, President, American Medical Associ- tion, and Doctor Howard A.
Rusk, Professor and Chairman,
and Physical Medicine, New
Mr. Lewis will then close the
program with a dedication ad
dress and the presentation of
bronze dedication plaque to each
of the ten Memorial Hospitals.
Mr. E. Todd Wheeler has been
appointed Special Assistant to
the Director of the Trust Fund
for carrying out the detailed arrangements for the dedication.
The nation-wid- e
interest in the
regional hospital sys
tem of the M.M.H.A., inaugur
ating a new era in hospital and
medical care, is evidenced by the
large number of distinguished
members of the medical and
hospital professions from all
parts of the country who will
be preseent at the dedication.
the City Hall and further
Before going to Detroit
he was employed at the Elkhom
Coal Co., at Kona for a number
of years as manager of the meat
department. He was a veteran
of World War n. He was the son
of the late David Hays. His mother, Mrs. Belle Halcomb Hays
survives him along with one
daughter. Miss Betty Hays, student nurse at Dunham Hospital,
Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers
J. L. Hays and Astor Hays and
one sister, Mrs. R. P. Price of
Whitesburg. One sister, Mrs.
Dalna Hays Hale, preceded him
Funeral services were conducted at Craft's Chapel Monday
morning at 10:00 o'clock with
Rev. Clel Rodgers and Rev. E.
H. Barnette officiating. Active
pallbearers were Ed Haddix,
Gordan Barker, Bill Fields, Dr.
Carl Pigman, Robert Day, Basil
Hall. Honorary pallbearers included Dr. T. R. Collier, Dr. J.
Russell Price, Herman Hale, Bill
Kincer, Milburn Polly, George
Nelson. Burial took place in the
family plot at the Sandlick cemetery. Craft Funeral Home in
charge of arrangements.
The first meeting of the Medical Staff of Whitesburg Memorial Hospital was held Thursday evening, March 22, at the
invitation of J. Huston Westov-eM.D., the Hospital Chief of
Clinical Services. Attendance
was good, with only one member absent Staff organization
was carried out prior to the
scientific meeting of the evene
ing. Members of the
staff voted in
and part-tim- e
electing the following persons to
positions of responsibility:
President Dr. A. B". Carter
Secretary Dr. Jean McGavran
Dr. . Huston Westover, Chief
of Clinical Services
Dr. A. B. Carter, President of
Dr. Allyn Judd; Chief of the
Department of Internal Medi
Dr. E. G. Skaggs, Fleming
Dr. E. S. Maxey, Jenkins
Dr. John Weiksnar, Chief of
the Department of Surgery
Dr. Carl Pigman, Whitesburg
Further committee assignments will be announced later
after members are named by
the Regional Medical Board.
After a discussion of routine
medical affairs, and methods of
providing for smooth hospital
function for the benefit of the
patients, plans were made for
' tho next monthly business and
For the scientific part of the
program Dr. Allyn Judd, Internist, presented a comprehensive and interesting review of
current information regarding
the clinical use of three new
antibiotics; bacitracin, neomycin
sulfate and polymyxyn B sul- fate.
Union College A Cappella
Choir will sing in the Whitesburg Methodist Church April 22,
at 7:30. The Rev. E. H; Barnette, pastor has announced.
The choral group under the
direction of Professor Kenneth
Huenink, head of the college
music department, completes an
annual tour each season. Recent
tours include trips to Florida,
Massachusetts, Kentucky, and
Virginia. They appear frequently for the weekly radio broadcasts, and the college chapel
The sacred program will feature compositions by the modern
composer Sateren; Beethoven's
"Hallelujah;" the five-pa-
tet by Sweelink; and the
Union College, a Methodist
senior institution under the auspices of the Kentucky Methodist Conference, is completing
its 77th year of academic instruction. Having more than 650
students, the college will dedicate a new $500,000 dormitory
for men this coming fall. Plans
are underway for the construction of a $255,000 swimming
The following persons make
up the Choir, directed by Prof.
Arthur Shaplan, Rue Wesley,
Carl Wynn, v Paul Fitzstevens,
Walter Hensley, Donald 'Holt,
Bill Lombardi, David Jenkins,
David Kouns, Keitz Haburay, Albert Layton, William Corley,
Harold Johnson, John Smith,
James Todd, George Butten,
Margie Stephens, Marijuna
Golden, Joyce Holway, Mary
Krebs, Lydia Middleton, Beverly Patrick, Marge Salmon, Linda
Giles, Sandra Mason, Jane
Ann Cawood, Toni Tipple,
Delia Mills, Mitizie Rogers
(Sec'y.), Kay Kundrat, Erma Barrows, Ruth Krebs, Phyllis
Patricia Rice, Hilda
Shan Wesley, Shirley
Wojciechowski, Diane Murley,
Jane Squires, Inez Stratton,
Bid for Pro Ball
Harold Day Family
Miners in Holiday
Monday was a holiday for
thousands of miners in Letcher
County. It is known as Contract
Day, More are at work now in
mines than for years.
Now Reside In
City Hall Building
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Day and
two young children have moved to the City Hall Building,
Mr. Day recently being employed by the City Council as Fire
Chief for Whitesburg.
has had extensive experience
and training in fire prevention
and fighting having been a
guard at a DuPont plant for
many months in Charleston,
Ind. He was also trained in the
operation of a
Station which is essential since
Circus Coming to
Whitesburg has such a system.
Harold a cousin to Remous
The big 1956 Miller Brothers
Day, who recently resigned to
Indoor Circus is coming to
accept a position with KYVA
Whitesburg, April 7, 1956; for
Motor Co., was formerly contwo performances in the Whitesnected with the Letcher County
burg Gymnasium, sponsored by Coach Ernest (Ernie) Tros- School Board working on heavy
the Whitesburg Junior Cham per, head cage mentor of the rolling equipment for them and
ber of Commerce, accordmg to Whitesburg High School
therefore his ability to care for
Estill Blair, President of the
during the 1955-5the Whitesburg Fire Department
season, has recently been invit equipment is excellent
The' show consists of Circus ed to visit m Peoria, Illinois to
Rmious Day, 'our foihner
animals, elephants and chimp- look over a position with a
anzees with bicycle and tricycle large Peoria Producer of heavy Chief pledged his whole support
riding. Also, the Miller Brothers 'equipment
and play AAU in helping to keep our equippresent a ballet of Aerial Airt-is- .basketball as a member of the ment up to par, and is a volunn Peoria
plus, featuring the
an AAU tary fireman.
Act and Gordo of T. V. squad.
All in all we would say Whitesfame, balancing act.
Coach Trosper, a native of burg is fortunate to obtain the
Don't forget, that's April 7,
services of such a splendid
at young man and being able to
2 and 8:00 p.m., so make your Harlan, Kentucky, starred
plans to attend the big 1956 Union College at Barbourville keep Remious on
for four years. During his last
list to aid and assist us in times
Proceeds will go to charity season of collegiate basketball of fire.
season), 6 2," 21
purposes, according to Estill (the
year old star led the Kentucky
Blair, President of the
College scoring pace in individ- other team in the EKMC, were
to State Champions
ual scoring. In addition to beSgt. Dowd Returns
Carr Creek in 14th Regional
ing a top cage star, Trosper
Tournament play, placed 5 men
Sgt Raymond Dowd recently also was a superior trackster. on the
returned to his job as AF Re- His events in track included the another on the
Kenhigh jump, the broad jump,
cruiter for this territory folConference
run, high hurdles, low
lowing his graduation
School for Recruiters at San hurdles, and numerous others.
year in the Whatever Coach Trosper deDuring his first
Antonio, Texas. Sgt Dowd will
accept recruits at any time at coaching profession, Coach Tros- cides to do in his Athletic Fuhis office over the Quillen Drug, per and his swarm of Yellow-jacke- ture, I am sure the people of
had a very successful Whitesburg wish that he would
Sgt. and Mrs. Dowd occupy season as they took the 53rd stay in Whitesburg as a Coach,
District Cage Crown, won more but if he does decide to leave,
an apartment in Bowen
games than any the best of luck to you, Ernie.
Birthday Church Meeting for
Aunt Lydia Adams
There will be a birthday
church meeting for Aunt Lydia
Adams on Cram Creek at her
home on Saturday night, April
14th. This will be her 88th
birthday. She welcomes all of
her friers and relatives.
April 5, 1956
cussed ways and means to better business relations among
business people in Whitesburg
and Letcher County. Presidentelect Jimmy Williams, presided
and those present were Kermit
Blaine Polly, Hill is
Reedy, Eddie Williams, Harvey
Spence, and Mitchell Davidson.
Mr. Reedy, secretary of the
club, read the minutes of the
last meeting, and they were
approved as read.
Discussions then were made
on ways and means of bettering
relations among business people
of our town and county and setting up information and statistics vital to the success of any
community. At the adjournment
of the meeting it was voted that
the next one be held one week
from now, Tuesday night, April
10th, at 7:30 p.m.
The group made it plain that
this organization was new and
wanted the business men of the
county to come out and give
their information and ideas in
order to help form a permanent
organization that would be a
lasting benefit to the county.
This does not apply to Whitesburg merchants but any merchant who can anc will come and
be a member. A credit Bureau,
it seems is a must for the
county of Letcher and
this is one of the projects the
new organization will sponsor.
Report on Trip
Wayne Blair and Harold Cook,
two young students who were
chosen to represent the local
Rotary Club and schools of Letcher County, at the Annual
World Affairs Institute in Cincinnati recently, reported to the
club this week, each one giving
an excellent talk telling of the
things he saw and heard.
Rotarians were well pleased
with the report and are proud
to have had a part in sponsoring
On Tuesday, April 17, at 9:00 the trip.
a.m., all Letcher County schools
participating in the Annual
Achievement Day will converge
in Whitesburg for the purpose
of friendly competition in all
.Whitesburg 1340, a good part of
areas of the school program.
They will assemble at the Grade that number were present for
Sunday School in the churches
School building and the mass
town on Easter morning.
parade, led by the school bands, of the
resent at tne i?irst baptist
will start promptly at 9:5. The
theme of this year's parade will Church were 313, Graham Mem
be "Conservation." Prizes will orial Presbyterian Church 250,
be awarded to the schools which Whitesburg Methodist, 173
display the best posters on "Con- Church of God, 68, making a
grand total of 808. This is in- servation."
ueeuJ a recoru to De proua ot
At 9:45 the following conand this number should con-- !
tests will be held:
tinue throughout the year.
Written and Hand Work, Grade
School rooms, Grade School
Auditorium, High School Auditorium; Gymnasium.
The Kentucky Power CompFrom 10:45 to 12:45, lunch any, at a meeting of appliance
will be served in the School dealers and Power Company ofCafeteria.
ficials, at the City Cafe on TuesBeginning at 1:00 p.m., Ath- day night outlined plans for an
letic contests will be held on extensive promotion for the sale
the football field, and Folk Game of hot water heaters, and other
Demonstrations will take place type electrical appliances with
in the gymnasium.
the accent on the hot water
Prizes to winners and
will be awarded in the
Mr. Newt Collier, after a dingymnasium at 2:30.
ner of delicious fried chicken,
W. B. Hall hot biscuits, etc., introduced Mr.
and Achievement Day Chairman, Herb Bonta, who in turn in a
Jack M. Burkich are urging all brief manner gave the details of
schools to participate in what the promotion to
promises to be a very success- and pledged his
company's supful program. .Parents and other port in the campaign.
interested people are invited and
Brochures passed out to the
encouraged to be present to ob- crowd gave many good pointers
serve the achievements of the on
the advantages of electrical
appliances, offering each merchant installation fees and other
YOUTH COUNCIL WILL
bonuses for all appliances sold
HOLD OPEN MEETING
On Wednesday night, April
offer would hold good for new
18th, at 8:15 o'clock, the Youth homes
the entire year.
Council will meet in the recreDealers who were not at the
ation room of the Methodist
Church. All parents and other meeting are urged to get the
adults who are interested in folder ytth all the information
young people and their recrea- in it and be a participating
tional needs are invited to be dealer.
Places were laid for 30 represent. Mrs. W. B. Hall is pres
tail dealers and their wive$.
ident of the Youth
little girl born to Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Varson of McRoberts. She
arrived at 8:50 p.m. on Monday,
April 2, 1956 and weighed seven pounds, one ounce at birth.
Dr. Ralph Gambrel who has offices in the Quillen Building was
the attending physician. Mother
and baby are both doing fine.
On Tuesday the baby was presented a lovely shower of gifts
prepared by business people of
Whitesburg for the frist baby-borat the hospital. The presentation of gifts was made
L. Coffey cf Quillen Drug
and Wodrow Dawahare, from
Dawahare's Store. Others present were Sup. of Hospital J. J.
Doney and several nurses. Merchants participating in the donation were Quillen Drug, Dawahare's, Mountain Eagle,
Craft's Dept. Store,
Boone Motor Co. Charlie Wright.
Harry Caudill, H. B.
and Heating, Brad-shaJewelry, Style Center,
Collins Electric, West End Market, Whitesburg Bargain Store,
Pigman Cleaners, Holstein Hardware, Salyer's Radio Co., City
Cafe, Elmer's Market, Pine
Mountain Hotel, Whitesburg Insurance Agency, Craft Funeral
Home, Topper's, Messenger Florist, Williams Electric.
Bank of Neon Moves
To Its New Home
The Bank of Neon has recent
ly moved to the new quarters
facing Main Street in Neon next
door to Wright Jewelry Co. This
lovely new building is constructed of brick, with terrazio floors
and modern in every way. This is
the latest addition to the long;
line of permanent type build
ings built by Dr. D. V. Bentley
who is also president of tha
The Athletic teams of Whites-
burg High School will be
ored Friday night, April 6, at
the Whitesburg VFW Post 5829.
The fete ts scheduled to get
underway at 6:30 p.m.
speaker for the
will be C. H. White, coach of
the Berea College basketballers-Guest- s
of Coach White of Berea College will be Jimmie
Crase, a former forward of the
Yellowjackets and Darrell Crase,
a Letcher County bov who play
ed his high school ball at Kingdom Come. Both are currently
cage stars at Berea College.
Moore, Ernest Trosper, and Walter Enlow, along with the participants in the various athletic
events of Whitesburg High
Dr. Lee Moore, President of
the Whitesburg Athletic Association, will call the banquet to
order and welcome the players
and guests. After the invocation
by Rev. C. A. Lingle, there will
be special music by a local
Following the program, a film
of one of the State Tournament
games will be shown. Principal
Kendall Boggs of Whitesburg
High School says the film will
be the one of the Wayland High.
School games in the 1956 State
Tickets to this banquet will
be sold to the public in pairs
only. A pair of tickets to the
occasion will cost $3.00 with
each person buying a pair of
tickets having as his guest a
member of one of the athletic
teams of WHS. The menu will
include a turkey dinner.
Get your tickets to the big
banquqet from any member of
the Whitesburg Athletic Association, a coach or the Whitesburg