30 years ago
(Wednesday, August 10, 1983)
In re-establishing a city planning commission, Prestonsburg will take care of its own planning and zoning.
A special grand jury session was called to consider the indictment of three men, the victim’s husband Clyde Marshall, Bobby McGuffey and Carl Harold McFarland, accused of complicity to murder Glenda Sharon Marshall, 30, whose body was found June 20 in a wrecked, fire-gutted car on Sizemore mountain near Minnie.
South Central Bell’s parent company was taking part in the nationwide strike against American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
There died: Liddie Sammons Conn, 84, of Martin, Monday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Rose (Bud) Cooley, 53, of Eastern, Monday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Edward Everett Tackett, 68, of Weeksbury, Sunday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Henry Slone, 54, of Blue River; Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital.
40 years ago
(August 8, 1973)
A new attempt at reviving the long-dormant Floyd County Comprehensive Health Program was begun this week, as preliminary work was being done toward formulating a workable program.
Employees of the U.S. Shoe Company plant here voted last Friday, by a better than 2-to-1 margin, not to affiliate themselves with the Boot & Shoe Workers’ Union.
Last Thursday night’s meeting of the City Council named Assistant City Clerk Beverly M. Hackworth to assume the duties of City Clerk.
A loaded coal truck plowed into the back of a car in front of the First National Bank here Monday morning, “totaling” the auto and injuring its five occupants, Estill Newsome, his wife and three children.
Resurfacing of US 23 between Prestonsburg and Auxier began recently.
Miss Jane Ellen Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford E. Wright, of Prestonsburg, became the bride of Mr. David Lawrence Shrout, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde R. Shrout of Mt. Sterling, in a ceremony solemnized August 4, at the Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church, here.
The Martin Braves, of the Martin-Maytown Little League, won first place in the play-off games, August 4, at Maytown, defeating the Maytown Cubs, 14-6.
Betsy Layne cheerleaders, Jane Ann Steele, Hollie Hall, Beata Clark, Melinda Damron, Gwen Clark, Kay Blackburn, and Pauletta Smith, will perform at the State Fair in Louisville, August 23.
There died: Estill Patrick, 49, of Lagrange, Ind., formerly of Knott County, July 24, in a Kendallville hospital; Bruce Hackworth, 77, of Abbott, July 30, at a hospital here; James H. Harmon, 79, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at a hospital here; Edgille Baldridge, 60, of Hueysville, July 23, at a Martin hospital; Melvin Conn, 86, of Printer, July 23, at a Paintsville rest home; Howard Terry, 57, of Lagrange, O., formerly of Knott County, recently at Elyria Memorial Hospital; Oscar Combs, 79, July 30, at his home at Raven; James R. Baisden, 79, of Prestonsburg, at the Paintsville Hospital; Floyd Bryant, 92, July 21, at his home at Martin; Patrick Hall, 78, of Galveston, July 26, at the McDowell Hospital; John Nelson Stratton, 84, July 30, at his home at Ivel; Mrs. Cora C. Cook, 69, Sunday, at her home at Buckingham; Mrs. Virgie N. Slone, 40, Thursday, at her home at Mousie.
50 years ago
(August 8, 1963)
A one-story addition to the Prestonsburg General Hospital, now under construction, and installation of a Data Phone, newest of electrocardiograph transmission devices, will cost an estimated $25,000.
Five owners of proper lying on the Hoge Newman Branch or near it, in the vicinity of Hi Hat, have filed suit in circuit court here, seeking to recover a total of $23,100 from the Hi Hat Elkhorn Coal Company.
Doubt was expressed, Tuesday, that the rifle shot which killed J.E. (Elza) Conley, 65, former Prestonsburg restaurant-owner, at his apartment here, Monday morning, was the result of an accident.
Date of The Proud Heritage, the annual Civil War play here, has been changed to Sunday, September 1 at 3 p.m., it was announced by James Salisbury, director.
Two small sisters, children of former Floyd Countians, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shepherd, of Warsaw, Ind., died last Thursday, a few hours following injuries received when the family car was struck by a truck north of Warsaw.
There died: Mrs. Cora Fitzpatrick, 78, of East Point, July 25, at the Paintsville Hospital; Willie Wright, 71, formerly of this county, July 21, at Ada, Ohio.
60 years ago
(August 13, 1953)
The latest Floyd servicemen to be released in the Korean War prisoner exchange are Pfc. Fred Obroff, and Wheelwright, and Cpl. Fred Harper, of Wayland.
Closed mines, resulting from increasing production costs and a lagging market, have cost the Big Sandy coal field an approximate $2 1/2 million payroll loss in the past two and a half years.
Arnold Ratliff, 28, of Danville, West Virginia, formerly of Maytown, was killed, Saturday noon, when his truck left the road, crashing into an embankment on Cheat Mountain, near Kingswood, West Virginia.
The Prestonsburg Board of Education decided, Monday evening, to submit to Prestonsburg Independent district voters, at the November election, the question of levying a building tax to raise funds for the construction of a new gymnasium here.
In the matter of picturesque precinct names, Floyd County voting places such as John Possum, John Ant, Hen Hall, Rough and Tough and Elder Hiram, prove a rival to Letcher county’s Kingdom Come, UZ, (spelled with capitals) and Democrat Gap (which is a strong Republican precinct).
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Patton, of Auxier, a daughter, Mary Lee, August 2, at the Paintsville Hospital.
There died: Arthur Robinson, 57, at home at Martin, Sunday; Dr. Henry A. Schufflebarger, 64, of McDowell, Wednesday, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Louisville; Mrs. O. P. Powers, 76, at home at Prestonsburg, Monday; Mrs. G. Combs, 57, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington; John R. Allen, 83, at his home at Warco, Sunday.
70 years ago
(August 12, 1943)
In Saturday’s primary, J. Lyton Donaldson won the Democratic nomination for Governor, and Floyd County’s W. H. May Jr., was nominated the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant-Governor.
Because of the critical shortage of teachers, no leaves of absence will be granted teachers from Floyd schools, this year, the Floyd County Board of Education voted last week.
Lon Spradlin, 21, of Bonanza, was instantly killed, Monday night, in a truck-car collision at Lima, Ohio.
With the drought in Floyd County growing ever worse, and sources of water becoming more scarce, the community of David, this week, was buying water from the Prestonsburg Water & Gas System, and having it hauled ten miles by truck.
Jack Bannon, 30, of Chillicothe, Ohio, native of Prestonsburg, was one of three soldiers who died from exposure, after becoming lost during a six-day endurance test on the wastelands of the Southern California-Arizona desert, near Camp Young.
Willis Hicks, of Langley, was reported last week by the War Department as having been killed in action in the European theater.
Born: to Pvt. and Mrs. Herbert Preston, twins, John Herbert and Sandra Sue, August 7, at the Prestonsburg Hospital; to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Yantis, a son, Frank Stuart, August 3, at Louisville.
There died: Mrs. Edith Maness, 30, at home at Wheelwright, Saturday; Fan May, 90, Friday, at her home at Maytown; Mrs. Agnes Scott Calhoun, 63, of Water Gap, Monday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital, of tetanus developing from a spliner wound in her hand; Waleda Smiley, 15, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at the Martin General Hospital; Mrs. Lewis Webb, 59, Friday, at her home at Colonial Hollow, near here.