Items taken from The Floyd County Times, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years ago.
Ten Years Ago
November 9, and 11, 1994
After two decades of representation by the same board member, Floyd County's School District 1 will soon have its third new face in four years. In a runaway vote, Tuesday, Auxier resident Ursal Ray Wilcox captured the District 1 seat from appointee Dolores Smith, who was named to the board, last year, by Education Commissioner Thomas Boysen, to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Eddie Billips. Four years ago, Billips upset longtime board chairman Dr. James D. Adams for the seat...U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers rewrote Floyd County's politcal history books, Tuesday, riding an unprecedented 3 to 1 vote margin to an equally unprecedented win. Rogers, a Somerset Republican, apparently became the first GOP candidate ever to carry heavily Democratic Floyd County in a congressional election. He is the first Republican to win any general election race in the county since the mid-1950s, when Gorman Collins Sr., was elected sheriff...A Floyd County Circuit Judge has ruled that a former school principal demoted to a homebound teacher should be reinstated to his position, and receive back pay and benefits. Judge Paul Burchett ruled last week that former Adams Middle School principal Thomas Tackett was wrongfully demoted to a teacher and should be reinstated as an administrator in the school system...District Judge Danny Caudill will take a step up the judicial ladder in Floyd County after posting a decisive victory, Tuesday, in a race for circuit judge. Caudill will serve out the five years remaining in the unexpired term of the late Judge Harold Stumbo, who died in January. Caudill beat challenger Paul Burchett in balloting, Tuesday...Floyd County may enact an ethics code soon, but Floyd Countians may never know if its provisions are enforced. Under the county's proposed ethics code-unveiled for the first time Friday, less than two months before the January 1995, deadline-calls for all allegations made against county officials or employees to be kept secret. The accused, the accuser or the county's ethics commission cannot disclose the existence of a preliminary investigation into any allegations of violations of the code. Also, there is no provision to make a public disclosure of the disposition of a complaint...Floyd County's Fiscal Court voted, Friday, to adopt an ordinance which allows jail time for people who do not pay their gabage bills. The court also voted to proceed with plans to build a new courthouse. Magistrates approved second reading of an ordinance requiring mandatory participation in the county's solid waste program which calls for criminal charges and penalties, including up to 90 days in jail, for those who do not pay their monthly bills...The results of Tuesday's national elections, which gave the Republican Party control of the House and Senate for the first time since Dwight Eisenhower was President, kicks in a pledge that GOP candidates made prior to the election. The pledge, known as a "Contract With America," promised that within the first 100 days of the start of the next session, the House will vote on 10 pieces of legislation...Fund-raisers are in full swing in Floyd and surrounding counties for baby Terri LaShae Jervis who is in need of a lower bowel/liver transplant. The eight-and-a-half-month old daughter of Terry and Tammy Jarvis of Banner is at Pikeville Methodist Hospital awaiting a donor. The infant, who relies on a feeding tube for nourishment, is being treated at Pikeville by Dr. Rakesh Sachdeva, a specialist in stomach and intestinal illnesses...The Floyd County Sheriff's Department has been ordered by Circuit Judge Paul Burchett to return over $6,000 confiscated during a drug raid in 1987. In an order signed, Tuesday, Judge Burchett ruled that the money seized from the home of Donald Kimberly and Arlene Osborne should be returned to Osborne, because the state dismissed the forfeiture action on July 27, 1993...Residents of the City of Martin are being advised not to drink or cook with water from the city's water system-even if boiled-because vandals allegedly urinated in the water tank, Wednesday. Two Floyd County men have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's incident...There is a vacancy on the Martin City Council with the resignation this week of councilman Steve Jenkins. Council voted to accept Jenkins' resignation at Wednesday's meeting, and there was no reason given for Jenkins' decision...Two inmates that escaped from the Otter Creek Correctional Facility in Wheewlright, Wednesday night, were apprehended in Johnson County, approximately 16 hours later. James Allen Curtis, 19, of Flat Gap and David Allen Pitts, 18, of Fulton, were arrested by Kentucky State Police and members of the Johnson County Sheriff 's department at approximately 4:23 p.m., near the Johnson/Lawrence County line...It appears that U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers isn't the history maker we made him out to be after Tuesday's election. Rogers was not the first Republican to carry Floyd County in a congressional election. That distinction goes to the late John Sherman Cooper...There died: Thomas Y. Harmon Jr., 87, of Elliott City, Maryland, formerly of Prestonsburg, Thursday, November 3, at BonSecauars Extended Care; Hazel Marie Case, 73, of New London, Ohio, Monday morning, at the home of her granddaughter in Greenwich, Ohio; Thomas F. "Tuffy" Ratliff, 70, of Lebanon, Virginia, formerly of David, Tuesday, November 1, in the Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon; Lorena Johnstone, 79, of Betsy Layne, Tuesday, November 1, at her home; Walter Allen, 58, Saturday, November 5, at his home at Harold; Robert Joseph Hardee, 69, of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Wednesday, November 2, in Bladen County Hospital; Anice Stepp Jarrell, 72, of Prestonsburg, Friday, November 4, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital; Ethel Miller Senters, 89, of Betsy Layne, Tuesday, November 8, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Herchel "Blatz" Stumbo, 73, of McDowell, Wednesday, November 9, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington; Lettico Crum, 81, of Martin, Wednesday, November 9, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital.
Twenty Years Ago
November 14, 1984
A suit was filed in Floyd Circuit Court by Bonnie Faulkner to compel the fiscal court to comply with state law that requires the county to maintain an animal shelter...Records show GOP, with Nixon, came nearest to winning in Floyd County...Garrett area residents split over plans for a fire district...Of the 813 freshmen in Floyd County High Schools, only 650 made it into the sophomore class...Orville Adkins has agreed to pay $57,000 in federal fines for alleged safety violations at the Knott County mine where eight men died in an explosion in 1981...A state report says that $26.2 million is needed for school buildings in the county...There died: Nora Mayo Begley, 88, of Langley, Sunday; Ethel Mael Collins, 69, of Cow Creek, Friday; Tivs Reynolds, 83, of Langley, Thursday, and Elmer G. Morrison, 88, of Wayland, Saturday.
Thirty Years Ago
November 13, 1974
Floyd County is no longer beset by "out migration." Instead, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the migration now is into the county, which as of last year, had gained since the 1970 census 3,611 in population...County Judge Henry Stumbo announced, last week, that this county's application for $9,563 assistance in Crime Control funds toward construction of a juvenile detention home in the proposed courthouse annex, here has been denied by the state Department of Justice...Approximately 300 homes in Garrett and surrounding area were without heat, last Thursday night, when the gas supply was cut off by explosions which destroyed portions of two Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company pipelines...The Corps of Engineers' annual drawdown of Dewey reservoir, which began Monday, will result in a five-foot reduction from summer pool...The Prestonsburg Blackcat football team closed out its 1974 season, Friday night, by overwhelming their arch rivals, the Paintsville Tigers, 34 to 0...There died: Johnny M. Osborne, 77, of Hite, last Thursday, en route to a Martin hospital; Mrs. Lana Dudley, 80, of Langley, Monday, at a nursing home, here; Mrs. Dorothy Ramey Hughes, of Deshler, O., formerly of this county, November 1, in Putnam County, Ohio; Mrs. Francis Hall, 90, of Teaberry, at her home, Saturday; Clifton Walters, 97, of Cleveland, O., formerly of Harold, Friday, at Cleveland; Bill Blackburn, 85, of Melvin, last Tuesday, at the McDowell Hospital; Mary Elizabeth Bentley, 82, of Ligon, Friday, at the McDowell Hospital; Willie Alvie Pack, 66, of Wheelwright, November 6, at a Paintsville hospital; Everett Smith, 99, of Brainard, Monday, at a hospital, here, of injuries received in an auto accident, Sunday.
Forty Years Ago
November 12, 1964
Mrs. Sophia Owens Staton, 63-year-old Auxier woman, was almost instantly killed early, Sunday morning, when she was struck by a train near her home...A fire which began in the home of Pearl Goodman destroyed three residences at Garrett, Monday...Rev. Isaac Solomon Stratton, 90, revered Floyd County minister, died Friday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital after 61 years of work in the ministry...Dr. James Holbrook, of the Prestonsburg General Hospital staff, was seriously injured, Wednesday night, of last week in the collision of his auto with a truck on new U.S. 23, near Paintsville...The Floyd Circuit Court opened, Monday, to begin the slow job of attempting to impanel a jury under the death penalty qualifications for the trial of Roy Salisbury, charged with the murder of Mrs. Malie Denny, one of three persons who were shot to death near Drift...Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Minix, a son, James David, November 7, at Ashland...There died: Alex Wallen, 63, last Wednesday, at his home at Water Gap; Mrs. Jennie Reed, 81, of Drift, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Milford Turner, 85, of Garrett, Saturday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Joseph Mont Taylor, 68, of Gulnare, last week; Lacy Castle, 52, Hueysville, Friday, at Salisbury, while working in a mine; Mrs. Ardela Slone, 88, of Dema, last Wednesday, at the Golden Years Rest Home, Lackey; Harold Dean Gibson, 30, formerly of Wayland, last Thursday, in Dayton, Ohio.
Fifty Years Ago
November 11, 1954
The mystery murder here in June, 1949, of Muriel Baldridge, Prestonsburg High School girl, vaulted into the news again this week, as a man was arrested in Meridian, Miss., as a suspect in the brutal slaying...Marcus Owens, Weeksbury teacher, was named first vice-president of the Eastern Kentucky Education Association, without opposition, at the association's annual meeting in Ashland last week...Holding majorities in 49 of this county's 60 precincts at last week's election. Senator-elect Alben W. Barkley polled 61.43 per cent of 11,019 votes cast in his race against Senator John Sherman Cooper...The Prestonsburg Junior Chamber of Commerce announced, this morning, that a panel discussion on canalization of the Big Sandy River will be held at Pikeville College, November 18...The Prestonsburg Black Cats ended an undefeated season by downing arch-rival Paintsville, Friday night, 19-12...Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shopher, their second daughter, Debra Sue, Nov. 6, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital...There died: Elza Gayheart, 73, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; "Aunt Lou" Auxier, 79, Friday, at her home at Auxier.
Sixty Years Ago
November 9, 1944
Entire interest of Circuit Judge Henry Stephens in the First National Bank here was purchased this week by Burl Spurlock, West Prestonsburg merchant...Congressman A. J. May won re-election by 3,220 votes, Tuesday, over his two-time Republican opponent, Dr. Elmer E. Gabbard. Franklin D. Roosevelt was at the same time re-elected President for an unprecedented fourth term, defeating Thomas E. Dewey...The casualty list this week includes these who were wounded; Lt. Tivis Little, of Melvin, in France, October 17; Sgt. Alex Halbert, of Martin, in Luxemborg, October 19; Pvt. Odis Blankenship, of Manton, October 12, in Italy; Sgt. Earl Reynolds, of Teaberry...Born: to Pvt. and Mrs. Donald Lee Meade on November 7, at Lexington, a son; to Mr. and Mrs. Denvil Leake, of Prestonsburg, November 5, at Paintsville; a daughter...There died: Walter Vanderpool, 38, Thursday, at West Prestonsburg; George Robinson, 53, at Pikeville; November 2; Mrs. William Hall, 68, at Topmost, Monday; Jerry Arnold Napier, 9 months old, of Garrett, November 1, at the Lackey Hospital; Mrs. John Branham, 79, of Emma, November 2; Mrs. Rhoda Moore, Tuesday, at Hi Hat.
Seventy Years Ago
November 9, 1934
Congressman A. J. May was re-elected, Tuesday, carrying five of the eight counties in the Seventh district, and defeating his Republican opponent, Harry H. Ramey, of Salyersville, by nearly a 3,800 vote majority...Tuesday's voting named to the city board of education two new members, Dick Spurlock and Heber Burke, and retained one incumbent, H. F. Patton...Prof. W. R. Thomas, 71, veteran educator and author, was struck and instantly killed by a train near his home below Dwale, Saturday evening...Just to prove Iowa's not the only place where corn grows tall; R. C. Leard, company superintendent of the Warfield Gas Company at Eureka, recently found and brought to The Times office a cornstalk measuring 16 feet and 9 inches. The ear was over seven feet off the ground. Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Mabry Hays, of Maytown, a son, last night...There died: Miss Mousie Martin, 59, of Jump, last week.