University of Kentucky
IT SCREAMS! Whitesburg, Letcher County. Kentucky, Thursday, August30, 1962
A large group of political and
United Mine Workers of America
dignitaries Is expected In Jenkins
Monday for the annual UMWA
Labor Day celebration.
Included among speakers are to
be Gov. Bert Combs, Lt. Gov.
Wilson Wyatt, U. S. Rep. Carl
D. Perkins and Ned Breathitt,
the Combs administration's candidate for governor in the 1963
Kentucky primary, and W. A.
(Tony) Boyle, vice president of
the UMWA national organization.
Boyle will be the first international UMWA official to speak at
1 Labor Day rally since 1952,
The union will award a $500
scholarship to the dependent of
a union member chosen as "Miss
'Manof the Year' Dr.
B. C. Bach
Funeral services were held today at the First Baptist Church
for Sam Collins Sr., 81, a colorful figure in Letcher County
pablic life since the turn of the
home. (Eagle photo) century.Rev. Charles Carter and
the Rev. Robert S. Owens officiated. Burial was at Mayking.
Mr. Collins' entered public life
when he was appointed postmaster at Whitesburg at the age of
about 19, shortly before the
turn of the century. In 1901 he
years in the Philippines,
became deputy collector of Inhis dlschareehe entered th
verslty of Louisville Medical ternal revenue. He served for
School aad after graduation prac- - several years in the office of
the late Judge John Sherman
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Cooper, father of the senator,
at Danville, and then asked to
become a field collector. In
that capacity he rode horseback
through the Kentucky mountains
seeking out tax violators. In
1908 he was named United States
Commissioner, a position he held
until he was elected judge of
Letcher County In 1918. The
judgeship was the only elective
office he ever held; he resigned
it after two. years (Judge Stephen
Combs succeeded him) to accept
the position of prohibition director for Kentucky in 1921. As
prohibition director, a federal office, he had offices at Lexington
and his duties were similar to the
duties of the present Alcohol Tax
As pronibition director for KenESTILL-BLAItucky, Collins figured promi- -
relaxes at his
Dr. Bert C. Bach, who has Was educated in the Breathitt
County schools and wfter attendpracticed medicine in Whitesburg for nearly 50 years, has ing Lees College in Jackson,
been named Whltesburg's "Man Ky., Dr. Bach entered the United States Army and served three
of the Year" by the Whitesburg
Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Bach received the plaque
and certificate commemorating
the honor at a dinner last Saturday night at the Coffey House.
U. S. Marshal Archie Craft,
last year's recipient, made the
presentation. Lee Crutchfield,
president of the Hazard Chamber
of Commerce, was the speaker.
Dr. Bach was nominated by
several local civic groups as this
A new drug store will open in
year's recipient of the honor,
which recognizes a citizen's Whitesburg about the middle of
contribution to his community.
Here is the citation read about
The store will be operated by a
him at the dinner:
newly organized firm known as
Dr. Bert C. Bach was born at Family Drug Co., Inc. It will
Quicksand, Breathitt County, be a Walgreen agency.
Estill Blair of Whitesburg, who
Ky. , in 1882. He was one of
five children, one girl and has been principal promoter of
the new store, said the firm will
four boys. He and his three brothers became physicians. He
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of Whitesburg 'residents
Bert Combs and the
state Department of Libraries this
week to locate headquarters of a
proposed regional library
Whitesburg but were informed the
governor wanted it at Jenkins and
that's where it will be."
At a meeting at the Letcher
County Public Library Wednesday afternoon, representatives of
civic groups here and other interested citizens wired the governor that they felt the regional
library should be located at the
county seat because it would best
serve all sections of the county
Mrs. Zenneth Bentley, chairman, and Columbus Sexton,
treasurer, of the county library
board, were delegated Ijy the
group to call Governor Combs
In Frankfort and talk to him
the location of the library
They could not reach
libs, however, and late today
the Department of Libraries an
headnounced the regional
quarters would be located at
Members ot the Whitesburg
group pointed out that although
money for the library is to come
from the governor's emergency
fund for the next two years residents of Letcher County will
have to vote a tax eventually to
provide funds for the library.
The Whitesburg group indicated
they did not believe Letcher
County would pass a tax to support a library located at Jenkins
and inconvenient to the rest of
So far, no other counties have
indicated a willingness, to come
into the region.
of the Whitesburg
group argued that the only possi
nently in the downfall of George
known as the "Bootleg
Remus, convicted and sent to
the federal penitentiary at Atlanta, recalled that during his career of 'buying men' ne came
across two he could not handle.
One, he said, was Bert Morgan,
prohibition director of Indiana.
"The other," he said, "was
Sam Collins, prohibition director for Kentucky, who refused an offer of a hundred thousand dollars simply to quit his
It was Collins who revoked the
permit of Remus' bogus Kentucky Drug Co. , set up to withdraw whisky illegally,
thus marked the first cog in the
wheel leading to the downfall of
Remus recalled from prison:
"I thought certainly the young
man wouldn't object to resigning
his job for a flattering sum of
money if he didn't have to do
anything wrong, so we planned
to offer him a flat sum of
$100,000 for his resignation.
The offer was made through an
attorney in Kentucky, who was
also powerful in politics but the
young man smelt a rat and turned
us down. 'No, sir, ' he replied,
'I am not for sale.'"
The Remus story and Collins'
part in it gained national prominence.
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UMWA District 30." Miss Joan
Odum, "Miss USA of 1962, "will
crown the winner.
After the speaking, which begins with Boyle's address at
11:45 a. m., a stage show will
be given. Entertainers will include Stonewall Jackson of Grand
Olc Opry, an animal act, plate
spinning artists, a comedy musical act, a high wire artist and
an accordion artist.
The governor's speech is set
for 12:30 p. m. Other political
figures will speak at 2 p. m.
union officials say they expect
the largest Labor Day crowd In
The celebration will be held at
the Jenkin ball field.
Funeral services held
for Sam Collins Sr., 81
Dr. Bach named "Man of Year"
Labor Day rally
set at Jenkins
ble justification tor locating regional headquarters in Jenkins
would be inclusion of Pike County
in the region. If Perry or Knott
counties, the others under consideration, are included, an)
round trip to regional headquarters would Involve an extra 34
miles of travel if the headquarters is in Jenkins.
The Letcher County Public Library Board has not yet voted to
join the regional library.
Miss Margaret Willis, state librarian, came to Whitesburg last
week and met with the county
library board to tell them the
governor bad made available
money from his emergency fund
to set up a regional library in
Letcher County. During
meeting Miss Willis indicated
the Jenkins library was the onl
one in the countv with
space available for the three
desks and shelving space the
gional library staff will require.
(The Jenkins library moved into
new nuatiets aonaiea ana reaec- orated by Bethlehem Mines Core
last spring.) Later, MIm wm Ii
indicated $he would consider
locating the headquarters at
If space could be
Mrs. Bentley obtained pledges
from local cltizrns to pay $50
monthly rent and offered the library department the main floor
of the Hiram Mitchell building
Just across the street from the
Letcher County library, which is
housed In the L&N depot, located on Main Street in Whitesburg.
Mrs. Bentley said that when
she called Miss Willis to tell her
that space was available in
Whitesburg Miss Willis said the
regional library headquarters had
been "promised to Jenkins."
Mrs. Archie Craft, wife of the
former state senator, said she
understood Combs had visited the
library at Jenkins during a trip to
Letcher County with the State
Chamber of Commerce and had
"made a public commitment"
then that Jenkins would get regional library headquarters.
"The governordoes not go back
on his word, " Mrs. Craft added.
(Mountain Eagle flies concerning the governor's ttop at Jenkins report Combs told the people
at Jenkins they "had a good
chance" to get a regional libra Former Rep. Harry Caudill said
he did not believe under the
democratic system, of government
the state could locate a library
at 'Jenkins wthou some regard
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