Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, February 18, 1965 Vol. 57, No. 41
Pickets visit mines
Mines of two Letcher County
coal companies were picketed
this week by large groups of men
and women in an apparent renewal of the "roving picket" movement of two years ago.
One of the firms, Elkhorn-Jell-iCoal Company of Marlowe,
obtained a temporary restraining
order from Letcher Circuit Court
against the United Mine Workers
of America and some of its members, and the number of pickets
at both mines has declined.
The picketing began Monday
morning at Elknorn-Jellicabout 60 miners left their jobs,
some to join the picket moveo,
union contract last spring and reopened as a
Berman Gibson, leader of the
roving picket movement of two
years ago, was present at the
picketing, but was
not with pickets who visited the
Polly Mine of South East Coal
Company the following day. He
denied leadership of the current
South East employees went to
work and did not leave their J obs
Nathan Baker (center) of Letcher received certificates of appreciation
this week from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Cliamber of Commerce at a luncheon
in Louisville honoring the 85 manufacturing firms which announced new industrial plants in Kentucky
durine 1964. Mrs. Baker represented Fire -- Glo Cannel Corporation at Isom. which Dackaees cannel
coal for home fireplace use, and Boone Boy Industries Inc. at Letcher, which manufacturers upholstered
furniture. Kentucky Gov. Edward T. Breathitt and G. J. Tankersley (right), Owensboro, presented the
certificates. The luncheon marked the beginning of "Industry Appreciation Week" sponsored by the
Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Department of Commerce.
Hospital patient load 101 per cent
1 ne Whitesburg Appalachian
Regional Hospital operated at
101 per cent of its capacity during the month of January, according to a statistical report released
this week by hospital administrator Ray Roberts.
The average daily number of
patients during January was 62.
The hospital's capacit y is rated
at 61 patients. The highest number of persons hospitalized at one
time during January was 75; the
lowest was 52.
The January figures contrasted
sharply with those of November,
when occupancy was 72 per cent,
and December, when it was 82
per cent. Hospital officials say
occupancy must be 83 per cent
for the institution to break even.
Thirty-eigper cent of the
January patient load was financed
by government welfare programs.
under the medical assistance and public assistance
programs administered by the
Kentucky Department of Economic Security, and 30 were hospitalized under the special medical
indigent program set up by the
state ot Kentucky to keep the
hospitals in operation.
Beneficiaries of the United Mine
Workers of America Welfare and
Retirement Fund accounted for 20
per cent of the January patient
load. Private self-pa- y
made up 15 per cent, and Blue
Cross Insurance beneficiaries 13
per cent. Workmen's compensation accounted for two per cent,
and private commercial insurance
for 12 Der cent. .
Roberts said the hospital's accounts receivable now total
$137, 721.23. Of this amount,
$72,676.27 is less than 60 days
old, $24,712.44 is 60 to 90 days
old and $45,979.07 Is more than
90 days old.
sons were treated in the hospital
emergency room during January.
The average daily emergency
room visits were 11.
Roberts broke down the January
admissions to the hospital by ge
ography. Here's where the
tients came from:
Whitesburg, 47; Ermine, 14;
Jenkins, 12; Letcher, Mayking
and McRoberts, 11 each; Black -ey and b on, 10 each; Eolia and
each; Burdine, Cro-m.
.id Payne Gap, 8 each;
Jackhorn, Millstone, Seco and
Southdown, 7 each; Colson,
Dunham, Isom and Premium, 6 each; Jeremiah and
Van, 4 each; Deane, Thornton,
Kona, Kingscreek, Partridge,
Ulvah, three each; Crown,
Hallie, Sergent, Shelby
Gap, two each; Amburgey, Carcassonne, Day, Democrat, Line-for- k,
Littcarr, Oscaloosa, Oven
Fork, Skyline, B.ith, one each;
Dorton, two; Red Fox, three;
Salem, Ind., two; Chicago, 111.,
one; Wise, Va., two, and Big
Stone Gap, Va. , one.
babies were born
at the hospital during January.
Sexton poultry house destroyed by fire
Fire of unexplained origin destroyed a 10,
house at the home of Columbus
Sexton at Colson early Sunday
morning, Feb. 14.
Sexton was a pioneer in the
new emphasis on
in Letcher County, and his poultry house was the first of several
built in the county during the
past three years.
All 10,000 hens were lost,
with equipment and a barn
which stood nearby.
Sexton said the loss was partly
covered by insurance. He is
making plans to rebuild the
house. A well and pumphouse
which supplied the chicken house
were saved from the fire.
The blaze was discovered when
the bright light it created awoke
the Sextons at about 2 a. m. Sun-
Construction of new telephone
facilities for the Carcassonne
of Letcher County has been
completed, according to J. M.
Gipe, local manager for Southern Bell Telephone Company.
The $16,000 construction project involved 32,400 feet of cable and wire, ranging from 75
pairs of wire (150 wires) down to
a single line.
The provision of telephone service in the Carcassonne area
completed another step in serving the rural mountain area of
to join the pickets.
There were conflicting reports
of violence among the picketers.
State police, who were at both
mines, reported one man, Clyde
Hatton, was beaten, and another,
Clark Hall, was held to a bonfire
and burned. Hall visited the
Mountain Eagle office and said
he was burned accidentally on
the leg when he backed into the
fire. Both these incidents allegedly occurred at Elkhorn-Jellico.
A picketer was arrested at the
South East mine after he. and a
state trooper exchanged words
concerning the trooper's driving
of a car past the motorcade to
Letcher County from Hazard,
where many of the pickets live.
He was Ashford Thomas, who
was charged with breach of the
Troopers were armed with carbines and shotguns. A picket
spokesman denied that he or his
fellow pickets were armed.
There were reports that the
UMW would issue coveted "welfare cards" covering hospitalization and other benefits to those
who joined the picket lines.
A UMW official said the union
will provide subsistence vouchers
for all workers who succeed in
closing down any mines. The
UMW recently announced that
it plans a nationwide drive to
unionize all coal mines.
western Letcher County.
Blaine Adams dies
er cable project costing $110,000
was completed into the Blackey
area in Decernber of 1964. This
made possible the new service for
Carcassonne and for other areas
of the county where construction
work is now in progress, Gipe
Actual installation of telephones
in the Carcassonne area will begin
in a few weeks, he added.
Funeral rites for James Blaine
Adams, 80, of Mayking, were
conducted Feb. 13 at the Thornton Regular Baptist Church by
Elders Ray Collins and I. D. Back.
Burial was in the Mayking Cemetery.
Mr. Adams, a retired miner,
died Feb. 10. He was a son of
the late Simpson E. and Sarah
Survivors are his wife, Mrs.
Martha Webb Adams; eleven children, Bennett, Dayton, Ohio;
Mayking; Benjamin, Hamilton; Mrs. Roy Bullock, Pontiac,
Mich. ; Mrs. Camel McGinnis,
Mayking; Mrs. Whit Rose, Berea;
Mrs. Charles R. Webb, Pikeville;
and Chester, Mayking; 19 grandchildren, four great -- grandchildren
and a sister, Betsy Ann Webb
VFW firctruck from Whitesburg was called, but the building
was already destroyed. The fire
fighters wet down adjacent buildings to keep them from catching
At 7 a. m. Sexton, who also is
chairman of the Salvation-ArmCitizens Committee overseeing
the distribution of charitable donations sent here, was in Whitesburg helping to unload a truck -load of donated goods sent here
from Rockland County, N. Y.
Roberts to leave
Ray G. Roberts, who has been
administrator of the Whitesburg
Appalachian Regional Hospital
since last August, will become
administrator of the South Williamson, Ky., Appalachian Regional Hospital on March 1.
Roberts will supervisr operation
South Wilof both the
liamson hospital and the 61 -- bed
Whitesburg hospital until a new
administrator can be found for
the hospital here.
At South Williamson, Roberts
will succeed William B. Esson,
who is taking charge of a 350-bhospital in Youngstown,
Before coming here Roberts was
administrator of Western State
Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital at Bolivar, Tenn. He spent
five years In Pikeville as a public
accountant and insurance company representative and tliree
years as business manager of
Cumberland University, Lebanon,
Roberts is a native of Elkhorn
City and holds a bachelor's degree from the Bowling Green,
Ky. , College of Commerce and
a master's degree in hospital administration from Northwestern
He and his wife and their two
young daughters will live in
IN VIET NAM
A 1. 1 h uiW soldier. Sp4
Edward Raleigh of Eolia, is beliy carried on a stretcher at
Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington, D. C. , en route
to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment of wounds received in
the intensified fighting in Viet Nam earlier this month.