70 YEARS AGO
OCT. 23, 1952
Korea in the news
National news dominated the front page, mostly related to the Korean War.
Mrs Gertrude Moore bought the Longsworth house at auction last Saturday.
Mr and Mrs Robert Flynn of Burnside received a note from their son, PFC. Robert Flynn, Jr., was injured in Korea on October 5 and is in a hospital in Japan.
on the roof
The Ground Observers’ Corps Somerset unit’s first training conference will be held in the Kentucky Utilities Company auditorium on Tuesday, supervisor Burrell Howard said.
Instructors will be here from the Air Force’s Knoxville Air Filter Command Center to begin a series of aerial craft sighting training lectures. The Somerset unit was recently organized by Howard and around 30 local businessmen attended the last meeting and are helping to set up a local observer unit. Anyone wishing to help with this civil defense movement is encouraged to attend.
The local vantage point will be on the roof of the Beecher Hotel and arrangements are being made to secure a telephone socket there for use in the event of an emergency. Jim Wilson has been appointed as Chief Observer, and Buddy Owings and Sam Tweedy are Assistant Chief Observers.
The Jaycees will again sponsor the “Get Out the Vote” campaign this year. They will have among their plans to get people interested in voting a parade and numerous advertisements in newspapers, on the radio, on grocery bags, posters and street signs.
Gene Drake, an engineer with the state highway department, was transferred from Lancaster to the Somerset office. The Drakes reside at 412 College Street.
Hickorynut Ridge always popped
Officers located and destroyed a 50 gallon still on Hickorynut Ridge on Saturday. They also confiscated jars of fruit and emptied mash. No one was found at the still.
A fire that broke out in the chimney at 207 High Street was extinguished before firefighters arrived on Wednesday. JC Hopper owns the house.
Firefighters also responded to a call Wednesday at the home of Lester Wilson, 210 Tandy Avenue. Hot coals had fallen from the living room grate, setting the floor on fire. The mantle and ceiling were also damaged. The loss was estimated at $300.
Mrs. Rosa Bell Lawson Wells, 52, Ano, died at Somerset City Hospital on Monday from injuries sustained in an accident in Barnesburg on Highway 80 East on Sunday.
Ms Wells had attended services at East Somerset Baptist Church and was returning to the home of Mr and Mrs Leon Barnes where she was staying. She was riding in a car with Mr. and Mrs. JB Barnes of Barnesburg. She got out of the car in front of the Leon Barnes residence, walked around the back of the Barnes car, and reportedly pulled into the path of an Olds 48 sedan, driven down the highway by Vola F. Dykes of Ferguson, and overturned.
Mr Dykes immediately stopped his car and took Ms Wells to hospital.
Dykes was charged with manslaughter.
Vice President Alben Barkley will be in Somerset on October 31 to speak at the Virginia Theater.
Crime at the Campground
Camp Ground School was robbed over the weekend. The intruders took a jacket belonging to teacher Paul Prather, lit a fire in the dining room stove, cooked and ate food from the school cafeteria. Several people have been brought in for questioning, but no arrests have yet been made.
Beau Catcher, Nan Buntly’s petticoat costume, now priced at $21.95 at the Fair Store in downtown Somerset. Get yours today and have a new beau by tomorrow.
Oh so close
Just $185 short of a $400 fund to lay out the grounds for the county’s new health center to make the Somerset Woman’s Club campaign a success.
A call has gone out to various other clubs and organizations in the county.
Hunt in Ohio
Pulaski County Health Department hygienist OM Haynes is spending part of his vacation in northern Ohio this week hunting.
November 20, 1952
The shot is accidental
Two men, aged 19 and 27, are in Somerset City Hospital recovering from accidental gunshot wounds. Donald Vaught, son of Mr and Mrs Ollie Vaught, Science Hill, suffered a left sided injury on Monday while hunting. Her weapon discharged when she fell off a ledge. Noah Crabtree, 27, of Cooper, was shot dead when a child accidentally discharged a gun in his home.
A double burial was held on Tuesday for a 25-year-old man and his four-year-old son who were victims of an explosion and fire that swept through their two-room home on Rush Branch Road at 11.30am on Sunday. The bodies were buried. side by side at West Somerset Cemetery.
Ronnie Lee Golf, the child, was burned to death on the bed where he slept when flames were projected into the bedroom from the adjoining kitchen.
Charlie Hayden Goff, the father, suffered third degree burns and died three hours later at Somerset City Hospital.
Mother and wife, Mrs. Bonnie Lou Goff, and four other children were attending the church at the time of the fire.
Coroner Kenneth Gibbs said the explosion and fire happened when the father tried to start a fire in the kitchen stove by pouring kerosene over hot coals. The stove exploded, covering Mr. Goff in flames.
A lit torch, Mr. Goff fled the house. Remembering that his son was sleeping inside, he rushed into the fast-burning structure in a futile rescue effort. He was carried outside by a cousin, Miss Lois Denham, who had run to the scene from her neighboring house seconds after the explosion.
Mr. Goff remained conscious in hospital for about two hours after the explosion. He was quoted by a friend as saying he poured a quart of lighter fluid into a five-gallon can of kerosene before trying to pour the liquid into the stove.
Neighbors went to the scene but were unable to fight the flames for lack of water.
The funeral of father and son took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Talmadge Denham residence, a few hundred meters from the ruins.
Besides his wife, Mr. Goff, mechanic, is survived by four children, Charles, Albert, David Allen and Nellie Lorean.
Who is watching the store?
Three city officials, Police Chief Harold Catron and Councilmen Varna Holt and Otis B. Chaney, are in Ohio this week on a pheasant hunting trip. sergeant. JR Moore is the acting police chief.
Facing the music
Thieves broke in and robbed the Blue Bird restaurant in Lincoln County on the highway. 27 Sunday evening. Three music boxes torn from walls in cabins were recovered east of Science Hill by county officers on Monday. They were owned by Noble Flynn of Science Hill, who has the music box and wall box concession.