Growing Pains in 1953; Overcrowded hospitals and schools | Community


90 YEARS AGO

AUGUST 13, 1953

Zoning problem

The City Council took no action Monday night on a request to extend the Crawford Street shopping area to the city limits after a number of residents appeared to oppose the request.

Seeking the extension was Everette Wiese, who proposed building a gas station at the northeast corner of eastern Mt. Vernon Street and Jasper Street. Wiese told the board he plans to spend between $12,000 and $15,000 on the project.

Mrs. Dudley Connelly and other property owners opposed his request on the grounds that the construction of the petrol station would reduce the value of their property.

Unusual air show

The Kentucky Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary brings to Somerset this weekend one of the most unusual air shows seen in Kentucky. Major FA Blevins, the wing’s director of operations, announced that 25 aircraft and more than 50 personnel will be concentrating on Somerset for a GOC-Strip mission.

The primary purpose of the Somerset mission, according to Maj. Frank P. Wardwell, civil defense coordinator for the Kentucky Wing, is to stimulate interest in civil defense and illustrate the function of civil air patrol in emergency disaster relief.

To give realism to the maneuvers of the weekend, a simulated bombardment on the city will be carried out at an unspecified time.

Victims simulated in the public square will be assisted by ground first aid teams illustrating the need for a fully integrated community defense team.

Somerset radio station WSFC will be prominently identified with the activities. General Manager Mike Layman will give a running account of the mock bombing and attendant coordinating municipal rescue facilities.

The boat explodes

Mr and Mrs Fritz Krueger and Mr and Mrs Allen Burke narrowly escaped serious injury while fishing on Lake Cumberland when the boat they were in exploded and caught fire. The 16-foot inboard motorboat, a Higgins Runabout, was owned by De. Morris Holtzclaw. He was not on board.

The four passengers jumped into the lake and swam to shore. The boat burned and sank within 15 minutes.

Elementary students arrive

Entering its fourth year of operation, Pulaski County High School enrollment will include 70 seventh-graders for the first time. They will be transported from rural schools to one or two overcrowded halls in the secondary school catchment area. They will occupy two classrooms in the new administrative building.

Teacher shortage

Seventeen Pulaski County schools will not open on schedule this year due to lack of qualified teachers, Superintendent. announced Orville Swearingen.

Schools that will not open are Ano, Barnes, Bethlehem, Dallas, Garland, Godbey, Hail, Hopeful, Jackson, Jugornot, Meece, Ping, Rulo, Slate Branch, Thompson, Whetstone and Wheeldon.

New Directors

Principals for the upcoming school year have been announced; JB Albright, Eubank; Dewey Huff, Shopville; Herbert Higgins, Nancy; and Willard Sandidge, Pulaski High.

A new manager was not named for Burnside due to the resignation of Lawrence Monds, who resigned to take a position in Florida.

fire sign

A shorted neon sign transformer caused a fire that damaged the attic of the Greyhound Inn on US 27 south.

Wallace takes a stand

Miss Shirley Wallace of Tateville has accepted a position with the Somerset State Department of Education as secretary to Lyle Neikirk, Supervisor of Veterans Affairs. She is a graduate of the Rogers School of Business.

Make a bargain

Truesdell Wilson has a 1949 Chrysler New Yorker for $385; 19 50 Chrysler Royal sedan $465; 1950 Buick Super sedan $495; 1951 Plymouth Club Coupe $495; 1947 Ford four-door sedan $275.

Chestnut for the mayor

JB Chestnut, a Somerset merchant and auctioneer, is running for mayor. He has operated a general store at 810 West Columbia Street for over 20 years.

Come to Huffaker

Pastor Billie E. Williams invites the public to the Church of God of Prophecy in the Huffaker Addition to hear from Evangelist Grady R. Kent. The speaker survived an assassination attempt by a hitman.

Shortly

John R. Gossett bought JD Smiley’s stake in Jiffy Drive-In Cleaners.

See Singer

Round bobbin electric console sewing machine only $152.50 at the Singer Sewing Center, 236 East Mt. Vernon Street.

Need a sander?

Rent your floor sander from Coffey Paint and Wallpaper Company, 212 East Mt. Vernon Street.

Overcrowded hospital

An all-time record was broken at Somerset City Hospital in July when 410 patients were admitted for a total of 2,350 patient days.

The second- and third-floor wards were overrun with patients, and the council room was converted into a five-bed women’s ward.

During the hot weather, special large floor fans were loaned by First Christian Church, Graybeal Electric and Cundiff Electrical Supply Company to help cool the hallways.

Save registration

More than 2,300 students have enrolled in the five high schools in the county system, a record number.

Shall we dance?

The Katherine Hines School of Dance is now accepting new students in tap ballet and acrobatics.

Good deal

WD Gover, your exclusive Warm Morning dealer, will give you 1,000 pounds of charcoal at no additional charge when you purchase a Warm Morning charcoal stove.

Not a UFO

The strange object hovering over Somerset this morning was not a flying saucer or eggbeater on a jaunt but a helicopter off Stull Brothers, Inc. of Sebree in Webster County, which came here to demonstrate the advantages of air-to-ground spray in weed control operations.

Mount Victory crash

Two people were painfully burned in a gas canister explosion at Mt. Victory.

Clyde Jones and his niece, Sandra Whitaker, 13, of Akron, Ohio, suffered severe burns at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs HC Jones.

Jones was priming the carburetor of an older model automobile with a can of gasoline when a spark from the engine ignited the gas. Jones threw the can away when the flames ignited. Sandra Whitaker was walking by the car and was hit by the flaming liquid, which set her clothes on fire.

Both were taken to Somerset City Hospital. Jones was treated for third-degree burns to his hands and was transferred to an Akron hospital that night. Miss Whitaker suffered third degree burns to her stomach and first degree burns to her leg and right side of her face.

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