Monthly Archives: May 2011

Smallpox epidemic hits Middlesboro, KY

Smallpox Patients at Middlesboro, Ky., Without Food Since Saturday. Federal Authorities May Act. NY Times, March 14, 1898. MIDDLESBORO, Ky., March 14—Surgeon Wertenbaker of the United States Marine Hospital Service investigated the situation here to-day, and in a report to Washington states that there are forty cases of variola, twenty-nine suspects in the pesthouse, and […]

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Light up a Spud!

The pack was expensive at 20 cents, but you got the first menthol-infused cigarette, ancestor to “Kool,” “Salem” and others. Why was it called “Spuds?” Lloyd “Spud” Hughes of Mingo Junction, OH gets the credit for introducing Americans to menthol cool smoking. Hughes wasn’t long out of high school and working as a cashier in […]

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The workload was a killer, the heat intense

“I came from the Georges Creek coal-mining region of western Maryland. Every male member of my family began his working life as a miner. I remember my father being on a number of bitter strikes because the fight over wages and safe working conditions was an every-day struggle. “I graduated from high school in 1930 […]

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