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Re: Fess Whitaker (born 1880, Knott Co., KY, moved to Letcher Co. in 1886)
Posted by: Paul Leistensnider (ID *****5427) Date: November 26, 2006 at 19:27:12
In Reply to: Fess Whitaker (born 1880, Knott Co., KY, moved to Letcher Co. in 1886) by Harry Thomas of 1518

I found this here
http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyjohnso/Autos.htm

Fess Whitaker Instantly killed when Machine Plunges over Embankment
2 Others May Die

Whitesburg - Sept. 18- Fess Whitaker, "Jailed Jailer of Letcher" was instantly killed about two miles from Whitesburg about 4 o'clock when the automobile in which he was a passenger crashed over an embankment,

Mr and Mrs Monroe Sexton were in the car with Whitaker, Mrs. Sexton, driving. They were critically injured and are expected to die.

The Sexton machine was bumped by another car while attempting to pass it. according to reports of the accident, forcing it over the embankment. Identity of the other driver was not learned.

Whitaker, who has had a stormy career featured by his races for public offices in his home county, was about 45 years old. He came into state and National prominence about six years ago when he was placed in Jail for a violation of the law when he was Letcher Co. jailer.

He made himself even more prominent throughout the country by cinducting a campaign for county judge while in jail. He was elected by a large majority. A few years ago he opposed Jno. W, Langley for Congress but was defeated.

At the time of his death Whitaker was jailer of Letcher County, the most important office he has held. Whitaker was very popular in his home county and in other sections of the mountain district and whenever he ran for an office he was given an immense vote.

The Paintsville Herald
Sept. 22, 1927


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