This week in local history:
70 years ago - April 7, 1949
• Funeral services were set for Junny O. Jackson at East LaPorte Baptist Church. Sgt. Jackson served in the 8th Air Force in the European Theatre; he was killed over Germany May 28, 1944, while serving as an engineer on a B17. He was on his ninth mission.
• Two-way FM radio communication was provided for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Sylva Police Department. The radio network tied into the State Highway Patrol and was provided by the county and town.
• Some 70,000 strawberry plants arrived in the county, set to be planted by Veteran Farm Trainees and the Sylva Future Farmers of America.
60 years ago - April 2, 1959
• Three fires burned more than 111 acres in Jackson County, with the largest, dubbed a “blow-up” fire, scorching 105 acres.
• Citing reports from a grand jury and presiding judges, the Herald lobbied for a new jail in Jackson, citing the unsafe conditions of the current one.
• Sam’s Chain Saw had 22-inch mowers on sale for $69.
50 years ago - April 3, 1969
• More than 100,000 trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were uprooted by a fierce wind storm.
• Merchant Construction company of Asheville was the low bidder, with a bid of $181,000, for C.J. Harris Hospital’s new outpatient clinic.
• Simpson Chevrolet had ’69 Impala Custom Coupes on sale for $3,050.
40 years ago - April 5, 1979
• Plans for the Jackson County Farmers Market to open in Sylva were developed at a meeting of a group of local leaders.
• Toni Sadler of Cullowhee was selected as a United Teen Pageant finalist.
• W.M. Jontz, president of Nantahala Power & Light Company, announced that six of the eight contract crews working for the company would be terminated.
30 years ago - April 6, 1989
• A fancy new machine called a “defibrillator” was used to save a life by a Jackson County Emergency Medical Services team, the first documented “save” in North Carolina.
• Bob Waters, Western Carolina’s football coach for 20 year, was reassigned to the new position of Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Waters had lost use of his arms and legs and was breathing with the help of a portable respirator.
• Smoky Mountain’s Eric Baxter set a Jackson County record of 6’9” in the high jump.
20 years ago - April 1, 1999
• Two to 11 inches of snow fell across Jackson, with the accumulation coming down so quickly some school buses experienced trouble after dismissal.
• A Haywood County prisoner who escaped after being brought to Harris Regional Hospital remained at large.
10 years ago - April 2, 2009
• Jackson County suffered another defeat in its ongoing legal battle with Duke Energy over the removal of the Dillsboro Dam. Superior Court Judge Laura Bridges ordered county officials to “immediately process and issue” permits the power company needed to begin dredging sediment behind the dam.
• Members of the Jackson County Transportation Task Force met to discuss proposed projects on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan set to go before the public for comment. Interest was high regarding the remaining half of the Southern Loop.
• Western Carolina’s baseball team swept a Southern Conference doubleheader against Wofford to move to 17-6.