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Stories, quotes and anecdotes.Stories, quotes and anecdotes from Appalachia, with an emphasis on the Depression era



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Copyright: Copyright 2010 Dave Tabler
 



Not much spectacular ever happened on North Fifth. The people just wouldn’t allow it.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Parcel post was one year old. The Pennsylvania Railroad ran six crack trains daily, right through the middle of town, headed for St. Louis or New York, not counting a dozen locals to Pittsburgh or Columbus. You stood under the shed of the station, enviously peering into the Pullman diners as supercilious patrons dipped into […]

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He made his boast that he lived here 40 years and had never done any useful work

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0000

When asked what brought him to this community, Joe Raines said the Lord had sent him here as a pest on the Maynors and Williames for their meanness. That is the only reason Joe ever gave for coming to Cirtsville, WV. However, he came, and once here, he proceeded to make the most of the […]

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Book Review: ‘Chasing the Powhatan Arrow’

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:34 +0000

If you’re at all familiar with the work of Studs Terkel, you’ll recognize a kindred spirit in the work of author Michael Abraham. Terkel was world renowned for his ability to draw out compelling oral histories, from both the mighty and the not so mighty, over his 45 year tenure as a radio talk show […]

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She was a great Herb Doc, the main Doc of the county

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Following is a family history written in 1985 by Ethel (Barrows) Shilling, of Washington County, OH. Grand Ma & Grand Pa Seevers were: Mary A. Severs (1821-1909) & Samuel Severs (1809-1877) Some History of Grand Ma / Grand Pa Seevers. Reports are and have been they have Indian blood, and perhaps they have; who hasn’t? […]

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The stretch-out and the strike

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

By the mid 1920s Appalachia, land of farms and farmers, had been crisscrossed by railroad tracks and dotted with mill villages, and the Piedmont had eclipsed New England as the world’s leading producer of yarn and cloth. But along with the promise of new jobs came intense competition in the decentralized textile industry, depressing wages, […]

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There is no more sacred spot in upper South Carolina

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

There is no more sacred spot in upper South Carolina than the Old Stone Church and its adjoining cemetery, where many of South Carolina’s most distinguished dead lie sleeping. The old church stands as a silent tribute to the piety and heroism of our first settlers, many of whom came over the mountains from Pennsylvania, […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:00:35 +0000

May the rains sweep gentle across your fields, May the sun warm the land, May every good seed you have planted bear fruit, And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.

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I were tellin’ some mount’n stories

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Jane Gentry — piano teacher, Appalachian folk-music historian, weaver — was an inspiration for the movie Songcatcher. She was born Jane Hicks in 1863, the first child of Ransom and Emily Hicks, in Watauga County, NC. “My pappy were a minister, name of Ransom Hicks. Mammy were always peckin’ me over the head with a […]

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The feud that erupted over John Gunter’s estate

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:00:44 +0000

One of the first whites to settle in Marshall County, AL was John Gunter (1765-1835), a Scotsman who migrated from North Carolina after the Revolutionary War. Gunter came to the great bend of the Tennessee River near the present Veterans’ Memorial Bridge around 1785, where he was fortunate to find a salt deposit. He decided […]

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Inaugural Address of WV Gov. Henry D. Hatfield

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

March 14, 1913 (portion) Our state, situated as it is in one of the richest mineral zones in the world – outside of the precious mineral class – contains more bituminous coal than Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia combined, and ranks second in coal production but thirty-fourth among the states in the value of its manufactured […]

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How Napoleon Hill came to write "Think and Grow Rich"

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Napoleon Hill’s book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ is the all time bestseller in the success motivation field, with over 100 million copies sold around the world. Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in Wise County, in the western part of Virginia, not far from the West Virginia border. Hill’s view of his childhood was very […]

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The Great B&O Train Robbery

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:00:08 +0000

"Two men with guns was robbing people. Going through the train, they shot a porter in the leg, and proceeded to go to the engineer. Going through the diesel part, they ran across a diesel mechanic, who back in them days rode the diesels. And the one boy put the diesel mechanic down on the floor and told him to lay there."

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