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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
 



Well the son-of-a-gun pecked in, now let him peck out

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000

Nationally recognized herbalist Tommie Bass (1908-1996) was the subject of scholarly and popular books, television features, a front-page essay in the Wall Street Journal, and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. Bass lived almost his entire life in the Tennessee Valley and Ridge section of Alabama, primarily in Cherokee County. “I don’t ever get a […]

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The things you’ll find in a barn

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0000

“One of the most popular pages of the monthly publication of a tool collectors’ club is its Whatsis Column. Antique gadgets that stump the experts are frequently turning up. In the era of hand-made tools, it was logical that one-of-a-kind implements were created—the man who custom-made his own tools could allow himself the luxury of […]

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These crackers had ways peculiarly their own

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000

“Now to go back in history farther than my own time and recollections, let me venture upon some unoccupied territory and tell how Cherokee Georgia became the home of that much-maligned and misunderstood individual known as the Georgia cracker. I have lived long in his region, and am close akin to him. “There is really […]

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The Pack Horse Librarians

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000

Established in 1935, the Pack Horse Library Project was aimed at providing reading materials to rural portions of Eastern Kentucky with no access to public library facilities. Librarians riding horses or mules traveled 50 to 80 miles a week up rocky creekbeds, along muddy footpaths, and among cliffs to deliver reading materials to the most […]

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Their books were raggedy. They just got second things

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000

The following is an excerpt from an unrehearsed taped interview with Mrs. Leora Rhodes Brooks Franklin (b. 1920), long time resident of Richmond, KY. The interview was conducted by A.G. Dunston, Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Kentucky University, for the Oral History Center of EKU. Professor Dunston spent several years interviewing the black community […]

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It’s seed month!

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000

The snow’s been collecting on the garden and the blooming season seems very far away. Of course the seed catalogs have started trickling in already (January is ‘seed month’ in the industry) and by Valentine’s Day gardeners have piles of choices. Appalachian gardeners during the 1930s could count on catalogues from Stark Brothers Nurseries, Thompson […]

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The weather furnished a field where I could tell big stories—and tell the truth

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000

In the tragedy of the Galveston hurricane of 1900 — the most fatal natural disaster in U. S. history — more than 6,000 souls perished. Yet that number would have nearly doubled had it not been for the efforts of Dr. Isaac Monroe Cline. Cline, born in 1861 near Madisonville, TN, was the weather-forecasting pioneer […]

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It was the finest house we’d ever seen

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:00:19 +0000

  HOME The tall, white house on the high green hill, looking down on the sleepy little town, was the home of my childhood, home of my heart, still, though I’ve lived and roamed the world around. At first it was a dream in my father’s heart, who wanted the best for his own, the […]

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Ahh-CHOOOOO !

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Cold and flu season’s here. These days a quick trip down to the local Walmart will arm the grippe sufferer with every pharmaceutical weapon imaginable. But in 1937 Sam Walton, age 19, was still 25 years away from opening his first Walmart store. Aspirin tablets had already been around since 1915, but there were still […]

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The Legend of Ruling Days

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Please welcome Timothy W. Hooker. The Cleveland, TN based author and teacher has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. He’s taught composition, creative writing, and literature at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Cleveland State Community College, and Lee University. Hooker has published ‘Duncan Hambeth,’ ‘Looking for a City,’ ‘Rocket Man,’ and […]

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Blue Moon of Kentucky, keep on shining

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Well, it’s almost a new year, and depending on your definition, there will either be two blue moons in it, or none. Using the Farmers’ Almanac definition of blue moon (meaning the third full moon in a season of four full moons), the next blue moon won’t occur till May 18, 2019. But if you consider […]

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30th Anniversary Screening of the Movie “Matewan”

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:00:38 +0000

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is celebrating the end of another successful year. In 2017, more than 2,000 people saw exhibits on company town life, the dangers of mining, the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike, and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Since its 2015 opening, the museum has added a Miners’ Memorial Exhibit, hosted historians, […]

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