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



Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:05:58 +0000

Copyright: Copyright 2010 Dave Tabler
 



The art and influence of fiddler Henry Reed

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:45 +0000

James Henry Neel Reed, known as Henry Reed, was born on April 28, 1884, in Monroe County, WV,  a rural county lying along the Virginia border in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern West Virginia. Reed grew up in Monroe County as a member of a large extended family. His father and at least one uncle […]

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Hobo Nickels

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Coin collectors today consider the hobo nickel a numismatic treasure, a tribute to long- forgotten folk artists who often literally carved for their supper. The Buffalo nickel debuted in 1913, but it wasn’t until the Great Depression struck that hobo nickel carving reached its peak. During this period, buffalo nickels were the most common nickels […]

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But the nights belonged to youth

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

“[After the end of the Spanish American War] Mt. Savage resumed its gay pleasures, which led to many courtships. There was nothing better to further this cause than a long bicycle ride. “The Sunday afternoon ride up to Allegany, pushing up Moss Cottage Hill; stopping at Paul’s Store to buy peppermints and licorice candy; resting […]

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Lucy Furman lobbies against steel trap hunting in KY

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Excerpt from “Ninety Pounds of Fight,’ by Tom Wallace, Nature Magazine, Feb. 1942 Because of politics Kentucky’s anti-steel-trap law, passed nearly four years ago, hangs in the balance. The Legislature meets in January. Between the law, which has not been fully enforced, and repeal, sought by conservatives who want to continue using steel traps, stands […]

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I had never been in a community that was so remote

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Said author Harriete Arnow of her time with the hill people of Kentucky: "I was especially intrigued by their language. They were as definite as Shakespeare. For example, the children never said "tree"; they named the tree: white oak, black oak, post oak, poplar, they knew them all."

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America loves the yo-yo

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

West Virginia entrepreneur Donald F. Duncan (1892-1971) had never heard of the yo-yo until 1928, when he encountered Pedro Flores on a business trip to California. Earlier that same decade, Flores had immigrated to America from the Philippines, and initially worked as a bellhop at a Santa Monica hotel. Carving and playing with wooden yo-yos […]

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A day in the life of Pulaski County VA

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:00:58 +0000

The Southwest Times “serving Southwest Virginia since 1906” Friday, April 20, 1928 F. A. Seagle was called to Marion today in connection with the undertaking department of Seagle Bros. ——- Howard C. Gilmer left yesterday evening for New York on a profesional trip, expecting to be away for several days. ——- A communications from Commonwealth’s […]

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The Kentucky Cave Wars

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave is not only the largest known cave in the world; it has the distinction of being the oldest touring cave. Formal guided tours were started here in 1816. It remained in private ownership for the next 125 years and grew to become a prime tour attraction. And because Mammoth had showed the […]

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I wish I had never heard of Tennessee

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

“Religious leaders have always had a very powerful influence in Wales,” says Alan Conway in The Welsh in America: Letters from Immigrants. “In the early years of the nineteenth century they had not been in favor of emigration as the means for curing the ills that beset the Welsh, but eventually they came down heavily […]

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See what a break that was? We got the 40 hour week

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

In 1924, when I was 16 years old, I started workin’ at the Appalachian Mill as a cone winder operator. Now on that machine, that was a long machine, it had about 50 spindles on it and I was windin’ threads from a cone up to a spool. There wasn’t a clock in the room. […]

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Happy Easter!

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:33:28 +0000

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He was active as a cat, strong as a second Sampson

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:00:29 +0000

Please welcome guest author Greg B. Miller of Chattanooga, TN. “My great grandmother was a Walden of Walden’s Ridge,” he says. “I was moving an old chest of drawers for my mom when I found a family history written by my grandmother’s brother in 1937.” The following excerpt is from that document:   Walden Family […]

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