Yearly Archives: 2008

Go tell it on the mountain

Merry Christmas everyone! I want to take a minute and thank all my readers for stopping by and having a look around here at the site throughout this past year. Your comments and appreciation really make the task of writing so much easier. Also, I want to acknowledge all the talented and generous people who’ve […]


Something hit the roof — like a rubber ball

Sunday Gazette-MailCharleston, WVDec 22, 1968 Fayetteville– Their search has dragged on for 23 years, but George & Jeannie Sodder will never believe five of their children burned to death in that Christmas morning fire of 1945. A weather-scarred billboard on a lonely WV road offers $10,000 for information leading to the five, regarded as lost […]


Can you imagine how it felt to be full of milk and have no child to suckle?

Please welcome guest blogger Arlynda Lee Boyer. She grew up in Hillsville, VA and received her BA in history from New College of Florida. Her new book “Buddha and the Bud Car: The Spiritual Wisdom of NASCAR” will release November 2009. I find it very interesting that the list you cite in “125 reasons you’ll […]


Christmas images throughout Appalachia

Community Christmas tree, Knoxville, TN. On Market Street between Union Avenue and Clinch Avenue. Night view. Ordered by Knoxville Community Service Council. December 21, 1921. “Two unidentified women (initials M.H.P. and A.H.) in 1908 sent this Christmas greeting to Kentuckian Mary McDowell, “The manner of our growing old is the measure of our life.” Covered […]


Where did the convicts and indentured servants go?

Please welcome guest blogger Nathan W. Murphy, a professional genealogist and currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah. Raised in Kentucky, he’s fascinated by the early settlers of the area.  And for his dissertation he needs your input, dear reader! “Many of us have family traditions that an ancestor came to frontier Kentucky […]

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