Yearly Archives: 2008

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 […]


125 reasons you’ll get sent to the lunatic asylum

Weston Hospital in Lewis County, WV, officially named the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane upon completion of the facility shown here in 1880, was typical of the many that were established throughout the country. Its design reflected the Kirkbride plan in action. Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride’s theory centered on what he referred to as […]


Jumping on a bear to fight fist and skull

Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/24/08: A state wildlife biologist predicts a record number of black bears will be taken during the current hunting season. There are two periods during which dogs can be used to hunt bear — one in mid-November, the other during the first two weeks of December. “Him and his brother-in-law one […]


Rich outsiders vs. the less rich locals at Skyland

To the locals, he was an arrogant and self-serving businessman, responsible for the dislocation of over 400 families when he sold his mountaintop acreage to create the core of the Shenandoah National Park. One neighbor felt “especially betrayed by George Pollock…[for] “pushing the people out. And, you know, coming up with all the stories of […]


Amelia Earhart drops in

Amelia Earhart flew into the Anderson, SC airport in her Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogyro on November 14, 1931 and attracted over 1,000 spectators. Mayor G.T. McGregor and other city leaders met her at the airport. In May of that year, flying that plane, the thirty three year old had set a world altitude record of 18,415 […]

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