Monthly Archives: March 2009

Not murdered….but turned boy

Mountain Echo Hyden, KY. Jan. 18. 1897 NOT MURDERED……BUT TURNED BOY! The mystery of the disappearance of Miss Polly Feltner has been cleared up. She was found on the head of a creek called Leatherwood in Perry County, forty miles from here. She became angry at her parents because they refused to send her to […]


Radford Univ considers eliminating Appalachian Studies

An open letter to the readers of the Appalachian History blog, from Cynthia Fife Coughlin, a student at Radford University: I began reading the mission of Radford University as included in RU’s 7-17 Strategic Plan after my major, Anthropology, was eliminated from Radford’s curriculum two days into the semester. It reads, “The vision and mission […]


The Kraft Pulp Mill Construction

Report on Construction Products Plant, Mar 6, 1920 West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company Covington Va “Herewith picture taken 3:15 p.m. 3-4-20 of construction grounds taken from a point lower down on the sand cliff as the one taken 1:30 p.m. 2-26-20. “You can notice hardly any difference in it from last week’s picture. This […]


Hillbilly stereotypes: picking up pine knots and going to war

Please welcome guest blogger Betty Cloer Wallace. Ms. Wallace resides in Western North Carolina and is a direct descendant of Roderick Shelton, first English settler in Madison County,NC. She teaches writing and literature at a local community college. Bill O’Reilly’s recent contemptible rant against Appalachian Americans is only the latest example of the widespread and […]

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