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We open today’s show with a look at democracy in action in 1930s Kentucky. Animal rights activist Lucy Truman, with no lobbying money behind her and very little money to call her own, spent 4 years pushing for an anti-steel-trap hunting law, and against all the odds, succeeded.
Next up, if walls could talk! You’ll be amazed at the stories that played out in Ohio’s Stockport Mill, the last remaining mill on the Muskingum River in the town named for that same mill.
What do you call them in your hometown? Sweat flies? Russian hornets? Sand hornets? Warm weather’s here, and that means they’re starting to come back. In both Appalachian and Ozarks folklore, news bees appear as omens to those wise enough to read them.
Meet English reformer Thomas Hughes. In the 1870s he had a dream of planting a refined community of ladies and gentleman in Tennessee’s eastern highlands. But the town of Rugby wasn’t even a year old before disaster struck.
We’ll wrap things up with an oral history excerpt from Herman J. Miller of Cumberland, MD. One bootlegger on North Mechanic Street, Miller tells us, had a box-like platform built out of a second story window over Wills Creek. If a raid should occur, the operator would just pull a rope and the bottom would drop out and the contents would drop down to the rocks below, for this is where he kept his whiskey. When the glass bottles hit the rocks, the bottles would shatter, and thus, no evidence.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Digital Library of Appalachia, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from I.D. Stamper (b. 1904) in a 1970’s recording of “Nine Hundred Mile.”
So, call your old blue-tick hound up on the porch, fire up your corn-cob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.