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We open today’s show with the wrenching story of Thomas Jugarthy Hicks. From 1951 to 1965 Dr. Hicks began to quietly offer babies for adoption from his Hicks Community Clinic in McCaysville, GA. Quietly, because the clinic he’d been running since the mid-1940s was not a licensed adoption agency.
Outlaws Frank & Jesse James were notorious nationwide in the years following the Civil War. You’d think once they were caught the full weight of justice would have come crashing down on their heads. You’d have to think again. Step into Huntsville Alabama’s courthouse as we follow Frank James’ trial.
Next up, guest blogger Cindy Gladden Tuttle of Salem, VA shares a personal view of her grandmother, Texas Gladden. The elder Gladden was a mid-20th century American folk singer best known for her traditional Appalachian ballad style of singing.
You’ve got to be impressed by the determination of Noble County diarist Fulton Caldwell. He stayed at it for 37 years daily, giving us a glorious peek at the day-to-day life of a SE Ohio farming community in the late 1800s.
The congregation of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church started lining-off their hymns in 1776. They were the very first Baptist church in Tennessee, and they’re still going strong today. We’ll take a pew seat in some of the canning factories, tents, and log cabins that services have been held in over the years.
By the end of her career, Lily Strickland’s compositions were being performed by the New York Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. You’ll hear the story of how this native daughter of Anderson, SC got her musical start playing the pipe organ in the local Episcopal church.
It’s May, and that means strawberries are in season! We’ll wrap things up with the myth of ‘How the strawberry came to the Cherokee people,’ as retold by Barbara Shining Woman Warren. First Man and First Woman have a fight and she storms out. The strawberry turns out to be the thing that gets them back together, with a couple of amusing twists along the way.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Internet Archive we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Vernon Dalhart in a 1924 recording of “Wreck on the Old 97.”
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.