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We open today’s show with an oral history from Lillian Parks Adams, who recalls how as a young girl she captured June beetles in Wayne County, WV. She loved their song, enough that she decided one day to keep one as a pet, and proceeded to tie a thread to its leg.
In Ashe County, NC in June 1918, a group of forty World War I deserters decided to hide out in the hills for the duration of the war. By the time Governor Thomas W. Bickett caught wind of “The Ashe County Case,” the renegade band had held off an armed civilian delegation that had tried to apprehend the deserters. One member of the posse had been shot and killed.
If you think the long-winded graduation speech is a recent invention, take a listen to this excerpt from Corliss Fitz Randolph’s address to the class of 1913 at Salem College in Salem WV. He was a noted philosopher of his day, and he most surely could pile the verbiage to the heights.
Next, we’ll hear a vivid description of how the Pugh family dog Rover kept the garden free of snakes at the Batesville, VA homeplace. Rover was smart enough that he used different tactics to root out poisonous vs. non-poisonous snakes.
Molly Wilkins is a graduate student in Washington State in a Master’s of Education program. As an assignment for her Social Studies Methods course, she recently wrote a paper on the importance of Appalachian cultural and environmental history in the social studies curriculum in the elementary public school system to help foster stewardship. She shares her paper with us in this next segment.
We’ll wrap things up with a look at a Holly Springs, SC feud. For many years Ira Butts and neighbor Clifton Pitts had been arguing over the boundary line of a small piece of property. One June morning in 1939 Pitts gunned down Butts from behind as the former greeted a friend on a local country lane. Butts lost his life over land valued at not more than the $3.50 he had in his pocket when he died.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Internet Archive we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Obed “Dad” Pickard, one of the first Grand Ole Opry performers, in a 1929 recording of “Sally Goodin.”
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.