Monthly Archives: April 2010

He probably gave it to someone who liked moonshine

“My great uncle Ellis, being the youngest of the family, lived at home with his mother Martha until her death. I remember my grandmother (Ellis’ sister Fannie Mainous Botner) and my mother going up there from Travelers Rest to help care for her. They did the laundry for her and Ellis. “Ellis inherited the 30 […]

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Listen Here: weekly Appalachian History podcast posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. You can start listening right away by clicking the podcast icon over on the left side of your screen. If you’d rather grab the show off itunes for later listening, click here: We open today’s show with a 1910 crime report from Poe […]

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News bee been by?

Sweat flies, Russian hornets, sand hornets, and Japanese hornets are some of their common nicknames. 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. They have the peculiar habit of just hanging motionless in the […]

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Did Mill man commit suicide or was he Murdered?

THE GREENVILLE [SC] DAILY NEWS – April 15, 1910 MYSTERY SHROUDS THE KILLING OF BEN ALLEN. Did Mill man commit suicide or was he Murdered? MAN ARRESTED AND NOW IN JAIL. J.C. Lindley, who boarded at dead man’s home, 204 Hammett Street, Poe Mill, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff John Hunsinger and will be held […]

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Agricultural education in WV, a 1923 update

Agricultural education throughout the State, and scientific farming, have developed within the last fifty years. Most of the progress has been made within the last decade. These developments are closely related to the College of Agriculture at the West Virginia University, founded in 1867. Very few courses in agriculture were taught at the university in […]

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