Yearly Archives: 2010

The Ashland Tragedy

One Christmas morn in eighty-one, Ashland Kentucky that quiet burg, Was startled the day had not yet dawned When the cry of fire was heard. For well they knew two fair ladies Had there retired to bed. The startled crowd broke in, alas, To find the girls both dead. And from the hissing, seething flames […]

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Poultry capital of the world

Jesse Jewell (1902-1975) started what was to become Georgia’s largest agricultural crop- poultry. The now $1,000,000,000 a year industry has given Gainesville the title “Poultry Capital of the World.” Jewell pioneered vertical integration—the combining of all phases of the business, such as raw materials, processing, and distribution, within a single company—in the poultry industry. At […]

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Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly 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 right 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 fresh perspective on the man […]

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President McKinley’s assassin and the Charleston connection

This article, “What connections did President McKinley’s assassin have with West Virginia?” by Larry Shockley, originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette on February 18, 2009.  It has been slightly edited here. One of the most enduring stories in the history of West Virginia concerns the identity of the assassin of President William McKinley. According to […]

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The more they dug, the more money piled up

Hoard Of Ancient Coins Found Near Madisonville Maryville Times, Monday, July 11, 1927 (By Mrs. Robert Magill in Chattanooga Times) MADISONVILLE, Tenn—Just imagine how it must feel to be hoeing cotton with a long, hard day in prospect, and all at once begin to dig up clinking coins—and the deeper you dug the more coins […]

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