Yearly Archives: 2010

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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A town once meant as many things as there were people in it

A town once meant as many things as there were people in it.  For instance, there are noises of the early 1900s that you are not likely to hear again— A fire engine, belching smoke, and drawn by three horses abreast, racing to a fire; sleigh bells on a wintry evening; the rattle of a […]

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For Christmas – the whimmydiddle or the flipperdinger?

Computer games haven’t always dominated the world of childrens’ toys. Two classic wooden folk toys, the whimmydidle and the flipperdinger, have been enjoyed by children for hundreds of years throughout Appalachia. These toys were handmade by people for their own use. Many of the designs for such folk toys were passed down from one generation […]

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