Monthly Archives: July 2011

It was like a bachelor party that had gone bad

Please welcome guest authors Patricia Graham and Verna Humphrey, co-authors of the recently published “Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains and Other Homespun Remedies, Proverbs, and Poetry” (E-Booktime LLC). Ms. Graham holds a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Spanish literature from Western Carolina University. She has had poetry published with Milestone Publications, […]

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Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly 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 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 frontline seat at the 1920 […]

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Cyrus McCormick did not invent the mechanical reaper

It has become common knowledge that Cyrus H. McCormick invented and manufactured the mechanical reaper, but it was actually his father’s genius as a simple inventor that led to the family’s riches and renown. According to research compiled by Norbert Lyons, Cyrus’ mother Polly encouraged her husband Robert to give Cyrus his inventions as a […]

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World’s oldest man — Kentuckian John Shell

He never wore shoes much and chewed tobacco inveterately. He grew 3 sets of teeth during his long life, he claimed. And when he died on July 5, 1922, his oldest child was 99 years old and his youngest only seven. Other men in the mountains lived to advanced ages, but none ever came close […]

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I asked Granny Lou if robbing the meal wagon was a sin

Please welcome guest author Barbara Taylor Woodall, whose family memoir It’s Not My Mountain Anymore has just been published by Ammons Sisters Publishing/Catch the Spirit of Appalachia imprint. Woodall was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. She graduated from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in 1973 and is a ‘Foxfire’ veteran. It’s Not […]

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