Monthly Archives: May 2012

Kids! Get rich selling Cloverline Salve!

By the time George Wilson Jr. became president of the Wilson Chemical Company in 1937, two generations of Wilsons had perfected the art of what was then a most unusual sales technique. The company recruited young children nationwide via advertisements in comic books and newspapers to sell their White Cloverline Brand Salve door-to-door, stating in […]


‘The Girl From Stretchneck Holler’ now out as e-book

Please welcome Betty Dotson-Lewis and Kathleen Colley Slusher, co-authors of the novel ‘The Girl from Stretchneck Holler,’ released in April by Brighton Publishing, LLC. We’re pleased to present an excerpt from the book below. Dotson-Lewis was born in the coalfields of southwest Virginia in Buchanan County where her family had deep roots in the coal […]


A Civil War treasure returned

Confederate Memorial Day is May 10. On May 12, 1909 the 4th Ohio Cavalry Association returned the Rifle Scouts’ Civil War battle flag to the state of Alabama at the Elk’s Theater in Huntsville. Note the presence of Tallulah B. Bankhead –not the famous actress, who was 7 years old at the time, but rather […]


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 1962 interview with Sanders Russell, […]


How the strawberry came to the Cherokee people

In the beginning of the world, ga lv la di e hi — Father to us in heaven living— created First Man and First Woman. Together they built a lodge at the edge of a dense forest. They were very happy together; but like all humans do at times, they began to argue. Finally First […]

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