Monthly Archives: May 2012

A childhood urge to express my innermost feelings, to record

In her book about growing up in Lonaconing, MD, Ruth Bear Levy (1898-1994) wrote about how “modern artists could create masterpieces out of the sights and sounds of Lonaconing,” how a “painter could paint the shapes and dark and light contours of the area” and how “all the pastel colors could be rolled out of […]

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The center of social activity for the upstate

South Carolinians have known about the mineral springs of Glenn Springs, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Spartanburg, for centuries. In the latter part of the eighteenth century, the place was known simply as a “deer lick.” Cattle were continually straggling from their pastures seeking the swamp around the lick. Its future […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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