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We open today’s show with a look at Frances L. Goodrich, a Presbyterian missionary and teacher from Binghamton, NY, who came to Madison County, NC in the autumn of 1890. She’s responsible for getting the White Rock Hospital (originally called Laurel Hospital) built in Marshall in the early years of the 20th century. It was a major accomplishment for that time.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
Next, we offer up a review of the recently published book ‘The Burying Man.’ In some other time or place a historical novel about a mountain preacher might have been titled ‘The Marrying Man,’ or ‘The Baptizing Man.’ But ‘The Burying Man’ sets the reader into Depression-era Harlan, KY, where lethal labor strife leads to the county’s desperate coal mine wars. Funerals are an all too regular occurrence.
We’ll wrap things up with the story of Dino Crocetti, of Steubenville, OH. We know him today as Dean Martin, world famous crooner and pal of Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. But he was born Dino Paul Crocetti, the son of Italian immigrants Gaetano and Angela Crocetti. His father was a successful barber who had immigrated from Montesilvano in the Abruzzi Region of Italy. His mother Angela immigrated from the Naples region.
And, thanks to the good folks at Rounder Records, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music by Clem Caudill in a 1978 recording of Sally Ann.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.