Monthly Archives: June 2013

Squirrels in swarms eat up all the cornfields

Settlers moving into Ohio’s Miami Valley and the Virginia Military Tract were generally poorer and unable to buy land directly from the government, but they were able to buy lots and small farms from speculators. These women settlers were forced by economic circumstances to live in lean-tos for a longer time and learned to live […]

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The man who gave his life to name NC’s highest peak

Mitchell climbed the slopes for his final time in 1857 in an effort to defend his title as discoverer of the high peak. In September 1855, United States Congressman Thomas L. Clingman ascended several peaks of the Black Mountains and took his own set of measurements. He immediately claimed to be discoverer of the high peak, “Clingman’s Peak,” and published his claim. Upon reading Clingman’s claim, Mitchell was determined to defend his own discovery, and the ensuing controversy ultimately cost Mitchell his life.

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The King of Logan County

In 1921, the tension between WV miners and the mine owners erupted into an open war. Logan, WV sheriff Don Chafin blocked the United Mine Workers march across Blair Mountain. It was often charged that Chafin wasn’t particular about the tactics he used to control Logan, to keep power for himself, and to keep the UMW out of the county.

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If I couldn’t talk I’d bust

“Yes, I am working on a part time job as cook, but you don’t need to ask what I’m doing the rest of the time. What don’t I do? I get up early and sometimes wash out clothes or clean house. You’d be surprised at the dirt these roomers bring in; they never think of […]

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