Monthly Archives: June 2013

We had just as good as no law at all in Buchanan County

“I stayed [at the Little Fox Creek place] eleven years, in the midst of the Thomas and Gibson tyranny, ere we decided we could not bear with their ways of doing any more, so we kind of organized a squad—called the “White Caps” Squad—on up until the night of October 3, 1901, when me and […]

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Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. Check us out on the Stitcher network, available on mobile phones, in-car dashboards and tablets worldwide. Just click below to start listening: We open today’s show with a column by Chattanooga journalist Emma Bell Miles. From April – June 1914 Miles wrote “Fountain […]

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All the adornments that taste and money can afford

The Gassaway Mansion in Greenville, SC is still the largest house in the Upstate at 22,000 square feet. Here’s a profile of its owners, Walter & Minnie Gassaway, taken from  “History of South Carolina, Volume 4,” from 1920: “Walter L. Gassaway is one of the very well known bankers and financiers of Upper South Carolina, […]

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How Carnival Games Cheat Customers

By Sam Brown Modern Mechanix June 1930 issue Did you ever wonder why you came home from the carnival empty handed? Remember how you tried to ring the bell by hammering the catapult or how you tossed ring after ring trying to win a cane? Swindled? Well, maybe! Read how the operators gimmick their games […]

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They all drink Cumberland beer in the same popular barroom

“Though downtown Cumberland has the appearance of an industrial city, there are unusual numbers of country people on the streets, since this is the metropolis of a very large rural area, and many of the cars parked along the streets are filmed with the dust and mud of country roads. “Hill farmers, railroad and factory […]

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