Yearly Archives: 2017

We spoke just Italian at home

“My parents were Italian immigrants, and they settled in West Virginia, where my father came over at the age of seventeen, where he was a bookkeeper. He came over as a bookkeeper for an Italian, Mr. Fucci [sic], who was building a railroad through a great part of West Virginia at the time. [ed. note: […]

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The house that makes broomsticks stand on end

GO to Mystery Hill at Blowing Rock, NC! SEE people stand on 45-degree angles! WATCH water roll uphill! Mystery after mystery! America loves Mystery Spots. Irish Hills, MI, also has a Mystery Hill. Lake Wales, FL, has Spook Hill. California has the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz. Mystery spots of land, often known as gravity […]

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The preacher threw the dirt out of Unatsi’s grave and robbed it

STORY OF A CHEROKEE INDIAN FAMILY   CHARACTERS Hogbite [‘hogbite’] His wife Zetella [‘crane’]. Their daughter, Unatsi [‘snow’]. Their baby boy, name unknown. In 1835 the blacksmith Hogbite and his wife, Zetella, with their daughter Unatsi, fourteen, and their baby boy, six months old, crossed the Nantahala mountains to Franklin. On their return in the […]

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You really had to work to keep them molasses

“[My grandparents] had a molasses mill; they made molasses. I used to help make them, too. [They made molasses to sell.] And they made for people. They’d make molasses for six weeks or longer at a time, every day except Sunday. Sometimes they didn’t make them on Saturday. It was usually five days a week. […]

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The flood trapped people before they knew what was upon them

The Mountain Eagle WHITESBURG, LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY. THURSDAY JUNE 2 1927 “16 KNOWN DEAD IN FLOOD” The death list of the terrific storm which swept Letcher County Sunday night has mounted to sixteen, with reports coming in which indicate that it may reach twenty. Property damage cannot be estimated. Homes are destroyed, livestock and poultry […]

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