Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Ashland Tragedy

One Christmas morn in eighty-one, Ashland Kentucky that quiet burg, Was startled the day had not yet dawned When the cry of fire was heard. For well they knew two fair ladies Had there retired to bed. The startled crowd broke in, alas, To find the girls both dead. And from the hissing, seething flames […]

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Kentucky’s moonlight schools

Some would consider her the founder of Adult Literacy Education in the United States. Cora Wilson Stewart (1875-1958) was an elementary school teacher and county school superintendent in eastern Kentucky’s Rowan County who, in the fall of 1911, decided to open the classrooms in her district to adult pupils. When the Moonlight Schools opened on […]

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Take it outside Christmas morning and jump on it with both feet

Three remaining parts of the hog deserve brief mention. One, the tail, is a most delectable morsel when roasted in an oven or over an open fire. Two, the hog’s spleen, sometimes called the milt (German), is a tasty delicacy when roasted and sprinkled with salt. Immediately after its removal, along with the viscera en […]

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The Story of Freeda Bolt

The Roanoke [VA] Times, Thursday Morning, December 19, 1929– Body of Floyd County Girl Is Found On Bent Mountain; Disappeared Last Thursday Extensive Search Had Been Made for Freeda Bolt, 18, of Near Willis–Sheriff Locates Body on Information Reported Given Him By Buren Harmon, Held at Floyd in Connection With Case. The body of Freeda […]

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All I want for Christmas is a whimmy diddle

The whimmy diddle (sometimes called a Hooey Stick or Gee-Haw) is an Appalachian folk toy that has been around for centuries. It’s fashioned from two sticks of laurel or rhododendron into a rubbing stick and a slightly thicker notched stick. The whimmy diddle makes a characteristic sound when the one stick is rubbed back and […]

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