Tag Archives: appalachian history

When there was no work many men worked at the drifting

A great many people in Ekeyville owned their own small boat, a skiff or johnboat. The johnboat is a flat bottomed affair with one set of oar locks and square in the stern. The skiff comes to a sharp bow and a gradual tapering to the stern and generally has two sets of oar locks. […]

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Black raspberry season!

July. Hottest, most humid month of the year. So put on your highest boots, long pants, and a long shirt, and head for the woods. Because July is also black raspberry season, and you’re not going to find those sweet sweet delights any other way (oh, I guess you could plant a couple of rows […]

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Baseball legend Hack Wilson

Lewis ‘Hack’ Wilson had already led the National League in homers four out of the previous five years at the beginning of the 1930 season, the year he made baseball history. It was his most glorious season, and the plunge from there was just as astonishing as the rise had been. Wilson started his career […]

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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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She didn’t need a thing except to get interested in something

Citizen (Berea, Ky.) Thursday, July 7, 1910. “Keep Busy” It is not money that is the root of all evil. It is idleness. Idleness leads to poverty, Idleness invites disease. Idleness breeds crime. Everywhere people are to be found who seem to put but little value upon time. They may know the full worth of […]

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