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Sweet, Sticky Maple Wax

“Sugar making time was looked forward to with pleasant anticipation by the young people,” writes George Benson Kuykendall in a family geneaology published in 1919. His uncle, Isaac Kuykendall, purchased a 670 acre farm near Huttons, Garrett County, MD in 1881. “It came along in the early spring when there were clear days and frosty […]

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Carter G Woodson, father of Black History Month

February is Black History Month (if you’re in the UK and reading this, make that October!). West Virginia educator Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, was pivotal in its development. Woodson (1874-1950) was a graduate and later principal of Douglass High School in Huntington, WV, a dean at West Virginia State, and was […]

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Now don’t tell a soul I told you this…

“Why–it’s taken for granted that women are gossips by nature, by instinct and by training,” said the Sparrow. “Women ought to deny that charge every time they hear it, too!” she exclaimed. “It’s just one of the many accusations men have repeated over and over until they have come to believe it.” The birds are […]

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The Russell House

William Ganaway Russell had the good fortune to buy a farm exactly halfway between Walhalla SC and Highlands NC. In 1849 an industrious group of Charleston German businessman were looking for a suitable parcel on which they could create a new settlement in SC, and formed the German Colonization Society to do so. Their plan […]

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All the machinery stopped and the lights went out

Before the days of T.V.A. and large power companies, electricity was supplied to rural areas by such imaginative and pioneering men as Arthur Abernathy Miller. In 1925, Miller, a brilliant self-educated electrical engineer, built the first hydroelectric dam in north Alabama — the DeSoto dam in Ft Payne, AL. Miller had furnished electrical power for […]

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