Tag Archives: Bell County KY

The Cleudis Robbins Memorial Storytelling Contest 2013: A Good Story Takes Some Telling

On the day of the event, one thing was clear as the children told their tales: The Appalachian storytelling tradition is alive and well in Bell County, Kentucky. In fact, it is thriving! Stories were as diverse as spine-chilling ghost stories to modern day adventures, tales handed down through generations to new stories spawned for the coming ages. We were swept up in sad tales of miners lost in cave-ins, funny stories about adventures in the mountains and whimsical narratives about every day life in Appalachia.

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Superabundance of Religious Fervor Lands Holy Roller in Police Court

Middlesboro Daily News Middlesboro, KY Feb. 5, 1921 There are some persons who are emotional to such an extent that they completely lose control of themselves and let their emotions sway them. When persons of this nature are overcome by their emotions, they cannot control themselves and they are not in a position to judge of their actions. […]

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How a newspaper hoax became ‘The History of the Bathtub’

BATHING THE CROOK Middlesboro Daily News Middlesboro, KY. December 29, 1920 By Dr. Johnson Archer Gray “As Mr. Dooley would say: ‘I see by the papers,’ that the Middlesboro police department are going to inaugurate a new feature in cleaning up the crooks in and around the city; they are going to give them baths […]

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Swift’s Silver Mine – lost or merely invented?

“I suppose there is no part of the mountains of Kentucky that has not had some experience in search for this silver mine. Last summer (1921) I was on the train going from Pineville to Harlan, when someone on the train pointed out to me a large cliff on the opposite side of the river […]

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Smallpox epidemic hits Middlesboro, KY

Smallpox Patients at Middlesboro, Ky., Without Food Since Saturday. Federal Authorities May Act. NY Times, March 14, 1898. MIDDLESBORO, Ky., March 14—Surgeon Wertenbaker of the United States Marine Hospital Service investigated the situation here to-day, and in a report to Washington states that there are forty cases of variola, twenty-nine suspects in the pesthouse, and […]

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