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The granddaddy of Alabama family reunions

There are a few things that can be said about Kennamer Cove that probably cannot be said truthfully about any other community in the state. There have been only two murders in the Cove, which occurred ninety years ago. I am sure there has never been a divorce case in court in the whole 130 […]

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Father went to the county seat and bid in a pauper

In that back country in the 1870′s money was very scarce. Just how scarce we people of this day can hardly realize. Most trade in the store was exchange of goods for farm produce – eggs, butter, poultry, hides, feathers, ginseng, yellow root, etc. In order to get some real money Father went to the […]

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You won’t let her rest in peace, fussing about her all the time

Ellen Fridley was a central figure in the economic and cultural flowering of Big Ridge, VA during the 1910s and 1920s. An entrepreneur, she ran the Big Ridge Supply Company, lodged in a small building near her home, where mountain residents could buy gum, tobacco, groceries, clothes, kerosene, and other items. She often accepted butter, […]

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