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The Flood that convinced Huntington to built a Flood Wall

After heavy rains in Huntington, WV during much of December 1936 and January 1937, the Ohio River jumped its banks with a vengeance, cresting on January 27 at 69 ft. (Cincinnati, OH, further upriver, was 80 ft under water). By the time the waters subsided five days later, over $17,000,000 in damages had been done, […]

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Time for a Spring Tonic

Doctors once prescribed a tonic. Sulfur and molasses was the dose. Didn’t help one bit. My condition must be chronic. Spring can really hang you up the most. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” (1952) lyrics by Fran Landesman; music by Tommy Wolf Time to shed the sluggishness of winter! Up till the […]

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The origins of Old Harp singing, part 2 of 2

Liner notes for 1951 Folkways record ‘Old Harp Singing,’ featuring the Old Harp Singers of Eastern Tennessee, by Sidney Robertson Cowell— continued from yesterday… The anthem section frequently includes fuguing tunes (sometimes spelled, and often pronounced, “fudging tunes”). Almost all of these books were printed in one or another of the various systems of shaped-notes, […]

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The origins of Old Harp singing, part 1 of 2

Liner notes for 1951 Folkways record ‘Old Harp Singing,’ featuring the Old Harp Singers of Eastern Tennessee, by Sidney Robertson Cowell— ‘Singers in the Harp’ number many thousands of people through the South and West who sing religious folksongs and fuguing tunes.  They are accustomed to meet on one or two Sunday afternoons a month, […]

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A town once meant as many things as there were people in it

A town once meant as many things as there were people in it.  For instance, there are noises of the early 1900s that you are not likely to hear again— A fire engine, belching smoke, and drawn by three horses abreast, racing to a fire; sleigh bells on a wintry evening; the rattle of a […]

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