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The art and influence of fiddler Henry Reed

James Henry Neel Reed, known as Henry Reed, was born on April 28, 1884, in Monroe County, WV,  a rural county lying along the Virginia border in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern West Virginia. Reed grew up in Monroe County as a member of a large extended family. His father and at least one uncle […]

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Lucy Furman lobbies against steel trap hunting in KY

Excerpt from “Ninety Pounds of Fight,’ by Tom Wallace, Nature Magazine, Feb. 1942 Because of politics Kentucky’s anti-steel-trap law, passed nearly four years ago, hangs in the balance. The Legislature meets in January. Between the law, which has not been fully enforced, and repeal, sought by conservatives who want to continue using steel traps, stands […]

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I had never been in a community that was so remote

Said author Harriete Arnow of her time with the hill people of Kentucky: “I was especially intrigued by their language. They were as definite as Shakespeare. For example, the children never said “tree”; they named the tree: white oak, black oak, post oak, poplar, they knew them all.”

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America loves the yo-yo

West Virginia entrepreneur Donald F. Duncan (1892-1971) had never heard of the yo-yo until 1928, when he encountered Pedro Flores on a business trip to California. Earlier that same decade, Flores had immigrated to America from the Philippines, and initially worked as a bellhop at a Santa Monica hotel. Carving and playing with wooden yo-yos […]

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A day in the life of Pulaski County VA

The Southwest Times “serving Southwest Virginia since 1906” Friday, April 20, 1928 F. A. Seagle was called to Marion today in connection with the undertaking department of Seagle Bros. ——- Howard C. Gilmer left yesterday evening for New York on a profesional trip, expecting to be away for several days. ——- A communications from Commonwealth’s […]

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