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Albert Hash ain’t a bit shy with a fiddle

compiled from My Ashe County Home column by Muncy Gaultney in Ashe County NC newspaper “The Plow” (1960s-1980s) “I like to forgot I was supposed to talk about old time music and I guess Albert Hash and the Whitetop Mountain boys are next on the list. Albert is known far and wide for his woodworking […]

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The Cherry Tree Carol (abridged)

JOSEPH was an old man, And an old man was he, When he wedded Mary In the land of Galilee. Joseph and Mary walk’d Through an orchard good, Where was cherries and berries So red as any blood. Joseph and Mary walk’d Through an orchard green, Where was berries and cherries As thick as might […]

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You can’t make a livin’ at a cotton mill

When you buy clothes on easy terms, The collector treats you like measly worms; One dollar down and then, Lord knows, If you don’t make a payment they’ll take your clothes. When you go to bed, you can’t sleep, You owe so much at the end of the week. No use to collect, they’re all […]

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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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Ms. Horse, Ms. Mule and Ms. Cow — a Christmas fable

Mary sure did have some problems living in that barn. When baby Jesus was born, Joseph needed a crib, so he put some fresh hay in Ms. Horse’s feeding trough. Nobody asked Ms. Horse if they could use her food basket—her manger—for a crib. Once her manger was filled with straw nobody said Ms. Horse […]

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