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I sing behind the plough!

When the times are out of joint everywhere, we cannot hope to be normal in the mountain country; we can only do the best we can to meet the situation while at the same time we lay deeper foundations for the future. Two aspects of the depression are, however, important to keep in mind. Whatever […]

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Nurses who are glad to serve & who do not count too closely the hours of service

Frances L. Goodrich was a Presbyterian missionary and teacher from Binghamton, NY, who came to Madison County, NC in the autumn of 1890. She’s responsible for getting the White Rock Hospital (originally Laurel Hospital) built in Marshall in the early years of the 20th century. It was a major accomplishment for that time. Goodrich was […]

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Expecting a visit from the Easter Bunny shortly?

Bunny is derived from the old or Middle English root word “bun” and describes a rabbit, a young one in particular. Rabbits are small furry mammals that belong to the order Lagomorpha. If you happen upon a rabbit in the wilderness of Appalachia, it will definitely have come from the Leporidae family, and will usually […]

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This old auto was trapped in the rising waters

It was the city’s worst flood up to that time. The March 1924 deluge left most of Westernport MD, which sits in a valley at the confluence of the North Branch of the Potomac River and Wills Creek, under water. Original caption: This was the scene March 29, 1924, just after the Westernport-Piedmont bridge washed […]

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Every boy around, practically, carried a Barlow knife

Most of the boys carried an old Russell Barlow pocket knife. You could get a one blade at a store for fifteen cents and a two-blade—that is, a long blade and a short blade—for a quarter. So every boy around, practically, carried a Barlow. Not the brand of Barlows that you see for sale in […]

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