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Whenever he could get a little money saved up he would buy an option on a piece of land

John C.C. Mayo (1864-1914) was born a poor mountaineer in Paintsville, KY, and by the time of his premature death at 49 of Bright’s Disease, had amassed a fortune in the neighborhood of $20,000,000, making him Kentucky’s wealthiest man. Mayo became a teacher at age 16, interrupted his classroom activities to enroll in Kentucky Wesleyan […]

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Who let the bedbugs bite?

“One night during a revival, we had a very heavy rain. Besides myself, only one other person showed up at the church, a young man. I read a scripture lesson, and had prayer before the young man said, ‘Now, Preacher, you have to go home with me tonight. There is nobody else here.’ Well, we […]

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The frog legs contracted in the pan and appeared to jump

Aunt Clarice was an excellent cook. I’m sure she and my mother got their special culinary education in French cuisine from their mother, Maria. Since my Uncle Augie was a company man and wasn’t on a time clock for the Rolland Glass Plant, he had an hour for lunch at noon. The glass plant was […]

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I played with the little Indians here. They were my only playmates for years.

One of the most venerable of Georgia pioneers was Col John W. Gray, who lived for seventy nine years at Adairsville, before that town, halfway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, was founded. His father settled there in 1833, at which time the Indians were so numerous and the whites so scarce that the lad’s playmates were […]

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All kinds of tricking in those times, you know it

“They brought their produce into town on wagons and they brought hallows to trade horses and all that kind of stuff and vegetables like string beans, tomatoes, corn, watermelons and all that stuff. Bring down and set it right down there on that shelf on the trading ground. And they would sell and people would […]

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