John Anderson Gouge, Mitchell County Teacher

John Anderson Gouge, Mitchell County Teacher

John Anderson Gouge (1860-1937) born in the Bear Creek community of Mitchell County, was the youngest child of William “Little Billy” and Emily Griffin Gouge.  J.A. and his three siblings were orphaned when his father died of measles while serving in the Civil War. ...
CSA Pensioner Jacob M. Ayers

CSA Pensioner Jacob M. Ayers

A 1901 state law passed for “the relief of certain Confederate soldiers and widows” provided pensions to NC residents incapacitated for manual labor who had been “a soldier or sailor in the service of the State of North Carolina or of the Confederate States of America...
Downtown Little Switzerland

Downtown Little Switzerland

This rare photo shows the entire complex of buildings that originally made up “downtown Little Switzerland”. Judge Heriot Clarkson of Charlotte came to the community in 1909 and would establish a resort community here in 1910, giving it the name Little Switzerland –...
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