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Harris High Senior Trip 1952

Harris High Senior Trip 1952

The May 1, 1952, issue of the Tri-County Newsreported on the 4-day visit the Senior Class of Harris High School in Spruce Pine made in April to Washington, D.C.  The highlight of the trip to the nation’s capital, they said, was visiting Clyde R. Hoey, US Senator from...

The Height of Fashion

The Height of Fashion

Young ladies have always enjoyed dressing in their finest when they go out with friends.  Hats may not be the height of fashion these days, but they were just that a century or so ago!  Also stylish were the high-necked, long-sleeved white shirtwaists (blouses) three...

Hernando DeSoto Visited Mitchell County in May of 1540

Hernando DeSoto Visited Mitchell County in May of 1540

Hernando De Soto is believed to have been the first European to have traveled into the interior of what is now the United States. Seeking gold, his journey began in Florida in 1539 with over 600 men, 200 horses, many dogs, and several hundred pigs. In 1540 he came...

Andrew Wilkerson Sullins – Early Mitchell Settler

Andrew Wilkerson Sullins – Early Mitchell Settler

A.W. Sullins, born 1825 in Rutherford County, NC, was the son of Jesse and Catherine Eaves Sullins.  He married Susan Harmon, and they had 4 children prior to her death about 1860.  Leaving the children with their maternal grandparents, Sullins moved to Mitchell...

Buladean Graduates

Buladean Graduates

Notes accompanying this photo identify the first graduating class from a school sponsored by the Buladean Presbyterian Church, which was organized by the Holston Presbytery in 1922.  There was no date with the photo; however, Churches of the Mayland Fellowship record...

A Tribute to David Earl King

A Tribute to David Earl King

  David was born in 1910 at Valley, NC, near the Yellow Mountain Road, now Avery County, to Franklin and Elizabeth Perry King. The family moved to Bakersville when David was a child and he lived the remainder of his life in a house off Hwy 261 just outside the town....

The Musical Ledford Family of Glen Ayre

The Musical Ledford Family of Glen Ayre

Mitchell County has produced many fine musicians, especially those playing traditional Appalachian music and Bluegrass.  One family with its share and more of talented musicians was the Ledford family of Glen Ayre.  The father of this musical family was A.W. (Amos...

World War 1 Cannon sat beside the Spruce Pine Depot

World War 1 Cannon sat beside the Spruce Pine Depot

Spruce Pine had a cannon from World War I on Lower Street to honor the Great War in the 1930s. It was placed there by Minerals Post 207 of the American Legion (based in Spruce Pine) after they received it from the U.S. Government. Pictured left to right are (first...

Ellis Family Reunion

Ellis Family Reunion

It’s unfortunate that Family Reunions are not as common as they once were; our busy lives and far-flung residences preclude the annual event that extended families used to enjoy.  Three or more generations would gather at the “old home place,” happy to see new babies...

Decoration Day in the Mountains

Decoration Day in the Mountains

Much of the Mountain South still observes Decoration Day, a tradition since soon after the Civil War; most believe the custom was emulated in the North and eventually became our national holiday, Memorial Day. Most often held in the warmer months, from May to...

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