Bakersville Cafes

Bakersville Cafes

Bakersville has had a fair share of eating establishments over the years. The first were probably the dining rooms of the two hotels in town. Among standalones in the 1940’s was Mike White’s Café, located where the Bakersville Town Hall is today. Wash Sparks’ Café was...
Prized Possessions

Prized Possessions

Just as they are for many of us today, the latest technology gadgets were often prized possessions for folks in the past.   Here is a family so pleased with their new-fangled contraptions they wanted their photograph made with them.  The exact date is not known, but...
Miss Helen McBee, Gem of Mitchell County

Miss Helen McBee, Gem of Mitchell County

Helen Elizabeth McBee (1909-2005) was born in Los Angeles, CA, daughter of Attorney John C. and Margaret Chambers McBee.  Her father, a Mitchell County native, practiced law for over 50 years; the Mitchell County Historical Society’s museum is currently housed in her...
DOC GOUGE, BELOVED MITCHELL COUNTY PHYSICIAN

DOC GOUGE, BELOVED MITCHELL COUNTY PHYSICIAN

Born in 1892, Arthur Edward Gouge was the son of William and Minerva Sparks Gouge. His father was determined his son become a doctor, a daunting aspiration in those days, but through his own and his family’s hard work, A.E. Gouge graduated Bowman Academy in...
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