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Roby Buchanan: Beyond Tiffany of the Hills

Roby Buchanan: Beyond Tiffany of the Hills

In the June 1958 issue of National Geographic, he was given the title of “Tiffany of the Hills.” Tiffany and Company began and continues as a fine jewelry distribution business in New York City. The real story, as you will see, makes that label a shallow substitute...

The Doctor is on Call – Dr. Kimberly Comes to Bakersville

The Doctor is on Call – Dr. Kimberly Comes to Bakersville

In March 1960, I was in the last quarter of general practice training at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  Dr. Arthur E. Gouge came to Baptist Hospital as a patient and also as a recruiter.  He was about 80 years old and had been “doctoring” in...

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Kilmichael Tower and Little Switzerland

Judge Heriot Clarkson of Charlotte and his family were the developers of the resort community of Little Switzerland in 1910. The community between Grassy Mountain and Chestnut Ridge had been settled by several generations of hardy pioneers by the time Clarkson arrived...

Harvey Miller ~ The Sage of Pigeon Roost

Harvey Miller ~ The Sage of Pigeon Roost

Harvey James Miller was known to many as Harvey J., perhaps to differentiate him from another Harvey Miller that lived at the same time. He also was known as “the Man with a Thousand Stories;” however, the label “Sage,” given by Ashton Chapman, is more appropriate for...

The “Burleson” of “Burleson Hill”

The “Burleson” of “Burleson Hill”

  J.E. Burleson operated this mica house atop Burleson Hill, the location of the current Spruce Pine Town Cemetery. Burleson began opening mica mines in 1894 and ground mica beginning in the 1900s. He was the largest individual mica operator in the region. His...

Three Baptist Preachers

Three Baptist Preachers

Charles Arnold Carpenter was born 7/1/1898 and died 9/26/1980.  He was the son of Henry F. and Dona Willis Carpenter; his wife was Agnes Gunter, and they had 6 children.  Rev. Carpenter was pastor at Beaver Creek and Hall’s Chapel Baptist Churches.  He was...

Charles A. Murphy – In Memoriam

Charles A. Murphy – In Memoriam

Charles Augustus Murphy was born in Mitchell County on 5 April 1924.  His parents were Joseph Ellis Murphy (1888-1964) and Hester Pendley (1887-1984). Charles graduated from Harris High School in Spruce Pine in 1941 and registered for the draft in 1942, when he was...

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