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The School Beneath the Roan

The School Beneath the Roan

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mitchell High School class of 2020 took part in a historic graduation at Lavonia Crest. As they rolled through their parade on their way to becoming alumni of MHS, the graduates may have noticed the old gray building on the...

Nathan Garland and the Old Bloody Sock

Nathan Garland and the Old Bloody Sock

Nathan Garland was born in Bakersville on January 15, 1857. He was the son of Stephen Garland and Elizabeth Forbes. Nathan married Cordelia “Celia” Hopson in 1879. Nathan and Celia lived in the Fork Mountain township and raised ten children together as follows:...

Charlie B. and Margaret Willis Norman and Their Large Family

Charlie B. and Margaret Willis Norman and Their Large Family

Recently discovered in the news clippings collection at the office of Mitchell County Historical Society was this photo from the Tri-County News of 2/28/1974.  The family was likely photographed 1905-1910 based on the number and ages of the children.  The article’s...

The Spruce Pine Minerals Entertained Local Residents

The Spruce Pine Minerals Entertained Local Residents

Spruce Pine sported two “semi-pro” teams from the 1930’s through the 1950’s in both baseball and basketball. These teams provided entertainment for not only Spruce Pine, but for the surrounding counties as well. The teams played at Deyton Field, which is now Spruce...

Garrett Forbes – Tiller of the Land

Garrett Forbes – Tiller of the Land

Garrett B. Forbes was born in 1904 in the Tiger Creek section of Carter County, TN.  His parents, James Harrison and Mary Vista Moffitt Forbes, moved their family to Mitchell County when Garrett was two.  He had older sisters Pearl Forbes Yelton and Bertha Forbes...

Dr. Virgil Roscoe Butt, MD and Family

Dr. Virgil Roscoe Butt, MD and Family

First, a word about the Butt surname. Some researchers have traced the first Butt settlers in America to Dutch origin, with the name spelled Butz. However, in a reliable source entitled Names through the Ages, the name is seen as English, derived from Butler, meaning...

Graduation Time – The Bowman High School Class of 1933

Graduation Time – The Bowman High School Class of 1933

Commencement ceremonies this year, during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, are very different from the experience of the 1933 graduating class of Bowman High School in Bakersville. This photo, made in 1930 when the students were Freshmen, appeared in an undated clipping...

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