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Mitchell County’s Keepers of the Peace 1960

Mitchell County’s Keepers of the Peace 1960

This photograph shows the Mitchell County Law Enforcement team about 1960.  Pictured, left to right, are James Edwards and Joe Stewart, Mitchell County deputies; Sam Gouge, Mitchell County Sheriff; Jim Burleson, Spruce Pine Chief of Police; Ray Gunter and Landon...

Joshua of the Mountains

Joshua of the Mountains

When Stephen Morgan Collis came to what is now Mitchell County is uncertain. However, we can speculate fairly accurately using a family Bible entry which says he married Mary “Polly” Sparks in 1839 along with the 1840 census showing that he and a female were living in...

Mitchell County for Me

Mitchell County for Me

As Americans, we show our patriotism through the singing of the national anthem of the United States called the Star Spangled Banner. As North Carolinians we also want to show our state pride in the state song named The Old North State. However, most Mitchell County...

Courting – A Century Ago

Courting – A Century Ago

Valentine’s Day brings our attention to love and romance – a century ago!  In the early 1900s, before the advent of automobiles and movie theaters and restaurants, “dating” as we know it didn’t exist.  Instead, a couple would often join other friends in a group...

Jackson Stewart – Live Fast and Die Hard

Jackson Stewart – Live Fast and Die Hard

The old saying “live fast and die hard” could be applied to Jackson Stewart, as well as to his parents and siblings. Almost all of them died in a violent or strange manner, including Jackson. His father, Isaiah, was killed by a falling limb while he was in the woods...

Dr. Arthur E. Gouge and the 807th Pioneer Infantry

Dr. Arthur E. Gouge and the 807th Pioneer Infantry

Many remember him or have heard stories about him as a kind and caring physician who in the early years rode a horse to homes for patient care and lived in a beautiful white house in Bakersville beside his office. Remembered most likely also that he was married to...

Some Still Remember Doctor Peterson

Some Still Remember Doctor Peterson

Charles Augustus Peterson was born in Relief 10/01/1882 to Solomon Peterson and his second wife, Julia Edwards. He had 10 brothers and sisters. Charles attended Bowman Academy in Bakersville and taught school for a couple of years in Poplar. However, he wanted to be a...

A Tribute to Mrs. Ruby Wiseman Deyton

A Tribute to Mrs. Ruby Wiseman Deyton

A great deal of gratitude is owed to the older generations of local residents who collected artifacts that would otherwise be long gone today. Having pictures of one’s family, significant buildings, or events in the community were and are still treasured possessions....

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

Sheriff George K Pritchard – A Colorful Character!

  Mitchell County has had 21 men serve as Sheriff. In 1861 the first was Jackson Stewart, the brother of Frankie Stewart Silver; since then many interesting stories have been told and many more are most likely out there to be collected. One of the most colorful...

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