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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...

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

Tipton Hill’s Old Country Store

In 1947, Frank Griffith (1922-2012) and Farrell Tipton (1909-1977) became partners in a general store at Tipton Hill.  Frank and Farrell were brothers-in-law; Farrell was married to Frank’s sister Blanche.  The two men purchased the store from Joseph Tipton, Frank’s...

Clarissa

Clarissa

  This Mitchell County community was named after Clarissa Baker Buchanan, a beloved woman and early settler in the Cane Creek area. According to oral tradition, during the Civil War all the men were gone to fight. At that time marauders were a real danger in the...

Brummetts Creek School

Brummetts Creek School

It’s back to school time!  These days public schools have consolidated, with only 2 high schools, 2 middle schools, 2 elementary schools, and 1 primary school in Mitchell County.  A century ago, however, each community had a small school with most grades attending...

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