Hall, Susan G,
APPALACHIAN OHIO AND THE CIVIL WAR, 1862-1863
. NEW copy, hardcover.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006).
Photographs, maps, bibliography, index, 264 pp.
~~~ Oral history and memoirs preserve much more than a single event. They record
information about a time and a particular way of life. Buying a loaf of bread
for a dime and a 25-pound bag of flour for a dollar, walking 9 ˝ miles in 5
hours, watching the Cove Creek gym (and several school buses) go up in
flames—these are just a few of the tales related in this collection of oral and
written histories. ~~~ From boating to a finding a first job, from riding a
pony to school to joining the Navy, this book contains dozens of memories
gathered from the residents of western Watauga County, North Carolina.
Concentrating primarily on the decades of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, these
stories focus on the elements of everyday life in a mountain community. They
deal with both traditional rural activities—such as berry picking, soap making,
trading and bartering—and universal experiences such as school days and dating.
The book includes a special section on the war experiences of Watauga County
residents both at home and overseas. Contemporary photographs and an index are