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Tinkling Spring Revisited

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed July 24, 1978   Old settlements hold a great fascination for those of us with appetites for the excitement of the past. One…

Valley’s Infant Phone Systems

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed May 31, 1978   Alexander Graham Bell was about ready to try to communicate with his assistant, when he suddenly upset a battery, spilling…

Remedies and Rumors

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed May 15, 1978   Every good thing has a price, and the price paid by the mountain people for the good environment has always…

Hopes and Wishes for New Year

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed January 8 1979   Christmas 1978, that seemed so far away when the colorful leaves of October were falling, has come, and all too…

Slow Return to Early Christmases

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed Christmas 1979   In the early days in these Appalachian Mountains there were many small communities of people situated in the deep hollows that…

Pulaski’s Foremost Hero

Originally printed February 6, 1978   On a cold sleety afternoon in January, I made a pilgrimage through the foot-deep snow to a far corner of Oakwood Cemetery, to satisfy…

“For the Love of Snuff”

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed September 6, 1977   “Whether taken by the puff, or in the form of powdered snuff, or chewed and swallowed by heroes tough, it’s…

Signs of schools past

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed August 15, 1977   “Do you wish to promote the morals of your children, while the intellect is being cultivated? We have no whiskey,…

Mountain Cure-All?

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed July 25, 1977   We are living in a time when a large number of people are on the big natural foods kick. Most…

Grassroots Sports

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed July 18, 1977   Pleasant sounds are satisfying to the soul. The gong of the old town clock, or late afternoon music of chimes…

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