By John L. Idol
A local of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, John Nicholson Idol, a accomplice Sharpshooter, searching for how to make a lifestyles for himself within the Reconstruction South, involves Deep hole, meets and marries a daughter of pioneer settler Solomon Greene, and starts to evolve to Blue Ridge methods of operating and residing. How he and generations of his descendants turned absorbed into Blue Ridge tradition is the tale instructed during this booklet. it's a tale drawing on kinfolk letters, oral heritage, and private event. even if the e-book makes a speciality of a selected relations, it displays extra typically Blue Ridge traditions, the making and utilizing of instruments, the stairs taken to develop into greater farmers, craftsmen, and homemakers, and the expression of principles and ideology. It lines a method of existence very similar to that of Colonial the US (log cabin, produce hauled to far-off markets through wagon, and marriage among cousins) before everything to the period of airplanes, tv, and Christmas-tree farming. it's also a chronicle of survival, loss, clash, love, and loss of life.
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The trip was going well 30 BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE and they were enjoying the company of other farmers also returning to Watauga County. Rufus now had a few greenbacks in his pocket after buying flour, coffee, salt, pepper, and other supplies for Nancy’s kitchen and those items he needed to keep the farm running. “Some money for taxes, some for my savings account,” he thought as they rode along. ) They both had marveled at the speed of cars and trucks passing them as they looked over the rumps of their lumbering horses.
A Republican,” we said. “Then there was at least one good one,” he said, smiling, putting into each waiting paw a brownie with Lincoln’s bearded face embossed on it. As much as we valued the candy and the brownie, we were much more eager to have him unwrap his plug of Brown Mule and give one of us the tin tag pressed into it. The tag, a brown mule, had prongs on each end that could pierce a shirt or thin jacket and thus serve, in our fantasies, as a medal. Medals were priceless items in our schoolboy games, in which we pretended to be heavily decorated war heroes.
When Annie needed something from Deep Gap Cash Store, she sent me or one of my brothers along with Rufus to shop for her. On one such occasion when I walked to the store with him, we found John Greer delighting the ear of every man and boy in the store. A thin, tobacco-chewing, earthy and high-spirited man, John had won fame for his stories (his “lies” as many of his listeners called them). Folklorist Richard Chase had collected some Jack tales from him and they had appeared in print. Seated on a nail keg near the front of the store, John 19 JOHN LANE IDOL, JR.