Guide to the Miscellaneous Oral History Transcripts, 1973 - 1984

Summary Information

Title: Miscellaneous Oral History Transcripts, 1973 - 1984
Collection: AC.225
Extent: 0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

The Miscellaneous Oral History Transcripts consists of 41 transcriptions oral interviews of 49 Watauga County, North Carolina residents. Interviews were conducted in 1973 and 1974.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Biographical information about the interviewees may be contained in the transcripts.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the oral histories of Watauga County, North Carolina residents. Interviewees discuss folkways such as food and clothings, church participation, education, personal history, holiday traditions, wedding customs, local history, race relations, moonshining, and the Great Depression. The participants include influential Boone residents, natives of the Tamarack community (A.K.A. Pottertown), and African-Americans.

The Miscellaneous Oral History Transcripts contain various interviews from the Black History Project and the Appalachian Oral History Project (see Collection 111) which were conducted between 1972 and 1974. Until Fall 2004, these transcripts were housed in open file cabinets in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. The Black History Project was conducted by Appalachian State University history professor Winston Kinsey. The Appalachian Oral History Project interviews were managed by Judy Cornett.

The Black History Project interviews include E.E. Dacons, Gertrude Tolbert Folk, Reverend Ronda Horton, and Nell Ray. These discuss the Boone Mennonite Church, the defunct Boone Baptist Church, Krimmer Mennonite missionary work in western North Carolina, race relations, family history.


This collection was organized alphabetically by surname.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was originally located in a file cabinet.

Processing Information

Processed by Klesa Colgrove, January, 2005; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, January, 2005

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Miscellaneous Oral History Transcripts, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Mr. And Mrs. Roy Anderson, 1973 (school, Great Depression, wages, outlaws, Potter, Vilas community, North Carolina, family, herbal cures, 1940 flood, 1930 election, wedding practices, electricity)
    Mr. Ott Blair, 1973 (Heatten, North Carolina, sled maker, logging industry, oxen farming, hunting, Great Depression, bootlegging, )
Box Folder
1 2 Mr. And Mrs. Ben Byrd, 1974 (superstitions, funerals, Seventh Day Adventist, transportation, herbs, midwifery, railroads, recreation, outlaws, court, moonshining)
    Mr. And Mrs. E.E. Carlton, 1973 (Wilkes County, North Carolina, Boone, North Carolina, weaving, carpentry, revenuer officers, moonshining)
Box Folder
1 3 Howard Clark, 1973 (Indian artifacts, hunting, transportation, school, gems, )
    Addie Clawson, 1973 (mail carrier, Rutherwood community, North Carolina, root gathering, automobiles, Great Depression, religion, family background, race relations, superstitions)
Box Folder
1 4 Miss Blanche Combs, 1973 (Cove Creek, North Carolina, Combs family, recreation, school, teaching, post office mistress, corporal punishment, religion, transportation, politics, outlaws, Great Depression, Ashe County cheese factory, Conservation Camps, root gathering)
    Mrs. D. Cuthbertson, 1973 (clothing, recreation, transportation, religion, farming, school, home remedies, music, wedding traditions, superstitions, moonshining)
    Mrs. Maragret Daniels, 1974 ("Education in Avery County in the twenties and thirties")
Box Folder
1 5 Mrs. Theorn Dellinger, 1974 (Crossnore community, North Carolina, Mary Martin Sloop, general stores, mail, Hugh Morton, Grandfather Mountain, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), church, )
    Maggie Dishman; Tape #35, 1973 (Emanda, North Carolina, Peorea, North Carolina, school, clothing, community relations [neighbor helping each other], recreation, courting, quilting, Civil War, church, holiday celebrations, transportation, radio, politics, home remedies, 1940 flood)
    H. Grady Farthing, 1974 (Watauga Academy, Boone, North Carolina, politics, isolation)
Box Folder
1 6 Frank Fields, 1974 (Elk Park, North Carolina, family histories, migration patterns, Peter Harden [a Creek Indian in Cranberry married a slave], transportation, slavery)
    Mrs. Gertrude Tolbert Folk, 1973 (African-American, Boone, North Carolina, Jefferson City, Tennessee, school, Dougherty family, segregation era teacher, Folk family, integration, race relations, Boone Methodist Church)
Box Folder
1 7 Mr. And Mrs. Gurney Franklin, 1974 (Linville Falls, North Carolina history, American Indians, 1916 flood, farming)
    Viola Greer, 1972 (family, school, church, politics, transportation, automobile, Great Depression, electricity, doctor, child rearing)
    Stanley Harris, Sr., 1973 (Montezuma, North Carolina, Cove Creek High School, Horn in the West development, Coleman's Tobacco Warehouse, Boone Rotary Club, Great Depression, Watauga County Bank closing, church, Northwestern Bank, Appalachian State Teachers College, transportation, )
Box Folder
1 8 Bea and Mike Hensley, 1973 (blacksmithing, forge)
    Rev. Ronda Horton, 1984 (African-American, Krimmer Mennonites missionary, Mennonite orphanage, Boone Mennonite Church, Junaluska community, North Carolina, church, segregation)
    Rev. Ronda Horton, 1973 (African-American, sharecropping, free people of color, Junaluska community, North Carolina, coal mining, World War I, Krimmer Mennonites missionary, Mennonite orphanage)
Box Folder
1 9 Mr. Corbett Johnson; Mr. Harold Moldenhauer
    Mr. And Mrs. Howard Mast
    Margie Michael
Box Folder
1 10 Harvey J. Miller, 1974 (Johnson City State News, small town journalism, newspaper, Foxfire books, )
    Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Moretz, 1973 (Silverstone community, North Carolina, Tater Hill community, North Carolina, family, farming, school, transportation, Potter family, outlaws, 1940 flood, Great Depression, politics)
    Ray Moretz, 1997 (Meat Camp, Moretz family)
    Mr. C.K. Norris, 1973 (farming, transportation, church, clothing, recreation, courting, moonshining, music)
Box Folder
1 11 Ophra Pitts, 1973 (foodways, Great Depression, hunting, clothing, shoes, celebrations, washing, church, transportation, catalogs, Conservation Camps, herb gathering, infant care, wedding, recreation, 1940 flood)
    Mrs. Nell Ray, 1973 (African-American, Boone, North Carolina, black Baptist Church, Boone Mennonite Church, corporate punishment, Mars Hill, North Carolina, slavery, Ku Klux Klan, Yancey County, North Carolina, desegregation, Boone Black police officer, school, opinion of Dr. Martin Luther King)
    Harrison Shelton, 1973 (Tamarack community, North Carolina, church, school, migration, transportation, coporal punishment, farming, clthing, Great Depression, outlaws, moonshining, Potter family)
Box Folder
1 12 Mary Shelton, 1973 (Tamarack community, North Carolina, punishment, courting, herb gatherer, bark peeler, farming, church, clothing, midwifery, child rearing, gender relations, Great Depression, home remedy, superstitions, holiday celebrations)
    Edele Shore, 1973 (Boone, North Carolina, transportation, school, superstitions, home remedies, mountain doctors, East Tennessee Railroad, recreation, clothing, courting, corsets, quilting, dance, folk songs, church, marriage customs, funeral customs, holiday traditions, transportation)
Box Folder
2 1 Mrs. Myrtle Shores, 1973 (slaves, farming, foodways, Tamarack community, North Carolina, church, roads, clothing, Great Depression, Civil War, local outlaws)
    W.C. (Bill) Smith, 1973 (African American, banjo, Elk Park, North Carolina, race relations, school, surnames of Mullins, Hedgepeth, Crowley, slavery, Mast plantation, knotted quilts)
    Miss Cozie Taylor, 1974 (Buck Hill, North Carolina, grist mills, church, handicrafts, illness)
Box Folder
2 2 Mrs. Stella Taylor, 1975 (general stores, family, childhood, doctor, midwife, politics)
    Mr. Damon Vance, 1974 (church, Civil War, Indian artifacts)
Box Folder
2 3 Ivor Vance (Montezuma community, the Great Depression, Vance Family history, Avery County, North Carolina's first roads, Railroads, naming of Howard's Knob and Roan Mountain, settlement of Watauga County, North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain, 1916 flood, )
    Mr. And Mrs. Ivor Vance, n.d. (Avery County, North Carolina, Yellow Mountain Road, Waightstill Avery - Andrew Jackson duel, mica mining, Civil War, Daniel Boone, contemporary politics and economics, Great Depression, land development, childhood recreation, education)
    Cratis Williams, 1976 (Childhood, Blaine, Kentucky, education, family, church, recreation, agriculture. Also includes "Appalachia and the Human Spirit" by Williams)
Box Folder
2 4 Rex O. Wilson, 1974 (Mica industry)
    Mrs. Ellen Wise, 1974 (Cow Camp community, Avery County, North Carolina resident, one-room school house, farming, grist mill, weddings, early marriage, sawmill, molasses, quilting, canning, )


Related Material

Collection 111. Appalachian Oral History Project Records.

Collection 112. Watauga County Historical Site Survey Records.