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A County-wide Christmas in 1929
I found the article that follows while perusing Newspapers.com. It truly seems to echo the values that I hold most dear about the Christmas holiday.  I hope you'll all enjoy it and have a blessed holiday season. ___________________________________________...

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Election Day in Swain County - 1884 (Another scandalous election!)
In what is sure to be one of most scandalous elections in history, I thought it might be interesting to get a view of what an election looked like in Swain County in the 'Old Days'. This account comes from the observations of a traveler coming through Swain...

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The Life and Tragic Death of Ben Enloe
Today, September 8th, 2016, marks 100 years since the death of Benjamin F. Enloe, a member of one of the most prominent families in Swain County during the 1800's and early- to mid- 1900's. Ben Enloe, circa late 1890s/early 1900s Source: Laura Taylor Freque...

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Back to School in Swain County
Swain County Schoolbuses, circa 1927 Source: Asheville Citizen Times, February 6, 1927 ________________________________________ It's that time of year! The children of Swain County (including my own) have returned to school to start the 2016-2017 term. In...

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Little Ida Galbreath and the Bryson City Cemetery
My family and I recently took a trip to the northeastern US, visiting sites such as Valley Forge, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Freedom Trail in Boston, and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial in Salem, Massachusetts. Being the lover of history that ...

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Keeping Warm at Rocky Point Ferry
All of the books in the 'Little House' series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder are undoubtedly some of my all-time favorites, which I still pull out to re-read to this day.  Some of my favorite 'scenes' from these books describe the times when Pa would play ...

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Old Needmore in Fall
Before I get to today's blog entry, I wanted to share an update on a previous entry. Shortly after posting last month's blog, I was able to get in touch with Larry Stallcup, who is a genealogist extraordinaire for the Stallcup family.  Larry informed me tha...

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Departed this Life (October 1915)
Between working full-time and raising 3 children, it's often difficult for me to find the time to write lengthy blog entries. As such, and in order to keep putting out information on Swain County, I've thought long and hard about what types of articles woul...

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The Old Juney Whank Home Place
  Following is the much-belated epilogue to the past two blog entries written by my research partner, Don Casada.  As a disclaimer, this hike is best-taken by those in good physical condition and who are comfortable navigating in the backcountry.  It is als...

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An Epic Journey, part 2: Rolling and Sliding from Clay to Swain County
From Don Casada :  This is a continuation of family journeys.   Part 1 mostly concerned itself with my great-grandparents,
Will and Sarah Casada, but did touch on the marriage of their third son, Joseph
Hillberry to Minnie Price (my grandparents).   This ar...
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