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Tobacco Farming In Transylvania County

According to "North Carolina Atlas" by Jule B. Warren and L. Pole Denmark published in 1952 "North Carolina ranked fourth in the nation in the value of farm crops, not including... — Updated 8/31/2020

 

Picturing The Past: Vintage Postcards Offer A Unique Glimpse Of The Past

Postcards had their heyday in popularity from about 1890 to 1915. There were several factors that contributed to this, including easing of government restrictions, advances in... — Updated 6/29/2020

 

Picturing The Past: First Airmail Flight From Transylvania Co. May 1918

The first official airmail service in the U.S. took place on May 15, 1918. Twenty years later Postmaster General James. A. Farley came up with an idea to promote airmail service... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Picturing The Past: Caesar's Head Hotel Helped To Encourage Early Tourism In Transylvania County

Although not located in Transylvania County, Caesar's Head Hotel has played an important role in the history of tourism in the county. The hotel property was just across the county... — Updated 5/4/2020

 

Picturing The Past: Goat Cart Photos Income Idea For Photographers

After coming across old photographs of children in small wood carts pulled by a goat Kim Anderson and Ian Dunn with the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North... — Updated 4/27/2020

 

Picturing The Past: Young Students Excelled In Dairy Competition

In the mid-1900s the dairy industry in Transylvania County was thriving. There were farms that milked varying sizes of herds and dairies that purchased milk for pasteurization.... — Updated 6/17/2019

 

Brevard Department Stores Were Popular

This week Picturing the Past will look inside a few of Brevard's former department stores. General stores had been popular in most communities in the 1800s. They were normally... — Updated 3/13/2017

 

Beauty Shops Focused On More Than Hair

Last week's Picturing the Past mentioned that Smith's Barber Shop also had a women's department. According to Smith's obituary, Dock Ramsey's wife managed that part of the shop and... — Updated 3/6/2017

 

Barber Shops Were Busy Businesses

Like drug stores and cafes, barber shops and beauty shops were important businesses in mid-20th century downtowns across America. People were able to take care of their shopping, ba... — Updated 2/27/2017

 

Gaither's Was Brevard's Longest Operating Restaurant

Since the early 1900s, downtown Brevard has been home to numerous cafes and restaurants. The earliest mention of a local restaurant found in the Sylvan Valley News is for Jim Aiken'... — Updated 2/20/2017

 

Drug Stores Offered Wide Variety Of Services

In the early to mid-1900s small towns often had two or three drug stores. They offered medication prepared by a pharmacist and first aid supplies. Sundry items including books,... — Updated 2/13/2017

 

Beulah May Zachary Worked In Early TV

Beulah May Zachary was born in Brevard to Beulah McMinn and Woodford William Zachary on Aug. 13, 1911. She was the youngest of four children and her father died when she was just... — Updated 2/6/2017

 

The Toxaway Inn Was Demolished In 1947

Last week Picturing the Past looked back at Transylvania County in 1912, 1927, and 1937. This week the journey to yesterday's news by decade continues with events of 1947, 1957,... — Updated 1/30/2017

 

Tannery, Camp Opened In Early 1900s

A look back at the headlines of yesteryear offers a glimpses at what was occurring in Transylvania County 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 years ago. This week Picturing the Past will fo... — Updated 1/23/2017

 

X-ray Machines Used To Help Fit Shoes

The x-ray shoe fitter was a fluoroscope machine used to aid in the fitting of shoes. Three different individuals, all from Milwaukee, claimed to have invented the machine in the... — Updated 1/16/2017

 

U.D.C. Started First Transylvania Library

The United Daughters of the Confederacy or U.D.C. is a patriotic organization of women descended from those who served for the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. Founded in... — Updated 12/26/2016

 

John Sledge Brought Television To County

Television, like radio had previously, opened up the world to people across America by providing quick access to news and events. Television added images to the experience. The... — Updated 12/19/2016

 

Shaffer Ran Rosman Logging Business

Shaffer Lumber was an unincorporated sole-proprietorship logging business owned and operated by Eugene A. Shaffer. Shaffer moved his young family to Rosman from Pennsylvania in... — Updated 12/12/2016

 

WPNF Was First Commercial Radio Station

Radio broadcast experiments began in the early 1900s and became practical by 1920. Amateur radio enthusiasts all across the country could obtain experimental licenses to broadcast... — Updated 12/5/2016

 

Quilts Are An Important Part Of Heritage

Quilts are an important piece of our heritage. They offer insight into the social, cultural, and economic history of an area. A quilt is defined as two layers of fabric, frequently... — Updated 11/28/2016

 

Parking Meters Were Common In Brevard

"Parking Meters Here Will Go Into Operation Friday Morning." In search of much needed revenue for street repairs, expansion of the city sewer and water system, and alleviation of... — Updated 11/21/2016

 

Oral Traditions Are Essential To History

Oral history is defined as the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people who have personal knowledge of past events. In the... — Updated 11/14/2016

 

Sadie North Was Known As A 'Human Dynamo'

Sadie North was born on May 25, 1875, in Brunswick, Ga., although her death certificate and obituary incorrectly list her birthplace as Illinois. Her family left Georgia for... — Updated 11/7/2016

 

Bill Chappell Part Of Fiddling Tradition

Music is an integral part of our local culture. Appalachian mountain music derives from the traditions of the immigrants who came from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and... — Updated 10/31/2016

 

Lookout Towers Played Role In Preserving Forests

Lookout towers played a vital role in forest history for over a half-century. In 1910 the U.S. Forest Service was devastated by the loss of 85 firefighters, 8 billion board feet of... — Updated 10/24/2016

 

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