The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Carpenter Wrote Columns On Farm Life


Cotton and her half-Arabian colt, Sweetheart, as illustrated by Constance Griffin.

In 1964 Transylvania County's economy was strong. The population was just over 16,000. Olin, DuPont and Mitchell-Bissell were the leading industrial employers. The Rosman Research Station had opened in late 1963. The average weekly earnings for a worker were $98.58, well over the state average of $80.18.

Although many farm owners were now working in industry, the county was still largely made up of rural communities and small farms. Real estate prices in Brevard were relatively high but farm owners couldn't sell their outlying property for enough to entice them to sell and move to tow...

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