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November 7, 2019

This postcard of Triple Falls in Buck Forest was sent around 1910 to Miss Amanda Burns in Cedar Mountain. (Courtesy photos)

Trees Come Down

A huge oak tree fell at the gate to the cemetery at Rocky Hill last week. Only a few gravestones were knocked over. Another large oak fell at the entrance to the Sassy Goose during the windstorm last week but it did not block the driveway.

Thanksgiving Potluck

Monday, Nov. 11, will be the annual Thanksgiving Dinner potluck at the Cedar Mountain Community Center. You are asked to bring your favorite Thanksgiving-themed dishes to share. Please have your dish to share on the tables by 6:15 p.m., so we can begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Turkey and ham will be furnished by community center members. This is the final potluck for the season and there will be no program. It's a social event, where you can eat at your leisure, get to know your neighbors and have a good time. Everyone is welcome.

Veterans Day Ceremony

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Courthouse Gazebo beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, to honor veterans and pay tribute to the veterans who have served and are serving the nation to preserve the principles of justice, freedom and democracy. Anyone planning to attend should arrive at least 15 minutes early. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Main Street in front of the courthouse will be closed.

Christmas Cantata

Every year, Rocky Hill Baptist Church has a Christmas Cantata performed by the choir. Practice has started in earnest. We could use some more deep voices (especially tenors), so if you like to sing, you would be welcome. Practice is Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Cedar Mountain History

By Patty Stahl

In this column from November of 1905, Buck Forest correspondent, Speckled Trout, encourages the fellow reporters from surrounding communities to send their accounts to the Sylvan Valley News. Praise is given to Morning Star, writer of the Upper Davidson River Items, for diligence, Totsy of the Loftis Locals, Whizzer of the Cedar Mountain News, Sunshine of the Reba Readings and Papa's Baby of the Glade Creek Items are told to wake up and report, if they are alive.

Mrs. Luther Salts, Leona Gidney Salts, was the granddaughter of Craf and Harriet McGaha of Loftis. Loftis was a small community with a post office located across from the entrance to today's Sherwood Forest. Leona was the postmistress there from 1905 – 1907 and married Luther Saltz in April of 1905, just a few months before this column was written. She will be featured in a later column.

Franklin Lafayette Decatur Thomas, son of Micajah and Anne Hightower Thomas, was the first postmaster of the Cedar Mountain Post Office, established in 1856. The post office was in the Buck Forest Hotel, owned by his father. The area surrounding the hotel, and the mountain now called Cedar Rock, was then known as Cedar Mountain. FLD married Rebecca Allison before the Civil War and, after her death at the age of 40 in 1874, married her sister, Mary Allison. Mary raised her sister's children and her children with FLD. Tommy Thomas was the son of Mary and Franklin and was about 21 years old at the time of the accident mentioned in the column. Tommy died at the age of 83 and is buried in the Travelers Rest Cemetery near his father. FLD lived to be 85 years old. Franklin was a sergeant in the 62nd Regiment, N.C. Infantry, Company E. Ada McQueen, possibly Ida, may have been related to Mary Allison Thomas.

David Merrimon Shuford, friend of FLD Thomas, was possibly the first postmaster of the Calhoun Post Office, located in Little River. Records list David Shuford as the postmaster from 1856 to 1865. David served in Company E, 7th Cavalry Battalion. He died in 1912 at the age of 79 and is buried in the Gillespie Cemetery in Brevard.

Lastly, the large American chestnut trees that grew in this area would later disappear as the blight fungus arrived. Old homes in Cedar Mountain still have walls paneled in chestnut, and many of the trees were cut and hauled for lumber. Potentially, blight-resistant American chestnut seedlings from the American Chestnut Foundation breeding headquarters have now been planted in Transylvania County and other areas and are being monitored for growth and survival.

Buck Forest Items, Nov. 17, 1905, Sylvan Valley News

Miss Ada McQueen of Davidson River was visiting among the Laurel Creek folks Sunday.

Hurrah! for Morning Star. Come right along. If the old correspondents go back on the News, we will try to fill their places.

Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Salts passed through this section last Friday on their way to Flat Rock. We wish for them a pleasant visit.

Wake up! Totsy, Sunshine, Papa's Baby and Whizzer and tell us what you know. Let us know that you're alive if you are, and if you are dead just send us word and we will say no more about you.

Hauling chestnut wood is all the go with us now. I think some of the boys are carrying some of it for small change. That is about all they get after they get the wood out and haul it, they say.

Mrs. FLD. Thomas has been visiting that past week among her friends and relatives at Penrose, Broad Valley and Davidson River and returned to her home in this section with a dreadful bad cold. We wish for her a speedy recovery.

A few days ago, D. M. Shuford of Calhoun spent the night with his old friend FLD Thomas, which was much enjoyed by all. The talk between the two old Confederate soldiers was very interesting to the young folks present and will be long remembered.

Hello! Correspondents wake up! Did you know Christmas is coming? Yes, it comes once a year and the old folks say if some of you sleep as long as you have slept since we heard from you, old Santa will pass by and you will never know it. Let us help our editor to give everybody a good paper. I guess most people look for the correspondent's letters. We all do that the first thing.

Tommy Thomas of this section met with a most severe accident last Tuesday, but he is recovering from his wounds. His team, hitched to the wagon, started to run down a hill, the line which he had tied to the brake-stick wrapped around the hub and while he was trying to get it off it broke and the pole struck him in the face, which was a fright to those who saw him. The blood gushed from his mouth and his teeth was knocked up badly.

With best wishes I remain,

Speckled Trout

Christine's Corner

By Christine Pace

Thank you to all who have served – many giving their lives and/or limbs for our freedom. And as Gaylord Lyon would always say, "Please remember to thank the families who were left at home alone while our service people were gone."

Matthew In Matthews

This past Sunday, my grandson, Cooper, and I had an opportunity to visit my son, Matthew, in Matthews, N.C. Matthew and his wife, Daniela, have one son, Levi, who had a flag football game to play that afternoon. Having to miss church in order to make the three-hour trip to Matthews, we were pleasantly surprised that son Matthew had his church attendees at his house waiting for us before having their communion. At 1 p.m., Daniela, Cooper and I watched flag football practice and at 2 p.m. the game. Grandson Levi scored the first touchdown. Levi's team, nicknamed the "Miami Dolphins," won. Afterward, we went to eat at a Mexican restaurant. Cooper and I left from there to come back home, here. "It was a wonderful visit on a beautiful sunny day!"

Around The House

By Linda Young

Clint Owings surveys damage from a large fallen oak tree at the entrance gate to Rocky Hill Baptist Cemetery.

Nothing much is new. I've been putting the finishing touches on my porch and garden shed. Since everything is repainted I decided to paint the vintage cream can that has served as an umbrella stand and also used for shovels and walking sticks for years. It had its original "finish," but it looked tacky in comparison to the rest of the porch. It is now painted a dark grey. The extra umbrellas are now stored in the shed. I am also painting a birdhouse that I got from a yard sale at Joe Earl and Christine Pace's a few years ago. It is being painted to match the house with a red roof and grey exterior.

Thank you for reading The Cedar Mountain News. Your contributions are encouraged and welcome. We'd love to hear what's going on, if you would like to share. Email your news and any questions to cedarmountainnews@gmail.com by Monday evening.

 
 

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