David Brose, who was the longtime Folklorist at John C. Campbell Folk School, gave me a copy of a recorded interview he did with Cleva Anderson in the 90s.
I remember Cleva well. Her grandson Corky lived with her and rode the same school bus I did.
My post title may be slightly misleading. In the snippet of the interview you’ll hear Cleva explain her family had the flu in 1919.
She does note it was the year after the 1918 flu that killed so many of their friends and neighbors and describes the way her parents helped those in need in the pandemic. Cleva’s family didn’t catch the first go round of the flu but witnessed it’s aftermath. I can imagine they thought the worst was over until they succumbed to the virus themselves a year later.
Click on this link to hear the interview: Cleva Anderson talks about the flu of 1918
I’m positive the Almond man Cleva tells of helping her family was Roy Almond’s father. Roy lived on Pinhook until his death a few years back and was a dear friend of Pap’s.
Years ago Roy’s cows got out and came across the mountain to pretty much demolish Pap’s garden. I remember Roy coming to apologize and pay Pap for the damage.
I imagine the Almond man knew he had to help Cleva’s family because he’d witnessed the way they helped the families on Pinhook the previous year.
Come cook with me!
MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, August 23 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley
Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.
Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.