1929 – Mountain Valley Creamery truck parked outside Fred O. Scroggs store in Brasstown
Friday, March 8, 1929 – The Cherokee Scout, Murphy
The winter term of the John C. Campbell Folk School ended last Thursday, after a very satisfactory session, in spite of influenza and the inconvenience of living in a partly finished building. The students left that afternoon, several having to go as far as Robbinsville, Highlands, and Virginia. Mrs. Campbell spoke briefly at morning exercises after which there was singing, and then a ball game. Each member of the school planted a tree on the school grounds some pines, several red maples, and a dogwood. At dinner the school’s birthday cake was proudly brought in, with its three red candles-two years old, and one to grow on. Everyone made some wish for the school.
Though school will not be in session until next November 1, the spring and summer months promise to be very busy ones. Mr. Holder of Murphy will begin work at once on the heating system in the Community House, so that the rest of the carpentry work may then be completed. Rooms must be furnished, lighting fixtures and water installed. The building will also be painted as soon as weather permits. Driveways and planting must be put in order.
One of the heaviest pieces of work this spring will be the finishing of the water system. The pipe is in the ground, and ditches and reservoir were dug last winter. The flow of a number of springs will be gathered into a basin, and thence pumped to the reservoir-which will hold 33,000 gallons, where it will be distributed by gravity over the whole place. The pumping will be done in an eleven foot steel waterwheel driven by the branch running through the farm. A dam is now under construction and it is expected that the little lake so formed will furnish a pleasant swimming hole for the summer.
A stone shop and laundry will be built in connection with the pump and water wheel.
By November 1, it is hoped that all will be in full readiness for school, which can then offer adequate rooming space, full weaving and sewing courses for the girls and wood and iron working for the young men, in addition to the regular course.
The Brasstown Woman’s Club met Wednesday, February 27, at Mrs. William Clayton’s. Abut 20 members were present in spite of rain and slick roads. Mrs. Ellis gave a biscuit demonstration, and told about the contest which is to beheld in April. There was a short discussion about handwork, and afterwards a social hour was enjoyed, and very delicious refreshments were served.
There have been several guests at the Folk School these last few months. Miss Stone, the founder and head of the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky, and Miss Hale who has been connected with the Experiment Station in Kentucky, and is soon to undertake some new work were at the school last week, and attended the Woman’s Club meeting.
On Saturday, Miss Pettit who founded Pine Mountain School in Kentucky, and is the present head, came to spend several days. Miss Jessie Ross of the Spinning Wheel, Asheville, and Miss Helen Dingman of Berea College, editor of Mountain Life and Work and Executive Secretary of the Conference of Southern Mountain Workers have also visited the school.
Mrs. Wessell’s Normal Class visited the Folk School at Brasstown Wednesday morning and greatly enjoyed the classes. They took gymnastics under Mr. Bidstrup’s direction. Mrs. Campbell spoke for a few moments on the purpose and method of the school, and Miss Butler told of her experience in rural school work. After this the whole group visited the Folk School Museum.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into the history of the John C. Campbell Folk School as much as I did-truly fascinating!
p.s. The Pressley Girls will be at Martins Creek Community Building Saturday March 24. Concert free, hamburgers and hot-dogs available for purchase, singing starts at 6:00 p.m.