The 1974 Winter Edition of the Foxfire Magazine contains a compilation of newspaper articles written by Harvey Miller. At the time of the magazine’s publication Miller’s weekly column had been around for sixty years and was till being published in the Tri-County News located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
I wanted to share a January excerpt from the magazine with you but couldn’t decide on just one-the articles are that good. I decided to share 3 of Miller’s January articles with you today.
“Two lost sheep, a belled ewe and her last spring lamb, walked slowly down the highway in the upper section of Pigeon Roost on the afternoon of Christmas day. As we write this, we have not learned just who the sheep belonged to or what went with them. This was unusual to see sheep traveling the road here without a herdsman, as no one directly on Pigeon Roost owns any sheep anymore. 1/5/56”
“Solomon Barnett reported that he observed the big wild cat’s tracks again in the heavy snow early Thursday morning. He said the wild cat had traveled in the big snow Wednesday night. It was a trail that leads from Jake Hollow to Byrd Creek and the wild cat has been going the trail for several years. Some people who live in those areas report that the wild cat has killed several hens for them the last few years. Floyd Barnett had the misfortune for his car to catch on fire in the heavy snow here on Byrd Creek highway Friday and burn up. 1/2/58”
“Someone, somewhere has been missing part of their teeth ever since Christmas season began. Howard Miller, a citizen here in the upper section of Pigeon Roost, reported that he found the lower plate of a set of false teeth during Christmas week while walking along the Pigeon Roost highway and when he traveled to the top of Hatterock Hill, he happened to look down and see the teeth laying directly in front of his foot in the road. The news soon spread fast as to the finding of the teeth in and around the nearby areas of Pigeon Roost but so far no one has claimed the ownership of them. Miller said he has put the teeth away for safekeeping and was going to keep them for their owner if it be until another Christmas rolls around. He said it never will matter how long it is before the owner calls for them; there never will be a charge made for finding them. But if they are ever wanted to be sent to the owner by mail, he thought they should pay the postage for shipping them. 1/7/60”
I wish I knew if the mystery of the sheep was solved and of course I want to know if anyone ever claimed their teeth! As for the big cat, I’m a believer.
You can read more about my big cat story here: Are there Mountain Lions in Appalachia?
Jump over to the Foxfire website and poke around. They are still publishing the magazine and those wonderful Foxfire Books too!