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.
Here are a few of the July excerpts from the magazine.
Harvey J. Miller of Pigeon Roost found a large terrapin dead on a rock beside the branch of Jake Hollow. The next day he saw another large terrapin in the branch looking up the rock toward the dead terrapin. For a week, he noticed the terrapin at the rock in the same position before he removed the dead terrapin to see if the terrapin would go away. But a month has passed now and the terrapin still awaits at the foot of the rock where the dead terrapin lay, which possibly was its mate.
The downpour of rain here on Pigeon Roost Friday morning was what could be termed a million dollar rain because the corn and tobacco crops needed it so badly. But it came too late for early planted gardens and the potato crops to recover.
Homer Gouge reports he set .06 of an acre of tobacco during the dry weather and estimated he had only 300 plants growing Friday when he began to reset them.
Worms and grasshoppers long have proven bad pests to tobacco crops and have done the worst damage here this season that they have in many years.
A very large crowd, despite the dark cloudy weather, were in attendance Sunday mornings at the annual decoration and memorial services at the Bennett cemetery in the upper section of Pigeon Roost.
A profusion of flowers were carried to the cemetery on the little hilltop. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Gouge brought beautiful bunches of flowers that came from the flower garden of Mrs. R.W. Bennett of Relief and placed them on the graves.
The next decoration slated for this area will be the first Sunday in August at the cemetery on the farm owned by Don Barnett.
Several residents here this summer have engaged in the job of collecting moss from old rotten logs. The moss is sold to a firm in a nearby Tennessee town. The moss has to be dried in the sunshine before it is ready to be sold on the market.
The appeal that I made recently is the Tri-County News for greeting cards for my birthday brought in 25 cards with several enclosing letters in them.
Pigeon Roost folks, as well as from many other places, are now making their annual pilgrimage to the huckleberry scalds on the Unaka mountain; where it is reported that berries are in abundance this season and the crop is a week to ten days earlier.
Several woodsmen have reported that the sourwood trees are in the heaviest bloom they have been in in many past years and that of course is a good sign of big sourwood honey flow. One bee raiser said bees should get rich as cream on the sourwood bloom and he farther said that sourwood honey is his favorite kind.
I hope you enjoyed the peek into Pigeon Roost. Be sure to jump over to the Foxfire website and poke around. They are still publishing the magazine and those wonderful Foxfire Books too.