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.
When Cal Whitson of this place, harvested his sweet potatoes this year, he found one that measured three and a half feet long.
Quite a few chinquapins grew here this year, but chinquapin trees don’t grow thick over the mountains like chestnut trees once did. There were only a few persimmons to be found here this fall, as persimmon trees are very scarce. Hazel-nuts are in abundance here and locally. They are gathered by mice, ground squirrels and grey squirrels to store away for winter food.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Honeycutt of Huntdale on October 14 twin sons. They were named Earl and Jerold. Mrs. Honeycutt’s mother, Mrs. Nettie Bennett, lives here on Pigeon Roost.
Mrs. Bill Sturgill got burned very badly Wednesday when she dropped a dish pan full of boiling apple butter on her feet.
I have received another interesting letter from Erwin, Tenn. Mr. Honeycutt said in this letter that when he and his wife were first married, he often heard her sing and play an old song. The last lines were: “In the evening of my life if my father only wills, that I should stand with friends once more on the North Carolina hills.” I wonder if any readers of the Tri-County News has any more words to this song ballad that Mr. Honeycutt would like very much to get. He said that he was interested in all the old songs, although he could not hear very well any more. He said his hair is silvered over with frost of many winters, yet he has springtime in his heart.
There was no frost in this area on the morning of Saturday, October 29, but the ground was so white early that morning, especially where there was weeds or dead leaves laying on the ground that it looked as if it had snowed. What do you think the whiteness was…well, it was nothing but spider webs covered with a heavy morning dew. Yes, there wasn’t many places in the fields where there was not a spider web, but not a spider could be found. One old-timer said to see so many spider webs was a good old timey weather sign that there would some very cold weather between now and when the moon fulls, which is on the third day of November.
I hope you enjoyed the peek into Pigeon Roost via Mr. Miller. Would that like Mr. Honeycutt I would always have springtime in my heart.
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