The 130th Anniversary of the Bostian Bridge Train Wreck.

A grim anniversary today, as 130 years ago one of Statesville’s worst disasters was playing out. Early in the morning of August 27th, 1891, just outside of Statesville proper, a train derailed and fell off a railway bridge. To this day, no one really knows the cause, but when the dust settled and everything wasContinue reading “The 130th Anniversary of the Bostian Bridge Train Wreck.”

Rosy Retrospection

When looking at the past, it’s easy to see things through the filter of nostalgia- sometimes even if we’re looking at a time period when we weren’t alive. Surely I’ve been guilty of this myself.Whether you explain this by “rose-colored glasses”, “grass is always greener” or some other idiom, saying, or metaphor, it’s rarely aContinue reading “Rosy Retrospection”

“We Well Remember” and the Trivette Clinic

Although out of print now, the book “We Well Remember“, which was published in 1997 by Sarah Brawley Cheek is available online in several places and is a gold mine of stories relating to the local communities.Tucked away in a section about health care are several useful passages about Dr. Trivette, including a story orContinue reading ““We Well Remember” and the Trivette Clinic”

Small update to Alexander County’s sulphur springs article plus an upcoming event by the Iredell County Historical Society!

First, I have recently found a little bit of information about the Whites-Davis and All Healing Springs of Alexander county that I hadn’t previously come across. These scans are from a publication called “Mining Industry in North Carolina in 1908”, which has a special focus on mineral springs in the state. Included in the listContinue reading “Small update to Alexander County’s sulphur springs article plus an upcoming event by the Iredell County Historical Society!”

Update: The Disappearance of Angela Hamby

Thanks to Jerry Lankford, the editor of the Wilkes Record, several newspaper articles about Angie’s case are now available online. These articles are not available in print or at the Wilkes Record site anymore and I wanted to preserve them, as they include details I haven’t seen anywhere else about the case, and also paintContinue reading “Update: The Disappearance of Angela Hamby”

The Beginning of the Miracle of Hickory

On this day, 77 years ago, one of the first cases of Polio in what would be an epidemic was diagnosed in Catawba county.As the infection spread, and hospital beds in Charlotte became scarce, the people of Hickory moved to ensure that those afflicted by the illness would have access to treatment, and began workContinue reading “The Beginning of the Miracle of Hickory”