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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents

Lester Clark was the son of Ambrose Clark, the sheriff who initially arrested Will Banks. Ambrose was also a well known local businessman who operated the Clark Roller Mill outside of Lansing. In this interview, his son, Lester, recounts stories primarily about his father.

Part 1

0:00 Family history

1:30 Ambrose Clark as Sheriff

2:10 Ambrose Clark’s resignation over Will Banks

5:35 Sheriff George Austin

6:10 Ambrose Clark history: farming and logging

8:25 Ambrose Clark’s family

12:15 Will Banks hanging

15:00 Ambrose Clark’s politics

16:30 White Oak School

18:00 Ambrose Clark’s house

21:10 Horse Creek’s reputation

24:10 Lester Clark’s memories

27:30 Lewis Miller


Part 2

0:00 Lewis Miller and witchcraft

2:15 Marriage traditions

4:00 Dancing and corn shucking

9:00 Grandfather at Gettysburg

10:20 Ambrose Clark in Oregon

12:20 Lester Clark in Pennsylvania