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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents

Fred Colvard was one of Ashe County's most prominent farmers, operating a large scale agriculture operation on the what is today the site of Jefferson Landing. During this interview, Colvard discusses changes in local agriculture, his memories from childhood, and his time in World War One.

1:00 Birth 
2:00 Childhood Christmas 
3:20 School 
4:00 Weather 1886 winter
4:37 Winter of 1917
6:13 Traditional cures 
7:40 Civil War grandpa Witherspoon
9:25 School in Orion 
10:20 School teachers Robinson?
11:05 Social events - school box social corn husking
12:02 Churches
12:25 World War 1
13:45 Pine Medley cow story
15:51 Agriculture / decline in grain / quail
18:16 Potatoes and cabbages
19:07 Peaches
20:40 Flowers
21:40 Strawberries
22:33 potato varieties boone / sequoia 
23:57 cabbage varieties
24:30 clearing land
25:40 earliest crops rye 
27:00 depression era