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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents


Conley Joseph Houck was born in 1888, and was one of the oldest subjects interviewed for the Oral History Project. In this short interview, he recalls the subsistence lifestyle of the county at the turn of the century.

1:09 Driving cattle on road

1:45 Turkeys to roost 
3:15 Sawmill
5:05 Farm life / subsidence farming 
7:20 Courting / wife
 8:25 Building railroad to Todd
9:58 Dr. Ray in West Jefferson 
11:30 School 
14:00 Cooking 
14:45 Meals 
15:30 Christmas 
16:30 Floods 
18:35 Farming 
19:45 Breaking oxen