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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents

Bessie Johnson was 92 years old at the time of this interview. She recalls her family history and the history of the Warrensville area.

Part 1

0:00 Birthdate / name / parents

3:10 Playing near mouth of Buffalo Creek

4:03 Christmas traditions

5:55 School

8:50 Billy Todd teacher / Todd house in Jefferson

9:42 Old residents of Jefferson

11:50 Classmate names

14:18 Helton academy

15:15 Spelling contests

16:00 Mason Warren drowning in Buffalo Creek

17:30 Raising lambs

20:10 Corporal Punishment

22:03 Courting

26:45 Raising handicapped child

 

Part 2

0:00 Raising handicapped child

4:40 Laundry

6:52 Lye soap

8:10 Coming of electricity in 1929

9:22 Children’s chores

11:10 Grandma Warren

12:15 Burkett and Graybeal families

13:00 Hearing about the 1940 flood in West Virginia

14:00 1977 Flood

14:22 1916 Flood

16:55 Buffalo Prison Camp

21:00 Reflections on life

22:25 Childbirth

26:00 Apple Butter

27:05 Molasses