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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents

Hazel Brown was the wife of Billy Brown, the former Sheriff who is featured in a separate interview. As the Sheriff's wife, Hazel was deeply involved in the day to day operations of the Sheriffs' office and the County Jail. In this interview she recalls her time working for the Sheriff's office as well as family and community history.

Index of Topics

 

Hazel Brown Part 1

0:29

Birthplace and date

0:52

birth date

1:03

Parent’s names

1:39

Father’s parents

2:23

Father’s occupations

3:00

Breaking in shoes for another person

4:23

Father’s death at 42

5:16

Ben Bolin Post Office closed

6:23

farming

7:43

Older sister died 3 yrs after father

8:58

butterflies

11:32

Mill dam burst story

13:01

Courting

13:39

Horseback to Ashland

15:40

Why called Rock Creek?

16:01

1st car she ever seen

17:24

Johnny Peck story

20:26

Marriage and dating 

21:45

One child Ralph

22:18

Move to Jefferson to run jail w/husband as Chief Deputy

23:20

Jail had been condemned, needed cleaning and repair

24:29

Jail upstairs, living quarters downstairs

25:00

Ran jail when husband was gone

26:03

Butcher 500lb hog

28:29

27 prisoners in jail

 

Hazel Brown Part 2

0:16

Hacksaws in jail

1:43

Suicide attempts

5:52

Which harder to work with, men or women?

6:58

Man admitted to being drunk

8:21

bookwork

8:49

Jail laundry

9:02

Drunk keeping her awake

10:00

Worry about jail breaks?

11:14

Story about a prisoner

13:45

biscuits

16:25

Brown’s Hotel

16:53

Drunk woman

18:20

Juveniles waiting to go to reform school

19:18

Drunk women

20:24

Keeping secret about important people in jail

22:15

Changes at jail when Brown’s left

23:55

Bought own police car with blue light

26:54

Drunken preacher/Bible salesman