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Ashe County Oral History

Collection of interviews with notable Ashe County residents

Rev. John Luke was a leader of the Glendale Springs Presbyterian Church and was a great friend to the youth of Ashe County. In this interview he recalls the history of the Boy Scouts in Ashe as well as the Presbyterians in Glendale Springs.

0:00 Childhood from 1898 until World War I

1:40 Preaching in Ashe County

5:50 Christian chautauqua

6:25 Boy Scouts

10:40 World War 2 draft board

11:20 Ashe County’s changes

14:45 Origin of Northwest Trading Post

16:45 John Luke Memorial Building for his son