The year 1929 is possibly the most infamous year in the Twentieth Century, for the United States. February brought the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. That spring saw a superstorm that showered Oklahoma and Ohio with blizzard-like snows, while it littered the southeastern United States with destructive tornadoes and tempests, all within two days. One of the most notable was the Rye Cove tornado, which happened during this time. October brought Black Tuesday, Black Thursday, and Black Monday, when the Wall Street Crash plunged the nation into the Great Depression. November saw the Grand Banks earthquake in Newfoundland, Canada. December fared no better. For North Carolina, it brought the most heinous familicide in the state’s history. This was no ordinary killing, however. The most startling aspect to this slaughter was the mystery behind both its orchestration, as well as its aftermath. It Begins Charles Davis Lawson had a large family
Cassard was a notable community in 1938, around 10 miles west of Kingsport, Tennessee. This Scott County region had a number of unique features, including the Pennsylvania Glass plant and a Swedish mission. It was shaken to its foundation on August 3, when the body of 14-year-old Willie Mae Gentry was found.
Country music singer Bobby Mackey owns “Bobby Mackey’s Music World” in Wilder, Kentucky. This Campbell County institution is globally renown for a variety of tragedies and horrific events.
A mysterious collision occurred in Gate City, Virginia, on January 27, 1940. The victims’ families were never given reason as to why the tragedy happened, and the unknown lingers even today.
Residents of the Appalachian Mountains have a number of unique struggles and adversities not found elsewhere, as it has always been. The prevalence of the stereotype is a major adversary. More stereotypes exist surrounding these mountain ranges than any other region of the United States.