Outhouses, moonshine, one-room schools, steam trains and coal mines created the culture in the early 1900s deep inside the southern Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. This book gives the reader the feel for the childhood joys of growing up in a simpler time. It also offers a sense of coming of age in a coal town as part of a hard working, loving community. This richly detailed glimpse of yesteryear will appeal to anyone whose ancestors migrated from that area as well as those who still live there.
The story of David Halsey's early life in an Appalachian culture begins in the southern Appalachian coalfields in the mid-1930s and continues into the early 1950s. There was no indoor plumbing and many homes had no electricity. Most roads in that area were not paved during that time. Most people didn't own automobiles until after World War II. Most families raised their own vegetables on the hill sides. For meat, men raised hogs and hunted wild game. Wild blackberries and grapes were a special treat. Without television, evenings were generally devoted to gatherings with family and friends.
David H. Halsey
2008, 5½x8½, paper, 130 pp.