Early days in Cleveland County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 38-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina (1851); Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888), North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State (1939), a product of the WPA; A New Geography of North Carolina (1954-65). The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and enhance readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Shelby (the county seat), Kings Mountain, Boiling Springs, Lawndale, Mooresboro, Lattimore, Grover, Waco, Earl, Polkville, Casar, Belwood, Fallston, and Valdese. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features, such as mineral springs; When Cleveland was Cleaveland; Isaac Shelby, Revolutionary hero for whom the county seat was named; King's Mountain and the Revolutionary War; Patrick Ferguson, a British officer, killed at King's Mountain; Industry, Agriculture, Religion, Civil Improvements, etc.; Civil War; the "Cleveland ring"--a political dynasty; John Bell, successful merchant; Col. Frederick Hambright; Gov. Clyde Hoey; Schools -- including Gardner-Webb a junior college; Lithium mines, a ball-playing metermaid, a female "Master Mason," why Casar isn't spelled "right"and other name stories, and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt has biographies of J.L. Webb and Robert M. Oates. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Cleveland County, NC
Sources: History of Cleveland County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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