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October 05, 2013


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Sounds like a wonderful man!
Would that we had more like him in today's world - where truly good people are so sorely needed, and are often found so far and few between.

God bless.


Tipper: What a wonderful history of the family. I enjoyed reading through the times gone by.

An excellent post, Tipper. People like him are the real heroes of our country--they did their jobs quietly, without notice, but with dignity. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Mr. Fletcher, Thank you so much for your story. There is just something special about Grandpas. My Papaw was about your age. If he were still living, he would be 93. He joined the CCCs also and worked out in Oregon at Grant's Pass and Crater Lake. He too didn't care to venture out to seek a better life for his family. They moved to Washington state then made a short move to Ohio then onto Florida before moving back to North GA for good in 1969. I've always loved the fact that I grew up on the same dirt he grew up on, went swimming in the same hole that him and his siblings did. My Momma and Daddy built their house where his family once had their big cornfield so I slept every night where he probably spent many a days hoeing corn. I'm forever grateful that God gave me enough sense to make time and spend time with my grandparents, even during my teenage years. I'm so glad I did and I'm very blessed to still have both my grandmothers. :)

Charles - I never had a grandfather. Both of mine were gone before I came along. Thank you for loaning me yours for today. It took all day to find how we were kin but I found it. 1st cousin 1x removed of wife of nephew of husband of great grand aunt. Your full name is Charles Clinton Fletcher and you were born in Gaston County, NC. Your father's name was Dewey Talmadge Fletcher. (1900-199o)

B.Ruth - We are all kin somewhere down the line. Your quandary got me to thinking. If I can find Charles, I can find you. If you can get me your grandparents names and dates of birth, I can find how you and I and how you and Charles are related.

Tipper, Thanks again for the tickets to the Folk School Festival. We went up today, got there by 9:30 and there was already a crowd. We toured many of the booths, bought a couple of items, heard 3-4 groups and saw the cloggers. We left about 1:30 because the crowd was just too thick for my wife. She has poor balance even when I hold her arm. We did enjoy what we saw and heard as well as the scenery.

My father would be 95 if he were alive now. He too was in WW2. He left home at 14 to work in the timber cutting in Graham County. I sometimes wonder how many people he crossed paths with are still around. One ofhis cousins still lives in the Robbinsville area. I remember all 4 grandparents and a great grandmother and a step great grandmother. My mother's parents were cooks in logging camps in NC and TN. Dad's dad ran a sawmill.

and Charles...I love this post!
I strained and looked at every name to see if we could be connected in some way. The only thing I can connect is the fact that my Aunt and Uncle are buried between Canton and Clyde.
I found a receipt in my Mothers papers she saved, saved and saved! What a trip thru those old receipts that was. Even a receipt where she bought her, what I call a "RA RA Boom Da Yea" coat which was a long raccoon coat of the era! Back to the subject: A man by the name of Pressley sold her an Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner in Marshall back in the late thirties or very early forties...I wish I could think of his first name. I don't think I saved it...I wanted to, but my brothers and husband was watching everything I put in the save pile. LOL This was history to me not so much because it was my Mothers...Yep, and she died with that coat hanging covered in a bag in the attic...She wore it when she and Dad got married in 1940! I think Dad slipped and tossed the old vaccum years ago!
I think I will try to do this very thing you have done for my Grandchildren. They knew their Great Grandmother but not their Great, great Grandmother or Grandfathers!
Thanks Charles and Tipper,

Thanks for posting Charles' precious
memories of his Grandpa. Now all the
relatives will know where they came
from. I enjoyed this alot.

Charles wrote this on my birthday!

This is a great story, thank you so much for sharing. You come from a good family.

Thank you, Charles, for sharing this story about your Grandpa and his family- inspiring, as always.

Thank you so much, Mr. Fletcher. I always love your posts. Appalachia has such a wonderful history. Our ancestors endured a lot of hardship in order for us to have the easy life we have today. Keep their stories coming!

Grandpas needn't be large in stature to cast a big shadow throughout generations. Of course in my young eyes my grandfather was towering.

What a great way for Charles to remember his grandfather and introduce us to a great man. So important that Grandpa Pressley's story is told.

Great story. We should all write stories down about the relatives we remember. If they die when we are young then the next generation just won't know anything about them. And some day they (we) will all be gone...and with them their stories, unless we write them down!

I enjoyed reading about Charlie's Grandpa very much - he painted a lovely picture of an admirable man. I wish so much that someone in my family had written such a record for the next generations to read and add to.

These stories are precious jewels to treasure and pass along to the next generation. Wonderful post!

Charles, I hope my grandchildren will write about what a great person I was. Your books are a real treasure. Each time I finish one, I feel like I know your family personally.
Grandma Pressley did better than I would have with eight kids in the house-I would have has three spoons full.

Interesting legacy! I enjoyed reading the short biography. Life was hard back then and, perhaps, that made people more appreciative for the things they did have.

Very interesting story, I enjoyed it very much. To stop and hear about the hardships that these folks went through kinda humbles me and makes me want to count my blessings.. we complain when the air conditioning goes out or our tire goes flat...

Thank you so much for sharing your family with us. What wonderful memories you have.

Mr. Fletcher I have been drawn to your writing from the first time I read anything I saw in Tipper's blog. It is quite evident how you loved your grandpa Pressley. I enjoyed reading this so very much this morning. I know I would have liked your grandpa because of one of the words you used to describe him - humble. That is a very desirable trait for people to have in my opinion. Thank you and Tipper for this today.

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