Country Women Cope with Hard Times by Melissa Walker

By Melissa Walker

This quantity tells the tales of ladies born among 1890 and 1940 in jap Tennessee and western South Carolina, who grew up on farms, in labour camps and in distant cities in the course of an period whilst the region's agricultural approach replaced dramatically.

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16 He and my mother influenced my father to sell the Emert Place on Middle Creek Road. It connected up on top of the hill to my father’s home farm. They sold the “big holler” across Middle Creek Road from the Dollywood parking lot. My father had a sawmill and sawed out that holler for years. There was a shack where very poor people lived until about 1938. They sold the Lawson field which connected on back of Judge Holt’s farm and extended to the Trotter McMahan farm. By selling these strips of land that didn’t produce farm produce, we were able to get out of debt for the first time since 1921, thanks to my mother and brother, Glenn.

She pointed this out to Alumnae Director Melissa Daves Jolley, who passed along a copy of Mrs. Adamitis’s letter to me. I was fascinated with her mother’s story, and I immediately wrote to Mrs. Adamitis to ask if I could come see her the next time I was visiting my parents in east Tennessee. Mrs. Adamitis agreed. On August 16, 2001, I visited with Mrs. Adamitis. I met her at her apartment, which was located on a secondary road just off the main tourist artery that connects Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

When my sister started to school, my father went to Grainger County and bought a pair of trotting ponies and a buggy so they could drive to Middle Creek Elementary School three miles away. My brother Glenn, who drove the ponies, said the ponies could really move fast since they were trained to compete. My father bought a stallion and started to raise ponies. We always had a herd of twelve to fifteen Shetland ponies. There were six to eight mares who had colts every year and were sold when they were about a year old.

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