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Donald Anderson's grandfather takes the family for a wagon ride in 1915. The farm was on land inundated by the construction of Lake James a few years later.

Donald Anderson's grandfather takes the family for a wagon ride in 1915. The farm was flooded by the construction of Lake James a few years later.

Donald Anderson recalls that “Most of my time as a youngster was spent hoeing corn”, and he comes from a long line of farmers.  His grandfather farmed land in the community that is now covered by Lake James and his father was a tenant farmer just north of Marion until, as the recipient of the first FHA loan in the county, he moved the family to the Glenwood community. 

Donald Anderson's grandfather and father (right) mind the cane mill.

Donald tells us about the life of a McDowell County farmer in the early 20th century, about electricity coming to Glenwood, and about his years teaching Vocational Agriculture in McDowell County.

 

 

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