Jeanette Harris' "Laughridge Corner" in her home. John Laughridge and his wife are in the large oval picture. Laughridge and some of his deputies are seen in front of the old courthouse in the photo on upper right.
John A. Laughridge was sheriff of McDowell County from 1910 to 1918. He is a legendary figure, both for the way he discharged his duties as well as for his kindness and fairness to everyone he met. In this clip, his granddaughter Jeanette Harris shares some of her favorite stories about her grandfather. Plus, we’ll hear from Sheriff Laughridge’s daughter Mary Alice Laughridge Scroggs.
(Mrs. Scroggs was recorded nearly a decade ago on a mini-cassette recorder, so the sound quality will be noticably different. Our thanks to Jeanette Harris and her family for allowing us to use the recording.)
Listen to Jeanette Harris and her aunt Mary Alice Scroggs here:
This audio montage is a small sampling of the great stories and remembrances we are currently collecting from residents all over McDowell County. We’ve heard stories of the Cherokee, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the building of the railroad, the Great Depression and other historical events. But mostly, we’ve heard stories of how real people lived their daily lives in the times before every convenience was available at the flick of a switch or at the push of a button. Remembrances of a time when folks relied on the land around them for their food, helped their neighbors and knew how to make just about everything they needed. It is the story of self-reliance and a strong community. It’s a spirit that lives on in the residents of McDowell County to this day.
Interviewer Kim Clark and sound man John Orr talk with Mr. and Mrs. Harold McCurry following their video session at Spring House Farm (the old Albertus Ledbetter home) in the Montford Cove Community.
Listen to this montage of McDowell County voices here: