American Mythology

By Luke Bauserman

Your weekly dose of gritty history & American folklore.

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#30・

Beard of Defeat - The Weekly Holler #30

During Abraham Lincoln's campaign for the presidency, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat named Valentine Tapley from Pike County, Missouri, swore that he would never shave again if Abe were elected. Tapley kept his word following Lincoln's victory, and his chin whis…

 
#29・

Battle for the Ballots: The McMinn County War - The Weekly Holler #29

On the night of August 1st, 1946, and into the early morning hours of the following day, a battle took place between the agents of corrupt politicians in McMinn County, Tennessee, and a band of World War II veterans, who took up arms in order to ensure that o…

 
#28・

The Head in the Well - The Weekly Holler #28

In an old homestead near Mt. Harmony, West Virginia, one hundred and fifty years ago, lived a beautiful young woman named Mary Meadows. Every man for miles around wanted her for his wife, but she only cared for Tom Dixon, who like herself, was young and hands…

 
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Booger Hole, WV: Blood, Justice, Exodus - The Weekly Holler #27

In January 1917, handbills tacked on trees and fence posts in Clay County, West Virginia, gave warning to residents of the little mountain settlement of Booger Hole: We, the citizens of Clay county, seeing that we cannot get justice by law, have organized the…

 
#26・

Ghost Cow - The Weekly Holler #26

The following story comes from The World (New York) - Sunday, August 9, 1896: A new kind of spook has appeared to frighten timid people in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. A specter cow, with her head severed from her body and dangling in the air in front of her…

 
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Johnny Cash vs. Ostrich - The Weekly Holler #25

A little known story about "The Man in Black," is his 1981 encounter with an ostrich named Waldo. Here’s the account in his own words, as related in Cash: The Autobiography:Ostrich attacks are rare in Tennessee, it’s true, but this one really happened, on the…

 
#24・

Playin' Possum On the River - The Weekly Holler #24

This week's issue features the winner of the Possum Story Contest:

 
#23・

Lucille & The Tornado - The Weekly Holler #23

Last call for possum stories! Did you have one as a pet? Do you have a possum recipe with a story? Have possums ever infested your house? Any story featuring a possum is welcome! Here’s how to submit:- Write your story in 2,500 words or less.- Email your stor…

 
#22・

Salted Hide: A Virginia Witch Tale - The Weekly Holler #22

There's one week left to submit your possum story! Did you have one as a pet? Do you have a possum recipe with a story? Have possums ever infested your house? Any story featuring a possum is welcome! Here’s how to submit:- Write your story in 2,500 words or l…

 
#21・

Old Death & "Black Bill" Walker - The Weekly Holler #21

The Facebook group has put together a Spotify playlist full of classic country, bluegrass and Appalachian folk ballads. Check it out and enjoy some Weekly Holler approved music. A special thanks to Debra Cossins, who contributed many of the songs to the list.…

 
#20・

The Exploding Coffin - The Weekly Holler #20

The Facebook group has put together a Spotify playlist full of classic country, bluegrass and Appalachian folk ballads. Check it out and enjoy some Weekly Holler approved music. A special thanks to Debra Cossins, who contributed many of the songs to the list.…

 
#19・

Hog Miners - The Weekly Holler #19

The Facebook group has put together a Spotify playlist full of classic country, bluegrass and Appalachian folk ballads. Check it out and enjoy some Weekly Holler approved music. A special thanks to Debra Cossins, who contributed many of the songs to the list.…

 
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Tailypo: An Appalachian Folktale -The Weekly Holler #18

I’m pleased to announce that The Weekly Holler now has it’s own Facebook Group. Join and share your stories, all things related to gritty history and American folklore are welcome. Click here to to go to the group on Facebook and click the “Join” button.

 
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The Bird Horse: An Old-time Florida Cracker Tale - The Weekly Holler #17

I'm pleased to announce that The Weekly Holler now has it's own Facebook Group. Join and share your stories, all things related to gritty history and American folklore are welcome. Click here to to go to the group on Facebook and click the "Join" button.

 
#16・

The Witch and the Plow Point - The Weekly Holler #16

The noisy waters of Big Island Creek flow along the foot of a rock bluff deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Hillsville, in Carroll County, Virginia. The sun never seems to shine on the peak of the mountain. Tall pines cast dark shadows over its rocky side…

 
#15・

"Devil" John Wright and The Racehorse - The Weekly Holler #15

The hills of Kentucky still abound in tales of John Wright, a famous lawman from the late 1800s. Dubbed “Devil” by his enemies, John was always known to get his man. Shortly before his death, a visitor to John’s cabin asked, “I’ve heard you killed thirty outl…

 
#14・

The Haunted Mill - The Weekly Holler #14

When I started The Weekly Holler in late April of this year, I never dreamed so many people would subscribe so quickly. It's truly an honor to have over 1,000 readers. Here's what some of them have to say:I loved this issue and every issue of The Weekly Holle…

 
#13・

The Man Who Lived in Three Centuries: An Interview With Uncle Fed Messer - The Weekly Holler #13

The following article is adapted from two pieces written by H.E.C. Bryant for the Charlotte Observer, one in 1901, the other in 1907: Mr. Frederick Messer, of Haywood County, was born in Lincoln, on the South Fork, on August 12th, 1792. This makes him over 10…

 
#12・

The Cat Wife: An Appalachian Folktale - The Weekly Holler #12

The pale December evening spread a slanting curtain of darkness through the woods as I trudged over the rough wagon road up the creek and over Adair Ridge to Big Lick Mountain, on my way to John Mack Rose's cabin. The heavy fog and piercing cold urged me alon…

 
#11・

The Fourth on the Frontier - The Weekly Holler #11

The first celebration of the Fourth of July northwest of the Alleghenies took place in Marietta, Ohio on July 4, 1788. Marietta was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory and the festivities took place just three months after its founding. …