Alleghany Men – Selective Service in World War I

This is a roster of the first 199 men considered for service by the local board of Alleghany County, NC in World War I. The files are from the National Archives. Click the link or the image to open a  multi-page PDF file.Image

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Basin Cove Flood Centennial Commemoration

The Basin Cove Flood Centennial Commemoration is planned for Saturday, July 15, 2016, at the Primitive Campsite in Doughton Park. More info will be posted on the event’s Facebook page.

Get directions from the NPS Doughton Park Trail Map.DoughtonMap

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Sgt. Guy R. Torney – Called Out – April 12, 1917

 
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Sgt. Guy R. Torney, husband of Mildred Sturgill Torney.

Guy Ritchey Torney was born September 20, 1898 in Emlenton, Pennsylvania and enlisted in the National Guard April 16,1917. He was promoted to Sergeant, June 1, 1918 and was discharged June 28,1919. He died August 21, 1982 and was buried in Piney Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mildred passed away in 2014 and left the family papers to the Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society, which she helped found. We are sharing Mr. Torney’s century-old account of his trip to France in honor of Memorial Day.
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Hanes Knitting Employees

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Here is a 200 dpi, 8 x 10″ photo of the employees at Hanes in Sparta. The photograph is labeled 1966. Click the image to enlarge.

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Sparta-Alleghany Fire Department

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(left-to-right) Lawrence Tayson (#11), Homer Edwards (#10), Tom Truitt (#7), Eugene Higgins (#9), Paul Irwin (#3), Clarence Hendricks (#4), Oliver Sidden (#5), Web Miller (#6) and Clete Choate (#1).

c.1948 Photo from Margaret Crouse,  from a color slide shot by her father Cliff Evans.

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Piney Creek School

This is a photo Edna Warden Perry brought us several years ago, of Piney Creek School decorated for some celebration – probably commencement. Mrs. Perry was a teacher for 28 years and a great friend of the Historical Society. She passed away in 2012.

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The photo is featured in the Spring 2016 edition of the AHGS newsletter. The quarterly newsletter has won a prestigious Joe M. McLaurin Newsletter Award for the last 7 years.

If you’d like to recieve the AHGS Newsletter, membership in the Society is just $20 per year. If you have a story or photographs to include, contact us at: info@ahgs.org.

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Sparta High School Yearbooks Available Now!

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Reprint of The Forty-Niners from 1949

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Reprint of The Echos of Sparta Hi from 1947.


Reprints of the 1947 and the 1949 Sparta High Yearbooks are now on sale! These editions are reasonably priced at just $12.50 each and proceeds from book sales go to help fund the Museum. We are also currently working on a reprint of the first Sparta yearbook from 1939. The books feature the High School grades and all elementary grades at Sparta School that year.

AHGS books can be found online at Shop.StarRoute.net or at the Museum when we re-open March 31st.

Stop by and help support the Historical Museum!

 

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Alleghany Centennial Image from 1959

SpartaParade022616This is an image from the Alleghany County Centennial parade held in 1959 in Sparta, North Carolina. The Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society is currently working on a book of photographs of the Centennial Celebration from half a century ago.

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Museum Display at the Blue Ridge Business Development Center

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The new Historical Museum display at the Blue Ridge BDC.

The folks at the Blue Ridge BDC invited the Historical Society to place a display case in the lobby of the facility to publicize last fall’s photographic exhibit, Alleghany Images. They have also agreed to host presentations for future Historical Museum exhibits.
For the Spring exhibit, Fancy Pants- A Presentation of Old-fashioned Fashions, we have featured an iridescent, two-piece, taffeta outfit that belonged to Susan Parks Doughton, wife of North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Rufus Alexander Doughton. Mrs. Parks was born in 1865 and passed away in 1951.
The BDC is an important partner for the Museum as it is also the home of Wilkes Community College and, at the end of this year, the Alleghany County Public Library.
We appreciate very much the opportunity to advertise the Museum at the BDC.

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The Museum opens for spring, Thursday, March 31. If you have clothes, shoes, hats or any historically, fashionable accessories you’d like to loan for display, contact Reba Evans at the museum 336-372-2115.

 

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Vintage Selfie

Below is the original scan of the image: (Click to enlarge.)
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Below is a zoomed-in version with enhanced brightness & contrast. In this image, you can more clearly see the photographer’s long-distance device, which allowed him to be a part of the selfie. (Click to enlarge.)
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