Recorded on January 1, 1974, by Dwight Childers at Bergie Shepherd Hobson’s house in Barnardsville, NC.
First Home in Buncombe:
We had a log cabin up there where Mrs. Hipps [lives].
Papa and Mama moved there, and Grandma and Grandpa [John Wesley Shepherd] moved in a log cabin down
below the Uncle Fred Jack house, about half way in that bottom. There was an orchard there.
Some people called that the Redworm Hollow. And it was a little log cabin, we had a log barn, or stable, just a
little ways out from the house, and a spring in below, and a watering trough, a big long trough about as long as
that couch, I guess, and about that width, hewn out of a log, a poplar log, I think it was. And [we] watered the
cattle there, and we washed there, and had a battlin’ stick--have you seen a paddle?
And we had a big wash pot, and a big block.
Of course they’ve ditched out in there. It’s not the same. But there was a branch and some [water] from the
Stockton pasture went down through there. It was a pretty good stream of water went down through there.
The logs were hewn off, but not straight-hewn, like I want one. And it had just a rock fireplace, chimney. Just
one big room then, and then Papa built onto the back of it, a kitchen, and a little bedroom -- we slept back there
too, and had a porch, a front porch. It was a high front porch, all the way across. I remember Ruby rocked off
of that front porch in a rocking chair.
Births at that place:
Let’s see . . . Ivory, Harold, Floyd, Roy (he died when he was 13 - well they called it flux, but it was diarrhea, or
dysentery). . . and Ruby.
Moving to Bear Branch [now Hobson Branch]
Then we just moved over there [to Hobson Branch] and rented that place, [after] the Bradleys went to Atlanta,
Georgia, (the Bradleys were who we bought it from [later]). Well, we just rented; that was the bigger farm over
there. The Bradleys moved to Georgia, and we moved over there to rent the land; they had an orchard.
We moved over there and stayed about a couple of years I guess and they came home and we moved over into
the pasture in a little house and stayed until we got our crops fixed . . . all gathered. Then we went back over
there to our first home . . . and Zelma was born there, and then we moved back . . . bought the place (the Bradley
place, we called it) and sold . . . the Redworm Hollow place to John Comer Burnett. And then Inez was born
there, Roy was born there--Roy was next to Inez and then Georgia Lynn. Jeter was born at the Bradley place.
I never heard tell of tobacco then. They grew apples, corn, grain, and vegetables. I heard talk about bringin’
cabbage and loads of different things . . . I can’t remember any tobacco until I was practically grown. And then
Papa started . . . but it was cheap -- ten cents a pound. Had to raise acres and acres to amount to anything.
They’d bring a load of stuff to Asheville and exchange it for whatever they had to buy; coffee and salt, and cloth.
They made their own cloth until they moved over here [from Yancey]. They had big herds of sheep -- don’t call
them “herds” -- flocks of sheep. Anyway they sheared the sheep and got that wool and washed it, carded it -- I’
ve seen Grandma do that; she’d roll it up in little rolls, and then she’d take that roll and spin it on the spinning
wheel and make thread. And they had that loom that she wove it, and they would make the men’s clothes, too. It
was real fine [fabric]; they called it linsey. They would color it; they used roots and walnut hulls and everything.
After they came over here they dyed the thread and made the socks. Grandma and Mama brought enough wool to
make a lot of socks to last several years. She [Mama] would sit down and sew; she made the boys shirts [by
hand]. We didn’t have a sewin’ machine. Grandma had one; she brought it. Uncle Fred made a table out of it.
Took out the machine part and put planks over it and made a table.