Hardworking country folk

Hardworking country folk

Pappy and Mammy would rear together nine children.

Herbert and Mary Ann Reynolds were my great-grandparents. They were known in the family as Pappy and Mammy. Both were born in the 1890s, and they were hardworking people.

Pappy had his own sawmill business during the week. On Saturdays, Pappy had another business: grinding corn for locals in the area. He had a workshop set up at his home, and customers would visit him there. They would arrive on horseback with a sack of shelled corn. My mother remembers long lines. The corn was ground into cornmeal. Pappy charged a quarter for every 50 pounds. He also had a lot of cattle and spent evenings working on his farm.

Mammy was a homemaker. She sewed new clothes and beautiful quilts. She also planted vegetable gardens, canned and cooked on a wood stove. She cooked fried chicken, green beans, pickled corn, boiled cabbage, fried potatoes, apple pies, blackberry cobblers, baked apple butter cakes and more.

Rana Williams, Hayesville, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC

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