National Geographic : 1942 Jul
Kentucky, Boone's Great Meadow Courier-Journal Hale and Happy, the Lashley Quadruplets Have Brought Fame to Leitchfield Beulah, Martine, Mildred, and John-total weight 183/4 pounds-were born to Mr. and Mrs. Porter Lashley on February 23, 1941. A few hours after their birth they were whisked in an ambulance to a Louisville hospital. There seemed at first little hope for the boy, but he is now heartiest of the four. Like the famed Dionne quintuplets, they have brought fortune to their parents. ufactures locomotive fireboxes, furnace linings, gas retorts, and other articles capable of with standing intense heat. For this industry non plastic clays which abound throughout eastern Kentucky and particularly around Ashland are high-quality material. Back to Elizabethan Times At the "Wee House in the Wood" on the edge of Ashland my wife and I called on Jean Thomas, the "Traipsin' Woman," who in 1930 founded the American Folk Song Society. Miss Thomas, a descendant of Kentucky mountain folk, was in the nineties a court reporter going about the country with circuit judges and a "passel of lawyers." Because of her flitting from place to place the mountain folk dubbed her the "Traipsin' Woman." She bought and moved to the garden of her "wee house" at Ashland the last log school house where McGufey's Reader was used as a textbook. For some time after the book was abandoned by school authorities, the aged teacher of this school refused to give it up. His neighbors jokingly told him he would be arrested for disobeying orders, and so cruelly did the threat prey upon his mind that he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage one day while he was conducting a class. The book lies where it fell from his hand (Plate VII). Annually on the second Sunday in June a great Singin' Gatherin' is held under Miss Thomas' direction at "Traipsin' Woman Cabin," 18 miles south of Ashland (Plate XII). To it come the mountain folk to sing ballads and hymns, play their homemade in struments, dance their Elizabethan folk dances, and recite tales of long ago. Some still wear homespun linsey-woolsey dyed with juices of wild plants and berries. Peace Comes to the Feud Country The mountainous region near Ashland was once feud country. Here the Hatfields and the McCoys, the Martins and the Tollivers, fought long and bitterly. Today young folk of onetime enemy fami lies are intermarried, and last June little Melissy Hatfield and little Bud McCoy sang at the Folk Festival "The Love of Rosanna McCoy" and "The Death of Jim Hatfield." "When singin' comes in, fightin' goes out," commented Jilson Setters, the "Singin' Fid dler of Lost Hope Hollow."