Interview with James Oliver (J.O. Shell), July 23, 1974
 

Document Viewer



Citation

Shell, James Oliver, “Interview with James Oliver (J.O. Shell), July 23, 1974,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed November 30, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/7288.


Social Bookmarking


Comments

Allowed tags: <p>, <a>, <em>, <strong>, <ul>, <ol>, <li>

Title

Interview with James Oliver (J.O. Shell), July 23, 1974

Description

James Oliver Shell was born on January 26, 1891 in Shell Creek, Tennessee where his grandfather owned a farm and worked as a carpenter. His father died when he was two months old, so his mother reared the children living with her father. Mr. Shell had one sister, a half-­‐sister, and four half-­‐brothers. As a young man James O. Shell moved to the Heaton community of Avery County North Carolina and was a farmer and served as the postmaster in Heaton from 1914 to about 1953. He died on July 4, 1980 at the age of 88.

During the interview James O. Shell reflects on working his farm, local politics, and playing baseball as a youth. He discusses log rollings, corn shuckings, and the how neighbors helped each out. Some other topics he discusses are Tweetsie Railroad, homemade coffins, local cemeteries and playing baseball.

Subject

Shell, James (1891-)--Interviews
Farm life--North Carolina--Avery County--History--20th century
Avery County (N.C.)--History--20th century
Avery County (N.C)--Social life and customs--20th century

Creator

Shell, James Oliver

Date

23-Jul-74

Rights

Copyright for the interviews on the Appalachian State University Oral History Collection site is held by Appalachian State University. The interviews are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. Appalachian State Collection 111. Appalachian Oral History Project Records, 1965-1989, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Special Collections, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC). Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of the Appalachian State University, is strictly prohibited.

Format

MP3

Extent

17 pages

Language

English
English

Type

Sound

Coverage

Shell Creek (T.N.) Avery County (N.C.)

Duration

01:13, Election of Woodrow Wilson, 01:28, Heaton Postmaster

Social Bookmarking

Comments

Allowed tags: <p>, <a>, <em>, <strong>, <ul>, <ol>, <li>