Crum Hollow 1960's
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left 1969

Concord, NC

#1 Feb 14, 2011
How many families lived there. Martha's Store, Big Earl and Banche, Ervin Marcum, Varney's, who else?
Christine Queen

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Mar 6, 2011
The Queens lived there also. Ernest, Ruth and their twelve children.
John

Concord, NC

#3 Mar 6, 2011
I can remember Varneys, Marcums, Crums, Doughton, Conns, Booths, Copleys, Pruitt, and then the Queens.
christine queen

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Mar 6, 2011
Did you graduate from Crum high school?
John

Concord, NC

#5 Mar 7, 2011
Yes! In the 60's. Can you remember the green panel van/truck your dad had? I haven't been there in a long time. Does any of your family ever go back? I also remember Butch C., Archie, Norma, Sara, Arville, then there was the Bowen's family, and later the Hensleys. I think your family left in the early 60's. The last person I remember living there was a lady named Goldie Elswick.
Christine Queen

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Mar 7, 2011
Yes I remember the old van. It's been about 28 years since I went back to visit.I remember Butch,Archie,and Arville. We were close friends with the Hensley's. The last time I saw Goldie was in 1968 or 69. Hopefully I can get back out there again for another visit.
left 1969

Concord, NC

#7 Mar 8, 2011
Christine, it would be nice to visit Crum one more time. Archie was killed on a 4 wheeler in Ohio. Anyway, it is good to see the post on here from you and your family. Are you aware that there was a book written on "CRUM" by some Maynard. It is fiction. However, growing up in Crum, I could identify with some of it. I think his name was Lee Maynard, and you may have gone to school with him.
Christine Queen

Phoenix, AZ

#8 Mar 8, 2011
I would not read such trash. I was born and reared back there; none of that stuff ever happened that I know of. Maybe you can identify with some pranks, but that is everywhere. I don't know that Maynard, but my sister says she met his father.
Well

Paintsville, KY

#9 Mar 8, 2011
What Varney's lived in Crum Hollow in the 60's?
Christine Queen

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Mar 8, 2011
Lloyd ( dont have correct spelling)Varney. His father was a minister and had store but not in hollow.No Varney's lived there that I know of in the hollow.
left 1969

Concord, NC

#11 Mar 8, 2011
Tom and his wife Ruth Varney. They lived on the right in a two story green and white house. One of his daughters was Mary, who married Ray Purdue. The other Varney's were George Varney and his wife who's son was George, "Snuffy", and he had three sisters. I cannot remember their names. They moved into the house of Garfield and Maude Wooten. After they left, Walter Hensley and his family moved there. The girls were Linda, Judy, and Diane. Christine, you are correct about the book. It was trash. I identify with swimming in the Tug. Fishing on the banks down by the school and down by the rr crossing. Some people remember him and thought his dad was a teacher or principal. That would have been before my time. I remember Mr. Canult, Mr. Dickerson, and Mr. Prichard being principals.
left 1969

Concord, NC

#12 Mar 8, 2011
Just thought, one of George Varney's daughters was nicknamed "Bootsy" or "Bootsie", and one was Emma Lou, and the other may have been Pricilla. They lived on the hill above the old Freewill Baptist Church, and Jack Deskins lived below in the apartment over the garage. Ervin and Florence Marcum lived on the right next to the church. Then above Ervin and Florence accross the creek was Tom and Ruth Varney. Then there was a Church that was lost in the 57 flood. Then the house that John "Fat" Crum and his wife Fonnie lived. Accross from them was Enos and Daisy Doughton, then the Johnsons, accross was the Conns, then the Booths, Otis and Hattie Marcum, Conns, Archie Marcum, Mr. Pruitt, Crums, and then Queens.

Since: Mar 11

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#13 Mar 9, 2011
You are right about the Varneys, I remember now. I graduated in 1957 and left Crum about 1960.
Alvis Varney

Bluefield, WV

#14 Mar 15, 2011
Alvis Varney carried mail there a while in the mid-late 60's. Lowell Varney was the son you mentioned and he was the fellow who wrote the song, "Twelve Toed John" about John Fleming.

Anyone remember STONECOAL SHORTY?

Mr. Curnutte was the principal before Dickinson. Vivian Dickinson taught ?Math too.

Lee Maynard (wrote "Crum" and the followup book "Running with the Cannibals") was a son of the 1st coach at Crum High. As I recall he lives in Taos or Sante Fe, NM now.

Of course there was E.J. Maynard and Leonard & Mrs.(what was her given name) Crum and Violet Lycans. Owen Haney and his young wife, Patricia, who died in childbirth about 1961.

As you turned up Crum Holler there was a store on the right (Varney's) but wasn't there also a little stone bldg that was a store on the left of the road too? Then across the track was Bascom's store and on down Rt 52 was Pearlie Marcum's store and the Gracie Messer's and the other (long one by the railroad crossing at the school) restaurant.

Coming back up the track was Ray Williamson's restaurant and I'm sure some that I've missed.

Back down at the foot of Bull Mtn was Carl Little's store -- he had one that was washed away in the 57 flood located along Webb Road near the junction of the Bend Road & just below Seymour Copleys store there where Bull CK joins the Tug.

On up Bull Mtn there was the gas station that Otis & John Paul Dillon operated and I'm thinking Judy Farley's father, Oscar, it for a while or maybe they just lived adjacent to it.

On up at the top of the Mtn was the ever popular BREEZY GAP tavern which was replaced in the mid-60/'s by Ked Marcum's supermarket.

There was a child struck by a car and killed during school hours -- brother to Forest (Shorty) Marcum as I recall. When was that, 57?

Since: Mar 11

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#15 Mar 15, 2011
Is there anyone still living in Crum right now that was there in the fifties?
left 1969

Concord, NC

#16 Mar 16, 2011
Mr. Crum's wife was Loida Crum, she is a great person, and so was Mr. Crum. The boy killed was a year behind me in school. He was crossing the road to Martha's store. Christine, I think the Dawson's still live in Crum. Herbie! I also knew Jim Shorty or Stonecoal Shorty, he was Ervin Spaudling's brother-in-law. I think Ervin's wife was called Annie. Wasn't Jim Shorty killed by a train? I think Howard Copley's wife Faye still lives there. Her maiden name was Messer. I remember Gracie Messer's building when it was called L & M.
Old Times Not Forgotten

Bluefield, WV

#17 Mar 16, 2011
---See, there are lots of fond memories coming back on this thread.

Okay, next quiz.

Across from the lower end of the long restaurant (remember Jenny & Dave, the old couple who owned that place -- they rode the bus from Wayne to check on it from time to time) and on the lower end of Gracie's place was a couple of bldgs.

One was a white place with living qtrs upstairs and what became Conn's carry out later. I'm thinking there might have been another bldg on the hill there.

Anyway, there was an old fellow living in that area they called SQUIRE __________ Probably a Marcum, but I just can't recall. Does anyone remember who he was and why was he called squire? I'm guessing he was (like Walter Damron over at the Mouth of Moses Fork) justice of the peace or less likely constable in earlier days.

He was the go to guy when folks needed legal advice or titles & deed work done. Recall dad going to see him many times.
curious

Lubbock, TX

#18 Mar 17, 2011
Can anyone tell me the history of Lick Br Road.
Who use to live up there and anything else they know?
left 1969

Concord, NC

#19 Mar 17, 2011
Lick Branch is also what we called Crum Hollow. Most people have already been identified on here. There are some names to add, Romans, Little, Richardson, Bowens, Davis, Meddings. Christine, I was told that Ed and Doris Fluty, Ethel Marcum, still live in Crum. They would have been there in the 50's. Ed and Doris use to live beside of Big Earl and Blanche. Do you remember them?

Since: Mar 11

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#20 Mar 24, 2011
I remember Earl and Blanche. I saw her when I went back for a visit:so many years ago. I don't remember Ed and Doris Fluty. I do remember a Leo Fluty though. Do you recall a Johnny Scaggs? He was a football player when I went to school.

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