Category Archives: Brackett Town Saga

Part 23: Sprouse Farm Changes

On June 6, 2013, I visited Brice. He was not feeling well, but he rallied, eventually rising from the hospital bed that was in his living room, to tell me about the changes on his farm. Iva helped him move … Continue reading

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Part 22: Gold Mining Continues

“Our Dad was a very gentle man,” said Nora. “Henry Sprouse had a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed people, enjoyed conversation, and he was a good man. He was an honorable man. If he told you he would do … Continue reading

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Part 21: Family Matters

Returning to a conversation I had with Brice and Nora about this general time period, Brice said, “Larry stayed for years after I left home. Him and Nora. Nora was mean and feisty.” He was teasing his baby sister who … Continue reading

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Part 20: Wayne the Bus Driver

I received an interesting email from a Dysartsville native who reads this blog. He grew up in the neighborhood and knows the characters of the Brackett Town Saga. Richard Buchanan remembers starting school back when Larry Sprouse drove the school bus, but … Continue reading

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Part 19: Beyond Brackett Town

So many of our neighbors have lived in McDowell County all their lives, it is small wonder when you ask directions to a place, you get a reference to a building that “used to be…” My 87-yr-old friend at church was … Continue reading

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Part 18: Sister Ann’s Turn

When the Sprouse children were living at home, their parents encouraged them to work hard, to study diligently, and to share with others. Larry remembered one year at Macedonia Baptist Church they had a pastor with ten children, and he … Continue reading

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Part 17: Brother Larry’s Turn to Tell Tales

Brice wasn’t the only Sprouse to drive a school bus. In 1949, it was Larry’s turn. “We didn’t have adults driving. It was all students. After me, Wayne drove, and Ollis Lawing, Olin Smalley, Edward Arrowood, all the boys in this … Continue reading

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Part 16: In the Army Now

The ages of the Henry Sprouse children ranged from Brice, born in 1928, to Nora fifteen years later. In between there were Ann, Larry, Wayne, Zula Mae, and Mavis. And among them, they would add seven more to the next generation. … Continue reading

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Part 15: Brice Meets Iva

This past summer I complained that we had to fence our garden of three raised vegetable beds to keep out the critters. I asked Brice for his husbandry advice. He told me about their gigantic truck farm. “Instead of havin’ a … Continue reading

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Part 14: Out of School

When Brice graduated from high school, he and his father, Henry Sprouse, bought a logging truck, and they went into the pulpwood business, hauling wood. “We hired the young black guys down the road to work for us.” Along with farming, he … Continue reading

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