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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Patrick County in the New York Times


The New York Times published the following on May 29, 1881. It is amazing what one can find on the internet using Google or searching the “Paper of Record” and entering the words Patrick County. Just for fun, I started searching the NYT, found a treasure trove of information of my home county, and thought I would investigate some of the stories I found as a mental exercise to see where they take me.
With the release of the movie Lawless about the great “Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy,” I thought this one would be a good one to start with. It might amaze the reader the amount of material one can find in old newspapers. I am reminded of my old college professor Dr. Robertson preaching to us about using newspapers, always with a grain of salt, as they were the first recorders of history.
So here is the first of several blogs about Patrick County Virginia in the New York Times and we will see how far this goes…

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