By Gene Mills
Gene generators recounts the heritage of Swannanoa in the course of the interval 1929 to 1950.
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Daddy got lucky and got the first stall out of about twenty lined up in a long row at the foot of the Cow Knoll. Having the first stall meant he didn’t have to carry the cow feed too far, and didn’t have to walk as far to 28 GROWING UP milk. IN SWANNANOA We always had a cow as long as I could remember, but none of them stuck in my memory like old Betsy, and our long journey down the highway through Black Mountain and up through the Station to the cow barns. I spent many days on the Cow Knoll in the summer because it was so beautiful and peaceful up there.
They would take turns working mornings and afternoons. One time Bill was working the morning shift, and Kenny was to relieve him at noon. Kenny was running late and about twelve thirty he ran into Bill at the Station. ” They settled their differences, Kenny went back and opened the Stand, and Bill was back to work the next morning as if nothing had happened. Daddy would work as their janitor and soft drink bottle sorter. He would never drink a drink or eat a candy bar without paying for it. He was never paid for his work, but would be there every day to do what he could to help his boys make a profit.
We had two assigned to our school, George Young and Jack Winslow. Winslow usually worked as a crossing guard at our school in the mornings and afternoons because the kids who walked to school had to cross US 70, a main highway with full traffic. George Young was the truant officer for our district. There was one boy, John Robert Penley, who was bad to lay out of school. One day John Robert laid out of school and George went into the Old Village where he lived looking for him. He looked and looked but couldn’t find him.