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August 28 , 2008

JOHN WILSON JUNIOR:Novel of the Northwestern Virginia Panhandle


I was born May 14th, 1931, on a farm 4 miles west of the little town of Floyd, Virgina, in the mountains of southwest Virginia. I graduated from Floyd High School in May of 1947, second from the top in a class of 52 seniors. We farmed without the benefi t of any type of modern equipment, using teams of horses, and had no electricity or running water in the house. We did have a telephone mounted on the wall, that had a crank on it’s side which was used to ring the local operator, and about the time I began school, we got a battery-powered radio. It’s the truth, my older brother and I walked 1 1/2 miles to catch a school bus. When my older brother graduated, he left home to go work in the West Virginia coal fi elds, and a year later I followed him. I left the coal fi elds to work for a General Contractor who at that time, was building roads but later became involved with strip mining in southwest Virginia, near Kentucky. Then I received my draft notice but elected to enlist and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. In 1964, I began a career in Textiles and Garment Manufacturing. When I retired at the end of December, 2008, I was the Director of Import and Exports for a large Textile company, and had lived in Spartanburg, S.C. for 26 years. We bought a home in Mt. Carmel, Tennessee, to be near my wife’s family who all live in east Tennessee
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