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Sirbaugh, Nettie E.
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Location of Interview
Page County, Virginia
Date of Interview
Records an interview with Nettie Sirbaugh, (née Schafftnaker), her son, Clarence W. Sirbaugh, his wife, Beulah C. Sirbaugh, (née Thomas), and Beulah's cousin, Vallie Cave, (née Thomas). Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, raising livestock, holidays, funerals, chestnut harvests, bark peeling, and other local economic activities. Mr. Sirbaugh discusses the local tanbark industry, which was a major source of income for many mountain families. Additional interviews with Beulah Sirbaugh and Vallie Cave are available in SdArch no. SNP-2, and SNP-26.
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Sirbaugh, Nettie E., 1886-1978, Interviews; Sirbaugh, Beulah C., (Beulah Catherine) 1920-2010, Interviews; Sirbaugh, Clarence W., (Clarence William) 1910-1995, Interviews; Cave, Vallie V., 1906-1990, Interviews.
Sirbaugh family; Thomas family; Cave family
Mountain people -- Blue Ridge Mountains -- Social life and customs; Mountain life -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Mountain people -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park -- Social life and customs; Rural poor – Virginia; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Bark peeling -- Virginia – History; American chestnut; Chestnut blight; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.
Page County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999
Bradley, Peggy C.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Nettie E. Sirbaugh interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, October 11, 1978, SdArch SNP-115, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University