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Up From Hanging Dog by Ray B. Rogers

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The author Ray B. Rogers served as National President of the State Farm Agents Association several years back. He grew up in the Hanging Dog community in Haywood County, North Carolina – not to be confused with the Hanging Dog Recreation Area and community in Cherokee County, North Carolina to the south and west. In his words, Rogers grew up “in a three-room shack without indoor plumbing.” In 1915 Rogers wrote his first book of reminiscences and reflections on his upbringing that was reprinted in 1917. In his ninetieth year, he came out with this follow-up collection which mostly portrays his life growing up but goes a little further than the first volume, including some vignettes from his days as a student at Mars Hill College. Mostly two or three pages, these vignettes are delightful and instructive. They cover topics including Cold Mountain, The School Bully, the Coal Bucket, Ramps, Music and so on.

Brookhaven, Georgia: Worldsongs Media, 2019. 180 pages. Trade paperback.