The Story of Odus Watson - A Mountain Morality Tale

(Editor's note; After the 1940 flood that killed sixteen Watauga residents, many harrowing stories were told to reporters. This tale of mountain survival was related to the Charlotte Observer by one Odus Watson).


"When I first started logging on New River, my boss went broke, so I went to threshing with a new machine I bought. I geared my tractor so high that it blew up and I lost all I had in it. Then I went to Montana where a horse threw me, and I strained my back; so I began work in irrigation. At this job I took inflammatory rheumatism and spent all my money in the hospital, so I went to California to get a job in the redwood forest, but I couldn't pass the health examination there.

I then came back to Deep Gap and bought a pickup to haul cattle, but it wrecked. I then went into the filling station business, but soon afterwards took pneumonia. One day a man came in and tried to swap me a gun, but it went off and shot me in the leg, which laid me up for two months. To cap it all, Tuesday's slide took my filling station and farm crop. But I ain't going on relief. I'll go back to farming, filling station, or cow trading. The Lord knows, I'd rather have been washed away than to be on the relief."

More Attractions like - The Story of Odus Watson - A Mountain Morality Tale

  • High Country History (1940-1949)
    Letters Home From Bamboo To Berlin And The Battle of the Bulge After The Flood And During The War The Story of Odus Watson The Flood Of Forty
  • After The Flood And During The War - Watauga County Hunkers Down For the 1940's
    The two definitive events of the decade brought pain and suffering to Watauga County. Halfway through the first year of the 1940's, the worst flood - the worst disaster of any kind in the county -
  • The Flood of Forty - Watauga's Worst Moment
    By August 13, 1940, the rains had been coming down with little let-up for a week. Nightfall brought a final deluge, with observers describing torrents accompanied by high winds and lightning. That
  • 1950s Began A Tourism Boom In High Country
    Watauga County had always had the resources to attract tourists, but it took some local visionaries and some national changes to get the High Country tourism industry going. Tourists were nothing new
  • Memorable Mountain People - Bedent E. Baird
    The Baird family were among the early settlers of Valle Crucis, having come to the region from New Jersey. Bedent Baird, born in 1770, settled on the Watauga River, about a mile from where the Mast
  • Mountain Meadows Farm Country
    Enjoy expansive mountain views, sweet mountain breezes, in quiet serenity. Relax on our large rear deck, lovely front porch or slate patio. All areas have plenty of comfortable seating. Our Inn is a
  • The Birth Of Beech Mountain In 1981
    The highest town east of the Mississippi was incorporated in 1981: Beech Mountain. The small but opinionated community came to life at the same time that its major attraction was folding. The Land of