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[Arriving at the Stir-off]

[Arriving at the Stir-off]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014 Friends and neighbors come from miles around to participate in the Molasses Making Stir-off. Overall Background: These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or in Cumberland Gap on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel. More information about these images can be found in scrapbooks in the Clark Family Collection at the University of North Texas Special Collections Library. Specifically in a Detroit news pictorial article published December 13, 1942 titles "stir-off party" where mountaineers make molasses and merriment. Also in life magazine published November 13, 1950 [page 156] titled “Stir-off Time in Tennessee, Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils.’ Also in the library is the NBC Today Show story on Joe Clark HBSS by Bob Dotson. It features Joe Clark returning to Cumberland Gap Tennessee to photograph a molasses stir off taking place in the same location as some of these photographs and attended by some of the same people in the early 1980s. Let me briefly set the scene of the time and ...
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[Arriving at the Stir-off]

[Arriving at the Stir-off]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014 Friends and neighbors come from miles around to participate in the Molasses Making Stir-off. Overall Background: These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or in Cumberland Gap on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel. More information about these images can be found in scrapbooks in the Clark Family Collection at the University of North Texas Special Collections Library. Specifically in a Detroit news pictorial article published December 13, 1942 titles "stir-off party" where mountaineers make molasses and merriment. Also in life magazine published November 13, 1950 [page 156] titled “Stir-off Time in Tennessee, Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils.’ Also in the library is the NBC Today Show story on Joe Clark HBSS by Bob Dotson. It features Joe Clark returning to Cumberland Gap Tennessee to photograph a molasses stir off taking place in the same location as some of these photographs and attended by some of the same people in the early 1980s. Let me briefly set the scene of the time and ...
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[Aunt Esther at the Kitchen Table]

[Aunt Esther at the Kitchen Table]

Date: 193u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: This photo was taken during the late 1930s in Hamtramck, Michigan. Hamtramck is a small town and Polish community surrounded by the city of Detroit. My Aunt Esther (can’t recall her maiden name at this time) is featured at the kitchen table. She would eventually marry Bill Krent and have 4 children: Jackie, David, Marsha and Claudia.
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[Aunt Nora Treece and Iris Clark Quilting]

[Aunt Nora Treece and Iris Clark Quilting]

Date: 1940~
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Aunt Nora Treece and my grandmother, Iris Clark, working on a quilt in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Clark Photofile: 0010-7
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[Aunt Tilda]

[Aunt Tilda]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is of Aunt Tilda from the early 1940s taken in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Not an aunt related by blood, but one earned by age and respect. This photo appears in the Joe Clark, HBSS books, "Back Home" and "Photojournalism." The following poem accompanies the image in the publications: AUNT TILDA In her heart there glowed a fire That filled her eyes with radiant light Though unlearned and poor she was She lived with all her might hbss
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[Aunt Tilda]

[Aunt Tilda]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is of Aunt Tilda from the early 1940s taken in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Not an aunt related by blood, but one earned by age and respect. This photo appears in the Joe Clark, HBSS books, "Back Home" and "Photojournalism." The following poem accompanies the image in the publications: AUNT TILDA In her heart there glowed a fire That filled her eyes with radiant light Though unlearned and poor she was She lived with all her might hbss
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[Aunt Tilda]

[Aunt Tilda]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is of Aunt Tilda from the early 1940s taken in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Not an aunt related by blood, but one earned by age and respect. This photo appears in the Joe Clark, HBSS books, "Back Home" and "Photojournalism." The following poem accompanies the image in the publications: AUNT TILDA In her heart there glowed a fire That filled her eyes with radiant light Though unlearned and poor she was She lived with all her might hbss
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[Aunt Tilda]

[Aunt Tilda]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is of Aunt Tilda from the early 1940s taken in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Not an aunt related by blood, but one earned by age and respect. This photo appears in the Joe Clark, HBSS books, "Back Home" and "Photojournalism." The following poem accompanies the image in the publications: AUNT TILDA In her heart there glowed a fire That filled her eyes with radiant light Though unlearned and poor she was She lived with all her might. hbss
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[Aunt Tilda's Hands]

[Aunt Tilda's Hands]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is of Aunt Tilda's hands from the early 1940s taken in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
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[Away from the Crowd]

[Away from the Crowd]

Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014: "Away from the Crowd" and prying eyes, in the cover of darkness, couples take the opportunity to catch up on time spent away from each other. Kissing games at Stir-off gatherings are a favorite pastime. Looks like a few girls in the background are jealous and looking for a beau. The kissing game usually started with single boys and girls forming a circle. A girl would run around the circle and tag a boy and he would then chase her around the circle. The idea being that if she beat him back to the spot he vacated - she was safe. If he caught her - a kiss was the prize. It's been said it was amazing how many girls got their feet tangled running around that circle. People watching the molasses syrup as it boils down use short pieces of sorghum cane stalk to make “sop sticks” used to dip into the molasses syrup for a taste. This was the height of the fall social season. Harvesting the sorghum, extracting the juice, boiling it down into molasses could take days and weeks going round the clock to finish. Overall Background:These ...
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