“Hoover Week-end Aids Poor Mountain Folk”

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“Hoover Week-end Aids Poor Mountain Folk”


Hoover, Mountain Folk, Shenandoah National Park.


A newspaper clipping from the paper, The New York Times from May 3rd, 1932 and reports on aid given to the ‘poor mountain folk’. This article goes into detail about the conditions that the families living in the hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountain region were living in and discusses the officials of the National Park Service that reported their condition as well as gave the aid.


The New York Times.


The New York Times.


The New York Times.


May 3rd, 1932.


The New York Times.






Newspaper clipping.


A news article discussing the mountain folk.


1930s Shenandoah National Park.

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President’s guests visit starving community near Rapidan Camp and arrange for removal.

Skyland, Va., May 2 - The folks of Corbin Hollow - a community of perennial starvation and penniless squalor within a dozen miles of President Hoover’s Rapidan Camp - are about to come into something more than their own.
A plan to move the community, rooted in this one spot since the Revolutionary War, to a new section of the mountains adjoining a church mission has been virtually agreed upon between Federal and State officials.
Mixed in the strange story are officials of the National Park Service, a Washington physician and a lone woman social worker, Miss Miriam Sizer.
Secretary Wilbur rode into the hollow over the week-end accompanied by Horace M. Albright, director of the National Park Service; Dr. R. Lyman Sexton of Washington and Miss Sizer.
They found six families living in the hollow, all named Corbin or Nicholson. All the adults are cousins. The children of sisters and brothers have intermarried. They speak a queer Chaucerian English almost un-understandable. They say ‘holpen’ for ‘to help’ and ‘withouten’ for ‘without’.
Dr. Sexton reported that the use of soap was almost unknown to them and that many suffered from malnutrition and tuberculosis. He told of taking a 20-month-old baby from the hollow that weighed only twelve pounds into a Luray (va) hospital with nourishment it has become normal.
Miss Sizer said all of the children up to 20 years of age would be in the first grade except two, the star being a 12 year-old youngster capable of going into the third grade. But in all Corbin Hollow history only nine months of schooling has been given to the community.
Miss Sizer obtained for them three barrels of flour from the 40,000,000 bushels of Farm Board wheat recently voted by Congress for the distressed. She made them a barrel of sauer-kraut to ward off pellagra. She bought them potatoes and showed them how to can apples.
Corbin Hollow is within the limits of the new Shenandoah National Park. In order not only to aid the Corbins and the Nicolsons but also to clear the park, the plan of providing a sizable plot for them near a mountain mission was advanced. Mr Wilbur looked on it with favor.

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Newspaper Clipping.



The New York Times., ““Hoover Week-end Aids Poor Mountain Folk”,” "Map of The Stony Man Region in the Shenandoah National Park" Digital Map, accessed February 29, 2024, https://ashleypalazzo.org/SNPdigitalprojectcollection/items/show/30.

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