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Enjoying Historical and Arts Council story series

On the article published in a prior issue of the Progress highlighting Dr. Killian’s family donation of his office to the Clay County Historical & Arts Council Museum, I would like to add an antidote note of remembrance. 

Dr. Killian was the attending physician when I was born. That day was a miserable, cold day, Feb. 4, 1933, spitting snow and the temperature was below freezing. He had spent the night in our home on Peckerwood Creek. Saddling up that morning and before he headed home, dad gave him a quart of Tusquittee “white lightning” he always kept on hand as a home remedy and some money. It was reported that when Dr. Killian reached home, feeling no pain, his overcoat was frozen to his saddle and he had to have help getting off his horse. 

I would also like to congratulate Sandy Mazza on the excellent article she did on Jim Penland. He was my great uncle and I remember him and aunt Iola. 

My mother recalls when she was visiting him during lunch time. He told aunt Iola, “This syrup taste like it has ants in it.” His keen hearing he used to tune pianos. 

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997