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Like Pot Of Gold
(Editor's Note: This article,
by John Parris, appeared in a
recent issue of the Asheviile Citi
zen in his column. Roaming the
Some folks chase rainbows all
their lives and never discover the
fabled pot of gold.
Others save their breath and
stumble onto a fortune.
Then there are those born with
infinite patience who wait for the
rainbow to come to them.
Such a man was Hirman Crisp,
a mountain farmer who had
gumption enough to recognize the
truth that gold is many things.
In the summer of 1868, while
plowing and hoeing his fields here
on Cullasaja Creek in the Macon
County hills, he turned up a lot
of queer looking stones.
They were enough to make a
man spit out a few persimmon-like
words when his plow-point or hoe
blade struck one.
But, be that as it may, Crisp
took time enough to examine
them and recognize in their rain
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bow coloring that they were un
common, perhaps valuable.
So he gathered up a few speci
mens and carried them with him
the next time he went into Frank
lin where he showed them to
They didn't create much inter
est. Folks said they were right
pretty and let it go at that.
Eventually, however, a specimen
reached Asheville where It arousea
the interest of General Thomas L.
Clingman, a former U. S. Senator.
Cllngman knew the rock for
it was and immediately took the
stagecoach for Macon to Investi
gate Crisp's find.
At Franklin, Clingman hired a
horse and rode the seven miles
out to the Crisp farm where the
farmer guided him about his prop
Clingham found that the min
eral occurred in the olivine rocks.
He dug pits at the base of this
hill and also on Ellijay, where he
washed out considerable gravel,
seeking to locate gems without
success. j 4
Naturally, Crisp was anxious to
learn the name of the rocks he
had discovered in his fields. Cling
man told him the true name of
the mineral was corundum.
Corundum, Clingman explained,
was remarkable for its hardness
and that in its finer varieties
formed a valuable gem-stone.
Crisp iurther learned that the
transparent varieties were known
as ruby and sapphire, while the
impure massive forms were known
as emery. Also that corundum
gems included Oriental topaz. Ori
ental emerald, and Oriental ame
thyst, the term Oriental being
used to distinguish corundum
gems from other, softer stones
having the same name.
In the meantime, Dr. C. D.
Smith, a well known authority on
minerals, and A. D. Ledford pur
chased the property from Crisp.
Mining operations were started
in 1870 by Colonel C. W. Jenks, of
Anderson, S. C? and Corundum
Hill was born.
There was no market for cor
undum and operations came to a
halt after two years.
Then in 1876, Dr. H. S. Lucas,
of Chester, S. C? who a few years
earlier had discovered an emery
mine in his native state, heard of
the corundum property here and
figured he was in for some stiff
competition in the abrasive busi
So Lucus came to Franklin and
set out to purchase the property,
the negotiations being handled by
Kope Elias, a local attorney.
When he had obtained the prop
erty, Lucas resumed mining op
erations as the Hampden Emery
and Corundum Company.
He mined Corundum Hill for 24
years, selling it in 1900 to the
International Abrasive Company,
which worked it about a year and
then discontinued operations.
In 1917, when the United States |
became involved in World War I, i
it developed that the only supply
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This on-the-scene photograph shows the 1956 Ford that
wrecked the night of June 28 on US 23-441 south, injuring
four young people. Driven by Lawton Jess Taylor, 21, of Clay
ton, Ga., who was slightly injured, the automobile went out of
control in a curve near Jake Addington's, jumped a creek and
smashed head-on into the bank. Victoria Ann Vinson, 15, And
Biilie Berte Shope, 11, both of Dillard, Ga? Route 1, are still
hospitalized with injuries they received in the accident. The
fourth passenger, Thomas Fountain, Jr., was not hospitalized.
The driver was charged with speeding and reckless driving.
of corundum available was here
at Corundum Hill or in Turkey,
and Turkey was an enemy coun
The deposits here, therefore,
became of great value to the Unit
It wasn't long until the mines
were operating full blast to supply
the country's war needs.
For two years. Corundum Hill
was the nation's only source of
supply for corundum, a stone used
to manufacture bearings in elec
trical apparatus, watch jewels,
Large quantities of corundum
?were shipped out of Macon during
those two years, being hauled by
ox-wagon to Dillsboro, some 25
miles distance, and put on train
(Note: By World War 1, use of
ox-wagons here had virtually dis
appeared. The two principal ex
ports of the county, corundum and
mica, were trucked to Dillsboro.
During its years of operation.
Corundum Hill produced more
than 10.000 tons of corundum
which sold at an average of $200
A crystal of >4ie tone found
when Jenks was operating the
mines weighed 356 pounds ? the
largest specimen ever known.
Through the years, crystals of
gem quality have turned up, rang
ing in value from a few dollars to
as much as $5,000.
.(Note: A near-perfect crystal,
reportedly valued at some $30,000
was found at Corundum Hill by
Bard Angel. The crystal is now
on display at the Smithsonian In
stitute. For reporting the find. Dr.
Lucas is said to have offered Mr.
Angel $1,500 or a free trip to the
West. He took the trip. ? Editor. >
Most of the corundum taken
from Corundum Hill was in coarse
pebble and sand form.
It was conveyed from the mine
to the mill in troughs filled with
running water, sort of like wood
flumes used in timber operations
here in the mountains years ago.
Nobody ever did know for sure
how much Crisp got for his prop
erty where he made his rainbow
But he never was one after that
to argue that a'body couldn't find
a pot of gold at the end of the
What he discovered wasn't yel
low but it was gold none the less.
In fact, those rocks he turned
up must have reminded him of
For carborundum Is a mineral
of the rainbow.
By MRS. MABEL SVVANN
( Assistant Agent'
"During the past three weeks, i
we have been eating uncookcd
strawberry jam being kept in the
refrigerator and food freezer".
Thus writes Mary Estelle Doyle,
who worked as administrator in
the Farm and Home Administra
tion office in this district not
long ago. She is now home eco
nomist for General Electric Appli
ances in Raleigh.
According to the latest research
by the U. S. Department of Agri
culture, strawberries, blackber
ries, blueberries, and peaches can
be conserved in this manner. j
As always, use the finest color i
and flavor, fully ripe and sound |
fruit, sorted and washed. Remove I
stems and caps from all berries
and peels and pits from peaches.
Recipe for uncooked Jam:
3 cups crushed fruit
5 cups sugar
1 package powdered pectin
1 cup water
Add sugar to crushed fruit. Mix
well. Let stand for 20 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Dissolve
powdered pectin in water. Bring
to boil and boil one minute. Add
pectin solution to fruit ana sugar
mixture stirring constantly for
two minutes. Put into containers.
Allow to stand 24-48 hours until
jelled. Seal with hot parrafin and
cover contents. Store in refrigera
tor for a few months and in the
food freezer for a year.
By the way. have you ever tried
using Saran Wrap instead of par
rafin on hot jam or jelly. I've
tried it and its so much easier and
works very well. After you have
poured the jam or Jelly into the
hot sterile glasses, cover with
squares of saran film. Be sure the
edges of the glasses have been
wiped clean. Pull the saran film
down all around the edges as
tightly as possible.
It is important to seal the
glasses while the glasses and pre
serves are still hot. for then there
will be just enough heat to shrink
the film and make it air-tight if
you have pulled it tightly enough.
Sometimes I use an elastic band
if the top of the container is not
Simple though it is. it surely
saves time and extra work.
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