The Wayts of Millsboro
Updated: Mar 2
Thanks to author Margaret W. DeBolt and the resourcefulness of Mrs. Betty Bower, we now have a fantastic collection of excerpts from that classic publication, The West Virginia Hillbilly. For those of you unfamiliar with this newspaper, it was founded in 1957 by Jim Comstock and is basically a sampler of past and present West Virginia life.
Margaret wrote a column for many years for the Hillbilly entitled "The Wayts of Millsboro," which featured entries from her father, William Blaine Wayt's personal diary, as well as random supplements of anecdotes and observations. She also penned a separate column entitled "Hill Cookin'" that featured down-home recipes from friends, family, and readers. Betty Bower, a personal acquaintance of Margaret's, managed to save over 100 issues of the Hillbilly dating back to the early 1990's and has generously allowed us to scan and share them with all of you.
In addition to Margaret's columns, I have included a large sampling of Hillbilly articles that serve as backdrop. I am sure you will enjoy reading these, as well.
The Hillbilly is an American treasure and included in the archives at the Smithsonian. The photo below is from the John F. Kennedy Museum & Library in Boston.
In the table below you will find the complete set of Margaret Wayt DeBolt's columns for The West Virginia Hillbilly. There are two Some notes before you browse...
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Most of the files are between 2-3MB in size, so please allow time for them to display/download. If you download, if you must share, please do so discreetly. This is our family history and as long as credit and context are maintained, then all is well.
Lastly, there may be some content which isn't suitable for younger readers - no obscenity, but in terms of raw details of life back in those times, such as diseases, conflicts, etc. We have chosen to include some of it not only because it was a a part of the original publication, but also because it is an important aspect of our ancestors' daily lives. We'll make every attempt to place comment balloons on pages which include stories and/or images of this type of material so that browsers will be forewarned.
Click on the links below to download and open the files. Enjoy!