This past October Dan X. Padgett, noted banjo player, music instructor and a graduate of Cliffside High was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award ceremony was part of a jamboree held in Ellenboro, Dan’s home town. The Courier did a nice story about the event and a profile of Dan. Anyone know what the “X” stands for?
Going further back, way back to 1944 there was a column (also in the Courier) by Wade Bridges. It was all about a place and a man then and for years afterward familiar to everyone in Cliffside. The place was a little cabin in the woods; the man was its owner, also named Padgett. It was “Jim’s Cabin,” and everybody in town had seen it or wanted to.
It was in ’59 when Cliffside School’s 2nd graders hit all the high spots of Forest City. A reporter wrote about them swarming into the Courier, and cited a follow-up thank you from one of the students.
The Courier’s Sunday Brunch columnist, Jean Gordon, advises us all to put our precious photos into albums. They’ll come in handy when we reminisce.