From The State Magazine, August 31, 1963.
Printed with the permission of the publisher.
Rutherford is one of the best “written about” counties in North Carolina. The reason was one man—Clarence Griffin, late editor of the “Forest City Courier.” Griffin started digging into Rutherford history as a young man and continued at it until his death. He not only published a series of historical articles in his newspaper, but authored two books: History of Old Tryon and Rutherford Counties, and Essays on North Carolina History. These sources were used in preparing the articles in this edition, and they will be used by anyone who becomes interested in Rutherford County. Griffin was thorough, energetic and dedicated, and he long ago accomplished something for his county which many another county is still talking about doing.
We are indebted also to R. E. Price, former publisher of the Rutherford News, for loan of his historical material.