After the great reception received for our photo book about the first 50 years of Galax history we realized that the story was unfinished. Since then, we have both worked independently to continue this project. I completed and published the history of the first residents in town and John has compiled a book of historical data that has been shared with him. It includes old newspaper articles, items at the Matthews Museum and items copied from privately owned albums of photographs and clippings that were so graciously made available to him. You will also read about the fires, floods, sporting events and church and social activities that took place over the years.
Encouraged by our first book, people began to search around their homes for old newspapers, family scrapbooks, photo albums and any other items they thought might be of interest. In many cases, John was allowed to take the old newspapers to the Matthews Museum to be placed in special archival, acid free boxes. Tony and Joyce have spent many hours preparing an index for each box to make searching easier. These newspapers are a valuable link to our past and will be treasured for years to come.
The main section of John’s book is an excellent history written by C. L. Martin. It is a summary of events and residents during the early years and was graciously made available by Mr. Martin’s brother Roger. It served as a major source of information when we were working on the photo history book.
John has included a small amount of information about the local industries and music and how both have played an important part in the economic development of the community. At one point in the 1950s, Galax was reputed to have more manufacturing per capita than any other town in the country. While John has a highly respected and successful business background neither of us can carry a tune. We also failed to follow through with all those piano lessons Mother insisted that we take so we don’t feel that we are the ones to write a complete history of the local music. We hope someone will compile a book about our very talented musicians and our world famous Fiddlers Convention.
A special thank you to Mary Ann Spinks Dotson, Susan Parsons Fackrell, Ruby Lindamood, Elwood Newman, Laura and John Waugh, Nancy Waugh, Jay Guynn, Nell Frye and daughters, Roger and Pat Martin, Bill Brannon, Mary Ann Ward Deaton, Gary Leagan, Hershal Murphy, Bill Murphy, Irene Alderman, John Ashby, Ken Rosenbaum, Mary Lee McCoy, Pat Hampton Bolt, Randy Mayes, Sharon Martin Blevins and Zeke Morton. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.
Judith Nunn Alley– John J. Nunn 2013