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Grandfather of All: 1935

Grandfather of All: 1935

October 1935. "Russ Nicholson, grandfather of all the Nicholsons in Nicholson Hollow. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Looks like a "Hickory Shirt."

Worn by railroad, logging, and farm workers across the country back then. So named because it was said to have been favored by Andrew Jackson.

Standing in the way of progress

John Russell "Russ" Nicholson, a landowner in the Shenandoah Valley, whose property would be taken for Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was granted the right to live out his life in the Nicholson Valley, but passed away just two months later, on Dec. 16, 1935. The exodus of residents took place in 1937.

Casting Call

Nowadays, Grandpa Russ could clean up as a Robert E. Lee impersonator.

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