Luline L. Mabry,
Hendersonville, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Marshall,
Dana, N. C.
Three times a week a neatly dressed, pleasant faced woman near middle age may be found occupying a prominent place in the Hendersonville Center Market, the table in front of her piled high with carefully arranged farm products of tempting appearance. Customers stop frequently and are always greeted with a friendly smile. When she handles the produce offered for sale, one notices both the smallness of her hands and the evidence they give of much hard work. The name of this woman is Mrs. Earl Marshall of Dana, a prosperous farming district to the East of Hendersonville. When asked to tell the story of her life, she did so readily and in a manner that did not betray the scantiness of her schooling at a time when the public school system had not yet reached its present degree of efficiency.
“Before my, marriage I was Mary Justus," she started. “I was one of nine children and my parents were farmers with farmer ancestors back of them. They were raised on their parents' farms in what is known as Blue Ridge, seven or eight miles East of Hendersonville, not for from Dana. To them people living from two and a half to five miles away were 'close neighbors,' and there were few facilities and less time for visiting unless some of those neighbors were sick. If word to that effect reached