Every-Day Living is a book about a family and about how things were
in rural North Carolina. Specifically, in Blaine, North Carolina. Blaine is
near Eldorado. Eldorado is in Montgomery County, NC. Neither Blaine nor
Eldorado have official populations now. But once, they were thriving townships,
with a tan yard, a post office, gold mines and a copper lead, a millinery shop,
a drug store, a doctor, a shoe shop, their own school, and country stores. “It all went down till there was just a wide
place in the road,” said Ethel Harris Hilliard, the author Doug Russell’s
“Disappeared small town
America” at its finest.
Bill Russell is the last
surviving sibling of Cled and Lola Russell's nine kids. Through the course of
the book, Bill takes the author on a talking riding tour of Blaine, North
Carolina and talks (boy, can he talk!) about the people, places, and happenings from long ago.
Other family members add their comments and stories.
Doug Russell, the author,
investigates the Russell Gold Mine, midwifes, presidential pardons, a land grant,
the birthplace of a long lost millionaire, military service records, creeping
land masses, and the mystery of suicide from the Russell family past. Who would
have thought all this happened in such a small place!