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The Early 20th Century in Franklin

With the turn of the century, people were introduced to new innovations and quickly changing times. The 1920s brought about the invention of the car. During the 1930s and 1940s, mica mining was a large part of working class life in Franklin, NC. Clifford B. Lawrence in particular, worked in the dynamite business and eventually lost a leg due to the work.

Two world wars changed family dynamics and influenced the way of life in Franklin. Robert Ledford participated in World War I and James T. Stewart participated in World War II. Margaret Ramsey's brothers were both involved in World War and she vowed that she would not cut her pigtail braids until they came back.

During the 1920s, Thomas Dickey "Dick" Slagle and his mother kept in contact with Dr. George Washington Carver through letters up until Dr. Carver's death in 1943. According to Margaret Ramsey, Dr. Carver spoke at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC and her uncle, Thomas, was a UNC Chapel Hill student who was "assigned to be a student guide for Dr. Carver." From there, their friendship continued.