From Down Home to Up North, Memoirs of childhood & Youth 1917-1934
by Velma Molita Allen
- Leatherette cover, title embossed in silver
- 6" x 9"
- 136 pages
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From Down Home to Up North is the story of Velma Molita Allen's childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains and her family's migration to a city in the North. Born in a one room cabin on Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, Velma's family endured the hardships and joys of mountain life until her family moved to Lansing, Michigan just prior to The Great Depression of 1929.
Velma's father worked for the governor's office in Michigan for 30 years and Velma served the state as a licensed social worker and served her family as wife and mother, eventually returning to North Carolina to care for her father who had returned home in the latter part of his life.
The Allen family came to North America in 1630, ultimately settling in North Carolina, helping to found Buncombe and Burke Counties, later fighting in the American Revolution.