Penland Historical Society 
                NEWS
  July  --  September  2014 
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A BLAST FROM THE PAST!!!
In a report by the  'Philadelphia Inquirer' on 14 January 1900,  readers saw the following:                Penland  beats  Temple  College   
              "In a well-played and interesting game last evening at the
              Temple College Gymnasium the Penland Athletic Club five
              defeated the Temple College five by the score of 18 to 13.
              Temple was minus their regular centre man, but for all that
              put up a great game and came near winning out."
              {apparently no real potentials in this game to join the NBA}

Where is  "Penland Bald ?   Near the Macon County line in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a 5,000 foot peak known as the "Penland Bald"!    Located near the Nantahala River &  the Georgia line on the Ridge Pole.  (According to a paper "The Topography of Macon County, Norrt Carolina)

Did You Know---   that in the "Removal of the Cherokees" in the 1800s to Oklahoma there were two Penland's involved?   In the Buncome County volunteers was Marcus L. Penland, a member of Company A  and in Company K was 2Lt. Charles D. Penland, who was the second Officer in charge in that Unit.

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Dr. Charles William "Bill" Theadore Penland
                         (1899-1982)
(written by Eric Swab)
Most of us hike with a goal in mind, be it a summit, a mountain lake, a challenging rock or hut.   Bill Penland's goals were more often looking for rare plants.   He also enjoyed photography, camping, fishing and travel, but fundamentally he was all about plants!   In spite of his three given names and a Doctorate from Harvard University, he seemed to prefer to be called "Bill" by his friends.   He was born December 5, 1899 in Braggs, Wyoming.   As a youth he enjoyed the outdoors, and wanted to be a forester.   Unfortunately, the University of Wyoming did not offer that degree, so he settled for a B.A. in Botany.   He continued his studies at Harvard, where he received a Masters Degree.   Upon graduation he accepted a teaching position at Colorado College where he stayed for two years before returning to Harvard to study for his Doctorate in Biology.   After completing his post graduate work in 1925, he returned to Colorado College to teach in their combined Zoology and Botany Department.   Now that he had his PHD, his salary increased from $1,800 to $1,900 per year.   His department head Dr. Gillmore, told him, "Penland, you may not have much of a salary, but remember these mountains are part of your pay!"   His classes included bacteriology, mammalian anatomy, (which his students called "cat biology") genetics and biology.   The department was a magnet for pre-med students and many of the Doctors in town were graduates of Colorado College.   Later when Botanty was split off into its own department and Penland became its head, his teaching was more focused on his major subject.   He was well known for his research of fungi and algae of the Alpine Tundra.   For six summers he worked at the Alpine Laboratories of Drs. Frederick and Edith Clements located at Minnehaha and southwest of the summit of Sackett Mountain, near the summit of Pikes Peak.   The Clements were nationally renowned ecologists who had been pursuing their research in Colorado every summer since 1899.   His professional affiliations included the Botanical Society of America, the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science, the American Society for the Advancement of Science, the Colorado Native Plant Society and the Round Table of Colorado Springs.
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James Clay "Jim" Penland      (1943 - 2014)
James Clay "Jim" Penland, 71, of Asheville, NC passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 20, 2014 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.   Jim was preceded in death by his father, James Christopher Penland, his mother, Evelyn Ann Austin Penland and daughter, Barbara "Jane" Matthews.   Surviving Jim are his sons Phil and his wife Sue of Fletcher, NC;  James Penland of Hendersonville, NC;  daughters, Karen, and her husband Mickey Baldwin of Arden, NC;  Sharon Robinson of Hendersonville, NC;  Tonya, and her husband Woody Heatherly of Hendersonville, NC;  brother, Jack Penland and his wife Angie of Arden, NC;  sister, Janice and her husband Dale Warren of Zirconia, NC;  9 grandchildren;  7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.   A memorial service was held at Mud Creek Baptist Church Chapel on Monday March 24, 2014.
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Frank Shields Penland  (1939 - 2014)
(Former Chesterfield, VA  Principal & Advocate for the blind, dies)......Richmond Times-Dispatch, 14 July 2012   
Frank Shields Penland was  born in Asheville, NC and grew up in Hampton, VA.   At age 15, while getting a learner's permit he learned that he had "tunnel vision" and would not be able to drive at night.   He had to deal with failing sight his entire life and was totally blind the last ten years of his life.   Despite his disability, Frank earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from Randolph Macon College in 1961.  Hoping he could improve education, he then earned a Master's Degree in educational administration from the University of Richmond in 1964.   In 1971 he was named by the National Jaycees as one of their  "Outstanding Young Men of America"!   He taught in several schools and served as Assistant Principal at Thomas Dale High School, he became the first Principal of Falling Creek Junior High School when he learned, at age 28 that he had 'retinitis pigmentosa,' an eye disorder that first restricts the field of vision, then results in total blindness.   Coming home from his eye checkup that day, he handed his wife his drivers  license and told her, "I'm going to be totally blind in three years".   Also, Frank was the first Principal at Robious Junior High School.   He worked from 1972 to 1980 at the commission and ended his career in 1983 as President of the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka.   He formerly served as the commission's Director of Educational Services for blind children in Virginia.   Frank was an avid fan of NASCAR and the Detroit Tigers.   He listened to audio books and kept up with current events.   Hr is survived by his wife Ilene McFadden Penland, a son, Frank Andrew Penland and a daughter, Dawn Renee Pyles (both of North Chesterfield) and two grandchildren.
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Paula Gayle Penland              (1943 - 2014)
Etowah, NC -- Paula Gayle Penland, of Etowah, went home to The Lord on May 8th, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.   She was born in Johnson City, Tennessee.   Later, she moved to Asheville where she worked for Whitley's Communication and retired after 32 years.   She was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church.   She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Jim Penland, of the home;  her four legged children, Skunky and  J. R.;  a son, Jimmy Penland of Cornelius, NC ;   her granddaughter. Whitney Penland, of Fairview, NC (and her mother, Lori Penland);   two sisters, Sonia and her husband, Larry Hubbard, Evonne and her husband, Robert Whitehead, both of Johnson City, Tennessee; brother-in-law, Jack Penland and his wife, Barbara of New Market, Tennessee.
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Ann  Penland Ledford  (1948 - 2014) 
Gussie Ann Penland Ledford, 65, passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  A native of Buncombe County, she was born on 13 November 1948 to Ed and Arsula Penland.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother, John Penland; sisterrs Mary Francis Ray, and Dixie Franks; and soul mate, Dewey Calloway.  Ann graduated from TC  Roberson High School and then attended Beauty School.   She was employed with the Hot Shot Cafe for 34 years.   Her grandchildfren were her pride and joy.   Surviving are her children:  Brian Owenby, Teresa Ledford Woody, Tom Ledford, John Ledford, and Pete Ledford and his wife Chasity Simpson;  grandchildren: Heather Welty, Brandon Branks, Dustin Branks,  Whitney Ledford, Marshall Crocker, Mackenzie Crocker, Tyler Ledford, Trenton Ledford, Emily  Ledford, Chance  Simpson, and Caitlyn Ledford'  Great grandchildre:  Walter Penland,
JR  Penland and Mack Penland.
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Joe David Penland, Sr.     (1948 - 2014)
Joe David Penland, Sr., 66, of Asheville, NC passed away peacefully on 28 January 2014 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.   A native of Cherokee County and a resident of Clay County, he moved to Swannanoa in 1960 with his parents, George Arthur & Ruth (Ford) Penland.   He attended Owen High School until the family relocated to Asheville where he graduated  in 1965 from Asheville High School.  In 1967, Joe proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War where he quickly accelerated in rank from Private 1st Class to Staff Sergeant in just six month.   He was assigned to the 1st Battlion, 69th Armor 4th Infantry Division.   After military service, Joe became a licensed funeral director in the state of North Carolina, and joined his parents and brothers in 1970 to form Penland and Sons Funeral Home in Asheville.   Later, he became a licensed insurance agent,  a licensed monument sales representative and founded both Penland & Sons Insurance Agency and Penland & Sons Monument Sales.   Joe was deeply involved in community affairs and will be missed by all who knew him!   In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry F. Penland.   Joe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Terrie Messer Penland;  Sons, Joe D. Penland, Jr. & his wife Rhea of Swannanoa and Jason W. Penland & his wife, Shelly of Fairview;  brother, Jim Penland & his wife Linda of Leicester, and sister-in-law Janice Penland of Swannanoa.  His Memorial Service was held at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church with burial at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain.