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Calhoun, Russ (Russ Calhoun, Sr.,)


Russ Calhoun, Sr., a native of Vale, Avery County, North Carolina, moved to Hampton, Tennessee, in the 1930s. His family was living near Hampton when construction began on the Watauga Tennessee Valley Authority Dam. Calhoun spent thirty-two years with the United States Department of Defence (twenty years in the Navy and twelve years in Civil Service).

Calhoun was interested in genealogical research after his retirement, and he learned about the Watauga TVA Records being housed in the Atlanta Branch of the National Archives. This led to his writing a book entitled, “Lost Heritage: the People of Old Butler, Tennessee, and the Watauga Valley.” The book documents the families, businesses, churches, and schools in the Butler area in Johnson County, Tennessee, that would be affected by the construction of the dam. Butler settlement began between 1769 and 1820. The original site of the Butler Community was named for Col. Roderick Random Butler, a lawyer and senator from Mountain City. Being situated so close to the Watauga River, the area was subject to frequent flooding which one day sound the death for Butler. The final blow came in August 1940 when a storm dropped 15 inches of rain on the area and washed out the railroad system, and the railroad refused to rebuild.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Russ Calhoun Collection

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: AppMs-522
Arrangement The papers are divided into two series: Series 1, Heads of Households, 1942; and Series 2, Commercial and Public Buildings Files, 1942 and undated.
Dates: 1942