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Whoopin' and Hollerin' in Onslow County


All about growing up in Jacksonville, North Carolina in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960s. The good times, the bad times, the laughter and above all, the love of family and friends.



Elizabeth Silance Ballard Ungar

Hilda Silance Corey

Estel Stanley Silance


ISBN 978-0-9706823-1-4

Paperback-64 pages-$12.00


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A nostalgic trip back to the 1950’s and 1960’s on Jacksonville, North Carolina. Full of fun and humor, beautifully written. It will make you long to go back to those days of trust, love and happiness.


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Whoppin’ & Hollerin’ in Onslow County brings to mind any family gathering where one person opens the conversation with “Do you remember when…?”.  Immediately out pours vignettes, complete down to the flavor of the ice cream.


Most of the events described in Whoppin’ & Hollerin’ take place in Jacksonville North Carolina in the 1950’s.  Through the author’s recollections, the reader can almost see Jacksonville and its sole elementary school with the multi-paned windows, black chalk boards, and cloak rooms.  We can enter the local five and dime through the heavy doors and walk on wooden floors that creak with each step.  We can attend the church and participate in the Sunday services and then almost smell the aromas from the good things to eat at the “covered dish” social that followed.  Underlying the recollections is the sense of strong community ties, family warmth, and small town charm that no longer seems to exist in today’s faster paced world.


Flash back of such ordinary things as piano lessons, family pets, kitchen tools, picnics, and early TV programs make this book a pleasant jaunt down memory lane for those who lived in this era.  For those born later, these tales provide a record of every day life before air conditioning, single party telephone lines, and two-wage earner families.


North Carolina residents and those familiar with Onslow County will love this book for the local history.  Everyone else will treasure this book both for the nostalgia and for the memories it will trigger in one’s own mind.


Judy Jacobs 

November 13, 2006