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Yesterday: Talking about the old days in Concordia

In this newspaper photograph from October 1955, farmer Mitchell Karriker, right, grabbed a stump and listened to his uncle, 81-year-old C.E. Ritchie, talk about the old days in the Concordia community off N.C. 152. Today, Concordia generally lies in the Atwell Fire District in the southwestern end of Rowan County. Concordia Lutheran Church, a focal point in this agricultural area, was founded in 1881, and another community gathering place was the Corriher Grange, which still exists. Around 1954, Concordia folks banded together and organized the Atwell Fire Department. Phillip Karriker, who lives in the Concordia community today, provided this newspaper clipping. Mitchell Karriker is his late father.

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