To the editor,
When Judy Wolfe died in the early hours of Sept. 8, Jonesville lost its most dynamic leader for the preservation of its history. She was a native daughter and a proud graduate of Jonesville High School, where she was an outstanding student and a star basketball player under Coach John Mathis. When she was first elected to the Jonesville Town Board of Commissioners, she helped secure funding for Lila Swaim Park. Judy and others discovered the forgotten history of Jonesville, one of the most important places in western North Carolina before, during, and after the Civil War. The Jonesville Historical Society studied the natural environment, Native American settlements, the iron mines of the Allen Settlement, its incorporation as Martinsborough in 1811, its re-naming as Jonesville in 1824, its academies, its military activity, its first stock car races, and the contributions of all of its people. For 20 years, she led the celebration of Old Jonesville Day, now the Jonesville Jubilee, on the first Saturday in May. She enlisted like-minded citizens to establish and operate the Jonesville Historical Society, the Jonesville History Center, Mineral Springs Park, the Labor Day Flea Market, and other projects. She honored area veterans who served in every military conflict of the United States. She affixed their names onto cement sections of the old Chatham bridge in the Mineral Springs Park on River Street. She presented historical information on an internet site and Facebook. Recently, she started “Jonesville Tales and Trails,” a weekly broadcast on WIFM radio. In 2015, the North Carolina Society of Historians recognized Judy as its Historian of the Year. Her energy and enthusiasm were dynamic. Her leadership will be missed, but the Jonesville Historical Society will continue her work. Their success will be a team effort and everyone who is interested is invited to help. They meet every month on the third Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Jonesville History Center, West Main Street, Jonesville.
Andrew L. Mackie
Yadkin County Historical Society