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Kidder Cole and Felix Alley


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Few North Carolinians know that one of the most famous banjo ballads ever written was created by a well-known jurist. Kidder Cole was a mountain belle, the daughter of a merchant, and Felix Alley was sixteen. However, another mountain youth, Charley Wright, beat his time, and he wrote the song \"Kidder Cole\" to soothe his aching heart. The two boys later made peace, but neither one of them married the girl. Alley went on to have a distinguished career as an attorney and judge. Wright performed an incredible mountainside rescue which earned him a Carnegie Medal for Heroism, but he died later in an automobile accident in the 1920s. Little is known of Kidder Cole beyond the ballad, but she was still alive when this article was written.
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