Growing up in coal country in the 1930s was not an easy time. Frank Stallard at Commonwealth Senior Living at Abingdon remembers being placed in foster care after his family could no longer care for him, but he carries no bitterness about it. “I’m philosophical about it,” he says. “It’s just the way it was.”
You can hear a snippet of his story here:
There’s a palpable strength and determination that we see in our residents, this group who Tom Brokaw famously coined The Greatest Generation. We cherish their stories and are honored to pass them along.
These stories weave the fabric of our state. Each individual adding color and texture, coming together and moving apart. Documenting these stories is possible through a partnership with University of Virginia’s radio station, WTJU. University of Virginia’s bicentennial celebration takes place this year, and recording the legacies of the state’s eldest members is part of that celebration.
We will continue sharing our residents’ stories all summer. Subscribe to this blog to receive these stories in your inbox.