The Week of Sunday, October 13, 2013

Taylor House, Valle Crucis N.C., [built circa] 1908

“Taylor House Valle Crucis N.C. 1908,” reads the caption on this photograph, taken perhaps in the early 1970s. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

October 10, 1889

“The Throne of Iniquity,” a front-page item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, alleged that, “[n]ations engaged in war do not usually legislate until the smoke of battle has cleared away and the roar of the cannon and the rattle of musketry have ceased. But in this case, like Nehemiah and his noble band of Jewish patriots, we must wield the trowel with one hand and the sword in the other while we build up a glorious temple of sobriety. We must legislate on the battle field. And I tell you this is no mimic fight – no holiday tournament.” The “war” being engaged in was the struggle to enact temperance legislation, banning the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, a major party platform plank during this period of the Democratic party. “The foe is formidable,” continued the editorial piece, “vigilant and wily. He is Argus-eyed and wields tremendous money power. More than seven-hundred millions annually flow into his exchequer. Let us not underrate the skill, the might and numbers of the enemy. Let every good man and woman come up to the help of the Lord against the mighty. ‘Curse ye Meroz.’” The author of the article, in addition to including biblical and classical allusions (Meroz was a city in the Book of Judges cursed by the Angel of the Lord for not “helping the Lord against the mighty,” and Argus was a multi-eyed giant guardian from Greek mythology), compared the struggle for prohibition to the Battle of Trafalgar and the American Revolution in the flow of his discourse. Noted the writer, “(w)hen Patrick Henry saw the storm of revolution coming he said, ‘Gentlemen may say peace, peace but there is no peace.’ In these United States the great disturber of the peace is the whiskey power, and until it is crushed there can be no abiding peace.”

Another item announced, “Mr. E Spencer Blackburn who obtained license recently to practice law, has decided to teach school in the new Academy in  district No. 40, Banner Elk., this winter.”

A presumably pre-written notice read, “[t]he editor being absent this week the readers of the DEMOCRAT will please excuse all discrepancies that may occur, for when the editor is away the ‘devils’ will play.”

October 13, 1938

“NEW MOVIE HOUSE NEARS COMPLETION,” a front-page article this week, announced, “[w]ork is going forward rapidly on the interior finishing of the Appalachian Theatre and the owners, Messrs. Hamby and Winkler, believe that it will be possible to open the handsome structure to the public shortly after the first of November.” Under the sub-heading “Magnificent Theatre Expected to be Open to Public by the First of Month,” the story detailed that, “[t]he auditorium and upstairs offices are practically completed,  the heating system has been installed, and the largest unfinished job is the placing of the colored glass surface on the front of the structure. This work, however, is expected to start by the end of the week and next week it is thought that a definite opening date may be announced.”

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The Week of Sunday, October 6, 2013

Crowd at Building 2.115.006

This unidentified photograph pictures a sizable crowd gathered for a picture-taking; perhaps a school or a church event, circa early 1900s (?). Courtesy the archives of the Historic Boone society

October 4, 1906

“Banker Routs a Robber,” announced the headline to an article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “J.R. Garrison, Cashier of the Bank of Thornville, Ohio, had been robbed of his health by a serious long trouble until he tried Dr. King’s New Discovery for consumption. Then he wrote: ‘It is the best medicine I ever used for a severe cold or a bad case of lung trouble. I always keep a bottle on hand.’” The advertisement masquerading as a news item concluded, “(d)on’t suffer with coughs, colds, or any throat, chest or lung trouble when you can be cured so easily. Only 50c and $1. Trial bottles free at Blackburn’s.”

October 3, 1940

“Seek Funds To Apply On Boone Folder,” a headline this week, introduced news that, “Mr. Richard E. Kelley is conducting a campaign for funds with which payments will be made on the new folder being printed for the Chamber of Commerce. All those desiring to make contributions are asked to see him. Prompt action is necessary so that the order for the folder may be placed this week. No contribution is too small to be appreciated.” Continued the item, “Following are some of the contributions Mr. Kelley has received: Max Robbins, 1 c; Daniel Boone Hotel, $25; Farmers Hardware $10; Appalachian Theatre, $10; Belk-White Co., $5.”

“Boy Scout Hut Is Moved To Main Street” reported this week that “(t)he Boy Scout Hut has been moved to a new location just between the Methodist and Baptist churches just off Main street. here it will be easy of access in all kinds of weather. Mr. B.W. Stallings, the Scoutmaster, has done a splendid job at a reasonable price in getting the hut moved. A chimney is being built with fireplaces inside and out which makes a fine arrangement,” according to the details recorded in the article. The news notice also made known that the facility would be open to the public one afternoon during that week, and advised that, “Friday afternoon a canvass of the business section of Boone will made for funds for the hut and other things necessary in our scout work.” A cost of $100 was projected “for the hut and the winter’s work,” and the article noted that “(t)his will be done under the auspices of all the churches in Boone.” The feature piece was signed by, “J.C. Canipe, Chairman of Troop Committee.”

October 1, 1953

“45 Patients Are Seen By Dr. Gaul,” according to a headline this week. “Forty-five patients were seen by Dr. J.S. Gaul, Sr. at the Orthopedic Clinic held Friday morning Sept. 18th at the offices of the District Health Department,” according to the story. “Assisting were two physiotherapists, Mr. Guy Ettes and Miss Celeste Haydon. Among patients seen were 9 convalescent polio-syclitis patients from Watauga county and 2 from Ashe county. Last month’s clinic was held in Jefferson, as it alternates between the two counties.”

Boone Milling Company advertisement Oct 19401940 advertisement for the Boone Milling Company, from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina, USA

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The Week of Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Ravine Bridge on Boone Trail Between Boone and North Wilkesboro, N.C.“Ravine Bridge on Boone Trail Between Boone and North Wilkesboro, N.C.,” reads the caption on this postcard, depicting a scenic but potentially hazardous roadway of former years.

September 26, 1918

“Reverse the Law,” a headline in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, introduced a news article relating that the “Lenoir Topic reports that a recent automobile collision on the Blowing Rock turnpike, in which ‘it was fortunate no one was killed or seriously injured,’ was caused by ‘blinding headlights.” Opined the article’s author, “(p)erhaps if the next legislature would ‘pass a law’ requiring all automobile drivers to use the brightest and most glaring makes of headlights procurable, the State might automatically drop into an era of dull-lighted automobiles on the streets and highways.” This curious remedy was recommended because, “(s)o religiously are the automobile laws in North Carolina towns and on North Carolina highways disregarded,” in the view of the writer, “that we have about come to the conclusion it is mainly out of a stubborn disposition to do what the law says one shall not…”

A feature under the heading “Hear Our President,” with a dateline of “The White House, Washington,” began, “(a)gain the Government comes to the people of the country with a request that they lend their money, and lend it upon a more liberal scale than ever before, in order that the great war for the rights of America and the liberation of the world may be prosecuted with ever increasing vigor to a victorious conclusion.” The article , bearing the attribution to then-President Woodrow Wilson, continued, “and it makes the appeal with the greatest confidence because it knows that every day it is becoming clear to thinking men throughout the nation that the winning of the war is an essential investment.” The President’s message also asserted that, “(m)en in America, besides, have from the first until now dedicated both their lives and their fortunes to the vindication and maintenence (sic) of the great principles and objects for which our Government was set up.” Wilson’s missive concluded, “They will not fail to sow the world for what their wealth was intended.” The surrender of the first of the Central Powers to capitulate at the end of World War I (Bulgaria) followed just three days after the publication of this edition of the newspaper.

September 28, 1939

“Wade E. Brown is New City Attorney,” announced a brief article on this week’s front page. “Wade E. Brown, Boone lawyer, has been named an attorney for the town of Boone, following the resignation of Mr. Archie Qualls, who accepted a position in Charlotte. The appointment of Mr. Brown to this position was announced on Tuesday.”

“Burley Market Chartered As Plans Proceed Towards Erection of Warehouses,” a feature article in this week’s paper, announced that “(a) charter was issued Monday by Secretary of State Thad Eure for the Mountain Burley Warehouse of Boone, which is to operate warehouses for the sale of burley tobacco under a $50,000 authorized capital, the intention of the corporation being to have the local business in operation for the opening of the season on December 6.” Details of plans for the creation of a physical plant for the new business enterprise included the information that “an architect was engaged to make blueprints of the proposed tobacco market, and bids from contractors are being asked for the construction of the buildings.”

A 1919 automobile advertisement from the Watauga Democrat newspaper, Boone, North carolina, USA

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The Week of Sunday, September 22, 2013.

E.S. Coffey Home

The Boone home of E.S Coffey, pictured with his home and family. E.S. Coffey, Esq., is noted as having been “a prominent member of the Boone bar,” as well as serving as a North Carolina State Senator, according to John Preston Arthur’s 1915 volume “A History of Watauga County, North Carolina: With Sketches of Prominent Families“.

Courtesy Historic Boone

September 28, 1939

Under the heading of “European War Briefs,” an item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat with a dateline of “Bucharest, Sept. 26,” reported that, “(i)nformed private quarters in Bucharest reported tonight that Germany and Soviet Russia have agreed upon a division of zones of influence in Europe whereby Rumania and the Balkans will come under the Nazi sphere. Russia, it was said, has been given a free hand by Germany to extend her influence among the Baltic states.”

In related news, from “Paris, Sept. 26,” it was reported that “(t)he French government today outlawed the Communist party in France in what political circles interpreted as an answer to Soviet Russia’s line-up with Germany and invasion of Poland. The severe decree adopted by Premier Daladier’s war cabinet also meant the end of all the party’s affiliates and banned Communist propaganda in France.” Both of these stories broke when Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany were adhering to a mutual nonaggression pact signed the previous month; the two nations would become enemies in the Second World War less than two years later, when Nazi Germany launched a surprise attack on the Soviet Union.

On the home front, “Governor Hoey Speaks Friday,” announced another front-page headline. “Governor Clyde R. Hoey informed the Democrat Wednesday morning that he will deliver an address at the Cove Creek high school Friday morning at 10 o’clock, and thus the misunderstanding as to whether or not the executive would visit Watauga at this time, has been cleared up,” reported the article. Plans were the State’s leader “would come from Winston-Salem to Boone Friday morning and would stop at one of the local drug stores for his ‘coca-cola’.” The story related that, “(f)ollowing the address by the governor Friday morning there will be a parade by the Boone high school band and an amateur show will be a feature of the evening hours.”

September 24, 1959

“Law Office Being Built,” a heading this week, opened a story relating that, “(w)ork is going forward on the Stacy Eggers law building, being erected on West King Street west of the postoffice (sic) and Mr. Eggers expects to occupy the structure by November 1.” The article reported that, “(b)esides Mr. Eggers’ law office the real estate offices of his father Mr. S.C. Eggers will have space in the new structure, which is modernly constructed of brick, and which contains adequate conference room space and other modern conveniences.”

“G.A.R. Veteran Succumbs at 95” reported this week that, “Andrew Wilson, aged 95 years, a prominent citizen and a veteran of the Union armies in the Civil War, died at his home near Trade, Tenn., in Watauga county, Sept. 17th, after an illness which had been serious for only one week.” Wilson was described as “having enlisted in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry” during the Civil War, and “for about 22 months followed General Grant in the war between the states… Following the war Mr. Wilson returned to his native country and followed agricultural pursuits until ill health forced his retirement. He was a good citizen and well known throughout this section.” The notice mentioned that, “(o)nly one other veteran of the Grand Army of the Republic resides in Watauga county, Mr. Newton Banner of Sugar Grove.”


1938 ad washer

1938 advertisement for a Washing Machine, from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, N.C.

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The Week of Sunday, September 15, 2013.

September 19, 1918

“Public School Houses,” a heading in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, introduced an article which began, “(t)he Board of Education requests that all districts wanting new school buildings must show their interest by sending parties from their respective districts to meet with the Board of Education the first Monday in Oct. to discuss plans, etc. The Board is ready to do its part but the districts that desire new buildings must show proper interest.” Concluded the notice, “(d)ue thanks are given Mrs. Watson and Penley for interest shown in their district.”

“Photographs,” the title to a notice signed “A.J. Campbell, Traveling Artist,” appeared also in this week’s edition. “Call at my tent near R.M. Green’s in Boone on Sept. 19-20 and 21, and have some up to-date photographic work done, as photographic supplies are limited and hard to secure,” began the artist’s appeal. “It seems that the photographic business will soon be a thing of the past in the mountains,” suggested Mr. Campbell. “Boys[,] have your pictures made before leaving for the camps, while you have the opportunity,” concluded the advertisement, urging those young men in the area who might be subject to the draft at the end of World War I to make use of his services.

September 21, 1939

“Skating Rink Is Being Erected Here,” announced a headline in this week’s newspaper. “Mr. Spencer Miller is erecting a skating rink on a lot adjacent to the Woodcraft Novelty Company property, and expects to have the structure ready for use by the end of next week,” related the news article. “The building is to be 60×100 feet, and of the most approved type of construction.””

“European War Briefs” published this week included the notice, bearing a dateline of “Danzig, Sept. 19,” that, “Adolf Hitler served notice on Britain and France today that he was prepared to wage a seven-year war if necessary and asserted that Germany and Soviet Russia, Europe’s ‘two greatest nations,’ would re-establish ‘law and order’ in Eastern Europe.” The report conveyed that the “fuehrer in an hour and 14-minute speech told the western allies – Britain and France – he had ‘no war aims’ against them, but declared that Poland, as created by the Versailles treaty ‘never again will rise.’” German forces had invaded Poland from the West on September 1, with Soviet forces pushing into the besieged nation from the east just days before this news brief was published.

September 10, 1942

A headline announcing “Trucks, Buses and Taxis Are Ordered Under Federal Control” introduced an article under the dateline of “Washington, Sept. 8″ this week which related that, “(t)he nation’s entire commercial transportation facilities, excepting railroads, airlines and private passenger vehicles, will be placed under strict government wartime control on November 15, the office of defense transportation announced tonight.” Details in the article indicated that, “(c)overed… are all types of trucks and other rubber-tired vehicles used for transporting personal property, except motorcycles, and all motor vehicles carrying passengers or which are available for public rentals.” Such vehicles would not be able to purchase gasoline, replacement tires or other parts without a “certificate of war necessity” issued by the government.

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The Week of Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mayview Manor

Mayview Manor, an elegant hotel near Blowing Rock, built in 1921, flourished as a popular tourist resort until being finally closed in 1966.

Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

September 11, 1919

“The common people long for the end of the war,” began an item on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, “and the common people have only to exert themselves to make themselves heard.” Continued the article, “(t)he farmers forced Congress to repeal the daylight saving law after the bill had been twice vetoed by the President. A few hundred letters from a Congressman’s district will make him hesitate before voting for universal military training.” World War I had ended nearly a year before this editorial was published, and the first implementation of Daylight Savings Time as a war conservation measure during this conflict, instituted in the United States in March of 1918, was repealed when farming interests successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress to repeal the measure, despite an attempted veto by President Woodrow Wilson.

An editorial feature entitle “The Narrow-minded Man” encouraged, “(w)henever you see a narrow-minded man, get out of his way. He is a miserable creature and he’ll make you miserable if you give him a chance by association. Whenever a man insists that his side of the question is the only side, write him down as an ass with a Gothic A. In this world of wickedness and woe and lemon sherbet and corn likker (sic), there are several and many side to any question… The great overshadowing sin of the world is intolerance. It belongs to the class of men who look through a knot hole and imagine that they are seeing the whole universe, but it exists and it exists everywhere.”

September 14, 1939

“Judge Winston Gives War Views,” read a headline to a story relating to international events in this week’s newspaper. “Judge Robert W. Winston of Chapel Hill, who possesses one of the state’s most brilliant minds, is spending some time in Boone, and on a visit to the office of the local newspaper Saturday, referred to the ‘cash and carry’ policy in connection with the government’s policy of neutrality as a snare and a subterfuge, and a certain avenue to another war,” according to the article. Winston was reported to have “said that the cash and carry method would result in America’s furnishing food and munitions of war to England and France, and thus make of this country their storehouse and arsenal.” The Chapel Hill intellectual alleged that,”‘ under this proposal… Germany and Russia, which have no ships, will be unable to secure war supplies from this nation.” Instead of thus creating a situation which would be “a certain avenue to war” for the United States, Winston urged that, “(t)he answer is to sell food and supplies to no nation whatever.” Judge Winston’s comments at the Watauga Democrat office suggested that “congress should enact such neutrality legislation as would make America truly and definitely neutral,” as “(o)nly through this course does he see a hope of America staying out of another world war.”

September 10, 1959

“‘Watauga County In Action:’ Annual Progress Day Is To Feature 42 Exhibits,” proclaimed a bold headline on this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. A sub-heading, “Pet Show Is An Added Attraction,” introduced a detailed account of what was described as the “second annual Progress Day,” featuring “more than forty booths filled with displays, designed to show ‘Watauga County in Action.’” The article related that “(b)ooths have been built by the carpentry classes of Appalachian High School in Mountain Burley Warehouse No. 2, for both educational and commercial purposes.”

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September 1, 2013

“A Look Back at Watauga” is on Vacation this week.

Newland Hall, Appalachian State Teachers College postcard

Newland Hall, Appalachian State Teachers College postcard

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The Week of Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Historic Boone Digitization Box 2.114_0013

Lacking any date or other caption, this photograph appears to capture a fine-weather scene of a dog enjoying the open space in front of a building at Appalachian State Teachers College.

Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

August 24, 1939

“Elk Knob Mining will be Resumed after 40 Years,” a headline in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, announced that, “(r)esumption after 40 years of (a) mining operation full of promise for Northwest North Carolina was announced today by H.J. Bryson, state geologist in the department of conservation and development.” The article, dateline “Raleigh, N.C.”, told that, “(t)his is the reopening of the Elk Knob copper mine in Watauga county, some 15 miles northeast of Boone. The mine is being operated by the Carolina Copper Corporation, one of the few mining companies financed by North Carolina capital.” Historical background included in the Watauga Democrat write-up noted that “(f)or many years before 1900, the Elk Knob vein of copper was worked, even though, in those days, it was necessary to haul the ore laboriously over the mountains in wagons to Abingdon, Va.” Plans for the newly-revived operation “call(ed) for the erection of a crushing and flotation mill for handling the ore at the mine upon completion of core drilling now in process.” The Elk Knob source was asserted to be “unusually rich, showing from 10 to 16 per cent copper,” as well as “$1 to $14 of gold per ton, and a small percentage of silver.” The state of North Carolina’s geologist suggested that, “there is no reason why this mine should not be one of the leading copper and gold producing mines in the south… if it was profitable 40 years ago when there were no trucks, no roads and no railroad nearby, it should certainly be profitable today.”

August 27, 1959

“Too Little, Too Late,” proclaimed a bold (and underlined) introduction to the headline “Horn In West Gains Scant Local Help,” with a byline attributing the news feature to “Ralph Tugman, Staff Democrat Writer,” and which was followed by the heading, “Local Writer Says Actual Work Done By Few.” The report gave details of the operation of Boone’s recently-founded outdoor drama, Horn in the West, which was then in the midst of its eighth season. “Ever since the official audit of the first season of the ‘Horn’ revealed with certainty that its financiers were backing something other than a big money maker, there has been a waning ardor for colonial culture, and for historical preservation, among many of its backers,” according to the opening of Tugman’s article. The article conveyed in a certain editorial tone that, “the only area where there appears to be unflagging energy and an alert interest is on the part of most of us to criticize and find fault.” The piece asserted that, “surely it hardly seems consistent that one would sign a note and vote for a continuance of the production in the spring of each year, and then spend the summer heaping ridicule upon it, almost to the point that it would appear some actually fear it might succeed.” The writer stated that he had personally been in position of having (“with the exception of two nights”) “always worked alone” in the drama’s then largely volunteer-run box office. Tugman wrote that he “would suggest just two things in regard to the Horn,” namely  that “we search our own standards where it is concerned…  if it has value it merits our financial support;” and that “if it has our financial support, we have, in giving it, committed ourselves to a moral support of it that is entitled to our best effort and to as much of our time as we can give.” The article closed with the “guess that, when and if the Horn is favored with a miracle, it will be born in the midst of a unified and unselfish effort.”

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The Week of Sunday, August 18, 2013.

Miss Boone Drug 1950s

“Miss Boone Drug Store,” a partially-damaged photograph with a handwritten inscription on the back dating its origins as “possibly 1950s,” portrays (according to the caption), “I.G. Greer (left), Bette Swain Gabriel, James Marsh (right).” Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

August 16, 1906

“Is It Your Own Hair?” began an advertisement featured prominently on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “Do you pin your hat to your own hair? Can’t do it? Haven’t enough hair? It must be you do not know Ayer’s Hair Vigor!” began the exuberant ad. “Here’s an introduction! May the acquaintance result in a heavy growth of rich, thick, glossy hair! And we know you’ll never be grey.” The notice continued with a fine-print testimonial from “Miss V. Brock, Wayland, Mich.,” which read, “I think that Ayer’s Hair Vigor is the most wonderful hair grower that was ever made. I have used it for some time and I can truthfully say that I am greatly pleased with it. I cheerfully recommend it as a splendid preparation.”

August 16, 1934

“TVA Cannery has Run for 3 Weeks; Prices are rising,” a bold headline this week, introduced an article which reported that, “[t]he Tennessee Valley Authority’s cannery at Cranberry, operated under the Carolina Mountain Co-operatives, is now running at full blast three weeks after its establishment, and information coming from Mr. L.W. Arthur is to the effect that prices being paid are advancing, especially as regards blackberries, which have been bought in huge quantities from pickers in Watauga County.” In addition to buying from local growers, the operation had a “Custom Canning” service. “A section of the cannery has been set apart for custom canning, and products may be brought there and canned for a small charge. The cost of the canning including the can is 3 ¼ cents for No. 2 cans and 9 ½ cents for the gallon tins.” Warned the article, “[n]o products will be accepted at the cannery without permits from the cannery superintendent.”

In other local news, it was reported this week that, “the sanitary privy project on a county wide scale has been reinstated and the local relief office asks all those in need of this improvement to immediately file their application at the office in the courthouse so that details of construction may proceed.” Sanitary outhouses were to be provided for only the cost of materials, with labor “to be furnished through relief channels,” in the hope that “under the new arrangement the sanitary condition of the county in this respect may be made 100 per cent perfect.”

August 18, 1955

“Winners Are Selected At Boone Flower Show,” announced a heading this week, capping an article by Margaret Agle. “Hundreds of people who filled the Baptist Church basement again and again last Thursday and Friday formed an enthusiastic audience for a show in which the top stars were beautiful flowers of the western Carolina mountains that were displayed in a ‘Summer Symphony’ at the annual Flower Show sponsored by four Boone clubs, the Worthwhile Women’s Club, Blue Ridge Garden Club, Junior Women’s Club, and Gardenerettes,” reported Ms. Agle’s article. Among the many awards listed in detail were “Special ‘best of the show’ awards,” which included: “Rose, Mrs. Cecil Miller; Dahlia, Mrs. G.W. Hartzog; Delphinium, Mrs. Ed Hall; Potted Plant, Mrs. Charles Show; Gladiola, Mrs. Mack Luttreli; Rose (men), Dr. Wayne Richardson; Lily, Mrs. Thomas Payne.”


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The Week of Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Historic Boone for A Look Back_Bethel Graduation no date

“Bethel Graduation,” a photograph with no date given (circa early 1960s?), records a rite of passage for several grades at once at the former Bethel Elementary School building, constructed by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.

Courtesy Historic Boone

August 9, 1906

“The End of the World,” began a headline for a front-page article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, which was actually an item of advertising. The column continued, “… of troubles that robbed E. H. Wolfe of Bear Grove, Ia., of all usefulness, came when he began taking Electric Bitters. He writes, ‘Two years ago Kindly troubls [sic; “kidney troubles”] caused me great suffering which I would never have survived had I not taken Electric Bitters. The also cured me of general Debility’ [sic]. Sure cure for all Stomach, Liver and Kidnsy [sic] complaints, Blood diseases, Headache, Dizziness and Weakness or bodily decline. Price 59 c. Guaranteed by all druggist [sic].” In this early period of the newspaper’s history, spelling conventions were not strictly adhered to, and occasionally a shortage of certain letters – such as the popular “e,” as in “Kidney” – would apparently lead to substitutions.

August 9, 1934

“Bogus Money is Passed in Boone,” proclaimed a bold headline in this week’s newspaper. “A ten-dollar note, apparently a bona fide bank note, was returned to Postmaster Hartzog last week from the Postoffice Department, leading the local official to wonder whether or not a veritable flood of the spurious currency has been turned loose in this community,” began the news item. “The principal flaws leading to the detection of the bank note,” according to the article, “were that it was slightly off-color, and the paper seemed to be similar to an ordinary grade of bond writing paper.” Concluded the story, “Mr. Hartzog, of course, has no idea who passed the bill at the window” of the Boone Downtown Post Office.

“Potato Houses to be Built,” said another headline, with a byline of “Banner Elk, N.C.”. “J.E. Edgar, specialist in the building of potato warehouses from the Department of Agriculture, has come from Washington by appointment of Rexford G. Tugwell, assistant Secretary of Agriculture, to arrange the construction of four potato warehouses for the Carolina Mountain Co-operatives.”

August 11, 1955

“Mountain Manner Is Natural to Elledge,” a front-page feature article by Bob Isbell, told this week that, “Charles Elledge, the make believe Daniel Boone of Horn in the West, did not cultivate his frontier personality. It came with him.” The biography of the decades-long member of the historic outdoor drama’s cast, who would later portray Reverend Isaiah Sims, told that, “Charlie was born and reared within sight of the place Dan’l lived in the  1760s – on the banks of the Yadkin River at Holman’s Ford. As a boy he romped the fields of his father’s Wilkes County farm – on the same ground Dan’l trod when he carved his way through the pathless wilderness into Kentucky.”  The article noted that “(o)n stage, Elledge presents a rare combination. Not only is he a ‘natural’ for his role, but his years of dramatic training make him a polished actor.” Charlie Elledge was described as a “graduate of the University of North Carolina and former member of the Carolina Playmakers,” who also had earned “a Master’s Degree from Appalachian State Teachers College.” Elledge portrayed frontier hero Daniel Boone in this fourth season of Horn in the West – a role that in the next year would be taken over by Glenn Causey, who played “Dan’l” for 41 seasons. Elledge played the Preacher Sims role from the character’s introduction in the 1956 season until 1983.

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