“1950 Opening of Shirley-Ragan Service Station,” reads the caption to this photograph, showing the festive heralding of a new business venture in Boone.
Photo Courtesy of Historic Boone
April 25, 1907
“Lost.,” was the simple and solemn heading to an item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat of this date. “A black and brown Scotch Collie dog, a fine young shepherd and I will give a suitable reward for the dog, or for information that will lead to his recovery. J.C. Horton, Boone, N.C. April 15th 1907.”
A letter to the paper reflecting thanks for the custom of “pounding,” or bestowing pounds of household necessities such as sugar and butter upon a preacher, gave this account, under the heading of “To the Good People of Boone”: “I desire to take this method of expressing my profound gratitude for the very kind favors bestowed upon us in the very severe pounding given us on the night of April 17th 1907. I hope to be able in some small degree to live so as to show my appreciation of friendship so abundantly proven. May the blessing of the kind heavenly Father rest abundantly on all the good people of Boone, is the sincere prayer of your sincere servant, J.F. DAVIS.” The “severe pounding” was apparently most gentle in its intent and bounteous in its bestowal.
April 25, 1935
“Cottrell Named For Boone Mayor; Board Is Changed,” a headline of this day, announced further, “Old Board Defeated, Except One Member.” Reported the story, “D. Jones Cottrell is the Democratic candidate for Mayor of Boone, as a result of a second-ballot decision of the nominating convention held in the courthouse held Tuesday evening at which twenty-six citizens of mixed political allegiance participated in the routine business of the meeting.” Reported the story, “[t]hese nominations are tantamount to election, since Republicans do not offer a ticket in this overwhelmingly Democratic municipality, and there is no indication Wednesday morning of any independent nominations.” It seems that, within the Democratic party’s local dynamics, changes were afoot: “Dr. H.B. Perry , a veteran member of the Board of Aldermen, was the only incumbent to receive a vote of approval, and his running mates are to be Charles Rogers and L.T. Tatum. Dr. J.D. Rankin, dean of Appalachian College, was a runner up in the aldermanic balloting.” The ending of the article noted that, “a new registration of voters is going on at City Hall with Mrs. Fran Williams as registrar. However, it is reported at the office that surprisingly few voters have become eligible for the franchise since the registration books have been open.”
April 24, 1969
“Dedication May 4: New Todd Post Office Is Reminder of Busier Times,” announced a headline in this week’s newspaper. U.S. Senator Sam Erwin Jr. was among the “important visitors to Todd” expected for the “[d]edication ceremonies of the new Todd Post Office.” The article reflected on the history of the community, including that “[i]t was the deer and elk that crossed through the valley that prompted the first settlers to name the settlement Elk’s Crossing. In 1837 first post office was established.” The article also noted that the “community decided to change its name later to Todd, in honor of a local man, a Colonel Todd who was a Civil War hero,” and that “early in this century, the demand for lumber brought a thriving new aura to the economy of Todd,” with the community boasting “eight or ten stores, a bank, a drug store, Masonic and Elk lodge halls, four doctors, a dentist, and numerous enterprising lumbermen.” Also, “[t]he hotel did a thriving business.”
1907 advertisements from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.