“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.