Demolition of the building which once housed the Lovill law office, near the intersection of King Street and Water Street in Boone.
May 23, 1901
Local news items in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat included notice that, “Congressman Klutz of Rowan, who by the way is now in this district, has sent to Capt. Lovill for distribution quite a lot of fine garden and field seeds. If you need any, call at Capt. Lovill’s office and procure them,” encouraged the article. Captain E.F. Lovill was a Civil War veteran and State senator. His home on the western edge of Boone, built in 1875, still stands today, and operates as the Lovill House Inn.
In another posting, “Mr. Moses H. Cone, of Blowing Rock, lost four horses some days since from what is thought to be a mineral poison. Two of the animals, we are told, were very valuable and highly prized by Mr. Cone.” Moses Cone, a noted entrepreneur in the textile industry, built the manor home which bears his name near Blowing Rock.
“We are glad to learn,” began another submission of local news, “that Mr.Henry Ragan, of Meat Camp, who was so horribly mangled with a saw some time since, is getting on well, his wounds healing nicely, and, we are told, his physicians are now satisfied, nothing unusual happening, he will soon recover.”
Another item informed readers that, “[j]ust as we go to press we learn that Antioch church on Watauga River was washed away by the high water on Tuesday. This being the case, the conditions along that stream must be most deplorable.”
May 25, 1933
“Aged Confederate Veteran Answers Final Roll Call,” a headline on this week’s front page, introduced an article which related that, “Elijah Norris, Confederate veteran and esteemed gentleman of the Howards Creek section, died at his home last Thursday evening from the infirmities of advancing age, having never fully recovered from a case of influenza a year ago. [The] Deceased was 89 years old.” According to the details of the feature, “Elijah Norris was born in the Sands community of Watauga county, and was a son of Ephraim and Margaret Norris… When the clouds of the great Civil War gathered, Mr. Norris enlisted in the South’s cause in the 58th North Carolina infantry and was a gallant soldier. He ranked as a lieutenant and was five times wounded. He was at home recovering from one of these wounds when General Lee’s army surrendered to the hordes of Grant. His father was killed in the raid of Stoneman’s marauders.”
In other local news, “Smithey’s Store is Threatened by Flames,” told that, “[a] fire which originated in a poultry house to the rear of the Smithey Store Monday morning threatened to destroy the properties of the large mercantile firm. The fire department managed to extinguish the blaze, however, before any serious damage was done, other than the destruction of the outbuildings.” According to this news item, “a number of chickens, geese, and turkeys escaped from the blazing structure without injury.” The RAM’s Rack store now occupies the building which formerly held the Boone location of the Wilkes County-based Smithey’s chain of retail outlets.