The Week of August 13th, 2009

Daniel Boone Hotel

Photo Caption:

The Daniel Boone Hotel, as pictured in a postcard from “Asheville Post Card Co., Asheville, N.C.” (no date). The hotel stood in downtown Boone from its opening in 1925 until it was demolished in 1982. Daniel Boone Condominiums now occupies the site. Image courtesy of the  archives of the Historic Boone society.

August 15, 1901

“There is no kind of advertising so cheap as newspaper advertising and there is no kind that produces such immediate and satisfactory returns, says the Worcester Spy,” claims a report in the Watauga Democrat of this date. “The posting of bills, the use of street car signs and the mailing of circulars cost infinitely more per thousand for the same amount of advertising, and it is seldom effective.”

“Tell a boy to do as he pleases and he will do it without a murmur,” opines a brief feature.

In international news, “[a]ccording to the representatives of the Venezuelan Government here… the rebellion there has been put down; it was never begun; and it doesn’t amount to anything anyway.”

Fashion reporting noted that “it is said that Chicago dudes have sent to Paris for a Frenchman who will teach them how to dress. They did well to send, but why did they go so far as Paris?”

“The Census discovered only one donkey in Washington,” relates a national news item. “Evidently Congress was not in session at the time, notes a writer.”

A merchant’s ad began, “ho for Blowing Rock! This is the watch-word now for thousands of people in the crowded cities, towns, and country who are longing for one sweet, deep, long draught of our pure, life-giving atmosphere. And they are pouring in daily.”

August 16, 1934

“Majestic Demonstration at Local Hardware” records that “Mr. Guy E. Bissette, factory representative for the Great Majestic Ranges, is at the Farmers Hardware Store this week, where daily demonstrations of the improved range are being made. Something of the popularity of the Majestic is revealed in the fact that more than fifteen ranges were disposed of in the same period last year.”

“TVA Cannery Has Run for 3 Weeks; Prices are Rising” states that the “Tennessee Valley Authority cannery at Cranberry, operated under the Carolina Mountain Co-operatives, is now running 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.”

“Final Routing of Parkway is Expected Soon” was a front-page feature detailing planning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to the story, datelined Washington, “Secretary Ickes of the Interior Department Tuesday mapped the somewhat zigzagged course which he will follow in reaching a final decision on whether the Shenandoah National Parkway shall take a westerly course after reaching Blowing Rock, N.C, into Tennessee or continue on through North Carolina and enter the Smoky Mountain National Park via Asheville and Cherokee.” The Interior Secretary was planning a trip to visit the potential sites for the routing of the Parkway.

In “Wilkes Murder is Still a Mystery,” the Watauga Democrat reported on the conclusion of “the trial of the most sensational murder case in northwestern North Carolina’s history.” According to this report, “[t]he murder of Leoda Childress in Wilkes County remained as much a mystery Saturday afternoon after a Superior Court hearing as it did when the young woman was found dead by her neighbors at her country home last December.” Four defendants were released after the judge “announced that the State had not put up sufficient evidence to hold any of the five defendants on the charge.” The fifth defendant was still held in custody “pending trial in the murder of Andrew Eldridge seven years ago.”

August 18, 1955

“Board Told of Excess AHS Pupils” reported that the “overcrowded conditions prevailing at Appalachian High and Elementary Schools occupied the attention of the Board of Education and County Superintendent at a special meeting held last week,” resulting in the decision “to reassign certain students, who had been coming to Boone, so that they will attend their own districts.” The meeting included “representatives of Appalachian State Teachers College, of which the Boone High and Elementary Schools are departments,” among whom were “Mr. Chappell Wilson, Mr. John T. Howell, Dr. A.B. Crewe, [and] Mrs. Frances Greene,” as well as the State Bus Route Supervisor. Mr. Wilson, dean of the Appalachian State Graduate School, had drafted a letter to the School Board at the close of the prior year stating that “the Appalachian High School and the Appalachian Elementary School were faced with extreme overcrowding and that unless additional facilities could be built it would be impossible to enroll the anticipated number of students in these schools for the 1955-56 school year.” During the August meeting, Mr. Wilson “pointed out that the High School in Boone started out with 175 students, and that the enrollment [had] increased to 475.”

“Robert Thomas Plays Difficult Horn Role,” an article by Bob Isbell, noted that Boone’s outdoor drama, Horn in the West, featured the “monumental” figure of “Robert Thomas of Oxford,” a “towering” figure of six feet, five inches in height. The actor portrayed Dr. Geoffery Stuart in the 1955 Horn in the West season, and had previously made a television appearance “on Arlene Frances’ ‘TV Talent Patrol,'” where he was “declared winner” after competing on “a series of shows.” Thomas had also appeared in productions by Chapel Hill’s Carolina Playmakers.

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