The Week of September 24th, 2009

"Class of 1913" reads the brief caption affixed to this photograph. School and location unknown. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

"Class of 1913" reads the brief caption affixed to this photograph. School name and location unknown. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

September 22, 1932

“Whiskey Still Seized in Boone’s Fork Section” was among front-page news items for this week. “A thirty-gallon copper still, with all the equipment necessary for making whiskey was seized Monday in the Boone’s Fork section by deputies Harrison Byrd, Fred Hatley, and Tom Shook. A shed covered with rubber roofing housed the illicit outfit, and appearances indicated that it had been in operation for about five years. The operator was absent when the raid was made, and an attempt had been made to hide the equipment, but all parts were discovered by the officers and the shed was burned. A large quantity of ‘backings’ was poured out.”

“Relics of Ancient Man Found in Pennsylvania,” an article with a dateline of “Elrama, Penn.,” relayed that “[e]vidence of a people who inhabited the hills and valleys of what is now Pennsylvania 10,000 years ago, has just been discovered near here. Mr. G.S. Fisher, state archaeologist, completed the task of exhuming the bones of 45 mound builders yesterday and will assemble them and place them with their flint knives, stone tomahawks and boar tusk drills, discovered with the bones, in the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisbury [sic].”

“Nine-Year-Old Boy is Arrested for Murder” reported from Danbury, N.C., that “a nine-year-old boy Friday was arrested near hear [sic] and charged with the slaying of a playmate.” According to the story, “Agnew Bogles,” the boy in question, “who resides near Carthage” was arrested for “the slaying [which] is alleged to have happened last March.” The report states that “[t]he boy was reported to have been playing with a gun and the girl, whose name could not be learned, was shot to death at the hands of the boy.” The article states that, ” [i]t is said that the boy left home after the shooting and could not be located, but after a long investigation it was learned that he was visiting his grandfather, J. Mart Culler, in Stokes County.”

September 23, 1954

The reflective feature “King Street” by then-editor Bob Rivers observes of “Blue Monday”: “Ever notice, in traveling about, how the clothes lines fill with freshly-laundered garments every Monday morning… It seems from time immemorial Monday has been wash day… Used to be there would be a big ring of fire placed around the big iron pot in the back yard every Monday morning, and the flames would be fed with wood chips and kindling wood until the water boiled… And there were the washing tubs and the washboards upon which the garments were scrubbed by hand until snowy white, and the long clothes line where the clothes hung in the sun… Nowadays the wash is crammed into an automatic machine and the housewife does her other household work while the clothes are coming white… But it’s Monday just the same, and we wonder if the old kettle, and the washboards, and the hard labor about the washplace had anything to do with Monday’s being known as ‘blue’ Monday.”

“Elections Board Open Office” announced on this day, “[t]he Watauga County Board of Elections has opened its office in the building next door to the Boone Flower Shop on East King Street. Applications are now being received for absentee ballots for soldiers, says Chairman R.T. Greer. Civilian absentees will be available the first of October.”

September 24, 1979

“4.16 Inches of Rain Fall on Watauga” captured front-page attention and much of the news coverage for this week’s installment of the Watauga Democrat. According to the story, “[n]inety-seven patients of the Watauga Nursing Care Center in Boone had to be evacuated Friday evening as a nearby rain-swollen river threatened to flood the facility.” Residents were temporarily sheltered at Hardin Park Elementary School and Blowing Rock Hospital, after having been transported in “buses furnished by Appalachian State University.” A front-page photograph entitled “Deluged Datsun” showed a “Datsun sports car [which] was caught in a flooded area at Watauga Village Shopping Center during the rain Friday night.” The news story also reported “[t]he Boone Police Department was also advising limited travel on flooded roads and in the vicinity of the Town House Restaurant off Blowing Rock Road.”

The archives of the Historic Boone society, as well as the complete microfilm archives of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, are available to the public at the Watauga County Public Library in Downtown Boone, North Carolina. Call the Library at (828) 264-8784 for further information.

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