“Hospital – Boone” reads an inscription on the reverse of this photo, which also contains the handwritten note “Dr. Bingham Home (now Daniel Boone Inn)”. The Bingham residence served as a hospital for Boone until the building of a brick-and-stone edifice, which survives as Founders Hall at Appalachian State University. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
October 1, 1925
“Tells of Wonderful Growth of Miami” was a front-page headline in this week’s issue of the Watauga Democrat. “We are using a paragraph from a letter recently received from Mr. H. W. Horton of Miami, Fla.,” reports the editorship of the Democrat. According to the letter in question, “[t]his town has enlarged its boundaries so as to take in some territory that has built up over the edges of the old corporation, and has more than doubled its population. We now have about 250,000 people, and if they had taken in Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Hialeah, all of which is really part of the city, there would have been another 100,000 population, and they are coming so fast that the railroads cannot haul material fast enough to build homes for them. There is demand for all the men that can be found, but the question is getting material fast enough for housing them.”
‘Confederate Resolutions” reported on this day, “Confederate reunion for the year 1925, camp Nimrod Triplett No. 1273: we the committee on resolutions, in behalf of the veterans tender our thanks to the faculty and students of the Appalachian State Normal College at Boone, Sept. 24-25, for their tender care, keeping and feeding veterans and friends through the reunion, and the cordial invitation to hold the next Reunion by kindness of the Normal School. E.M. GREER, GEORGE ROTEN, Com.”.
September 29, 1938
“Log Cabin Craft House Opens Oct. 7” made announcement that the “opening date for the log cabin craft house of Watauga handicraft is set for Friday, October 7th. At this charming little log house in Boone, on Highway 221, open house will be held all day with the public especially invited for a brief program and tea from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.” The article continues, “Everyone interested in seeing this building and the display of handicrafts from various parts of western North Carolina, or to know about the work to be carried on, are invited. Classes in weaving and other handicrafts will begin Monday, October 10, and registration may be made at any time. There is no charge for this instruction, which is under the supervision of the state department of trades and industrial education.’
“Goes to market” made announcement that “John Conway, manager of Belk-White Company store here, left Monday for New York City, where he will shop the northern markets and buy merchandise for the new Belk-White store which will open in Spruce Pine sometime in October. Mr. Conway will also buy merchandise for the local Belk-White store.”
October 8, 1964
“Watauga Craftsmen Will Exhibit at Winston Fair” announces that, “[a]mong the arts and crafts exhibits displayed at the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, October 6-10, will be the work of several well-known Watauga County craftsmen.” Among those exhibiting were Wood Lay artist Anne Moore, a “former art instructor at Appalachian State Teachers College,” whose craft was described as a “raised form of veneer pictorial decoration,” combining “the beauty of drawing and wood textures”, Mrs. Howard Carlson, “famous for her skill in weaving”,” “Mrs. Evelyn C. Nichols” with “the almost forgotten art of mixing potpourri”, “Mr. And Mrs. James McKinney, who operate the Gem Mine in Spruce Pine,” with handcrafted jewelry, Ben Hensley (a Spruce Pine ironworker), and “well known area wood carver Baxter Presnell,” who was “also known for his interest in folk music, which he plays expertly on the dulcimer.”
“The Mountain Came Down” was a front-page feature, illustrated by a black-and-white photograph of a local landslide. “The mountain came down last Wednesday after heavy rainfall in the area,” reads the photo caption. “A spokesman for the highway department said the big slide on Highway 321, about a half-mile below Green Park Hotel, occurred around midnight, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. Last spring a slide piled up at the same place – in front of an overlook where traffic fortunately could be diverted. A bulldozer clears the highway: rock and dirt is stacked in the gutter directly behind the dozer.”
An advertisement for the A & P Supermarket announced in this issue “Super-Right” Heavy Corn-Fed Beef Steak (Boneless Top Round) for 85 cents per pound, Eastern Golden Delicious Apples at 2 lbs. for 29 cents, mild cheese for 45 cents a pound, and vine-ripe tomatoes for 19 cents a pound. “Open all day Wednesdays,” proclaims the A & P ad, as well as “open each Friday evening ‘til 8:00 p.m.” The A & P store was once located on the site now occupied by the Watauga County Health Department’s facilities, near West King Street and Poplar Grove Road.
“The Mountain Came Down” photo – a Rivers photo, courtesy of the Watauga Democrat newspaper (October 8, 1964)