Bearing the caption “down town Boone, 1920s,” this old photograph shows an unpaved King Street with automobiles of the period. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
October 11, 1900
“Dr. J.M. Hogshead, Cancer Specialist, Banner’s Elk, N.C.” had an advertisement in this issue of the Watauga Democrat, under the heading “No Knife; No Burning Out.” According to the ad, “[h]ighest references and endorsements of prominent persons successfully treated in Va., Tenn., and N.C.” attend this physician. The notice also urges, “[r]emember that there is no time TOO SOON to get rid of a cancerous growth – no matter how small. Examination free, letters answered promptly, and satisfaction guaranteed.”
Another public notice entitled “Attention, Please” read, “I am now situated in the old post office building in Boone. WHAT FOR? To sell goods, and I will sell them cheap FOR CASH, too. I carry Notions, Groceries, Laces, Lace Curtains, Lace Pillow Shams, Curtain Poles, Stationary, etc. Also a full line of spice, cloves, ginger, nutmegs, chocolate, shredded cocoanut [sic], seedless raisins and flavoring extracts, etc. Give me a call and be pleased. YOURS FOR TRADE, (Mrs.) R.M. Green.”
In news of the week, “Washington Duke, of Durham, the great benefactor of Trinity College, has again given that Institution the princely sum of $100,000, making in all over a half million of dollars he has given to the school. The College now has an endowment fund of about $700,000, which, it is said, makes it the richest College in the South Atlantic States. This enormous endowment fund was created nearly entirely by the Duke family.”
October 10, 1940
“Famous ‘Tweetsie’ Gains Temporary Salvation in War” was a headline on this date. According to the article, datelined “Raleigh, Oct. 4,” the “[w]ar now raging may mean at least temporary salvation for ‘Tweetsie,’ rather famous train that operates on the only narrow gauge railroad east of the Mississippi. The August floods damaged the line of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina railway to the extent of about $50,000, so the company asked the interstate commerce commission for permission to abandon the line between Cranberry and Boone. Now it develops, conservation department officials said last week, that the 60-odd miles of lines between Johnson City, Tenn., and Boone form the only railroad outlet to a section rich in iron and other ores needed in wartime. Therefore, there is a possibility the I.C.C. will refuse to let the road be abandoned, and that tourists still may see and ride on ‘Tweetsie’.” Despite this optimistic report, the train line to Boone was not continued, and tourists were only later able to see and ride the historic locomotive after its restoration in a theme park setting in the 1950s.
“All Must Register – These Are Exempted” was another notice relating to the crisis of World War II. “You must register for draft unless: You are already in the armed forces or in the armed reserves, subject to call,” began the announcement, which continued with the allowed exemptions for those whose draft number was drawn, who would be expected to report for active duty unless falling into a specified set of criteria, including physical unfitness, having dependents who would be placed in hardship by the absence of their provider, conscientious objection, being “a member of a religious sect which does not permit military service,” holding the status of “a minister of the Gospel or a student in a theological seminary,” being “engaged in some industry the draft boards declares to be of the ‘essential class,’” or being “mentally deranged”.
October 11, 1956
The banner headline “Old Grads to Gather For Homecoming at College” called attention to several events slated for the upcoming celebration of Homecoming Saturday at the Appalachian State Teachers College. “All efforts at the college on that day will be toward welcoming back for the annual Homecoming celebration visiting alumni and their families, friends of the institution, and other visitors,” announced one article. “One traditional event of Homecoming – the annual ‘Old Timers’ reunion will be held in the college auditorium at 10:00 a.m.” Especially encouraged to participate in this year were “those who graduated from Appalachian before 1929, when it became a four-year college.”
“Registration Start Set for Saturday” made notice of a perennial occasion at this time of year – voter registration. “The registration books for the general election will open Saturday of this week, and will also be open Saturday October 20, and Saturday October 27, states R.T. Greer, chairman of the Watauga County Board of Elections… [v]oters who have reached the age of 21 since the last election and those who have moved into the county qualified under the residence section of the statute must register if they are to vote in the November 6th election. There is no general new registration, however.”