For a time in the early Twentieth Century, ore mining operations existed in such High Country locales as Elk Knob and Cranberry. Pictured here is the Cranberry operation, in a photo inscribed with the date of 1923. Image from the archives of the Historic Boone society.
October 17, 1929
“Two Imprisoned on Forgery Count” was among the local news items in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “A young man clad in working clothes, and unknown to the officials at the Watauga County Bank, appeared at one of the windows last Wednesday afternoon and sought to have a check in the sum of $43 cashed.” According to the story, this “check was charged against the account of Mr. A.C. Watson, but Cashier Hagaman was quick to note a discrepancy in the signature and refused to honor the draft.” The suspicious personage was pursued by a law enforcement officer, who “apprehended him a short distance west of the city.” The suspect had “made a complete change in his clothing” during the time after his exit from the bank, and was described as “well dressed, neat, and thoroughly presentable” when arrested. A similar incident occurred the following day, when “a second offender, giving his name as Bynum Holman, attempted to buy a suit of clothing at the Davidson Store and offered a check in payment which was said to have borne a forged signature.”
“To Honor Memory of Late Educator” reported that “[p]lans are rapidly nearing completion for the memorial services which are to be held in the auditorium of the Appalachian State Teachers College on Saturday evening.” The program was organized to honor the then recently-deceased co-founder of the college, D.D. Daugherty, and it was expected that “former students of the institution from all over North Carolina as well as from other states” would gather for the memorial. The planned order of the event was to include a song, an invocation, an address entitled “Life and Character of D.D. Daugherty,” a vocal solo, and the unveiling, presentation, and acceptance of “life-size portrait of the well-loved scholar.”
An advertisement placed by Boone Drug Company announced “Prevent early colds! Colds caught in the Fall often last all Winter. Build up bodily resistance now by taking PEPTONA, our Best Tonic for enriching the blood, toning the nerves, increasing appetites and strengthening the system. Sold only at Rexall Stores.” The product’s advertised price was “Full Pint $1.00.”
October 17, 1963
“Lost Lad was Only Visiting” related on this day that “Jerry Ralph Hodges, the 14-year-old youth who ran away from his Trade, Tenn., home last Saturday night, was reported found shortly after the Democrat went to press last Tuesday. The boy, in good condition, was discovered at his grandfather’s home in Meat Camp, where he apparently had spent Sunday night and Monday. He returned home with his mother on Tuesday.”
“Watauga Citizens Sell Bonds for Shoe Plant,” an article with the sub-caption “Breakfast on Monday Kicks Off Campaign,” reported that “Watauga Citizens., Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed by the Watauga Industry Committee to construct and equip the new Blue Ridge Shoe factory of Melville Shoe Corporation, which is now under construction on Greenway Road and is expected to begin operations early next month, is presently making an offering of $650,000 of its 4 ½ % 15-year bonds at a purchase price of par plus accrued interest for sale in North Carolina to only bona fide residents of North Carolina.” This announcement was made “at a breakfast meeting at the Gateway Café in Boone” by Stanley Harris, “secretary-treasurer of the organization.” Members of the organization were encouraged to sell investment bonds in the company prior to their next scheduled meeting at the Gateway.
October 15, 1984
“County Retail Sales Record Set in July” reported positive economic news for the area, noting that “Watauga County recorded its highest monthly total of retail sales ever during July, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Revenue.” A figure of $25,345,660 was cited for the gross retail sales total in that month, exceeding by over one million dollars the prior record, which had been set in July of the previous year.
“Boone Construction is Setting Record Pace,” “Leaves Attract Crowds,” and a photo of motorists with a caption stating that “[a]ttendance records were broken at several area attractions” were other front-page features reflecting a boom economy in the Boone area.
On a more somber note, “Forest Becoming Vulnerable to Fire” highlighted the dangers of the autumn forest fire season. This article featured fire prevention tips from North Carolina Forest Ranger Ruby Johnson, who stressed that many Watauga County wildfires were caused by burning of debris gone out of control and “improperly maintained” electric fences. Recommendation for safety precautions in these areas were detailed in the article.
“Students are Getting Job Help” noted that, although many Appalachian State University students were able to enter the job market immediately after college, the economy had created a situation where “the job market [was] very competitive,” so that “[e]ach year, many students graduate from college only to be rejected by one potential employer after another.” The University’s Career Planning and Placement Office was listed as a resource for job-seeking students. A “sooner the better” job search policy was particularly recommended, both in job-seeking and utilizing career advisement opportunities at the Office.
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