1949 Celebration of the Centennial of Watauga County. Pictured are (left to right) Jerry Coe, Boone Mayor Watt Gragg, and Wade Brown, in front of the Downtown Boone Post Office. Photo courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society.
October 7, 1907
“Facts about the Appalachian Training School” listed these details about the institution which would one day become Appalachian State University: “1. Two large school buildings; a sixty-room dormitory for women, and several boarding houses for men; 2. A faculty of seven experienced teachers; 3. Two hundred and ninety students last year; 4. Free tuition to public school teachers; 5. Expenses are very reasonable.” This feature concludes, “for more facts, address the SECRETERY OF FACULTY, Boone, N.C.,” and noted that “the next term begins September 6, 1907.” It would appear that this advertisement had been running for some time prior to the current issue, and was continued past the commencement of the aforementioned fall term.
Brief items in “Local News” included, “W.H. Parker, the music man from Lenoir, has been here several days talking pianos and organs,” “[a] country barn is being erected on the jail lot. A lot of horse racks for the convenience of the people would now be in order,” “Mrs. C.D. Taylor has returned from her visit to her mother in Brooklyn, New York, where she spent two months vacation,” and, “[t]he cabbage wagons are now on the road thick and the vegetable is only bringing 60 cts. per hundred on the Lenoir market. And yet some men are opposed to a railroad.”
November 1, 1934
“Armistice Day Event Planned” reported that “[t]entative arrangements are being made by the Watauga Post, American Legion, to celebrate Armistice Day, November 11th, with a parade and other ceremonies and a public speaking, in which all the people of the county are expected to participate. It is planned to have all veterans, their wives and children, join in a parade at 2:30 p.m., after which the other ceremonies will be held at the courthouse.” Arrangements, including the keynote speaker, were incomplete as of the press time of this article, but it was noted that “[e]fforts are being made, it is said, to have a speaker of national prominence deliver the principal address.”
“Sheriff Captures Two Escaped Prisoners” published on this day that “[l]ast Friday Sheriff A.Y. Howell captured two escapees from the State Prison on Watauga River. Hoke King, formerly of South Carolina, serving a sentence for second-degree murder, was taken with Frank Campbell of this county, who had escaped the second time from prison where he was sent for forgery and larceny. The two men are being held in the county jail pending word from Raleigh.”
“Phillips Says Teague Cast Him in Boiling Mash,” a news item with the lengthy sub-heading “Blowing Rock Man Faces Charge of Throwing Wilkes Citizen into Vat of Boiling Still Sop – was Aiding Federal Officers in Destroying Illicit Outfit. Wataugans are Arrested on Serious Charge,” reported on what the Watauga Democrat called “one of the most interesting cases to come before the Federal Court.” Details of the alleged incident, which had taken place “several month [sic] ago,” indicate that “Hal Teague, Blowing Rock youth” was arrested as being the party believed to have “grabbed [Mr. Phillips] and thrown him into a large container of boiling mash,” following identification by Phillips of “the man who came very near to ending his life.” Teague was being held under a $5,000 bond, which he “has been unable to fill so far.”
November 1, 1956
“Winners are Announced in Jaycee Fire Prevention Week Essay Contest” told this week that “[t]he Junior Chamber of Commerce recently sponsored an essay contest on fire prevention in the four high schools of the county,” and that the first place winner was “Lenny Glenn, a junior at Bethel High school.” The winning essay was entitled “Why Fire Prevention is Important,” and was reproduced in full in the article. Cash prizes for the event were provided by “the Watauga Fire Insurance Agency of Boone.”
“Initial Plans for Burley Opening” noted that the “Board of Directors of the Boone Merchants Association met at noon Tuesday to discuss preliminary plans for an intensified trade-at-home, sell-at-home campaign aimed at promoting Boone as the best tobacco market and Christmas shopping center for the people of Watauga County.” The combined burley tobacco exchange and Christmas shopping bonanza in Boone was suggested by noting that “Boone warehouses will be open to receive the leaf beginning November 15.” Joe I. Coleman, “of the R.C. Coleman firm, operators of the Boone burley tobacco market,” was quoted as saying that “[i]t will be to the best interests of the entire county if Watauga farmers will sell their tobacco on their home market and trade in their home stores.”