The Week of November 12th, 2009

Memorial Day 1937

Memorial Day remebrance, 1937 - from The Watauga Democrat newspaper

November 14, 1907

An announcement is this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat reads, “HELP WANTED – We can give several families, especially girls, steady employment at our mills.  Good pay. Cheap and nice homes, graded schools, five churches, best town in the State. American Hosiery Mills, Kernersville, N.C.”

Another brief notice reads, “perfection is a good deal more than the power of picking faults in other people.”

In national news, it was reported that “[i]t will be some time before the financial atmosphere of New York has cleared; then it will be found that more good than harm has resulted. The country at large never was so prosperous as now; the agricultural interests especially, have ever reason for confidence and assurance of security in the present and immediate future. The trouble that has come to the Wall Street speculators does not reflect impending trouble outside. It was inevitable that the bubble of inflated values must burst.”

November 12, 1925

“Happenings of interest in the Avery Capital” was a front-page report for this week, bearing the header, “[w]e are grateful to a prominent citizen of our sister county for the following news. We hope this may become a regular feature.” Among items of Avery County local news covered were, “T.J. Ray will soon have his first class drug store complete, which will add much to our town both in the way of convenience and beauty,” and “Max Daniels left Wednesday morn for Charlotte to see the auto races, and it is generally believed Max will enter the game if they will allow his little tin Lizzie in the ring.”

Further auto racing news noted that “Tommy Milton Wins in Charlotte Speed Test,” reporting that, “[s]peeding around the Charlotte bowl for an average of 124.31 miles per hour, Tommy Milton won the 200 mile Armistice day classic here this afternoon before a crowd of forty five thousand.”

The article “This Week” by Arthur Brisbane carried this interesting speculation on the future of the oil industry: “Sir Richard Redmayne, who understands oil, says the world’s supply will be exhausted in one hundred years, and the supply of the United States in twenty five years. That is largely guesswork, of course. Nobody knows how much oil is hidden underground in the lands along the Pacific, up in the Arctic, in Mexico and elsewhere. Don’t let Sir Richard’s predictions hurry you into buying poor oil stock in any case. The work of harnessing the tides, already begun in England and in Maine, and later direct use of the sun will make power cheaper than it ever was. Some Edison of the future will invent an electric battery, light in its weight, carrying power sufficient to drive an automobile or an airplane across the Continent.” Concludes the reflection, “[s]uch a discovery, as made now, would make oil from the ground as important in power production as whale oil now is in the production of light.”

November 11, 1965

“Dedication of Million Dollar Classroom Building Sunday” reported in campus news that “[d]edication and naming ceremonies for a million dollar-plus classroom building on the campus of Appalachian Teachers College” were planned, “according to announcement by Dr. W.H. Plemmons, president.” To be named “in honor of Edwin Duncan of Wilkesboro, a leader in the business and financial world,” the new building was described as containing “approximately 84,000 square feet of floor area,” and the article noted that a “feature of the building is the incorporation of closed circuit television.” The “[m]ajor portion of the building is utilized by the Department of Education and its related services,” while “the remainder is used by disciplines closely related to education,” according to the report.

In advertising of the day, the “New! ’66 Chevelle Malibu by Chevrolet” made announcement of “two racy new hardtops,” a “clean-sculptured new sports coupe with recessed rear window and – for the first time – a 4-door Chevelle sport sedan,” while a leading soft drink manufacturer encouraged readers to “come alive!,” as the target audience was advised “you’re in the Pepsi generation!”

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Spainhours of Boone ad

November 1925 advertisement for Spainhours’ Store of Boone, N.C.

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