“Russell D. Hodges House – c. 1930s – Main St., Boone” reads the handwritten inscription on the back of this photograph, showing a snowy scene and a period vehicle.
(Courtesy of Historic Boone archives, housed at Watauga County Public Library).
January 19, 1919
“Best on Earth” was the title of an advertisement thinly disguised as a news item on this edition’s front page. “This is the verdict of R.H. Howell, Tracy, O[regon?]., who bought Foley’s Honey and Tar Compound for his wife. Her case was the worst I ever saw, and looked like a sure case of consumption. Her lungs were sore and she coughed almost incessantly and her voice was hoarse and weak.” Fortunately, “Foley’s Honey and Tar Compound brought relief at once and less than three bottles effected a complete cure.” Concludes the notice, “for sale by all dealers.”
In other items, “(t)he cold for the past week has been very severe and from all over the North, North west, and Atlantic States reports of terrible cold come to us, and there has been in many places much suffering.”
A more unusual (perhaps) news article reported that “Rev. Joseph R. Smith, of Sewanee, Tenn., was arrested recently and turned over to the Federal court on a charge of making moonshine whiskey. He says he did not know it was illegal to make whiskey, but knew it was wrong to drink it, and that he had never sold any but had given a few of his members some for medicinal purposes. He had a complete outfit in his smoke house a few yards from the parsonage and less than a quarter of a mile from his principal church.” Additional information in the story tells, possibly tongue-in-cheek, that “(a)bout 100 gallons of beer were found, so it is to be inferred that he was going to give all his members a little of the liquid manufactured by his own hands.”
January 19, 1933
“Local Bar Association Organized Thursday” reported the timely development that, “(a)t a historic meeting of local attorneys held last Thursday evening, the Watauga Bar Association was organized, and the following officers named for the coming year: President, Charles T. Zimmerman; vice-president, J.E. Holshouser, secretary-treasurer, Wade E. Brown.” Among business at the initial gathering, the group “voted unanimously to endorse to Governor Ehringhaus, the name of John H. Bingham, well-known Sugar Grove attorney, for appointment as special judge of the Superior Court.”
“Water Street Improved” noted in this week’s newspaper that “(w)ork of placing a new macadam surface on North Water Street began Wednesday morning. The rough road is being torn up and stone is being delivered for resurfacing. Adequate drainage will be provided, it is understood, and the residential street placed in first-class condition.” Told the Democrat, “funds for this work are provided through Reconstruction Finance funds loaned to the State and through contributions by citizens of the town.”
Other local news, perhaps of the “less intellectually astute miscreant” category, was contained in a short passage entitled “Auto Burns,” according to which Boone’s “fire department was called out Wednesday morning at about 1 o’clock when a blaze was discovered in the garage of John W. Hodges. It was found that an automobile of F.W. Miller stored there had caught on fire . The vehicle was taken from the building and the flames extinguished after the top had been greatly damaged. It is supposed that the fire originated while miscreants were taking gasoline from the tank, probably lighting a match.”
January 17, 1952
“Phone Line to Deep Gap Soon To Be Completed” announced that “Mr. H.M. Inabinet, group manager of the Southern Bell Telephone Co., stated that construction of a line to the Deep Gap section will soon be completed and 70 new telephones will be connected soon thereafter.” There article stated that “Mr. Inabinet declared total number of telephones now serving Boone is two and one half times or 162 per cent greater than the number in use at the end of World War Two,” and later details in the article noted that rural telephone service expansion in North Carolina generally, and in Deep Gap specifically, was part of an effort to aid economic growth, especially to farmers. According to Inabinet, in addition, “Southern Bell’s activities in connection with civilian telephone needs were carried forward in a year in which the greatest military defense demands since the war were also met.”
“Music and Arts Building at College Now Being Occupied,” an article by Earleen G. Pritchett, reported that “(a)fter being in makeshift quarters for five years, the music and art departments of Appalachian State Teachers College moved into the new fine art building at the college last week.” Ms. Pritchett wrote that “Projection machinery, mimeograph machines, and other needed facilities are included in the new equipment for the building,” and that “the rooms of the building have been painted in pastel colors, with special coloring chosen for each room to take advantage of the direction of light exposure and other technical difficulties.”
This column is prepared from the microfilm archives of the Watauga Democrat, which are available at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone.
1912 advertisements from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.