The Week of March 20th, 2011


“Logging Camp” is the brief caption on the reverse of this photograph. Date and location unknown.

(Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society)

March 19, 1914

An advertisement * on the front page of this week’s Watauga Democrat boldly urges, “come up into the Northern Pacific Country – This northern tier of states offers a healthful and invigorating climate; the best crop records in all respects, the best opportunities in the west. Another season of low fares is in hand. Low One Way Colonial Tickets on sale, daily, March 15 to April 15 to many points in Western Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. If you are interested in this Land of Fortune address any Northern Pacific representative – state what locality you are Interested in – and literature will be promptly sent.” The contact person listed in the advertisement was “S.M. McEwan T.L.A., St. Lawrence Motel, Bristol, Tenn.”

A section in the news briefs in this edition read, “(o)n the 11th Chinese Brigands ransacked and burned the city of Los Ho-Kow, killed a Norwegian minister, Dr. T. Froyland, and wounded several other foreigners,” and continued, “Las [sic] Ho-Kow a river port is an important mission station in the province of Hu-Pep.”

The “Town and Country” column of local news included this report: “(a) crew of hands are busy preparing wood with which to burn the brick for the new Baptist church in Boone.”

In other local news, “Mr. David Wooten and children, of Balm, passed through town in route to Stony Fork, where they will make their future home.”

March 26, 1936

“Record Snow Fall of Last Week Stopped Schools and Marooned Motorists” was the sub-heading to the headline “Schools Open as Weather Relents,” the leading lines to an article which reported in this week’s edition that, “(a)ll of the schools of the county were able to open their doors the first of the week, according to Superintendent Howard Walker, after having an enforced vacation during last week on account of the snowfall which for the time had even the main highways blocked, and precluded the operation of buses.” A broader description of the late March winter event said that, “Wednesday morning of last week found hundreds of cars buried in the snow over the county, their passengers taking refuge in the nearest domiciles, and for the first time perhaps in a great many years traffic of all kinds was at a complete stand-still for a short time.” The efforts of WPA workers in clearing side streets in the town of Boone, along with a “hard rain Tuesday,” were credited with making travel again possible after the snow.

In another weather-related item, “Wind Carries Away Public School House,” it was told that, “(d)uring the recent storm the Bailey Camp school house near Blowing Rock in the edge of Caldwell county, is reported to have been lifted from its foundation and carried by the heavy gusts of wind several feet. The school, it is understood, will be closed for a week while carpenters place the structure back on its foundation.” According to the article, “(t)his work, at best, could scarcely be completed in less than three or four days, it is said.”

March 24, 1960

In an issue of the Watauga Democrat prepared in the wake of the blizzard of 1960, which saw over 70 inches of snowfall on the High Country, headlines included such descriptions as, “Highway Forces Mass Equipment to Open Storm-Choked Highways,” “Red Cross Roundup Given: Many Enlisted in Emergency Distribution of Food and Fuel,” and “Schools Open 2 Days Only to Close Again.”

In the article on the mass equipment usage, authored by Sam Beard, a story was related in which, “(a) lady walked into the Boone Highway District Office recently to remark, ‘this is the prettiest snowfall in years.’ Her remark brought a stare from highway employees that was just as icy as the pavement outside. District Engineer Tom Winkler and his assistants could find little pretty about a record-breaking spell of bad weather which had dumped up to 72 inches of snow on Ashe, Alleghany, Avery and Watauga and kept forces working round the clock in an effort to keep roads open.”

In the article on the “Red Cross Roundup,” it was printed that, among disaster relief efforts, “Fifty-six service home service calls were made during the eight days the Red Cross operated, to determine for relatives if families were all right. Twelve emergency calls were made. Eight medical cases, requiring doctor’s or nurse’s care were attended. Ten families were supplied with clothing. Five emergency rescues were made.” In addition, helicopters from Fort Bragg were employed to drop food packages, coal,  hay for farm animals, and “to determine if help was needed in isolated areas.”


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