The Week of March 27th, 2011

A caption on this old photograph reads, “The Dougherty House, former home of ASU’s founder B.B. Dougherty, which until recent years was located on Rivers Street in Boone. It is now preserved as a museum at Mystery Hill between Boone and Blowing Rock.”

(Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society)

March 28, 1901

“Secretary Hay was given an impossible task,” reports the “Washington Letter – From Our Regular Correspondent” in this week’s Watauga Democrat, “when he was told by Mr. McKinley to negotiate a new treaty with England to take the place of the rejected treaty that will represent the views of two thirds of the Senate.” According to the article, “Senators who ought to know have declared that if the treaty just rejected by England were to be accepted just as it was… it would fail of ratification until it had been amended.” Apparently, a number of Senators felt that “England  ha(d) been tricky in attempts to head off the construction of the Nicaragua canal by this government… and some of them do not hesitate to express the belief that the administration has been a party to some of the trickery.” Secretary of State John Hay was attempting to negotiate an Atlantic-to-Pacific shipping route with British cooperation through Nicaragua prior to the decisions leading to the building of the Panama Canal.

March 28, 1929

“Normal is Made 4-Year College” was an article subtitled “Bill Passed by Recent Assembly Changes Name of Local Institution and empowers it to Confer Degrees,” recording a milestone in the history of Appalachian State University. The newly-enacted law was reproduced in the front page article, which reported that the bill “Changes the name of the Appalachian State Normal School to ‘Appalachian State Teachers’ College,’ and empowers the faculty to “‘confer such degrees as are usually conferred by similar institutions in America,’ which in effect makes it a four-year college.”

“Democrats are in favor of Economy” was a front-page headline just below the newspaper’s relatively new banner reading “A Non-Partisan Newspaper, Dedicated to the Best Interests of Northwest North Carolina.” As it turns out, the “economy” referred to was “a platform declaring for the strict and impartial enforcement of the prohibition and all other laws and for economy in government,” which was adopted by “a unanimous vote” when “Democrats of the city met in convention at the courthouse Tuesday evening.” At the meeting, “(a) few remarks were made by different ones of the gathering, stressing the importance of tax reduction when possible and rigid economy in the administration of the city government.”

“Blowing Rock Fire Dept. Entertained at Dinner” reported that “(i)n recognition of the excellent work during the fire which destroyed the home of Mrs. Mattie Story [sic], the citizens of Blowing Rock last Friday night entertained the Blowing Rock Fire Department at a dance and dinner at the Central hotel.” Records the article, “C.S. Prevette, president of the fire department, expressed the thanks of the department to the citizens for the entertainment, and then the tables were moved and the dancing began to music furnished by J.M. Foster and Randall Foster.”

“New Political Party is Need of Country Now,” according to a headline which reported from “Winter Park, Fla.,” a talk by “Oswald J. Villard, editor of The Nation,” in a speech given “at the first annual institute of statesmanship at Rollins college.” Villard was quoted as saying that “(i)t is an undeniable truth that the Democratic party is no longer separated from the Republican party by sharp political differences, and clearly defined party principles.” The speaker alleged that “(t)he need of a new political alignment into a conservative and radical camp is equally desirable” to new economic and foreign policy definitions by distinctive and well-defined political organizations.

March 27, 1969

“City Council Hears Complaints: Industry Leaders Have Problem on Icy Streets” was a banner headline of an article which began with the statement that “City Council last week got a chilly review of what happens at a local industry when roads are ice-packed before daylight, was asked to reduce charges for big users of city water and added a couple of roads to the town system.” The main item reported, relating to wintry weather, involved the difficulties of the Shadowline manufacturing plant, located between Blowing Rock Road and State Farm Road, when employees attempted to get to work during winter storms. Plant manager Hal Johnson reported to the Boone Town Council that he had “continuously called (City Manager) Blair and the Police Department, but it has gotten to the point that I feel ignored… one wheelbarrow full of sand is all we need: A truck to break drifts open up the snow; and put down one wheelbarrow full of sand.” One may well wonder whether this stated level of treatment would have made a tremendous amount of difference for those Shadowline employees who “have fought up to 30 miles of snowy highways to get to work.” Council members were reportedly, however, “sympathetic to Johnson’s plea.” Alderman Dr. Hadley Wilson reportedly said that “if he had known about the situation” on one particular morning mentioned, in which snow drifts around the factory could not be cleared, “he personally would have taken his snow blade over and cleared the street.”

A 1931 advertisement for Lucky Strike cigarettes touts the benefits of toasted tobacco, ultraviolet rays, and the goodness of the product for the Adam’s Apple. Later research would indicate some fundamental flaws in the logic herein advanced.


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