Three prominent businesses of Downtown Boone in days gone by – Farmers Hardware, the Northwestern Bank (in the location of the former Watauga Bank), and Western Auto – are shown in this photograph (date unknown).
(Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society)
April 4, 1912
A segment entitled “At the Training School” in this week’s installment of the Watauga Democrat noted that “(t)he different rooms are being greatly improved by various pictures and mottoes being hung on the walls. Nice table spreads and vases of evergreens are on the tables. This is being done by the students.” Other news from the forerunner of Appalachian State University included a report that “(t)he grand jury spent one half a day visiting the school. They went into every school room in the buildings and spent some time at the boarding houses.” Regarding school expansion and access, “Mr. Roy T. Brown, State Road Engineer gave a practical and interesting talk at morning prayer on Wednesday, on the location and building of roads. Assisted by Prof. D.D. Dougherty Mr. Brown surveyed a four and one half percent grade road from the old ‘Muster Field’ to the school farm on New River. This road will bring the farm within two miles of the campus. The road when built will be a most beautiful drive way.”
“Local News” began with the announcement “Easter next Sunday, let happen what may,” and contained several church-related announcements related to the holiday. “Rev. J.A. Yount, pastor of the Watauga parish, will preach at Mt. Zion church on Meat Camp on Good Friday also on Saturday and Sunday, with communion on Sunday,” read one such notice.
April 1, 1948
“Local Choir Goes on Tour – A Capella Choir to Give Concert Here Before Starting on Brief Tour” was a front-page headline, beneath a photograph of the Choir Director, “Miss Virginia Wary.” Reported the article, “(t)he Appalachian A Capella Choir will present a concert of choral selections in the college auditorium on Monday night, April 3, at eight o’clock.” According to the article, “the program has been carefully selected, with music drawn from all periods of composition, bearing always in mind to strike a balance between the light and the serious and, at the same time, neglecting neither the educational values of fine concert nor the elements of pure entertainment.” In the “short tour” following this event the newspaper reported that the choir “will sing in colleges and high schools as well as present a radio program over WLIX in North Wilkesboro.” Members of the choir included “Rachel Ann Vance and Stanley South, both popular singers of Boone.”
“Dimes Won’t Work in Parking Meters” told that “(m)any people persist in putting dimes in the parking meters, it is stated by Mayor Winkler, who points out that the machines are designed to work when nickels and pennies are inserted.” Says the story, “(t)hose using dimes, are not only wasting their money, but are liable to get a traffic ticket to boot.” As a helpful conclusion, the article suggests that “(t)hose not familiar with the operation of the meters are asked to read the instructions thereon.”
Another item, in the “King Street” segment authored by editor Rob Rivers, reported that “Boone will continue to build and grow… All the local contractors say they have their hands full… Most everybody wanting to build a house, a business building, or just do some repairing… One of the builders tells us that the high prices are little deterrent, and that as a matter of fact, a lot of folks are finding their most favorable time to build. When prices were low, they had no money. Now, prices are way high – but funds are forthcoming… anyway Boone will experience a busy year, from the talk we hear.”
April 5, 1962
“Spy Satellite,” a news brief on the front page this week, reported “(g)ood progress in development of a system of spy satellites designed to detect Soviet missile launchings almost instantly has been reported by United States officials.”
In related news, “Fear Soviet Trap” relayed that “(t)wo prominent Senators said that the United States should not be ‘trapped’ into delaying atmospheric nuclear shots by resumption of test-ban negotiations with the Russians. The chairman of the Senate’s Disarmament subcommittee, Hubert Humphrey, said he regards Russia’s announcement in Geneva a means of gaining time to prepare a propaganda drive against resumption of American tests. Senator Aiken (R., Vt.) feels there is pressure within the Administration against resuming testing.”
“Dougherty Named to N.C. Education Hall of Fame” recorded on this date that “Appalachian’s first president and co-founder, the late Dr. Blanford Barnard Dougherty, has been named to North Carolina’s Education Hall of Fame.” The article not only reported the posthumous honor to B.B. Dougherty, “who died at age 85 in 1957,” but included biographical details and career highlights of the noted educator. According to the segment, “Dr. Dougherty has been quoted as saying that he never planned to be a college president, or to build an institution. His chief ambition was to be a teacher of teachers, probably in some college. His work at the University of North Carolina, where he was the first student of Dr. M.C.S. Noble, was mainly in ‘pedagogy.’” Another reminiscence related that Dr. Dougherty “never married because he was married to Appalachian College.”